First Endurance Optygen HP - 120 Capsules
First Endurance Optygen HP is now in its most potent form yet! Optygen HP contains Rhodiola that's twice as strong as the original formula. Optygen HP also contains Beta-Alanine because clinical research has shown it increases exercise capacity and muscular strength. The two main adaptogens in Optygen HP (Rhodiola and Cordyceps CS-4) were first used by Tibetan Sherpas to help them climb Mt. Everest. Optygen HP utilizes these two unique adaptogens because clinical research on elite endurance athletes has shown them to improve performance, increase the body's ability to adapt to high levels of physical stress, increase aerobic threshold and reduce lactic acid.
- Strongest Optygen Formula Available
- Boost Explosive Muscular Strength & Power Output
- Enhances Oxygen Utilization
- Increases Aerobic Threshold & Reduce Lactic Acid
Now with Beta-Alanine
Each serving of Optygen HP provides 1,000mg Beta-Alanine per serving. Beta-Alanine is supported by a wealth of cutting-edge human clinical research showing it increases muscular endurance, boosts strength, improves exercise capacity (so you can exercise longer) and delays muscular fatique. The mechanism behind Beta-Alanine works synergistically with the adaptogens, chelated chromium and ATPro in Optygen HP, to help endurance athletes maximize performance.
The Most Potent Rhodidola Available
Additionally, First Endurance has sourced the most potent Rhodiola available. The new Optygen HP formula contains 10% rosavin. Clinical studies on elite endurance athletes have shown that it is the rosavins in Rhodiola that play a critical role in allowing the body to adapt to high levels of physical stress.
Research Performed On Optygen HP
A study done by Dr. Andrew Creer (2007 South Dakota State University) showed Optygen reduces cortisol levels (the primary stress hormone) by 26%. Researchers concluded that Optygen is beneficial for trained athletes undergoing high training volumes because it decreases baseline stress and improves training sessions. Cortisol is a catabolic (breakdown) hormone that the body produces when under stress, such as after hours of running. Chronically elevated cortisol levels can prevent an athlete from recovering, increase the risks of overtraining and supress the immune system.
Another study done by Dr. Karlton Larson (2007 Luther College) showed endurance athletes who used Optygen increased the time to lactate threshold by 42%. Results of this study show Optygen is effective in reducing lactic acid production and delaying onset of lactate threshold (the exercise intensity at which lactic acid starts to accumulate in the blood stream), therefore improving endurance.
1st Endurance Questions & Answers
How is Optygen HP different than the original Optygen formula?
Optygen HP contains Beta-Alanine (which is not in Optygen) as well as the most potent Rhodiola available. The Rhodiola in Optygen HP is more than three times stronger than the original Optygen formula. Beta-Alanine is an amino acid that is a precursor to L-Carnosine in muscle. L-Carnosine is synthesized in muscle when Beta-Alanine is bound to histidine, another amino acid. With intense training, you can increase your carnosine levels with a limiting factor: the body cannot produce enough Beta-Alanine to allow the body to continue to increase carnosine levels. Clinical studies show that supplementing with Beta-Alanine allows the body to produce significantly higher carnosine levels. Through its effect on carnosine levels, beta-alanine synthesizes lactic acid to be re-used as fuel. The result is a highly effective mechanism for the metabolism of lactate, which in-turn improves endurance capacity allowing you to train and race at a higher level.
What is Beta-Alanine and how does it work?
Beta-Alanine is an amino acid that interacts directly with the amino acid carnosine to buffer lacticacid.
With intense training, you can increase your carnosine levels with a limiting factor: the body cannot produce enough Beta-Alanine to allow the body to continue to increase carnosine levels. Clinical studies show that supplementing with Beta-Alanine allows the body to produce significantly higher carnosine levels. The result is a highly effective mechanism for the metabolism of lactate, which in-turn improves endurance capacity.
What are the benefits of taking Beta-Alanine?
Cutting edge human clinical studies show Beta-Alanine supplementation significantly improves muscular endurance, exercise capacity (so you can exercise longer) and total work done. The mechanism supporting Beta-Alanine works synergistically with the adaptogens, chelated chromium and ATPro in Optygen HP to help endurance athletes maximize performance.
Increases Total Work Done by 13%
Increases endurance capacity
Improves Ventilatory Threshold
Delays onset of neuromuscular fatigue
What is the itching/tingling I feel after I take Optygen HP?
A very small percentage of athletes will feel an itching or tingling sensation when they first start using Optygen HP. This tingling is due to the Beta-Alanine. Researchers theorize that it is caused by the activation of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons being activated by Beta-Alanine. In the presence of Beta-Alanine, DRG neurons cause multiple action potentials, whereas in the absence only a single action potentials occur. There is no cause for concern. The tingling & itching called paraesthesia should go away after a week of use. Athletes can also split up their dose to two capsules in the AM and two in the PM which should also help reduce the acute tingling/itching sensation.
Do I have to load with Optygen HP?
