ATP is one of the end products of the chemical reactions taken place within the cells. It is the primary energy currency of the body and when hydrolyzed, it releases a lot of energy that results in muscle contraction and protein synthesis. In fact, ATP is the stored form of energy readily available for the body to produce heat and energy when reacting with water. The biochemistry of ATP is somewhat complicated.
Athletic Benefits of ATP:
- Increases exercise volume and muscle power.
- Improves energy and endurance levels.
- Delays exercise – induced fatigue and exhaustion.
- May help with recovery.
ATP is available as adenosine - 5`- triphosphate disodium and taken orally or sublingually 150 – 300 mg about 10 to 20 minutes before exercise. Creatine, inosine, and ribose enhance ATP production within the mitochondria.
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