Q) How does nuBound benefit athletes?
A) nuBound provides nucleotides. Multiple studies show that adding nucleotides to the diet reduces the stress response to exercise and boosts the immune system. A lower stress response is measured by the observation of lower levels of cortisol and inflammation. Because both cortisol and inflammation lead to tissue damage, their reduction means a reduction in tissue damage. The result, in terms of performance, is that athletes taking nucleotides showed better strength preservation following exercise.
This lowered stress response has been observed in both endurance and resistance exercise models. Response in endurance exercise has been studied by looking at multiple exercise challenges including, cycling (90-minute test ride) and run-time-to-exhaustion on an accelerating tread mill. Response in resistance exercise was studied using a heavy squat workout.
These benefits accumulate over the course of a training program and throughout a playing season. Marginal improvements, through reduced tissue damage, accrue over time leading to increased work capacity during preparation, resulting in better overall fitness during competition.
Q) What are nucleotides?
A) Nucleotides are small molecules essential to nearly all biological processes including DNA and RNA synthesis, coenzyme synthesis, energy metabolism, cellular signaling, and protein homeostasis. Nucleotides occur in many forms. If you remember the DNA “spiral staircase” from biology class, the individual stair steps are nucleotides. The energy storage molecule, ATP, is also a nucleotide.
Your body produces nucleotides, but often in insufﬁcient amounts to meet the needs of rapidly growing tissues. Nucleotides from your diet provide an external source of nucleotides (and their precursors) to supplement what your body produces. Dietary nucleotides aid in supporting immune system function, tissue growth, and cellular repair.
Exercise is a stressful and damaging stimulus. Athletes impose training stress on their bodies with the expectation that training adaptations will leave them stronger, with better oxygen carrying capacity and overall more fit. Exercise stress increases demands on the immune system. There has been a growing interest over the last decade in the benefits of dietary nucleotide supplementation on exercise-induced immune responses.
Q) Are nucleotides safe to consume?
A) Nucleotides are present in natural unprocessed foods such as meat, fish, legumes, vegetables, grains, and breast milk. Any unprocessed foods that contain of whole cells contain nucleotides, although they are generally present in fairly low concentrations.
The richest sources of nucleotides in your diet include organ meats, seafood and legumes. For the last two decades, all the major brands of infant formula have been supplemented with nucleotides to ensure that bottle feed babies receive the same amount of nucleotides as breast feed babies.
What makes nuBound unique is that it provides a high concentration of nucleotides in a convenient form.
Q) Why should I take a nucleotide supplement? Am I missing anything?
A) Supplements are meant to do just that; they supplement the gaps in what you’re eating. If you’re regularly consuming organ meats, fish and legumes then you’re probably getting sufficient nucleotides from your diet.
One hundred years ago when most people lived on farms it was common to consume organ meats. A generation ago, liver and onions was a weekly staple on family menus. These days, dietary patterns are much different.
Supplementation can play a useful role. Many people take fish oil to add omega-3 fatty acids to their diet. Vitamin D has become very popular, particular in the northern latitudes during the winter months. Many people take a daily multivitamin to ensure they are not missing anything due to skipped meals.
The athletes in nucleotide supplementation studies have shown benefits, so the likelihood is this would be true for most people in the broader population.
Q) How quickly does nuBound start working?
A) nuBound begins working immediately. Most users notice the beneficial effects within the first week. The perception of this benefit is related to the intensity of training ... the harder an athlete is training, the higher the stress and the larger the benefit from dietary nucleotides in supporting recovery. Anecdotally, many athletes report a reduced incidence of colds and upper respiratory infections over the course of the season.
Q) What is the recommended dosage?
A) The normal dosage for nuBound is 4 capsules daily, which provide 600 mg of nucleotides, equivalent to the nucleotide content in a 4 oz. can of sardines or in 7 oz. of beef liver.
When your body faces unusual stress, you can safely increase the dosage to provide added benefit. In the days prior to, during and following competition or periods of heavy training (e.g., speed or interval workouts, long runs/rides, heavy lifting, etc.) you can safely double the recommended daily dosage to mitigate this elevated stress.
The breakdown products from nuBound are water soluble and include uric acid. Staying well hydrated ensures that they are quickly flushed from your system. If you have gout (sometimes referred to as hyperuricemia) you should consult with your doctor before taking nuBound.
Q) Can nuBound cause stomach upset?
A) This is uncommon. In fact, the assistance nuBound provides for cell replication is beneficial for the intestinal lining.
nuBound can be taken before, after or with meals.