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2014 NPC National Championships Results: Top 5 Winners in Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini Contests

Meet the Top Winners of the 2014 NPC National Championships, Held in Miami November 21-22

Sunny Miami recently hosted hundreds of the nation’s top bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, who traveled to South Florida to compete in the 2014 NPC National Championships. Held November 21-22, the competition marked the last NPC pro-qualifying event of the season. The 2014 NPC National Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini Championships comprised more than 30 contests, with overall winners announced for each of the six major categories.

The following listings feature the top 5 winners and overall winners for each of the 2014 NPC National Championship events:

2014 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships:

Men’s Bodybuilding Champions

Men’s Super Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Alexis Rivera-Rolon
2. Michael Lockett
3. Blair Mone
4. Russ Allen
5. Audrius Jegelevicius

Men’s Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Dominick Cardone
2. Allen Kuhl
3. Jermaine Bell
4. David Rienzi
5. Shawn Lindo

Men’s Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Arthur Reed
2. Freddie McCray III
3. Joseph Hubbard
4. Bobby Church
5. Cane Bishop

Men’s Middleweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. David Paterik
2. Tank Moore
3. Robert Zavala
4. Fraijan Texidor
5. Lloyd Herford III

Men’s Welterweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Santiago Aragon
2. Denver Smith
3. Armando Aman
4. Larry Williams Jr.
5. Rafael Gonzalez

Men’s Lightweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Terrance Ruffin
2. Jon Marc Frazssier
3. Eric Hernandez
4. Kelly Bautista
5. Jeramy Buchanan

Men’s Bantamweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. James Shumpert
2. Robert Freeman Jr.
3. Jayson Rivera Perez
4. Adam George
5. Rafael Campuzano

Overall Men’s Bodybuilding Winner:
Alexis Rivera-Rolon

Women’s Bodybuilding Champions

Women’s Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Susan Marie Smith
2. Anne Sheehan
3. Wendy Watson
4. Melissa Fanning
5. Jennifer Gutierrez

Women’s Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Miava Nelson
2. Kristina Mele
3. Nancy Porter
4. Yahaira Agosto Vives
5. Kristi McGrael

Women’s Middleweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Tomefafa Ameka
2. Cassie Bates
3. Heather Osborne
4. Erin Duggan
5. Sophia Seals

Women’s Lightweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Linda Smith
2. Vanessa Adams
3. Frauke Diaz

Overall Women’s Bodybuilding Winner:
Susan Marie Smith

2014 NPC National Physique Championships:

Men’s Physique Champions

Men’s Physique Class A Winners:
1. Jeremy Potvin
2. Yi Peng
3. Joshua Howard
4. Shaun Gaiser
5. Tony Duong

Men’s Physique Class B Winners:
1. Andre Ferguson
2. Isaac Miranda
3. Marco Rodriguez
4. Jorge Bianchi
5. Juliano Quimson

Men’s Physique Class C Winners:
1. Chase Savoie
2. Sly Hardy
3. Jeph Gabriel
4. Jarad Thompson
5. Michael Parker

Men’s Physique Class D Winners:
1. Logan Franklin
2. Kenneth Jones
3. David Bess
4. Cameron James
5. Rashaud Watson

Men’s Physique Class E Winners:
1. Aarin Moore
2. Justin Hassan
3. Evan Shy
4. Rahkil Edwards
5. Sheriff Taiwo

Men’s Physique Class F Winners:
1. Darnell Ferguson
2. Joseph Gass
3. Javon Walker
4. Khalfani Quartey
5. Bronson Colbert

Overall Men’s Physique Winner:
Logan Franklin

Women’s Physique Champions

Women’s Physique Class A Winners:
1. Dianne Brown
2. Stacey Norris
3. Kimberly Anthony
4. Laveka Smith
5. Tonya Griffin

