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Science and Studies

Research conducted by the renowned Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University, validates what ASEA drinkers all around the world already know: ASEA has profound positive benefits to the body. In fact, the research findings were so profound that even the scientists doing the research were astonished by the results.

We blogged about this research over a week ago, but for those of you who prefer to watch the movie rather than read the book, here’s a new video just released where those involved in the research tell the incredible story.

Study finds that after drinking ASEA for one week, athletes experienced shift in 43 metabolites

Salt Lake City, Utah — ASEA, LLC announces the release of groundbreaking findings at the Experimental Biology 2012 Conference in San Diego of a new study from the Human Performance Laboratory showing increased power output and endurance among competitive athletes.*

David C. NeimanThe study supervised by Dr. David C. Nieman, DrPH, FACSM at the Human Performance Laboratory, Appalachian State University, found that after drinking ASEA athletes experienced massive free-fatty acid mobilization in the blood PRIOR to exercise to a level normally found only after heavy exercise.

“These are very significant findings,” said Nieman. “Our research demonstrated that ASEA is causing mobilization of free-fatty acids PRIOR to exercise, making this source of fuel available at the outset of exercise or competitive performance. This has important implications, especially regarding glycogen sparing, which is something every athlete tries to achieve.”
Glycogen sparing is the use of non-carbohydrates as a source of energy during exercise so that the depletion of muscle glycogen is delayed. When glycogen is spared the body burns fats for energy, making a greater contribution to an athlete’s efforts during the initial stages of a race. This leaves more glycogen for the later stages of racing or exercise, and muscle fatigue will be delayed.

The research found that after drinking ASEA for one week, athletes were experiencing a shift in 43 metabolites.

“We have rarely seen such a drastic difference. For 43 of those signals to change, that is a quarter of the metabolite profile that we are monitoring. It is a huge bump in metabolite shifts that are due to the ingestion of just one product,” said Nieman.

What do these metabolite shifts mean for athletes?

“Athletes actually started the exercise after drinking ASEA with a lot more of these free-fatty acids in their blood. The reason that is important is that the muscles will actually use that as fuel, sparing the muscle glycogen and the use of amino acids which is what we found as we analyzed the data,” said Nieman.

“Every understanding from the literature is that these probably came from the fat stores in the abdominal area,” said Nieman. “So if you drink ASEA we found that the fats go up in the blood. If you’re not exercising, those fats will still be used to support the body’s metabolism for life.”

Simply drinking ASEA for seven days mobilized fuel stores in the body from abdominal fat. For those that want to burn more fat during exercise ASEA is ideal. Even without exercise the freed up fat stores will be used by the body as fuel.

Although this is the first laboratory study of ASEA on athletes, many endurance athletes have been drinking ASEA and noticing improvements in their race times, recovery after racing/training, etc.

James Lawrence, World Record, Most Triathlons 70.3 races, said, “I’ve experienced all these tremendous benefits over the last few years when I’m doing all these world records, and maybe didn’t understand it, but was fearful to go off the product. With this new study it’s really helped me understand why I don’t get sore, and why I’m able to just lock in this strong pace and hold it for so long.”

Cody WaiteCody Waite, professional Xterra triathlete, had this to say about Dr. Nieman’s study. “My thoughts on the study are that I kind of already knew this through my own experience with the product. But at the same time it’s great to have that solid evidence that laboratory test make official. That gives it that official stamp of approval from the scientists and then the stamp of approval from lead athletes.”

Diana Mcmanus Olympic SwimmerDiana MacManus, three-time national swimming champion said, “With ASEA I’ve noticed that my times and my meets have improved significantly. Learning about the research behind ASEA boosts my confidence and reinforces what I already know.” Typically, muscle glycogen is reduced in the body during a single or many groups of energy expenditures. For example, during a single sprint muscle glycogen may deplete by 25% to 30% of the resting levels. Similarly, at the end of longer durations (60 to 90 minutes) of high, moderate and low exercise muscle, glycogen will be dramatically reduced or depleted.

