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Powerlifting Inspiration and Motivation

HGH.com Presents Powerlifting Inspiration and Motivation

Achieving your dreams can be a challenging journey and sometimes feels like an uphill battle. Whether you're just getting in to bodybuilding or you're a seasoned powerlifter, you sometimes need an extra boost to get you motivated to forge ahead. For you, we've put together some inspirational powerlifting videos and pins to give you the encouragement you need to dream bigger and achieve more.

Don’t Let Anything Stop You

Where does your strength come from? How about your determination and drive? We know you can do it. Now, you just need to make sure YOU know you can do it. Simply believe in yourself, do your best and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Get inspired by this motivational video from MuscleFactory Dark that shows powerlifters achieving greatness. Throughout the video you’ll see some amazing feats and you’ll hear words of encouragement.

Feel the Power

We looked high and we searched low for some great inspiration, and we stopped in our tracks when we found this truly inspirational documentary film from Iron Bug Productions, called Power Unlimited. You’ll want to set aside some time to watch this one. It takes you on a journey through the history and origins of powerlifting. Along the way, you’ll see many of the greats, including Ed Coan, Rickey Dale Crain, Garry Frank, Kirk Karwoski, Joe Ladnier, Scott Mendelsohn, Larry Pacifico and Dave Waddington, along with some of the most amazing powerlifting moments ever.

What Does It Take to be a Champion?

Dedication. Devotion. Passion. Super strength. These guys have what it takes. In this MuscleFactory Dark video titled, Nothing to Regret, you’ll see one amazing feat after another to give you that extra nudge you need to make it to the next level. Push the limits and fulfill your destiny. Do what it takes to be a champion.

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2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Top 5 Contest Results

HGH.com Athletes Ben White and Tricky Jackson Place in Top 5 of Their Respective IFBB Tampa Pro Contests, While Tara Silzer Wins First Place in NPC Rankings

Bodybuilders from around the world recently gathered in Tampa, Florida, to compete in the 2014 IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Worldwide (PWC) Championships and NPC Tim Gardner Extravaganza. The events – popularly known as the IFBB Tampa Pro and NPC Tampa National Qualifier – featured a series of highly competitive contests on August 8-9. When the results were revealed, HGH.com athletes Ben White and Richard “Tricky” Jackson were among the top bodybuilders in their respective IFBB categories. Tara Silzer competed in the NPC events, and won first place in her category and overall.

The entire HGH.com team would like to extend hearty congratulations to all of the 2014 Tampa winners and special kudos to Tricky, Ben and Tara, who have done our brand proud. All three of these outstanding athletes demonstrated the effectiveness of our natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements when combined with intensive training, proper nutrition and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

Ben placed 5th (out of 23) in the IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding category, and was one of only two U.S. competitors in the top 5. Tricky placed 3rd (out of 24) in the IFBB Men’s 212 and Under category, and was also one of only two Americans in the top 5 of that group. Tara placed 1st in the NPC Women’s Heavyweight Bodybuilding category and won the overall title.

Tara Silzer (second from left, in purple) accepts her first-place award for Women’s Bodybuilding at the 2014 NPC Tim Gardner Extravaganza in Tampa; Nicole Nowacki (in chartreuse) took second place.

Where did your favorite bodybuilding pros place in the IFBB PWC Championships? To recap the event’s milestone achievements, we’ve spotlighted the top 5 winners in each of the IFBB Tampa Pro categories below:


 
Ben White (far left) flexes his award-winning physique next to fellow competitors in the 2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Men’s Bodybuilding championship.

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Champions:

  1. Victor Martinez, Dominican Republic
  2. William Bonac, Holland
  3. Mohamed Bannout, Lebanon
  4. Max Charles, Huntington, NY
  5. Ben White, Glen Falls, NY

Tricky Jackson (second from left) shows off his ripped body and “Best Side Poser” form alongside fellow contestants in the 2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Men’s 212 championship.

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Men’s 212 and Under Champions:

  1. Hidetada Yamagishi, Japan
  2. Marvin Ward, Trenton, NJ
  3. Tricky Jackson, Louisville, KY
  4. Thomas Benagli, Italy
  5. Baito Abbaspour, Iran

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Men’s Physique Champions:

  1. Sadik Hadzovic, Westbury, NY
  2. Anton Antipov, Brooklyn, NY
  3. Tristan Murray, Davenport, IA
  4. Emmanuel Banks, Riviera Beach, FL
  5. Michael Ferguson, Memphis, TN

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Champions:

  1. Sheila Bleck, Tampa, FL
  2. Jennifer Sedia, Lubbock, TX
  3. Monique Jones, Greenville, SC
  4. Kahla Bullemor, Australia
  5. Melody Spetko, Lutz, FL

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Women’s Physique Champions:

  1. Heather Grace, Denver, CO
  2. Karina Nascimento, Boca Raton, FL
  3. Jillian Reville, Ridgefield, CT
  4. Teresita Morales, Middle Village, NY
  5. Asha Hadley, Miami, FL

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Fitness Champions:

  1. Bethany Cisternino, Bridgewater, NJ
  2. Darrian Tissenbaum, Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Kristine Duba, Panama City Beach, FL
  4. Somkina Liudmila, Russia
  5. Sara Kovach, Carnegie, PA

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Figure Champions:

  1. Latorya Watts, Las Vegas, NV
  2. Alicia Coates, Phoenix, AZ
  3. Megan Olson, Woodstock, GA
  4. Kamla Macko, Brandon, FL
  5. Wendy Fortino, San Jose, CA

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Bikini Champions:

  1. India Paulino, Pembroke Pines, FL
  2. Bianca Berry, New York, NY
  3. Noemi Olah, Ruskin, FL
  4. Michelle Lewin, Venezuela
  5. Vanessa Campbell, Palm Coast, FL

 

For a complete list of rankings in all 2014 IFBB Tampa Pro bodybuilding and fitness categories, visit the NPC News Online results page at http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2014/ifbb_tampa_pro.

