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2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Results: Top 5 Winners in Bodybuilding, Physique, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Contests

HGH.com Athletes Ben White and Tricky Jackson Place in Top 5 of Men’s Bodybuilding and 212 Contests at the 2014 Europa Games in Phoenix

International bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts recently converged in Phoenix, Arizona, to compete in the 2014 IFBB Europa Games, also known as the 2014 Europa Phoenix Pro. The event, which was held October 25-26, featured a series of IFBB pro contests and NPC amateur competitions as well as the Europa Games Get Fit & Sports Expo. Following Saturday pre-judging and Sunday finals, official rankings determined the winners of the bodybuilding, 212, physique, fitness, figure and bikini contests.

When the results were revealed, HGH.com-sponsored athletes Ben White and Richard “Tricky” Jackson were honored among the top five bodybuilders in their respective categories. Ben placed 4th in the IFBB Pro Men’s Bodybuilding category, while Tricky ranked 4th in the IFBB Pro Men’s 212 and Under category.

Following are the top 5 winners in each of the seven 2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro events:

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Champions:
1. Mohamed Ali Bannout, Lebanon
2. Johnnie Jackson, Hurst, TX
3. Brad Rowe, Los Angeles, CA
4. Ben White, Glen Falls, NY
5. Fred Smalls, Townsend, DE

Left to right - Grigori Atoyan, Mohamed Bannout, Johnnie Jackson, Brad Rowe, Fred Smalls, Ben White

                 

                1st Place - Mohamed Ali Bannout, Lebanon                                4th Place - Ben White, HGH.com Sponsored Athlete

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Men’s 212 and Under Champions:
1. Jose Raymond, North Reading, MA
2. Mark Dugdale, Bothell, WA
3. Ahmad Ahmad, Sweden
4. Tricky Jackson, Louisville, KY
5. Marvin Ward, Trenton, NJ

Left to right - Ahmad Ahmad, Marvin Ward, Jose Raymond, Tricky Jackson, Mark Dugdale

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Men’s Physique Champions:
1. Jason Poston, Dallas, TX
2. Michael Ferguson, Memphis, TN
3. Xavisus Gayden, San Clemente, CA
4. Ryan Hinton, Baton Rouge, LA
5. David Gonzalez, Arlington Heights, IL

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Women’s Physique Champions:
1. Teresita Morales, Middle Village, NY
2. Heather Grace, Denver, CO
3. Tamee Marie, Boystown, NE
4. Jamie Postill, Alberta, Canada
5. La’Drissa Bonivel, Chicago, IL

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Fitness Champions:
1. Sara Kovach, Carnegie, PA
2. Whitney Jones, Chandler, AZ
3. Ryall Graber, Canada
4. Chika Aluka, Dallas, TX
5. Kelcie Gahley, Jacksonville, FL

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Figure Champions:
1. Vera Mallett, Memphis, TN
2. Ivana Ivusic, Urbandale, IA
3. Josie Zamora, El Paso, TX
4. Brittany Campbell, Killeen, TX
5. Tamara Sedlack, Corona, CA

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Bikini Champions:
1. Sarah LeBlanc, Houma, LA
2. Francesca Lauren, Lake Oswego, OR
3. Lindsey Waters, Miami Beach, FL
4. Bianca Berry, New York, NY
5. Tatiana Koshman, Spring, TX

All of us at HGH.com would like to extend our congratulations to the 2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro winners with a special shout out to Tricky and Ben, who have once again done our brand proud. Both of these IFBB pros are perfect examples of how dedicated training, proper nutrition, and natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements can help athletes perform at the top of their game.

For the complete list of 2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix rankings, visit http://npcnewsonline.com/2014-ifbb-europa-phoenix-official-scorecards/.

Stay tuned to HGH.com for announcements regarding the results of other upcoming fitness, physique and bodybuilding competitions.