No, with the addition of Beta-Alanine and the more potent Rhodiola there is no need to load initially.
How will Optygen HP help me race better?
Optygen HP is designed to help you through your most intense training and racing and will dramatically improve your training and recovery. The Optygen HP formula is based on the latest human clinical research. The research has shown the following endurance benefits.
Increases Endurance and Performance
Reduces Lactic Acid
Increases oxygen utilization
Increase in VO2 Max
Increase in Time to Exhaustion
Increases Anaerobic threshold
Improved exercise capacity
Increases Maximal Oxygen uptake
30% - 50% increase in Oxygen Utilization
Increase ratio of ATP by 45% - 55%
Increase in ATP production
How long will it take before I start noticing the benefits of Optygen HP?
You should start experiencing the benefits of Optygen HP approximately six (6) days after you start.
When should I take Optygen HP?
It is best to take Optygen HP in the morning with a meal.
How long will a bottle last?
Optygen HP has 120 capsules. With a recommended dose of 4 capsules per day, one bottle lasts 30 days.
Is Optygen HP legal?
First Endurance is committed to developing the most advanced endurance supplements on the market. First Endurance has taken additional measures to assure that their products are safe legal and stimulant free. First Endurance supplements are legal to use in any sporting event governed by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA), the US anti-doping association (USADA) and by the UCI (Union Cycliste International). One or more of the aforementioned governing bodies govern all US Cycling, International Cycling, US Triathlon and International Triathlon. Some commonalties among these governing bodies include banned substances which fall into one or more of the following categories as listed in Section I A-E of the UCI Prohibited Classes of substance and Prohibited Methods document. A) Stimulants B) Narcotics C) Anabolic agents D) Diuretics and E) Peptide hormones, mimetics and analogues. This document goes on to list banned substances within each of these classes. Regulations also ban 'Compounds chemically or pharmacologically related to the products mentioned. Optygen HP contains NO ingredients, which are explicitly listed under the banned substance list, nor are any of the ingredients related chemically or pharmacologically. First Endurance has also contacted the USADA and received verbal confirmation that their ingredients are not banned based on their regulations. Note: USADA, WADA and UCI do not offer any certification or written confirmation.
First Endurance manufactures its formulations to the highest GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards available. In addition they use a proprietary manufacturing method for added safety and assurance. Following the Supplement Facts panel you will notice they list 'NO processing aids' under Other Ingredients. The only ingredients found in Optygen, are those listed in the Supplement Facts Panel.
Part XIV Article 7 of the Anti-doping Examination Regulations contains the following warning: riders must refrain from using any substance, foodstuff or drink of which they do not know the composition. It must be emphasized that the composition indicated on a product is not always complete. The product may contain prohibited substances not listed in the composition.
What is a "Certificate of Analysis" and why is it important?
A Certificate of Analysis (C of A) is a document which states every active and inactive substance used to manufacture a product. A C of A also shows that there are no additional ingredients added to the Optygen HP formulation. In order to assure the safety and efficacy of Optygen HP, First Endurance provides a C of A for every lot of Optygen HP.
Will Optygen HP help me recover faster?
Yes, it will help you recover. Because Optygen HP will help you adapt during times of maximum stress, it also aids in recovery.
Why are the capsules red?
capsules are dark red, not clear, to further reduce UV light degradation ensuring the highest quality, potency, and purity.
Why is the bottle glass instead of plastic?
Optygen HP is packaged in a blue glass bottle. Unlike plastic bottles, blue glass is an impermeable barrier that protects the product from harmful UV light and oxygen degradation.
Why does Optygen HP have Cordyceps and Rhodiola Rosea?
Optygen HP utilizes two adaptagens that are the primary ingredients in the formulation. Patented Rhodiola Rosea and Cordyceps are both found and cultivated in Tibet. Both these herbs play critical roles in allowing the body to adapt to high levels of physical stress (similar to the stress a body is subject to when climbing Everest). It's these adaptations to hypoxia (lack of oxygen) which led researchers to also test its effects on elite endurance athletes. Both Rhodiola and Cordyceps have been clinically shown to increase VO2Max, lung function, oxygen utilization and anaerobic threshold significantly.
How should I use Optygen HP?
For best results, use Optygen HP during all intense training. Optygen HP will allow you to train at a higher level by improving the body's ability to adapt to physical stress, increasing aerobic threshold and reducing lactic acid. These improvements will help you race at a higher level. For best results, Optygen HP should be used consistently for many months. If you start taking Optygen HP a week before a race, benefits will be minimal.
Is it OK to use Optygen HP everyday even though it has phosphates in the formula?
Through its role in 2,3 DPG synthesis, phosphorous may reduce lactate accumulation by enhancing oxygen release to tissues. The clinical research recommends taking 1g of sodium phosphate four times per day for at least three days leading up to a race. Prolonged use at a level of 4g per day may adversely affect calcium absorption. The research clearly indicates that sodium phosphate should be used acutely prior to a race. Optygen HP’s ATPro matrix is designed to assure Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP) production. All the ingredients in the ATPro matrix play critical roles in ATP formation, including Sodium and Potassium Phosphate. The phosphate levels used in Optygen HP on their own are not enough to elicit an ergogenic response, nor are they enough to affect PH balance or Calcium absorption.
