The Power of Nucleotides
Exercise can be hard on your body. However, the stress of exercise is what leads to the results that you’re training for, such as increased strength and muscle mass. The greater stress during exercise, the greater the adaptation. In other words, the heavier the load that you lift, the greater you can increase your strength.
The limitation with training has always been the ability of a body to recover from this necessary stress.
New research now suggests that adding nucleotides to your diet reduces some of the damaging effects of physical stress. The addition of nucleotides and prebiotics, like those combined together only in nuBound®, can boost your performance, help you recover faster and allow you to train harder.
What Are Nucleotides?
Nucleotides are small molecules essential to nearly all biological processes. Among a myriad of functions, they form the backbone of DNA and RNA. One of the most important aspects for athletes is that the nucleotide adenosine is a component of ATP, the energy storage molecule.
The body needs nucleotides, and it produces them as a normal function. Under certain stressful conditions — such as malnutrition, injury or rapid growth — the body’s own production of nucleotides is impaired, and it will draw these essential nutrients from outside sources. Supplementary nucleotides enable the body to better maintain immune function, tissue growth and cell repair during periods of stress.
The best natural sources of nucleotides come from foods such as organ meats and whole fish, with high levels of purines (one of two types of bases that form the nucleotide units of DNA). Though these foods were once more commonly eaten, the average American diet has strayed away from regular consumption due to changing tastes and availability. The original external human source for nucleotide supplementation, though, is breast milk, where they play a crucial role in the maturation of infant immune systems.
The Immune System & Athlete Recovery
Early understanding of the crucial role nucleotides play in immune function came in a hospital setting, during the study of tissue transplant patients. As a result, nutritional products have incorporated nucleotides to help enhance immune systems and reduce the rate of hospital-acquired infections.
Adding prebiotics to the diet is another way to support the immune system. Prebiotics enhance and balance the gut microbiome, which impacts overall health and is directly linked to healthy immune function.
Research has recently turned toward the benefits of an immune boost for recovering athletes. Exercise significantly increases the demands on the immune system, temporarily weakening immune cell function. Cortisol is released, and inflammation occurs in the muscle tissue after a strenuous workout — and it can take days to recover. The immune system, however, plays a central role in the process of rebuilding after exercise.
How Nucleotides and Prebiotics Can Boost Your Training
In the last decade, studies have revealed how nucleotide supplements can help reduce the damage caused by physical training.
Taking a nucleotide supplement can result in lower levels of stress and inflammatory response, less tissue damage, higher levels of immune function and enhanced performance (Sterczla, Kraemer et al. 2016).
Athletes taking nucleotides saw these
results post-workout, on average:
- 32% Less Cortisol
- 27% Less Inflammation
- 41% Stronger
It took the control group of athletes three days of recovery to catch up to the performance of those who took the supplement.
nuBound Sports Recovery
nuBound’s patented formula is the only supplement that combines nucleotides and prebiotics to strengthen your immune system, enhance your performance and reduce the painful stress responses after a workout, allowing you to get back to training sooner.