Combination of Caffeine, Ancient Peat, and Apple Extract May Help Build Muscle Faster
Athletes looking for a way to build muscle faster may have a new supplement to turn to. A recent study suggests that a supplement containing extended-release caffeine, ancient peat, and apple extracts may help enhance muscle volume increases after resistance training.
Participants in the study included 21 resistance-trained men with an average age of 27. They were given either a placebo or the supplement — which consisted of 180 mg of extended-release caffeine with pterostilbene combined with a blend of plant bio-inorganic trace minerals from peat and polyphenol-rich apple extracts as well as 45 mg of B vitamins — 45 minutes before resistance training or at the same time on rest days for 12 weeks.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted significantly greater increases in muscle cross section area of the quadriceps as well greater increases in muscle thickness in the supplement group, when compared with the placebo.
Researchers from Texas Women’s University and MusclePharm Corp conducted the study. It was published on June 10, 2016, in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
Previous studies suggest that adding dairy to your diet and taking a probiotic supplement may also help with muscle gain.