Deglycyrhizzinated Licorice Root Extract (DGL) and Duodenal Ulcers

by on June 7, 2012
in Ulcers

The root of the licorice plant has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal cure for a variety of ailments. Modern science has revealed that licorice root, indeed, contains some potent compounds that affect the biological systems in both lab animals and man in both beneficial and not so beneficial ways. I started the research for this post thinking it would be a straightforward review of DGL and its ability to positively affect gastric and duodenal ulcers.

Ursolic Acid and Muscle Mass

by on May 7, 2012
in Bodybuilding Supplements

The problem of muscle atrophy or loss of muscle mass is of concern to the aging individual as well as to those suffering from certain illnesses. Muscle atrophy usually leads to a downward spiral of physical debilitation and eventually death. Recent research suggests that a compound found in apple skins may help reverse this debilitating phenomenon. This compound is called ursolic acid and this post will provide basic information to the potential consumer on this unique compound.

ZMA: Over-Hyped and Over-Priced

Many men from the elite athlete to the middle-age baby boomer are interested in natural and safe ways to boost muscle mass and increase testosterone levels. I set out to write a positive post on a ‘special’ form of zinc and magnesium referred to as ZMA. ZMA is promoted by its makers as a potent muscle mass and testosterone enhancer. What I ended up with is a negative report, a bruised ego and deflated wallet. Yes, I had fallen for the hype and paid way too much for some zinc and magnesium and vitamin B-6. Read how to avoid the hype but still reap the benefits of zinc and magnesium supplementation.

Hibiscus for Hypertension

by on April 8, 2012
in Antioxidants

We all know the negative health consequences from high blood pressure. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is referred to as the “silent killer” since often no physical symptoms appear while damage accumulates to organ systems eventually resulting in a health crisis. The red flowers of the Hibiscus tree offer promise to those looking for natural alternatives to prescription drugs used to treat hypertension. Hibiscus has been used for centuries as a folk medicine in the tropics for hypertension. In this post, I will discuss the use of Hibiscus to lower blood pressure.

Revisiting Red Yeast Rice Extract

by on February 7, 2012
in Nutritional Supplements

A while back, I reported on Red Yeast Rice Extract for cholesterol control. Since then, I was posed the question of, “If red yeast rice extract’s active ingredient is the exact same as a prescribed statin, then why do people who can’t tolerate their prescribed statin do well on it?”

Deconstructing Alphastat

by on January 30, 2012
in Bodybuilding Supplements

There has been a lot of buzz on the Internet about the combination of astaxanthin and saw palmetto for maintaining healthy testosterone levels. This combo was discussed extensively in a previous post. Alphastat is a patented product on the market of this combination of astaxanthin and saw palmetto extract.

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