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Online Supplement Store HGH.com Celebrates Brand Milestones Over 12-Year History

Bodybuilding and Natural Human Growth Hormone Supplement Company HGH.com Celebrates Brand Milestones Over 12-Year History

HGH.com was recently featured in Yahoo Finance, The Street, Region 8 ABC News, Health Technology.net, Pharmacy Choice, and many more top media outlets

"HGH.com has grown and evolved significantly over the past 12 years; but one thing that hasn't changed is our long-standing history of excellence," asserted Dan Smith of HGH.com. "We have earned a reputation for the highest-quality, most effective HGH supplements on the market, and our customers include everyone from amateur and professional bodybuilders to fitness enthusiasts and health buffs. And while we're committed to delivering the industry's best products, we're equally focused on providing an exceptional customer experience."

Smith notes that HGH.com is much more than an online vitamin and supplement store; he has continually added information, tools and resources through the years to create an extensive knowledge base for anyone looking to learn more about human growth hormones or obtain advice on nutrition and fitness. Consumers and the public at large can visit the HGH.com blog for detailed information on natural HGH supplement ingredients and uses, and for fitness and bodybuilding tips from IFBB pros and other experts. Additional resources are available on the HGH.com Facebook page, Twitter profile and YouTube channel.

"I'd like to thank our loyal customers for their ongoing support of HGH.com; our 12 years in business are a testament to their belief in us and the effectiveness of our products," said Smith. "We pledge to continue offering the industry's best natural HGH supplements, and we intend to upgrade our formulations and expand our product lines based on nutraceutical research as well as input from our IFBB pros and customers. I encourage consumers and the public to reach out to us with their questions, feedback and suggestions—we welcome it all!"

HGH.com Highlights Brand Evolution and Expansion, From Anti-Aging Solutions to a Full Range of Natural Health and Bodybuilding Supplements Created With Input From IFBB Pros - Read the full story on Yahoo Finance - http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bodybuilding-natural-human-growth-hormone-124000821.html.




2015 NPC San Diego Championships Overall Winners

2015 NPC San Diego Championships

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:

Unlimited Bodybuilding Overall
1. Adrian Martin
2. Vantrell Abrams
3. Johnny Garcia
4. Kyle Sabian

              

Adrian Martin
Unlimited Bodybuilding Overall (1st)
Vantrell Abrams
Unlimited Bodybuilding Overall (2nd)

 

Novice Bodybuilding Overall
1. Adrian Martin
2. Vantrell Abrams

Unlimited Bikini Overall
1. Josie Lamb
2. Christina Sanchez
3. Jessica Ortiz
4. Lindsay Price
5. Kelin Covington
6. Ashley Epperson

                

Josie Lamb
Unlimited Bikini Overall (1st)
Christina Sanchez
Unlimited Bikini Overall (2nd)

 

Masters Bikini 45+ Overall
1. Kristy Lynn
2. Jan Engebreston

Masters Bikini 35+ Overall
1. Kristy Lynn
2. Jan Engebreston
3. Janelle Copeland

Novice Bikini Overall
1. Lindsay Price
2. Alexandrea Frias
3. Lauren Lagomarsino

                 

Lindsay Price
Novice Bikini Overall (1st)
Alexandrea Frias
Novice Bikini Overall (2nd)

Unlimited Figure Overall
1. Sara Ard
2. Esmeralda Diosdado
3. Elena Chernousenko
4. Topaz Good

          

Sara Ard
Unlimited Figure Overall (1st)
Esmeralda Diosdado
Unlimited Figure Overall (2nd)

 
Masters Figure 35+ Overall
1. Esmeralda Diosdado
2. Rochelle Diem

Unlimited Mens Physique Overall
1. Bernard Royal
2. Mark Black
3. Julian Mena
4. Rudy McCleary
5. Evan Laveist
6. David Lamb

          

Bernard Royal
Unlimited Physique Overall (1st)
Mark Black
Unlimited Physique Overall (3rd)


Masters Mens Physique 35+ Overall
1. Paul Hourani
2. Chris Rufo

Novice Mens Physique Overall
1. Jacob Roa
2. Charles Sicklestell
3. Rudy McCleary

