What It Is
An easy-to-mix BCAA powder provides delicious flavor in every scoop. Next time you step in the gym, on the court, or on the field be sure to use Steel Fuel® to maximize your performance.* Steel Fuel® can also be used throughout the day as a fantastic alternative to sugary sports drinks or juices and is derived from vegetable starches, making it vegan-friendly.*
What It Does
Effectively aids in muscle repair and muscle protein synthesis while enhancing endurance performance and decreasing fatigue.* By synergistically combining vital electrolytes with raw coconut water powder, Steel Fuel® helps rehydrate the body after an exercise-induced fluid loss.*
Proven Active Ingredients
Research Proven 2:1:1 BCAA Ratio: Branched-Chain Amino Acids compromise 35% of your body’s muscle protein and are composed of the essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine. The more BCAAs that are present in the muscles, the more they will be used for energy; slowing the breakdown of muscle cells and preventing muscle loss.
- L-Leucine: Stimulates muscle protein synthesis.
- L-Isoleucine: Induces glucose uptake into cells and promotes glucose metabolism.
- L-Valine: Converted into glucose and used by the body as a source of fuel.
Electrolyte Blend: Electrolytes are minerals present in the body that have an electric charge. They are especially relevant to exercise because they control how much water the body has, blood acidity, and muscle function. Electrolytes are lost in sweat, which explains why intense exercise can lead to problems such as dehydration.
- Magnesium: Prevents muscle cramps.
- Potassium: Provides cardiac muscle support.
- Sodium: Regulates muscle contraction and nerve function.
Taurine: An amino acid that plays a role in the functioning and maintenance of skeletal muscle, cardiovascular health, and overall energy levels. Taurine helps in the regulation of muscle contractions, water balance, and energy levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Supplementing with taurine has been shown to increase strength levels, decrease muscle soreness, promote endurance and aid in recovery. It is also a key regulator in fluid-electrolyte balance.
Raw Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Water Powder: One of the richest natural sources of electrolytes containing numerous vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, and antioxidants. Coconut Water has the ability to rehydrate you very quickly due to the fact that it is readily absorbed into the body.
L-Citrulline Malate: A non-essential amino acid, playing a key role in the Urea Cycle, which is the process whereby the body eliminates toxic byproducts of digesting protein and generating cellular energy. L-Citrulline Malate serves as an important component in the tricarboxylic (or TCA) cycle, which is one way your body produces energy. When you increase malate levels, you increase energy production. Therefore, citrulline malate provides the one-two punch of bringing additional blood—and subsequently, oxygen and nutrients—to exercising muscles, as well as providing increased energy to boost performance levels.
L-Glutamine: The most common amino acid found in your muscles. L-Glutamine plays key roles in protein metabolism, cell volumizing, and anti-catabolism. Glutamine’s anti-catabolism ability prevents the breakdown of your muscles.
L-Glycine: A non-essential amino acid that is used to make protein in the body, which builds the tissue that forms organs, joints, and muscles. L-Glycine promotes muscle growth by helping to inhibit the deterioration of protein tissues that form muscle and boosts muscle recovery.
As a dietary supplement, mix one serving (one level scoop) of Steel Fuel® with 8-16 fl. oz. of cold water (adjust for taste preferences). Stir or shake well and consume during exercise on training days, or throughout the day on both training and non-training days.
Why Steel Fuel?
So many times, in the world of fitness, we’re solely focused on finding the “best pre-workout”, that magical concoction of stimulants, ergogenic, and pump enhancers that will push our performance to the next level. At the same time, we also make consuming protein immediately after training a priority as well, so as to enhance muscle repair and promote muscle growth.
But, how many times do you stop to think about what you should be consuming during your actual workout?
Sure, you’ll sip on some water in between sets, and while that’s better than drinking nothing, it doesn’t really make the most of your intra-workout nutrition.
When training, you’re not only losing water but valuable electrolytes as well. You’re also depleting glycogen stores, and if they get too low, you’re at risk for decreased performance and eating away at your hard-earned muscle mass.
Suffice it to say that what you consume during your workout may be more important than what you’re consuming before or after your workout. Yes, maybe even more crucial than your precious protein shake.
To ensure your not at risk of excess muscle breakdown or dehydration, we have created Steel Fuel!
What is Steel Fuel?
Steel Fuel is the ultimate training fuel for intense workouts. Combining the powers of BCAA, essential electrolytes, and valuable hydration agents, Steel Fuel prolongs endurance, blunts fatigue, sustains focus, and accelerates recovery and repair following your workout. Steel Fuel also helps spare muscle tissue from being broken down when glycogen stores are depleted.
Why is Steel Fuel Better?
Steel Fuel includes the research-backed 5g dose of BCAA to stave off fatigue and improve exercise endurance. Also included are a formidable collection of hydration supplements and electrolytes that combat the dehydrating effects of extreme exercise, enabling you to sustain focus and performance no matter how long you train. Plus, unlike other BCAA supplements on the market that use animal-derived BCAA from sources like pig fur and bird feathers, Steel Fuel uses plant-derived BCAA, making Steel Fuel safe for vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores!
What’s in Steel Fuel?
Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) 2:1:1
Consisting of leucine, isoleucine, and valine, the BCAAs, or branched chain amino acids, are the primary drivers of muscle protein synthesis, [1,2] thereby supporting muscle growth, but that only begins to scratch the surface of the wealth of benefits that BCAA have to offer.
BCAA supplementation also helps prevent catabolism as well as reduce muscle soreness (DOMS) and accelerate recovery. [3,4] And, BCAA can also delay mental fatigue, improve energy production, and enhance glucose metabolism, all of which contribute to superior performance while training.
Citrulline Malate 1:1
Typically found in pre-workouts for its nitric oxide boosting qualities, citrulline malate also serves a valuable purpose in intra-workouts as well. Citrulline plays a critical role in the urea cycle, which removes toxic waste products.  Excess buildup of these metabolic byproducts induces fatigue and hinders performance.
On top of that, citrulline is also a pivotal player in the Krebs (TCA) cycle that produces energy, helping you sustain a high level of performance all workout long.  Added to the fact that citrulline malate improves blood flow, and with-it oxygen and nutrient delivery, including it any intra-workout is a no-brainer!
Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid that, under normal circumstances, is in ample supply; however, in times of extreme stress (i.e. intense exercise), glutamine stores are rapidly depleted which can reduce performance and hinder muscle growth.  Steel Fuel includes 500mg of L-Glutamine to enhance muscle protein synthesis and recovery following training.
Found predominantly in muscles, joints, and organs, L-Glycine is a non-essential amino acid heavily involved in protein metabolism. It helps break down glycogen to support energy production, thereby offsetting any potential muscle catabolism that could occur as a result of intense exercise. [8,9] Furthermore, L-Glycine also helps the body use fat for fuel and it even bolsters immune and digestive function.
Taurine is another conditionally essential amino acid that easily crosses the blood-brain barrier, acting on the GABA receptors of the brain and promoting feelings of calm, controlled focus during exercise.  This makes taurine invaluable especially during later portions of your workout when focus and concentration start to dwindle.
Taurine also is found plentifully in skeletal muscle, where it serves to enhance cellular hydration and prolong endurance.  This amino acid is also especially critical to cardiac muscle tissue and function, especially when you consider the fact that the heart is responsible for pumping oxygen and nutrients to your muscles.
Intense exercise brings about intense sweating, and in addition to all of the water you’re losing through sweat, you’re also losing valuable electrolytes, such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium. Electrolytes are essential for muscle function and proper hydration. Losing too many electrolytes put you at risk for reduced performance, decreased focus, cramping, and possibly dehydration. 
Steel Fuel includes a full arsenal of electrolytes including Coconut water, an incredibly rich source of naturally occurring potassium. Together, these electrolytes maintain optimal hydration levels bolstering your performance, endurance, stamina, and focus.
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