Please join us in congratulating our HGH.com-sponsored athletes and wishing them continued success in their upcoming competitions and events:

  • 2014 IFBB North American Championships – Tara will compete August 29-30 in Pittsburgh, PA
  • NPC 2014 Infinity Fit Championships – Tricky will participate in the September 6 event in Detroit, MI
  • 2014 Mr. Olympia/Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend – Ben, Tricky and Tara will all compete September 18-21 in Las Vegas, NV
  • 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships – Tricky will host his namesake event on October 11 in Lexington, KY
  • 2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships – Tara will compete October 17-20 in Montreal, Canada
  • 2014 Europa Games – Ben will compete October 25-26 in Phoenix, AZ

HGH.com was proud to sponsor the 2014 IFBB Tampa PWC Championships and NPC Tim Gardner Extravaganza National Qualifier. The event provided an excellent opportunity to introduce our Purity Select natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements to a wide audience of serious bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts. To learn more about our complete line of over-the-counter HGH and bodybuilding supplements, visit http://www.hgh.com/bodybuilding-supplements/.

 

 

 

 




Whey Protein Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient Whey Protein

Whey protein and casein are the two major types of proteins in milk. While casein is digested more slowly, whey is a quickly and easily digested source of protein. It contains essential amino acids, including branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), and its amino-acid profile is similar to that of human skeletal muscle. While whey protein is naturally found in dairy products, it is also available in a more concentrated form in dietary supplements. These include health and bodybuilding supplements such as CytoSport, IsoBolic, Multi-Pro and Elite whey protein powders.

Functions of Whey Protein

Protein contributes to the growth, development and repair of human tissue, so consuming whey protein can help to support these functions. The amino acids contained in whey protein play a critical role in regulating protein metabolism, and are believed to aid the body in transitioning from a catabolic state to an anabolic state following exercise. Furthermore, studies have suggested that whey protein may decrease fat stores in the body and increase feelings of satiety (fullness), thereby helping to regulate weight and body composition.

Sources of Whey Protein

Dairy products are a natural source of whey protein, which separates from milk during the cheese-making process. Among food sources, ricotta cheese contains the highest levels of whey protein; however, it can also be found in milk, yogurt and other cheeses. When whey protein is extracted and processed for use in natural dietary supplements, it can take one of several forms, including whey powder, whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate. Of these, whey protein isolate contains the highest protein content, followed by whey protein concentrate and then whey powder.

Whey Protein Benefits and Uses

Consuming whey protein elevates the body’s overall levels of protein and essential amino acids, which help to maintain human skeletal muscles. As a result, whey protein is a popular ingredient in health and bodybuilding supplements, where it is used to increase muscle mass and strength as well as improve athletic performance. Because whey protein appears to decrease fat stores and create feelings of fullness, it is also used as an appetite suppressant and may be included as an ingredient in weight-loss supplements.

Another benefit of whey protein is its ability to lower blood-sugar levels, which may be helpful for individuals with milder cases of diabetes that can be controlled with proper diet and exercise. Whey protein is also used as an ingredient in baby formulas because it is an easily digested form of protein and provides important nutrients needed for growth and development. There are many other purported uses of whey protein – ranging from acid reflux to chronic lung conditions to psoriasis – though evidence in these areas is currently inconclusive.

Side Effects of Whey Protein and Potential Interactions

Whey protein is generally considered safe for most adults; users should follow the recommended dosage and directions listed on dietary supplements. Those who are lactose intolerant or have a known sensitivity to milk may find that some whey protein formulas can cause similar symptoms, such as bloating, cramps, diarrhea or nausea. When taken in high doses, whey protein may cause headaches, fatigue or thirst in some people.

Individuals taking certain types of medication should be aware of potential interactions. Whey protein may decrease the absorption of levodopa, alendronate and some antibiotics (including quinolone, fluoroquinolone and tetracycline). Since whey protein has been shown to lower blood-glucose levels, it can cause hypoglycemia when it is taken in combination with diabetes medications. When whey protein is taken in combination with blood thinners, it may increase the risk of bleeding.

More detailed safety information on whey protein side effects and interactions can be found on the Mayo Clinic website. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing whey protein.

Whey Protein Research and Studies

Numerous studies have examined the effects of whey protein on muscle mass, muscle recovery, athletic performance and body composition. For example, recent animal studies published in the journals Nutrition and Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that resistance exercise combined with whey protein led to significant muscle weight increases in rats and that whey protein supplementation improved exercise performance, body composition and biochemical assessments in mice.

Human trials also support the use of whey protein for post-exercise recovery and improved body composition. Research published in Amino Acids determined that whey protein may accelerate the muscle regeneration/remodeling process after high-intensity exercise, while the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism reported that whey protein supplements taken by runners facilitated their recovery from strenuous training. In the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, researchers analyzed 14 randomized, controlled trials on generally healthy adults and found that whey protein supplements – either combined with resistance exercise or as part of a weight-loss or weight-maintenance diet – improved body composition parameters.

In addition, research findings suggest that whey protein supplements are beneficial for overweight and diabetic individuals. In the Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers studied overweight/obese adults who consumed whey protein supplements either with or without exercise and found that all of them lost body weight, fat mass and abdominal fat. Among those test subjects, the group that took whey protein supplements in combination with a multimode exercise training program lost significantly more body weight and gained a greater percentage of lean body mass. An article published in Diabetologia examined the impact of whey protein on diabetics, and determined that taking whey protein before breakfast helped to increase insulin levels and decrease glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes. For additional whey protein research reports, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

HGH.com Supplements With Whey Protein

Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts rely on whey protein supplements to help build muscle, aid in post-exercise recovery and maintain a healthy weight. HGH.com offers a variety of natural health and bodybuilding supplements formulated with whey protein:

Elite Whey Protein Butter Toffee and Elite Whey Protein Chocolate Mint – Whey protein isolates, concentrate and peptides are combined with a proprietary digestive enzyme blend to enhance digestion and absorption of Elite Whey Protein supplements, which provide 23 grams of protein per serving. These delicious powdered-drink mixes help grow and strengthen muscle while aiding in muscle repair and recovery.

IsoBolic Cinnamon Oatmeal and IsoBolic Vanilla – The advanced protein matrix in IsoBolic supplements blends whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate with other active ingredients, packing in 45 grams of protein per serving. These delicious powdered mixes support intense workouts, offering sustained protein release to stimulate muscle growth and recovery.

Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein – Featuring whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate and whey permeate, Multi-Pro Chocolate provides 24 grams of protein in each serving. This great-tasting, low-carb drink mix delivers vitamins and minerals in a complete protein supplement that helps users gain muscle while minimizing body fat.

CytoSport Vanilla Whey Protein – Made with whey protein concentrate and whey protein hydrolysate, each serving of CytoSport Vanilla Whey contains 18 grams of protein and provides essential nutrients and amino acids. This low-fat, low-lactose powder mixes easily and is biologically complete, helping users build lean muscle mass and recover more quickly after intense workouts.

Mega Shake Strawberry – Formulated with a powerful blend of active ingredients – including whey protein concentrates, isolates and peptides – Mega Shake offers 32 grams of total protein per serving. Its high-quality proteins, vitamins and minerals help increase muscle tone, reduce body fat, provide energy and support muscle recovery.


References (Function, Sources, Benefits/Uses and Side Effects/Interactions):

Mayo Clinic and The National Standard Research Collaboration. “Drugs and Supplements: Whey Protein”; National Standard Patient Monograph information published on Mayo Clinic website; last updated November 1, 2013. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/whey-protein/background/hrb-20060532>

Deuster, Patricia; Maier, Steven; et al. “Protein and Amino Acids Products – Whey Protein”; Dietary Supplements and Military Divers: A Synopsis for Undersea Medical Officers, published by Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; January 2004. <http://hprc-online.org/dietary-supplements/files/DietarySupplementUMO.pdf>

Bennett, Andrew. “Which Foods Contain Whey Protein?”; article published on Livestrong.com website; October 21, 2013. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/254097-which-foods-contain-whey-protein/>

Research Sources:

Arciero, Paul J.; Baur, Daniel; et al. “Timed-Daily Ingestion of Whey Protein and Exercise Training Reduces Visceral Adipose Tissue Mass and Improves Insulin Resistance: The PRISE Study”; Journal of Applied Physiology; July 1, 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24833780>

Chen, Wen-Chyuan; Huang, Wen-Ching; et al. “Whey Protein Improves Exercise Performance and Biochemical Profiles in Trained Mice”; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; August 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24504433>

Farup, Jean; Rahbek, Stine Klejis; et al. “Whey Protein Supplementation Accelerates Satellite Cell Proliferation During Recovery From Eccentric Exercise”; Amino Acids; July 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25063205>

Hansen, Mette; Bangsbo, Jens; et al. “Effect of Whey Protein Hydrolysate on Performance and Recovery of Top-Class Orienteering Runners”; International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism; published online ahead of print July 14, 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25029703>

Haraguchi, Fabiano Kenji; de Brito Magalhães, Cintia Lopes; et al. “Whey Protein Modifies Gene Expression Related to Protein Metabolism Affecting Muscle Weight in Resistance-Exercised Rats”; Nutrition; July-August 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24985006>

Jakubowicz, Daniela; Froy, Oren; et al. “Incretin, Insulinotropic and Glucose-Lowering Effects of Whey Protein Pre-Load in Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomised Clinical Trial”; Diabetologia; September 2014; published online July 10, 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25005331>

Miller, Paige E.; Alexander, Dominik D.; and Perez, Vanessa. “Effects of Whey Protein and Resistance Exercise on Body Composition: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials”; Journal of the American College of Nutrition; published online April 14, 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24724774>




Tips from the Pros for Building Up Shoulders and Traps

Shoulder and Trap Workout Exercise Videos and Tips from the Pros

Trying to attain a symmetrically sculpted, truly impressive body? Then, you definitely don't want to forget about working out your shoulders and traps. Oftentimes, the shoulders and traps are stuck at the end of an arm workout, or forgotten altogether. To attain an ideal symmetry for your upper body, you want a broad back, wide shoulders and built traps, along with perfect pecs, full, round triceps, bulging biceps and a cut up stomach.

You have to give your shoulders and traps the attention they need to fully fill out that T-shirt or wow the crowd. We've gathered together some YouTube videos and created a Pinterest board specifically for exercises focusing on shoulders and traps to get you pumped up and help you along your way to building an optimal sculpted physique.

Super Shoulder and Trap Workout

Get a glimpse at one of the shoulder and trap workouts that Champion Bodybuilder, Charles Fuller did approximately two weeks before a competition. Feel the burn as he concentrates on building and rounding out his traps. Pay attention, because he also shares some helpful hints along the way. A few of the exercises he shows us are:

  • Dumbbell Military Press
  • Front Lateral Raises
  • Shoulder Shrugs
  • Upright Rows

Plus, Brad includes a great reminder, “It is easy to get injured if you are not alert of yourself and those around you. Most important of all, keep your lower back as straight as possible and pick up the weight using your legs.”

As Charles says, “Let’s get this!”

Top Exercise Techniques for Your Shoulder Workout

Victor Martinez shares his insights regarding proper form, essential techniques and how to perform each shoulder exercise better. He reminds us why form is important and discusses the right way to do each exercise. He also shares exercise-specific do’s and don’ts. For example, he tells us to make sure to keep our elbows up when focusing on the rear deltoids.

Exercises include:

  • Standing Side Laterals – focuses on the medial deltoid
  • One-Arm Side Laterals – concentrates on side deltoids
  • Two-Dumbbell Lateral Raise – works out the rear deltoids
  • One-Dumbbell Standing Lifts – focuses on interior deltoids
  • Two-Dumbbell Standing Lifts – works out interior deltoids
  • Dumbbell Press – great for mass, thickness and overall roundness
  • Upright Row – concentrates on deltoids (hold close to middle for traps or far apart to round out shoulders)

Learn about Victor’s techniques to build broad shoulders with this video.

Tom Hardy's Trap Training Secret

Is it better to use barbells or dumbbells for shoulder shrugs? How can you get true trap activation? Pro athlete trainer, Jeff Cavaliere, unveils the secret to Tom Hardy's towering traps with some super trap exercises. He also discloses the distinctive form you should use to build better trapezius muscles. You'll have to see it to believe it. Just watch this trap exercise demonstration video:

Pinterest Board for Building Bigger Shoulders and Traps

Explore the photos and videos posted at our HGH.com Pinterest board dedicated to Shoulder and Trap Exercises.

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L-Leucine Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient L-Leucine or 2-Amino-4-Methylpentanoic Acid

Leucine – also known as L-leucine and by its scientific name, 2-amino-4-methylpentanoic acid – is a branched-chain amino acid (BCAA). Because the human body cannot synthesize this essential amino acid, it must be obtained from food sources such as meat, dairy products and legumes. L-leucine is also available in natural dietary supplements, including health and bodybuilding supplements such as Ana-GH, DBol-GH, Cut and Ripped Plus, Amino Shooter and Chocolate Whey Protein.

Functions of L-Leucine

Branched-chain amino acids like L-leucine stimulate protein synthesis by triggering pancreatic islet cells to release insulin. This protein synthesis primarily takes place in skeletal muscle, but also occurs to a lesser extent in the liver and adipose (fat) tissue. It is believed that L-leucine may help prevent or reduce muscle damage, enhance anabolic muscle signaling, lower blood-glucose levels and avoid faulty message transmission in the brain cells of people with certain diseases. It may also decrease serotonin production by blocking tryptophan transport to the brain, thereby reducing feelings of drowsiness and fatigue.

Sources of L-Leucine

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), common dietary sources of L-leucine include beef, pork, fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, cheese and milk. Legumes are another good source – particularly beans, soy and peanuts – as are nuts and seeds (such as almonds and sunflower seeds) and grains (like wheat germ, oats, corn and rice). L-leucine may also be consumed directly as part of a natural dietary supplement.

Leucine Benefits and Uses

Because of L-leucine’s role in protein synthesis, it is often used in health and bodybuilding supplements that are designed to build muscle strength, increase exercise endurance, reduce muscle breakdown and promote muscle recovery. Its ability to inhibit serotonin production means that L-leucine may help prevent or delay fatigue during exercise. L-leucine has also been shown to stimulate the appetite – making it useful for athletes looking to gain mass and weight.

In addition, L-leucine appears to benefit individuals with specific medical conditions. For example, it may help to lower blood-glucose levels in diabetics, and it can improve the health and nutrition of patients experiencing loss of appetite due to hemodialysis, cancer treatments or anorexia. L-leucine has also been shown to diminish symptoms in manic patients, reduce involuntary movements in individuals with tardive dyskinesia, and improve muscle control and brain function in patients with advanced liver disease, including various forms of hepatic encephalopathy.

Side Effects of L-Leucine and Potential Interactions

L-leucine is generally considered safe when taken in normal doses, such as those found in food and most dietary supplements. However, excessive amounts can result in hypoglycemia or vitamin B3 and B6 deficiencies. Users are advised to adhere to supplement dosing information and avoid consuming more than 39 grams of L-leucine per day.

Few L-leucine side effects have been recorded, though some users have reported experiencing fatigue or decreased motor coordination. Individuals with certain medical conditions – including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), isovaleric acidemia, branched-chain ketoaciduria (maple syrup urine disease) and chronic alcoholism – should avoid L-leucine, as it can pose health risks in these patients. In terms of L-leucine interactions, it appears to decrease the effectiveness of levodopa. Conversely, it can have an additive effect when taken with diabetes medication, potentially resulting in hypoglycemia. Other medications – such as Diazoxide and corticosteroids – can decrease the effects of L-leucine on protein, while thyroid hormone medication can cause the body to break down L-leucine more slowly.

More detailed safety information on L-leucine side effects and interactions can be found on WebMD. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing L-leucine.

L-Leucine Research and Studies

Scientists have researched L-leucine and other BCAAs to determine their benefits and practical uses, and numerous studies have indicated a positive effect on muscle strength, exercise endurance and muscle recovery. An article published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology reported that outrigger canoeists using leucine supplements displayed significantly improved endurance performance and upper-body power. In Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, researchers noted that well-trained male cyclists who took a leucine-protein supplement after intense training subsequently exhibited improved high-intensity endurance performance and lower perceived levels of tiredness. And according to the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, resistance-trained males who consumed an energy drink with leucine (and other key ingredients) prior to their workout demonstrated a significant increase in the number of repetitions successfully performed.

Other studies examined the impact of L-leucine on protein synthesis. Research findings published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that increasing the concentration of leucine in an essential amino acid supplement consumed during steady-state exercise resulted in a greater muscle protein synthesis response during recovery. And in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers determined that insulin and leucine work in synergy, allowing skeletal muscles to coordinate protein synthesis with physiological state and dietary intake.

For additional research related to L-leucine, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

HGH.com Supplements With L-Leucine
Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts who wish to leverage the positive effects of L-leucine can find this essential amino acid in a variety of natural health and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

Ana-GH – Each serving of Ana-GH contains 1.5 grams of L-leucine, which is blended with other branched-chain amino acids and active ingredients. This supplement is designed to jumpstart bulking cycles by promoting weight and mass gains while improving protein synthesis and contributing to joint and muscle repair.

Cut and Ripped Plus – Created to support cutting cycles and contest prep, Cut and Ripped Plus combines L-leucine with other active ingredients to help build muscle, increase strength and burn fat for a competition-ready physique. The capsules also help to boost energy and stamina, minimize pain, promote faster recovery and raise human growth hormone (HGH) levels.

DBol-GH – The proprietary blend of ingredients in DBol-GH includes L-leucine, which helps users to achieve lean mass and muscle growth, and also aids in muscle recovery. DBol-GH’s active ingredients are designed to stack and work together, delivering visible results and increasing HGH production.

Amino Shooter and Creatine Energy – Formulated to mix easily with cold water, Amino Shooter is used during intense workouts to protect and grow muscle. A single serving contains 3 grams of L-leucine, which supports protein synthesis and reduces muscle degradation.

Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein – Each scoop of Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey provides 24 grams of protein and includes 2.16 grams of L-leucine. Fortified with vitamins and minerals, it provides a complete protein supplement for those looking to gain muscle and lose body fat.


References (Function, Sources, Benefits/Uses and Side Effects/Interactions):

Bruno, Gene. “A Primer on Branched Chain Amino Acids”; Smart Supplementation, published by Huntington College of Health Sciences; 2009. <http://www.hchs.edu/literature/BCAA.pdf>

Deuster, Patricia; Maier, Steven; et al. “Protein and Amino Acids Products – Branched Chain Amino Acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine”; Dietary Supplements and Military Divers: A Synopsis for Undersea Medical Officers, published by Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; January 2004. <http://hprc-online.org/dietary-supplements/files/DietarySupplementUMO.pdf>

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Leucine”; published under “About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products” within Integrative Medicine area of website; last updated February 21, 2013. <http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/leucine>

USDA Agricultural Research Service. “Leucine” search results in the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference; accessed July 30, 2014. <http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/nutrients/index>

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Branched Chain Amino Acids”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed July 30, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1005-BRANCHED-CHAIN+AMINO+ACIDS.aspx?activeIngredientId=1005&activeIngredientName=BRANCHED-CHAIN+AMINO+ACIDS>

Research Sources:

Crowe, Melissa J.; Weatherson, Jarrad N.; and Bowden, Bruce F. “Effects of Dietary Leucine Supplementation on Exercise Performance”; European Journal of Applied Physiology; August 2006. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16265600>

Gonzalez, Adam M.; Walsh, Allyson L.; et al. “Effect of a Pre-Workout Energy Supplement on Acute Multi-Joint Resistance Exercise”; Journal of Sports Science & Medicine; June 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24149870>

Norton, Layne E. and Layman, Donald K. “Branched-Chain Amino Acids in Exercise: Leucine Regulates Translation Initiation of Protein Synthesis in Skeletal Muscle after Exercise”; The Journal of Nutrition; February 2006. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16424142>

Pasiakos, Stefan M.; McClung, Holly L.; et al. “Leucine-Enriched Essential Amino Acid Supplementation During Moderate Steady State Exercise Enhances Postexercise Muscle Protein Synthesis”; The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; September 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21775557>

Thomson, Jasmine S.; Ali, Ajmol; and Rowlands, David S. “Leucine-Protein Supplemented Recovery Feeding Enhances Subsequent Cycling Performance in Well-Trained Men”; Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism; April 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21609286>




Maximize Your Leg Workout with High-Energy Bodybuilding Routines

Complete Leg Workout Routine and High-Energy Bodybuilding Exercises for Legs

How do you know if you're body is in ideal physical shape? It's not about having an Adonis upper body with toothpicks for legs. For bodybuilders and fitness competitors, as well as anyone who's passionate about having a fantastic physique, it has to be all about symmetry. So as you're admiring your buff biceps, six-pack abs and chiseled chest, check out your lower body as well. A solid leg routine hits all of the angles. Concentrate on building the muscles in your upper and lower legs, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, sartorius, tibialis anterior and calves.

We're excited to share a few comprehensive leg workout routines for you to try out. The first leg workout video primarily focuses on the legs, while adding some ab exercises as well, whereas the second video is dedicated solely to working out your legs. You'll want to read this legs workout post until the end to find out where you can go to see even more leg workout ideas with our Pinterest board.

Give Your Leg Workout a Boost

Get the low down on pumping up your legs with this complete leg workout video from bodybuilder and muscle building coach, Lee Hayward. Not only does he give you an awesome workout for your legs, but with his routine, you’ll also target your abs. Lee explains how to maximize your leg workout with these exercises:

  • Barbell Squats
  • Leg Presses
  • Calf Presses
  • Leg Extensions
  • Leg Curls
  • Standing Calf Raises
  • Walking Lunges
  • Decline Bench Sit-Ups
  • V-Ups

The Ultimate Leg Workout

Certified personal trainer and Nutrition & Wellness Specialist, Brad Gaines shares “10 Killer Leg Exercises for Your Leg Workouts” in this fitness video. Brad includes an excellent mix of leg exercises that focus on all of the leg muscles, especially the quads, hamstrings and calves. By including variety in your leg workout, you'll be more likely to have a nice even tone and shape to your legs. The leg exercises Brad demonstrates include:

    • Barbell Squats
    • Leg Presses
    • Calf Presses
    • Leg Extensions
    • Leg Curls
    • Standing Calf Raises
    • Walking Lunges
    • Decline Bench Sit-Ups
    • V-Ups

Plus, Brad includes a great reminder, “It is easy to get injured if you are not alert of yourself and those around you. Most important of all, keep your lower back as straight as possible and pick up the weight using your legs.”

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Sensoril® Ashwagandha Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient Sensoril® Optimized Ashwagandha Extract

Sensoril® is a standardized extract of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng. According to its manufacturer, NutraGenesis, multi-patented Sensoril ashwagandha extract is clinically proven and contains the highest, most potent levels of ashwagandha bioactive constituents in the industry. Ashwagandha is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine and is believed to possess a wide range of health benefits, from stress-relief to cancer-fighting properties. Sensoril ashwagandha extract is used in health, beauty and skin care supplements, such as Female Hormone Balancer and Skin Perfect Hair, Skin and Nails.

Functions of Ashwagandha

The chemical constituents of ashwagandha include steroidal lactones called withanolides (12-deoxywithastramonolide, withanolide-A and withaferin-A), along with alkanoids (anaferine and isopelletierine), saponins (sitoindoside VII and VIII) and iron. These active constituents appear to have beneficial effects in relation to physical, mental and emotional health, including adaptogenic properties that aid the body in handling daily stress.

Sources of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha extract is derived from the Withania somnifera plant, which is more commonly known as ashwagandha. It is sometimes called winter cherry (one of several plants known by that name) or Indian ginseng, although it is not related to the ginseng plant. The roots and leaves of Withania somnifera are most commonly used in ashwagandha extract, though the plant’s berries, seeds and shoots may also be used for medicinal purposes.

