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Archive for December, 2012

by Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Though many people still do not realize this, our bodies actually need cholesterol in order to survive, as the brain and central nervous system rely on this important fat to both protect the integrity of neurons and promote proper neural communication and function. But sometimes cholesterol fails to properly assimilate where it needs to go inside the body, or the size and density of cholesterol particles get out of whack due to an underlying health condition or poor diet and lifestyle, which is what commonly gets attributed to chronic health problems such as heart disease and metabolic syndrome.
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by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) It is no secret that chronic high blood pressure, whatever its particular root cause, can lead to heart disease, which is said to be the leading cause of death in America today. But what remains a secret, at least to many people, is how to deal with this condition naturally apart from pharmaceutical drug interventions, which the establishment often claims is the only effective remedy for lowering blood pressure. Here are four ways to help naturally lower your blood pressure without the need for prescription drugs:
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Nearly all ways of losing body fat require a lot of effort and discipline, which is why there are few people who actually win the fight against overweight. But a study that researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published in the American Journal of Clinical North provides some hope, because replacing an ordinary soft drink with a light-equivalent is something everyone can do.
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Apigenin – Everyday vegetables such as celery, onions and parsley contain testosterone-enhancing substances that, as we age, prevent our testosterone production from declining. Researchers at Texas Tech University discovered this. In the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry they describe the experiments they did with apigenin, a promising testosterone booster, that’s found in high quantities in parsley [structural formula shown here].
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Salidroside – If endurance athletes react in the same way to Rhodiola as the rats that doctors at the Chi-Mei Medical Center in Taiwan used in their experiments, then Rhodiola rosea is an even more interesting supplement for endurance sports than you already thought. The Taiwanese published the results of their study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, showing that Rhodiola rosea boosts the production of PPAR-delta in the cells.
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The amino acid L-theanine, which is found in small amounts in tea, extends the lifespan of the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, a favourite lab animal of anti-aging researchers. The extent of the effect, which nutritionists at the University of Jena report on in the European Journal of Nutrition, is limited however.
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Your fat percentage is too high; you reduce your calorie intake and you hope and pray that you retain lean body mass and lose as much fat as possible. According to researchers at the University of Chicago, the success of this strategy depends on the number of hours you sleep each day. The link between obesity and sleep is nothing new. Epidemiological studies have shown that people who sleep little put on weight twice as fast as people who get eight hours’ sleep a night, [Am J Epidemiol. 2006 Nov 15;164(10):947-54.] and small studies have shown that for every hour of sleep you get in a period of 24 hours your fat percentage is three percent lower.
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Bodybuilding supplements that boost the concentration of nitrogen monoxide – NO for short – in the muscles are probably also myostatin inhibitors. This emerged from an in-vitro study done at the Stem Cell Research Institute in Milan, which was published in the Journal of Cell Biology. NO boosters ought to work if the basic research is anything to go by. Countless studies have shown that nitrogen monoxide is an important factor in muscle growth. But evidence from studies in which researchers have given strength athletes nitrogen-monoxide boosters has been inconclusive. It would seem that the applied scientists are missing something.
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You stay the same weight but you’d actually like to lose just a small amount. Not a lot, just a little – so that your excess fat just melts away without having to count calories. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have made a discovery that might be of interest. They write in Nutrition Journal that you can boost the satiating effect of a meal by drinking a large cup of green tea at the same time.
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Strength athletes who are unable to train for a while lose less muscle mass and strength if they take the leucine metabolite HMB, according to an animal study published by researchers at West Virginia University in the American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology.
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by Anthony Roberts

There are plenty of products out there that purport to increase blood flow to the muscle, and thereby to increase strength and size. However, for those who have dared to crack the spine on a physiology (or kinesiology or biology) textbook, you’ll note that nowhere in any of the scientific literature does it mention that increasing blood flow (per se) leads to increased strength or size.
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by Anthony Roberts

Whenever people discuss sports supplements, and the topic of irrefutable performance enhancers is raised, caffeine always makes it onto the list of everyone’s favorite. Although prevailing wisdom is that people consume an overabundance of caffeine in their daily lives, usually it’s the opposite when we talk about athletes consuming enough to get a true ergogenic effect – I’ve found that people get caffeine-a-phobic when I tell them to take 400+ milligrams prior to training.
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Strength athletes can train their core muscles while doing dumbbell exercises for the muscles in their arms and shoulders. As long as they do the exercises while standing, and one arm at a time, according to a study published by Norwegian sports scientists at University College in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.
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Consumers of large amounts of calories who want to keep their weight under control may benefit from Grape Seed Extract. Dutch researchers at the University of Maastricht published an article on the subject eight years ago in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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