The study included 20 fit athletes in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-based, cross-over study. After baseline testing for VO2Max and body composition, one-half of the athletes drank four ounces of ASEA each day for seven days. The other one-half of the athletes drank four ounces of a placebo for seven days. Then all athletes completed a 75-km cycling trial, with blood drawn prior to the trial, immediately after the trial and one hour after the trial.

After a “washout” period in which none of the athletes drank ASEA or the placebo, a seven day cross-over study was conducted. The original ASEA group drank the placebo and the original placebo group drank ASEA for a seven day period. Then all athletes completed a second 75-km cycling trial, with blood drawn prior to the trial, immediately after the trial and one hour after the trial.

The research demonstrated that drinking ASEA taps into the body’s largest energy reserves, freeing fatty acids from adipose tissue, BEFORE exercise or athletic competition.

“This unexpected mobilization of fatty acids in theory will lead to better endurance in athletes, assisting athletes to maintain a certain pace for longer periods of time,” said Nieman.

The research found that the release of fatty acids is coming from fatty adipose tissue, the body’s source of abundant, available energy. Adipose tissue is fat stored around the organs of the body, with the most common and largest fat store being the abdominal area. Adipose tissue triglycerides represent the largest energy reserve in the human body. Utilizing these stores is critical for prolonged endurance exercise.

The study also demonstrated that the athletes in the study experienced a massive increase in blood levels of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) after exercise. This could indicate less oxidative stress on muscles. Further research is being conducted to determine the implications of this increase.

“This study is the latest in ASEA’s commitment to ongoing research. The frontiers of redox signaling molecules and ASEA are constantly being pushed. This latest study is not a destination, but an on-ramp,” said Verdis Norton, Chief Executive Officer at ASEA.

Human Performance Laboratory

ASU/NCRC Human Performance LaboratoryThe mission of the ASU/NCRC Human Performance Laboratory is to investigate the influence of unique plant molecules (e.g, flavonoids such as quercetin, luteolin, and epigallocatechin 3-gallate or EGCG) on age-related loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia), muscle mitochondrial biogenesis, and exercise-induced changes in immune function, oxidative stress, and inflammation. The Human Performance Laboratory is located at Appalachian State University North Carolina Research Campus and is affiliated with the North Carolina Research Institute which brings together eight universities as well as researchers at Dole, General Foods and Monsanto.

The Company and Product

ASEA, LLC is a Salt Lake City-based company whose flagship product, also called ASEA, is the world’s first and only source of stable, balanced, native-to-the-body Redox Signaling molecules.

ASEA is sold in a 32-ounce bottle and an eight-ounce flexible pouch made from environmentally friendly materials. The 32-ounce bottle is made from a durable plastic. The eight-ounce flexible pouch fits easily into a backpack, pocket or in athletic gear. Both packages were created from input from competitive athletes and everyday ASEA consumers. The eight-ounce pouch includes a one-way valve to keep the pouch contents clean and pure.

ASEA can be purchased through ASEA’s wide network of independent associates.

ASEA and Redox Signaling Molecules

ASEA, with its Redox Signaling technology, is a powerful new drink that helps both competitive and recreational athletes step up their game to new levels of performance.

ASEA is the original and only Redox Signaling product available today. It provides the body with two perfectly balanced sets of reactive molecules — the same molecules produced naturally by the mitochondria in every cell of the body. These vitally important molecules support the production of the ATP energy that fuels our cells, help activate antioxidants, minimize cellular damage, enhance cellular communication, and speed the healing response — all functions critical to athletic performance, endurance and recovery.

Redox Signaling is a burgeoning scientific field on a global scale with an impressive array of recent research advances. Only recently have ASEA scientists been able to produce stable mixtures of these Redox Signaling molecules outside living cells.

