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Happy 4th of July 2015 from HGH.com

Celebrating Independence with our HGH.com Family

Thanks to America's forefathers, and the numerous men and women who have fought for our independence over the last 239 years, we get to enjoy many freedoms in the United States. People from all over the country will celebrate these freedoms during the Fourth of July weekend, including the many that will be at IFBB and NPC competitions throughout the nation. We also have a special Independence Day sale everyone can enjoy, with 20% savings on orders over $100 on HGH.com.

Independence Day Bodybuilding, Physique, Bikini & Figure Competitions

IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH CHICAGO PRO
NPC TIM GARDNER CHICAGO EXTRAVAGANZA

When:
July 3-4

Where:
Tinley Park Convention Center & Tinley Park Holiday Inn
Tinley Park, IL United States

Highlights:
July 2
•    IFBB athlete check-in
•    "Meet the Pros" media press conference

July 3
•    IFBB Pro Day I
•    MD Windy City International Model Search
•    Bench Press Seminar UPA Powerlifting
•    Deadlift Seminar UPA Powerlifting
•    Tinley Park Bulldogs Wrestling Competition

July 4
•    NPC Athlete Mandatory Meeting
•    NPC Competitions
•    IFBB Pro Day II
•    Parade of Fitness
•    National Anthem performed by Legacy, accompanied by Brett Gardner
•    Wings of Strength IFBB WPD Best Poser Award
•    NAS Illinois Strongest Man Competition

2015 NPC Universe Championships
BODYBUILDING · FIGURE · BIKINI · MEN'S & WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE CHAMPIONSHIPS & FITNESS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
JULY 3-4, 2015
IFBB PRO QUALIFIER · TEANECK, NJ
http://bevfrancis.com/npcnortheast/npc-universe

TEAM UNIVERSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
When:
July 3-4

Where:
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
Teaneck, NJ

Highlights:
There will be more than 80 IFBB Pro Cards awarding during this IFBB Pro Qualifier competition.
July 3
Women's Pre-Judging
•    Fitness Routines
•    Women's Physique
•    Figure
•    Fitness – Two-Piece

July 4
Men's Pre-Judging
•    Bodybuilding
•    Men's Physique

Championship Finals
•    Fitness Routines
•    Women's Physique
•    Bodybuilding
•    Fitness – Two-Piece
•    Figure
•    Men's Physique
•    Bikini


INDEPENDENCE DAY BATTLE OF CHAMPIONS
When:
July 4

Where:
Irving Convention Center
Irving, TX, United States

Highlights:
Thompson Muscle Contest presents the NPC Independence Day Classic, feature national qualifier competitions for:
•    Bodybuilding
•    Fitness
•    Figure
•    Bikini
•    Physique


MIAMI CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIP
When:
July 4

Where:
James L. Knight Center
Miami, FL United States

Highlights:
Presented by George Prince & Pacheco's Physique Gym, the Miami Classic is a Figure, Physique and Bikini Championship.


2015 NPC PATRIOTS CHALLENGE
When:
July 4

Where:
The Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Highlights:
This is a national qualifier competition for:
•    Men's Bodybuilding
•    Women's Physique
•    Men's Physique
•    Bikini
•    Figure

Make sure to stop back by the HGH.com blog next week to check out the results from these competitions. Now, go forth and celebrate your independence, as well as you unalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness!

 




Somatotropin/Somatropin Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of Somatotropin Supplements and Somatropin Injections

Somatotropin—also known as human growth hormone (HGH) or simply as growth hormone (GH)—is a polypeptide produced by somatotrope cells in the pituitary gland. It supports skeletal growth in children and adolescents, and plays a role in metabolism, body composition, muscle growth and tissue repair in adults. In addition to the somatotropin naturally produced by the body, a synthetic form of HGH called somatropin is available with a doctor’s prescription. Certain health and bodybuilding supplements may also help increase somatotropin production through natural ingredients known as HGH releasers. Many of these ingredients can be found in the proprietary-blend formulas of Somatropinne HGH, Growth Factor Plus, HGH 30,000 Nanograms, A-MAX 50, and HGF MAX, among others.

Functions of Somatotropin

Children and adolescents require somatotropin for proper growth and development; those with an HGH deficiency may require somatropin injections to achieve normal height. In adults, somatotropin helps maintain healthy tissues and organs. It can also increase bone density, muscle mass, and protein synthesis as well as decrease body fat and improve exercise capacity. Because HGH production naturally declines with age, some adults take somatotropin-boosting supplements to enhance their athletic performance and combat the physical signs of aging.

Sources of Somatotropin/Somatropin

For most individuals, the primary source of somatotropin is the body’s endogenous production by the somatotropic cells of the pituitary gland. The body produces its highest levels of somatotropin during childhood and adolescence; these levels significantly decline when the individual reaches full adult height. Scientists have also developed a synthetic form of somatotropin known as somatropin or somatrem, using E. coli or mammalian cells to create therapeutic proteins in a laboratory setting. Somatropin is chemically identical to the somatotropin that is produced by the pituitary gland and administered by subcutaneous injection. It is a regulated substance, which means it can only be legally prescribed for FDA-approved uses.

Since somatropin injections are not legally available to healthy adults, those seeking the benefits of somatotropin may opt to take natural supplements that are designed to boost the body’s own HGH production. Certain amino acids are recognized as natural HGH releasers—including GABA, arginine, ornithine, glutamine, lysine, tyrosine and glycine—so dietary supplements containing these ingredients may help increase somatotropin levels.