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

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




Overall Winners of the 2015 Gold Coast Muscle Classic

2015 NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic held on February 14       
Veterans Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Website: www.musclecontest.com   

Unlimited Men's Bodybuilding Winners

1. Siavash Fashi - 1st Unlimited Bodybuilding Middleweight (1st Overall)
2. Jai Johnson -1st Unlimited Bodybuilding Heavyweight (2nd Overall)
3. Nate Liebermann -1st Place Unlimited Bodybuilding Lightweight (3rd Overall)

Masters Bikini 35+ Overall Winners

1. Janelle Farnsworth - 1st Masters Bikini 35+ B (1st Overall)
2. Heather Mcallister - 1st Masters Bikini 35+ C (2nd Overall)
3. Jackie Peacock - 1st Masters Bikini 35+ A (3rd Overall)

Novice Bikini Overall Winners

1. Savannah Crayon - 1st Novice Bikini B over 5'4" to 5'6" (1st Overall)
2. Alex Frias - 1st Novice Bikini A up to 5'4" (2nd Overall)
3. Joy Snider - 1st Novice Bikini C over 5'6" (3rd Overall)

Open Bikini Overall Winners

 1. Alexandria Babbitt - 1st Open Bikini C over 5'2.5" to 5'4 (1st Overall Bikini Winner)
 - Adrienne Ochoa - 1st Open Bikini A up to 5'1"
 - Alexis Frias - 1st Open Bikini B over 5'1" to 5'2.5"
 - Savannah Crayon - 1st Open Bikini D over 5'4" to 5'5.5
 - Heather Mcallister - 1st Open Bikini E over 5'5.5" to 5'7"
 - Alice Carter - 1st Open Bikini F over 5'7"

Woman's Physique Overall Winners

1. Tanya Mah - 1st Womans Physique A (1st Overall Winner)
2. Katie Foster - 1st Womans Physique B (2nd Overall Winner)

Novice Men's Physique Overall Winners

1. Roman Miranda - 1st Novice Mens Physique B (1st Overall)
2. Jacob Kamine - 1st Novice Mens Physique A (2nd Overall)
3. Michael Bruggink - 1st Novice Mens Physique C (3rd Overall

Unlimited Men's Physique Overall Winners

1. Jason Churan - 1st Mens Physique E (1st Overall Winner)
2. Ronald Thoompson - 1st Mens Physique F (2nd Overall Winner)
3. Gilberto Ramirez - 1st Mens Physique D (3rd Overall Winner)
4. Levi Wohl - 1st Mens Physique B (4th Overall Winner)
5. Charles Giron - 1st Mens Physique C (5th Overall Winner)
6. Jacob Kamine - 1st Mens Physique A (6th Overall Winner)

Unlimited Figure Overall Winners

1. Betzy Baldger - 1st Unlimited Figure B (1st Overall Winner)
2. Christine Ajisafe - 1st Unlimited Figure D (2nd Overall Winner)
3. Jessica Piraro - 1st Unlimited Figure A (3rd Overall Winner)
4. Dakeisha Glenn - 1st Unlimited Figure C (4th Overall Winner)

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html.

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.
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Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Legends Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html. To view more photos visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_legends_classic.

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

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Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Legends Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html. To view more photos visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_legends_classic.

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Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Legends Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html. To view more photos visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_legends_classic.

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How to Increase HGH Levels Naturally

Top 7 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Body’s Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Levels

By Dan Smith of HGH.com

In recent years, I’ve seen a growing level of interest in how to increase HGH levels naturally, particularly among bodybuilders and athletes. Given the controversy and issues associated with synthetic HGH injections, many people are seeking out natural ways to increase their body’s own production of HGH. This is something that I do myself, and it’s a topic I’ve often discussed with our HGH.com-sponsored athletes – IFBB pros Tricky Jackson, Ben White and Tara Silzer. So I decided to compile our top tips in one blog post, which highlights seven effective ways to naturally boost HGH levels.

HGH Basics and Functions

Before I get into our recommendations, let’s start with a quick review of the basics. Human growth hormone, also known as HGH, is a type of polypeptide hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. As the name implies, HGH triggers growth and repair of bone, cartilage, tissue and muscle. It also helps to improve body composition by increasing muscle mass and metabolizing fat. The pituitary gland produces its highest quantities of HGH during childhood and puberty to support the body’s growth and development. Once a child has reached full adult height, HGH production decreases substantially. In adulthood, HGH tends to be secreted in smaller bursts at specific times – during sleep, after exercise and in response to bodily stress or trauma.

