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The plant Artemisia dracunculus contains substances that inhibit muscle breakdown in obese diabetics – and that can aid muscle development, according to animal studies recently published by researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in the US. So might Artemisia dracunculus also be of interest to chemical athletes?

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Bodybuilders gain just as much strength and muscle mass by following a traditional split schedule as they do if they train all muscle groups in one session. American sports scientist Michael Thomas drew this conclusion from the research he did for his doctorate.

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Most bodybuilders train with sets of 6-8 reps using heavy weights, but some dissidents prefer to do sets of 10-14 reps using slightly lighter weights. One disadvantage of a training scheme with longer sets is that it contributes less to strength development, according to many handbooks. Not so, say sports scientists at Bergen University College in Norway.

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CrossFit is a controversial but increasingly popular way of doing fitness, in which certified trainers get their pupils, in groups, to do exercises from weight lifting, athletics and gymnastics as fast and intensively as possible. The speed with which things are done makes CrossFit ideal for all those thousands of people who want to take up some form of exercise, but often don’t get round to it, you’d think. Sports scientists at Kansas State University have come to a different conclusion.

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Burning a couple of hundred kcal extra a day by exercising more is a great way to lose weight. Reducing the amount of carbohydrates in your food is another good way to lose weight. It’s a shame you can’t combine the two – because if you’ve got a low blood sugar level your muscles can’t perform well and you can forget doing exercise. Or not? Nutritionists at the University of South Australia have a different view of the matter.

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Green vegetables such as spinach, curly kale and endive, and superfoods such as spirulina, chlorella and wheat grass all contain chlorophyll. If you consume a couple of grams chlorophyll every day, then losing weight is likely to be a little easier, according to a human study that researchers at the University of Lund published in Appetite. The Swedes gave 53 overweight women aged between 40 and 65 a daily 5 g of chlorophyll-containing thylakoids derived from spinach, and observed that this dramatically reduced their appetite for sweets and crisps.

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Ecdysterone, a steroid-like substance found in spinach, quinoa and bodybuilding supplements, has a stronger anabolic effect than scientists suspected. German biochemists have worked out how ecdysterone makes muscle fibres bigger and stronger – and they think that this natural steroid can help the elderly to maintain muscle strength. And that ecdysterone should perhaps be placed on the doping list.

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Take any bodybuilder from a gym and give him a bottle of capsules containing arachidonic acid. Get him to take 1500 mg a day of this fatty acid and ask him to come back after two months. Fair chance that he’ll have gained 1.5 kg muscle mass.

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Athletes who for whatever reason don’t eat much protein might benefit from L-citrulline [structural formula below]. We draw this tentative conclusion from a human study that researchers at the Mayo Clinic in the US published in Clinical Nutrition. If the results are to be believed, L-citrulline has anabolic qualities in combination with a low-protein diet.

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Endurance athletes perform better if they ban cookies and other starch and sugar-loaded foods from their diet, and replace them with almonds. A human study, involving eight cyclists and two triathletes, that Chinese researchers published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition suggests this.

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The worldwide decline in vitamin intake is contributing to the increase in the number of overweight people. Scientists at the French research institutes INSERM and INRA draw this conclusion from an animal study in which they gave mice half of the amount of vitamins that the animals require. Thanks a lot, food industry.

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Bodybuilding supplements containing methoxivone may have an exceptionally strong oestrogenic effect. Irish researchers at Queen’s University Belfast in Belfast, write about this in the September 2014 issue of Food Chemistry. They tested a methoxivone supplement in test tubes and observed an oestrogenic effect 130 times above the level that toxicologists regard as acceptable.

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Bodybuilders who skip the occasional workout – because they lack the time or inclination – make just as much progress as bodybuilders who never miss a session. But athletes who skip more than twenty percent of their training sessions are definitely jeopardizing their progression, according to a study that sports scientists at the University of Brasilia published in the Asian Journal of Sports Medicine.

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If you’ve made the effort to read this post, you may well have a pitch-black bottle of BPI’s Solid in your kitchen. One of its ingredients is an extract of Borassus aethiopum, which according to the manufacturer has an anabolic effect that is comparable with that of the steroid fluoxymesterone. Interesting for bodybuilders who are after strong, hard and well-defined muscles. With prominent veins running over them.

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