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Archive for January 16th, 2013

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Strength training stimulates the build up of muscle tissue and the burning of body fat. Both effects are boosted if you combine your strength training with a couple of cups of green tea every day. Nutritionists at the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil draw this remarkable conclusion in a study that will soon appear in the Journal of Medicinal Food.

This web magazine has written before on the pseudo anabolic effect of green tea. Bodybuilders who drink three cups of green tea a day lose less muscle fibre than bodybuilders who don’t do this. [Nutrition. 2008 May;24(5):433-42.] In 2009 we wrote about a sponsored study carried out at the University of Oklahoma, in which a training schedule resulted in more muscle mass and less fat mass as a result of a sports drink that contained green tea. And a couple of weeks ago we described a Japanese study in which elderly people built up more muscle power through strength training when they drank green tea.
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Testosterone
Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group and is found in mammals, reptiles,[1] birds,[2] and other vertebrates. In mammals, testosterone is primarily secreted in the testicles of males and the ovaries of females, although small amounts are also secreted by the adrenal glands. It is the principal male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid.

In men, testosterone plays a key role in the development of male reproductive tissues such as the testis and prostate as well as promoting secondary sexual characteristics such as increased muscle, bone mass, and the growth of body hair.[3] In addition, testosterone is essential for health and well-being[4] as well as the prevention of osteoporosis.[5]

On average, in adult human males, the plasma concentration of testosterone is about 7–8 times as great as the concentration in adult human females’ plasma,[6] but as the metabolic consumption of testosterone in males is greater, the daily production is about 20 times greater in men.[7][8] Females also are more sensitive to the hormone.[9] Testosterone is observed in most vertebrates. Fish make a slightly different form called 11-ketotestosterone.[10] Its counterpart in insects is ecdysone.[11] These ubiquitous steroids suggest that sex hormones have an ancient evolutionary history.[12] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testosterone]
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