What is Descend?
Descend is a post-workout supplement that is loaded with the essential ingredients for recovery and growth: BCAAs, Beta Alanine and Creatine.
5 grams of BCAAs
The BCAAs are three amino acids—leucine, isoleucine, and valine—that share a common structure.
Research suggests that leucine is the most critical after workouts because it stimulates muscle protein synthesis (i.e., muscle growth) by activating the mTOR complex.† It also supports the body’s natural insulin release, which drives more amino acids and creatine from Descend into your muscle cells.†
Having a 2:1:1 ratio of leucine to isoleucine and valine in Descend provides an extra bit of leucine for to help boost muscle growth without compromising the critical role that isoleucine and valine play in this process.†
1.5 grams of Beta Alanine for muscle recovery
Beta-alanine is an amino acid that gets taken up by muscle fibers and combines with the amino acid histidine to form carnosine.†
Research suggests that carnosine increases strength and power, improves endurance and recovery, and muscle growth.† This is especially true when taken together with creatine, as in Descend.
One of the best times to get a dose of beta-alanine is right after workouts when muscle fibers are primed to utilize nutrients.† Taking beta-alanine along with leucine and creatine, as in Descend, may further enhance its uptake to keep your muscle carnosine levels maximized.†
2 grams of Creatine Monohydrate
Creatine Monohydrate is one of the most widely used and studied sports nutrition supplements for more than 25 years. Recognized as safe and effective, creatine monohydrate helps supply energy to the muscles to train harder. It has long been trusted by gym goers and bodybuilders who want to gain muscle weight because it allows you to get more reps on sets of strength training, thereby increasing the stimulus to your muscles.†
Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid. Your body uses it to produce carnosine, which helps improve exercise performance. Supplementing with Beta-alanine increases carnosine, which reduces the acidity in your muscles during high-intensity exercise.†
Beta-alanine improves athletic performance by reducing fatigue, increasing endurance and boosting performance in high-intensity exercises. Studies show that beta-alanine helps increase your time to exhaustion (TTE). In other words, it helps you exercise for longer periods at a time.†
Beta-alanine can benefit shorter-duration exercises. In general, muscle acidosis limits the duration of high-intensity exercise. For this reason, beta-alanine specifically helps performance during high-intensity and short-duration exercise lasting one to several minutes. Also worth mentioning is that Beta-alanine can help increase exercise volume — which can lead to increases in lean body mass.†
Creatine is a substance that is found naturally in muscle cells. It helps your muscles produce energy during heavy lifting or high-intensity exercise. Supplementing with creatine monohydrate can result in significant increases in muscle mass.
Creatine Monohydrate also helps maintain strength and training performance while increasing muscle mass during intense over-training. These noticeable improvements are primarily caused by your body’s increased capacity to produce ATP. Normally, ATP becomes depleted after 8–10 seconds of high-intensity activity. But because creatine supplements help you produce more ATP, you can maintain optimal performance for a few seconds longer.†
L-Arginine AKG 2:1
L- Arginine is a nonessential amino acid that influences several metabolic factors that are important to athletes. AKG (alpha-ketoglutarate) is the nitrogen-free portion of the amino acids known as glutamine and glutamic acid. It is formed in the Krebs cycle; the energy-producing process that occurs in most body cells. AKG is used by cells during growth and in healing from injuries and other wounds and is especially important in the healing of muscle tissue. L- Arginine AKG 2:1 is a 2 to 1 ratio of the amino acid arginine and alpha-ketoglutarate.†
When you combine these two things it’s more easily absorbed, plus you get the benefits of both compounds. Arginine aids in the creation of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps our veins relax and puts less stress on our hearts because our blood can flow easier. Better blood flow can also boost your performance in the gym. L-Arginine AKG 2:1 supports increased energy production through ATP, healthy protein metabolism, and increased nitric oxide production.†
L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that improves focus and helps to relieve the stress of training by reducing cortisol production. L-Tyrosine is a nutrient precursor for most of the brain’s dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. When you increase your brain neurotransmitters, tyrosine can help increase attention, fight fatigue in endurance levels, reduce reaction time and increase blood concentrations.†
L-Tyrosine has been shown to effectively improve cognition in the presence of an acute stressor, typically high intensity exercise such as bodybuilding or CrossFit. In particular, L-Tyrosine can acutely increase the production of noradrenaline and dopamine contributing to an increase in attention and cognitive performance†
L-Tyrosine can assist in improving cognitive performance and reducing the perception of stress during acute exercise, allowing you to train and compete harder for longer.†
Caffeine anhydrous is a pure, powdered version of caffeine, that increases overall energy output. Caffeine prevents the body from using intramuscular glucose as the initial energy source so the stored energy can be reserved for later. It is believed that caffeine helps with perceived effort and exertion, so it essentially makes exercise feel easier. Caffeine also increases calcium mobilization in muscles, which results in increased power when weight-lifting.
TeaCrine is a supplement that contains pure theacrine. Theacrine is a naturally-occurring substance that has regularly been compared to caffeine. You can find theacrine in nature in a variety of places, including many teas and coffees that humans regularly consume, as well as in the seeds of several plants, including Herrania and Theocrama.
Theacrine is an alkaloid, and its molecule is actually structured similarly to the caffeine molecule. Because of their similar structures, caffeine and TeaCrine are believed to activate the body in similar ways. Experts believe that they can both boost positive effects in the body, like increased energy and better focus, and people who consume TeaCrine have been known to experience a tangible increase in vitality and alertness.
One of the main benefits of TeaCrine is that it provides an energy boost to anyone who takes it. When taken as part of a pre-workout, TeaCrine delivers an overall sense of increased energy and vitality.
Research shows that people who take TeaCrine can experience an increase in the amount of physical energy they are able to expend. They also experience reduced physical fatigue. This means that they are able to push themselves harder during workouts and last longer, so they can experience and overall improved physical performance.
Similar to caffeine, theacrine has been shown to increase the amount of alertness in people who take it. This means that if you take TeaCrine, you may experience a feeling of wakefulness, as well as increased concentration.
Huperzine A is an extract from the plant Huperziaserrata, known less formerly as firmoss, or Chinese club moss. It is a potent brain booster that can promote better focus, enhanced memory, and even boost mood to the point of a mild euphoric effect.
Huperzine-A has the ability to quickly and effectively cross the blood-brain barrier preventing AChE from decreasing acetylcholine levels. By having more acetylcholine available, nerve impulses to the muscles are faster and better synchronized, and can better withstand fatigue. This results in stronger muscle contractions and less central nervous system fatigue, meaning you are stronger in the gym and can maintain that strength for longer.†