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Gamma-aminobutyric acid, more commonly known as GABA, is a non-protein amino acid that functions as a neurotransmitter. GABA and its precursor, glutamate, are the most abundant neurotransmitters in the central nervous system, particularly in the cerebral cortex. Glutamate is an excitatory neurotransmitter while GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, so their actions are complementary. In addition to being produced within the body, GABA is also available as an ingredient in select health and bodybuilding supplements such as HGF MAX and HGH 30,000 Nanograms spray.
As an inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA balances the excitatory effect of glutamate in the developed brain and helps to control cortical stimulation. Due to this action, GABA can have a calming or tranquilizing effect, including anxiolytic and anti-convulsive properties. Evidence suggests it may also stimulate human growth hormone (HGH) production, thereby serving as a natural HGH releaser.
GABA is produced by the body, where it is synthesized from glutamate through decarboxylation. While GABA is not naturally found in fresh foods, it can be created through lactobacillus fermentation; therefore, GABA may be consumed in fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso, kefir and yogurt, as well as in GABA-fortified foods. In addition, foods that contain GABA’s precursors—glutamic acid or L-glutamine—can help boost GABA levels. Dietary sources of glutamate/glutamine include whole grains, brown rice, beef liver, pork, halibut, mackerel, lentils, broccoli, bananas and tree nuts. Vitamins B-6 and B-12 are required for GABA synthesis, so taking these vitamins may help support GABA production. Finally, GABA may also be consumed orally as an ingredient in natural dietary supplements.
Evidence has shown that GABA may help treat hypertension, so it is sometimes used in medications that are designed to lower blood pressure. The method of action appears to be due to GABA’s ability to suppress the sympathetic nervous activity that leads to high blood pressure. GABA’s anticonvulsant properties suggest that it may be effective in reducing the frequency of seizures in some individuals, while its calming effects may help reduce stress, relieve anxiety, elevate mood, and improve focus and concentration.
A number of studies have indicated that GABA may act as a natural HGH releaser, or HGH secretagogue. In light of its potential to stimulate HGH production, GABA-containing supplements are often taken to support lean muscle growth, decrease body fat and enhance exercise tolerance. Furthermore, GABA is believed to have an analgesic effect, so it may help to alleviate feelings of pain or soreness after an intense workout.
GABA supplementation is generally considered safe for healthy adults; no side effects have been reported at commonly administered dosages. However, since GABA has been shown to reduce blood pressure, supplements containing GABA may increase the risk of hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure) when taken in conjunction with antihypertensive drugs.
More detailed safety information on GABA side effects and interactions can be found in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (subscription required). As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing GABA.
Many researchers have explored the use of GABA to treat medical conditions such as hypertension and anxiety. Numerous animal and human studies—including some published in the British Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Physiological Anthropology, Clinical and Experimental Hypertension, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and Transgenic Research—have revealed GABA’s ability to lower blood pressure in cases of hypertension. Other studies have demonstrated its relaxing, immunity-enhancing and anti-anxiety effects. According to an article in BioFactors, GABA not only induces relaxation but also reduces anxiety; and evidence suggests it may enhance immunity under stress conditions. An animal study published Neuroscience found that GABA decreases anxiety-like behavior in rats. Furthermore, researchers documented GABA’s neuroprotective effects in the Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, which reported that GABA-producing Lactobacillus buchneri protected neuronal cells against neurotoxicant-induced cell death. Some researchers have explored the potential of GABA to be used in an analgesic capacity for pain relief—as described in Advances in Pharmacology, Neurochemical Research and the European Journal of Pharmacology—though further evidence is needed to accurately evaluate its effectiveness for this use.
Multiple studies have indicated that GABA is capable of promoting human growth hormone (HGH) secretion; relevant findings have been published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Acta Endocrinologica, Medicine and Sport Science, and other journals and textbooks. One study featured in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise examined the effect of GABA ingestion on immunoreactive growth hormone (irGH) and immunofunctional growth hormone (ifGH) release at rest and after exercise, and found that GABA elevates both resting and post-exercise HGH concentrations. Bodybuilders and athletes often take GABA supplements to help increase muscle growth, enhance muscle tone, burn fat and improve exercise tolerance. However, while GABA has been shown to stimulate HGH secretion, further clinical studies are needed to prove a direct correlation between GABA and other purported health and fitness benefits.
For additional GABA research, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts can leverage the potential benefits of GABA through natural health and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:
HGF MAX – Purity Select HGF MAX is intended to boost HGH production with a proprietary blend of ingredients, including GABA and key amino acids. This powerful dietary supplement can help improve muscle tone, build muscle, promote fat loss, boost energy and increase metabolism.