ASEA and its foundational technology are completely protected by U.S. patents  5,334,383;  5,507,932;  5,674,537;  5,731,008;  6,007,6866,117,285.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  The North Carolina Research Institute and its members, including Appalachian State University, do not endorse any products.  The statements by NCRI scientists should not be construed as product promotion.

 

White Papers and Science for Redox Signaling

The discovery of Redox Signaling Molecules and eventual ability to stabilize them in a solution outside the human body has taken nearly two decades to accomplish.  ASEA is the product of this discovery and the millions of dollars and years of research spent to date.

This page is for those who enjoy hard data.  The links here will provide you with data accumulated to date and available to the public on the product branded as ASEA.  As more data becomes available it will be posted here.

White Paper on Athletic Performance and ASEA

White Paper on Bioactivity of ASEA

Reactive Molecule Verification

Antioxidant Efficiency

Athletic Benefits and Studies

VO2Max Testing with ASEA

PRESS RELEASE  –  July 2011

ASEA, LLC announces new groundbreaking findings of a study showing increased power output and endurance among competitive athletes.

ASEA, with its Redox Signaling technology, is a powerful new drink that helps both competitive and recreational athletes step up their game to new levels of performance.

Dr. Gary L. Samuelson, Ph.D., a leading Redox Signaling scientist, conducted a clinical trial exploring ASEA’s effects on athletic endurance. Dr. Samuelson tested athletic endurance, time to ventilatory threshold and the VO2 max rate of 17 competitive athletes over a period of weeks. The athletes drank ASEA daily and their levels were closely monitored.

The group averaged a 12 percent increase in their time to ventilatory threshold, meaning they were able to expend energy and effort 12 percent longer before they hit the runner’s wall.

The results of Dr. Samuelson’s trial also concluded, “Based on the data, about 70 percent of athletes who try ASEA should experience the ability to maintain a higher power output without crossing the ventilatory threshold… allowing them to go longer at the same power burn or to operate at a higher power burn than possible before drinking ASEA.”

Several athletes also experienced an increase in power output and endurance of more than 30 percent. Lower average heart rates and less soreness and fatigue were also reported.

Redox Signaling & Perfectly Balanced Sets of Reactive Molecules

ASEA, the original and only Redox Signaling product available today, provides the body with two perfectly balanced sets of reactive molecules – the same molecules produced naturally by the mitochondria in every cell of the body. These vitally important molecules support the production of the ATP energy that fuels our cells, help activate antioxidants, minimize cellular damage, enhance cellular communication, and speed the healing response – all functions critical to athletic performance, endurance and recovery.

Redox Signaling is a burgeoning scientific field on a global scale with an impressive array of recent research advances. Only recently have ASEA scientists been able to produce stable mixtures of these Redox Signaling molecules outside living cells.

Athletic Reviews: Increased Performance, Endurance & Recovery

ASEA has been reviewed by Road Bike Action Magazine, which conducted a three-month trial of the product.

“We could pedal harder longer and recover from repeated 100-percent efforts in ridiculously short intervals,” says R. Cunningham, technical editor for Road Bike Action Magazine. “ASEA quietly powers up the muscles, dramatically reducing recovery times after over-the-top efforts, and it enables you to push precariously close to the anaerobic threshold for prolonged periods of time,” says Cunningham.

“Typically, ASEA users can go hard over and over again and count on a full recovery within a few minutes. In addition, it is possible to push harder on the pedals for extended periods without going anaerobic,” concluded Cunningham.

Jonathan Hollar, an Ironman triathlete who added ASEA to his training regimen before a major Olympic duathlon race, said, “The last time I completed an Olympic duathlon my finish time was 2:55:00. That day it was 2:08:55! I came in second place overall. In previous races I never broke the top 100! I recommend ASEA to every person I meet!”

James Lawrence, Ironman athlete, attributes ASEA to helping him break the world record of completing the highest number of Half Ironman Triathalons (Ironman 70.3s) in one year. When he contacted Guinness World Records, they informed him that the old record was 16, but that they would only accept a new record of 20 or higher.

