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L-Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate or AAKG is an amino acid that can deliver you astounding performance results through its highly efficient biological processes during training. By using VPAs AAKG you can experience increased endurance and increased strength especially during times of intense physical exercise. AAKG is able to deliver these performance gains through its production of nitric oxide in the body, which increases blood flow to the muscles delivering vital nutrients and oxygen to fuel your workouts. AAKG has also been shown to stimulate protein synthesis, helping the body build lean muscle. Many advocates of AAKG enjoy it for its ability to deliver intense muscle pumps, making muscles fuller for longer.


  • Experience fuller, pumped, energised muscles.
  • Increased endurance, reduced muscular fatigue and faster recovery.
  • Highly efficient nutrient delivery to cells for fuller and stronger muscles.


AAKG is an acronym for the compound arginine-alpha-ketoglutarate. AAKG is a natural substance that plays several essential roles in the body, including the creation of creatine, the formation of signalling molecules, and of most importance in sports nutrition, is an essential part of the nitric oxide cycle. AAKG is effectively a nitrate supplement. AAKG can increase energy levels and improve blood flow providing that great pump feeling.

Nitrate is a naturally occurring organic compound of nitrogen and oxygen which has the chemical formula NO3- . Nitrate occurs naturally in many natural foods we eat, especially leafy greens like spinach, silverbeet and even bok choy. Nitrate supplements work through various pathways to increase nitric oxide levels in our blood. Nitric oxide relaxes and opens our blood vessels, promoting blood flow and nutrient delivery to our muscles.

AAKG is taken as a powdered supplement. Within our bodies, AAKG is converted into L-citrulline. As part of this process, nitric oxide is produced as a byproduct, and nitric oxide has many positive impacts on sports performance.

When being converted to L-citrulline in our bodies, nitric oxide is produced as a byproduct. Nitric oxide opens and dilates our blood vessels and this allows more blood to be pumped to the muscles. This increased blood flow carries more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles allowing you to work harder for longer. AAKG is often included as an ingredient in pre-workout supplements due to the gym pump it promotes.

As a nitrate supplement, AAKG has the following benefits:

  1. Increased endurance – the delivery of more oxygen and nutrients to muscles increases exercise capacity. For endurance athletes this means being able to run longer or faster. In the gym this means being able to pump out more reps or use heavier weights.
  2. Reduced muscle fatigue – the delivery of more blood to muscles means that more fuel generating and muscle building nutrients, and compounds are delivered to muscles and this means that muscles fatigue slower and recover faster.
  3. Bigger pumps – the opening of blood vessels, promotes blood flow and maximises pumps in the gym.

Adding AAKG to your pre-workout is ideal, as it will not only provide you with the ultimate pump, but the increase in blood flow will allow you to work harder. Our pre-workouts Pre-30and Kleos already contain AAKG.

AAKG is a natural unflavoured powder, and it has a slightly bitter taste.

As pure AAKG unflavoured, it can be mixed with any other VPA products. You can add AAKG to water, juice, or electrolyte drinks – pretty much anything you want. Be aware you may still be able to taste it in these fluids. Many people add AAKG to their pre-workout before training, or to electrolytes during training for etc. The amount of liquid you add your AAKG to is up to you, but we do provide the guideline of 200ml.

The optimal dose of AAKG is 3-6g. One 200g tub of AAKG has 66 3g serves. One serve is about ½ a teaspoon, but for accuracy we recommend weighing a serve of AAKG using microscales.

AAKG is best taken about 20 minutes before training to give it time to enter the nitric oxide cycle and start working. To maintain high AAKG levels for the entire day, you can take AAKG up to three times a day to a maximum dose of 15-18g.

The natural properties of amino acids means that they tend to take on moisture. This is why silicon moisture sachets are added during the packing process. Once your AAKG is opened it will start to take on moisture and should be stored in a cool dark location to keep it as moisture free as possible. We recommend using it within 60 days once it is opened. If your AAKG starts to clump, rest assured that although it may be more difficult to scoop but it will still work just as well.

Unfortunately, we do not have samples of AAKG available.

Yes, you can. You can mix them together in the same shake or take separately but at the same time if you choose.

You can read all customer reviews of VPA AAKG by scrolling to the top of the page and clicking on the review stars above the product name. This product currently has a 4.7* rating. Read VPA AAKG reviews below:

“I have only just tried AAKG but it has given me a boost in energy and helped with recovery.” Adrian S – Review made 7th April 2020.

“Great pre workout combo with L-glut and creatine.” Tom S – Review made 28th March 2020.

“First time I have used this product base on the serving suggestion. I feel that I have more energy and increased in strength. It delivers intense pumped so I can do more sets and more weight.”Ferdinand W – Review made 23rd February 2020.

“Convenient, sleek packaging and possibly one of the most effective yet economical supplement for lean gain and performance.” Leonardo S – Review made 20th October 2020.

Taking the recommended dose of AAKG should not have any side effects. If too much AAKG is taken in one sitting diarrhea and gastric discomfort may be experienced.

Please ask a medical professional such as a GP or dietitian before using AAKG when pregnant or breastfeeding.

We are Australia’s best online supplement shop. We provide you with high-quality pure AAKG and other amino acids. We also sell the best value and purest protein powder. Shop with us to see why we were voted the Best Protein and Supplement store in Australia two years in a row. Whether you are after AAKG, creatine, L-carnitine or more, we have what you need.

We formulate and blend all our products in our Brisbane production facility. We support Australian farmers by using 100% Australian and New Zealand ingredients where possible.

Are you shopping on a budget and looking for cheap supplements online? We can’t be beaten. We offer discounts when you buy more than of the same product and these multi buy discounts can be seen on our product pages. Along with credit card, debit card and PayPal, you can also buy protein with AfterPay. Buy now pay later supplements to stretch your dollar further.

We source the highest quality amino acids and similar products from pharmaceutical-grade production facilities in China as do all leading supplement companies including Optimum Nutrition. To be honest, there are very few amino acid producers outside of China and their product quality and claims do not stack up when researched thoroughly. We only deal with credible and reliable international suppliers with who we have developed a great working relationship with over time. We regularly test our amino acid products to ensure their purity and quality.

Our AAKG and other products are blended and packed at our export-grade dairy production facility in North Brisbane.

We have dispatch warehouses in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. We dispatch via Australia Post and Fastway. Delivery takes 1-3 days in metropolitan regions when delivered by Fastway. Orders shipping Australia Post are subject to their usual delivery times.

Weight 0.200 kg
Dimensions 9.0 × 9.0 × 10.5 cm


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