Somatropin Benefits and Uses

The pituitary gland’s secretion of somatotropin supports bodily growth and development throughout childhood and adolescence, so the most common reason for prescribing somatropin is to treat children and teens with HGH deficiency or specific medical conditions. FDA-approved pediatric uses of somatropin include idiopathic growth hormone deficiency, Noonan syndrome, Turner syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, chronic renal insufficiency, short stature homeobox-containing gene (SHOX) deficiency, and idiopathic short stature.

Although HGH levels naturally decline with age, somatotropin continues to play a role throughout adulthood—helping to regulate metabolism and protein synthesis and promoting organ, tissue and bone health. Somatropin may be legally prescribed to adults who have severe HGH deficiency, which normally occurs due to a pituitary adenoma (tumor) or adenoma-related surgery or radiation treatments. It is also sometimes prescribed to prevent or minimize wasting in AIDS patients.

Somatropin injections can improve bone density, muscle mass and exercise capacity in adults with HGH deficiency, and they can produce similar outcomes in healthy adults. As a result, some bodybuilders and athletes take somatropin to enhance their athletic performance and physique. However, it should be noted that somatropin cannot legally be prescribed for such purposes. Furthermore, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), International Olympic Committee and numerous sports organizations have banned the use of HGH injections among athletes.

Given the potential repercussions associated with illegal somatropin injections, many bodybuilders, athletes and aging adults have starting taking natural HGH supplements to help the body increase its own somatotropin production. Proponents of somatotropin-boosting supplements report that these natural HGH releasers have helped them develop lean muscle, improve their strength and endurance, and recover from intense workouts and injuries more quickly. They also credit HGH supplements with enhancing their body composition and slowing the visible signs of aging.

Somatropin Side Effects

Individuals considering HGH injections should be aware of somatropin side effects and interactions. Some users have experienced an allergic reaction, with symptoms such as itching or rashes, chest pain, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, tongue, or throat. Other possible side effects include headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, fluid retention, swelling of the hands or feet, muscle stiffness or pain, and burning, tingling or numbness in the skin. Somatropin may increase the risk of developing diabetes, cancer or pancreatitis, and it can cause dislocation of the hipbone that results in limping or knee/hip pain. Interactions have been recorded when somatropin is used with estrogen hormone replacement or glucocorticoids (such as prednisone or hydrocortisone), and somatropin can cause adverse effects in patients with diabetes, scoliosis, kidney disease and certain other medical conditions.

Somatotropin-boosting HGH supplements tend to have fewer and less severe side effects than somatropin injections; however, the side effects and interactions will vary depending on the supplement’s ingredients.

More detailed safety information on somatropin side effects, interactions and precautions can be found on the Mayo Clinic website. For natural somatotropin-boosting supplements, refer to the relevant ingredient articles on HGH.com to learn about potential side effects and interactions. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before using somatropin injections or natural HGH supplements.

Somatotropin/Somatropin Research and Studies

Researchers have conducted numerous studies on both the natural and synthetic forms of somatotropin. Visit the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore the latest somatotropin research and somatropin studies. For research on specific ingredients that have been shown to boost somatotropin levels, refer to the corresponding ingredient articles on the HGH.com blog.

You will discover there is a wealth of information on at HGH.com. We recently posted this related blog post on HGH/somatotropin: Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions.

HGH.com Supplements With Natural Somatotropin/HGH Releasers

Many of the health and bodybuilding supplements available from HGH.com are formulated to naturally increase somatotropin/HGH levels. These products include:

Somatropinne HGH – Purity Select’s natural Somatropinne HGH capsules contain a proprietary blend of L-arginine, cowhage, maca and horny goat weed. As an over-the-counter somatotropin releaser, this supplement is formulated to help athletes gain lean muscle and increased energy while also providing weight-loss and anti-aging benefits.

HGH 30,000 Nanograms Pills and HGH 30,000 Nanograms Spray –Purity Select’s 30,000 Nanogram HGH pills and spray are designed to promote somatotropin production, muscle growth, increased energy and other health benefits. They contain a powerful combination of amino acids—including L-glutamine, L-arginine, L-ornithine, L-lysine, L-glycine, L-valine and L-tyrosine —as well as other natural ingredients such as colostrum, GABA, cowhage (mucuna pruriens), long jack and deer antler velvet.

Growth Factor Plus – As its name suggests, Growth Factor Plus is intended to support height growth as well as bone and joint health. Its proprietary blend of ingredients features amino acids such as L-arginine, L-ornithine, L-lysine, L-glycine, L-glutamine, and L-tyrosine.

HGF MAX – Purity Select HGF MAX is intended to boost somatotropin production, improve muscle tone, build muscle, promote fat loss, boost energy and increase metabolism. Its proprietary blend of ingredients includes arginine, GABA, glutamine, lysine, glycine, tyrosine, ornithine and deer antler velvet.

Ana-GH – These capsules contain a blend of L-group amino acids such as L-leucine and L-valine as well as plant-based ingredients such as horny goat weed and maca. Ana-GH is intended to jumpstart bulking cycles by promoting muscle mass and weight gains, improving protein synthesis, and contributing to joint and muscle repair.