Ashwagandha Benefits and Uses

As a dietary supplement ingredient, ashwagandha is usually taken orally to help reduce stress and anxiety, increase energy, enhance concentration and mental acuity, promote restful sleep, reduce swelling and inflammation, support the immune system and cardiovascular health, assist in weight management and protect against the visible signs of aging. Ashwagandha is sometimes applied to the skin as an analgesic (pain reliever) and to treat wounds.

Research also suggests that ashwagandha may be useful in treating a variety of medical conditions. There is some evidence that it may reduce blood-sugar levels in diabetics, lower cholesterol in patients with high cholesterol, and improve attention and impulse control in children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It has been credited with treating the symptoms of arthritis and Parkinson’s disease, and it may be useful in treating infertility. Notably, ashwagandha shows promise as a cancer treatment. Studies have indicated that it contributes to reduced growth of cancer cells in the breast, central nervous system, colon and lungs while enhancing radiosensitivity during radiation therapy and increasing white blood cell counts during radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Side Effects of Ashwagandha and Potential Interactions

Supplements containing ashwagandha are generally considered safe for most adults, though women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should avoid ashwagandha as it may induce a miscarriage. Users with sensitivity to ashwagandha might experience an upset stomach or nausea. Since ashwagandha can irritate the gastrointestinal tract, individuals with stomach ulcers should avoid it.

Ashwagandha’s beneficial effects may be amplified when taken in combination with certain medications, which can have adverse results for some patients. For example, because ashwagandha can lower blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, it may interfere with blood-pressure and diabetes medications, causing blood pressure or blood-sugar levels to drop too low. Since it has been shown to trigger increased activity in the immune system, ashwagandha may exacerbate symptoms in people with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) or lupus, and it may decrease the effectiveness of immunosuppressant medications. Ashwagandha can increase thyroid hormone levels and interact with thyroid medication, so individuals with thyroid disorders should exercise caution when taking supplements with ashwagandha extract. And while ashwagandha promotes restful sleep, it can cause heavy drowsiness when taken in combination with sedative medications such as benzodiazepines and central nervous system (CNS) depressants.

More detailed safety information on ashwagandha side effects and interactions can be found on WebMD. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking supplements containing Sensoril or ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha Research and Studies

A number of studies have been conducted concerning ashwagandha and its impact on emotional well-being and cognitive function. A group of researchers tested the impact of naturopathic care – including ashwagandha extract – on individuals with moderate to severe anxiety. The results of the study, which appeared in PLOS ONE, indicated that the subjects who took ashwagandha had significantly lower levels of anxiety and demonstrated improvements in mental health, concentration, fatigue, social functioning, vitality and overall quality of life. An article published in Pharmacognosy Research examined the effects of Withania somnifera extract on cognitive and psychomotor performance in humans, and determined that study participants taking Sensoril capsules exhibited significant improvements in both cognitive and psychomotor performance.

Another major area of study has been the use of ashwagandha in cancer research. Studies published in Life Sciences and Clinical Cancer Research found that ashwagandha leaf extract may prevent or decrease the growth of several types of tumors – including cancer cells in the breast, central nervous system, colon and lungs – without impacting normal cells. A 2011 article in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines summarized a number of medical studies featuring ashwagandha, from its anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties to its neuroregenerative and anxiolytic potential. For additional research related to ashwagandha, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

HGH.com and Skin Perfect Supplements With Sensoril Ashwagandha

Individuals seeking to leverage the beneficial effects of Sensoril optimized ashwagandha extract can find this natural ingredient in health, beauty and skin care supplements from HGH.com and Skin Perfect:

Purity Select Female Hormone Balancer – Sensoril ashwagandha extract is one of the 25 active ingredients in Female Hormone Balancer. Ashwagandha supports emotional well-being, stress-relief and mood-enhancement, while other ingredients in the supplement help to balance estrogen levels, reduce hot flashes and PMS symptoms, and stimulate metabolism and weight loss.

Skin Perfect Hair, Skin and Nails – With 30 active ingredients, this Skin Perfect supplement is designed to improve the condition and appearance of hair, skin and nails. The inclusion of Sensoril ashwagandha extract means that beyond these beauty and skin care benefits, the supplement also promotes mental clarity, concentration and alertness as well as emotional well-being.

References (Function, Sources, Benefits/Uses and Side Effects/Interactions):

Bruno, Gene. “Ashwaganha”; Smart Supplementation, published by Huntington College of Health Sciences; 2009. <http://www.hchs.edu/literature/Ashwaganda.pdf>

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Ashwagandha”; published under “About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products” within Integrative Medicine area of website; last updated December 21, 2011. <http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/ashwagandha>

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Ashwagandha”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed July 28, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-953-ASHWAGANDHA.aspx?activeIngredientId=953&activeIngredientName=ASHWAGANDHA>

Research Sources:

Cooley, Kieran; Szczurko, Orest; et al. “Naturopathic Care for Anxiety: A Randomized Controlled Trial”; PLOS ONE: A Peer-Reviewed, Open Access Journal; August 31, 2009. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2729375/>

Jayaprakasam, Bolleddula; Zhang, Yanjun; et al. “Growth Inhibition of Human Tumor Cell Lines by Withanolides From Withania Somnifera Leaves”; Life Sciences; November 21, 2003. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14575818>

Pingali, Usharani; Pilli, Raveendranadh; and Fatima, Nishat. “Effect of Standardized Aqueous Extract of Withania Somnifera on Tests of Cognitive and Psychomotor Performance in Healthy Human Participants”; Pharmacognosy Research; January–March 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3897003/>

Singh, Narendra; Bhalla, Mohit; et al. “An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda”; African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines; July 3, 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252722/>

Widodo, Nashi; Kaur, Kamaljit; et al. “Selective Killing of Cancer Cells by Leaf Extract of Ashwagandha: Identification of a Tumor-Inhibitory Factor and the First Molecular Insights to Its Effect”; Clinical Cancer Research; April 1, 2007. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17404115>




Beta-Ecdysterone Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient Beta-Ecdysterone, or 20-Hydroxyecdysone

Beta-ecdysterone – also known as 20-hydroxyecdysone, beta-ecdysone and 20-hydroxy-beta-ecdysterone – is a phytoecdysteroid, or plant-derived ecdysteroid. Ecdysterone is present within arthropods (insects and marine invertebrates) as well as various plants and fungi. The plant-based version of beta-ecdysterone is used as an ingredient in natural health and bodybuilding supplements, such as DBol-GH.