Women’s Physique Class B Winners:
1. Jaquita Person-Taylor
2. Karen Yoakum
3. Katie Chin
4. Jodi Lyons
5. Lori Coppola

Women’s Physique Class C Winners:
1. Marcie Simmons
2. Valerie Giovanoli
3. Sydni Wisniewski
4. Jennifer Underwood-Kallas
5. Alicia King

Women’s Physique Class D Winners:
1. Erin Knecht
2. April Cosimano
3. Stephanie Sumiel
4. Zandra Starr Thomas
5. Jacqueline Garcia

Overall Women’s Physique Winner:
Marcie Simmons

2014 NPC National Figure Championships:

Figure Champions

Figure Class A Winners:
1. Nadia Wyatt
2. Rachelle Carter
3. Christine Camacho
4. Barbie Titus
5. Rosa Alanis

Figure Class B Winners:
1. Samantha Smitchko
2. Marlissa Jordan
3. Amy Phillips
4. Thona Gonzalez
5. Carie Bradshaw-Malone

Figure Class C Winners:
1. Tina Nguyen
2. Patricia Babineaux
3. Marianne Tomita
4. Tiffany Garrett
5. Kendyl Seawright

Figure Class D Winners:
1. Kassie Kemmis
2. Kelly Dominick
3. Kialeen Hay
4. Kristy Cisneroz
5. Leah Frye

Figure Class E Winners:
1. Jessica Ann Vetter
2. Shanique Grant
3. Kaylee Rae Flanagan
4. Holly Nelson
5. Andrea Pollard

Figure Class F Winners:
1. Paulina Mora
2. Sarah Sweeney
3. Allison Cote
4. Bryana Turner
5. Jaslyn Antonini

Overall Fitness Winner:
Samantha Smitchko

2014 NPC National Bikini Championships:

Bikini Champions

Bikini Class A Winners:
1. Brynn Gonzales
2. Andreanna Calhoun
3. Karene Gonzalez
4. Heather Jimeniz
5. Katherine Alcantara

Bikini Class B Winners:
1. Chrisstina Ortiz
2. Kate Abate
3. Arianna Gonzales
4. Erin DeBlois
5. Karie Kellogg

Bikini Class C Winners:
1. Jennifer Ronzitti
2. Kristina Olson
3. Angie Majeed
4. Kris Michelle
5. Michelle Sroda

Bikini Class D Winners:
1. Jaclyn Strell
2. Chassidy Smothers
3. Amber Callahan
4. Tana Walker
5. Tifanny Urrea

Bikini Class E Winners:
1. Laurin Conlin
2. Angela Okon
3. Vanessa Porter
4. Trina Simone
5. Jaclyn Polimeni

Bikini Class F Winners:
1. Lea Beaumont
2. Brianna Krause
3. Lisa Smiling
4. Meredith Freeman
5. Cassandra Marshall

Overall Bikini Winner:
Laurin Conlin

Kudos to all of the competitors who participated in the 2014 NPC National Championships. All of us at HGH.com send our hearty congratulations to the winners – your hard work certainly paid off! For the complete list of 2014 NPC National Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini contest rankings, visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2014/npc_national_championships/.

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




Winners and Photos of the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championship

HgH.com congratulates all the amazing bodybuilders and fitness athletes who participated in the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships in New York earlier this month.

This year’s national qualifying event took place the weekend of November 8 and featured many top bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini, women’s physique and men’s physique professionals and athletes.

Winners of the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships

Below are a few individual posing photos of some of the winners of the competition. For a complete list of winners and photos visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2014/npc_eastern_usa_championships

 

Dominick Cardone -Overall Winner
2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships Men's Heavyweight (1st)
Tifanny Urrea - Overall Winner
2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships Bikini Class D (1st)

 

 

Maya Kekahuna - Master's Overall Bikini Winner
2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships Bikini Masters Over 35 Class A (1st)
Michael Lynn -Men's Masters Over 40 (1st) Winner of the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships and Men's Heavyweight (3rd)

 

 

 

 




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!