HGH Spray – HGH 30,000 Nanograms is designed to stimulate HGH release through a combination of GABA, L-group amino acids and other natural ingredients. Available in a convenient spray form, this product is formulated to support muscle growth, mass gain, fat burning and other benefits.
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2015 NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic held on February 14 Veterans Auditorium,4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 United StatesOrganizer: Jon LindsayWebsite: 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.- See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/.
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.
We’re pumped about elliptical training. Not only do you get an incredible workout, but you also get total body muscle toning too. By increasing your stride length on an elliptical, you can burn more calories without feeling like it's more work. Whether you want to improve your fitness or shed some fat, elliptical training can help you achieve your goals.
You’ll find that there are many benefits to working out on the elliptical, such as lower joint stress than other exercises (i.e. running), greater muscle activation, more core muscle focus, posture improvement and better balance. Best of all, elliptical training saves you loads of time, since you're working both upper and lower body endurance, improving your cardiovascular fitness and tightening your core all at the same time. To give your workout a boost, we've gathered together a few YouTube videos, along with an awesome workout and we created a Pinterest board specifically for elliptical workouts.
Get on the elliptical with musculoskeletal expert Rowan Ellis for an intense 10-minute interval-training workout. Throughout the workout, Rowan shares vital exercise techniques to put the most impact on your quadriceps and glutes, while keeping the stress off of your lower back and neck.
The exercise intervals include working hard for 40 seconds and increasing the speed for each interval. There is also a 20-second recovery phase between the work hard phases. After that, there are four build-up phases, where the resistance is turned up each time and there’s a 20-second recovery phase between each here as well.
There are a few common mistakes people tend to make when working out on an elliptical trainer. WINK News fitness expert Mike Drumm explains what those tendencies are and how to achieve maximum results from your elliptical workout. Some of the major slip-ups that can have the most impact on your elliptical workout include:
Gain insight regarding these trouble areas, as well as what you can do to maximize your elliptical workout and achieve the best results:
There are times when two worlds collide and incredibly wonderful things happen. This is one of those times. By combining an elliptical workout with circuit training, you get an amazing workout that adds some spice to your training routine. We found this 40-Minute Elliptical + Circuit Workout on The Running Doc and thought you might like to check it out. After every five minutes on the elliptical, jump off to do an exercise using your own body weight. You can increase the intensity to fit your needs. The elliptical and circuit workout goes like this:
Ready for more elliptical-themed workout tips and information? Then, you'll have to check out HGH.com's Pinterest board that is solely dedicated to elliptical workouts.
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Do you participate in an endurance sport or just want to improve your staying power? By adding high-intensity interval training, such as endurance workouts, to your routine, you can increase stamina, build muscle and burn fat. As you use all of your body's major muscles simultaneously, you boost your metabolism, which fuels weight loss. To reach your optimal level of performance, you need to make sure to maintain proper hydration, keep up your protein intake, improve your warm ups, increase strength training and get the right supplementation.
We want to see you go the distance, so we explored all of the incredible information out there to find some great ways to help you improve your aerobic and anaerobic endurance. While aerobic exercises improve your body's oxygen consumption and enlist slow-twitch muscles to be active for sustained periods of time, anaerobic exercises do not require oxygen to generate force and use fast-twitch muscles for short periods of time. Ideally every athlete wants a good balance of aerobic and anaerobic endurance. To give you the motivation you need to go faster and farther than ever before, we put together a few videos along with a Pinterest board dedicated to endurance workouts
Where does your strength come from? How about your determination and drive? We know you can do it. Now, you just need to make sure YOU know you can do it. Simply believe in yourself, do your best and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.
The finale of BeFit's Max Strength Series is this 40-minute total-body endurance-training workout that is a unique combination of interval training, weight training and plyometric moves, along with some Yoga- and Pilates-inspired body weight exercises.
To get started, you’ll need some equipment:
Don’t forget to have a bottle of water and a towel nearby to stay hydrated while completing this routine, which includes the following exercises:
This endurance workout ends with some much needed stretching. Do you feel the burn?
Ready to take your endurance farther than ever before? Fitness Blender’s Sport Endurance and Agility Workout video will help you get there. They've created an excellent workout for increasing stamina, improving speed and enhancing agility. This workout includes two rounds of eight different exercises with 16 repetitions of each exercise.
Before you do this workout video, be sure to warm up, and when the video is over cool down.
Watch D.O.C. (Team Wingate) do some extreme endurance training with this exceptionally challenging 120-repetition superset. From holding his 195-pound friend to multiple sets of dips on the parallel bars to behind-the-head pull-ups with a wide grip, D.O.C. really runs the gamut with this endurance workout.
Be sure to check out the collection of endurance training and workout-related pins on the HGH.com Pinterest board.
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