There are a lot of products that focus specifically on muscle building or fat loss, but not many that can effectively assist with both. ANS Muscle Up was designed to help promote changes in body composition by promoting fat loss and muscle building.
One of the more interesting new supplements available is called ursolic acid, which also goes by the shorter name of malol. In tests on mice, the compound caused their muscles to grow and fat mass to shrink. Researchers suspect that ursolic acid’s prime target is the IGF-1 receptor. This becomes more sensitive when Ursolic Acid is consumed and as a result the IGF-1 that is present in the body works better.
Ursolic Acid seems to increase the amount of muscle and brown fat, two tissues recognized for their calorie-burning properties. Some studies have linked increased levels of brown fat with lower levels of obesity and healthier levels of blood sugar and blood lipid, leading to the suggestion that brown fat may be helpful in preventing obesity and diabetes. Further study showed that ursolic acid consumption increased skeletal muscle, increasing strength and endurance. Because both muscle and brown fat burn calories, the researchers investigated energy expenditure which showed that ursolic acid-fed mice burned more calories than mice that didn’t get the supplement.
Muscle Up also contains the combination of protodioscin, maca, and Acetyl L-Carnitine to support testosterone levels. Protodioscin and maca work to increase the natural production of androgen levels. These compounds can help bring an individuals natural testosterone levels up to a high normal level. Acetyl L-Carnitine also works to increase the expression of androgen receptors. With more androgen receptors you have more places for testosterone to bind which can lead to greater effects from circulating testosterone.
Another component of Muscle Up is N-Coumarolydopamine a naturally occurring beta 2 agonist which has the ability to promote protein synthesis as well as having a thermogenic effect.
Muscle Up also uses Brassaiopsis glomerulata a shrub found in the Far East, extracts of the leaves have an anti-estrogenic effect. By helping to reduce estrogen it can create a more favorable hormone profile and aid in changing body composition.
Dominick Walsh is a blogger for Performance Nutrition and TMRzoo.com and covers all men’s health topics and exercise issues including protein powders, diets, weight loss, weight lifting supplements, fat burners and supplement reviews. Dominick’s columns cover everything you need to know about your pre, during and post workout nutrition.