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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>

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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>





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.

 




Top Winners of the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships

Meet the Top Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini Contest Winners From the 17th Annual NPC Tricky Jackson Classic on October 11, 2014

IFBB pro and HGH.com sponsored athlete Richard “Tricky” Jackson recently hosted the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 11. Sanctioned by the NPC as a national qualifying event, the 17th annual Tricky Jackson Classic drew fitness enthusiasts of all levels and ages to compete in the full-day series of bodybuilding, physique, figure and bikini competitions.

A total of 176 athletes engaged in 29 separate contests, including numerous crossovers who competed in multiple categories. In addition to the scheduled prejudging and final competitions, the event featured special performances by guest poser Jose Raymond and a Jackson family posing routine featuring Tricky and his three sons: Trey, 12; Reese, 10; and Rashawn, 3. Co-sponsors of the event included HGH.com health and bodybuilding supplements, Liquid Sun Rayz, Bell Plantation, Nebbia, TONIcise Inc. and Musclehead Graphics.

Following are the top winners for each of the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic contests:

2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Bodybuilding Competition Results

Men’s Lightweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Branden Knose
2. Jonathan Coker
3. Chaz Matthews
4. Timothy Hall
5. Mike Olsen

Men’s Welterweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Christopher Guelda
2. Marcus Booker
3. Gerald Padilla

Men’s Middleweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Jeremy Detty
2. Nathan Garland
3. Mark Wilson

Men’s Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Jeff Storch
2. Kevin Zulauf
3. Richard Zahneis
4. Todd Buchanan
5. Lee Earlywine

Men’s Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Brannon Bellar
2. Ian Baunach

Men’s Super Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Chris Hendrix
2. Dwayne Hampton
3. Chris Culler

Men’s 40+ Masters Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Jeff Storch
2. Dwayne Hampton
3. Mark Wilson
4. James Simmons

Men’s 50+ Masters Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Kevin Zulauf
2. Richard Zahneis
3. Todd Buchanan
4. Jonathan Coker
5. Mike Olsen

Men’s Novice Lightweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Christopher Guelda
2. Branden Knose
3. Gerald Padilla

Men’s Novice Middleweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Nathan Garland
2. Lee Earlywine
3. Mark Wilson
4. Michael Murphy

Men’s Novice Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Chris Hendrix
2. Cody Dickerson
3. Ian Baunach
4. Jacob Patterson
5. Adam Myers

Teen Bodybuilding Top Winner:
1. Justin McDaniel

2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Physique Competition Results

Men’s Physique – Short Winners:
1. Andy Yaryan
2. Joshua Holston
3. James Glenn
4. Austin Peckham
5. Michael Harris

Men’s Physique – Tall Winners:
1. Austin Brown
2. Corry Sand
3. Peter Yun
4. Joshua McCuddy
5. Jordon Adams

Men’s Physique Masters Winners:
1. Joshua Holston
2. Ron Zane

Women’s Physique Winners:
1. Barbara Erhart
2. Arlene Smith
3. Christie Palmann
4. Lindy Eime
5. Vanessa Parrish

2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Figure Competition Results

Figure Class A Winners:
1. Mikaela Strimpfel
2. Sarah Bowling
3. Mischell Nibert
4. Kaylynn Goeslin
5. Tammy Napier

Figure Class B Winners:
1. Monica Daugherty
2. Vanessa Parrish
3. Tambra Johnson
4. Cindy Turpin
5. Sharon Haun

Figure Class C Winners:
1. Elizabeth Knose
2. JoAnne Gerwe
3. Bethany Boils

Figure Class D Winners:
1. Stephanie Suttman
2. Mandi Vorhees
3. Lisa Slama
4. Jessica Phelps
5. Michelle McMillian

