What is ElevATP®? Do ATP Boosters Really Work?

by Elliot Reimers, CNC, M.S. Candidate | Reviewed by Advisory Board

What is ElevATP®? Do ATP Boosters Really Work?

ElevATP® is a clinically researched combination of  “ancient peat” (fossilized plants) and apple skin extracts. Using innovative biotechnology, elevATP® stimulates your body’s endogenous production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the veritable energetic currency of cells.

Until elevATP® came along, the most common ATP booster supplement was creatine monohydrate. However, creatine serves more so as a "reservoir" that replenishes ATP in muscle tissue; hence, you generally need to supplement with creatine for multiple consecutive weeks before ergogenic benefits kick in.[1]

ElevATP®, on the other hand, appears to be a fast-acting ATP booster that can increase athletic performance starting from the very first dose. Case in point, a recent clinical trial of 18 healthy adults found that elevATP® caused a sizable 64% increase in blood levels of ATP compared to placebo.[2] (And this was within one hour of taking a single 150 mg dose!) 

elevATP study 1

Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Well, it might not be. In fact, there are several other clinical studies that support the ergogenic properties of elevATP® (which we will dive into shortly). 

But how does elevATP® work, exactly?

Let's take a deeper look at the research behind this unique ATP booster supplement and how it can help take your athletic performance and muscle growth to the next level!

What is elevATP®?elevATP logo 

ElevATP® is a patented, clinically researched nutraceutical ingredient made by VDF FutureCeuticals. It's produced through advanced biotechnology processes that yield highly potent water extracts of ancient peat and ancient apple peel.

What's so special about these forbidden fruits, you ask?

Ancient apple cultivars from northeast Italy appear to have significantly different micronutrient content than commercial applies (e.g. granny smith, royal gala, and red delicious). The main differences are the compositions of trace minerals, phenolics, and flavonoids between ancient apple varieties and commercial varieties.[3]

This table shows the robust trace mineral content of elevATP®:

elevatp minerals

Note how dense elevATP is in magnesium and sulfur - a whopping 124.7 mg/g and 249.1 mg/g, respectively. These two minerals are crucial for ATP synthesis and mitochondrial function.[12, 13

The skin (peel) of ancient apple cultivars are also a rich source of chlorogenic acid and various triterpene acids (see table below), which are known for their potential anti-inflammatory activity and beneficial effects on lipid and glucose metabolism.[4]

elevatp constituents

How Does ElevATP Work?

You probably hear about ATP all the time and how important it is, with little explanation as to why. In short: ATP contains chemical energy - in the form of phosphate - that your body can harness for biological and physiological processes, most importantly muscle contraction. 

When we consume nutrients, particularly glucose and oxygen, the body shuttles them into mitochondria where ATP is produced.

But what if you could take it a step further and boost ATP levels through supplementation?

Well, this is precisely why creatine monohydrate supplements are so effective for athletes and gym-goers;[5] creatine replenishes ATP in skeletal muscle through the phosphocreatine system.

But elevATP® has a distinct (and synergistic) mechanism for boosting ATP rapidly.

Is elevATP® Better than Creatine?

ElevATP® works by directly elevating plasma and intracellular ATP levels, hence the name "elevATP". It's not entirely clear which micronutrients in elevATP are responsible for boosting ATP so rapidly, but it's plausibly mediated by magnesium and sulfur. 

Creatine, on the other hand, replenishes intracellular ATP via the phosphocreatine system. 

Phosphocreatine is an organic molecule containing creatine bound to a phosphate group. It serves as a mediator of ATP synthesis by transferring a highly energetic phosphate to adenosine diphosphate (ADP) molecules.ATP muscle contraction chart

While creatine monohydrate is well-known to increase athletic performance in most people, not everyone responds to creatine supplementation;[6] these people are colloquially referred to as "creatine non-responders."

Since elevATP® operates independently from the phosphocreatine system to increase cellular ATP, it's a versatile ATP booster. Even if you do respond well to creatine supplements, elevATP® would only amplify the benefits.  

Benefits of ElevATP

ATP is an essential molecule in all humans (and many animals). It helps transport biochemical energy inside your cells to fuel muscular contractions and drive anabolic reactions. Without it, the body would be unable to perform basic autonomous biological processes, like maintaining a heartbeat. 

When cells are replete with ATP, muscle tissue can carry out demanding physical work (e.g. exercise) at a high intensity more effectively, and for a longer duration.

ATP

In layman terms, having more ATP available during training results in more weight on the bar, more reps per set, more explosiveness, more endurance, and an overall improvement in athletic performance. 

This is where elevATP® comes into play. 

Ergogenic effects of elevATP® in human trials:

  • Significantly increases strength and power output during resistance training [7]
  • Amplifies signal transduction (anabolic signaling) in muscle cells, leading to improvement in body composition and lean body mass [8]
  • Enhances exercise capacity and reducing fatigue [9, 10]

Furthermore, ATP increases blood flow to working muscle tissue, a crucial factor for delivering nutrients and oxygen to muscle cells.[11] In this regard, elevATP may be a promising nitric oxide (NO) booster for gym-goers who want to maximize muscle pumps while hoisting barbells. 

How to Take elevATP

A clinical dose of elevATP®  is 150 mg per day, taken about 30 minutes prior to training. In accordance with research, each serving of Transparent Labs Stim-Free Pre-Workout contains 150 mg of elevATP® for unrivaled muscle building and strength increases! preseries stim free preworkout

It's safe to say elevATP® is a breakthrough ATP booster and a potent source of stim-free pre-workout energy (quite literally). Even if you like a good jolt of caffeine before you hit the gym, elevATP® deserves a spot in your pre-workout supplement stash. 




Elliot Reimers, CNC, M.S. Candidate
Elliot Reimers, CNC, M.S. Candidate

Author

Elliot is a NASM Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC) and M.S. candidate in the Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology program at Michigan State University. After obtaining his B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Minnesota in 2013, Elliot began freelance writing and has since written 100s of articles pertaining to nutritional science, dietary supplements, exercise physiology, and health/wellness. As an inveterate “science nerd,” he loves helping people understand how nutrients, supplements, and exercise work on a cellular and molecular level so they can be smarter about what they put in - and do to - their bodies. When he's not busy writing or studying, you can find Elliot pumping iron, hiking the mountains of beautiful Colorado, or playing the piano.



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