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A Forgotten Workout Supplement Available at Your Local Supermarket

Supercharge Your Workouts With A Forgotten Supermarket Supplement: “Pennies-per-Day”

Overly-caffeinated pre-workout “energy” powders are all the rage among weight-training athletes today. But what if we told you there may be a better alternative that fuels clean energy and focus without the “crashes”? 

 An alternative that has been extensively studied by the U.S. military and proven effective at increasing strength and muscle? And, an alternative that you can pick up at your local supermarket for literally pennies per day? 

 Well, we’re here to tell you there is such an alternative–the commonly-available amino acid tyrosine, and as far as “focus supplements” go, it may be king of the hill. 

 Tyrosine is a direct precursor to the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. It has been estimated that nearly 90 percent of these brain neurotransmitters are synthesized directly from naturally occurring tyrosine. (4)

 Studies have shown that a combination of physical and mental stress can lead to significant decreases in norepinephrine levels in the brain,7 and norepinephrine is an extremely important neurotransmitter in muscular contraction, mental focus, motivation, etc. 

Studies have demonstrated that when norepinephrine levels are “running low,” secondary to stressful events, there is a direct correlation between that depletion and a decrease in performance.1 Because supplementing with tyrosine can restore norepinephrine levels, researchers believe it may be particularly effective at boosting performance. (2)

 One study, which addressed this issue back in 1989, strongly demonstrated that supplementing with a few grams of tyrosine significantly reduced stress-related decreases in both mood and performance. (2)  
The military has also studied tyrosine extensively. Their main interest is in how tyrosine can boost performance under stressful conditions. Scientific papers, published by the military, assessing the effects of tyrosine as an aid to stress resistance and increased performance among troops, strongly support the idea that supplemental tyrosine can delay fatigue and increase both mental and physical performance. (5,6 )
 
One of the leading scientists from NATO, J.R. Wurtman, summarized their findings by explaining, “If tyrosine can amplify catecholamine release when such an amplification is desirable, for example, to sustain performance and the ability to cope when the locus ceruleous has been depleted of its norepinephrine in prolonged stress situations, it may have considerable utility.” In English, that means, “If you take this stuff when you’re burned out, it may really pick you up and enhance performance.” 

 To see how well tyrosine would work in weight-training athletes, Dr. Jeff Stout and colleagues conducted a pilot study. The researchers recruited 14 male and female subjects. Half of them received 3 grams of tyrosine, and the other half received 3 grams of a cornstarch placebo (neither group knew if they were taking a placebo or the “real thing”), one hour before being put through a series of muscular endurance and strength tests. Dr. Stout notes that he really didn’t expect to see much of an effect, but to his surprise, the differences were incredibly pronounced and statistically significant. 

 Every subject in the tyrosine group showed substantial increases in strength and endurance after only one 3-gram dose, while the placebo group showed no statistically significant change. 

 The charts you see in this article show the astounding differences between the placebo group and the tyrosine group. Notice the 283 percent greater muscular power generated by the tyrosine group, as well as the 103 percent greater change in endurance strength. Of course, additional studies are needed to confirm these findings, but these preliminary results offer evidence that tyrosine may significantly boost training performance. Numerous scientific studies have shown that tyrosine indeed acts as a precursor to the catecholamine series of neurotransmitters and can increase brain norepinephrine concentration and activity. (3)

 HOW TO TAKE TYROSINE:

For a pre-workout boost, try taking 500 milligrams to 1,000 milligrams, 30 minutes prior to your workout. You can find quality tyrosine supplements at most supermarkets and health-food stores today.

  1.  References Cited: H. Anisman, et al., “Coping With Stress, Norepinephrine Depletion and Escape Performance,” Brain Res. 191 (1980) : 583-588. 
  2.  L.E. Banderet, “Treatment With Tyrosine, A Neurotransmitter Precursor, Reduces Environmental Stress in Humans,” Brain Res. Bull. 22 (1989) : 759-762. 
  3.  C.J. Gibson and R.J. Wurtman, “Physiological Control of Brain Norepinephrine Synthesis by Brain Tyrosine Concentration,” Life Sci. 22 (1978) : 1399-1406.
  4. J. Hoelzl, “Saint-Johns-Wort. An Alternative to Synthetic Antidepressants?” Pharm. Ztg. 139.46 (1994) : 9-29. 
  5. J.O. Owasoyo, et al., “Tyrosine and its Potential Use as a Countermeasure to Performance Decrement in Military Sustained Operations,” Aviat. Space Environ. Med. May (1992) : 364.
  6. Maj. C.A. Salter, “Dietary Tyrosine as an Aid to Stress Resistance Among Troops,” Military Medicine 154.3 (1989) : 144. 
  7. E.A. Stone, “Hypothalamic Norepinephrine After Acute Stress,” Brain Res. 35 (1971) : 260-263.