An Ironman 70.3 consists of a 1.2-mile swim, followed by a 56-mile bike ride, followed by a 13.1-mile run. To complete 20 of these in one year, Lawrence would need to finish an Ironman 70.3 every two weeks.

In just 30 weeks, averaging one race every 9-10 days, Lawrence broke the world record, completing 22 Ironman 70.3 races.

“ASEA was definitely instrumental in my recovery,” he says. “It gave me every advantage that I needed to break this record. I was scared to stop drinking ASEA while attempting this quest!”

“When I was introduced to ASEA, I dismissed the claims,” Lawrence says. “I went to a sports clinic and was tested and then went on the product for six weeks. I returned and did the same test. I was able to run faster on a steeper incline with a lower heart rate. ASEA increased my body’s natural ability to process oxygen, allowing me to get as close as possible to my maximum VO2 rate.”

“Clinical data doesn’t lie,” said Lawrence. “I knew that ASEA was something that I had to have to help me accomplish my goals. ASEA helps me to recover quickly and train more on short weeks before events. With this product I get back on my feet and go out and kill it again. I wouldn’t want to be without ASEA. I think my performance would drop and I would be risking injury.”

Anthony Galvin, professional cyclist and current California Masters State Criterium Champion – “One of the things about criterium racing that makes it unique is that it demands that you put out an extremely hard anaerobic effort and then recover and do it again and again. Three weeks prior to a race I had a horrible crash that put me in bed and I couldn’t do anything. I started taking ASEA twice a day and that was all I could do leading up to the race. I won the race for the fourth year in a row. ASEA is a key part of my protocol moving forward,” says Galvin.

Josh Horowitz, Cyclist – “On June 6, 2010 I hit the pavement with 20 years of training behind me and ASEA fueling my body to participate in the 156-mile Philadelphia International Championship Bike Race.” Josh drank ASEA in the weeks prior to the event. “It was literally the best day I have ever had on the bike.”

Once Horowitz saw that ASEA gave him a competitive advantage, he wanted to share the product with his cycling team.

“In the cycling world there are different supplements being pushed on you all the time, so I was met with a lot of skepticism,” said Horowitz. “After some coaxing, my Wonderful Pistachios team started drinking ASEA and experiencing its athletic benefits.”

In February 2010, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) reviewed ASEA and declared the product a legal substance that cyclists may use in all UCI events. The UCI is a Switzerland-based cycling organization that oversees rules, regulations and drug testing for cycling events around the world.

First-Rate Recovery

In addition to improved athletic endurance, ASEA is giving athletes a competitive advantage in recovery. In many sports, the post-workout recovery process is just as important as the before-the-finish-line moments.

“Cycling is all about workout recovery,” Horowitz says. “Some of the big races we compete in are spread out across six days, and the body’s ability to recover and recharge for the next day is critical. The failure to properly recover after just one day will stay with you, and can ruin the whole race.”

Recovery is essential in order for the body to repair and rebuild muscles, replenish energy stores, replace fluids and avoid injury. Both competitive and recreational athletes have reported that drinking ASEA in the hours and days after a strenuous workout or event can boost the speed and quality of their recovery.

The Product

ASEA is sold in a 32-ounce bottle and an eight-ounce flexible pouch made from environmentally friendly materials. The 32-ounce bottle is made from a durable plastic. The eight-ounce flexible pouch fits easily into a backpack, pocket or in athletic gear. Both packages were created from input from competitive athletes and everyday ASEA consumers. The eight-ounce pouch includes a one-way valve to keep the pouch contents clean and pure.

ASEA can be purchased through ASEA’s wide network of independent associates.

Reasons Athletes Should Drink ASEA

1) Scientifically Supported – ASEA is based on more than 16 years of foundational research, making it a safe and natural way to help your body function as it should.

2) First and Only – ASEA is the first and only stable blend of the same Redox Signaling molecules that the human body makes every second of every day.