Anapolan-MAX 50 (A-MAX 50) – Anapolan-MAX is formulated to support lean muscle gain while boosting somatotropin production and testosterone levels. Its proprietary blend of ingredients includes L-tyrosine, Tribulus terrestris, cowhage (mucuna pruriens), shilajit and dehydroepiandrosterone.

ClenXDV – Featuring a proprietary blend of DHEA, deer antler velvet, wild yam, Tribulus terrestris and other natural ingredients, ClenXDV is intended to help athletes and bodybuilders build muscle, lose weight and burn fat.

DBol-GH – This anabolic lean muscle gainer is designed to promote lean mass and muscle growth, support muscle recovery and naturally boost HGH levels with a proprietary blend of ingredients that include bovine colostrum, beta-ecdysterone, L-valine and L-leucine.

Dekka – With a blend of Korean ginseng root, yucca bark, wild yam root, and dehydroepiandrosterone, Dekka capsules are formulated to help bodybuilders achieve lean mass, weight gain, muscle building and bulking.

Testosterone Plus – HGH Testosterone Plus features a proprietary blend of long jack, maca, Tribulus terrestris, ginkgo biloba and other natural ingredients that are intended to help build muscle, aid in muscle recovery and boost energy while offering sexual health benefits such as improved libido and stamina.

RoidX Juice – The ingredients in RoidX Juice are designed to help bodybuilders quickly develop muscle and gain weight in addition to supporting muscle recovery. RoidX Juice capsules contain a proprietary blend of Vitamin E, Tribulus terrestris, shilajit and dehydroepiandrosterone.

Winstrol Max – Optimized for cutting cycles, Winstrol Max is formulated to promote lean mass gain and help athletes achieve ripped abs. Its powerful blend of ingredients includes L-group amino acids such as leucine, arginine and valine as well as oat straw (Avena sativa) extract and saw palmetto.

References:

Drug Enforcement Administration. “Human Growth Hormone”; DEA fact sheet; August 2013. <http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/hgh.pdf>

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Somatropin Information”; published under “Drug Safety and Availability”; August 4, 2011. <http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm237839.htm>

Kamionka, Mariusz. “Engineering of Therapeutic Proteins Production in Escherichia Coli”; Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology; February 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3179032>

Mayo Clinic. “Somatropin, E-Coli Derived (Subcutaneous Route, Injection Route)”; Mayo Clinic website; last updated April 1, 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/somatropin-e-coli-derived-subcutaneous-route-injection-route/description/drg-20071575>

Mayo Clinic. “Somatropin, Mammalian Derived (Injection Route, Subcutaneous Route)”; Mayo Clinic website; last updated April 1, 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/somatropin-mammalian-derived-injection-route-subcutaneous-route/description/drg-20071668>

WebMD. “Somatropin Injection”; accessed June 9, 2015. <http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-6259/somatropin-injection/details>





Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of Human Growth Hormone, or HGH, Supplements

Human growth hormone (HGH)—also known as somatotropin or simply as growth hormone (GH)—is a polypeptide hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland. It promotes growth in children and adolescents, and plays a role in body composition, metabolism, muscle growth and tissue repair in adults. Beyond the human growth hormones naturally produced by the body, synthetic HGH—or recombinant HGH—is manufactured in laboratories and may be obtained with a doctor’s prescription. Select health and bodybuilding supplements may also help boost human growth hormone levels with natural ingredients known as HGH releasers or HGH secretagogues. Many of these ingredients can be found in products such as HGH 30,000 Nanograms, Somatropinne HGH, Ana-GH, DBol-GH and Growth Factor Plus, among others.

Functions of Human Growth Hormone

HGH is required to support proper growth and development in children and adolescents, and it also plays a role in adult metabolism. Human growth hormone can help increase muscle mass, bone density, exercise capacity and protein synthesis, and may decrease body fat. It also helps maintain healthy tissues and organs. Since human growth hormone production naturally declines with age, many believe that HGH supplementation can help improve athletic performance and provide anti-aging benefits in adults.

Sources of HGH

As previously noted, the primary source of human growth hormone is the pituitary gland. HGH production peaks during childhood and adolescence, and substantially declines once full adult height is attained. Laboratory-manufactured synthetic HGH—also known as recombinant HGH, somatropin or somatrem—is another source of growth hormone available to some individuals. This injectable form of HGH may be prescribed to children and some adults that have been diagnosed with human growth hormone deficiency or specific medical conditions. Synthetic HGH is a regulated substance and may only legally be prescribed for FDA-approved uses. These include Turner’s syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, chronic renal insufficiency and idiopathic short stature in children, as well as HGH deficiency and AIDS-related wasting in adults.

Since recombinant HGH is not legally available to healthy adults, many individuals rely on natural HGH supplements that are formulated to increase their body’s own production of human growth hormone. A number of amino acids are recognized as natural HGH releasers. These include L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-glycine, L-lysine, L-ornithine, L-tyrosine and GABA.

Human Growth Hormone Benefits and Uses

The main purpose of HGH is to support human growth and development during childhood and adolescence, and this is the most common reason synthetic HGH is prescribed to young patients. However, human growth hormone continues to play a role throughout adulthood; it helps to regulate metabolism and protein synthesis and supports bone, tissue and organ health. Recombinant HGH may be legally prescribed to adults who have severe HGH deficiency, which typically results from a pituitary adenoma (tumor) or treatment of an adenoma with surgery or radiotherapy. Synthetic growth hormone is also sometimes prescribed to treat the wasting syndrome that can occur in individuals with AIDS.