 




Winners of 2014 IFBB North American Championships and IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters

HGH.com-Sponsored Athlete Tara Silzer Named Overall Women’s Bodybuilding Winner at 2014 IFBB North American Championships in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania recently hosted two major International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) competitions – the 2014 IFBB North American Championships and 2014 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters Championships. Hundreds of athletes competed in a series of events on August 28, 29 and 30, including men’s and women’s bodybuilding and physique as well as fitness, figure and bikini. Officials ranked the contestants in numerous sub-category contests and named overall winners in each of the major areas, and nearly 100 athletes were designated 2014 IFBB North American Championships Pro Card Winners.

HGH.com-sponsored athlete Tara Silzer participated in the 2014 IFBB North American Championships in Pittsburgh and proved herself as a top competitor. Not only did she win first place in women’s heavyweight bodybuilding, she was deemed the overall winner in women’s bodybuilding. She also earned her IFBB pro card as a result of her performance. We congratulate Tara on her impressive achievements, and we couldn’t be more proud to have her representing HGH.com health and bodybuilding supplements.

Tara Silzer strikes a pose during the women’s bodybuilding competition at the 2014 IFBB North American Championships.
Photo courtesy of NPCNewsOnline.com

Here is the complete list of 2014 IFBB North American Championship overall winners in each of the seven general categories:

  • Men’s Bodybuilding Overall Winner: Erik Ramirez
  • Women’s Bodybuilding Overall Winner: Tara Silzer
  • Men’s Physique Overall Winner: Arash Rahbar
  • Women’s Physique Overall Winner: Kellyn Huehn-Peterson
  • Figure Overall Winner: Lauren Michelle Valentino
  • Fitness Overall Winner: Nicolette Spencer
  • Bikini Overall Winner: Shandy Ortiz


Overall winners were also announced for select Masters categories:

  • Women’s Bodybuilding Masters Over 35 Overall Winner: Amanda Aivaliotis
  • Men’s Physique Masters Over 35 Overall Winner: Chris Griffin
  • Men’s Physique Masters Over 40 Overall Winner: Lorenzo Orozco
  • Women’s Physique Masters Over 35 Overall Winner: Dany Garcia
  • Women’s Physique Masters Over 45 Overall Winner: Amy Bowen
  • Figure Masters Over 35 Overall Winner: Christina Watson
  • Figure Masters Over 45 Overall Winner: Laura Donegan
  • Figure Masters Over 55 Overall Winner: Abby Kranitz
  • Bikini Masters Over 35 Overall Winner: Magdalena Coffman
  • Bikini Masters Over 45 Overall Winner: Theresa Orsini


In addition to the overall winners, following are the top-ranked competitors for each of the main contest categories at the 2014 IFBB North American Championships in Pittsburgh (for winners of each Masters age group, refer to the NPC News Online rankings):

Men’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:

  • Super Heavyweight: Dusty Hanshaw
  • Heavyweight: Erik Ramirez
  • Light Heavyweight: Tristen Escolastico
  • Middleweight: Robert Zavala
  • Welterweight: Mauricio Velazquez Mondragon
  • Lightweight: Eduardo Corona
  • Bantamweight: Paul Teixeira


Women’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:

  • Heavyweight: Tara Silzer
  • Light Heavyweight: Kate Cooper
  • Middleweight: Carrie Woolridge
  • Lightweight: Patty Beard


Men’s 1st Place Physique Winners:

  • Class A: Pradeep (Freddy) Naidu
  • Class B: Patrick Fulgham
  • Class C: Austin Current
  • Class D: Arash Rahbar
  • Class E: David Kampfe
  • Class F: Michael Hughes-Lewis


Women’s 1st Place Physique Winners:

  • Class A: Laura Foster
  • Class B: Gillian Ward
  • Class C: Star Blaylock
  • Class D: Kellyn Huehn-Peterson


1st Place Figure Winners:

  • Class A: Nicole Phinney
  • Class B: Alina McCabe
  • Class C: Sara Fennell
  • Class D: Lauren Michelle Valentino
  • Class E: Andrea Paynter
  • Class F: Yashika Brooks


1st Place Fitness Winners:

  • Class A: Nicolette Spencer
  • Class B: Debbie Clark


1st Place Bikini Winners:

