Real, lasting fat-loss requires total commitment to getting every lifestyle factor from rest to hydration to nutrient timing in order. Nutrition and supplement expert Chad Kerksick, PhD shares his secrets for ripping up, round the clock!
Shoulder pain booted you off the bench press? Todd Bumgardner, MS, CSCS has some unique movements that will help you keep your upper-body mass and strength goals on track until you’re ready to shoulder the load again!
The arrival of a new ProSource Supplement Catalog is always cause for celebration among serious athletes. And rest assured, this winter’s catalog is packed with all the phenomenal savings and expert reviews of top-brand products you’ve come to expect from us.
Lifestyle and Diet Guidelines, Plus a True Clinical-Grade T-Level Support Technology
Are you worried about your testosterone levels? If you’re not, recent research conducted on populations of normal healthy North American males suggests you should be. And if you are concerned about your levels of a man's most important hormone, you should know that there are practical, common-sense steps you can take to address the problem.
Before we get to both those alarming findings and some very promising solutions, let’s make sure we’ve defined the terms of the dilemma many men like yourself find themselves in.
A META-ANALYSIS OF CLINICAL TRIALS FEATURING VITAMIN D SUGGESTS A LINK TO IMPROVED ASTHMA SYMPTOM CONTROL IN TEST SUBJECTS
LOOKING TO BREATHE FREE? A HUMBLE VITAMIN MAY BE COMING TO YOUR RESCUE. Recently, an meta-analysis of nine different studies involving double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical tests measuring the efficacy of Vitamin D in modulating asthma exacerbation risk and symptom control yielded some surprising results.
The impetus for the studies was based on anecdotal observations of an unusual correlation between high risk of asthma attacks/symptoms and low blood levels of Vitamin D. In the consequent investigations, study duration ranged from four to twelve months and the majority of the subjects had mild or moderate asthma. <...
WHEY PROTEIN, LEUCINE, AND VITAMIN D LINKED TO PRESERVATION OF MUSCLE MASS DURING TIMES OF CALORIC RESTRICTION
WANT TO LOSE THE FAT BUT KEEP THE MUSCLE? A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS THAT PROPER SUPPLEMENTATION IS KEY. Losing weight is no easy task, but research tells us that significant caloric restriction in the form of reduced caloric intake and increased caloric expenditure are the best ways to promote and sustain weight loss. An inevitable consequence of weight loss stemming from caloric reduction, however, is the loss of muscle mass.
While fat loss is the ultimate goal, losing only fat is very challenging. Adding a resistance training program helps to minimize some of this muscle loss and increasing the protein content of your diet to 2x the RDA also helps to minimize muscle loss. A 2015 study published in the
GLUTAMINE SUPPORTS FASTER RECOVERY WHILE REDUCING POST-EXERCISE MUSCLE SORENESS
A CONDITIONALLY ESSENTIAL AMINO EMERGES AS A KEY FACTOR IN MAINTAINING PEAK PERFORMANCE AND MUSCLE RECOVERY AFTER HIGH-INTENSITY EXERCISE.In a study in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, Canadian researchers reported on new evidence that glutamine can help recover strength and reduce soreness.
In this study, sixteen healthy men and women completed a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled crossover study where they completed the same testing conditions after taking either a placebo or glutamine. On the morning of testing, participants arrived well-rested and took their first of four doses of glutamine or placebo. Then prior to testing on ea...
FOR LONG-TERM WEIGHT-LOSS, HIGH-FAT LOW-CARB DIETS MAY BE THE WAY TO GO
HOLD THE CARBS! A META-ANALYSIS OF DIETARY STUDIES LENDS SUPPORT TO KETOGENIC STRATEGIES FOR WEIGHT LOSS. Ketogenic diets have increased in popularity over the years, particularly for those people looking to lose weight and maximize fat loss. In general, a ketogenic diet is often considered to be any diet that restricts total carbohydrate intake to less than 50 grams of carbohydrate each day.
While this approach has been used for several years by physique-minded athletes as well as doctors prescribing diets for their patients, minimal evidence exists to illustrate whether or not the approach can cause significant weight loss in large groups of people.
Recently, the British Journal of Nutrition published an article that summ...
CAN SUPPLEMENTING WITH WHEY PROTEIN HYDROLYSATE SUPPORT CONNECTIVE TISSUE HEALTH?
A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS THAT HYDROLYZED WHEY MAY HAVE A SURPRISING INJURY-PREVENTING BENEFIT.Whey protein is well-publicized for its ability to facilitate increases in strength and muscle hypertrophy, but a recently published study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports examined whey protein hydrolysate’s ability to also increase the size and strength of tendons (Farup et al. 2014).