Masters Figure 35+ Winners:
1. Mischell Nibert
2. Jennifer Waldron
3. JoAnne Gerwe
4. Bethany Wise
5. Daphne Thompson

Masters Figure 45+ Winners:
1. Stephanie Suttman
2. Jody Martin
3. Lisa Slama
4. Michelle McMillian
5. Sharon Haun

2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Bikini Competition Results

Bikini Class A Winners:
1. Monica Miesling
2. Ericka Herd
3. Ashley Carter
4. Elspeth Dana
5. Mischell Nibert

Bikini Class B Winners:
1. Kelly Stanton
2. Laurel Mazzocca
3. Chelsea Christene
4. Cassandra Haynes
5. Erin Huml

Bikini Class C Winners:
1. Courtney McKenzie
2. Felicia Bedel
3. Kristen Bowen
4. Bess Wallingford
5. Lauren Goodwin

Masters Bikini 35+ Winners:
1. Ericka Herd
2. Mischell Nibert
3. Christi Hammers
4. Bess Wallingford
5. Sarah Freel

Masters Bikini 45+ Winners:
1. Bess Wallingford

Novice Bikini Class A Winners:
1. Monica Miesling
2. Ashley Carter
3. Mischell Nibert
4. Christi Hammers
5. Kathryn Fauver

Novice Bikini Class B Winners:
1. Courtney McKenzie
2. Laurel Mazzocca
3. Felicia Bedel
4. Cassandra Haynes
5. Erin Huml

Congratulations to all of the winners! You can find a complete list of rankings for all of the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championship contests at http://www.getmyshowscores.com/files/2014_Tricky_Jackson_Web.pdf.

Check back soon for announcements regarding the winners of other upcoming competitions, including the 2014 Europa Games in Phoenix, which will feature IFBB pros and HGH.com sponsored athletes Tricky Jackson and Ben White. We wish the best of luck to all of you competing in these events!




L-Tyrosine Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient L-Tyrosine, or 2-Amino-3-(4-Hydroxyphenyl)-Propanoic acid

Tyrosine – also known as L-tyrosine and 2-amino-3-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-propanoic acid – is an amino acid that is found in certain foods and produced by the body. It serves as a building block of neurotransmitters and protein, and supports proper organ function. Individuals seeking to boost their levels of L-tyrosine can obtain it through food sources as well as in natural health and bodybuilding supplements such as HGH 30,000 Nanograms, HGF-MAX, A-Max 50 and whey protein mixes.

Functions of L-Tyrosine

As an amino acid, L-tyrosine plays a role in protein synthesis. It is also critical for the production of three key neurotransmitters – epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine – that support the nervous system and influence mood, and it is involved in the production of melanin (skin pigments). Finally, L-tyrosine helps to maintain proper function of the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands, which are responsible for producing and regulating hormones.

Sources of L-Tyrosine

The body naturally manufactures tyrosine from another amino acid called phenylalanine. Dietary sources of tyrosine include soy, eggs, turkey, chicken, fish, dairy (cheese, milk, cottage cheese, yogurt), pork, beef, beans, peanuts, mustard greens, spinach, pumpkin seeds, and seaweed. L-tyrosine may also be consumed as an ingredient within natural dietary supplements.

L-Tyrosine Benefits and Uses

Since tyrosine is involved in producing epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine, it appears to help the body manage the effects of stress. Studies suggest that L-tyrosine may help to enhance memory and mental function under physical and psychological stress, including lack of sleep. It also has been shown to reduce fatigue and increase alertness in individuals who are sleep-deprived.

Numerous sources suggest that L-tyrosine functions as a natural human growth hormone (HGH) releaser, also known as an HGH secretagogue. For this reason, L-tyrosine is believed to have a beneficial effect on athletic performance, helping to build muscle and increase endurance.

