Our bodies make pyruvate naturally every day during the metabolism or digestion of sugars and starches. Pyruvate is the compound to start the Krebs cycle (an energy cycle in the body of enzymes and chemical actions that yield direct precursors to ATP or ATP itself).
Pyruvate is actually derived from pyruvic acid. Although pyruvic acid alone is chemically unstable and can cause gastrointestinal discomfort and nausea, when combined with a salt (such as sodium or calcium), it becomes stabilized pyruvate. As well as being a naturally formed product of digestive processes, pyruvate also exists in many different foods. Red apples, cheese, dark beer, and red wine are just a few.
Research indicates that pyruvate not only has phenomenal effects on weight loss by burning fat, but also stimulates energy for higher performance in exercise. Besides fat loss benefits, pyruvate enhances the transport of glucose and protein into muscle cells thereby boosting performance levels in exercise.
It works by increasing amount of ATP available to the energy engines of cells, mitochondria, as well as inhibiting fat production. It can help bodybuilders get toned, cut, and have more energy.
The studies are very impressive with Pyruvate. Women taking Pyruvate lost 37% more weight and 48% more fat than women on an identical diet not taking Pyruvate, and after cessation of the experiment, women who had taken Pyruvate gained back 55% less weight than the women not taking the supplement.
Although the studies were done using 30 grams of Pyruvate per day, other studies have since been done which show positive results with 5-6 grams per day. One fitness guru recommends 1 gram per every 10 pounds of body weight and other fitness trainers are saying that 5 to 6 grams per day are sufficient to experience results.
Pyruvate can be supplemented in capsule, tablet, powder, or liquid form. Prices vary from brand to brand. Purchase from a quality online supplier which only sells trusted brands. Pyruvate can be used with other weight loss supplements but it is a good idea to check with your health professional before taking any weight loss supplements.
Because Pyruvate exists naturally in the body, most will say that it is a safe supplement to take. Some users have reported an upset stomach from taking Pyruvate – so it may be a good idea to start with a low dosage and work your way up to your goal dosage.
Remember that supplements are designed to “help” you in your weight loss efforts. Eat right and exercise and you will get the results you are looking for.