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HMB Powers the Abdominal Fat Loss Prowess of Resistance Training – Is This a Result of HMB Increased GH Increases?

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Will HMB help you to finally see your abs? Only recently a study from the Jeremy Townsend et al. reported that the provision of β-Hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate free acid will increase the growth hormone response to resistance training (Townsend. 2015). Now, we all know that the growth hormone response is not, as some people may still believe, […]

No Soy for Your (Grand-)Parents! Soy Blunts Strength Gains in 12-Week Resistance Training Study – Avg. Gains Approx. 30% Lower Than in Both Dairy and No Protein Group!

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In view of  the anti-strength effects observed in the study at hand: It’s almost sarcastic that many of the proteins that are specifically marketed to older men and women contain soy protein. While most of you are probably interested in studies on young, resistance trained individuals, studies in older individuals is – and even I […]

Will Melatonin Reduce Your Testosterone Levels? A Review of the Existing Evidence With Clinical Studies That Say…

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Do you risk all of these benefits of T that have been illustrated artistically by artofmanliness.com if you take melatonin supplements? I have written about the multitude of beneficial health effects which range from improvements in sleep quality over its beneficial effects on glucose and lipid metabolism to its potential cancer protective effects more than once; […]

Polydextrose and Resistant Maltodextrin as Dieting Aids W/ GLP-1 Boosting & Appetite Reducing Effects: 7% Reduced Energy Intake per 10g/day of Polydextrose in Clinical Trials

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Many of them look like powder sugar, but they are much more. Novel food ingredients like polydextrose or resistant maltodextrin may help us to slow the progression of obesity, but they won’t solve the global obesity problems. Whenever we are talking about resistant starches, we are not actually interested in the starches themselves, but rather in […]

Polydextrose and Resistant Maltodextrin as Dieting Aids W/ GLP-1 Boosting & Appetite Reducing Effects: 7% Reduced Energy Intake per 10g/day of Polydextrose in Clinical Trials

Many of them look like powder sugar, but they are much more. Novel food ingredients like polydextrose or resistant maltodextrin may help us to slow the progression of obesity, but they won’t solve the global obesity problems. Whenever we are talking about resistant starches, we are not actually interested in the starches themselves, but rather in […]

More Evidence of a Ceiling Effect for Protein Synthesis at ~30g of Whey and/or 23g of Whey + 5g of Leucine in Young (and Old?) | Plus: mTOR is no Reliable Marker of MPS

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There are two things you need to build muscle: Iron – to lift it and protein to drink it… for both, it appears, though, as if there was a definitive ceiling effect. For iron, too much can even be a bad thing. For protein, however, consuming too much after a workout is for most uf […]

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Almost Doubles Muscle Gains & Ramps Up Concentric & Eccentric Peak Torque Development During 8-Week Eccentric Training Program

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No, this is no photo from the study. Obviously the LLLT was applied to the legs, but LLLT is also used for shoulder and general muscle pain. I am usually very skeptical when it comes to therapies that sound extremely cool on paper, but have hitherto only proven to improve markers of muscle damage and/or growth. […]

Three Reasons Why Your Doctor May Falsely Believe Your Kidney, Liver or Heart Were Damaged If You Get Blood Work Done Without Adequate Rest After Intense Workouts

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Sometimes lab values are deceiving – specifically if allegedly pathological elevations of kidney, liver and (heart) muscle enzmes are a perfectly physiological reaction to exercise.  You already know reason #1. The heavily increased creatine kinase (CK) levels I’ve discussed in a previous article at length may look exactly as if you were about to have a […]

The Latest on Glutathione Supplements – Yes, They Can Work; And Yes, They May Even be Beneficial for Athletes

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Do you really need even more pills? The answer is “NO!” – even if GSH supplements actually seem to work. If you’d asked me 2 years ago, I’d answered the question whether glutathione (GSH) supplements even work with a determined “I don’t think so!” Meanwhile, there have been a handful of interesting papers which indicate […]

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