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by Chris Shugart 4 Steps to Getting the Good Stuff Smart people take fish oil. Really smart people know the exact kind to buy and how much to take. Here's your guide. I bought my first supplements at age 16: some chalky protein powder and a "kit" of assorted mystery tablets. I'm not sure what that kit contained, but the guy on the package had big muscles. Research complete! Thankfully, I later educated myself about supplements. I became a total ingredient geek. I've been a supplement consume...
An Ingredient Geek's Guide to Buying Fish Oil
by Chris Shugart 4 Steps to Getting the Good Stuff Smart people take fish oil. Really smart people know the exact kind to buy and how much to take. Here's your guide. I bought my first supplements at age 16: some chalky protein powder and a "kit" of assorted mystery tablets. I'm not sure what that kit contained, but the guy on the package had big muscles. Research complete! Thankfully, I later educated myself about supplements. I became a total ingredient geek. I've been a supplement consume...
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Drop Some Acid for Better Workouts, Faster Recovery
Magnificent Malic Acid This legal substance boosts workout endurance, decreases fatigue, and helps you recover faster. If we had to summarize what we want from a workout nutrition supplement, it would sound something like this: "Give us something that helps us train harder for longer, then recover faster so we can do it all over again." It makes sense: we want great workouts at the gym or out in the garage, but we also want to recover as quickly as possible from those tough workouts so we c...
Why Your Vitamin D is Low, Even If You Take It - T Nation Content - T NATION
Why Your Vitamin D is Low, Even If You Take It
Why Your Vitamin D is Low, Even If You Take It - T Nation Content - T NATION
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A Thyroid Supplement that Boosts Testosterone
Next-Level Forskolin Forskolin improves body composition in two ways. Make it work even better by using the carbonate ester. Here's how. Forskolin raises thyroid hormone levels and testosterone, naturally leading to increased fat-burning and lean body mass. Here’s a quick collection of results from just a few studies: Male subjects in a 12-week trial experienced a 17% increase in total testosterone compared with a 1% decrease in the placebo group. Female subjects in an 8-week study lost an...
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The Master Amino Acid for Bodybuilding
Leucine and MPS Without this amino acid, which your body can't make on its own, the whole process of muscle protein synthesis is hampered. Your muscles listen to you. If you don't use them much, you tell them to stay the same size. If you don't talk to them at all by being an inactive couch spud, they eventually start to shrink from neglect. But if you give them the right messages, they'll grow. The more physical labor you do, the more they're needed and the more they'll adapt. In a sense, b...
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Smash Every Workout with This Substance
More Reps, Less Fatigue: Instantly Get more reps from every set and stay energized through the toughest workouts. Here's how. Jake is pumped for Monday's leg workout. He's well-rested and motivated. He's so excited that he walks out of the house without his usual workout nutrition drink. No biggie, he thinks. Nothing will keep him from training his favorite body part. After his warm-up, he heads over to the leg press machine. He likes full-range presses where his knees almost touch his face,...
How to Boost Performance, T Levels, and Immunity Low levels of vitamin D not only ruin your general health, but they can also ruin your athletic performance and more. Let's fix that. What's the most painless way to get healthier? Get adequate vitamin D. There's a direct association between vitamin D deficiencies/insufficiencies and mortality rates from health conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. The difference between the two terms – deficiencies and insufficiencies ... Athletics, Health, Boost Performance, Cardiovascular Disease, Health Conditions, Vitamin D Deficiency, Immunity, Mortality Rate, Disease
Vitamin D Is Even More Important Than You Think
How to Boost Performance, T Levels, and Immunity Low levels of vitamin D not only ruin your general health, but they can also ruin your athletic performance and more. Let's fix that. What's the most painless way to get healthier? Get adequate vitamin D. There's a direct association between vitamin D deficiencies/insufficiencies and mortality rates from health conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. The difference between the two terms – deficiencies and insufficiencies ...
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The Asian Viagra
A Natural Manhood Booster That Works Most testosterone boosters and so-called natural Viagra supplements are scammy, but some are backed by research, like this one. Talking about testosterone boosters, erection enhancers, and aphrodisiacs is both scientifically exciting and a little embarrassing. On the one hand, it's amazing that science can isolate natural, healthy compounds that work as well as some prescription drugs. On the other hand, those same claims are made by everyone: "male enhan...
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An Anti-Aging Supplement for Lifters and Athletes
Resveratrol Grows New Capillaries We know that resveratrol minimizes negative estrogen effects and helps maximize natural testosterone. Turns out, it does even more. Everyone knows by now that resveratrol is something found in red wine and that it's somehow related to healthy aging. If you really know your stuff, you also know that resveratrol (Buy at Amazon) is anti-inflammatory, testosterone-elevating, and aromatase-blocking (it helps control estrogen). It's even neuroprotective. Now we kn...
