GAKIC helps men retain power during supra-maximal exercise

November 03, 2011

Gakic (Glycine-arginine-alpha-ketoisocaproic acid calcium) is a patented food supplement created to improve endurance and strength in athletes. The patent for GAKIC is held by the University of Florida – the inventors of Gatorade and Trusopt – an eye drop used to reduce eye pressure.

In this study untrained men completed an exercise program once a week for two-weeks where they sprinted five times at a supra-maximal rate with a one-minute rest period in between. The men were supplemented with 11.2 grams of Gakic or with placebo 45 minutes pre-sprint in a randomized, double-blinded trial. Power retention was greater in sprints one and two compared to the non-Gakic group. The study was performed at Truman State University in Missouri and is published April 2004 in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise