The Science of AdrenaLean
AdrenaLean was originally designed as a soft-gel stimulant. However, after several sample runs, the census was good but only good like everyone else. So BioRhythm then turned toward the science behind the revolutionary Kre-Alkalyn.
AdrenaLean is the first and only pH correct stimulant fat burner. It is actually taken a step or two further with a sodium correct isotonic preparation. Isotonic is defined as:
“A solution that has the same salt concentration as the normal cells of the body and the blood. An isotonic beverage may be drunk to replace the fluid and minerals which the body uses during physical activity.”
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We are always on the lookout for interesting ingredients and new products to try and review. Several of our staff has been trying out Labrada’s Humanofort and although the results produced are subtle we think it is a decent product.
Realistically it is not a big muscle builder but probably more appropriate for keeping testosterone levels high during intense training. Often intense training can cause a drop in testosterone levels which obviously isn’t ideal for someone looking to maximize performance. Humanofort is a supplement that could help keep test levels from being comprised during this type of training. Recovery could also be enhanced by this product as well. By optimizing testosterone and growth hormone levels users should be able to recover more quickly leading to more frequent and more intense training sessions.
The other role we see this product playing is as a PCT (Post Cycle Therapy) component. It should not be run on its own but could be run with other post cycle products to help bring back hormone levels more quickly.
See below for a more detailed description of Humanofort.
Humanofort is a powerful, pharmaceutically standardized chicken embryo extract that contains naturally occurring growth factors. These growth factors are made of clusters of low-molecular weight oligopeptides, which, by their very nature, are quickly and easily assimilated and transported to their specific receptor sites. Each of the growth factors in Humanofort has unique, bio-stimulating properties:
- IGF-1, IGF-2 (insulin-like growth factor-1,2)- a family of peptides that play important roles in growth and development. IGF-1 mediates many of the growth-promoting effects of growth hormone, while IGF-2 is essential to liver, kidney, and brain function.
- FGF (fibroblast growth factors)- a family of peptides that play a prominent role in the development of the skeletal and nervous system.
- NGF (nerve growth factors)- peptides that promote neural cell survival.
- EGF (epidermal growth factors)- polypeptides that promote skin tissue growth and development as well as wound healing.
- CTGF (connective tissue growth factors)- peptides that promote collagen accumulation in the body. Experimental and clinical tests have revealed that
Humanofort induces a highly significant increase in key adrenal hormones like 17-ketosteroid sulfates and 17-hydroxycorticosteroids.
Humanofort has also been shown to increase plasma concentrations of DHEA, DHEA-S, and testosterone—all while normalizing elevated cortisol levels.1
Initial Clinical Trial: Twenty-eight healthy male rugby players (age 20-32) volunteered to participate in a 21 day clinical trial.1 Blood was drawn and hormone levels measured before the start of the trial to establish a baseline for each of the players. After 21 days of consuming 600mg of Humanofort per day, with no modifications made to their diet or training, hormone levels were again measured in the rugby players. The results confirmed that Humanofort significantly increased key anabolic hormones while improving recovery by reducing oxidative stress.
Anyone who has opened a fitness magazine in the last 10 years has seen the advertisements for MuscleTech products. These guys practically own the magazines with their huge ad campaigns. We often get asked about MuscleTech products and how they stack up against some of the other brands out there. Below is a review of Cell Tech and some information on what Cell Tech can and cannot do in terms of athletic performance.
What is Cell Tech:
Cell Tech is a creatine product which uses a high dose of carbohydrates, specifically sugar to create an insulin response which is supposed to help shuttle the creatine in Cell Tech into the muscle cells. Cell Tech is really a pretty simple product which contains primarily sugar and creatine monohydrate. In fairness to the manufacturer there are other forms of creatine in Cell Tech but the first creatine listed is creatine monohydrate which would make it the primary form of creatine in this product. With 75 grams of sugar this product contains more calories and sugar than most candy bars.
What does Cell Tech Do:
Cell Tech is designed to be a cell volumizing product. This means Cell Tech will draw water into the muscle cell causing it to swell up. This will help produce strength gains although they are often temporary and will result in added scale weight as a result of water retained in the muscle cells. The weight gained while on Cell Tech is often temporary as well as it is largely a result of water retention which is then shed by the body when you stop taking the product.
Most users of Cell Tech are looking to build muscle while cell volumization can play a role in this process we think there are better options out there for this purpose. Before you make a purchase read some of the other articles in this blog and email us with any questions. The more educated you are the more likely you will be happy with the supplements you choose to use.
The Science of BioRhythm AfterGlow
AfterGlow is a post workout supplement designed to be taken fifteen minutes to an hour after physical activity.
A series of comparison studies were done at the Univ. of TX Medical Ctr in Galveston. The studies compared the effectiveness of several post workout formulas by measuring the NET PROTEIN SYSTHESIS shortly after ingestion. This was deemed the most accurate measure of recovery. The formulas were:
#1 – 6g Protein, 0g Carbs, 0g Fat
#2 – 20g Protein, 0g Carbs, 0g Fat
#3 – 20g Protein, 35g Carbs, 0g Fat
#4 – 40g Protein, 10g Carbs, 10g Fat
#5 – 0g Protein, 100g Carbs, 0g Fat
Variables such as exercises performed, duration, timing, protein and carbohydrate source (as well as others) were all addressed. The formula that showed the highest rate of recovery was number 3. In fact, it out-performed number 4 (one with twice as much protein) by over 20%.
The macronutrient breakdown (protein, carbs & fat) is paramount to a successful and complete recovery, but AfterGlow offers more:
Phosphatidylserine – A study done as recently as July of this year (J. Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2008 Jul 28;5:11.) concluded that 600mg/day (AfterGlow uses 800mg) will reduce exercise-induced fatigue and suppress increases cortisol levels.
BCAA and Glutamine – We all know the strong evidence of these amino’s (AfterGlow has over 10 grams) in their role in recovery. What is not as well known is that they also significantly reduce post exercise fatigue and cortisol.
So why does fatigue and cortisol reduction matter? AfterGlow users have been consistently reporting feeling good immediately after a serving. Now you have a recovery product with the promise of actually “feeling it”. In fact, the sub name of AfterGlow is Post Workout Euphoria.
Cortisol is a catabolic hormone released during times of physical or mental stress that triggers muscle atrophy (shrinkage). Reducing this hormone will halt muscle loss. No other supplement has shown the type of results that phosphatidylserine offers.
Cissus Quadrangularis has over 45 studies on accelerated healing and as an agent to treat metabolic syndrome, a very involved metabolic disorder.
Additionally, AfterGlow has nearly 2000mg of antioxidants and free radical scavengers to assure a cleansing effect at the time when it is needed most. Increased metabolic activity produces more metabolic waste. And since most customers do not address by buying a antioxidant, AfterGlow does.
Finally, dozens of studies have been done on the recovery effects of creatine. Surprisingly, creatine is as effective or more when used after a workout. AfterGlow uses 1000mg of KreAlkalyn.
When protein isn’t enough, AfterGlow is the Answer
Arnge Krush is designed to be used before a workout and is considered a workout amplifier. This means it will help make you workouts more productive. Many supplement users assume that if they take a product they will either build muscle or lose body fat as a result of the supplement. This is not the case. Supplements are tools to help improve workout performance. A product like Arnge Krush can be used to either build muscle or reduce body fat. For example lets assume you would like to build muscle. Muscle growth is an adaption by the body to stress placed on the muscle. In the gym this equates to more sets/reps and heavier weights. This sounds simple however the difficult part is always in the execution. Whether you have hit a plateau, lack motivation, or have some other limiting factor holding you back. Arnge Krush was designed as a catalyst to push through limitations whether they happen to be physical or mental.
Increasing the workload:
Increasing the workload provides a stressor to the muscle tissue. Your body will respond to this stress over time by growing stronger and getting larger. The substrates in Arnge Krush are designed to fuel the mental and physical aspects of your workout. More specifically this product uses what are called focal adaptors which are designed to enhance the mind muscle connection. This helps with motivation and drive.
Krush also uses a time released stimulant to increase norephinephrine resulting in greater physical energy. This is similar to the feel you would get from drinking an energy drink. When the central nervous system is stimulated you will notice an ability to increase your workout capacity. The body will recruit more muscle motor units and perceived fatigue will be lessened.
Building size through strength:
Muscle is typically built when the muscle experiences significant time under tension. This usually happens in the 8-12 rep range for most people. The catch is you have to be able to handle a heavy enough weight for this rep range to stimulate the muscle. This is why even though some individuals can do a large number of pushups they will find that pushups by themselves will not build significant muscle. The best way to build strength and size is by working in phases, one phase working on strength and the next geared toward increasing muscle size. Again this is easy to talk or write about but much harder to implement in practice. One of the limiting factors on workout performance is energy production in the form of ATP. ATP is the energy source that allows the muscle to contract (move). The patented form of creatine in Arnge Krush is designed to enhance ATP production and storage as well as volumize the muscle cell. Cell volume is important for protein synthesis and typically leads to strength gains. Over time increased muscle cell volume can speed up the process of muscle growth. Volumizing the muscle cell can also kick start protein synthesis which is the building of more muscle proteins.
Isopure Protein is a pure whey isolate protein. It is manufactured using a process known as ion exchange which separates the protein from the lactose, carbs and other less desirable components. Isopure protein is one of the highest quality proteins commercially available. Whey Isolates have a high rate of absorption and are efficient at increasing protein synthesis and creating an anabolic environment. The rapid rate of absorption makes these proteins ideal for use immediately before or after a workout. The rapid rate of absorption can also be a limitation under some conditions. Used at other times other than immediate pre or post workout and most users of Isopure find that they are hungry within a short period of time. Isopure protein as well as any isolate protein tend not to be very satisfying (filling) proteins. As a result of the rapid absorption Isopure Protein is metabolized by the body very quickly leaving a small wind of time in which the protein is feeding the muscle tissue.
Creatine Magnesium Chelate is a new form of creatine which is widely considered to be an advanced version of creatine. It is chemically bonded with the magnesium mineral. The absorption pathway for this creatine is unique and it does not compete with L-Arginine AKG or Citrulline Malate for absorption.
Magnesium is a macro mineral that has many synergistic effects with creatine. In fact, ATP is actually found in the muscle cells bound to magnesium for stability. Magnesium has been shown to enhance strength and energy levels taken on its own. It is intimately involved in the energy cycle and has cardio-protective effects as well. Creatine monohydrate has been shown to be very effective in many studies; however some users experience stomach discomfort due to lower absorption rate and breakdown into its by-product creatinine in the stomach. By creating a creatine-magnesium chelate, creatine can be protected from the harsh environment of the stomach acid and this chelate can help prevent breakdown. It can also help enhance absorption of creatine and decrease stomach discomfort that many creatine users can appreciate. This chelation provides a highly bioavailable form of creatine and magnesium. Some initial research shows it is better absorbed and tolerated than traditional creatine monohydrate. It also mixes well in water. There have been no side effects shown with this compound at the recommended doses and it shows excellent promise for the future of creatine.