Side Effects of L-Tyrosine and Potential Interactions

L-tyrosine supplements are generally considered safe for adults. Some people may experience minor side effects such as nausea, headaches and upset stomach, particularly at high dosages. However, individuals who have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) or Graves disease should avoid L-tyrosine supplements, as they can exacerbate these conditions due to increased production of thyroxine.

Interactions are possible with some medications. L-tyrosine has the potential to elevate thyroxine levels too high when taken in combination with synthetic thyroid hormones, and it may interfere with the absorption of levodopa (L-dopa) in patients with Parkinson’s disease. L-tyrosine supplements may also cause a severe increase in blood pressure when taken with a class of antidepressant medications known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). More detailed safety information on L-tyrosine side effects and interactions can be found on the University of Maryland Medical Center website. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing L-tyrosine.

L-Tyrosine Research and Studies

Numerous research studies have explored the impact of L-tyrosine supplements on mental function, memory and alertness, particularly in relation to physical and psychological stress such as sleep deprivation and cold exposure. One such study published in the Brain Research Bulletin examined the effects of L-tyrosine on cadets during a weeklong military combat training course, and found that supplementation improved cognitive performance while reducing systolic blood pressure. Another group of researchers reported in Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine that L-tyrosine supplements had the ability to counteract cognitive performance decreases in subjects required to perform continuous work after losing a night’s sleep. Similarly, an article in Physiology & Behavior stated that L-tyrosine supplements helped alleviate working memory decrements in subjects exposed to severe cold.

In Amino Acids and Proteins for the Athlete: The Anabolic Edge, author Mauro G. Di Pasquale asserted that amino acids such as tyrosine, arginine, leucine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) all may potentiate HGH secretion. Research into L-tyrosine’s effects on athletic performance, muscle growth and endurance remains ongoing; however, clinical evidence in support of these benefits has not yet been published.

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

HGH.com Supplements With L-Tyrosine

Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts can harness the benefits of L-tyrosine with natural HGH releasers and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

HGH 30,000 Pills and HGH 30,000 Spray – Available in both capsule and spray forms, HGH 30,000 Nanograms promotes HGH production with a powerful combination of L-group amino acids, including L-tyrosine. These oral supplements support muscle growth, fat-burning, increased energy and other benefits.

HGF MAX – These bodybuilding supplements are formulated to naturally boost HGH production with ingredients such as L-tyrosine and other amino acids, which help to build muscle, enhance muscle tone, increase metabolism and improve stamina.

Anapolan Max 50 (A-Max 50) – Designed to help bodybuilders achieve rapid muscle mass increases, A-Max 50 features L-tyrosine and other active ingredients to promote lean muscle gain, stimulate HGH production and elevate testosterone levels.

Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein – With nearly 500 milligrams of L-tyrosine and 24 grams of protein per serving, Multi-Pro is a complete protein supplement that is intended to help users build muscle, reduce body fat and improve the immune system.

CytoSport Vanilla Whey Protein – One serving of low-fat, low-lactose, CytoSport whey protein contains 3 grams of L-tyrosine and a full 18 grams of protein. It is formulated to aid in developing lean muscle mass and recovering more quickly after intense training.

TakeOFF Maximum Catalyst – Tyrosine is intended to fulfill several functions in the TakeOFF fat-burner formula: raising norepinephrine levels to promote thermogenesis, restoring neurotransmitters to support mental focus and improving thyroid function to boost metabolism.

NxLabs Plasmavol and NxLabs Pump System – These NxLabs supplements contain amino acids such as L-tyrosine to help boost nitric oxide production, improve muscle pumps and vascularity, and increase strength.