Are First Endurance products safe from Cross Contamination?
Since their primary market is elite endurance athletes they have everything to lose if someone were to test positive and trace it back to their product. Positive tests which have been traced back to supplements are always traced back to a supplement which does not directly market their products to Pro Endurance Athletes. I.E.. The bodybuilding supplements can legally sell androstenedione, DHEA, and precursors. Cross contamination that happens at the manufacturing site is not an issue with these companies. There is a level of tolerance set by the FDA which allows for a certain level of cross contamination. These supplement companies will manufacture an androstene type product, clean the blender and then manufacture an amino acid. The amino acid supplement may contain a small (parts per million) level of androstenedione. Realize that nothing is absolute. When you purchase any packaged food you have a risk of a contaminated product. Packaged foods, pharmaceutical companies, OTC products and supplements use many of the same ingredient suppliers. IE The cereal you eat in the morning is fortified with vitamins which come from the same supplier of vitamins found in your multivitamin. Some vitamin suppliers also supply pro-hormones. The key is to minimize your risk. First Endurance takes all the available steps to assure there is no cross contamination.
At First Endurance they take all the necessary steps to prevent this.
a) Their manufacturing and packaging facilities do not allow a single banned substance (except caffeine) to enter the facility.
b) First Endurance requires a wet wash between products. FDA approved facilities require a high standard of cleanliness in order to minimize contamination. They take it a step further by requiring the machines, blenders to be cleaned with water.
c) They source ingredients only from manufacturers who DO NOT supply pro-hormones. This eliminates the risk of cross-contamination at the supplier level.
-Due to their level of concern, you can feel safer taking their product then your cereal.
In addition, only FDA approved facilities require Certificate's of Analysis. These C of A's, are audited and reviewed by the FDA during their facility audits. A C of A assures that each of those ingredients have been tested for identity and only those ingredients are used in the product. First Endurance is the only supplement company which offers a C of A.
About 1st Endurance
First Endurance was started by two racing fanatics (a cyclist and a triathlete) with a healthy obsession for sports nutrition.
The idea was simple. They wanted to give endurance athletes access to formulas that are developed for one specific reason-to maximize endurance performance. At First Endurance, their approach is different. Because of their core values and uncompromising standards, they develop the best products available. They are committed to using only the highest-quality ingredients. They employ the latest technological advancements and demand the finest packaging materials to protect the product from the elements (moisture, oxygen and UV degradation). Only when they are 100% satisfied that these standards are met, do they offer the products to you.
Integrate their passion for racing, knowledge of sports nutrition, integrity, and values to provide endurance athletes with the ultimate, scientifically validated, high-performance racing formulations.
Commitment to Research
Research is their most important value at First Endurance. They are driven by a desire to ensure their products are proven to enhance endurance performance and have scientific validation. At First Endurance, they refuse to reduce costs by using “pixie dust” amounts of ingredients just to dress up the label. Their formulations utilize the same levels (sometimes more) of the active ingredients that were used in the actual human scientific research. They are meticulous about research and go out of their way to make sure they have addressed each of their stringent requirements. All products that First Endurance develops are based on human scientific research.
Commitment to Quality
First Endurance uses only the finest ingredients and follows stringent quality control. Supplements can be easily ruined. Even if you buy the right ingredients, they can degrade quickly and loose their efficacy if they aren’t handled under the most stringent controls. They are determined to ensure nothing goes wrong with any step of the way. For example, OPTYGEN is packaged in an amber glass bottle and utilizes colored capsules to reduce UV light, oxygen and moisture degradation, ensuring the highest quality, potency, and purity.
At First Endurance, they are centered on endurance performance. Because they only focus on developing high-performance endurance formulations, they are the best at what they do.
First Endurance is committed to advancing the state of the art. First Endurance’s competitive strategy is based on having the best, patentable, formulations, technologies and delivery systems available.
Active in the Racing Community
First Endurance proudly supports the racing community. They sponsor five professional teams, and a number of other elite endurance athletes. They have a dynamic relationship with the First Endurance athletes. This collaboration allows their Research and Development team to continue to push the limits of endurance performance.
Commitment to Racing
Everyone who works at First Endurance races. Not just occasionally either, every week. They spend a lot of time packed in a car driving to early-season races (hopefully in warmer climates) and have stayed in more grungy hotels than they care to remember. They race when it is below freezing or raining sideways. They hang around the hotel after a race wondering when they’ll get the feeling back in their feet. They know what it’s like to chase a breakaway for an hour just to get a flat once they finally bridge the gap. Most importantly – they know what it takes to win races, when everything works out just right. They understand the work ethic, sacrifices, dedication and satisfaction that goes into every victory.