Guide to Protein Supplements

 Which Proteins When? A Weight Trainer’s Guide to Protein Supplementation

Everywhere you turn, there’s a different nutrition expert telling us which type of protein is best for building muscle. Truth is, however, trying to pinpoint the preeminent protein for building muscle is about as futile as a barbershop debate over the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. No matter how well you articulate your case for Marciano, ol’ Barber Clyde ain’t budging off Ali.

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The fact is, each protein, like each of the past heavyweight greats, has its own special traits that make it great. For Ali, it was his jab. For whey, its ability to assimilate rapidly into the body. Marciano, his bone-crushing right cross. Casein, its sustained release of amino acids.

Here, we’ll briefly explore some of these characteristics and functional qualities of the different proteins. Based on these strengths, we’ll map out a logical application for using each of the various proteins throughout the day to maximize muscle gain and fat loss.

Morning

Morning is second only to the post-workout window in the terms of protein absorption and utilization. Your glycogen stores are low. Your muscles have been catabolic for a few hours. And your body is ready to replenish and restore its protein and energy reserves.

To best accomplish this, consume a slow-release protein, like egg whites or lean meat or using a mixed protein source. A combination of whey and casein is optimal. This can be found in some of the higher-quality meal-replacement shakes.
Shoot for a protein dose of about one-fourth your daily requirement at this time and also make sure you’re getting about 30 grams of carbohydrates—low-glycemic carbs are optimal.

Pre-Workout
New research indicates that a pre-workout protein drink boosts protein synthesis, muscle growth and exercise performance with weight training. Based on the research, the protein choice here should be quickly digested to avoid cramping and blood shunting to the stomach during the workout. Antioxidant properties and high BCAA content would be a plus here also. The obvious choice is whey. About 15 grams 30 to 60 minutes pre-workout should do the trick. This pre-workout protein shot applies to both resistance and cardiovascular exercise.

During Workout

Research suggests that consuming complete proteins during weight training is usually not necessary. However, 5 to 7 grams of glutamine may be valuable for preventing muscle catabolism. Carbohydrate intake can also spare total-body proteins (especially BCAAs). This is easily achieved by sipping on a carbohydrate beverage (6 to 7 percent concentrated) during the workout.

Post Workout

If you’re looking to gain muscle mass and strength, and you’re only going to do one thing to help make that happen, consuming a post-workout protein drink is it. There is no more potent way to halt muscle breakdown and pump up muscle protein synthesis than consuming a high-quality protein plus carbohydrate shake immediately after your workout.

Multiple studies have shown that the uptake of amino acids and glucose into muscles is greatly enhanced by weight training. After workouts, damaged muscle proteins are broken down and recycled into new muscle fibers, a process called “protein turnover.” Since this process is not 100 percent efficient, an influx of amino acids is needed to replace damaged proteins. Post-workout protein also may increase anabolic hormones, decrease cortisol levels, increase gains in lean mass and speed fat loss.

Fortunately, during this period, the body is quite receptive to ingested protein. The protein choice would be rapidly absorbed, provide some growth factors and be high in BCAAs. Whey is an excellent choice for these reasons.

Most researchers agree that there is roughly a 60-minute window after your workout to take advantage of this increased uptake and maximize muscle recuperation. Not only do you replenish your fuel stores most efficiently with a post-workout carb/protein mix, but you also actually stimulate muscle building… immediately.

The most convenient and effective way to get your perfect protein-plus-carb punch following your workout may be a protein shake. A shake is convenient and will be delivered to your system more efficiently than whole food.

Before Bed

There are two fairly distinct stages of cellular metabolism that take place while we sleep. During the first half of the night, our bodies are focused on cellular repair and recuperation. Then in the wee hours of the morning, it begins to flip and our bodies begin to become catabolic, breaking down tissues to feed our waning blood sugar.

In order to optimize the recuperation stage of sleep, it’s vital that there is an ample supply of protein available to hungry muscles. For that reason, consume 25 to 30 grams of pure protein, little or no carbs in this dose, within 30 minutes before you hit the sack. And this shouldn’t be just any protein. Make sure to use a good source of casein. Either a quality powder or cottage cheese.
Why casein? First, it has the tendency to form a “gel” in the stomach, which slows its movement into the intestines and creates a “timed-release” effect. With casein, you get a nice, consistent supply of protein to your muscles over the first four to five hours of sleep. Casein is also a good choice because it contains a whopping 20.5 percent glutamine—the king of kings when it comes to muscle repair.
During the Night
As noted earlier, your body goes into a catabolic state sometime during the very early morning hours. It does this in great part because it runs out of the fuel and building blocks it needs to continue the recuperation and preparation process. So, what if you were able to supply it with what it needs to continue to recuperate all night long?

Many competitive bodybuilders have tested just that theory. They will awaken at 3 a.m., pound a pure protein shake, and go back to bed. Biochemically, it makes sense that this would help to enhance recuperation and muscle growth.

