Ornithine AKG (OKG) is an incredible supplement when properly administered. This amino acid salt has been shown to:
- Prevent protein catabolism
- Increase nitrogen retention
- Quicken injury recovery
- Increase Glutamine levels within cells
- Help cells grow
- Supports protein synthesis
OKG has also been shown to elevate growth hormone levels, but this is usually when intravenously injected.
Retaining nitrogen is one of the main factors allowing muscles to recover and also to grow. Exercise, starvation, and serious injury all cause a drop in nitrogen levels. Studies which have investigated, and shown, OKG to maintain nitrogen retention have mainly been conducted on severely burned patients in a hospital setting. A serious burn causes a much more intense drop in nitrogen than does any athlete’s workout. Therefore, a supplement which can prevent loss in nitrogen from such an injury and drastically speed up healing time would apply easily to an exercise setting.
OKG has an incredible ability to increase the levels of glutamine in the body. OKG aids the body in using nitrogen more efficiently, essentially getting more tissue repair with the same diet.