This study had 22 study participants ingest a combination of carbohydrate and whey protein hydrolysate or just carbohydrates over the course of a 12-week study period that required the participants to train their quadriceps muscles. Muscle size of the quadriceps was found to increase to a sig...
METABOLITE OF LEUCINE WORKS IN TANDEM TO REPAIR AND PRESERVE MUSCLE TISSUE
NEW EVIDENCE LINKING HMB TO IMPROVED RECOVERY CONTINUES TO COME TO LIGHT. Many people say your training is only as good as your recovery. If you don’t fully recover, progressive increases in overreaching set in and over time your body will start fighting back and breaking down. But if you don’t train hard, your body will have no reason to grow!
A recent study was published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition that examined the impact of combining HMB and a carbohydrate source to whey protein (Kraemer et al. 2015). HMB continues to garner interest from sports scientists for its ability to help promote recovery. In this study, the authors recruited study participants who supplemented for two weeks prior, dur...
SCIENTISTS EXAMINE A LINK BETWEEN PRE-EXERCISE PROTEIN INTAKE AND FAT OXIDATION
ARE YOU EATING YOUR MORNING MEAL BEFORE OR AFTER YOUR WORKOUT? CHOOSING CORRECTLY MAY HELP YOU TRIM SOME EXCESS FAT. Morning workouts are extremely popular as they help you start each day with a feel-good burst of adrenaline and activity. A popular question is whether or not food should be consumed before the workout or not. For many people, fasted cardio is thought to help promote greater fat burning while some feel working out on an empty stomach results in a lackluster workout.
A study was recently published in Sports Medicine that examined the impact of combining two forms of cardio with either pre-exercise ingestion of carbohydrate or protein before the workout (Wingfield et al. 2015). Twenty young, active wome...
POWERFUL STRENGTH-SUPPORT CELL-VOLUMIZING AGENT MAY OFFER ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR BODYBUILDERS
CREATINE MONOHYDRATE HAS EARNED A PLACE IN THE SUPPLEMENT REGIMENS OF MOST BODYBUILDERS DUE TO ITS WELL-VALIDATED ROLE IN ENHANCING PERFORMANCE THROUGH STRENGTH SUPPORT. NOW RESEARCHERS ARE EXAMINING A POSSIBLE LINK TO ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY. A recent study was published in the June 2015 issue of Redox Report, a peer-reviewed journal devoted to oxidative stress that examined the impact of creatine supplementation for antioxidant properties (Deminice and Jordao 2015). The study required two groups of rats to exercise anaerobically and/or supplement their diet with creatine. A 28-day supplementation period was followed before all rats were required to complete an acute exercise protocol consisting of vertical jumps. In res...
New Research Suggests These Compounds May Decrease Muscle-Limiting Myostatin Levels
What is myostatin? Myostatin is a myokine (a substance released from muscle) that negatively regulates muscle mass by blunting protein synthesis (and cell differentiation) and stimulating catabolism---essentially halting muscle growth and promoting muscle loss. When we weight train, myostatin levels go down, which promotes increased protein synthesis and muscle building. In contrast, long bouts of inactivity lead to upregulation of myostatin, resulting in muscle loss.
Since the discovery of the myostatin gene in 1997, scientists have toiled to understand its regulation and have searched for safe and effective ways to silence myostatin’s catabolic influences. Several studies have shown that knocking out the ge...
NEW STUDY MEASURES THE IMPACT OF BETA ALANINE ON COGNITIVE FUNCTION IN TACTICAL SCENARIOS
BETA ALANINE'S CAPACITY FOR SUPPORTING ENDURANCE IS VITAL TO BODYBUILDERS AND OTHER COMPETITIVE ATHLETES. BUT CAN IT ALSO HELP THEM THINK BETTER UNDER PRESSURE? FLORIDA RESEARCHERS THINK SO. As a performance aid, supplementation with beta alanine is developing quite the reputation for increasing training tolerance and supporting muscle recovery. A large number of published studies completed using athletes have demonstrated these changes, but a recent study published in the journal Amino Acids took a slightly different angle of measuring beta alanine’s ability to enhance perfor...
NEW STUDY: STAY HARD WHILE LEANING OUT WITH THE HELP OF WHEY PROTEIN, LEUCINE, AND VITAMIN D
ACHIEVING SIGNIFICANT FAT LOSS IS HARD ENOUGH WITHOUT WATCHING YOUR HARD-EARNED MUSCLE MASS DWINDLE AWAY TOO. A NEW STUDY OFFERS A SUPPLEMENTARY SOLUTION. Research tells us that significant caloric restriction in the form of reduced caloric intake and increased caloric expenditure are the best ways to promote and sustain weight loss. An inevitable consequence of weight loss stemming from caloric reduction is the loss of muscle mass. While fat loss is the ultimate goal, losing only fat is very challenging. Adding a resistance training program helps to minimize some of this muscle loss and i...