Human growth hormone injections can increase muscle mass, bone density and exercise capacity in adults with HGH deficiency, and it can produce similar effects in healthy adults. For this reason, some athletes and bodybuilders take recombinant HGH to improve their physique and athletic performance, even though it cannot legally be prescribed for such purposes and is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), International Olympic Committee and numerous sports organizations.

In light of the controversy and legal restrictions surrounding injectable HGH, a growing number of athletes, bodybuilders and aging adults have turned to natural HGH supplements to help boost the pituitary gland’s secretion of human growth hormone. Many report that L-group amino acids and other natural HGH releasers have helped them build lean muscle, enhance bodily strength, increase athletic endurance, tone their physique, recover faster from intense workouts and injuries, and minimize or reverse the visible signs of aging.

HGH Side Effects

Synthetic human growth hormone injections are associated with a number of side effects that can range widely in severity. Among the more serious HGH side effects some patients have experienced are atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), hypertension (high blood pressure), and abnormal growth of bones and internal organs such as the heart, kidneys, and liver. HGH may also increase the risk of developing diabetes and can cause cancerous tumors to grow in size. Other human growth hormone side effects include: edema (swelling caused by excess fluid in tissues); carpal tunnel syndrome; joint, muscle or nerve pain; numbness or tingling sensations in the skin; headaches; dizziness; blurred vision; chest pain; irregular heartbeat; and a rash or itching near the injection site.

Natural HGH supplements tend to have fewer and less severe side effects than synthetic growth hormone injections; however, the side effects and interactions will vary depending on the ingredients.

More detailed safety information on synthetic HGH side effects can be found on the Mayo Clinic website under the “Growth Hormone (Parenteral Route)” entry. For natural HGH supplements, refer to the relevant supplement ingredient articles on HGH.com to learn about potential side effects and interactions. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before using synthetic human growth hormone injections or HGH supplements.

HGH Research and Studies

A wide body of research exists on human growth hormones, including naturally produced HGH, recombinant HGH and ingredients that function as HGH releasers. Refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for an overview of the latest HGH research or to search for articles highlighting the results of human growth hormone studies. For research on specific ingredients that function as HGH releasers, refer to the relevant ingredient articles on the HGH.com blog.

HGH.com Supplements With Natural HGH Releasers

Many of the health and bodybuilding supplements available from HGH.com are formulated to naturally increase HGH levels. These products include:

HGH Pills and HGH Spray – Available as HGH pills or an oral spray, Purity Select’s 30,000 Nanogram products are designed to promote human growth hormone production, muscle growth, increased energy and other health benefits. They contain a powerful combination of L-group amino acids—including L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-glycine, L-lysine, L-ornithine, L-tyrosine and L-valine—and other natural ingredients, such as colostrum, cowhage (mucuna pruriens), deer antler velvet, GABA and long jack.

Growth Factor Plus – As its name implies, Growth Factor Plus is intended to promote height growth while also supporting bone and joint health. Its proprietary blend of ingredients features L-group amino acids such as L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-glycine, L-lysine, L-ornithine and L-tyrosine.

Somatropinne HGH – Purity Select’s natural Somatropinne HGH capsules contain a proprietary blend of plant extracts, including maca, cowhage and horny goat weed as well as L-arginine. As an over-the-counter HGH releaser, this supplement is formulated to help athletes gain lean muscle and increased energy while also providing weight-loss and anti-aging benefits.

HGF MAX – Purity Select HGF MAX is intended to boost HGH production, improve muscle tone, build muscle, promote fat loss, boost energy and increase metabolism. Its proprietary blend of ingredients includes GABA, L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-glycine, L-lysine, L-ornithine, L-tyrosine and deer antler velvet.

Ana-GH – Each serving of Ana-GH contains L-group amino acids such as L-leucine and L-valine as well as other natural ingredients, including maca and horny goat weed. This supplement is intended to jumpstart bulking cycles by promoting muscle mass and weight gains, improving protein synthesis, and contributing to joint and muscle repair.

Anapolan-MAX 50 (A-MAX 50) – Anapolan MAX is formulated to support lean muscle gain while boosting HGH production and testosterone levels. Its proprietary blend of ingredients includes L-tyrosine, shilajit, Tribulus terrestris, cowhage (mucuna pruriens) and dehydroepiandrosterone.

ClenXDV – Featuring a proprietary blend of Tribulus terrestris, wild yam, deer antler velvet, DHEA and other natural ingredients, ClenXDV is intended to help athletes and bodybuilders build muscle, lose weight and burn fat.

DBol-GH – This anabolic lean muscle gainer is designed to promote lean mass and muscle growth, support muscle recovery and naturally boost HGH levels with a proprietary blend of ingredients that include beta-ecdysterone, L-leucine, L-valine and bovine colostrum.

Dekka – With a blend of wild yam root, yucca bark, Korean ginseng root and dehydroepiandrosterone, these capsules are formulated to help bodybuilders achieve weight gain, lean mass, bulking and muscle building.