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

NYU Langone Medical Center. “Tyrosine”; published under “Herbs & Supplements”; last reviewed September 2014. <http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21794>

University of Maryland Medical Center. “Tyrosine”; published under the “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide” on the website; last updated May 7, 2013. <http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/tyrosine>

Presser, Art. “Amino Acids”; Smart Supplementation, published by Huntington College of Health Sciences; 2009. <http://www.hchs.edu/literature/Amino%20Acids.pdf>

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Tyrosine”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed September 29, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1037-tyrosine.aspx?activeingredientid=1037&activeingredientname=tyrosine>

Research Sources:

Colzato, Lorenza S.; de Haan, Annelies M.; and Hommel, Bernhard. “Food for Creativity: Tyrosine Promotes Deep Thinking”; Psychological Research; September 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25257259>

Deijen, Jan B.; Wientjes, Cornelis J.; et al. “Tyrosine Improves Cognitive Performance and Reduces Blood Pressure in Cadets After One Week of a Combat Training Course”; Brain Research Bulletin; January 1999. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10230711>

Di Pasquale, Mauro G. “Chapter 6: Physiological and Pharmacological Actions of Amino Acids”; Amino Acids and Proteins for the Athlete: The Anabolic Edge, Second Edition; Boca Raton, FL: 2008; pg. 200. <http://books.google.com/books?isbn=1420043811>

Mahoney, Caroline R.; Castellani, John.; et al. “Tyrosine Supplementation Mitigates Working Memory Decrements During Cold Exposure”; Physiology & Behavior; November 23, 2007. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17585971>

Neri, David F.; Wiegmann, Douglas A.; et al. “The Effects of Tyrosine on Cognitive Performance During Extended Wakefulness”; Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine; April 1995. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7794222>






Bodybuilding Fitness and Tips Blog Success Stories

HGH.com's Bodybuilding and Fitness Tips Blog Receiving Great Reviews

We launched our Bodybuilding Fitness and Tips blog segment around five months ago, and really appreciate all of the great feedback and social shares we've received. But, we know we haven’t heard from everyone yet. We wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you to comment on your favorite HGH.com blog post, send us your suggestions and share our articles with your friends.

At HGH.com, we are committed to sharing and providing tips from athletes, bodybuilders and fitness trainers to help you achieve your personal fitness goals. Feel free to tell us about your training and bodybuilding achievements. We would also like you to share your HGH.com supplement success stories with us. Take a look back at the blog posts from the first several months and let us know what you think. Which ones helped you most?

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L-Glutamine Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

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

Glutamine – also known as L-glutamine and 2-amino-4-carbamoylbutanoic acid – is considered a conditionally essential amino acid. This means that while the body is usually able to produce sufficient amounts of glutamine for its daily needs, L-glutamine supplementation may be required in instances when glutamine is depleted due to stressors. Illness, injury, surgery, chemotherapy and intense exercise can all deplete glutamine levels. Individuals who need to replenish L-glutamine can obtain it through certain food sources as well as in natural health and bodybuilding supplements such as HGF-MAX, HGH 30,000 Nanograms pills and spray, and whey protein mixes.

Functions of L-Glutamine

Amino acids serve as the building blocks of protein, and glutamine acts as a precursor for protein synthesis. It is primarily produced by and stored within muscle, and distributed to other organs via the bloodstream. L-glutamine is believed to act as a human growth hormone (HGH) releaser, also known as an HGH secretagogue. In addition, glutamine is the major fuel source for enterocytes (intestinal absorptive cells) as well as lymphocytes and macrophages (white blood cells that play a key role within the immune system), and it appears to be required for healthy brain function and digestion. Furthermore, L-glutamine is involved in nitrogen exchange and plays a critical role in removing excess ammonia resulting from protein catabolism.

Sources of L-Glutamine

Dietary sources of glutamine include meat (beef, pork and poultry); dairy (milk, yogurt, ricotta cheese and cottage cheese); egg whites; leafy greens (raw spinach and cabbage); legumes (peanuts and soybeans); and grains (wheat, corn and barley). L-glutamine may also be consumed directly – in powder, tablet, capsule or liquid form – as part of a natural dietary supplement.