NIGHT-TIME INGESTION OF PROTEIN CAN INCREASE STRENGTH AND MUSCLE MASS
ARE YOU EATING, EXERCISING, AND SUPPLEMENTING ALL DAY, ONLY TO PUT YOUR MUSCLES ON STARVATION RATIONS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT? THAT'S A RECIPE FOR CATABOLISM AND LOST GAINS. High-quality protein intake is an important part of every bodybuilder’s routine. The milk proteins, whey and casein, are extremely popular due to their overall high quality. Research conducted in the 1990s told us that whey protein digests faster and casein protein digests slower. As a result, it is commonly recommended for casein protein to be ingested at nighttime. While this recommendation has been in place for over 10 years, no resea...
STUDY INDICATES DECREASED EGCG BIOAVAILABILITY WHEN GREEN TEA IS CONSUMED WITH PROTEIN
THE NEXT TIME YOU'RE TAKING A GREEN-TEA-BASED DIET SUPPORT SUPPLEMENT (OR JUST HAVING A CUP OF GREEN TEA), YOU MAY WANT TO HOLD THE MILK. Recently, a study investigating the impact of tea drinking on the health of Europeans reported conflicting findings depending on the region where the data were collected. Remarkably, it was found that the discrepancies were related to whether the tea was served with or without milk.
These findings led to a recent study published in the European Journal of Nutrition that investigated the influence of dietary proteins on the bioavailability of gr...
HIGH INTENSITY ATHLETES MAY BE PARTICULARLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO IRON DEPLETION
ATHLETES HAVE MUCH DIFFERENT NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS THAN LESS-ACTIVE PEOPLE, AND IRON MAY BE ANOTHER CASE IN POINT. A recent review published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism reports that as many as 13% of women and 1% of men in the general population suffer from iron deficiency. However, among all types of athletes, iron depletion occurs in approximately 20% to 50% of females and approximately 4% to 50% males--- with the worst cases being in athletes who train under high intensity, for prolonged periods, or during weight-bearing exercise. To put this in perspective, if you run, cycle, ...
STUDY DOCUMENTS INCREASES IN INSULIN SECRETION AND GLYCOGEN STORAGE
CLA MAY PLAY AN UNDER-APPRECIATED ROLE IN POST-WORKOUT MUSCLE RECOVERY. In a recent placebo controlled, cross-over trial, scientists from Taiwan reported that subjects who took CLA for 8 weeks (3.8 g/day) had a 75% greater increase in glycogen storage after a single (60 minute) bout of high intensity cardio exercise followed by a high carbohydrate reloading meal. This finding was supported by a 79% increase (over placebo) in the immediate post-exercise insulin response and a 150% increase in immediate post-exercise muscle glucose transporter type 4 (GLUT 4) expression---GLUT 4 expression remained elevated by 56% over placebo at 3 hours post-exercise.
STUDY DOCUMENTS EFFECTS ON PERCEPTION OF HUNGER AND FATIGUE
IF YOU'RE FEELING THE HUNGER PANGS AND WEARINESS SO OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH DIETING, A VERSATILE AMINO MAY BE COMING TO YOUR RESCUE. A study published in the Nutrition Journal recently reported that supplemental L-carnitine blunts hunger and fatigue induced by extreme caloric restriction, resulting in greater weight loss. In this randomized and blinded control trial, metabolic syndrome subjects who received L-carnitine (4 g/day intravenous) during a 7 day diet intervention lost over 3 lbs more than those in the placebo group. These results were coupled with measures of better insulin regulation and decreased feelings of hunger and fatigue during fasting in the carnitine group.
LOOKING TO IMPROVE WORKOUT PRODUCTIVITY? OMEGA-3 FISH OILS MIGHT BE THE SOLUTION.
OMEGA-3 FISH OILS HAVE LONG BEEN CELEBRATED FOR THE SHEER VARIETY OF THEIR NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS. NOW SCIENTISTS MAY HAVE FOUND ANOTHER BENEFIT. In a recent double-blinded and placebo-controlled study, twenty fit college aged male volunteers were instructed to take either 3.6 g of fish oil or a placebo split into 3 daily doses, for 56 days. Prior to and after 8 weeks supplementation, subjects completed a series of VO2max (maximum aerobic fitness) tests and submaximal exercise tests.
As predicted, the researchers found that fish oil supplementation increased red blood cell EPA and DHA content a...