Testosterone Plus – HGH Testosterone Plus features a proprietary blend of maca, long jack, ginkgo biloba, Tribulus terrestris and other natural ingredients that are intended to help build muscle, aid in muscle recovery and boost energy while offering sexual health benefits such as improved libido and stamina.

RoidX Juice – The ingredients in RoidX Juice are designed to help bodybuilders quickly gain muscle and weight while supporting muscle recovery. RoidX Juice capsules contain a proprietary blend of shilajit, Tribulus terrestris, Vitamin E and dehydroepiandrosterone.

Winstrol Max – Optimized for cutting cycles, Winstrol Max is formulated to promote lean mass gain and help athletes achieve ripped abs. Its powerful blend of ingredients includes L-group amino acids such as L-arginine, L-leucine and L-valine as well as saw palmetto and oat straw (Avena sativa) extract.

References:

Drug Enforcement Administration. “Human Growth Hormone”; DEA fact sheet; August 2013. <http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/hgh.pdf>

Dunkin, Mary Anne. “Human Growth Hormone (HGH)”; WebMD; December 30, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/human-growth-hormone-hgh>

Fordyce, Tom. “Human Growth Hormone Explained”; BBC Sport; July 27, 2003. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/front_page/3101343.stm>

Jackson, Joe. “Unlock Your Potential: How to Boost Your HGH Levels”; Men’s Fitness; accessed June 5, 2015. <http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/unlock-your-potential-how-to-boost-your-hgh-levels>

Mayo Clinic. “Drugs and Supplements: Growth Hormone (Parenteral Route)”; May Clinic website; last updated April, 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/growth-hormone-parenteral-route/description/drg-20069416>

Mayo Clinic Staff. “Human Growth Hormone: Does It Slow Aging?”; Mayo Clinic website; February 1, 2014. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/growth-hormone/art-20045735>

Mayo Clinic Staff. “Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Know the Risks”; Mayo Clinic website; December 12, 2012. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/performance-enhancing-drugs/art-20046134>




2015 NPC Midwest Championships Winners

Midwest Championships
April 4  
St. Charles Convention Center,
St. Charles, MO United States
Organizer: Ann & Jack Titone
Phone: 314-686-3828
Website: www.npcmidwest.com
Event: NPC

The NPC Midwest Championship 2015 event started off with an amazing guest posing from Phil Heath!

Midwest Championships
April 4  
St. Charles Convention Center,
St. Charles, MO United States
Organizer: Ann & Jack Titone
Phone: 314-686-3828
Website: www.npcmidwest.com
Event: NPC - See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/2015-bodybuilding-events#sthash.JARq2U1L.dpuf

MEN'S BODYBUILDING
Overall Winner
Kevin Ford


Super Heavyweight
1. Jason VanSchoyck
2. Nic Wittu
3. Jose Riveria Morales
4. David Small

Heavyweight
1. Greg Goldkuhl
2. John Howard
3. Dane McGinthy
3. Joshua Buchanan
4. Wesley Boyd
5. Mandela Johnson

Light Heavyweight
1. Kevin Ford
2. Jason Green
3. Rob Hooper
4. Scott Holliday
5. Reagan King

Middleweight
1. Ray Barnett
2. Matt Delarber
3. Ben Helfin
4. Ron Horne
5. Sean Buch

Lightweight
1. Benny Persons
2. Taylor Pope
3. Mark Malanga

Novice Light Heavyweight
1. Rob Hooper
2. Scott Holliday
3. Reagan King
4. Jake Obert
5. Justin Hess

Novice Lightweight
1. Christpher Luechtefeld
2. Taylor Pope
3. Ken Farley

Novice Masters Over 35
1. Kyle Stipp

Novice Masters Over 40
1. Eric Eisenberg
2. David Small

Novice Middleweight
1. Ron Horne
2. Brad Laser
3. Joseph Keppler
4. Keith Massey
5. Miquon Denny

Novice Super Heavyweight
1. Cody Courter
2. Jose Riveria Morales
3. David Small

Masters Over 35
1. Ray Barnett
2. Kyle Stipp
3. Jose Riveria Morales

Masters Over 40
1. Robert Smith
2. Alexander Hines
3. Eric Eisenberg
4. Ken Farley
5. David Small

Masters Over 50
1. Mark Malanga
2. Robin Cabell

Masters Over 60
1. Edwin Smith
   
FIGURE
Overall Winner
Monique Terry

Class A
1. Muriel Nutt
2. Judith Patino
3. Christine Lazo
4. Justine Carlson
5. Whitney Williams

Class B
1. Mary Patino
2. Kaitlyn Eagami
3. Ashley Robel
4. Sarah Beil
5. Nicole Pearson
Anita Phillips
Robyn Kiser
Vallie Eden

Class C
1. Monique Terry
2. Idalia Molina
3. Catherine Dunn
4. Diane Chipman
5. Erin Luers

Class D
1. Jessica Kowalsky
2. Sarah Johnson
3. Morgan Coggins
4. Annika Holliday
5. Alexa Bates

Novice Class A
1. Justine Carlson
2. Judith Patino
3. Alexis Milford
4. Kristen White
5. Ariana Zeh

Novice Class B
1. Ashley Robel
2. Kaitlyn Zagami
3. Sarah Beil
4. Robyn Kiser
5. Dena Marshall

Novice Class C
1. Catherine Dunn
2. Farrah Faulkner
3. Erin Luers
4. Christy Blankenship
5. Diane Chipman

