Arginine alpha-ketoglutarate, or AAKG, is a precursor for nitric oxide production and potentially improves blood flow and nutrient delivery (such as creatine or amino acids) to muscles. AAKG gives bodybuilders a stronger "pump" when working out, and is often an ingredient in pre workout supplements. This category contains products which are simply the raw AAKG pills or powder.
AAKG works in that it gives its users a serious "pump" in the weightroom. This pump may lead to more fulfilling workouts and temporary muscular growth in the gym. Studies show that AAKG gives a better bench press and provides users with more peak power. However, that study also showed that AAKG did not make its users bigger or change body composition. Note that there are additional nitric oxide studies on this page which show that different results are obtained when using AAKG alongside creatine and amino acids.
AAKG showed no side effects according to this study on Safety and effects on exercise performance of L-arginine alpha-ketoglutarate in trained adult men. If you are looking at arginine alone (not arginine AKG), you will find this study interesting: In normal doses of 3-6g, arginine shows very little side effects, but as the doses get over 9g, diabetic patients can get gastrointestinal symptoms. This study doesn't relate to AAKG powder, though.
Is AAKG safe?
Yes, AAKG is safe according to the study above.
AAKG News on PricePlow
Apr 29, 2018 Blog Post:
Cellucor C4 ULTIMATE On the Go Pre Workout Cans Revealed!
Cellucor C4 Ultimate on the Go has been revealed, and this can is quite a doozy. With full doses of citrulline malate, beta alanine, 300mg caffeine...
Mar 22, 2017 Blog Post:
MaxQ Nutrition’s Maxed Out Pre Workout – The Fattest Pre EVER?
MaxQ Nutrition has crafted a true world beater in their Maxed Out Pre Workout which contains everything you'd want to have a Maxed Out workout!
Feb 18, 2017 Product News:
MuscleTech L-Arginine SX-7 Black Onyx was created.
Jan 07, 2017 Product News:
ABSN Arginine AKG was created.
Dec 13, 2016 Blog Post:
C4 Ultimate: Cellucor’s Pinnacle Pre Workout!
Cellucor C4 Ultimate is the *ultimate* pre workout experience from Cellucor that features a mostly transparent label and well-dosed pump ingredients.
Dec 28, 2015 Blog Post:
Swole Sports PreWrek – 2016 Rebranded Formula
Swole Sports PreWrek has been reformulated PreWrek to keep in line with the brand's recent "rebranding" to better match the new products coming out.
Oct 21, 2015 Blog Post:
C4 Neuro – Cellucor’s C4 with FOCUS
C4 Neuro is the latest incarnation of Cellucor's pre workout that packs a lot of the things you love about the standard plus of a potent nootropic blend.
Oct 19, 2015 Blog Post:
HIT Built Pre Workout: Creatine and Beta Alanine Free
HIT Supplements Built Pre Workout is part of the Built Series of Products. It contains no creatine or beta alanine.
Oct 06, 2015 Blog Post:
APS Mesomorph – DMAA Removed!!!
APS Mesomorph from APS Nutrition is a high-energy, focus heavy pre workout that brings DMAA back to the masses! Hang on for the ride at 3/4 scoop!
Jun 25, 2015 Blog Post:
APS Morph 3: Pre Workout Stimulant Powerhouse!
APS Morph 3 is the newest incarnation of Mesomorph, a very powerful pre workout from APS Nutrition, and the latest to include eria jarensis extract.
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AAKG Deals & Price Alerts
The following deals are still active:
- Dec 04, 2018: MuscleTech L-Arginine SX-7 Black Onyx 466 Grams dropped by 49.9% to $24.95 at A1 Supplements
- Nov 29, 2018: PrimaForce AAKG 250 Grams dropped by 13.8% to $13.79 at AllStarHealth
- Nov 19, 2018: NutraKey Arginine 500 Grams dropped by 12.9% to $26.36 at DPS Nutrition
- Oct 26, 2018: NutraKey Arginine 100 Capsules dropped by 21.0% to $6.39 at DPS Nutrition
- Oct 11, 2018: Olympian Labs A-AKG Powder 90 Grams dropped by 23.1% to $9.99 at AllStarHealth
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