The cool blue bottle got your attention. The red cap got your heart beating. Now you want to know more about First Endurance Optygen HP. First, know that there is a practical reason for the blue glass bottle. The blue glass is transparent enough to see through but opaque enough to prevent sunlight and oxygen from degrading the capsules inside. The capsules look purple from outside the bottle, but when dispensed reveal themselves to be a dark red color instead of clear. The color here, too, is to prevent degradation of the ingredients. Degradation will make the capsules less effective.
You will want these capsules to be as effective as possible. In this second-generation Optygen HP, you get Rhodiola that's twice as strong as the original formula. The Rhodiola has 5% rosavin helping the body adapt to high levels of physical stress. Rhodiola is also known as golden root and roseroot and has been taken for centuries to improve mood; recent tests have shown improved mental and physical performance.
The improved formula of Optygen HP is built to increase oxygen utilization, increase the body's ability to adapt to high levels of physical stress, and increase aerobic threshold. The ingredients should be at full-strength to help you train harder and recover better from rides and races where you are giving 110% and want to recover as much as possible between days. For some people this might be an everyday supplement, for others something saved for the hardest training and racing months of the year.
HP stands for High Performance. First Endurance calls it that because they started with their popular Optygen supplement and kicked it up a notch, revving it for better recovery and less loading.
First, on the loading front, Optygen HP takes less front loading than Optygen. Optygen would take loading for a week and ideally use for at least a month before realizing maximal benefits. HP doesn't have a loading phase, the benefits should become apparent within six days, and then your body is in a good place until you stop taking the capsules.
Beyond Rhodiola, the other big ingredient in Optygen HP is Beta-Alanine. There is 1,000mg of Beta-Alanine per serving, which has been tested to increase muscular endurance, boost strength, and increase exercise capacity and delay muscular fatigue. Beta-Alanine works with chelated chromium and ATPro to assist the amino acid carnosine in buffering lactic acid.
There are 120 capsules in a bottle. Taken at the recommended dosage of four capsules a day, the bottle will last 30 days. It is recommended that the capsules be ingested with a morning meal.