Increase Work Output With the Ultimate Endurance-Support Amino!
Here they come, the dog days of the workout warrior’s year. Those winter and spring days of setting a new and challenging physique goal are long behind us now (or four months ahead of us). The glory days of summer, of turning heads and making a big impression with a dialed-in silhouette, have come and gone. All of the fair-weather fitness enthusiasts have departed the gym, leaving the floor to just a small coterie of iron fanatics. Autumn is here, and new inspiration is needed.
Serious bodybuilders know that the months between Labor Day and New Year’s Day present a golden opportunity to lay a solid foundation for new growth and loftie...
Pre-Workout BCAAs for Optimizing Fat Burning, Muscle Building, and Gym Performance
Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) supplements are more popular (and essential) than ever, but their effects on your metabolism, fat burning, and muscle-building efforts are often misunderstood. In this article, I’m going to outline for you exactly what BCAAs are and how they can be used to maximize the results you are getting from your efforts in the weight room.
Exploring Alternative Technologies Of Natural Testosterone Support
The importance of testosterone in a strength training program cannot be emphasized enough. All the way from gains in lean muscle mass to reductions in body fat to enhanced strength, testosterone plays an essential role in facilitating training adaptations for athletes. There are several ways to support testosterone levels through nutrition, sleep and certain principles of training, but what happens when these things aren’t enough? Outside of injection of testosterone directly into the muscle (a uniquely poor cho...
Sports Nutrition Round Table: Supplement Experts Select the Unrivaled Leaders in Key Bodybuilding Categories
Part Four: Testosterone Support
As we reach the fourth (and last) installment in our Expert Picks series, it’s time to salute the experts themselves, who worked long and hard evaluating the top contenders in the categories of greatest importance to bodybuilders, then ranking them in order of efficacy and value. If you’d like to see the complete results of their research, be sure and
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Key Supplemental Strategies For Maintaining Muscle Gains During Your Cutting Phase
Ah, Memorial Day! The end of spring and the official kick-off of summer. For most people, it’s a time to take the cover off the backyard grill, pop open a beverage, and salute the troops who defend our freedoms. For workout warriors, however, Memorial Day has an added import. It’s also the day the shirt comes off.
If you’ve been applying due diligence in your workout regimen (and eating to grow) since New Year’s Day, you should be seeing the fruits of all that labor today. If you’ve been following the detailed day-to-day regimen provided by ProSource bodybuilding experts Dwayne Jackson and Noah Bryant in
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Elevating Insulin Response to Create the Perfect Cellular Environment for Growth
When people think of anabolic hormones, most of the time their minds jump to the big dogs in the endocrinology world. Testosterone and growth hormone are often the hormones that get the most attention in the media. What most people don’t realize is that insulin is also classified as an anabolic hormone, as it promotes the uptake and building of larger molecules and tissues.
People outside the bodybuilding field sometimes associate insulin with weight gain and excess body fat accumulation. (In fact, for people who don’t engage in intense exercise, elevated insulin levels may hinder the utilization of fat as fuel at time...
Sports Nutrition Round Table: Supplement Experts Select the Unrivaled Leaders in Key Bodybuilding Categories
Part Three: Fat-Loss Catalysts
Is there any supplement category more volatile and subject to change than the weight-loss category? The rate at which products (and manufacturers) come and go in this field seems to accelerate with each passing year.
There’s a simple reason for that, of course. Most of these short-lived products simply don’t work. They contain outdated, discredited agents or inadequate dosages of common compounds. In fact, a lot of them are mostly caffeine. And with fat-loss products, it doesn...
Every bodybuilder has fond memories of the time when they first took up the sport. Or the time when they first got really serious about it.
In the beginning, if you’re doing it right, every trip to the gym is the athletic equivalent of opening a Christmas present. Every workout brings new and compelling refinements to your physique. Your body, unaccustomed to the rigors and stresses of super-intense exercise, responds by going into hypertrophy mode. Particularly if you’re young, six or eight or ten weeks of a comprehensive workout regimen can make a real difference in how you look. You get big.
Supplement Experts Select the Unrivaled Leaders in Key Bodybuilding Categories
Part Two: Mass Builders
Those of you who have read Part One in this series know that we’ve brought together a panel of sports nutrition experts, each a well-credentialed and respected PhD in the field of sports supplement science, to participate in a round table discussion aimed at selecting the absolute BEST product available in four key supplement categories:
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New Research Spotlights Leucine’s Many Ergogenic Benefits for Bodybuilders
Every day, researchers are learning more about the unique capacity of leucine to function as a powerful catalyst for muscle support and growth, especially immediately post exercise. Its truly indispensable role in switching on anabolism makes it a supplemental must-have for bodybuilders looking to pack on lean mass. Let's take a closer look at the emergence of a super amino.
