What is it?
Citrulline is an amino acid that stands alongside L-Arginine and L-Ornithine in the urea cycle to support sports performance and cardiovascular health.
As a standalone supplement Citrulline has the ability to double L-Arginine levels in the blood and is therefore a more effective means of increasing L-Arginine in the body.
Citrulline is typically found in many preworkout and intraworkout products in the form of Citrulline Malate.
What does it do?
Citrulline helps your body to reduce fatigue and maintain power. In particular, it helps your body to metabolise protein and nitrogen which relaxes blood vessels and promotes circulation. This results in an increase in Nitric Oxide production, reducing fatigue and preserving strength and power output during exercise.
In other words, Citrulline has the ability to enhance your "pump" and blood flow during training.
When do I take it?
To take advantage of the performance enhancing effects of Cirulline, it is best taken 30 minutes before exercise. Citrulline can be mixed with water, or with any other type of supplement, and consumed.
The most efficacious dose is a single 3-6 grams serve prior to training.
How much is it?
When sold in it's pure form, Citrulline ranges from $0.20 - $0.80 per serve depending on the size and quality of the product.
Citrulline is commonly in many pre-workout and "pump" products, ranging from $1.00 - $3.00 per serve depending on the size and quality of the product.
Ghost Pump & BSN Endo Rush are 2 of our most popular "pump" products that delivers a decent amount of Citrulline per serve.
Do I need it?
Citrulline is not a required supplement by any means.
For people looking to enhance blood flow, reduce fatigue and increase their peformance though, Citrulline is definitely something we'd suggest trying.