Creatinol-O-Phosphate is actually not creatine although it is similar in molecular structure. It acts more as an intracellular buffer somewhat similar to carnosine. This is important for hard training athletes as it increases anaerobic glycolysis in the presence of lactic acid. Basically it will allow an athlete to train longer and harder by delaying fatigue and allowing for more muscle fiber recruitment.
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Studies show that with proper nutrition during the first hour following a workout you can increase your body’s ability to recover more than 100%.
If you want to optimize your training, improve recovery time, and accelerate muscle growth then a post-workout recovery drink is vital to your training routine.
Exercising burns up amino acids, glucose, and glycogen stored in the muscles. Upon completion, your muscles are more receptive to accepting nutrients that would restore and repair levels found in the muscles.
Scientific studies show that consuming a carbohydrate-protein supplement within 30 minutes following exercise increases the rate of muscle glycogen storage. By replacing your glycogen storage levels quickly allows your body to recuperate faster and re-charge your fuel system for the next workout or event.
When you do not restore your fuel levels soon after the workout your muscle glycogen synthesis can be decreased by as much as 66%, which impairs their recovery time.
A high carbohydrate/protein meal should be consumed within 2 hours of the workout. The meal is excellent to further maximize the recovery of your muscles. The reason a meal shouldn’t be consumed immediately after the workout is that whole foods are digested much slower than liquid meals and can even lower the response of absorbing nutrients into the blood stream and muscles.
We recommend After Glow for a great tasting way to re-charge after your workouts.
Most fat burning products on the market today are very one dimensional in that they are designed to stimulate the adrenal glands to increase norephineprine output. This provides energy and increases the rate of calorie burning but neglects to hit the other primary metabolic driver which is the thyroid. By increasing the thyroid hormones T-3 and T-4 you can take your metabolic rate to a whole new level. The good news is that supplements like Guggul Lipids, 7 Keto or 7OXO DHEA and Coleus Forskohli will increase T-3 and T-4 levels without causing a stimulant effect. This allows them to be taken with any fat burner that is using stimulants. When thyroid output is increased you will typically feel a slight warming sensation as your body is now burning extra calories and expending them as heat. These compounds also exert a cortisol suppressing effect which helps prevent muscle from being broken down and minimizes fat from being stored in the gut area.
Check out BioRhythms Synthrolean for a product which combines Guggul, 7OXO DHEA and Coleus Forskohli.
This week we put these two products to the test to see which one came out on top.
Muscle Milk uses a 70 gram serving yielding 32 grams of protein.
Pro Complete uses 50 gram serving yielding 40 grams of protein.
Winner – Pro Complete
Muscle Milk has 16 carbs per serving.
Pro Complete has 4 of which 3 are fiber.
Winner – Pro Complete
Muscle Milk has 240 mg of sodium and 15mg of cholesterol.
Pro Complete has 35 mg of sodium and 5mg of cholesterol.
Winner – Pro Complete
Muscle Milk has 12 grams of fat of which 6 are saturated.
Pro Complete has 3 grams of fat all derived from flax oil.
Winner – Pro Complete
Muscle Milk has 512 grams of protein per container.
Pro Complete has 720 grams of protein per container.
Winner – Pro Complete
Knock out PUNCH
While they both taste great our testers preferred Pro Complete 40.
Not many people realize the influence hormones, such as estrogen have on body weight. The worst part is, just as too much estrogen causes weight gain, low estrogen levels also cause similar issues with weight.
The liver and the gastrointestinal system, both work towards taking care of excess levels of hormones. Hormonal imbalance occurs when these organs do not function properly. Once it is determined that the hormones are imbalanced, detoxification needs to be done to get rid of the toxins in the body. as estrogen have on body weight. The worst part is, just as too much estrogen causes weight gain, low estrogen levels also cause similar issues with weight.
Experts believe that most women usually walk themselves into hormonal dysfunction. They eat too many carbohydrates without eating much protein and this creates a problem with the zinc/copper ratio. Protein is important for the adrenal glands.
Also, with the fear of weight gain, women mostly avoid fats, and many a time, they do not get the necessary fats that the body needs. Only one or two tablespoons or essential fatty acids per day are required to restore hormonal balance in the body. Essential fatty acids are unsaturated fats, such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils and they should a part of the diet. These are found in fish oils such as cod, salmon, mackerel; flaxseed and canola oils; vegetable oils, such as corn, peanut, sesame and safflower oils. The most therapeutic Omega-6 oil is found in black currant, evening primrose and borage oils. These oils are converted to prostaglandin’s in the body, which are substances that are like hormones and regulate the metabolic functions in the body.
Physicians also recommend daily vitamin intake to cleanse the body of harmful toxins and pollutants that can actually lead to excessive estrogen production, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins as well as magnesium.
Most people know that testosterone is responsible for muscle gains and for sexual health. Testosterone is also a potent fat burner (anti-lipolytic). This is the reason why women and men with low testosterone levels have an easy time gaining fat.
How does testosterone reduce fat gain?
Testosterone, like all androgens, leads to higher density of adrenoreceptors in the fat cells causing fat loss. Testosterone like all steroids, also helps block the cortiscosteroid receptors for the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone which promotes muscle wasting. Testosterone has many other complex actions on the body on the cellular level. It also works synergistically with other hormones in the body, such as growth hormone, to help promote fat loss. Testosterone also converts to estrogen and DHT, both of which also have anti-lipolytic properties to them.
