Skip Navigation

Search Knowledgebase

Alpha Ketoglutarate (AKG) for Sports & Fitness

Why Use

Alpha Ketoglutarate (AKG)

Why Do Athletes Use It?*

Some athletes say that alpha ketoglutarate (AKG) improves the results of weight-training.

What Do the Advocates Say?*

Advocates point out that AKG is important for cell growth and is used in patients undergoing surgery to help maintain normal muscles’ protein synthesis and to protect the heart muscle.

*Athletes and fitness advocates may claim benefits for this supplement based on their personal or professional experience. These are individual opinions and testimonials that may or may not be supported by controlled clinical studies or published scientific articles.

Dosage & Side Effects

Alpha Ketoglutarate (AKG)

How Much Is Usually Taken by Athletes?

Manufacturers recommend 1 to 2 grams prior to workouts.

Side Effects

At the time of writing, there were no well-known side effects caused by this supplement.

Interactions with Supplements, Foods, & Other Compounds

At the time of writing, there were no well-known supplement or food interactions with this supplement.

Interactions with Medicines

As of the last update, we found no reported interactions between this supplement and medicines. It is possible that unknown interactions exist. If you take medication, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a new supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.

More Resources

Alpha Ketoglutarate (AKG)

Where to Find It

AKG is present in many foods and is synthesized for use in dietary supplements.

Resources

See a list of books, periodicals, and other resources for this and related topics.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.