  • Class A: Annie Parker
  • Class B: Susan Waters
  • Class C: Cat Textoris
  • Class D: Shandy Ortiz
  • Class E: Casey Samsel
  • Class F: Nicole Markovic


We also have the results for the 2014 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters Championships. Following are the first-place winners in each category:

Men’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:

  • Masters Over 40: Brad Davis
  • Masters Over 50: Rusty Jeffers
  • Masters Over 60: Gregg Krause
  • Masters Over 70: Bud Woodruff


Women’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:

  • Masters Over 35: Kim Buck
  • Masters Over 45: Kim Buck
  • Masters Over 55: Pamela Franklin


Men’s 1st Place Physique Winners:

  • Masters Over 35: Michael Anderson
  • Masters Over 40: Michael Anderson


Women’s 1st Place Physique Winners:

  • Masters Over 35: Teresita Morales
  • Masters Over 40: Rocio Guillen


1st Place Figure Winners:

  • Masters Over 35: Cinderella Richardson
  • Masters Over 45: Cinderella Richardson
  • Masters Over 55: Bren Lauver


1st Place Bikini Winners:

  • Masters Over 35: Michelle Mein
  • Masters Over 45: Kristen Moffett


Congratulations to all of the winners! You can find a complete list of rankings for both of the IFBB Pittsburgh championships at NPC News Online. For 2014 IFBB North American Championships rankings, including Masters by age group, visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2014/ifbb_north_american_championships/. For 2014 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters Championships rankings, see http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2014/ifbb_pittsburgh_pro_masters_championships/.

Check back soon for announcements regarding the winners of other upcoming competitions, starting with the 2014 Mr. Olympia/Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend in Las Vegas, which takes place later this week. We’ll also have coverage of several key events in October, including the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, which is co-sponsored HGH.com health and bodybuilding supplements; the 2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships in Montreal, Canada; and the 2014 Europa Games in Phoenix, Arizona. We wish the best of luck to our HGH.com-sponsored pros – Tara Silzer, Richard “Tricky” Jackson and Ben White – and to all of the bodybuilders and athletes competing in these events!




Do HGH Releasers Really Work for Bodybuilders and Athletes?

A Candid Conversation About HGH Releasers and Other Natural Bodybuilding Supplements

By Dan Smith of HGH.com

HGH Releaser Benefits - Healthy You!!

Growth hormones have always been a hot – and often controversial – topic in the bodybuilding and sports worlds. As the public voice of HGH.com and Purity Select, I’ve frequently addressed the benefits of HGH releasers and bodybuilding supplements through our blog posts, HGH community, social media platforms, sponsored events and news releases. But there’s nothing quite as inspiring as discussing the subject face-to-face with fellow bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, as I was reminded during a recent visit to my local gym.

A few days ago, while I was in the middle of my leg workout routine, a guy at the weight machine next to me struck up a conversation. He told me that he used to lift in high school, and was slowly getting back into it again after a lengthy hiatus – and was finding it much more challenging than he remembered. When he noticed my HGH.com shirt, he asked, “Do you use HGH? Does it really work?”

I told him that I’ve been using natural HGH supplements for years; and in a nod to an old TV commercial, I said, “Not only do I run HGH.com, I’m also a client.” He got the reference, and we both laughed. Then I asked him, “You know that HGH and testosterone levels naturally decrease over time, right?” He replied, “Sure, that’s common knowledge. But…isn’t HGH illegal without a prescription?”

This is a question I’ve often been asked by those who are new to HGH; it seems that despite the steadily growing popularity of HGH supplements, many myths and misconceptions still remain. So I went on to explain the differences between prescription-only synthetic HGH injections and over-the-counter natural health supplements that contain HGH releasers. As I saw the awareness and interest dawn in my fellow weightlifter’s eyes, it occurred to me that many others have the same questions – and that I could play a role in educating the public on this topic.