Top 7 Ways to Naturally Increase HGH Levels

While the body generally follows its own set patterns for HGH secretion after puberty, there are a number of proven methods for boosting production on an ongoing basis:

1. Seek alternatives to synthetic HGH injections. While injectable growth hormones have been shown to increase HGH levels, there are a number of issues associated with this practice – including the high cost of injections as well as the fact that they are illegal without a prescription. Another lesser-known caveat is that pumping the body with high levels of artificial growth hormones may actually cause the body to decrease production of its own natural HGH. So, in the long run, it’s better to find natural ways to stimulate increased HGH secretion.

2. Get enough sleep. Since the majority of HGH production in adults occurs overnight during slow-wave sleep (or “deep” sleep), it is essential to get sufficient high-quality sleep – ideally, 7 to 8 hours per night. To help elevate HGH levels, try to adhere to a regular sleep routine: go to bed at the same time every evening and wake up at the same time each morning. It’s also important to have uninterrupted sleep, so avoid consuming alcohol or caffeine before bedtime, as they can interfere with normal sleep patterns. Try to minimize light and noise to avoid interruptions to your sleep schedule, and keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature so that you don’t awake in the middle of the night shivering or sweating.

3. Adhere to a healthy diet. There is an inverse relationship between insulin and HGH – higher levels of insulin suppress HGH production. Therefore, it is critical to consume the right foods at the right time to regulate insulin levels and promote HGH release. Many experts recommend eating multiple small meals over the course of the day, and the majority agree that it is best to limit your intake of highly processed, complex carbohydrates (like white bread and white rice) as well as sugary food and beverages (including soda and sports drinks made with high-fructose corn syrup), as these can trigger a spike in insulin.

Your best bet is to build your diet around high-fiber, protein-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans/legumes. Opt for low-glycemic, slow-digesting carbohydrates like oatmeal, pears, apples, sweet potatoes and brown rice. To help minimize insulin secretion, try eating a low-carb, high-protein snack a few hours before bedtime – think nuts like almonds, pistachios and walnuts; pumpkin or sunflower seeds; edamame; hummus; yogurt; or cottage cheese.

4. Engage in high-intensity interval training. While proper sleep and nutrition are both effective ways to support a natural increase in HGH levels, exercise also plays a critical role. Many different types of exercise can help maintain a healthy body and regulate insulin levels, but high-intensity interval training in particular has the potential to naturally boost HGH levels. This occurs in direct response to the stress on your muscles, signaling the pituitary gland to secrete more HGH to repair the tissue. Several studies have examined the effects of this exercise-induced growth hormone response (EIGR) and determined the associated benefits.

5. Consume whey protein before and after exercise. Research has shown that consuming a rapidly absorbed protein, such as whey protein, may help promote optimal muscle building after resistance exercise. Another study found that consuming whey protein half an hour before resistance training can accelerate metabolism not only during exercise, but up to 24 hours after a workout. HGH.com offers several high-quality whey protein mixes designed to enhance muscularity and stimulate HGH production, including CytoSport Vanilla Whey Protein, Elite Chocolate Mint Whey Protein, Elite Butter Toffee Whey Protein, IsoBolic Vanilla Whey Protein and Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein.

6. Practice occasional fasting. A healthy diet is vital to provide the energy you need to complete intense workouts. However, some studies have suggested that intermittent fasting may be an effective way to balance blood-sugar levels and trigger HGH release. If your workout schedule allows for it, you might want to try periodic fasting on any off days in your training.

7. Add natural HGH releasers to your dietary supplements. Unlike injectable HGH, which introduces synthetic chemicals into your system, natural HGH releasers stimulate your body to produce more of its own HGH. Look for HGH supplements that contain proven natural ingredients, such as L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-leucine, L-tyrosine, bovine colostrum and others. You’ll find many of these naturally derived ingredients in Purity Select health and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com, including HGH 30,000 Pills, HGH 30,000 Spray, Somatropinne HGH, DBol-GH, Ana-GH and HGH Testosterone Plus.

