Astaxanthin and Testosterone

by on February 26, 2013
in Bodybuilding Supplements

A prior post on the product Alphastat generated quite a bit of traffic and comments. It has also generated a considerable bit of internal rumination on my part as to the role of one of its ingredients, astaxanthin, in influencing testosterone levels. Is astaxanthin’s role in Alphastat as an aromatase inhibitor, an agent that prevents conversion of testosterone to estrogen, or mere filler to justify charging premium prices? What is the research behind this and is it valid? Finally are there other natural compounds that are more effective and substantiated aromatase inhibitors on the market?

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.

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.

The Right Nettles Root Extract for Influencing Testosterone

by on January 27, 2012
in Bodybuilding Supplements

In a previous post, I discussed the use of nettle root extract for raising testosterone levels. However, given the variety of products out there, I feel it is in the interest of my readers to guide them through both the real and virtual aisles. The nettles plant is a complex mixture of compounds of which only a select few are important to influencing testosterone.

Choosing a Quality Whey Protein

Whey protein supplementation can be a safe and effective way to build lean muscle mass and for weight control. Therefore it is of particular interest to bodybuilders and older individuals looking to boost muscle mass as well as to those concerned with weight-loss. Most readers probably have some familiarity with whey protein either through media, seen it on the shelf or are currently using it. However, fewer may be familiar with the varying qualities of the preparations available to the consumer. In this post, I will discuss what to look for in a whey protein powder.

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