Testosterone causes fat loss or just prevent fat gain?
We have used the term “fat loss” liberally. Testosterone doesn’t inherently cause fat burning, nor does any steroid for that matter. What really happens is it helps protect against fat synthesis( fat gain). Either way of looking at it, they both give the same ultimate result in the end, which is loss of fat.
Natural Vita Greens is a unique whole food based multi-vitamin designed for both men and women. Natural Vita Greens derives all of its nutritional content from food sources rather than using synthetic or processed vitamins. This preserves the vast variety of nutrients and co-factors found in food but missing in highly processed vitamin formulas that most consumers are purchasing. Food sourced vitamins and minerals preserve the nutritional content that you would get from eating real foods which are crucial because the body is designed to absorb food based nutrients. In addition Natural Vita Greens does not undergo heat processing as most vitamins do which can destroy the nutritional value of the product. A food based tablet has been used to avoid any fillers binders or other synthetic ingredients. The tablet is designed for easy disintegration so that it is easily broken down by the body.
Since the human body needs a wide range of nutrients for optimal health Natural Vita Greens is designed with a complete profile of vitamins and minerals which can bridge any gaps in your daily diet. This product also supplies the added benefit of health promoting phytonutrients from green foods, enzymes and essential fats. A small amount of omega 3 fats where added to aid in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins which require fats for proper uptake in the body.
This energizing multiple is perfect for today’s busy, stressful lifestyles.
Joint Rejuvenate combines the most effective compounds to help increase mobility, decrease joint pain, and reduce inflammation while helping to rebuild joint cartilage. The two major components of the joint are the cartilage which protects the bone surface from touching other bone and the synovial fluid which lubricates the cartilage and fills in the space in the joint structure. Joint Rejuvenate contains a cutting edge compound called Type II Collagen which is derived from avian collagen. Type II Collagen or avian collagen contains the only form of hylauronic acid which is absorbable by the human body. This is important because hylauronic acid is the compound from which synovial fluid in the joint is comprised. By ingesting Type II Collagen the body will produce more synovial fluid in the joints. By increasing the amount of synovial fluid the joint will function better and have an increased range of mobility. Increased production of synovial fluid also ensures the joint is well cushioned. Most users will notice results in about 10-12 days when using this compound.
This product also contains several other key components which support the structure and function of the joint.
Joint Rejuvenate contains a pharmaceutical grade glucosamine. Glucosamine is necessary to produce glycosaminoglycan, a molecule used in the formation and repair of cartilage and other body tissues.
Tryptophan, an essential amino acid, is the precursor to Serotonin, which is a necessary neurotransmitter responsible for transmitting nerve impulses in the brain, and inducing sleep and tranquility. Serotonin deficiencies, which are related to Tryptophan deficiencies, are well documented in cases of depression and insomnia.
Tryptophan is very important for biochemical balance of the brain, and is very helpful for those with sleep deprivation, anxiety and enhancing mood due to low Serotonin levels. It also helps in cases where Serotonin levels are low because of chemical addictions. It has been effective in appetite control, increasing pain tolerance and assisting those with jet lag.
It has been well documented that low Serotonin levels and low Tryptophan levels have been associated with depression. If depression also involves Catecholamine biochemistry, then taking Tryptophan in a regimen along with Tyrosine is recommended. Since they complete for uptake in the brain, and because Tryptophan induces sleep, it is recommended that Tryptophan be taken prior to dinner and again prior to bedtime. Tyrosine should be taken prior to breakfast and mid morning as well.
L-theanine creates a sense of relaxation via at least two different mechanisms. First, this amino acid directly stimulates the production of alpha brain waves, creating a state of deep relaxation and mental alertness. Second, L-theanine is involved in the formation of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). GABA influences the levels of two other neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, producing the relaxation effect.
Additional human clinical research suggests that L-theanine may have application in improving the quality of sleep, diminishing normal symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), improving learning performance, heightening mental acuity, promoting concentration, reducing negative side effects of caffeine and supporting the immune system.
(GABA) is an amino acid found mainly in the human brain and eyes. It is considered an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it regulates brain and nerve cell activity by inhibiting the number of neurons firing in the brain. GABA is referred to as the “brain’s natural calming agent”, by inhibiting over-stimulation of the brain, GABA may help promote relaxation and ease nervous tension. GABA is also helpful in promoting sleep for those who have difficulty sleeping.
Kava Kava (Piper methysticum), is a member of the pepper family and has widely been used by South Pacific societies for more than three thousand years.
Its primary uses in the United States and Europe, are as an anti-depressant, stress reliever and muscle relaxant. Kava kava also is gaining popularity as a sleep aid. In Europe, Kava kava is being used as a natural alternative to Prozac, Valium and Xanax. Several European countries have approved kava kava for the treatment of anxiety, depression, insomnia and restlessness on the basis of extensive pharmacological data and positive results in clinical trials.
Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally in the pineal gland at the base of the brain. It is important in regulating sleep, and may play a role in maintaining circadian rhythm, the body’s natural time clock. Natural melatonin production decreases with age, and the decrease is associated with some sleep disorders, particularly in the elderly.
Studies suggest that supplements can hasten sleep and ease jet lag, without the hazards or side effects of prescription sleeping pills.
Melatonin may have many other uses and has been reported to make people feel better, strengthen the immune system, and reduce free radicals in the body.
Current research is exploring melatonin’s effect as an anti-oxidant, immno-modulator in cancer, delayed sleep-phase disorders, and more.