Following these recommendations will help you increase HGH levels naturally and in a healthy way while also enabling you to attain peak physical condition. Are there any other tips and best practices you implement to boost your HGH production? We invite you to join the conversation and post your comments below!

References:

Besedovsky, Luciana; Lange, Tanja; and Born, Jan. “Sleep and Immune Function”; Pflugers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology; January 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22071480>

Churchward-Venne, Tyler A.; Burd, Nicholas A; and Phillips, Stuart M. “Nutritional Regulation of Muscle Protein Synthesis With Resistance Exercise: Strategies to Enhance Anabolism”; Nutrition & Metabolism; May 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594765>

Godfrey, Richard J.; Madgwick, Zahra; and Whyte, Gregory P. “The Exercise-Induced Growth Hormone Response in Athletes”; Sports Medicine; July 2003. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12797841>

Hackney, Kyle J.; Bruenger, Adam J.; Lemmer, Jeffrey T. “Timing Protein Intake Increases Energy Expenditure 24 H After Resistance Training”; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; May 2010. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19997003>

Harvard Medical School. “Growth Hormone, Athletic Performance, and Aging”; Harvard Men’s Health Watch; May 2010; accessed November 9, 2014. <http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mens_Health_Watch/2010/May/growth-hormone-athletic-performance-and-aging>

Ho, Kian Y.; Veldhuis, Johannes D.; et al. “Fasting Enhances Growth Hormone Secretion and Amplifies the Complex Rhythms of Growth Hormone Secretion in Man”; The Journal of Clinical Investigation; April 1988. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3127426>

Jackson, Joe. “Unlock Your Potential: How to Boost Your HGH Levels”; Men’s Fitness; accessed November 9, 2014. <http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/unlock-your-potential-how-to-boost-your-hgh-levels>

Nindl, Bradley C.; Pierce, Joseph R.; et al. “Twenty-Hour Growth Hormone Secretory Profiles after Aerobic and Resistance Exercise”; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; October 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24576855>





HGH.com Appreciates U.S. Military Veterans

In Celebration of All Military Veterans

For all of you who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, we thank you. We appreciate everything you do to defend this great nation and our freedoms throughout your service. We've compiled a few inspirational military workout videos and photos for you, as well as a special tribute to all U.S. military veterans.

Workout Like the U.S. Navy SEALs

Navy SEALs train to fight and win, and firmly believe that, "Failure is not an option." They are amazing individuals who give their all every day. Today, we get a glimpse at the type of workouts Navy SEALs endure. Navy SEAL Instructor, Lt. Dana DeCoster, introduces us to some intense Navy SEAL workouts.

The first Navy SEAL workout we see consists of as many sets as you can do in 20 minutes of the following exercises as well as substitutions for those who don’t have the specialized equipment needed:

  • 5 Overhead Squats
  • 10 Glute/Ham Situps
  • 10 Glute/Ham Back Extensions

This video also covers a basic Navy SEAL workout where you do five rounds of each of the following exercises as quickly as you can:

  • Rope Climb (or 15 Pull Ups)
  • 30 Pushups
  • 50 Air Squats

There is one more workout in this video that covers three simple lifts, including:

  • Squat
  • Shoulder Press
  • Dead Lift

The workout consists of five sets of five repetitions for each exercise, increasing the weight for each set.

What It's Like to be Military Strong

Be inspired by this motivational Military Muscle video. Take a look at these service men and women who take their bodies to the limit. All of the individuals in this video are active duty, reserve or former military from the United States Marine Corp, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Seabees. And, they are all incredibly amazing too.

Thank You for Your Service

The HGH.com family appreciates all of the service men and women who have served our great nation in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your dedication, sacrifice and all that you do to serve, protect and defend our freedom. We found this Veterans Day video tribute we dedicate to you.

Military Bodybuilding Pinterest Board Update

We've added some more inspirational and motivational pins to HGH.com's Military BodybuildingPinterest board for you to enjoy.