Amino acids are the major constituents of proteins and are generally described as the building blocks necessary for muscular...
Supplement Experts Select the Unrivaled Leaders in Key Bodybuilding Categories
Part One: Premium Proteins
When you go supplement shopping, do you find yourself asking, “What’s a fairly decent bodybuilding supplement that’s mostly interchangeable with other products of its kind?”
No? You’re looking for a clearly superior product? Us, too!
And yet, the vast majority of supplements within a particular category often contain the same ingredients (often formulated by the same anonymous commercial manufacturers) in roughly the same dosages and ratios. (We're talking about well-known ...
You may have followed the same diet program as a friend, but they lost dramatically more weight, or performed the same training program and they experienced substantially better outcomes. Sure this is frustrating, but it's actually not surprising as we begin to understand the importance of individual variability in response to various lifestyle behaviors such as food intake and exercise.
It's not all bad news either. If you didn't respond positively to a specific diet, supplement, or exercise program it just means you don't have the right genetic make-up for that particular program, but you have a blueprint more suited to something else. It's just a matter of finding the right one, which requires self-experimenting.
[Editor's Note: For almost 20 years, VPX has been a leading light in the supplement industry, researching, developing, and launching a series of celebrated products, particularly in the performance beverage category. Recently, we sat down with Jack Owoc, CEO, CSO of VPX and talked about a wide range of topics currently impacting the industry, about where he sees the science of supplementation going in the coming years, and about what keeps VPX growing and prospering. Very few people have Jack's longevity and track record of success in this business, and he's also a respected writer on per...
Let's face it. If a sturdy workout regimen and plenty of protein were all it took to build a stupendous physique, we'd be hip deep in supermen. The fact that we're not -- that, indeed, the vast majority of workout warriors pass the months and years investing maximum effort on the gym floor while deriving modest benefits -- suggests that something more is at work in the physiology of muscle growth and fat loss.
One of those factors that has been drawing increased attention in recent years is L-carnitine, a naturally occurring amino acid biosynthesized from lysine and methionine. New research suggests that carnitine may play a role in a great number of positive physical outc...
Don't look now, but the popularity of beta-alanine continues to soar. Riding the crest of a wave of support from some very interesting recent science and a swell of anecdotal reports from dedicated users of this super amino, beta-alanine is rapidly moving into the first rank of pre-workout-maximizing catalysts.
Your objective is to get as lean as possible but not make your hard-earned muscle mass the sacrificial lamb to excessive cardio. Let's look at some conditioning strategies to minimize body fat and keep muscle mass.
What Science Says
In 1994, Angelo Tremblay and some of his colleagues at the Physical Activities Science Laboratory at Laval University in Canada, tested the long-held belief amongst most exercise and medical professionals that long, slow cardio at a low intensity is superior for
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Monday morning motivation is all about getting your day started with a drive that pushes you not only through your day job, but also through the gym. It goes without saying that Monday can often be the hardest day of the week to get motivated. So what if you can improve your squat max and testosterone levels in just 4 minutes? I think we would all say that's well worth four minutes of our time on what often seems to be an endless Monday.
Psychologists have known for a long time that emotions can play a critical role on our outlook in life. Most psychology research has focused on what motivates people in the workplace. And let's be honest going to the gym, putting in the time, energy, and effort is similar to...
[Editor's Note: Today we're
launching a new weekly column called "The Big Picture: Integrating
Supplements, Lifestyle and Workouts." It will feature short takes on
bodybuilding strategies, much like our weekly Muscle Mechanics Series,
only it won't be focused purely on exercise routines. Instead, The Big
Picture will offer advice on every aspect of living the bodybuilding
life, with an emphasis on combining supplements, lifestyle choices, and
exercise for maximum effect. This week's entry is written by a new
contributing writer to ProSource, expert nutritionist Mike Roussell,
PhD. Take it away, Mike!]
Optimizing total calories, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats has always been held up as the most ...
Muscle Cell Super Saturation for the Ultimate Results
[Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce another well-credentialed supplement expert and writer to our readers here at ProSource.net, Andrew McInroy. Andrew will be weighing in semi-regularly on supplement and performance enhancement issues. Welcome aboard, Andrew!]
Think you have a great nutrition, training and supplement plan for your goal of maximum lean muscle gains? You might have to think again. If you want to get maximum growth then you need to have your nutrition, training and supplement protocols all focused o...
