Category: Supps

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The herb that boosts testosterone 350%

Low levels of testosterone will negatively impact your performance in the gym, the office and the bedroom, but there are some minerals and herbs that can naturally increase T production, says Mike Mahler Mike Mahler is a hormone optimisation researcher and supplement designer. He is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Optimal testosterone production is essential for men who want to look and perform at their best in every aspect of their lives. If your levels are below-par then some smart supplementation can get them back into a healthy range pretty quickly. Mineral deficiencies can be a leading cause of low…

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The supps that boost testosterone

Kamal Patel is a director of Examine.com, the research-based resource on supplementation and nutrition, and a nutrition researcher with an MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University. He is based in San Francisco, California. There are many supplements on the market claiming to enhance testosterone but many of them are herbal supplements that may well improve libido and boost confidence and do absolutely nothing for testosterone levels. These libido enhancers include herbs such as tribulus terrestris, maca, and fenugreek, all which have very noticeable effects on sex drive, yet have no effect on testosterone levels. Other herbs, such as eurycoma…

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How safe are your supps?

In January 2015 January Welsh sprinters Gareth Warburton and Rhys Williams were suspended from competition for six and four months respectively by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) after testing positive for banned substances following an out of competition test in June 2014. Both athletes’ defence was that they had inadvertently taken the substances, banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), through the consumption of contaminated sports nutrition products.

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4 top supps for stronger bones

Kamal Patel is a director of Examine.com, the research-based resource on supplementation and nutrition, and a nutrition researcher with an MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University. He is based in San Francisco, California. The human body contains 206 bones and they serve far more purpose than simply allowing you to move and protecting your organs. They also make red and blood white cells and store minerals, so healthy bones are essential for optimal health. Here’s four supplements that can help improve bone density and strength. 1 Calcium This element is one of the major mineral components of bone. A…

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Is excessive BCAA use harming your health?

Calum Gore is an expert in medical biochemistry and health and the founder of biochemical diagnostic testing services company Gore BioScience. He is based in Leicester, Leicestershire. The essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine together make up the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). In total they comprise 30% of the body’s total muscle protein. The fitness industry, athletes and bodybuilders have long used BCAAs for many of the following perceived benefits: increased protein synthesis; increased muscular hypertrophy; improved exercise recovery; increased muscle endurance; improved glucose disposal; increased energy; and increased gluconeogenesis, which is the metabolic process in which glucose…

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Recovery Supps

6 supps to ease joint pain

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky is a practicing medical physician. He is based in Suffolk, Virginia. Joint pain can be a common affliction for serious gym-goers because intensive training over a long time frame can place incredible stress on the tendons that connect your muscles to your bones, and ligaments which connect bone to bone. It is no longer recommended to rest and immobilise injured joints because this inactivity can result in stiffness, decreased range of motion and increased pain. Instead, practice gentle range-of-motion exercises to keep the joint mobile. And try to limit your use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to…

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Do fat-burning supplements really work?

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky is a practicing medical physician. He is based in Suffolk, Virginia. First things first. The most effective way to burn excess body fat is through a structured resistance training and nutrition plan. No one has ever got lean through just taking a few fat-burning pills each day, no matter what those late-night infomercials claim. Think about it: if they did, we would all be walking around looking like an Abercrombie & Fitch model all year round. The phrase ‘fat-burning supplement’ is really an umbrella term that covers various specific compounds that either increase the metabolic rate or…

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Use beta-alanine to smash through the pain barrier

Work out harder and for longer by using beta-alanine before your session, says David Sandler David Sandler is a S&C coach, fitness researcher and co-founder of training and nutrition company StrengthPro. He is based in Golden, Colorado.  You can only lift for as long as your muscles allow. Intense training causes the build-up of waste products in your muscle tissues including lactic acid, which is responsible for that feeling of muscle ‘burn’ that often precedes the end of your set. But taking beta-alanine, a naturally occurring amino acid, can limit the accumulation of lactic acid so you can push your muscles…

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The best supps for better sleep

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky is a practicing medical physician. He is based in Suffolk, Virginia. We spend a third of our lives asleep, and with our general health and mental and physical performance so closely correlated to the amount and quality of the sleep we get, it’s surprising more people don’t consider supplementation. The reason why we need to sleep is still not understood, but we do know that it has a plethora of beneficial effects and, without it, your ability to function diminishes rapidly. We also know that one night or two nights of impaired sleep isn’t the end of…

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How do you know what’s in your supps?

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. The dietary supplement industry is big business. In 2013 it was worth an estimated $104bn, according to the Nutrition Business Journal Report, with expected annual growth of 6%. There are approximately 29,000 dietary supplements currently on the market, which were made up of more than 600 supplement ingredients. So it may come as a surprise that for such a huge and growing industry, dietary supplements remains a largely unregulated business. When compared to highly-regulated markets, such as clinical drugs, the quality control of…

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