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Bovine Colostrum Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient Bovine Colostrum

Bovine colostrum – also known as bovine immunoglobulin or simply as colostrum – is a milky fluid secreted by a cow’s mammary glands in the first few days after calving, prior to full lactation. Colostrum is also produced by humans and other mammals; however, the primary source of colostrum in dietary supplements is cattle. It contains a number of beneficial substances, including immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, proline-rich polypeptides, cytokines, growth factors, and other vitamins and minerals. Adults can obtain the benefits of colostrum through natural health and bodybuilding supplements such as HGH 30,000 Nanograms pills, DBol-GH, Growth Factor Plus and protein shake mixes.

Functions of Colostrum

The nutrients, antibodies and growth factors contained in colostrum contribute to the health and development of newborns. Similarly, these substances can have beneficial effects for adults when colostrum extract is consumed via dietary supplements. Immunoglobulin and lactoferrin have antiviral and antibacterial properties that support immune system function, while proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs) and cytokines help regulate immune system activity. Furthermore, the cytokines and growth factors in colostrum appear to enhance the protective and repair capabilities of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Colostrum’s growth factors are also believed to improve athletic performance, increase lean body mass, and accelerate muscle recovery and repair.

Sources of Colostrum

Female mammals secrete colostrum from their mammary glands following the birth of a newborn, before full lactation occurs. Infants consume colostrum during their first few days of nursing. Adults generally obtain colostrum through health supplements that contain bovine colostrum – the extract of a cow’s first milk.

Bovine Colostrum Benefits and Uses

Evidence suggests that the health benefits of bovine colostrum include supporting and stimulating immune system function, preventing infections, providing GI protection, treating diarrhea and colitis, and accelerating healing. Bovine colostrum is also used as an ingredient in human growth hormone (HGH) releasers and bodybuilding supplements, as the naturally occurring growth hormones in colostrum are believed to enhance athletic performance, improve body composition, and promote faster recovery from injuries and intense workouts. These performance-related benefits derive from the growth hormones’ ability to help increase lean muscle mass, metabolize fat for fuel, improve stamina, and stimulate cell and tissue growth.

Side Effects of Bovine Colostrum and Potential Interactions

Dietary supplements containing bovine colostrum are generally considered safe for healthy adults, as few side effects have been reported. However, individuals who are allergic to cow’s milk may also have an allergic reaction to bovine colostrum. There have been rare reports of side effects in HIV-positive patients, such as nausea and vomiting. Colostrum may contain high levels of naturally occurring estrogen, so patients with hormone-sensitive cancer should avoid it. There are no known interactions of bovine colostrum with medications. Information on bovine colostrum contraindications is provided on the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center website, while details on colostrum side effects can be found on WebMD. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing bovine colostrum.

Colostrum Research and Studies

Considerable research has been conducted on the effects of bovine colostrum, particularly in relation to its health benefits and impact on athletic performance. Scholarly articles published in Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, the Alternative Medicine Review and the British Journal of Nutrition explored the clinical uses of bovine colostrum and reported that hyperimmune bovine colostrum has been proven effective in treating diarrhea caused by rotavirus, E. Coli, cryptosporidium, shigellosis, C. difficile infection (CDI) and other GI infections.

In terms of athletic performance, body composition, and healing and recovery, numerous studies suggest that bovine colostrum can have positive effects. In the Journal of Applied Physiology, European researchers asserted that bovine colstrum has the ability to naturally increase levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which may promote protein synthesis. A review of studies published in Sports Medicine cited evidence suggesting that bovine colostrum supplementation is most effective during periods of high-intensity training and recovery from high-intensity training, producing improved intramuscular buffering capacity and increases in lean body mass. In the Australian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, researchers noted that bovine colostrum improves recovery time. Scientists reported in Nutrition that when bovine colostrum is combined with exercise, it may increase bone-free lean body mass in active men and women. And in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, researchers stated that colostrum supplementation helped improve leg-press and upper-body strength and generated increases in muscle thickness, lean tissue mass and cognitive function in older adults during resistance training.

For additional bovine colostrum research, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

HGH.com Supplements Containing Bovine Colostrum

Bodybuilders, athletes and fitness enthusiasts can reap the health benefits of bovine colostrum with these natural HGH releasers and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

HGH 30,000 Nanograms Pills – Bovine colostrum is featured in the proprietary blend of ingredients in HGH 30,000 Nanograms capsules. These oral supplements are formulated to naturally boost HGH production while supporting muscle growth and recovery, enhanced muscle conditioning, increased strength and stamina, anti-aging effects and other benefits.