Feel Good, Fight Off Disease, and Live Longer Add years to your life and life to your years. Oh, and improve your sex life, too, with these proven health supps. Most people want to keep it simple. They want basic supplements proven to improve health. This short list of essential supps is for them. (And no, you won’t find multivitamins here. Sorry, but they just don’t work.) 1. Fish Oil (Omega-3 Fatty Acids) We live in an omega-6 world, and it's killing us. Nature intended for us to have a tw...
The 5 Health Supplements Just About Everybody Needs
Feel Good, Fight Off Disease, and Live Longer Add years to your life and life to your years. Oh, and improve your sex life, too, with these proven health supps. Most people want to keep it simple. They want basic supplements proven to improve health. This short list of essential supps is for them. (And no, you won’t find multivitamins here. Sorry, but they just don’t work.) 1. Fish Oil (Omega-3 Fatty Acids) We live in an omega-6 world, and it's killing us. Nature intended for us to have a tw...
Omega-3s and Shoelaces Keep your telomeres intact to slow down cellular aging and keep diseases at bay. Here's how. Look down at your shoes. See those little plastic things at the end of your shoelaces? Those are called "aglets." If the aglets wear out, your laces fray, making it hard to thread them through the eyelets of your shoes. In a nutshell, that’s how chromosomes age and deteriorate, leading to all sorts of things, from unhealthy aging to disease. See, at the end of each chromosomal... Oxidative Stress, High Tension, Coronary Artery Disease, Slow Aging, Diets For Men, Proper, Stubborn, Organs, Body
New Science: Take This to Age Slower, Age Healthier
Omega-3s and Shoelaces Keep your telomeres intact to slow down cellular aging and keep diseases at bay. Here's how. Look down at your shoes. See those little plastic things at the end of your shoelaces? Those are called "aglets." If the aglets wear out, your laces fray, making it hard to thread them through the eyelets of your shoes. In a nutshell, that’s how chromosomes age and deteriorate, leading to all sorts of things, from unhealthy aging to disease. See, at the end of each chromosomal...
The Natural Testosterone Booster A recent meta-study says that doctors may someday prescribe an herb to treat low testosterone. Check it out. Physicians prescribing a plant to treat low T? It sounds crazy, but that's what some researchers are suggesting. That herb is called Longjack (Buy at Amazon), also known as Eurycoma longifolia or Tongkat Ali. After conducting a meticulous meta-study, here's part of their conclusion: "This systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature supports ... Urinary Tract, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Herbalism
An Herbal Treatment for Low T?
The Natural Testosterone Booster A recent meta-study says that doctors may someday prescribe an herb to treat low testosterone. Check it out. Physicians prescribing a plant to treat low T? It sounds crazy, but that's what some researchers are suggesting. That herb is called Longjack (Buy at Amazon), also known as Eurycoma longifolia or Tongkat Ali. After conducting a meticulous meta-study, here's part of their conclusion: "This systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature supports ...
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The Body Composition Supplement
A Fat Burner that Boosts Testosterone This natural supplement does what most can't: it boosts fat loss and muscle gains at the same time. The catch? You have to use the right form of it. Would you rather gain or lose seven pounds? That's a dumb question, right? Seven pounds of what exactly? Gain seven pounds of muscle? Awesome! Lose seven pounds of fat? Nice! But swap that around – gain seven pounds of fat and lose seven pounds of muscle – and it's not awesome, and not so nice. The password...
How to Safely Increase Testosterone Here’s how to naturally increase testosterone without shrinking your balls or enlarging your prostate. Eurycoma longifolia, the herb also known as Tongkat Ali or Longjack (Buy at Amazon), increases testosterone if you can get your hands on the right kind (LJ100). Science has known of its testosterone-raising powers for a while, but we didn’t know exactly how it worked until recently. Thanks to some researchers and a rat study, we know now. The answer has t... Diet And Nutrition, Increase Testosterone, Chemical Analysis, Libido Boost, Gain Muscle, Gain Muscle Fast
The T-Booster That Won’t Shrink Your Testicles
How to Safely Increase Testosterone Here’s how to naturally increase testosterone without shrinking your balls or enlarging your prostate. Eurycoma longifolia, the herb also known as Tongkat Ali or Longjack (Buy at Amazon), increases testosterone if you can get your hands on the right kind (LJ100). Science has known of its testosterone-raising powers for a while, but we didn’t know exactly how it worked until recently. Thanks to some researchers and a rat study, we know now. The answer has t...
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The Performance-Enhancing Sweetener
A Fat-Burning Sugar? Can a natural form of sugar boost workout and sports performance while also helping you get lean? Yep. Here it is. From the 1950s to the 1970s, magazines were flooded with weight-loss ads. These ads promoted a product guaranteed to help you “reduce,” stay thin, and have abundant energy. This natural product, the ads stated, kills cravings and increases willpower. Parents were encouraged to give it to their kids so they’d have the energy to do chores. That product was sug...