Novice Class D
1. Breanna Pashman
2. Sarah Johnson
3. Annika Holliday
4. Erika Laux
5. Paula Clarnello

Masters Over 35
1. Catherine Dunn
2. Morgan Coggins
3. Farrah Faulkner
4. Jennifer Randen

Masters Over 40
1. Idalia Molina
2. Judith Patino
3. Amy Baker
4. Cynthia Mantia
5. Anna Altman
   
BIKINI
Overall Winner
Madeline Mason

Class A
1. Madeline Mason
2. Casie Belfort
3. Alexxa Condon
4. Lindsey Helbert
5. Danielle Peterson

Class B
1. Danielle Zimmer
2. Ashley Blair
3. Shelby Snodgrass
4. Misti Weatherford
5. Jodi Akins

Class C
1. Alexandrea Horton
2. Katherine Young
3. Ashley Mosier
4. Meagan Masters

Class D
1. Jordan James
2. Sara Richter
3. Jessica Calovich
4. Alexandra McVicker
5. Randi Holloway

Class E
1. Kendra Newlon
2. Christina Fulk
3. Emily Migneron
4. Dallas Nator
5. Sara Hoffman

Novice Class A
1. Casie Belfort
2. Lindsey Helbert
3. Danielle Peterson
4. Rebecca Baker
5. Trudie PonceDeLeon

Novice Class B
1. Danielle Zimmer
2. Shelby Snodgrass
3. Ashley Blair
4. Jessica Cameron
5. Heather Steinback

Novice Class C
1. Meagan Masters
2. Alexandrea Horton
3. Nadja Kantarevil
4. Melissa Herres
5. Malarie Blackwell

Novice Class D
1. Jessica Calovich
2. Alexandra McVicker
3. Frances Rico
4. Kenzie Evans
5. Sara Richter

Novice Class E
1. Rachel Mintuopp
2. Sara Hoffman
3. Dallas Nator
4. Emily Migneron
5. Anna Eberle

Novice Masters Over 40
1. Michelle Booth

Masters Over 35
1. Jacqui Dierking
2. Debbie White
3. Ashley Mosier
4. Misti Weatherford
5. Rebecca Baker

Masters Over 40
1. Jessica Cameron
2. Tina Strickers
3. Sandy Lyles
4. Carly Rathmann
5. Julie Terrell

MEN'S PHYSIQUE
Overall Winner
John Alex Currie

Class A
1. Benny Persons
2. Luis Andrade
3. Wilber Mejia
4. Skyler Olsen

Class B
1. John Alex Currie
2. Ben Helfin
3. Mishal Alhassan
4. Douglas Stapleton
5. Caly Yaney

Class C
1. Dylan Horsch
2. Kevin Ford
3. Anthony Fleischhauer
4. Franklin Walburn
5. Colin Barker

Class D
1. Tyler Woosley
2. Scott Pearson
3. Kevin Frederick
4. Caleb Sprinkle
5. Robert Krysl

Novice Class A
1. Luis Andrade

Novice Class B
1. Ben Helfin
2. Mishal Alhassan
3. Kyle Reinneck
4. Weston Heinze
5. Westley Reckamp

Novice Class C
1. Stefen Todorovic
2. Sam Schneider
3. Jerry Layton
4. David Painter
5. Devin Kelley

Novice Class D
1. Josh Dowdy
2. Charles Rathman
3. Joseph Larson
4. Robert Krysl
5. Eric Eisenberg

Masters Over 35
1. Hallart Keaton
2. Terrell Maxwell
3. Benny Persons
4. Corey Williams

Masters Over 40
1. Ryan Henderson
2. Charles Rathman
3. Ryan Sandvoss
4. Jerry Layton
5. Eric Eisenberg
David Thacker
Eugene Devore
Sean Stevenson
Stoney Hudson

Masters Over 50
1. Stoney Hudson
2. William Stunkard

   
WOMEN'S BODYBUILDING
1. Anita Ullsperger

FITNESS
1. Monique Terry
2. Lauren Songer

   
WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE
Overall Winner
Lauren Dougall

Class A
1. Mindy Sepac
2. Angela Henpich
3. Kimberly Harris
4. Andrea Jordon
5. Antoinette Lane
Meleena Littlejohn
Tasila Ramirez

Class B
1. Lauren Dougall
2. Farrah Faulkner
3. Stephanie Ryan
4. Stacy Rio
5. Shawn Collins
Kim Hyman

Novice Class A
1. Kimberly Harris
2. Antoinette Lane
3. Meleena Littlejohn

Novice Class B
1. Lauren Dougall
2. Farrah Faulkner
3. Stephanie Ryan
4. Stacy Rio
5. Shawn Collins
Kim Hyman

Masters
1. Farrah Faulkner
2. Stacy Rio

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Midwest Championships contest. For the the full NPC results/scores visit: http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_midwest_championships/ Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.

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2015 NPC Natural Ohio Results

2015 NPC Natural Ohio

NPC San Diego Championships
Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique,
and Bikini Championships
March 21, 2015
San Diego, California
Event: NPC

Following are the top overall winners for each of the events:

2015 NPC Natural Ohio Overall Winners

2015 NPC Natural Ohio Overall Winners

MEN'S BODYBUILDING
Masters Overall Winner
1. Jason Conners

Heavyweight
1. Ronnell Lee
2. Isi Enaiho
3. Leonard Patterson
4. Lonnie Wade
5. Craig Dewan
6. Marcus Moore Jr.