So, if you really want to get serious about your muscle-building efforts, drink around 30 grams of your favorite whey protein if you happen to wake up in the middle of the night. (Don’t set your alarm just for this purpose, however—it is probably more beneficial to your muscles to sleep the whole night.) We’d also suggest chasing it down with a full glass of water, as you are usually a bit dehydrated by this time of the evening and it will help the digestion and absorption process.

More Carbs, More Muscle

More Carbs=More Muscle

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that weight-training exercise can bring about a significant “glycogen-depleting” effect that, over time, if not corrected, could spell major bad news for lifters hoping to build muscle.

You see, glycogen is the principal storage form of carbohydrate energy (glucose), which is reserved in muscles and in the liver. When your muscles are full of glycogen, they not only perform better, but they look and feel full or “pumped.”

However, given what we know about weight training’s effects on muscle glycogen stores, many researchers believe “carbophobic” weight trainers could be sabotaging their own muscle-building success.

Among these researchers are G.G. Haff and colleagues from the Human Performance Laboratory at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. The researchers carried out a comprehensive review of the scientific literature regarding carbohydrate intake and resistance training and made a few insightful observations.

For one, growing evidence suggests that ingesting carbohydrate supplements prior to and during resistance training may improve lifting performance. Additionally, the ingestion of carbs following weight training enhances the resynthesis of muscle glycogen, which may result in faster recovery from resistance training, thus possibly allowing for greater training volume.

What this means to you: “On the basis of the current scientific literature, it may be advisable for athletes who are performing high-volume resistance training to ingest carbohydrate supplements before, during and immediately after resistance training,” the researchers conclude.

Good Carbs To Eat Before and After Resistance Training:  
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Bananas
  • Oats
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Blueberries
We understand that it isn’t always easy to eat good carbs and protein right before or after a workout.  We know it isn’t easy during a workout.  

So what are some other options besides getting those carbs from food?

The common alternative is a protein/carb shake or pre-workout shake.  Make sure you read the labels though before purchasing.  
When shopping for carb-containing pre- and post-workout supplements, watch out for the “sugar bombs” that are today’s most popular “sports drinks.” You might as well just mix up a jug of Kool-Aid. It’s basically the same thing: flavored sugar water.
Instead, look for protein/BCAA drink mixes that include high-quality carbs, not sugar.

Personally, I like to drink Monster Mix supplement from TeamANR.  I use it pre, during and post-workout. Monster Mix offers high-quality carbs, zero sugar, along with microfiltered whey, BCAAs, and numerous other tested growth factors. You can learn more at: Teamanr.com/Monster-Mix-Premium-Whey-Protein-Powder-p/monster%20mix.htm.

But feel free to shop around and choose a formula you like best (just say “No” to the sugar bombs!).

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What Is The Most Effective Supplement To Increase Strength?

Have you ever wondered what the most effective supplement you can take to rapidly increase muscle size and strength?  

Here’s your answer:

 Over 200 university clinical studies show creatine improves muscle size, strength, and speed, according to a review of the clinical research published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry.
In the review, Baylor University researchers report that of the approximately 300 studies that have evaluated the potential ergogenic (performance-enhancing) value of creatine supplementation, about 70 percent (or over 200) of these studies report statistically significant results while remaining studies generally report non-significant gains in performance. No study has ever reported a statistically significant ergolytic (or performance-decreasing) effect.
For example, the researchers note that short-term creatine supplementation has been reported to improve maximal power and strength by 5 percent to 15 percent; work performance during sets of maximal effort muscle contractions by 5 percent to 15 percent; single-effort sprint performance by 1 percent to 5 percent; and work performed during repetitive sprint performance by 5 percent to 15 percent.
“Moreover,” write the researchers, “creatine supplementation during training has been reported to promote significantly greater gains in strength, fat-free mass and performance primarily of high-intensity exercise tasks.
What This Means to You: Don’t listen to the so-called experts who warn you to stay away from creatine because “more research is needed.” Over, 500 research studies have evaluated the effects of creatine supplementation on muscle physiology.
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Bodybuilders who are striving for increased strength levels… incredible pumps… muscle hardness… and vascularity have called creatine one of the most effective supplements ever.
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3 Ways Creatine Can Help You Pack on More Muscle Size & Strength

Pack on More Muscle Size & Strength

At National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Annual Meetinga comprehensive review of the scientific literature related to creatine supplementation presented by a group of the nation’s leading creatine researchers noted there are two main theories for increased muscle size and strength from creatine supplementation. A third and more controversial theory related to creatine’s effects on anabolic hormone levels has been proposed, and research in this area is moving forward at a meteoric rate.

Theory #1: Enhanced Quality of Training.

Creatine in the muscle is an essential component to the production of ATP, the body’s energy molecule. More available energy may allow for longer, more intense and more frequent bouts of physical activity. Thus, creatine supplementation, studies show, may produce noticeable effects in muscle size and strength by enhancing energy reserves in the muscle cells. 

Theory #2: Cell “Volumization."

It’s well-documented in the scientific literature that as creatine is taken up into the muscle cells, it also associates with water. “As more creatine is stored, more water may be brought into the muscle,” says biochemist and creatine researcher Dr. Richard A. Passwater. “When muscle cell volume is increased, it is thought that this triggers more protein and glycogen synthesis, reduces protein breakdown (proteolysis) and increases muscle mass.” 

Theory #3: Anabolic Hormone Increase. 

According to a team of researchers from Chukyo University in Toyota, Japan, creatine may, in fact, have direct anabolic properties due to its effect on enhancing human growth hormone secretion. Dr. J.M. Schedel and colleagues found that subjects who loaded with 20 grams of creatine showed a “significant stimulation” of growth hormone between two and six hours after ingestion versus those who were given a placebo. 

The researchers concluded that, in resting conditions and at loading dosages, creatine supplementation mimics the response of intense exercise, which also stimulates growth hormone secretion. This, they say, could partly explain the dramatic muscle size and strength increases observed after creatine loading and should, along with other factors, be considered when investigating just how creatine works its magic. 

Further, a more recent study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that following a 10-week weight-training program, men who supplemented with creatine experienced a significant increase in resting testosterone levels. 

3 Times the Power of Regular Creatine.

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Why is Creatine Tri-Phase so much more potent than regular creatine? Because two additional compounds have been added to it. Researchers from the University of Missouri (Columbia) and the University of Colorado (Boulder) discovered that adding just the right amounts of Creatine Phosphate and Creatine Pyruvate to Creatine Monohydrate has synergistic (1+1 = 3) effects on muscle size and strength.

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Top 5 Benefits of Whey Protein

Increase Muscle Mass, Lose Fat, Reduce Hunger and More:

Increase Muscle Mass
1. Increase Muscle Mass

Researchers from the University of Texas recently investigated the effects of both whey and casein protein on lean muscle gains. Lifters who consumed whey protein before and after their workouts saw a significantly greater increase in lean muscle mass and overall muscle strength.
 

2. Lose Body Fat
 

A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the effects of whey protein and isocaloric drinks on athletes who reduced their daily calorie intake by 500 calories. Those who consumed whey lost a larger amount of body fat, yet managed to preserve their lean muscle mass. Whey protein shakes can significantly improve fat-loss efforts.
 

3. Reduce Hunger
 

Lower calorie intake often translates into greater hunger. Whey protein could take a bite out of that hunger. Australian researchers recently compared the effects of four different beverages on appetite suppression. The study participants who drank whey protein shakes experienced lower levels of ghrelin, a hunger-stimulating hormone. With results that last up to four hours, this is another reason whey may be the best fat-loss protein available.
 

4. Boost Immunity

Glutathione is an important nutrient for disease prevention, yet most people have probably never heard of it. “The mother of all antioxidants,” glutathione is essential for detoxification and immune system functioning. Preserving this molecule is yet another of the many whey protein powder benefits.

According to a new study from Canadian researchers, men who engage in strenuous physical workouts suffer significant reductions in their glutathione levels. This impacts not only their immune system, but also their gastrointestinal and nervous systems. By supplementing the diet with whey protein, glutathione levels remain balanced and the body can effectively fight disease and illness.


5. Reduce Stress
 

European researchers have recently discovered stress-reducing benefits in whey protein. In their studies, people who consumed whey exhibited a better mood and fewer signs of depression. This may be due to the protein’s effect on serotonin, a “feel good” brain chemical.

Step Your Whey Protein Game Up with Monster Mix

The protein powder market is flooded with products that promise lean muscle gain and increased strength. However, when you begin using these protein powders for weight gain, you realize they offer nothing more than a large amount of calories, low levels of protein and little nutritional value. Even worse, you experience an increase in body fat instead of lean muscle mass.

To help combat this problem in the market:


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has scientifically developed Monster Mix to help bodybuilders and other fitness enthusiasts achieve the muscle growth they want. Monster Mix is an anabolic whey protein powder that uses natural ingredients like tongkat ali, creatine, rhodiola rosea extract and more to create a protein synthesis that is not found elsewhere on the market. 

The benefits of this natural all-in-one whey protein powder include improved recoverability, increase muscle hypertrophy and testosterone levels, and finally, a rise in human growth hormone levels. Most importantly, Monster Mix helps you achieve lean muscle growth quickly. 

Monster Mix is the best muscle gain supplement on the market. It combines 17 bodybuilding supplements into one high-powered formula. See what kind of difference Monster Mix makes for you in the gym. 

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The Nutrition Trick to Maximize Creatine's Muscle-Building Power

Maximize Creatine's Muscle-Building Power

We know that insulin is the driving force on creatine uptake but we are also aware of the downside of ingesting boatloads of sugar to stimulate its release.  Researchers from Nottingham University wanted to see if ingesting creatine in conjunction with 50 grams each of both protein and simple carbohydrates would be as effective at increasing the effect insulin release and creatine retention as ingesting creatine in combination with almost 100 grams of carbohydrates.

To test this, the researchers recruited 12 bodybuilders and had them consume 20 grams per day (5 grams, 4 times a day) of creatine on four occasions in combination with
  1. 50 grams of protein and 47 grams of carbohydrates; or
  2. 96 grams of carbohydrates
Results showed that the release of serum insulin was no different when the protein+carbohydrate and the high-carbohydrate treatments were compared.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Creatine

Why You Should Be Using Creatine

According to renowned sports nutrition researcher Dr. Richard Kreider, the science supporting athletes using creatine is clear-cut. Here, according to Dr. Kreider, are 7 reasons why all athletes should be supplementing with creatine:
  1. Increases one-repetition maximum and peak power in all strength lifts
  2. Improves vertical jump
  3. Increases work performed during repetitive sets of maximal-effort muscle contractions
  4. Enhances single-effort sprint performance in sprints lasting 6 to 30 seconds
  5. Enhances repetitive-sprint performance (e.g., 6x6-second sprints with 30-second rest)
  6. Improves high-intensity exercise performance in events lasting 90 to 600 seconds
  7. Increases AT (anaerobic threshold) and maximal VO2 (the ability of the body to transport oxygen to the muscles)
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Blowing Up Another Big Creatine MYTH

MYTH: Most of the weight gain associated with creatine supplementation is due to increased water retention.

FACT: Although it has been hypothesized that the initial weight gain associated with creatine supplementation is primarily due to increased water retention, new research suggests otherwise.

"A number of studies indicate that long-term creatine supplementation increases fat-free mass and/or muscle fiber diameter with no disproportional increase in total body water," writes Dr. Richard Kreider in a recent study published in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

"These findings suggest that the weight gain observed during training is most likely muscle mass."

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Pre-Workout Protein Shake Builds More Muscle

Why You Should Have Your Nutrition Shake Before Your Workout.

Consuming a protein-  and carbohydrate-containing nutrition shake before your workout may be more effective at building muscle than when the same drink is consumed immediately following exercise, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism.

In the study, researchers from the University of Texas tested the effects of a protein- and carb-containing shake taken immediately before exercise and immediately after exercise. 

"Results indicated that the response of net muscle protein synthesis to consumption of an essential amino acid and carbohydrate shake immediately before resistance exercise is greater than when the shake is consumed after exercise, primarily because of an increase in muscle protein synthesis as a result of increased delivery of amino acids..." write the researchers.

What This Means to You: This isn't to say you should abandon post-workout protein and carbohydrate nutrition. There's still plenty of research supporting its glycogen-replenishing and protein-synthesis-increasing effects. Still, it might be a good idea to begin taking in about 20 grams of protein and carbs, respectively, immediately before resistance training for optimal muscle-building effects

Step Your Protein Game Up with Monster Mix

The protein powder market is flooded with products that promise lean muscle gain and increased strength. However, when you begin using these protein powders for weight gain, you realize they offer nothing more than a large amount of calories, low levels of protein and little nutritional value. Even worse, you experience an increase in body fat instead of lean muscle mass.

To help combat this problem in the market, TeamANR has scientifically developed Monster Mix to help bodybuilders and other fitness enthusiasts achieve the muscle growth they want. Monster Mix is an anabolic protein powder that uses natural ingredients like tongkat ali, creatine, rhodiola rosea extract and more to create a protein synthesis that is not found elsewhere on the market. 

Benefits of this natural bodybuilding supplement include improved recoverability, increase muscle hypertrophy and testosterone levels, and finally, a rise in human growth hormone levels. Most importantly, Monster Mix helps you achieve lean muscle growth quickly. 

Monster Mix is the best muscle gain supplement on the market. It combines 17 bodybuilding supplements into one high-powered formula. See what kind of difference Monster Mix makes for you in the gym. 

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Study: Mixed Protein Powders Build More Muscle


 Mixed Protein Powders Build More Muscle

As far as the best muscle-building proteins go, slow and steady wins the race, according to a new study presented at the annual American College of Sports Medicine meeting in San Francisco. 


In the study, Dr. Richard Kreider and colleagues from Baylor University examined the effects of whey protein supplementation  fortified with casein (a slow-digesting protein) versus whey protein fortified with branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and glutamine (fast-digesting "anabolic" amino acids) on body composition during strength-training exercise.

