Olimp ALKAGEN™ – win the battle against muscle soreness!

During a strenuous physical workout, the production of lactic acid and other metabolites that reduce an athlete's capacity is particularly high. That is why a well composed supplementation should include high-quality products allowing a person to maintain effective aerobic and anaerobic energy production, and as a result developing well-functioning mechanisms preventing the disturbance of the acid-base homeostasis, and allowing for a more efficient workout and faster regeneration.

The acid-base homeostasis of an anthlete

It is a physiochemical state of the body, in which there is a more-or-less stable proportion between positively (H+ hydrogen cations) and negatively charged (OH- hydroxide anions) ions in the bodily fluids and cells, thus maintaining a physiological pH level of the systemic environment (7,35-7,45) that guarantees an undisturbed course of all metabolic processes. This balance is difficult to maintain especially during intense physical effort, when the lactic acid generated by muscle cells becomes a strong donor of H+ hydrogen cations. In such conditions, a muscle cell's ability to synthesize the basic energy carrier (ATP), crucial for muscle contraction (1), becomes limited.

Buffer solutions in the blood and tissues are the basic mechanisms for maintaining the body's pH within physiological limits.These systems are meant to allow excess ions (also base ions) from the place where they are formed (in the cell) to an organ responsible for their elimination, that is the kidneys or the lungs, without risking a change of the pH of the intra- and extracellular fluids1. The most important buffer maintaining the acid-base homeostasis is the bicarbonate system (HCO3-/H2CO3), which constitutes 70% of the blood's buffer volume. It is supported by citrates which increase the amount of bicarbonates in the blood, thus increasing its pH value and improving the distribution of charges inside and outside the cells2. The phosphate buffer also plays a role in maintaining the steady pH level of the body. H+ ions created in the cell are firstly absorbed by the anions of the phosphate and proteinate buffer, and then mostly by HCO3- and hemoglobin.

Additional research3 shows that supplementation with base ions, like Mg2+, Ca2+, K+, Na+, Zn2+, Cu2+, can neutralize metabolic acidosis caused by improper diet, and help promote bone growth.

Olimp ALKAGEN™ - efficient workout and fast regeneration!

Feel the difference. Trust in the top quality! The ingredients of Olimp Alkagen™ were combined into a synergistic whole, which is meant to: 

Secure stable conditions of the intracellular environment and support the mechanisms preventing the decrease in the body's pH, especially during and after intense workout, as well as resulting from an improper, acidifying diet. Provide the most important buffer substances operating inside the cells, tissues, and the cardiovascular system, complementing each other in binding and transporting acidifying metabolic waste to elimination organs. The effect of appropriate proportions of bicarbonates, citrates and phosphates is additionally enhanced by the presence of alkaline elements


Fig. 1. Urine pH value after 1-7 days (without multimineral supplementation) and after 8-14 days (with multimineral supplementation)
adapted from: König D,et al.. Effect of a supplement rich in alkaline minerals on acid-base balance in humans. Nutrition Journal 2009, 8:23


Fig 2. Changes in the blood pH in the morning hours without multimineral supplementation (A – blue colour), and after a week of taking normal doses of a multimineral supplement (B-) – black bars, and increased doses (C) (square background).
Data adapted from: König D,et al.. Effect of a supplement rich in alkaline minerals on acid-base balance in humans. Nutrition Journal 2009, 8:23


 Fig 3. The influence of base ions and the body's buffer compounds on the acid-base homeostasis of the body.

Ingredients: sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, calcium salt of orthophosphoric acid, potassium citrate, magnesium salt of citric acid, calcium salts of citric acid, magnesium oxide, bulking agent – microcrystalline cellulose, anti-caking agent – magnesium stearate, zinc bisglycinate (zinc amino acid chelate Albion®), capsule (gelatin, colour: E 171). 

Nutrition information 4 capsules
Sodium bicarbonate 1500 mg
Potassium bicarbonate 1500 mg
Calcium salt of orthophosphoric acid 600 mg
Potassium citrate 500 mg
Magnesium salt of citric acid 500 mg
Calcium salts of citric acid 360 mg
Magnesium oxide
of which:
120 mg
Potassium 775 mg (38,8%*)
Magnesium 145 mg (38,7%*)
Calcium 260 mg (32,5%*)
Zinc from amino acid chelate Albion® 1,5 mg (15%*)
Sodium 405 mg

Recommended use: take 2 capsules twice daily between meals. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet. A varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are recommended.

Warning: The product should not be taken during pregnancy, breast feeding or hypersensitivity to any of the constituents of the preparation.

The preparation is intended for all physically active people who want to shorten the period of post-workout regeneration and reduce acidification of the body caused by intense exercise, both during its duration and during the rest of the day. The product is also recommended for people who abuse acidifying products in their diet, such as coffee, black tea, meat, cold meats, sweets and alcohol.

1. Kaczka P. Kwasica metaboliczna. Perfect Body nr 18, listopad/ grudzień 2012, p.61-65.
2. Robergs RA. Blood acid-base buffering: explanation of the effectiveness of bicarbonate and citrate ingestion. Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline. Vol 5 No. 3, August 2002
3. König D, Muser K, Dickhuth HH, Berg A and Deibert P. Effect of a supplement rich in alkaline minerals on acid-base balance in humans. Nutrition Journal 2009, 8:23
4. Mardon J, Habauzit V, Trzeciakiewicz A, Davicco MJ, Lebecque P, Mercier S, Tressol JC, Horcajada MN, Demigné C, Coxam V: longterm, intake of a high-protein diet with or without potassium citrate modulates acid-base metabolism, but not bone status, in male rats. J Nutr 2008, 138:71824

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