So many products in the sports supplement field have a short shelf life. They represent marginal advancements (or, more commonly, no advancement at all) on existing science in their category. Every once in a while, however, a product arrives that is so advanced it actually takes the rest of the scientific establishment a while to catch up to it. Such is the case with AndroTest Extreme which, three years after its introduction, is still earning praise industry-wide as new clinical evidence arrives to further underline its power and effectiveness.
Increase Calorie Burning Efficiency and Control
Appetite by Boosting Your Protein Intake
The balance between the amount of calories you are eating and the number of calories you are burning is a key factor which dictates your ability to lose weight, maintain optimum weight, and improve your body composition. While many people take this axiom to mean "a calorie is a calorie," there's really much more to the story. I once heard Jose Antonio, CEO of the
International Society of Sports Nutrition
With nearly 2 decades of solid research, most athletes are well versed in the performance benefits of
creatine supplementation. But there is more to the story. Emerging research has revealed some new and exciting outcomes linked to creatine supplementation. Here’s a recap of novel findings from new studies showing benefits of creatine extend beyond muscle performance.
Better Glucose Control
An estimated 1 in 3 adults struggles to maintain a healthy level of blood glucose (blood sugar). The major problem is a defect in insulin action which normally facilitates uptake of sugar into muscle and other tissues. The impaired insulin action therefore results in high blood sugar levels. A recent study...
Supplementation Tips for Getting Maximum Anabolic Benefit From the Essential Aminos
Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are essential amino acids (must be taken in by the diet) and are among the first supplements used by bodybuilders. The BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine and valine, and their unique branched chain structure enables them to be transported and metabolized by common means. Of the nine essential amino acids, BCAAs are the key players in
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Advanced form of whey hydrolysate supports glycogen replacement and enhanced muscle recovery via sugar-independent mechanism of action
Over the past couple of decades very few supplements have received as much scientific attention and peer reviewed support as whey protein. Over the years whey has been unequivocally shown to increase anabolism/protein synthesis, decrease body fat, decrease catabolism, and support the immune system and hormone production. As a result, with proper whey supplementation, one can expect quicker and more complete recovery between exercise bouts, resulting in greater gains in shorter time. It must be noted that ongoing research on whey protein has led to some of the most innovative and effective protein supplements ever offered.
Ultra-Hydrolyzed Proteins Emerge as
the Key to Extreme Muscle Growth
When it comes to protein supplementation, the Golden Rule hasn't changed: Quality still beats quantity. However, in light of recent scientific investigation, it has become apparent that the Golden Rule should be amended as follows: "Quality still rules, but timing is all important."
Even as you're reading this article, there's a massive transformation going on in our understanding of how and when the human body adds lean muscle mass in response to the combination of resistance training and targeted nutrition. In essence, what scientists are coming to realize is this: "Fast" isn't nearly fast enough. After an intense workout ends, you have ninety minutes to two hours, at most, for real growth. During this brief period...
A dreadfully repetitive dead-end job. Another weekend spent wasting away on the couch. Chinese takeout for dinner again.
While the rest of the world dreams of climbing out of such various self-inflicted ruts, smart bodybuilders take a contradictory view. For those seeking to add bulk, ruts are actually invaluable — eating at the same six times daily, going to the gym religiously, tackling each bodypart like clockwork after a consistent number of days, and popping supplements at the most opportune windows, all combine to lead to almost guaranteed success.
But there's at least one part of the bodybuilding equation where you don't want to fall into an unwavering pattern: Exercise selection. That's because the human body is incredibly adaptive, and will adjust to any workout you put it through given enough time. Even the most hardcore training session you can imagine will stop providing results if p...
From ancient herbs and extracts to synthetic tablets and drink mixes, there have always been a host of products that promise to wipe out fatigue and deliver a prolonged period of peak abundant energy. Some of these products have been straight forward like caffeine, but others are derived from ancient Oriental medicine or even appear to be a hocus-pocus act from some crazy scientist.
Everyone needs more energy! Perhaps, right now, you've got an IV of caffeine going to straight into your blood. Just kidding, but we all can use a pick-me-up and especially those who work full time (both at their job and on the social scene), chase around friends, family and kids, and who exercise regularly. Which products can be counted on? Which ones may let you down? Increased energy is easy, but the crash from it is all too familiar...
In case you haven't already heard, there's a potent South American super fruit that's taken the U.S. marketplace by storm and this little berry may offer some huge benefits. Grown in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil, "
Acai is loaded with health-promoting compounds that have appeal to just about everyone. Acai has been featured on talk shows like Oprah, Rachel Ray, and multiple news stations such as NBC, CBS, and ABC and has been touted as a "
Super Food or "One of Five Good-For-You Foods You May Have Never Heard Of." On the Oprah show, renowned physician Dr. Perricone promoted acai berries as the number one super food with a variety of compelling arguments to back that assertion.