Results showed that a daily serving of 40 grams of whey mixed with 8 grams of casein "promoted greater gains in body mass and fat-free mass" than did a daily dose of 40 grams of of whey with 3 grams of BCAAs and 5 grams of glutamine. According to the researchers, the enhanced muscle-building effects of the casein were possibly due to the protein's "timed release" effect, allowing for a more steady and prolonged supply of amino acids to the muscles.

Bottom Line: When shopping for a meal-replacement powder, look for a protein blend that includes whey and casein. Our #1 bestselling Monster Mix formula fits this bill. Not only does it contain micro-filtered whey and casein, but also a blend of 17 other tested muscle-building nutrients. 

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3 Ways Creatine Can Help You Pack on More Muscle Size & Strength

3 Ways Creatine Can Help

In a comprehensive review of the scientific literature related to creatine supplementation presented recently at the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Annual Meeting, a group of the nation’s leading creatine researchers noted there are two main theories for increased muscle size and strength from creatine supplementation. A third and more controversial theory related to creatine’s effects on anabolic hormone levels has been proposed, and research in this area is moving forward at a meteoric rate.

Theory #1: Enhanced Quality of Training

Creatine in the muscle is an essential component to the production of ATP, the body’s energy molecule. More available energy may allow for longer, more intense and more frequent bouts of physical activity. Thus, creatine supplementation, studies show, may produce noticeable effects in muscle size and strength by enhancing energy reserves in the muscle cells.

Theory #2: Cell “Volumization"

It’s well-documented in the scientific literature that as creatine is taken up into the muscle cells, it also associates with water. “As more creatine is stored, more water may be brought into the muscle,” says biochemist and creatine researcher Dr. Richard A. Passwater. “When muscle cell volume is increased, it is thought that this triggers more protein and glycogen synthesis, reduces protein breakdown (proteolysis) and increases muscle mass.”

Theory #3: Anabolic Hormone Increase

According to a team of researchers from Chukyo University in Toyota, Japan, creatine may, in fact, have direct anabolic properties due to its effect on enhancing human growth hormone secretion. Dr. J.M. Schedel and colleagues found that subjects who loaded with 20 grams of creatine showed a “significant stimulation” of growth hormone between two and six hours after ingestion versus those who were given a placebo.

The researchers concluded that, in resting conditions and at loading dosages, creatine supplementation mimics the response of intense exercise, which also stimulates growth hormone secretion. This, they say, could partly explain the dramatic muscle size and strength increases observed after creatine loading and should, along with other factors, be considered when investigating just how creatine works its magic.

Further, a more recent study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that following a 10-week weight-training program, men who supplemented with creatine experienced a significant increase in resting testosterone levels.

3 Times the Power of Regular Creatine 

Now you can laugh at muscle-growth plateaus forever thanks to a revolutionary, new product called Creatine Tri-Phase.

Why is Creatine Tri-Phase so much more potent than regular creatine? Because two additional compounds have been added to it. Researchers from the University of Missouri (Columbia) and the University of Colorado (Boulder) discovered that adding just the right amounts of Creatine Phosphate and Creatine Pyruvate to Creatine Monohydrate has synergistic (1+1 = 3) effects on muscle size and strength.

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C9-T11 2.0 Comprehensive Review

The Problem May Not Be Your Diet or Exercise Program!

If you are finding it difficult to build lean muscle and shed unwanted fat, the problem may not be your diet or your exercise program. Many people do not realize they are battling a hidden enemy deep within the body known as cortisol. However, a new dietary supplement by the name of C9-T11 2.0 contains safe concentrations of several ingredients that are scientifically proven to counter the effects of cortisol to help you reach your fitness goals more quickly than you could imagine.

What Is C9-T11 2.0?

C9-T11 stands for cis-9, trans-11, which is a form of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). This compound occurs naturally in meat and dairy products, and it first gained widespread acclaim in 1979 when a study showed that it inhibited cancer in mice.

Another benefit of CLA is that it reverses the effects of cortisol in the body. In a study conducted in Canada, participants taking C9-T11 supplements gained 700 percent more muscle mass than those taking a placebo after seven weeks of training.

How C9-T11 Works

C9-T11 2.0 allows you to take charge of your workout program by boosting the response of your anabolic receptors, which control the levels of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone produced by your adrenal glands that prevents you from making rapid gains after an intense workout. This is because it is produced and released as a response to psychological or physiological stress. Cortisol has also been shown to lower the immune system and reduce bone formation.

Fortunately, the body has a built-in mechanism to fight the buildup of cortisol, and this system can be boosted by ingesting safe amounts of cis-9, t-11, such as those contained in C9-T11 2.0.

Ingredients in C9-T11 2.0

The ingredients in C9-T11 2.0 have been tested at leading universities on athletes engaged in intensive training programs. Each C9-T11 2.0 soft-gel capsule contains the following:

  • Vitamin C - 50 mg – After 8 days of vitamin C supplementation, cortisol levels may drop by up to 57 percent.
  • Phosphatidylserine - 50 mg – The oral administration of phosphatidylserine after intense exercise may reduce cortisol by 30 percent.
  • CLA complex - 900 mg – Subjects taking CLA supplements increased the weight they can lift after 28 days by 30 pounds compared to 9.5 pounds when taking a placebo.