DBol-GH – With a proprietary blend of bovine colostrum and other active ingredients, DBol-GH is designed to help users achieve lean mass and muscle growth as well as anabolic muscle building. It also aids in muscle recovery during intense bodybuilding training. The ingredients are designed to stack and work together, delivering visible results and boosting HGH levels.

Growth Factor Plus – The active ingredients in Growth Factor Plus include L-group amino acids, soy protein isolate and 50mg of colostrum. This powerful combination is intended to increase bone density, improve bone and joint strength, and contribute to a measurable growth in height.

CytoSport EvoPro Berry – Each scoop of EvoPro Berry shake mix contains purified bovine colostrum extract and 26 grams of protein. The formula is more complete than whey, yet has very little fat or carbohydrates. This product has the potential to increase lean muscle mass, stimulate growth receptors and sustain an anabolic state for enhanced protein synthesis.

Mega Shake Strawberry – Blending colostrum extract with other powerful active ingredients, Mega Shake provides 32 grams of total protein per serving. It is formulated to help increase muscle tone, reduce body fat, provide energy, and support muscle growth and repair.

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

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Bovine Colostrum”; published under “About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products” within Integrative Medicine area of website; last updated April 29, 2013; accessed November 5, 2014. <http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/bovine-colostrum>

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

Bruno, Gene. “Colostrum”; Smart Supplementation, published by Huntington College of Health Sciences; 2005. <http://www.hchs.edu/literature/colostrum.pdf>

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Colostrum”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed November 5, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-785-COLOSTRUM.aspx?activeIngredientId=785&activeIngredientName=COLOSTRUM&source=3>

Research Sources:

Antonio, Jose; Sanders, Michael S.; and Van Gammeren, Darin. “The Effects of Bovine Colostrum Supplementation on Body Composition and Exercise Performance in Active Men and Women”; Nutrition; March 2001. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11312068>

Buckley JD, Abbott MJ, Brinkworth GD, Whyte PB. “Bovine Colostrum Supplementation During
Endurance Running Training Improves Recovery, But Not Performance”; Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport; June 2002. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12188088>

Duff, Whitney R.D.; Chilibeck, Philip D.; et al. “The Effect of Bovine Colostrum Supplementation in Older Adults During Resistance Training”; International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism; June 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24281841>

Kelly, Gregory S. “Bovine Colostrums: A Review of Clinical Uses”; Alternative Medicine Review; November 2003. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14653766>

Korhonen, Hannu; Marnila, Pertti; and Gill, Harsharnjit S. “Bovine Milk Antibodies for Health”; British Journal of Nutrition; November 2000. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11242458>

Mero, Antti; Kähkönen, Jonne; et al. “IGF-I, IgA, and IgG Responses to Bovine Colostrum Supplementation During Training”; Journal of Applied Physiology; August 2002. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12133885>

Mitra, Amal K.; Mahalanabis, Dilip; et al. “Hyperimmune Cow Colostrum Reduces Diarrhoea Due to Rotavirus: A Double-Blind, Controlled Clinical Trial”; Acta Paediatrica; September 1995. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8652974>

Shing, Cecilia M.; Hunter, Denise C.; and Stevenson, Lesley M. “Bovine Colostrum Supplementation and Exercise Performance: Potential Mechanisms”; Sports Medicine; December 2009. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19902984>

Steele, Jennifer; Sponseller, Jerlyn; et al. “Hyperimmune Bovine Colostrum for Treatment of GI Infections: A Review and Update on Clostridium Difficile”; Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics; July 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23435084>





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!




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!




2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Top 5 Contest Results

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Champions:

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

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

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

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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Men’s Physique Champions:

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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Champions:

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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Women’s Physique Champions:

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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Fitness Champions:

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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Figure Champions:

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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Bikini Champions:

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 




Sensoril® Ashwagandha Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

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

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

Functions of Ashwagandha

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

Sources of Ashwagandha

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

Ashwagandha Benefits and Uses

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

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

Side Effects of Ashwagandha and Potential Interactions

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

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

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

Ashwagandha Research and Studies

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

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

HGH.com and Skin Perfect Supplements With Sensoril Ashwagandha

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Research Sources:

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

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

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

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

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







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