In light of that goal, HGH.com recently issued a news release to the national media spotlighting how legal, non-synthetic growth hormone supplements provide an over-the-counter alternative to HGH injections. And I decided to write this blog post to address the questions I was asked by my new gym friend and by numerous bodybuilders, athletes and fitness enthusiasts before him. Without further ado, here are my answers to the most commonly asked questions about HGH releasers and HGH.com health and bodybuilding supplements:

Why is HGH so popular among bodybuilders and athletes?

Human growth hormone – better known as HGH – is a polypeptide hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. It is essential for growth and development, which is why the highest naturally occurring HGH levels are found in children and teens; and it is also involved in regulating body composition, metabolizing sugar and fat, and building skeletal muscle. After adolescence, HGH levels gradually decrease over time – and that’s where HGH supplementation comes in. Because HGH plays a role in growing and repairing muscle, many athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts rely on HGH supplements to help them build muscle and recover from intense training.

How are HGH releasers different from HGH injections?

HGH injections generally involve a synthetic form of growth hormones; each dose introduces HGH directly to the bloodstream through subcutaneous or intramuscular injection. By contrast, most HGH releasers – also known as HGH secretagogues – primarily feature natural ingredients that are consumed orally in capsule, liquid or powder form. Rather than elevating HGH levels with externally manufactured growth hormones, the HGH releasers in natural dietary supplements are intended to stimulate the body to produce more of its own HGH.

Why use natural HGH releasers versus synthetic HGH injections?

I personally prefer natural HGH supplements because I believe they are safer and easier to use than injections, as well as more affordable; and I know a lot of athletes and bodybuilders who feel the same way. Synthetic HGH can be very expensive, and it requires a prescription from a supervising physician. It has also been associated with a number of reported side effects, including joint pain, muscle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, edema, and numbness and tingling of the skin. And let’s face it – a lot of people simply hate needles, and would rather take supplements orally.

But perhaps the biggest argument in favor of over-the-counter natural HGH supplementation is that the FDA has only approved the use of injectable synthetic HGH for the treatment of specific diseases and medical conditions. Using HGH injections for “off-label” purposes – such as bodybuilding, weight-loss and anti-aging benefits – is considered “illicit”, and is therefore illegal if the synthetic growth hormone was not prescribed by a supervising physician. (The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has published a helpful HGH fact sheet with more details on the use and abuse of synthetic HGH.)

Since the majority of herbal dietary supplements are not FDA-regulated, consumers can legally purchase and use non-synthetic HGH releasers for muscle building, weight loss and recovery from intense workouts. And because HGH.com sells natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements rather than injectables, our over-the-counter products can be legally purchased and shipped anywhere in the United States – and in most other countries around the world.

Which HGH releasers are the best for bodybuilders?

HGH.com sells a variety of natural HGH releasers, including many “stackable” bodybuilding supplements that are designed to work together to produce visible results. But if I were asked to suggest just one product for someone who is getting started with HGH supplements, I would recommend our Purity Select HGF MAX supplements. These capsules contain a potent combination of natural ingredients that are formulated to naturally stimulate HGH production. Our proprietary HGF MAX blend includes L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-lysine, L-tyrosine, L-ornithine, glycine, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), phosphatidyl choline, astragalus extract and deer antler velvet. Not only is HGF MAX designed to build lean muscle and aid in muscle recovery, but it has the potential to deliver a host of other benefits: enhanced metabolism and fat-burning capabilities; immune system support; increased stamina; anti-aging effects; more restful sleep; and improved skin, hair and nails. Other popular Purity Select HGH releasers include Somatropinne HGH, DBol-GH, Ana-GH, HGH Testosterone Plus, HGH 30,000 Nanograms Pills and 30,000 HGH Nanograms Spray.

Which HGH releasers are the best for recovery?

Most of the products we feature on HGH.com help support muscle recovery following intense training. If I were to narrow it down to my top three choices for hardcore bodybuilders, I would suggest Purity Select Somatropinne HGH, HGF MAX, and/or Cut and Ripped Plus. However, if anyone has questions about specific supplements or ingredients, we’re happy to provide answers. We have customer services representatives available via phone (888-399-5993), email (support@hgh.com) and live chat. Or you can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and other online channels.

