Ornithine Alpha-Ketoglutarate

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Uses

The amino acids ornithine and glutamine are combined to form ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG).

What Are Star Ratings?

This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for Why
2 Stars
Wound Healing
10 to 30 grams daily
Supplementing with OKG has been shown to significantly improve wound healing and decrease the length of hospital stays.

Preliminary and controlled studies of people with severe burns and other types of injuries showed that supplementation with 10-30 grams of ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG) per day significantly improved wound healing and decreased the length of hospital stays. Improved healing from major trauma and surgery has also been demonstrated with oral supplements including several grams per day of glutamine.

1 Star
Athletic Performance
Refer to label instructions
Ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG) is believed to facilitate muscle growth by enhancing the body's release of anabolic hormones, but this is based on effects seen in hospitalized and elderly people, not published research.

Ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG) is formed from the amino acids ornithine and glutamine and is believed to facilitate muscle growth by enhancing the body's release of anabolic hormones. While this effect has been found in studies on hospitalized patients and elderly people, no studies on muscle growth in athletes using OKG have been published.

How It Works

How to Use It

Optimal levels remain unknown, though 10 grams per day has been used in clinical trials.

Where to Find It

Although the amino acids that comprise OKG are present in protein foods such as meat and poultry and fish, the OKG compound is found only in supplements.

Possible Deficiencies

A deficiency of OKG has not been reported.

Interactions

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.
The Drug-Nutrient Interactions table may not include every possible interaction. Taking medicines with meals, on an empty stomach, or with alcohol may influence their effects. For details, refer to the manufacturers' package information as these are not covered in this table. If you take medications, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects

Side Effects

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