3) Boost Energy – By supporting overall cellular health, ASEA can enhance the metabolic processes that produce energy for the body.

4) Superior Antioxidant Protection – ASEA can help accelerate the production of the body’s own antioxidants, including glutathione and SOD. It can also increase the effectiveness of these antioxidants by more than 500%.

5) Optimal Immune Support – ASEA supports immune system activities that reduce oxidative stress and repair damaged cells.

6) Athletes Approve – Hundreds of athletes have reported that ASEA has a wide array of benefits – shortened recovery times, more energy, less soreness, increased time to ventilatory threshold and endurance, and overall better performance.

**** Athletic results and performance may vary.

**** Dr. Samuelson’s Recommendations for ASEA Athletes: Drink 4-8 ounces of ASEA on an empty stomach 20 minutes before exercise. For enhanced recovery, drink 4 ounces of ASEA in the hours immediately following a tough workout.

**** The VO2 max rate, also known as maximal oxygen consumption, is a measurement of the amount of oxygen the body uses during exercise. It is measured by milliliters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight. The higher a person’s VO2 max rate, the hard and longer they are able to exercise. Reaching the body’s maximum VO2 rate is extremely important for competitive athletes – specifically cyclist and skiers – who are known to have some of the highest VO2 max rates ever recorded. At high levels of athletic competition, a small increase in ventilatory threshold (ventilatory threshold is the endurance or the time it takes to hit the runner’s wall) can mean the difference between first and second place. ASEA’s clinical trials and testimonials of top athletes are proving that drinking ASEA can assist high-performance athletes in reaching their best VO2 max rate.

What is VO2Max Testing and Why Every Athlete Should Know

VO2max, or maximal oxygen uptake, is one factor that can determine an athlete’s capacity to perform sustained exercise and is linked to aerobic endurance. VO2 max refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise. It is measured as “milliliters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight.”

This measurement is generally considered the best indicator of an athlete’s cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. Theoretically, the more oxygen you can use during high level exercise, the more ATP (energy) you can produce. This is often the case with elite endurance athletes who typically have very high VO2 max values.

As an athlete increases his or her exercise intensity oxygen consumption rises.  This continues to a specific point where it plateaus.  This plateau is the VO2 Max and is a point where it becomes painful for the athlete to continue and isn’t long before muscle fatigue forces the individual to stop.

This test has become a valuable indicator of how far a person can push him or herself before the body says, “No more!”

Research has shown that athletes, through intense and lengthy training can increase their VO2 max, however elite athletes find it difficult to gain more than a 1 or 2 percent increase through this type of training due to the fact that they are already in peak condition.  At this point genetics may play a greater role in determining who crosses the finish line first or second.  Athletes have even resorted to using performance enhancing drugs to gain that edge, but such methods result in only minimal gains still of 2 to 4 percent.

It was this test that shined a bright light on ASEA™, which did a pilot study with 17 athletes to determine the effect of supplementation with ASEA™ on athletic performance.  The test results were beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. The study’s concluded that ingestion of the test supplement, ASEA™, for 7-10 days prior to and immediately before a VO2max test, was shown to significantly increase the time it took for participants to reach VO2max under equivalent carefully regulated power ramp-up conditions. Time to VT likewise was significantly extended on average by 10%.

Ten percent!  That kind of increase is what helped Jonathan Hollar, Ironman triathlete, who added ASEA to his training regimen before a major Olympic duathlon race blow away his previous time. “The last time I completed an Olympic duathlon my finish time was 2:55:00. This time it was 2:08:55! I came in second place overall. In previous races [prior to using ASEA™] I never broke the top 100!

Athletes everywhere are getting these kinds of performance increases, with a product that has been thoroughly tested and found free of banned substances. What could ASEA do for you?

White Paper on Athletic Performance and VO2max Test
Report on VO2max Test for ASEA™ July 2009

More Information on VO2Max Testing

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