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Performing endurance sports reduces testosterone levels. [Eur J Appl Physiol. 2003 Apr;89(2):198-201.] This happens, for example, if you run for longer than 45 minutes. [Eur J Appl Physiol. 2005 Aug;94(5-6):505-13.] Pharmacologists at the BJ Govt Medical College in India did an animal study which seems to have uncovered a surprisingly simple way for endurance athletes to limit the reduction in their testosterone level: supplementation with vitamin C.

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The best non-medical cancer therapy is exercise, but we don’t know exactly how exercise protects against cancer. Molecular biologists at the University of New Mexico will soon publish in the International Journal of Cancer the results of a fundamental study that should change this situation.

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A capful of super-berry Aronia juice a day can reduce not too serious types of cellulite. Serbian researchers discovered this when they gave Aronia juice to nearly thirty adult women.

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Right now silk peptides are mainly found in cosmetics, but sooner or later you’ll start coming across them in sports supplements. At least, that’s our prediction. We’ve been reading Asian studies on silk peptides, and we’re impressed: they boost fat burning, oxygen uptake and improve endurance capacity during rest and exertion.

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African women who are infected with the HIV virus seem to become more healthy if they take 5 g Spirulina every day, nutritionists from Giessen in Germany announced in Nutrients. Despite this, Spirulina has no effect on the presence of HIV in the body.

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Despite studies [J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2013 Dec 3;10(1):53.] in which total protein intake turned out to be more relevant than timing, pre- and post workout nutrition are still important elements of strength athletes’ dietary strategy. But if protein shakes are starting to come out of your nose, then Italian sports scientists have some good news for you. This month in Nutrients they publish a human study which shows that strength athletes can also use lean meat for post workout nutrition.

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While a lifestyle that includes lots of exercise helps you live longer, the effect is not very impressive. According to the animal study that Spanish physiologists have published in Longevity & Healthspan, exercise does have a more convincing positive health effect in old age.

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You can buy them in any drugstore: slimming supplements containing fibre from the cactus Opuntia ficus-indica. You can see the plant in the drawing below. The supplements go by the name of Proactol, Prickly Pear Cactus or simply Opuntia. According to a sponsored human study, published recently in Current Therapeutic Research, the supplements may actually work. A little. A teeny weeny bit.

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If you keep on like this you’ll get diabetes. Or your joints will give up because of your colossal belly. Or you’ll die from a heart attack. You have to get more exercise – but you just can’t bring yourself to do so. According to nutritionists at Arizona State University, you may be able to overcome your resistance by taking a dirt-cheap supplement containing vitamin C.

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If you give elderly mice a low-glycaemic diet for the rest of their life they live 12 percent longer than mice given standard food. Researchers at Deakin University in Australia write about this in Longevity & Healthspan. Their animal study suggests that a low-glycemic diet delays aging at the molecular level.

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Slimming goes better with two large meals a day than with six smaller meals researchers at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague discovered. According to the Czechs, who used plump and fat subjects with type-2 diabetes, losing weight by eating two large meals a day is healthier too.

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The tens of thousands of wonderful readers of this free web magazine are familiar with whey as an easily absorbed protein that promotes muscle recovery and hypertrophy when taken before or after a training session. So it’s good stuff for bodybuilders, whey. But if the Taiwanese animal study that was published this month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise is to be believed, then whey is also good for endurance athletes. But in a very different way from how you probably think.

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Women over 40 can make their skin younger-looking and softer by drinking five cups of green tea a day. Dermatologists at the University of Witten-Herdecke in Germany drew this conclusion from a study in which 60 women aged 40-65 participated. According to the researchers, green tea protects the skin against the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight too.

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If you are subject to continuous stress and are worried that sooner or later you’re likely to succumb to depression or a burnout, maybe you should consider meditation. Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Northwest report in The Permanente Journal that half an hour of meditation a day protects teachers against having a burnout.

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The American sports scientists Steven Devor and Michael Smith are being taken to court. In November 2013 they published a study on the effects of 10 weeks of CrossFit training – and the owner of the gym where the study was done is not happy with it.

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A daily dose of 750 mg phosphatic acid helps strength athletes build up strength and muscle mass faster. Sports scientists at the University of Tampa come to this conclusion in a sponsored study.

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