Light Heavyweight
1. Julian Smith
2. Bryan Raby
3. Daryl Spencer
4. Mark Church
5. Andre Khayenko
6. Ben Hartman

Middleweight
1. Jason Conners
2. Keith Auman
3. Rick Lindsey
4. Rocco Mitolo
5. Kirk Simmons
6. Charles Pratt

Junior
1. Matt Bulgrin
2. Keith Auman
3. Trey Bruffey
4. Brandon Lakomowski
5. Richard Popowski
6. Jonathan Jurisevic

Welterweight
1. Adam Malonjao
2. Zachary Thomas
3. Kenneth Rogers Jr.
4. Matt Bulgrin
5. Andrew Landis
6. Paul Satyanathan

Lightweight
1. Elias Ghazoul
2. Donquail Williamson
3. Charles Williams
4. Thomas Salvatore
5. Luke Leppla
6. Trey Bruffey

Masters Over 40
1. Andrew Landis
2. David Bitkowski
3. Vernon Appletion
4. Matthew Large
5. Craig Dewan

Masters Over 50
1. Edward Neff
2. Weldon Bigley
3. Leonard Patterson
4. Ron Gregory
5. Jay Hickman
6. Gary Smith

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FIGURE
Masters Overall Winner
1. Kelli Sanford-Burgoon
2. Kiah Douglas

Class A Figure
1. Sam Weigel
2. Sarah Weis
3. Rebecca Hall
4. Michele Nakonieczny
5. Vanessa Wick
6. Shawny Taysom

Class B Figure
1. Kiah Douglas
2. Serene Van Erten
3. Jay Leigh
4. Sarah Bruce
5. Nicole Tesar
6. Morgan Self

Class C Figure
1. Lindsay Perrigan
2. Kaitlynn Kollar
3. Tammy Wagner
4. Rachel Morrow
5. Andrea Williams
6. Julie Pugh

Class D Figure
1. Kathryn Zemke
2. Angelique McNeal
3. Amanda Wensel
4. Kelli Sanford-Burgoon
5. Shannon Hamilton
6. Michelle Thompson

Class E Figure
1. Rose Nelly
2. Samantha Kerbler
3. Nicole Sabuda
4. Kacie Evans
5. Gretchen Hartley
6. Kelly Owen
7. Lynette Will-Murphy

Masters Over 35 Figure
1. Kelli Sanford-Burgoon
2. Amanda Wensel
3. Rebecca Hammermeister
4. Lynette Will-Murphy
5. Vanessa Wick
6. Kelly Owen

Masters Over 40 Figure
1. Nicole Tesar
2. Tammy Wagner
3. Michele Nakonieczny
4. Renee Black
5. Mindy Bittner
6. Laura Best

Masters Over 50 Figure
1. Sandra Wilkerson
2. Claudia Berk
3. Doreen Lucas
4. Teresa Burkett
5. Patricia Dorton
6. Toni Goodrichaaaaa

BIKINI
Overall Winner
1. Riley James

Class A Bikini
1. Ciara Monnaie
2. Jessica Ayna
3. Amber Burgess
4. Maria Small
5. Michelle Gallagher
6. Dina Federico

Class B Bikini
1. Melissa Vara
2. Gina McEvoy
3. Laura Dennie
4. Megan McConnell
5. Adrienne Smith
6. Darlene Quellette

Class C Bikini
1. Rosana Giannone
2. Brittanie Fitch
3. Camille Felter
4. Karla Meisner
5. Danielle Kinn
6. Lindsey Wasniak

Class D Bikini
1. Alyssa Vance
2. Sarah Nespor
3. Anna Drouillard
4. Paige McCue
5. Amy Ertas
6. Amanda Creslik

Class E Bikini
1. Riley James
2. Dominique Simmons
3. Lianne Shipman
4. Shelby Nicholson
5. Regina Adams
6. Ashley Arnold

Class F Bikini
1. Brittany Brinkman
2. Heather Loliger
3. Megan Brasee
4. Lauren D'Nai
5. Lauren Henley
6. Shawna McClosky

Masters Bikini
1. Krishna McDonald
2. Gina McEvoy
3. Adrienne Smith
4. Anna Drouillard
5. April Covington
6. Jennifer Colvin

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MEN'S PHYSIQUE
Overall Winner
1. Lorne Talley

Class A Physique
1. Samuel Spencer
2. Corwyn Collier
3. Jason Patterson
4. Corey Fischbach
5. Anthony Mascia
6. Wally Klinski

Class B Physique
1. Johnnie Doehr
2. Johnny Kmetz
3. Evan Wander
4. Eugenio Matta
5. Michael Jones
6. Alex Powers

Class C Physique
1. Lorne Talley
2. Gabriel Garcia
3. Brandon Miller
4. Vincent Dangerfield
5. Leonardo Camargo
6. James Bishop

Class D Physique
1. Patrick Jones
2. Leonard Patterson
3. Noah Rayne
4. Josh Smart
5. Jay Stazie
6. David Key

Class E Physique
1. Tyler Froehlich
2. Kyle Barnes
3. Tanner Newland
4. Christian Mitchell
5. Nathaniel Gerry
6. Ronnie Varckette

