The Krebs Cycle

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The Krebs Cycle

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The Krebs cycle, also known as the tricarboxylic acid cycle (TCA) and citric acid cycle (CAC), was first recognised in 1937 by German biochemist Hans Adolph Krebs. It constitutes the discovery of the major source of energy in all living organisms. The Krebs cycle affects all types of life and is involved in the second of the 3 major stages every living cell must go through in order to produce energy that is crucial to survival. As the metabolic pathway in cells, the Krebs cycle is responsible for the chemical conversion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins into carbon dioxide and also converts water into serviceable energy.

Through the breakdown of glucose (glycolysis) during aerobic respiration, pyruvic acid can be funnelled via the Krebs cycle to cells for energy, this process is known as slow glycolysis.

The Krebs Cycle And Ketogluturate

Ketogluturate is critical for the efficient operation of the Krebs cycle. Without ketogluturate you would be unable to create energy in the body and since energy is vital for life, then ketogluturate is a vital substance!

The Krebs cycle can be manipulated to aid muscle growth through supplementation of arginine alpha ketogluturate . The arginine metabolises to nitric oxide, which then relaxes the muscles in the walls of the blood vessels (vasodilation). This results in an increase in blood flow to the muscles (haemodilation), meaning an increase in the availability of amino acids that promote further muscle growth.

Following this the ketogluturate, through assistance of the Krebs cycle, generates the increased levels of energy that are vital to the building of serious muscle mass!

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