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Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate (AAKG) is the primary ingredient in most pre-workout, cell volumising supplements. It’s an amino acid compound that’s been shown to help increase muscular ‘pump’ and vascularity as well as the delivery of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the working muscles.



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What is Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate (AAKG)?

Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate (AAKG) is the primary ingredient in most pre-workout, cell volumising supplements. It’s an amino acid compound that’s been shown to help increase muscular ‘pump’ and vascularity as well as the delivery of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the working muscles during exercise.

Looking more specifically at the profile of Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG), it is a conditionally essential amino acid that plays a number of vital roles in human biochemistry. In particular, it has an important role to play in protein synthesis, the process by which the muscles use protein to repair and regrow bigger.

The addition of the -Ketoglutarate compound helps improve the delivery of L Arginine in metabolic pathways. In simple terms, this helps the L Arginine to work more effectively within the body which is designed to assist you in achieving superior results.

How is Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate (AAKG) Used?

Although Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG) has been historically used by strength athletes and bodybuilders looking to increase muscle size and nutrient uptake, it’s more recently been used by endurance athletes too. This is because AAKG is known as a vasodilator, which means it widens the blood vessels within the body, and it’s theorised by experts that this vasodilation could allow more oxygen, blood and nutrients to be delivered to the muscles, therefore improve an athlete’s aerobic fitness.

Why is TPW™ Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate (AAKG) The Best?

Here at TPW™, you can have supreme confidence in the product quality and supply source. We personally quality check every supplier and ingredient before giving it the TPW™ quality seal of approval. Traceability, quality, and consistency are the three things we demand on every single ingredient. This is the TPW™ philosophy that flows through every product we make and sets us apart in the world of sports nutrition today.

Please note that this product is produced in-house at The Protein Works™ production facility. It is supplied in a re-sealable foil pouch to ensure freshness and a scoop is included in every product.

11 February 2016

Not too sure

08 July 2015

very happy with this product, exceeded my expectation by far, definitely improves muscular pump and vascularity. very good value for money.

18 June 2015

Good Value
Great value for money, always add this to my preworkout :)

18 June 2015

I got unflavoured so I could mix with anything I felt like. Use for pump before/during a workout or just general vascular health. Either way, it makes my veins come out.

For free protein on your first order use the code: JB82889.

21 February 2014

Get a great pump from this, and i feel my muscles work a lot more efficiently.

Disclaimer: Customer reviews are independent and reflect customer's personal experiences. Individual results may vary. Products designed to be taken in conjunction with a balanced diet and training plan.


Serving Size: 1-2g (two small 0.5ml ORANGE coloured scoops provides 1g )

We recommend using 1-2g, twice a day. One serving in the morning and one serving 45 minutes before training for best results.

Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG) can either be taken on its own or added to your protein shake.

Add the desired amount of water or juice to your TPW™ Master Blender. Then add two small 0.5ml Orange Coloured scoops (1g). Shake well and consume.

For anyone suffering from an existing heart or psychiatric condition, always consult with your doctor before beginning use of any Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG) product.

IMPORTANT: Before use, please check the included scoop is ORANGE. If not, please contact us on 0845-4672411.


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Q. What does Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG) actually do?

A. It’s an amino acid compound that serves as a vasodilator, meaning it increases the size of blood vessels allowing more oxygen, blood and nutrients to be delivered to the working muscles which in turn increases muscular pump and vascularity.

Q. When should I take Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG)?

A. Most athletes will take 1-2 grams of Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG) 45 minutes before a workout.

Q. Can you take Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG) on its own or do you add it to a shake?

A. The answer is both, many people will solely take AAKG for their preworkout supplement, whereas other people will either add it to their pre-workout protein shake or even combine it with other preworkout ingredients.

Q. What does Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG) taste like?

A. It does have a slight bitter taste therefore we do recommend mixing it with a fruit juice or your protein shake in a TPW™ Blender to help make it more palatable.

Q. Can endurance athletes take Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG)?

A. Yes, in fact more and more endurance athletes are looking to supplement with AAKG as a performance enhancing supplement as a way of increasing blood flow and oxygen to the working muscles.

Q. How can I tell if the Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG) I’m currently using is good quality?

A. We only use the very best ingredients here at THE PROTEIN WORKS™.

Q. Can I take Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG) with other supplements?

A. You can and experts will recommend Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG) with certain supplements since the increased blood blow it creates could also help the absorption of those. So for example, preworkout many people recommend taking AAKG with Caffeine and Beta Alanine since the AAKG increases blood flow. Caffeine creates a more favourable ionic environment within the muscle and Beta Alanine buffers lactic acid, therefore all in all, you create a more positive environment within the working muscle.

Q. What if any side effects will I get from taking Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG)?

A. It’s important to adhere to the recommended dosage since too much AAKG can result in digestive problems and electrolyte imbalances which can lead to dizziness and nausea.

Q. What effects should I expect from taking Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG) alongside my training regime?

A. Increased muscular pump and vascularity.

Q. Who should take / benefit from using Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG)?

A. Bodybuilders and strength athletes and endurance athletes.

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