John “Mountain Dog” Meadows” and Granite Supplements put the industry on notice when they launched just a few short months ago with their powerhouse Arc Reactor Pre Workout. The PricePlow team loved it and have been eagerly awaiting the brand’s intra workout.
Well that day has finally arrived as the Mountain Dog has released Adamantium Aminos — an intra workout befitting of its namesake, Wolverine.
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Adamantium Aminos Ingredients
Adamantium Aminos isn’t just packing BCAAs in its mighty 14.7g scoop, it’s also got a full range of EAAs plus performance and endurance boosting PeakO2!
BCAA 3:1:1 (5g)
Adamantium Aminos leads off with the unique Leucine-heavy 3:1:1 ratio of BCAAs, meaning each serving contains 3g Leucine, 1g each of Isoleucine and Valine.
The 3g of Leucine is key, as it’s well-established to be the main stimulator of mTOR in the body, that drives muscle protein synthesis. Even during the most rigorous of Mountain Dog workouts, you’ll avoid catabolism and support anabolism due to this mTOR stimulation. On top of that, BCAAs also enhance recovery and offset muscle soreness, a.k.a. DOMS.[2,3]
Why go with 3:1:1?
We reached out to the Mountain Dog to see why he opted for the less conventional 3:1:1 ratio when so many other amino supplements on the market employ the 2:1:1 ratio. Here’s what John has to say:
”Based on the current state of the science, there is really nothing “magical” or “mystical” about the ratio of Leucine:Isoleucine:Valine.
However, in this case we simply felt it was important to anchor our BCAA/ Essential amino acid formula to leucine, since we do know it is the key “signaling” BCAA and EAA that activates the muscle protein synthetic machinery. Also, many of the other metabolic benefits of EAAs, and protein in general, are clearly credited to leucine concentration.” — John Meadows
Here’s one particular area where Adamantium Aminos really stands apart from the litany of other amino products on the market. PEAKO2™ is a patented and trademarked blend of powdered mushrooms, headlined by Cordyceps militaris, a powerful mushroom prized for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-aging, and benefits.[4,5] Other mushroom species you’ll get in Peak O2 include Reishi, King Trumpet, Shiitake, Lion’s Mane, and Turkey Tail.
The landmark PeakO2 study which has been the main buzz for the ingredient showed that individuals consuming a total of 4g per day significantly increased VO2 Max, time to exhaustion, and peak power output over placebo group.
Adamantium Aminos contains half of your daily dose in each scoop. It’s often recommended to consume 2g pre workout and 2g intra workout for PeakO2. So, to get your other 2g, you could add some bulk PeakO2 to a helping of Granite’s Arc Reactor.
Big question is how they’ll flavor this, since PeakO2 tastes very “earthy”. Granite did the best work we’ve ever seen with Theacrine in Arc Reactor, so we’re confident their flavorist has this one covered (literally) too!!
A conditionally essential amino acid, Taurine is an osmolyte that helps with hydration, focus, and performance.[7,8,9] Typically, the body has ample taurine to perform its required functions; however, during high intensity exercise (like a Mountain Dog workout!), taurine reserves dwindle shifting it from conditionally essentially to flat out essential.
The first true essential amino acid in Adamantium Aminos is Threonine, an alpha amino acid required for protein construction. Threonine is essential to glycine and serine synthesis, both of which are then used to stimulate muscle protein synthesis (MPS).
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (500mg)
A well known focus booster, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT) is a more water-soluble form of the amino acid L-Tyrosine that’s thought to have superior bioavailability. We already got a sizeable 650mg NALT in Arc Reactor, and Adamantium Aminos gives another half gram dose to further your focus, cognition and mood by ramping up production noradrenaline and dopamine..[11,12]
That brings the total amount of NALT to 1.15g in the Granite pre/intra stack — a heaping amount of the brain booster that will sustain your heightened focus throughout even the longest Meadows training session.
Phenylalanine is an EAA necessary for proper CNS function. It easily cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and necessary for dopamine, epinephrine (adrenaline), and norepinephrine (noradrenaline) synthesis. These three crucial neurotransmitters basically regulate our interactions and perceptions of our surrounding environments.
On top of that, these three neurotransmitters also help improve focus and mood — two vital components of successful training.
Continuing on with our EAA portion of Adamantium Aminos, is Lysine. It’s necessary for muscle protein construction, calcium absorption, and speeding injury recovery. Lysine also is required for the production of carnitine, a compound in the body that facilitates energy production and the formation of skin, collagen, cartilage, and tendons.
A precursor to histamine, Histidine is a vital to cognitive functioning and wakefulness. Specifivally, histidine is required for the myelin sheath development and maintenance. FYI, myelin sheaths cover nerve cells and enhance signal transmission from the brain to all areas of the body.
Furthermore, histidine also makes up the 2nd half of the beta alanine-histidine “equation” to make the powerful intracellular buffer carnosine production. You want to see the endurance-boosting benefits of beta alanine 100%? Then make sure you’re getting in enough histidine too!
L-tryptophan is the sole precursor of serotonin and absolutely essential to serotonin production in the brain. Serotonin supports cognition, behavior, and overall mood.
However, Tryptophan is one of the lowest concentrated amino acids in the body, which spells trouble for serotonin if you’re deficient in it. Not to worry though, as Adamantium Aminos supplies more than enough to sustain serotonin production, through your workout and wards off any bit of mid-workout mood slump.
Finally, we have the free radical fighting amino Methionine that defends against oxidative damage brought on rigorous training. It also acts as a precursor to two other performance-boosting aminos in L-Taurine and L-Cysteine.
On the Formula
One benefit of having a full EAA supplement as opposed to just a plain old BCAA-only amino product is its versatility. It’s great for anytime of day due to the full range of amino acids, not just during your workout.
We asked John what was the method behind his design of Adamantium Aminos:
”There are many amino products on the market, but here we wanted to provide consumers with an amino product they would meet the following features (and we’ve delivered):
–All necessary essential amino acids with a focus on the BCAAs that the science has demonstrated can support muscle protein synthesis (anabolism), while minimizing breakdown (catabolism) if unable or willing to get a meal in.
–Added performance/Recovery benefits with perhaps the only true branded-standardized-reliable, clinical studied, evidence-based mycotic adaptogen. Many studies on “adaptogens” have used material that does not have a rock-solid, secure, tight, traceable and reliable supply chain. For example, while Rhodiola rosea has some intriguing science published using a botanical source with standardized rosavins & salidrosides, it is not always based on a branded, reliable source with chain of custody vetted supply chain.
Here, with PeakO2, we’ve managed to offer consumers just that. Moreover, it appears to have benefits for those looking not only at shorter duration power-based activities, but also for those extended, endurance & work capacity sessions, practice or events.” — John Meadows
Just like we saw with Arc Reactor, Granite’s Adamantium Aminos is launching with two flavors: Gamma Green Apple and Strawberry Lemonade.
Arc Reactor knocked the TeaCrine® flavoring out of the park, so the fact that there’s no TeaCrine® here means we anticipating some seriously great flavoring from the Mountain Dog. They do have to cover that PeakO2 mushroom extract, though, so we’re excited to see if they do better than Xtend Perform in that case!
Don’t forget our Interview with The Mountain Dog!
Filmed at the 2017 Arnold Sports Festival – John Meadows is the man!
Takeaway: A Mountain Dog Worthy Amino
The Mountain Dog has delivered an amino acid supplement worthy of Wolverine’s tenacity. Adamantium Aminos provides the perfect counterpunch to Arc Reactor’s opening salvo. Now we just need to see which superhero inspired product is up next from John and the rest of the Granite Supplements team!
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