So many emails and requests have come into ‘Ask Dr. Harvey’, I’m going to answer a few of the most requested items over the past month for you right here. As more people become educated about weight loss and how proper nutrition makes it so much easier, I think you’ll find these posts most helpful as you…
Q: Is your high grade fish oil in the triglyceride form or with the ethyl ester form?
A: The quick answer to your question is that the omega-3s in our High Grade Fish Oil product is in the triglyceride form. Let me give everyone a quick primer on this topic since I will assume most people reading this may not be aware of why the question and our products are important. The molecular form of fish oils is one of the most controversial and debated quality issues within the dietary supplement industry. Triglycerides (TG) are the natural molecular form of fats and typically found in food sources. Ethyl esters (EE) are a synthetically derived alternative form. The majority of fish oil concentrates sold in the U.S. and globally is EE with only a small portion of fish oils sold as the natural TG form. It is far more costly to process fish oils in the TG form. The digestion and absorption bioavailability mechanisms are key differences between both forms. There are numerous published studies on the bioavailability of fish oils in the EE and TG form. Most studies measure the amount of EPA and DHA in the blood following the ingestion of a test dose sample. The overall scientific evidence suggests that fish oil EPA and DHA (48%) in the TG (36%) forms are far better absorbed than EPA and DHA in the EE form. Omega-3 fish oils in the EE form are much less stable and readily oxidize compared to the natural TG form. Fish oils in the natural triglyceride form offer numerous advantages as compared to fish oils in the ethyl ester form as far as safety, enhanced bioavailability, much more stable and in the form found in nature.
Q: My trainer says to take 5G of BCAA’s before workout. I don’t see the Grams of dosage on the bottle, just the qty of caps.
A: Each serving of Amino Max is 6 capsules. The branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) include leucine, valine and isoleucine. A 6 capsule serving of Amino Max would provide approximately 663 mg or .663 g of the BCAAs. Since your trainer recommends a much higher dose of the BCAAs before your workout, Amino Max may not be the best option. You would have to take about 7.5 servings or 45 capsules to meet the 5 g requirement. For you, I would recommend Pro BCAA which was developed specifically for those requiring a higher potency of the BCAAs per serving. Pro BCAA has 7 g of the BCAAs per serving which would adequately meet your needs. We have also added glutamine, glycine and citrulline malate to the formula much more comprehensive. We now have three great flavors of Pro BCAA including pink lemonade, watermelon and tangerine.
Q: HOW CAN I TAKE AMINO ACIDS?
A: Amino Max is a complete amino acid complex delivered in easy-to-swallow capsules. It contains all twenty amino acids, including all 9 essential amino acids necessary for our body to make proteins and supports the post-exercise “muscle recovery window”. An advantage of using Amino Max is that capsules are convenient and can be taken anytime during the day. Amino Max can be taken before exercise, during exercise, after exercise, between meals and before bedtime. Those who are lactose intolerant may also find Amino Max beneficial compared to a whey protein shake. Each serving size is 6 capsules and it is recommended to take 2 to 4 times daily several hours apart depending on your training program. Make sure to consume plenty of water throughout the day.
Yours In Health,
Phillip W. Harvey, PhD, RD, FACN, CNS
Chief Scientific Officer
Max Muscle Corporate USA