Any other advice?

Sure; there are a few parting points I would like to share:

  • First, always follow the usage and dosing instructions listed on the HGH supplement packaging. Our Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) labs carefully formulate the proper dosages of each supplement and explain how and when to take them for optimal benefits.
  • Second, be aware that heat can decrease the potency of certain supplement ingredients. So, be sure to store your HGH releasers in a cool, dry place. And whether you’re using capsules or powdered drink mixes, always take your supplements with cold (or room-temperature) liquids – save the hot beverages for well before or after your supplements.
  • Third, don’t hesitate to reach out to others for help and recommendations. We’re always here to answer your questions, and you’ll likely find that fellow weightlifters at your local gym are happy to share workout and supplement suggestions. Also, you can connect with bodybuilders you admire online. Our HGH.com-sponsored athletes – award-winning IFBB pros Richard “Tricky” Jackson, Ben White and Tara Silzer – regularly provide guidance and advice to their fans and followers. And finally, visit our HGH.com blog frequently; we often publish workout videos, articles and links to helpful resources.


Have another question for us? Want to join in the debate regarding synthetic HGH injections versus natural HGH releasers? Join the conversation via our HGH.com Facebook page and HGH.com Twitter profile!




Do HGH Releasers Really Work for Bodybuilders and Athletes?

A Candid Conversation About HGH Releasers and Other Natural Bodybuilding Supplements

By Dan Smith of HGH.com

Growth hormones have always been a hot – and often controversial – topic in the bodybuilding and sports worlds. As the public voice of HGH.com and Purity Select, I’ve frequently addressed the benefits of HGH releasers and bodybuilding supplements through our blog posts, HGH community, social media platforms, sponsored events and news releases. But there’s nothing quite as inspiring as discussing the subject face-to-face with fellow bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, as I was reminded during a recent visit to my local gym.

A few days ago, while I was in the middle of my leg workout routine, a guy at the weight machine next to me struck up a conversation. He told me that he used to lift in high school, and was slowly getting back into it again after a lengthy hiatus – and was finding it much more challenging than he remembered. When he noticed my HGH.com shirt, he asked, “Do you use HGH? Does it really work?”

I told him that I’ve been using natural HGH supplements for years; and in a nod to an old TV commercial, I said, “Not only do I run HGH.com, I’m also a client.” He got the reference, and we both laughed. Then I asked him, “You know that HGH and testosterone levels naturally decrease over time, right?” He replied, “Sure, that’s common knowledge. But…isn’t HGH illegal without a prescription?”

This is a question I’ve often been asked by those who are new to HGH; it seems that despite the steadily growing popularity of HGH supplements, many myths and misconceptions still remain. So I went on to explain the differences between prescription-only synthetic HGH injections and over-the-counter natural health supplements that contain HGH releasers. As I saw the awareness and interest dawn in my fellow weightlifter’s eyes, it occurred to me that many others have the same questions – and that I could play a role in educating the public on this topic.

In light of that goal, HGH.com recently issued a news release to the national media spotlighting how legal, non-synthetic growth hormone supplements provide an over-the-counter alternative to HGH injections. And I decided to write this blog post to address the questions I was asked by my new gym friend and by numerous bodybuilders, athletes and fitness enthusiasts before him. Without further ado, here are my answers to the most commonly asked questions about HGH releasers and HGH.com health and bodybuilding supplements:

Why is HGH so popular among bodybuilders and athletes?

Human growth hormone – better known as HGH – is a polypeptide hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. It is essential for growth and development, which is why the highest naturally occurring HGH levels are found in children and teens; and it is also involved in regulating body composition, metabolizing sugar and fat, and building skeletal muscle. After adolescence, HGH levels gradually decrease over time – and that’s where HGH supplementation comes in. Because HGH plays a role in growing and repairing muscle, many athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts rely on HGH supplements to help them build muscle and recover from intense training.

How are HGH releasers different from HGH injections?

