Increased Muscle Mass with Immunocal
For obvious reasons, muscle mass is highly correlated to muscle strength. Maintenance of muscle mass is particularly challenging for individuals who are trying to manage their weight or exercising with the objective of reaching their optimal body weight. Good examples here are dieters or to the extreme, athletes who have to “make weight” for certain events. But what is often overlooked is the loss of muscle mass in high-level athletes as a long tough season progresses. For example, a professional soccer or hockey player might lose 10-20 pounds of lean muscle mass by the end of the year.
Increasing or preserving muscle mass requires providing a continual source of protein building blocks or amino acids. These include all of the essential amino acids as well as branch-chain amino acids, all of which appear in Immunocal and Immunocal Platinum. Most importantly, maintenance of muscle mass has been discovered to be linked directly with cysteine and glutathione levels. Dr. Wulf Dröge is noted for his research correlating muscle loss and glutathione/cysteine availability (cachexia) from varying clinical situations ranging from AIDS, sepsis, cancer, aging to athletics.
Very basic research done earlier by Dr. Dröge’s colleagues, Ralf Kinscherf shows that supplying muscle cells with cysteine to raise glutathione levels leads to increased cellular mass. This basic idea has been translated into real-world examples using Immunocal.