β-Hydroxy β-methylbutyric acid (HMB) is a metabolite from leucine and is considered to be a very promising anabolic agent. Leucine is first converted in the body to α-ketoisocaproic acid and then to HMB. As seen in pigs, about 5% of leucine is converted to HMB, and the HMB concentrations increase significantly with the consumption of leucine. … Continue reading HMB: steroid like results?
Everyone is so focused on getting stronger these days, but did you know it could hurt your hypertrophy in the long run? Let me explain what I mean... This study (1) compared two groups of men who did the same training program. Both groups did the same exercises, as well as the same upper body intensity … Continue reading Why heavy squats are shown to slow your muscle gains
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, Indian ginseng) is probably the most well-known adaptogen herb there is, which is used in Ayurveda medicine. Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine practiced in India can be traced back to 6000 BC. For most of these 6000 years, Ashwagandha has been used as a Rasayana (nourishes, detoxifies, enhances immunity). The … Continue reading Ashwagandha – adaptogenic, androgenic & anabolic
A lot of guys want to get buff at some point in their life... And after the beginner gains they might find that their progress has slowed down remarkably, or that it's even stalled completely. Fortunately there are guidelines on how to optimize hypertrophy and prevent hypertrophy stalling. First off, let's have a look at … Continue reading Optimal hypertrophy – sets, reps, rest & frequency
One anabolic vegetable I surely don't mind eating is spinach... It's high in: vitamin A (59% of DV) vitamin K (460% of DV) magnesium (20% of DV) (increases testosterone and IFG-1, growth factor) folate (49% of DV) (increases feeling of well-being by elevating serotonin levels) iron (21% of DV) (increases red blood cell production and transports … Continue reading Spinach the natural steroid vegetable
Beetroot is a very healthy carbohydrate. It's low in calories, but packed with health benefits. It's also about half the calories of that of potatoes... Beets have been shown to: lower high blood pressure, due to the vasodilation (1) nullify the effect of garlic breath lower homocystien levels, as it's a potent methyl … Continue reading Beets and Testosterone
Intermittent fasting is a fast growing way of eating...or more like, of not eating :D... There are really tons of benefits to fasting. This study shows that the body can completely regenerate the immune system in only 3 days of fasting. Some athletes tend to be scared of fasting because of the myth of metabolic … Continue reading Intermittent fasting