Functions of Beta-Ecdysterone

In arthropods, ecdysterone controls molting and metamorphosis. It is believed that plants produce phytoecdysteroids as a natural defense against plant-eating insects, as they can cause premature molting and other metabolic damage. Plant-derived beta-ecdysterone is structurally similar to testosterone and has been shown to affect steroid receptors in animal tests. These anabolic properties have led to its use in health and bodybuilding supplements.

Sources of Beta-Ecdysterone

While ecdysterone is naturally produced in insects, crabs and other arthropods, the type most commonly consumed by humans is extracted from plants and taken in capsule form as a natural dietary supplement. Among the many plants that contain beta-ecdysterone are Suma (Hebanthe Eriantha, also known as Brazilian Ginseng), Maral Root (Rhaponticum Carthamoides), Leuzea (Leuzea Carthamoides), Ox Knee (Achyranthes Bidentata), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Serratula (Serratula Coronata) and Cyanotis Vaga.

Beta-Ecdysterone Benefits and Uses

Animal studies have shown that phytoecdysteroids play a role in protein biosynthesis; these anabolic properties suggest they may have a positive impact on human metabolism. Accordingly, beta-ecdysterone is primarily used in health and bodybuilding supplements to help increase muscle mass, enhance muscle definition, reduce body fat and improve athletic performance. Research has also indicated that beta-ecdysterone may provide other health benefits, such as protecting the cardiovascular system, suppressing degenerative diseases, improving glucose metabolism, supporting wound healing, enhancing skin condition and preventing oxidative damage to human lens epithelial cells.

Side Effects of Beta-Ecdysterone and Potential Interactions

At present, there do not appear to be any known side effects or potential interactions associated with beta-ecdysterone. However, as with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking supplements containing beta-ecdysterone.

Beta-Ecdysterone Research and Studies

Numerous studies have been conducted concerning the benefits of beta-ecdysterone. Among those cited in support of its use as a bodybuilding supplement is a study by Russian researchers published in Eksperimental’naia i Klinicheskaia Farmakologiia, which found that beta-ecdysterone contributed to muscle mass increases while reducing body fat content in human subjects. Another report published by Czech scientists in Experientia indicated that beta-ecdysterone consumed by Japanese quail resulted in a 115% increase in body mass. And Diabetes, A Journal of The American Diabetes Association, reported an animal study showing that beta-ecdysterone resulted in lower body weight, improved glucose metabolism and enhanced muscle insulin signaling.

Additional benefits have emerged following international research into the use of beta-ecdysterone. Czech researchers discussed the positive biological effects of beta-ecdysterone in Natural Product Communications, theorizing that the substance has the potential to protect organisms from degenerative diseases, suppress neurodegenerative processes and protect the cardiovascular system. Menopause, The Journal of the North American Menopause Society, featured an animal study that suggested beta-ecdysterone could improve skin condition in postmenopausal women. And the International Journal of Ophthalmology published a Chinese study on senile cataracts, which found that beta-ecdysterone could inhibit oxidative damage in human lens epithelial cells

For additional research related to ecdysterone, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

HGH.com Supplements With Beta-Ecdysterone

Those seeking to leverage the anabolic effects of beta-ecdysterone can find this plant-based ecdysteroid in a popular natural health and bodybuilding supplement from HGH.com:

DBol-GH – Beta-ecdysterone (20-Hydroxyecdysone) is a featured ingredient within the proprietary blend content of DBol-GH, which is formulated to increase human growth hormone (HGH) levels, build muscle and increase lean mass. The active ingredients in DBol-GH capsules are designed to stack and work together, making it a popular choice among athletes and bodybuilders seeking visible results.

References (Function, Sources, Benefits/Uses and Side Effects/Interactions):

Bruno, Gene. “20-Hydroxyecdysone: The Pro-Anabolic, Plant Steroid”; Smart Supplementation, published by Huntington College of Health Sciences; 2001. <http://www.hchs.edu/literature/20-Hyroxyecdysone.pdf>

Deuster, Patricia; Maier, Steven; et al. “Testosterone Enhancers: Ecdysterone (20-Beta-Hydroxyecdysterone)”; Dietary Supplements and Military Divers: A Synopsis for Undersea Medical Officers, published by Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; January 2004. <http://hprc-online.org/dietary-supplements/files/DietarySupplementUMO.pdf>

Freedman, Lisa. “Beta-Ecdysterone” in “Supplement Guide: A-Z”; Men’s Fitness website; accessed July 23, 2014. <http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/beta-ecdysterone>

Research Sources:

Cahlíková, Lucie; Macáková, Kateřina. “Ecdysterone and its activity on some degenerative diseases”; Natural Product Communications; May 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21615037>

Ehrhardt, Caroline; Wessels, Johannes T.; et al. “The Effects of 20-Hydroxyecdysone and 17β-Estradiol on the Skin of Ovariectomized Rats”; Menopause; March 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21030883>




HGH.com Presents Popular 2014 Bodybuilding Competition Videos

Bodybuilding Competition Finalists Videos to Get You Pumped-Up and Motivated

Looking for some inspiration to give you the extra push you need to achieve your bodybuilding goals? Then, we have just the thing for you! We’ve gathered a few videos from some of 2014's hottest bodybuilding competitions to get you motivated for the upcoming competitions and tournaments.

2014 IFBB Arnold Classic

Get a glimpse inside the 2014 IFBB Arnold Classic Men’s Open as RXMuscle presents a side-by-side look at Dennis Wolf and Shawn Rhoden posing for the judges, fellow competitors, cameras and spectators during the professional division competition. This video also shows a variety of poses that all five competitors achieve as they show every muscle fiber they’ve got.