Final Word

If you are trying to build lean muscle but are disappointed by your results, you may be a victim of high levels of cortisol. C9-T11 2.0 is scientifically formulated to help you get stronger more quickly without changing your exercise program. Order it today to finally begin seeing the results you want.

Guide to Bodybuilding Supplements: How Much to Take and When to Take Them

Guide to Bodybuilding Supplements:

Even though proper nutrition is one of the most important aspects of bodybuilding, taking the right supplements can be a big help when trying to gain lean muscle quickly. The only problem is that it can be confusing trying to discover which supplements to take, and once you’ve found the right ones, you have to know how much to take and when to take them. Fortunately, it’s all a matter of science, and the supplements, dosages and times are easy to master when you have a simple guide to follow.

Essential Bodybuilding Supplements

The first rule of taking bodybuilding supplements is to never ingest anything without understanding what it is and how it will affect you. However, the following five supplements are safe for everyone as long as you follow the guidelines for proper dosage.

1. Protein – 

Protein is the leading nutritional supplement for bodybuilders, and it should make up about 20 percent of your daily caloric intake. Some athletes prefer to push it up to 30 percent, but it’s best to stay at the minimum recommendation just to be safe. The most effective type of protein supplement is whey protein isolate, but it can be blended with soy, casein, egg or plant protein as well.

2. Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) – 

BCAA supplements can help improve your performance and promote recovery after an intense workout. They also reduce the breakdown of healthy muscle, which leads to enhanced muscle growth. Other benefits include increased energy, power and protein synthesis.

3. Glutamine

 Glutamine is an amino acid that is primarily found in skeletal muscle, and it is an important aspect of the immune system. As a dietary supplement, it helps build muscle by reducing deterioration and maintaining the body’s levels of glutamine and glycogen, both of which are lost during workouts.

4. Creatine – 

Creatine is one of the most popular supplements for bodybuilders and athletes of all types. It has been the subject of numerous scientific studies that show it improves performance when engaged in intense activities, such as strength training. It can help you lift heavier weights for a longer amount of time, and it gives your muscles a fuller appearance.

5. Fish oil

 Fish oil benefits the body in several ways by introducing high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, primarily DHA and EPA. These fatty acids are not produced by the body, so they need to be obtained from outside sources, such as fish, eggs, flax seeds and walnuts. It is extremely helpful no matter whether your goal is to increase strength, burn fat or do both. A few of the benefits it provides include improving cognition, heart health, joint health, skin and vision.

Daily Supplement Schedule

Protein, glutamine, creatine, BCAAs and fish oil can be safely taken by most people according to the following schedule. However, it is advised to consult your physician before taking any dietary supplement.

Morning
  • BCAAs – 5 grams
  • Glutamine – 5 grams
  • Fish oil – 3 grams

Pre-Workout
  • BCAAs – 5 grams
  • Glutamine 5 grams
  • Creatine – 5 grams
  • Whey protein – 20 grams

Post-Workout
  • BCAAs – 5 grams
  • Glutamine – 5 grams
  • Creatine – 5 grams
  • Protein – 40 grams

Night
  • Fish oil – 3 grams
  • Glutamine 5 grams
  • Casein protein – 30 grams

If you stick to this daily routine, you’ll see gradual improvement in your body as well as your workout performance. Once again, if you have any questions regarding certain supplements, please contact your physician or nutritionist.

In-Depth Monster Mix Review

What is Monster Mix & How Does it Work?

In the world of bodybuilding supplements, there are a lot of products that fail to deliver on the claims they make. We’ve gone through dozens of products in hopes of increasing our strength while cutting fat and adding lean muscle. In the end, most products only deliver unwanted pounds to our belly. In hopes of a solution, we decided to try out Monster Mix, a unique protein powder blend created for bodybuilders. Let’s take a look at what we found.

Monster Mix is a premium whey protein powder from the experts at Applied Nutritional Research. The powder is designed to help bodybuilders achieve lean muscle mass, boost testosterone and achieve new levels of strength.

Based on university research, Monster Mix blends 17 ingredients into a powerful formula that is unmatched in the market. Unlike other competitors like MuscleTech or BSN, Monster Mix will not add on unwanted fat and calories. It’s able to achieve these results with help of anabolic agents like clenbuterol, beta-agonists, and insulin.

Ingredients


The one-of-a-kind protein powder includes the following ingredients in each scoop:

  • Whey protein
  • Creatine monohydrate
  • L-Glutamine
  • BCAAs
  • Tongkat Ali root extract
  • Tribulus Terrestris
  • Glucosamine
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Rhodiola rosea extract
  • Alpha lipolic acid

The blend has been studied by Russian scientists and tested on athletes, who saw improved recovery times, increased testosterone and more.