Weight loss is often rapid during the early periods of dieting, but tends to slow down and eventually cease after several months for most people. One of the reasons for the reduced rate of weight loss is a sluggish metabolism. When dietary calories are reduced, the number of calories your body normally burns also decreases. Thus, you actually need less calories to maintain weight. This is why thermogenic weight loss supplements are so popular and effective; they function by stimulating resting metabolism and calorie burning. 7-Keto DHEA is a metabolite of dihydroepiandrosterone. Unlike DHEA, 7-Keto does not get converted into other steroids including estrogen and testosterone. Instead 7-Keto DHEA induces enzymes in the mitochondria of cells that increase thermogenesis. Two human studies showed promise for 7-Keto DHEA to augment weight loss. A recent study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry tested the effects of 7-Keto DHEA on resting metabolic rate in overweight subje...
Over 8 years of science supports this groundbreaking new
supplement. Find out how all this science can help you see bigger and
We're not going to lie to you. There are a ton of different workout supplements
to choose from. Stop by any nutritional store, and you'll see what
we're talking about. But just be careful. While some of these
supplements are certainly worthy of your hard-earned dollar, others
aren't even deserving of your garbage can. The reason is science -- or
in most cases, lack o...
Over the last decade, thousands of articles have been written about creatine supplementation in scientific journals, magazines, newspapers, and on the Internet. The reason for this interest is that
creatine supplementation has proven to be one of the
most effective methods available to increase strength, power, and muscl...
On Wednesday February 7th 2007 the FDA approved the
over-the-counter sale (OTC) of
GlaxoSmithKline'sdiet drug Alli, the
low dose brother to prescription strength
Xenical. It is estimated that
Alli will be available OTC by this summer. The pleasantly plump and
uninformed general public will certainly be pleased; however, there is
plenty to be worried about beyond greasy stools and soiled underwear.
After all, medical pharmacology always works'"-have we found the
incredibly sought after "MAGIC PILL"?
The active ingredient in OTC
Alli is 60mg of Orlistat, a
Can a single drug-free product really produce the kind of extreme
muscle growth you can visibly see week to week? Gains of up to 30lbs of
rock hard muscle in a matter of just a few months? Along with dramatic
increases in strength? Up until recently, we would have said these
claims are absolute marketing hype but researchers (and even many
competitive bodybuilders) are saying this innovative formula by
BioQuest may do all of this and more. So to fully evaluate these bold
statements, we've hired veteran sports supplement researcher and
product expert, Anssi Manninen, who is the Senior Science Editor at
Muscular Development magazine. Anssi has dug deep into the science
behind MyoZene and reveals here, his in-depth findings.
Innovative New Fat-Burning Agent Promotes Significant Weight-Loss WITHOUT STIMULANTS
A specialized highly bioactive, yet decaffeinated, extract of green coffee extract called Svetol® was subjected to a rigorous double-blind clinical trial to assess its weight-loss efficacy and impact on lean body mass. The results were truly extraordinary and in fact even exceed those achieved with many high stimulant compounds.
Thirty patients were administered 200 mg capsules of
Svetol® per day, while 20 others received a placebo. After 60 days of treatment, a mean reduction in weight loss of 5.7% was observed in the Svet...
Clinical Tests Demonstrate Dramatic Fat-Loss and Muscle Preservation
Everyone knows that whey protein is essential for the support of
muscle growth. But now comes word on the research front that there's a cutting-edge new bioactive protein that appears to take this efficacy much further.
In a brand new 12 week clinical trial, subjects using a specialized fractionated
protein complex called
The biological keys to exercise performance and muscle synthesis
"I'm taking in enough whey protein that has the amino acids in it, and I'm eating right and taking a vitamin/mineral supplement, how important can it be to take in extra aminos?
If you've avoided
amino acid supplementation for the reason above, consider this:
Virtually every single biological function in the human body requires amino acids and these requirements increase during higher activity levels such as exercise. In the scientific documentaries you'll hear them so...
For years, researchers and bodybuilders alike have argued the relative merits of different kinds of protein. But now, for the first time, there's mounting scientific evidence that favors one type of protein over others. This distinction is of vital importance for athletes, because when it comes to resistance exercise (such as weight lifting), supplementing your diet with the highest-quality protein available is absolutely essential to reducing protein breakdown and ensuring...