Featured Video: In case you didn’t already know, Dennis Wolf won his first Arnold Classic, becoming the 2014 Arnold Classic Champion. Shawn Rhoden came in second place. Want to be a part of next year’s competition? Here are the details, along with an overview of this year’s winners: http://arnoldsportsfestival.com/arnold-classic/

Top 5 Posedown at the 2014 New York Pro Bodybuilding Championship

Big Ramy, Juan Diesel Morel, Jonathan Delarosa, Lionel Beyeke and Max Charles are the top 5 competitors in the 2014 New York Pro Bodybuilding Championship. They are all together on stage showing off every ripped muscle they’ve got for the posedown portion of this bodybuilding championship

Finalist Showdown Pose: Not sure who won this competition? Well, we’re here to tell you that Big Ramy is the winner of the 2014 New York Pro Bodybuilding Championship.

2014 IFBB Europa Show of Bodybuilding Champions

Take a look at the top 5 IFBB Pro Bodybuilders at the 2014 IFBB/NPC Europa Show of Champions Finals held in Orlando, Florida as they give it all they’ve got. Plus, you’ll see the award ceremony at the end of this video

Top 10 results for the 2014 IFBB Europa Show of Champions for Men’s Bodybuilding are:

  1. Justin Compton
  2. Jonathan Delarosa
  3. Fred Smalls
  4. Daniel Toth
  5. Eddy Wilson
  6. Ben White
  7. An Nguyen
  8. Marius Dohne
  9. Clarence DeVis
  10. Keith Williams

Get the latest schedule for more upcoming IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Championships around the world at http://www.ifbbpro.com/wp-content/uploads/image/2014/calendar/2014calendar.pdf. Which competition are you working toward

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L-Arginine Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient L-Arginine, or 2-amino-5-(diaminomethylidene amino)pentanoic acid

L-arginine, also known by the chemical name 2-amino-5-(diaminomethylidene amino)pentanoic acid, is an amino acid. Arginine is normally produced by the body and is found in protein-rich foods. L-arginine is also available in natural dietary supplements, including health and bodybuilding supplements such as Somatropinne HGH and CytoSport Whey Protein.

Functions of L-Arginine

The human body synthesizes L-arginine into nitric oxide, which serves as a vasodilator – meaning that it helps widen blood vessels to improve blood flow. It also triggers the release of human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin, and is used by the body to make proteins.

Sources of L-Arginine

Common dietary sources of L-arginine are red meat, fish, chicken and dairy. Other sources include nuts and seeds (almonds, peanuts, cashews, pecans, walnuts, Brazil nuts, filberts, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds); grains and cereals (corn, oats, buckwheat, brown rice and barley); coconut; raisins; chocolate; and gelatin. L-arginine can also be taken orally as part of a natural dietary supplement.

L-Arginine Benefits and Uses

Because L-arginine functions as a vasodilator, it is often used to treat such conditions as heart disease, congestive heart failure, chest pain, clogged arteries, peripheral vascular disease, high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction, as well as headaches caused by swollen blood vessels. Due to its role in stimulating the production of proteins, L-arginine may help promote wound healing, prevent illness-related tissue degeneration, boost sperm production, support the immune system, and enhance bodybuilding and athletic performance.

Side Effects of L-Arginine and Potential Interactions

Oral L-arginine supplements are generally considered safe for most adults when taken in doses similar to the levels normally found in food. Individuals with arginine allergies or sensitivity might experience itching, rashes or shortness of breath. Since L-arginine increases blood flow and may reduce blood pressure, it can interact with nitrates, antihypertensive drugs and sildenafil; accordingly, patients with low blood pressure or bleeding disorders, those who have had a recent heart attack or surgery, and men taking erectile dysfunction medication should exercise caution when taking L-arginine supplements. More detailed safety information on L-arginine side effects and interactions can be found on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) MedlinePlus website. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking L-arginine.

L-Arginine Research and Studies

Numerous studies have been conducted concerning the use and benefits of L-arginine. For example, in a report published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, researchers found that arginine supplements increase growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 serum levels in strength-trained athletes following heavy-resistance exercise. In the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, another group of researchers asserted that L-arginine has been shown to play a role “in numerous physiological processes including nitrogen detoxification, immunocompetence, growth hormone (GH) secretion and insulin secretion” and determined that it can improve vascular function in some patients. For additional research related to L-arginine, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the NIH.

HGH.com Supplements With L-Arginine

Those seeking to harness the positive effects of L-arginine can find this amino acid in several natural health and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

Somatropinne HGH – In addition to a proprietary blend of fruit, plant, seed and tuber extracts, Somatropinne HGH contains 10mg of L-arginine per serving. As an over-the-counter human growth hormone (HGH) supplement, Somatropinne can help athletes build lean muscle. It also provides weight-loss and anti-aging benefits, and is recommended for those who wish to enhance their biceps, pectorals, abdominals and obliques.

CytoSport Vanilla Whey Protein – Each serving of CytoSport Vanilla Whey contains many beneficial ingredients, including 3g of L-arginine. This low-fat, low-lactose powder mixes easily and is biologically complete, providing the high-quality protein needed to develop tight, toned muscle. It also helps improve recovery from intense training and workouts.

Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein – One scoop of Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey provides 24 grams of protein, including 477mg of L-arginine. It is fortified with vitamins and minerals to provide a complete protein supplement for individuals looking to lose weight or gain muscle.


References (Function, Sources, Benefits/Uses and Side Effects/Interactions):

Mayo Clinic and The National Standard Research Collaboration. “Drugs and Supplements: Arginine”; National Standard Patient Monograph; last updated November 1, 2013. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/arginine/background/hrb-20058733>

U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. “L-arginine”; MedlinePlus website; last reviewed March 21, 2012. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/875.html>

Research Sources:

Zając, Adam; Poprzęcki, Stanisław; et al. “Arginine and Ornithine Supplementation Increases Growth Hormone and Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 Serum Levels After Heavy-Resistance Exercise in Strength-Trained Athletes”; Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research; April 2010. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20300016>

Heffernan, Kevin S.; Fahs, Christopher A.; et al. “Review Article: L-Arginine as a Nutritional Prophylaxis Against Vascular Endothelial Dysfunction With Aging”; Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics; March 2010. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20053922>







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