Class F Physique
1. Harry Cooke
2. Jacob Vance
3. Raymont Edmonds
4. Elisha Long
5. Matthew Gooch
6. Steven Harris

Masters Physique
1. Harry Cooke
2. David Key
3. Rick Lindsey
4. Vince Keiser
5. Theodore Dawson
6. Alfred Wilson
    
WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE
1. Guest Poser
2. Dana Linn Bailey

Class A
1. Allyson Johnson
2. Rebecca Powell
3. Katlin Weitzel
4. Elizabeth Pietras
5. Megan Costic
6. Lacey Pettibone

Class B
1. Joleen Keith
2. Kimberly Trout
3. Michelle Thompson
4. Kelly Carioto
5. Alisha Sturkie
6. Vette White

Masters
1. Rebecca Powell
2. Michelle Thompson
3. Allyson Johnson
4. Kimberly Trout
5. Vette White
6. Lorrie Loughridge

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Natural Ohio contest. For the NPC Natural Ohio official results/scores visit: http://www.getmyshowscores.com/files/2015_Natl_Ohio_Web_Summary.pdf. Photos can be found at http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_natural_ohio/.

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC MuscleContest.com Championships. Official Final Results Scorecard - http://lindsayproductions.com/results. To see all results and photos visit - http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_musclecontest_championships/

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Bodybuilder vs. Weightlifter vs. Powerlifter

Bodybuilder vs. Weightlifter vs. Powerlifter

When thinking about the different type of lifters and training – bodybuilders, weightlifters and powerlifters – we think it's much like a battle of the buffest. Each type of lifting program improves strength and size in its own way.

Which one is right for you? That's something you'll need to decide. Who knows, you may like to do some training from each of these areas to get the results you desire. Check out these videos to get a better idea of some of the different techniques and build each of these athletes have. We've also created a Bodybuilder vs. Weightlifter vs. Powerlifter Pinterest board

Which Type of Lifter Squats Longest?

As we mention above, there are differences between bodybuilders, weightlifters and powerlifters. Berlin Strength in Germany thought it would be fun to find out which type of lifter would last the longest in a squat session. Keep in mind, they are speaking German, but the subtitles are in English, when you press the Closed Captioning (CC) button. Let’s see who the winner is in this friendly squat session competition: one of the two powerlifters, the weight lifter or the bodybuilder. Who do you think it will be.

When Bodybuilders Meet Powerlifters

Join us with the crew from Berlin Strength Gym in Germany as bodybuilders train with powerlifters. The Bodybuilder Meets Powerlifter video below shows bodybuilders Harry Irorutola and Felix Valentino do a basic power lifting workout with powerlifters Thomas Faber and Romano Rengal. As bodybuilders, Harry and Felix workout to make their bodies look awesome, while powerlifting is more about extreme strength and power. In this video, they focus on powerlifting basics, including squats, deadlifts and benchpresses. Thomas and Romano also share several tips on proper powerlifting technique. Much like the video above, this one is spoken in German, but the subtitles are in English when you click on the CC button.

Deadlift Battle with a Bodybuilder, a Strongman and a Powerlifter

See how the deadlift is done with this friendly backyard battle between a bodybuilder, a powerlifter and a strongman. You'll see slightly different techniques as each competitor basically does the deadlift as they do in their training. Who will come out as the deadlift champion?

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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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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:

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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>




ANA-GH Muscle Supplement Review - ANA-GH Will Make You Build Muscle

 
ANA-GH Muscle Gainer with 
HGH Releasing Properties

ANA-GH - A Proven Muscle Gainer With Something To Prove

ANA-GH is a relatively new formula created by HGH.com and Purity Select. Together with formulators in our labs, we created what we knew science could offer - an incredible stacked muscle gaining pill with HGH Releasing properties.

Some of the ingredients in ANA-GH are only effective in higher doses - that's why we stacked ANA-GH with over 4,000mg of ingredients per serving. We detailed how the ingredients in ANA-GH will help you build muscle here: http://www.hgh.com/Blogger/post/ana-gh-how-ingredients-in-hghcoms-ana.

ANA-GH is a proven muscle and mass gainer that will give you great results. If you're trying to build muscle, strength, or just looking to jump start your bulking cycle, try ANA-GH risk free from HGH.com.

Some benefits of ANA-GH that can be expected include:


  • Building Muscle
  • Preserving Lean Muscle
  • Increasing Endurance and Stamina
  • Increasing Growth Hormone
  • Improving Fat Metabolism
  • Building Protein
  • Increasing Blood Flow

Some important facts about ANA-GH:

  • You're getting 240 pills per bottle.
    • When we created this pill, we decided against creating a powder. Powders taste bad, they're a pain for customers to take, they cannot take powders easily, and carrying powders around are a pain. Having all of these ingredients in a pill is very convenient for our customers.
    • 240 pills means a higher servings size. You're getting a great value in this muscle building supplement. With all of the ingredients and the amount of ingredients, you'd be hard pressed to find these ingredients singularly for the same price in the quantities that you're getting with ANA-GH
  • Natural
    • The ingredients in all of our supplements are natural. ANA-GH is no different.
  • Risk Free
    • Try it. If you don't like it, just like any of our products, return it!
ANA-GH can be purchased from HGH.com here: http://www.hgh.com/ana-gh.aspx






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