The human body needs fatty acids and it can make all but two of them: linoleic acid (
omega-6 fatty acid) and linolenic acid (
omega-3 fatty acid). Given linolenic acid, the body can make the 20- and 22-carbon members of the omega-3 series, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These omega-3 fatty acids are absolutely critical for normal growth and development and they play a very important role in the prevention and treatment of diseases. It should be noted, however, that only a small amount of linolenic acid is converted to DHA and linolenic acid does not raise blood DHA levels. One of the primary reasons linolenic acid is so poorly converted to EPA and DHA is that it is mostly used f...
PEA is an ingredient that is popping up in some purported "weight-loss" formulas, but does it stack up?
A critical analysis says not by a long shot. PEA is a stimulant like substance naturally produced in the body. It is also found in small amounts in chocolate and other foods such as blue-green algae, salami, and bologna. The reason PEA is showing up in some weight-loss and whole health products is because it is a brain chemical that is associated with stimulation of various neurotransmitters in the brain that influence emotions such as euphoria, alertness, and feelings of attraction, as well as suppressing appetite. In fact, it is affectionately known as the "love chemical or love drug" since it mimics the brain chemistry of a person in love. The runne...
It is time; you have made the decision. Yes that decision to
lose weight once and for all. This time, you want to lose weight for real, not gain it back a few months from now, but keep it off permanently. Can it be done? After all, isn't the fact that over
50% of America is overweight kind of disenchanting when thinking of your success? We like to believe and do believe strongly that with the proper knowledge, planning and strategic eating, achieving your goals should be no harder than tying your jogging sneakers.
In the Beginning
No, we are not going to preach to you about the Heavens and the Earth, but rather discuss the importance of understanding how much...
With new and exciting supplement breakthroughs making their debut all the time, it's sometimes easy to forget the less glamorous nutritional stand-bys of muscle growth. Yes, the new norepinephrine-stimulating super-thermogenics and the muscle-gorging hemodilators (to pick two examples), show terrific anabolic potential. But real lean mass gains start with the basics. And the most basic and essential building block of all is the
branched-chain amino acid.
Amino acids facilitate the synthesis of structural proteins, enzymes, and some hormones and neurotransmitters. Amino acids are also involved in numerous metabolic pathways that affect exercise metabolism. For decades, medical researchers have known that athletes involved in intense training require additional protein in the diet and that they s...
Interview with Frank Jaksch, President, CEO & cofounder of ChromaDex Research has always been the backbone of our philosophy. We're dedicated to developing the most effective supplements in the world. That's why we have always had a progressive product research and development philosophy. We stand behind our commitment to science. That's why each one of our supplements undergoes our quality-control process, which ensures that the product you buy is of the highest standard. It is important to trust only reputable manufacturers like
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If you've tried everything from self-hypnosis to a personal life coach who scrutinizes every morsel that enters your mouth but you still can't stick with the program and shed unwanted pounds, I may have just the motivation you need. What if I told you that losing weight could improve your sex life?
As they say, now that I have your attention. . . In October 2005, Duke University psychologist Dr. Martin Binks presented to the Obesity Society his study in which it was determined that up to
30% of obese people seeking help controlling their weight indicated problems with sex drive, desire or performance, or all three. (1) Binks suggested these difficulties are in part a result of medical conditions like high cholesterol and insulin resistance (which can lead to type 2 diabetes...
Testosterone is the primary anabolic hormone in men that plays an essential role in controlling muscle growth. In addition, increased
testosterone enhances sexual interest, erectile function, mood, and bone density. No wonder so many products are marketed to naturally enhance testosterone. Many companies claim to have the latest,
greatest testosterone booster, but none have a shred of scientific evidence to support the inflated hype.
Conducted by a team of doctors, in a medical college and hospital, a randomized, place...
The Latest Technologies for Boosting Your Testosterone Production
Test and LH Basics
Testosterone is the principal steroid hormone secreted from specialized cells in the testes (called Leydig cells) in men. Chemically,
testosterone is made from cholesterol like all the other
steroid hormones. Several hormones stimulate the body's own production of testosterone. The most important and potent stimulator of testosterone secretion is
luteinizing hormone (LH), which is sec...
"The importance of nutrition following training-induced homeostatic disruption can be traced to our most ancient of writings. Esau, the first born of Isaac, in what is estimated to be 1800 B.C. appears to have had incredible genetics. His training sessions, however, were not found in the gym, but rather in the field as he hunted the most ferocious of beasts. So vital was the post-workout meal to the father of the Edomites that he sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for it!" -- Jacob Wilson, HYPERplasia the Magazine Glycemic Index and Sports Nutrition The glycemic index is a ranking of carbs according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a high-glycemic index are those which are rapidly digested and absorbed and result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels. In general, sports nutritionists recommend that one ingest low-glycemic carbs before exercise and high-glycemic carbs immediately after exercise