HGH injections generally involve a synthetic form of growth hormones; each dose introduces HGH directly to the bloodstream through subcutaneous or intramuscular injection. By contrast, most HGH releasers – also known as HGH secretagogues – primarily feature natural ingredients that are consumed orally in capsule, liquid or powder form. Rather than elevating HGH levels with externally manufactured growth hormones, the HGH releasers in natural dietary supplements are intended to stimulate the body to produce more of its own HGH.

Why use natural HGH releasers versus synthetic HGH injections?

I personally prefer natural HGH supplements because I believe they are safer and easier to use than injections, as well as more affordable; and I know a lot of athletes and bodybuilders who feel the same way. Synthetic HGH can be very expensive, and it requires a prescription from a supervising physician. It has also been associated with a number of reported side effects, including joint pain, muscle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, edema, and numbness and tingling of the skin. And let’s face it – a lot of people simply hate needles, and would rather take supplements orally.

But perhaps the biggest argument in favor of over-the-counter natural HGH supplementation is that the FDA has only approved the use of injectable synthetic HGH for the treatment of specific diseases and medical conditions. Using HGH injections for “off-label” purposes – such as bodybuilding, weight-loss and anti-aging benefits – is considered “illicit”, and is therefore illegal if the synthetic growth hormone was not prescribed by a supervising physician. (The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has published a helpful HGH fact sheet with more details on the use and abuse of synthetic HGH.)

Since the majority of herbal dietary supplements are not FDA-regulated, consumers can legally purchase and use non-synthetic HGH releasers for muscle building, weight loss and recovery from intense workouts. And because HGH.com sells natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements rather than injectables, our over-the-counter products can be legally purchased and shipped anywhere in the United States – and in most other countries around the world.

Which HGH releasers are the best for bodybuilders?

HGH.com sells a variety of natural HGH releasers, including many “stackable” bodybuilding supplements that are designed to work together to produce visible results. But if I were asked to suggest just one product for someone who is getting started with HGH supplements, I would recommend our Purity Select HGF MAX supplements. These capsules contain a potent combination of natural ingredients that are formulated to naturally stimulate HGH production. Our proprietary HGF MAX blend includes L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-lysine, L-tyrosine, L-ornithine, glycine, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), phosphatidyl choline, astragalus extract and deer antler velvet. Not only is HGF MAX designed to build lean muscle and aid in muscle recovery, but it has the potential to deliver a host of other benefits: enhanced metabolism and fat-burning capabilities; immune system support; increased stamina; anti-aging effects; more restful sleep; and improved skin, hair and nails. Other popular Purity Select HGH releasers include Somatropinne HGH, DBol-GH, Ana-GH, HGH Testosterone Plus, HGH 30,000 Nanograms Pills and 30,000 HGH Nanograms Spray.

Which HGH releasers are the best for recovery?

Most of the products we feature on HGH.com help support muscle recovery following intense training. If I were to narrow it down to my top three choices for hardcore bodybuilders, I would suggest Purity Select Somatropinne HGH, HGF MAX, and/or Cut and Ripped Plus. However, if anyone has questions about specific supplements or ingredients, we’re happy to provide answers. We have customer services representatives available via phone (888-399-5993), email (support@hgh.com) and live chat. Or you can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and other online channels.

Any other advice?

Sure; there are a few parting points I would like to share:

  • First, always follow the usage and dosing instructions listed on the HGH supplement packaging. Our Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) labs carefully formulate the proper dosages of each supplement and explain how and when to take them for optimal benefits.
  • Second, be aware that heat can decrease the potency of certain supplement ingredients. So, be sure to store your HGH releasers in a cool, dry place. And whether you’re using capsules or powdered drink mixes, always take your supplements with cold (or room-temperature) liquids – save the hot beverages for well before or after your supplements.
  • Third, don’t hesitate to reach out to others for help and recommendations. We’re always here to answer your questions, and you’ll likely find that fellow weightlifters at your local gym are happy to share workout and supplement suggestions. Also, you can connect with bodybuilders you admire online. Our HGH.com-sponsored athletes – award-winning IFBB pros Richard “Tricky” Jackson, Ben White and Tara Silzer – regularly provide guidance and advice to their fans and followers. And finally, visit our HGH.com blog frequently; we often publish workout videos, articles and links to helpful resources.


