The Basics Series is a line of single-ingredient supplements that contain no fillers, excipients, or artificial substances. The Basics Series is an affordable and convenient way to customize your supplement stack.
Although Axe & Sledge offers comprehensive supplements that cater to the majority of people’s needs, we understand that everyone is different.
So we created a line of products that gives every hard-working M’fer more options and flexibility. Tailoring a supplement stack to your individual needs will help you reach your health and fitness goals even faster.
The Basics Stack has all 6 of the Axe & Sledge Basic products. Each can be used to stack with other products in order to enhance your workout even further!
This stack includes:
- (1) Arginine
- (1) Beta Alanine
- (1) Betaine
- (1) Citrulline
- (1) Glutamine
- (1) PeakO2®
L-arginine is an amino acid that’s naturally produced by the body and found in some foods, including poultry, seeds, legumes, and dairy. Arginine is specifically classified as a semi-essential amino acid because it’s particularly important to intake under certain circumstances, such as pregnancy, infancy, critical illness, and trauma.
Since arginine is an amino acid, it serves as a building block to various proteins, including glutamate, proline, and creatine. Arginine is essential for optimal immune system health because it’s needed for the development of T-cells, also known as white blood cells. Since arginine has so many important roles in your body, a deficiency of it can disrupt cellular and organ function which can lead to serious adverse health issues. The easiest way to obtain more arginine is by taking supplements. The recommended daily intake of L-arginine is between four to six grams
In regards to exercise performance, arginine is most notably involved in nitric oxide production. Nitric oxide is a molecule that’s needed for a variety of bodily processes and functions such as blood flow regulation, mitochondrial function, and cellular communication.
An increase in nitric oxide production leads to the expansion (vasodilation) of your blood vessels. This allows for blood, nutrients, and oxygen to be delivered throughout the body, especially to your working muscles, more efficiently. So taking arginine pre-workout may significantly improve exercise performance and muscular pumps.
Other health benefits that arginine brings to the table includes:
- Regulating blood pressure
- Improving glucose metabolism
- Enhancing insulin sensitivity
- Increasing blood flow
These positive effects are more likely to occur in individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, erectile dysfunction, and pre-eclampsia.
In summary, supplementing with arginine is an effective way to:
- *Support nitric oxide and muscular pumps
- *Promote muscle protein synthesis
- *Improve cardiovascular health
Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid that’s naturally produced by the body and found in some foods, such as fish, poultry, and meat. Unlike most amino acids, beta-alanine is not used for protein synthesis. Instead, it’s used alongside histidine to create carnosine — a dipeptide molecule that’s highly concentrated in skeletal muscle. Carnosine is a powerful lactic acid buffer, meaning that it helps reduce lactic acid levels.
Lactic acid is a metabolic by-product that’s produced from the energy systems during the generation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). If you’ve even exercised to fatigue and felt a burning sensation in your muscles, that’s a result of lactic acid build-up. Not only is lactic acid build-up uncomfortable, but it also significantly reduces your body’s ability to regenerate cellular energy that’s required for maximal performance.
So keeping lactic acid levels low for as long as possible can boost exercise performance, especially muscular endurance, which is where carnosine and beta-alanine come into the picture. Through increasing carnosine levels in the muscle, your body is much more efficient at keeping lactic acid levels at bay and delaying the onset of fatigue.
The most effective way to elevate carnosine levels is by supplementing with beta-alanine on a daily basis. Although the majority of pre-workouts already contain beta-alanine, it’s likely more beneficial to take beta-alanine on rest days as well as training days. So having a standalone beta-alanine supplement on hand is suggested to maximize its effects. It’s recommended to take anywhere between 2 and 5 grams of beta-alanine per day.
Supplementing with beta-alanine may:
- Improve muscular endurance, strength, and power
- Enhance focus and energy
- Promote recovery
- Increase lean body mass
It’s important to note that a common side effect of beta-alanine supplementation is tingling in the skin, also known as paraesthesia. If you experience this effect, don’t be alarmed. It’s harmless, temporary, and should subside with extended use. To avoid paresthesia, you can try dividing the suggested dose and consuming 4 to 6 hours apart. Another option is to consume beta-alanine with food.
Beta-alanine has an abundance of research showing it’s a safe and effective ergogenic aid. Not to mention, beta-alanine also has antioxidant, anti-aging, and immune-boosting properties.
Betaine, also known as trimethylglycine (TMG), is an organic compound that’s naturally found in some foods, such as sugar beets, spinach, and shellfish. Betaine is also produced by the body from the metabolism of choline. Betaine is a modified version of the amino acid glycine — its chemical structure consists of glycine and three methyl groups.
Betaine is involved in a number of physiological processes, but it’s most notably used for the methylation of an amino acid called homocysteine. By donating one of its three methyl groups, betaine can convert homocysteine to methionine, which is a key component for the synthesis of creatine.
Creatine is an organic compound that’s essential for exercise performance since it helps regenerate adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the body’s energy currency. By increasing the body’s creatine levels, betaine may boost muscle strength, power, and size. Methionine also plays an important role in muscle protein synthesis (MPS). So having more methionine available for MPS is advantageous for enhanced muscle growth.
