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Archive for the ‘Supplements’ Category


by PF Louis

(NaturalNews) According to recent studies reported by the Body Ecology website, cortisol, the flight or fight hormone, can disrupt your body’s vitamin D3 uptake. If cortisol is produced by chronic stress that can’t be acted upon by running or fighting for your life, the cortisol builds up in your body. This is the situation with many of us who try to suppress chronic low level stress and carry on with what many consider “normal” life.
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Leucine is an interesting amino acid that boosts the anabolic effect of proteins. Nevertheless, a shake containing 25 g whey isolate still works better than a shake containing 6 g whey plus a spoonful of leucine powder, sports scientists at McMaster University in Canada discovered.
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If the calculations that Dutch scientists made are correct, you burn more than 5 grams of fat extra for every cup of green tea you drink, according to a meta-analysis published by Rick Hursel in Obesity Reviews. Westerners who want to speed up their weight loss have been using green-tea extracts since the 1990s. That’s not so surprising: a 200-ml cup of green tea contains 30 mg of caffeine to start with.
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If you use creatine because you want to build more strength and muscle mass, you might want to consider combining it with HMB. A Polish-American study from 2001 suggests that HMB and creatine reinforce each other’s effect on maximal strength and lean body mass. HMB is a controversial supplement. Most studies that show the effectiveness of HMB were either sponsored by the manufacturer or were done by scientists who developed and patented the substance.
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Which form of Omega 3 is most Bioavailable?
by John Romano ~ source

In my last article on Omega-3 fatty acids I identified the most common forms of Omega-3 fatty acids you are likely to encounter in your food and your supplements. Those are: triglyceride, ethyl ester, phospholipid and free fatty acid. If you remember, the structure and breakdown of those various forms of essential fats are quite different, yielding the same Omega-3s, but very different when it comes to how efficiently the body can utilize them. Essentially, Iā€™m talking about their bioavailability.
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Fish oil makes life more difficult for cancer secondaries

A diet rich in fish oil may reduce the likelihood of cancer cells spreading in the body under conditions of physical stress. Researchers at Tel-Aviv University drew this cautious conclusion from an animal study published recently in Clinical Nutrition.
If there are enough healthy natural killer cells present in the body, cancer cells stand little chance: natural killer cells annihilate them. But when the body is under heavy physical stress, for example after an operation, the concentration of natural killer cells decreases.
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HMB reduces muscle breakdown in endurance athletes

The leucine metabolite HMB, which is available in almost every supplement store and web shop, protects endurance athletes’ muscles if they have to run distances of 20 km or more. Sports scientists from Iowa State University wrote about the phenomenon 12 years ago in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
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Older strength sports athletes need more whey after training

Just like young people do, people in their seventies increase their muscle mass if they lift weights. And they can build their muscles more quickly if they ingest a portion of whey protein immediately prior to or after their workout. The amount of whey needed to stimulate muscle growth is larger for people in their seventies than for younger athletes, according to sports scientists at McMaster University in Canada in a report soon to appear in the British Journal of Nutrition.
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Take probiotics to prevent cancer
by Sarka-Jonae Miller

(NaturalNews) Probiotic supplements or foods may lower the risk of cancer development. Many links have been found between diet and cancer; research suggests that probiotics may be useful as part of an anti-cancer diet. Probiotics are live microorganisms that may suppress the growth of bacteria that transform procarcinogens into carcinogens.
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Everything you need to know about protein
by Aurora Geib

(NaturalNews) For certain people, getting protein is serious business. Bodybuilders wanting that perfect Arnold Schwarzenegger build, vegetarians looking for that perfect source of protein or health buffs searching for the best kind of protein to ensure their health.
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Supplement with leucine, glutamine and arginine increases natural resistance

Giving extra leucine, glutamine, arginine and vitamins to elderly persons who are ill improves their immune system. According to researchers at the University of Tokyo, such a supplement increases the activity of the Natural Killer cells.
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Metastudy: selenium helps prevent prostate cancer

Men who have a relatively high amount of selenium in their blood are less subject to prostate cancer. This discovery was made by nutritionists at the University of East Anglia, who compared and reanalysed data from 12 epidemiological studies of more than 13,000 men.
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Lose weight with Adzuki

Japanese researchers believe that phenol-rich extracts from the adzuki bean ā€“ produced by the Vigna angularis plant ā€“ may well be effective slimming aids. They base their reasoning on animal and in-vitro studies. We would go a step further: adzuki phenols may have a body recompositioning effect.
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Splenda soon to unleash ‘Nectresse’ – Here’s what you need to know about this new ‘natural’ sweetener
by Jonathan Benson

(NaturalNews) McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, maker of the artificial sweetener Splenda, is gearing up to introduce a new “natural” sweetener known as Nectresse that will cater specifically to those looking for a healthy alternative to artificial sweeteners and sugar. But is Nectresse really as natural as McNeil claims it is, or is the product just another example of tricky marketing hype aimed at health-conscious consumers?
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BCAAs inhibit fat mass growth

If you’re putting on weight, a diet containing extra BCAAs may help you build up less fat mass. Japanese researchers discovered, when doing experiments with mice, that the liver and muscles play a key role in the fat-mass reducing effect of BCAAs.
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Myostatin blockers break down fat reserves too

Bodybuilders who are thinking of using myostatin blockers in the near future are not only likely to develop mega-muscles, they’re likely to become ripped too. According to researchers at the American Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence, blocking myostatin raises the body’s sensitivity to the satiety hormone leptin.
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