L-Glutamine Benefits and Uses

Considering L-glutamine’s role as an HGH releaser and precursor for protein synthesis, and given that glutamine levels typically drop following intense exercise, this amino acid has become a popular ingredient in health and bodybuilding supplements. Rigorous workouts and lifting reduce intramuscular glutamine stores and can weaken the muscles if levels are not replenished. That’s why athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts often take L-glutamine supplements to aid in muscle maintenance, promote cell renewal and support the immune system – particularly when undergoing intensive training.

For many of the same reasons, L-glutamine can be a useful dietary supplement for individuals recovering from illness, injury, infections, severe burns and surgery. By strengthening the immune system, L-glutamine helps to fight off infections and neutralize excess ammonia and cortisol in the body. Its role in protecting the gastrointestinal lining may help individuals suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or short-bowel syndrome. It can help HIV/AIDS patients avoid weight loss, as it enables the intestines to better absorb nutrients. Evidence also suggests L-glutamine may be beneficial for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy by helping to combat cachexia (weight loss, muscle atrophy and fatigue) and stomatitis (inflammation and soreness in the mouth).

Side Effects of L-Glutamine and Potential Interactions

L-glutamine supplements are generally considered safe for adults, and no significant side effects have been reported in healthy users. However, L-glutamine may exacerbate symptoms in people with certain medical conditions, including liver disease, hepatic encephalopathy, kidney disease, Reye syndrome, seizures and mania.

Interactions are possible with some medications; for example, L-glutamine supplements may decrease the effectiveness of lactulose and anticonvulsants. There has also been conflicting evidence concerning the use of glutamine for cancer patients; while some studies confirm its beneficial effects, others indicate it may interact with cancer medications or potentially stimulate tumor growth. More detailed safety information on L-glutamine side effects and interactions can be found on WebMD. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing L-glutamine.

L-Glutamine Research and Studies

Numerous research studies have explored the impact of L-glutamine supplements on subjects ranging from healthy athletes to critically ill patients. In terms of its efficacy as an HGH releaser, an article published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that a small oral L-glutamine load is capable of raising alkaline reserves and increasing HGH concentration in plasma. Another study cited in Nutritional Neuroscience found that an oral supplement containing L-glutamine, glycine and niacin was shown to enhance HGH secretion in healthy middle-aged and elderly subjects.

According to the Asian Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers found that L-glutamine and carbohydrate supplementation improved the physical performance of athletes during repeated competitions by preventing anaerobic power decrease. An article published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition reported that L-alanyl-L-glutamine supplementation provided a significant ergogenic benefit by increasing time to exhaustion during endurance exercise. Animal studies also showed promising results; in Cell Biochemistry and Function, scientists examined muscle damage and inflammation in rats following prolonged exercise and found that L-glutamine supplementation diminished inflammation biomarkers and the inflammatory response.

Other research has explored L-glutamine’s effects from a medical perspective. A meta-analysis published in Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care concluded that L-glutamine has a beneficial effect on infectious complications and reduces the length of hospital stays, and noted that it may reduce morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients. For additional L-glutamine research, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

HGH.com Supplements With L-Glutamine

Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts can replenish glutamine levels and leverage the positive impact of L-glutamine with natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

HGF MAX – These capsules were scientifically developed to elevate HGH levels with key ingredients such as L-glutamine and other amino acids, which collectively help to build muscle, enhance muscle tone, increase metabolism and improve stamina.

HGH 30,000 Nanograms Pills and HGH 30,000 Nanograms Spray – Available in capsule and spray forms, HGH 30,000 Nanograms stimulates HGH production through a powerful combination of L-group amino acids, including L-glutamine. These oral supplements support muscle growth, fat-burning, increased energy and other benefits.

Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein – With more than 3.7 grams of L-glutamine and 24 grams of protein per serving, Multi-Pro is a complete protein supplement that is designed to help users gain muscle, lose body fat and support the immune system.

