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09-21-2021, 05:49 AM
Arachidonic Acid (X-Factor")

Arachidonic acid (ARA) is a fatty acid from the omega-6 family. It is also one of the most important dietary components in the muscle-building process. This fatty acid
is found in animal products, and is especially rich in meats such as beef, chicken, salmon, duck, and lamb. ARA serves as a precursor to several hormone like compounds in the body, notably prostaglandins, leukotrienes, lipoxins, and
thromboxanes.2 Because of this, it is integral to a series of biological functions including nutrient metabolism, neurological activity, immunity, inflammation, insulin
sensitivity, bone mineral density, and vascular homeostasis.3 4 5 It is also necessary for the adaptive (growth) response to training.67 In sports nutrition, ARA is widely supplemented (as XFACTORTM) to increase muscle
size, strength, and power, especially at times of training stagnation.
The role arachidonic acid plays in the process of muscle growth appears to be largely mediated by its conversion to prostaglandins. These are locally acting hormones, which can shift cell physiology to favor repair and growth. The main focus here is PGF2alpha, which is a known regulator of muscle protein synthesis. Among other things, it may enhance muscle cell sensitivity to anabolic hormones like IGF-1,9 testosterone, 10 and insulin. 11 PGF 2alpha also appears to support the satellite cell cycle, particularly satellite cell proliferation and nuclear accretion.12 13 This is very important to continued muscle hypertrophy. Muscle cells grow very large next to other cells in the body. This necessitates they contain many nuclei, not just one. These regulate a myriad of cell activities. However, these cells cannot grow past a certain point unless more nuclei are added. Intracellular metabolism becomes inefficient otherwise. Therefore, by increasing the number of nuclei within these cells, arachidonic acid may support increases in the overall capacity of these cells to grow.

I hope that Frank Thomas Keeps growing we all know that he used juice now promotes this product. I don't believe in many dietary supplements. I wonder if arachidonic acid has anything to it?