Betaine is also an organic osmolyte, which means that it can draw water into muscle cells and increase your total water volume. This allows for greater pumps and performance through promoting hydration. Not to mention, some evidence suggests that betaine can reduce lactic acid levels, thus delaying the onset of fatigue. This allows users to train harder and longer!
Supplementing with 2.5 grams of betaine daily may:
- Increase strength, power, and endurance
- Improve muscle growth and recovery
- Promote fat loss
- Support cardiovascular and liver health
It’s important to note that some pre-workout already contain betaine. However, it’s recommended to take betaine daily for maximum benefit. So having a standalone betaine supplement on hand can be extremely useful to ensure you’re getting the appropriate amount on both training and non-training days.
Citrulline, also known as L-citrulline, is a non-essential amino acid that’s naturally found in some foods, such as watermelon. It can also be produced by the body when needed. Citrulline is often found in pre-workouts because it significantly increases nitric oxide levels. Nitric oxide is a molecule that causes vasodilation (expansion) of your blood vessels. This allows your body to shuttle blood, nutrients, and oxygen to your muscles at a faster rate. Not only does this boost performance and pumps, but it also benefits your cardiovascular system.
Before citrulline can be used for nitric oxide production, it must be converted into another amino acid called arginine (L-arginine) in the kidneys. Some evidence even suggests that citrulline is more effective at boosting plasma arginine levels than arginine itself because arginine falls victim to the first-pass effect. This means that a large percentage of arginine is metabolized in the stomach before it can be absorbed into the bloodstream and used for other purposes. To counteract this, you can supplement with citrulline instead.
Beyond enhancing nitric oxide levels, citrulline has the potential to increase muscle protein synthesis through stimulating an important signaling pathway involved in muscle growth. Furthermore, citrulline plays an essential role in the urea cycle, which removes harmful ammonia from the body.
Supplementing with citrulline may:
- Increase muscular pumps
- Enhance exercise performance
- Promote cardiovascular health
- Improve recovery
Glutamine is technically classified as a non-essential amino acid since the body can produce it endogenously. Glutamine is also found in various protein-rich foods, such as dairy, meat, tofu, poultry, and fish. However, many would argue that glutamine is at least conditionally essential since there are specific times when the body could benefit from having more than it can synthesize on its own, such as illness, injury, or extreme stress (i.e. intense exercise & dieting). Furthermore, glutamine is one of the most abundant amino acids in the body and is involved in a lot more than just muscle protein synthesis.
Glutamine plays a crucial role in your immune, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems. In fact, supplementing with glutamine may be even more beneficial for immune function and gut health than enhancing muscle recovery. Some evidence suggests that glutamine utilization of immune and gastrointestinal cells is higher than glucose. This indicates that glutamine is the preferred fuel source for these cells, which is quite different from any other system in the body. The majority of other cells primarily use glucose as opposed to glutamine.
Glutamine is considered to be essential for a number of immune functions, such as lymphocyte proliferation, cytokine production, neutrophil activity, and macrophages phagocytosis. All of these functions are important for identifying and removing foreign pathogens, which help prevent illness. Therefore, individuals with suppressed immune systems would likely benefit the most from glutamine supplementation.
In terms of gut health, glutamine is also a primary fuel source for several cells that reside in the gastrointestinal lining. Glutamine is necessary for the conservation of gut villi, which are responsible for inhibiting bacteria from entering the body. Moreover, glutamine is involved in enterocyte proliferation, regulation of tight junction proteins, suppression of pro-inflammatory signaling pathways, and is a powerful antioxidant that protects healthy cells from oxidative stress.
Needless to say, consuming extra glutamine offers several health benefits, but what about muscle recovery?
A few studies show that supplementing with glutamine around exercise can decrease muscle soreness and improve strength recovery. However, a large proportion of supplemental glutamine is used by the gastrointestinal and immune systems, so not much is left for the skeletal muscles. Nonetheless, a properly functioning immune and gastrointestinal system is very important for health and performance.
In summary, supplementing with glutamine may:
- Improve recovery
- Promote gut health
- Support immune function
PeakO2® is an organic-certified combination of six adaptogenic mushrooms that are grown in the United States, including:
- Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris)
- Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
- King Trumpet (Pleurotus eryngii)
- Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
- Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)
- Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)
PeakO2® is a patented ingredient from Compound Solutions, one of the leaders in ingredient development and research within the sports nutrition industry.
- Informed-Sport & Informed-Choice Certified
- Grown on organic oats in the USA
PeakO2® was specifically designed to help users adapt to and overcome both physical and mental stress, resulting in improved power output and endurance. PeakO2® carries out its performance-enhancing effects by improving oxygen utilization and work capacity, while simultaneously reducing lactate levels. In other words, Peak O2® allows you to train harder and for longer.
PeakO2® appears to improve submaximal endurance performance as up to 2g/day has been shown to decrease blood lactate levels by 9% when subjects train at the same work rate. This essentially indicates that taking it helps your body exert less stress to meet the demands of exercise. PeakO2®, in doses up to 2g/day, can improve endurance performance as seen by a 25.8 second time to exhaustion performance improvement in the Charleston study and a 70-second improvement in the UNC study.
Supplementing with PeakO2® daily may improve:
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