Directions for Use


Mix 2 scoops with your favorite liquid. We prefer to use water, but milk or juice work as well. Take after a workout for best results.

Overall


For those looking for a lean muscle mass builder, it’s clear that Monster Mix outperforms the competition. Users have experienced significant strength gains in a short period of time. Better yet, they’ve been able to pack on lean pounds and shed fat. If you’re serious about bodybuilding, it’s time you ordered Monster Mix.

Benefits of Adding Creatine to Your Diet

Benefits of Adding Creatine to Your Diet

If you’re an athlete or bodybuilder, you’re always looking for that edge over your competition. That one thing that will help you run 0.1 seconds faster or bench five more pounds. If this is you, you’ve probably come across creatine in your search for supplements that can help you reach your goals. Unlike other supplements which fail to deliver results, creatine is one of the most effective nutrition products you can consume. In this article, we detail the benefits of creatine and why it’s so effective.

Lean Muscle Mass: Do you struggle to lift more weight or fail to improve your amount of reps? Creatine supplies your body with more energy when you need it the most during your workouts. As a result, you’ll be able to perform a few more reps or lift more weight. More weight and reps leads to more lean muscle mass across the board.

Boost in Testosterone: Creatine is a supplement that is produced naturally in the body and is found in your skeletal body, brain and male testicles. Unfortunately, as you grow older, the amount of creatine produced naturally diminishes. As such, it’s important to take at least 5 grams of protein daily to boost your creatine and testosterone levels. In fact, studies have shown that creatine increases resting testosterone levels in athletes who take it regularly.

Increased Metabolism: Interval sprint training is one of the best ways to burn fat and increase your metabolism. If you regularly perform this type of cardio, you’ll be happy to know that creatine increases your sprint performance by supplying your body with ATP. The more ATP you have, the more energy you have to push through your workout.

Enhanced Definition: Most of us lift weights for bigger muscles and to look good with our shirt off. Did you know that creatine can help your muscles look bigger? Because creatine causes a higher level of water retention, the size of your muscles will increase when taking it. This is especially true during the first few weeks of taking it.

Improved Brain Function: Since creatine is found naturally in the brain, it only makes sense that adding creatine supplements to your daily diet can help improve brain function and productivity. Studies show it also helps with memory loss and decreases the risk of brain disease. For those convinced creatine is the supplement that will help them reach the next level, Team ANR produces its own high quality creatine product, Creatine Tri-Phase. It’s a special formulated blend of three types of creatine – monohydrate, phosphate and pyruvate. Order yours today and start experiencing the advantages of creatine.

Comprehensive Adaptophen Review

Comprehensive Adaptophen Review

If you’re reading this review, you’re in the market for a testosterone supplement that finally delivers on all its promises. But when you Google “Testosterone Booster,” you’re flooded with products claiming to give you increased sex drive and energy levels as well as muscle mass gains. However, when you dig deeper into these products, you’ll find most don’t provide you with any benefits and some can even be harmful for your body.

Team ANR set out to solve this problem when they created Adaptophen, a natural testosterone booster that actually gives you the results you want.

What is Adaptophen & How Does it Work?


Adaptophen is a specifically formulated dietary supplement designed to enhance the free testosterone in your body. What’s free testosterone? First, you need to understand that the body has two types of testosterone: free and bonded. Bonded testosterone is present in everyone, but doesn’t provide benefits to you as it attaches to proteins within your body.

On the other hand, free testosterone enters cells and delivers vital hormonal impacts like increased energy and libido. The key to increasing the levels of free testosterone is to provide your body with a nutrient that takes bonded testosterone and converts it to free.

This key nutrient is tongkat ali, a natural ingredient found in a medicinal plant existing only in Southeast Asia. Scientific studies have shown tongkat ali to boost levels of free testosterone in the body, which is why the creators of Adaptophen have made tongkat ali the main ingredient.

Ingredients


The unique formula for Adaptophen blends together 10 natural ingredients including:

  • Tongkat ali root extract
  • Tribulus terrestris
  • Deer antler powder
  • 5-methyl-7-methoxy-isoflavone
  • Rhodiola rosea
  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Octacosanol
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium

Adaptophen is loaded with nutrients the other leading testosterone boosters don’t have.

Directions for Use


For best results, take one Adaptophen daily with a meal.

Overall


For those needing a testosterone boost, Adaptophen delivers where other competitors fall short. You can’t ignore the increased muscle strength it provides. Users have experienced at least a 10% increase in muscle strength as a result of taking it. Further, users feel more alert and energized throughout the day when taking Adaptophen. In the end, this is the perfect natural testosterone booster for males wanting to look and feel younger.