Elite Whey Protein Butter Toffee and Elite Whey Protein Chocolate Mint – Each serving of Elite whey protein delivers more than 3.5 grams of glutamine and glutamine precursors plus 5 grams of branched-chain amino acids to help grow and strengthen muscle while aiding in muscle repair and recovery.

CytoSport Vanilla Whey Protein – One serving of low-fat, low-lactose, CytoSport whey protein contains 18 grams of protein and is naturally rich in L-glutamine and branched-chain amino acids. It aids users in developing lean muscle mass and recovering more quickly after intense training.

CytoSport EvoPro Berry – Each scoop of EvoPro Berry contains 3 grams of L-glutamine and 26 grams of protein, yet has very little carbohydrates or fat. It helps to promote lean muscle mass, stimulate growth receptors and sustain an anabolic state.

Mega Shake Strawberry – Featuring a powerful blend of active ingredients – including L-glutamine – 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 recovery.

NOX-CG3 Fruit Punch and NOX-CG3 Blue Raspberry – With a blend of L-arginine, creatine and L-glutamine, this advanced formulation is designed to boost energy, enhance nutrient absorption and reduce recovery time after strenuous workouts.

NxLabs Plasmavol, NxLabs Pump System and NxLabs Ultimate Muscle Expansion Pack – These NxLabs supplements contain L-glutamine and other amino acids to help accelerate nitric oxide production, enhance muscle pumps and vascularity, and increase strength.


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

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

University of Maryland Medical Center. “Glutamine”; published under the “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide” on the website; last updated May 7, 2013. <http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/glutamine>

Presser, Art. “Amino Acids”; Smart Supplementation, published by Huntington College of Health Sciences; 2009. <http://www.hchs.edu/literature/Amino%20Acids.pdf>

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Glutamine”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed August 14, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-878-glutamine.aspx?activeingredientid=878&activeingredientname=glutamine>

Research Sources:

Arwert, Lucia I.; Deijen, Jan Berend; and Drent, Madeleine L. “Effects of An Oral Mixture Containing Glycine, Glutamine and Niacin on Memory, GH and IGF-I Secretion in Middle-aged and Elderly Subjects”; Nutritional Neuroscience; October 1, 2003. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14609312>

Cruzat, Vinicius Fernandes; Rogero, Marcelo Macedo; and Tirapegu, Julio. “Effects of Supplementation With Free Glutamine and the Dipeptide Alanyl-Glutamine on Parameters of Muscle Damage and Inflammation in Rats Submitted to Prolonged Exercise”; Cell Biochemistry and Function; January 2010. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19885855>

Hoffman, Jay R.; Ratamess, Nicholas A.; et al. “Examination of the Efficacy of Acute L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine Ingestion During Hydration Stress in Endurance Exercise”; Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition; February 3, 2010. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20181080>

Khorshidi-Hosseini, Mahdi and Nakhostin-Roohi, Babak. “Effect of Glutamine and Maltodextrin Acute Supplementation on Anaerobic Power”; Asian Journal of Sports Medicine; June 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23802055>

Melis, Gerdien C.; ter Wengel, Nathalie; et al. “Glutamine: Recent Developments in Research on the Clinical Significance of Glutamine”; Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care; January 2004. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15090905>

Welbourne, Thomas C. “Increased Plasma Bicarbonate and Growth Hormone After an Oral Glutamine Load”; The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; May 1995. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7733028>




2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Top 5 Contest Results

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Champions:

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

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

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

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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Men’s Physique Champions:

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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Champions:

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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Women’s Physique Champions:

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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Fitness Champions:

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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Figure Champions:

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

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Bikini Champions:

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 




Whey Protein Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

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

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

Functions of Whey Protein

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

Sources of Whey Protein

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

Whey Protein Benefits and Uses

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

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

Side Effects of Whey Protein and Potential Interactions

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

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

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

Whey Protein Research and Studies

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

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

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

HGH.com Supplements With Whey Protein

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Research Sources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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