Have another question for us? Want to join in the debate regarding synthetic HGH injections versus natural HGH releasers? Join the conversation via our HGH.com Facebook page and HGH.com Twitter profile!




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>




Natural Growth Hormone Supplements from HGH (HGH.com) Can Help You Build Muscle

 
HGH supplements
Helping you build muscle

Natural growth hormone supplements and HGH supplements from HGH.com can help you build muscle; Plus - sneak peak - Personal Trainers available on HGH.com

Trouble packing on the pounds? After endlessly trying to put on lean muscle after exercising, working out, and lifting weights, many people turn to our HGH Supplements on HGH.com to build more muscle. If you are tired of putting in a lot of effort with little to no return, our natural growth hormone supplement may be the key to helping you build muscle fast!

Do genetics play a role in my inability to gain size and muscle?

If you look back on your family history and see generations of small or nonathletic family members, you may not have the necessary tools to produce a massive amount of muscle gain through working out alone. Some people simply have a different genetic makeup, which is why we all look different to begin with. While it is still possible for you to get into the best shape of your life, taking a natural growth hormone supplement will expedite the process and give you the edge that some people just naturally have.

Some people may be lucky enough to keep natural HGH production up throughout their entire lives. However, as most people get older, they stop producing natural HGH. It's proven that HGH levels decrease with age, and with smaller amounts of HGH it is more difficult to build muscle. Instead of just giving up, you can increase muscle gain with anatural HGH supplement.

Build muscle fast with a change in your dietary lifestyle

The secret to getting ripped - The main reason people are able to get ripped in the gym is not because of a specific workout program; it is because of what they consume after their workout and tear up their muscles. If you do not feed your muscles and body enough of the right ingredients after a great gym session, you are wasting all of the effort you put into your workout. Furthermore, it's almost impossible to achieve the proper supplements through food alone, your stomach simply isn't big enough. However that being said, food is still important. Follow some of these simple steps: 

The key food ingredients you need to get ripped

  • Consume lean animal, muscle supplements, and/or whey proteins immediately after your workout.
  • Switch your daily meal intake to several small meals throughout the day in order to feed your muscles more consistently.
  • Drink lot's of water throughout the day - this will also help curb your appetite and water is hugely important for all of your organs.
  • Supplement your workouts with thermogenic fat burners in order to get ripped fast and cut the fat.
  • Take an supplement like Somatropinne HGH in order to give yourself a boost of natural hormones that your body may stop producing as you grow older, no matter your age (over 18 required).

Do you need to change your workout regimen?

Now that you know about the benefits that a proper diet and supplements like Human Growth Hormone supplements can bring to your workout, it's time to look at your actual weight-lifting routine. Most people get stuck in a plateau and never see muscle gain after a couple of months of lifting weights. Here are some ways you can break that rut and build muscle fast: 

Increase your lifting regimen

  • Lift heavier weights for exercises such as the bench press, squats and dumbbell curls.
  • Make sure to work your core every time you work out because it connects your entire body.
  • Don't skip cardio! In fact, supplementing a cardio in between lifting sessions works your body out and cuts fat nicely. In a typical one hour weight lifting routine, spend 20 minutes on cardio in between lifting cycles.

Keep a consistent schedule

Supplements are not magic alone - they do work magic in conjunction with working out - but there's no such thing as a magic pill that will shape your body while you sit and watch TV. So do yourself and your body a favor - while taking supplements to increase muscle gain, the real secret is to keep your efforts consistent. After taking our supplements while working out, I guarantee after 3-6 months of a consistent workout, you will be in the best shape of your life.

NOTE! Coming soon on HGH.com will be personal workout sessions with IFBB bodybuilders. To get started with a personal trainer today - email "support [at] hgh.com" and ask that Dan puts you in touch with a personal IFBB champion to start a personal session.






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