Testosterone is probably man’s most famous hormone. It is not a coincidence that high levels of Testosterone are so commonly associated with being strong and powerful. Testosterone plays a major role in the ability of the body to grow, as it promotes protein synthesis and nitrogen balance leading to greater muscle growth.
What are Testosterone Boosters? These are natural supplements that are designed to help with either increasing testosterone production in the body or try to reduce the impact of ‘bad’ hormones like estrogen. Different from ‘Steroids’, Test boosters do not try to replace or add to your natural testosterone but rather improve your ability to make more of it naturally.
Testosterone Boosting Ingredients - Tribulus – Tribulus Terrestris is a vine plant. Supplementing with Tribulus has been shown to promote testosterone levels by increasing the production and secretion of Leutinizing Hormone (LH) which can lead to increases in unbound, free-testosterone levels. - D-Aspartic-Acid (DAA) – a non-essential amino-acid that has been shown in controlled human studies to boost testosterone levels by 42%. - Mucuna Pruriens – An Indian super bean that has been shown to not only boost free unbound testosterone counts in man but also to boost Human Growth Hormone, reduce cortisol levels and increase semen quality - Wild Nettle Roots – These roots have been show to significantly decrease estrogen levels, which in turn boosts your testosterone. Research has shown that the roots of the wild nettle have more impact than the rest of this plant. - Suma Root- Containing plant androgens with testosterone being one of them it has been shown in clinical trials to have stronger anabolic effects when compared with Dianabol and Methandrostenolone, two popular anabolic steroids. - Rhodiola Rosea – also known as Siberian Gingseg, has been shown in research to reduce cortisol levels. - ZMA – is a patented anabolic mineral formula containing Zinc Monomethionine Aspartate, Magnesium Aspartate and vitamin B-6, and is an all-natural product that has been shown to increase anabolic hormone levels and muscle strength in weight lifters and athletes. The best Testosterone booster Managing Expectations – Natural Test boosters are not steroids, so don’t expect to look like Mr. Olympia using natural supplements. Yet, the right Testosterone boosters can make a difference when it comes to you aggression, sex drive and yes, your T-Levels. When trying to choose the best testosterone booster for you, try to understand what is your main goal and try to find the product that includes ingredients that have been shown to support that goal (sex drive/energy/muscle mass)
Does it work for you – This is a tough one, but it’s real. Sometimes the best pre Testosterone supplement is only the best for you. So, you have to try it to see if you are getting the effect you are expecting. Powder Vs Caps – form factor is a thing of personal preference. Some people prefer powder as they rather just mix all their supplements as part of one big shake and some prefer to take pills. One thing to note is that if you do go with powders and plan on mixing it all together makes sure you are getting unflavored powders…
Price – Pricing for Testosterone Boosters vary wildly depending on the ingredients used in the product. Products based on Tribulus Terrestris or DAA are usually very cost effective (in the $10 range per month) where products that include harder to find and more expensive ingredients can get to the $30 range.
Protein powders are ‘powdered’ protein sources. When mixed with water they provide an easy to consume protein food source (and most time cheaper alternative to whole foods)
When and why to use it?
Protein powders are used as supplemental source of protein in mostly 3 cases:
Post workout – research has shown that supplementing with fast absorbing protein powder post workout, has very positive impact on muscle hypertrophy (aka muscle growth). Also, being a drink (and hopefully you got a good tasting one) it’s easier to consume post workout.
Pre workout Breakfast – if you work out very early in the morning, it’s quite hard to eat a good pre workout meal an hour before your workout. A protein shake acts as an easy to consume and fast to absorb breakfast just before your workout.
Meal replacement – you are trying to hit a certain protein intake and you just can’t get yourself to eat enough chicken breast, well, a protein shake can be an easy way to hit your targets.
What differentiates powders?
Protein source/s – there are several common sources for protein – whey, casein, soy, beef. Whey (Milk extract) is by far the most popular source as it is a complete protein (contains all the essential amino acids) very fast absorbing, easy to mix in water and usually the best tasting. Casein is a milk byproduct that is characterized with slower absorption rates. Soy is a popular choice for vegan protein powders. Beef is a relative new comer to the protein world and also represents a fast absorbing and a complete protein.
Other Ingredients – read the nutrition label on most protein powder and you will find out that protein is not the only ingredient there. Most companies add different ingredients to improve taste and sometimes just to make the box look bigger.
Taste & Texture – this is probably the number one criteria for long term loyally to a certain product. Protein shakes need to taste good and mix well so you can actually use them as a food supplement. Having the best taste and structure possible
How to choose a powder?
Goal – if you are looking for a fast absorbing protein source (post workout, or quick pre workout breakfast), then whey protein is your best choice. If you are looking for a slow absorbing protein source (to keep feeding your muscles over a longer period of time) then a mixed protein source is your best choice (mix of whey, casein, egg and other). If you are vegan or lactose sensitive than soy protein (or the rarer pea protein) is a safe choice.
Ingredients / Label – what’s in the powder beyond protein is a key criteria for consumers who watch their carb or fat intake. The most high quality protein (ie isolate protein) will have very little beyond protein and flavoring. The best way to quickly know what’s in a ‘scoop’ is to look at the calorie count. Basically anything above the protein grams x 4 is not protein
Taste – The best protein powder of the world is not necessarily the best tasting protein powder in the world. And the best protein won’t help you if it tastes bad. Now taste is sometimes subjective, make sure you choose a powder you would actually enjoy.
Price – price can be really deceiving in the protein powder world. You cant just look at poundage (2lb, 5lb, 10lb), you really need to look at the number of servings and how the protein source. As mentioned above, you can sometimes buy 5lb of ‘protein powder’ where 30% of it is ‘other stuff’. Again, an easy test is to look at number of servings and amount of protein per servings. That’s where the protein rubber meets the road.
Simply put, creatine is the most researched and proven muscle and strength building supplement in the market. Creatine increases the muscle ability to generate energy more quickly. That additional energy translates to more reps, more weight lifted and more muscle. The market is full of creatine products, from the basic creatine monohydrate to proprietary creatine based formulas. Creatine is naturally occurring in the human body. Creatine supplies energy to muscle cells. More than 90% of the total creatine in the human body is located in skeletal muscle. Creatine supplementation increases the level of creatine in the muscles and by that increases the muscle ability to generate energy.
Creatine Monohydrate – the basic form of creatine (powder) and by far the most common creatine form. A loading phase (one week) and cycling is usually recommended.
Creatine Micronized – Creatine monohydrate with up to 20 times smaller particles than standard creatine. Micronized creatine will usually mix easier and will be absorbed faster in the body.
Creatine Ethyl Ester – A combination of creatine and an organic compound called ‘Ester’. Creatine Ethyl Ester is designed to have a better absorption rate and a longer life time in the body compared with creatine monohydrate.
Creatine HCI – Creatine HCl biggest claim to fame is its water solubility. Research has shown that Creatine HCI completely dissolves in water. In addition because C-HCI dissolves in water completely there’s no need for a loading phase or cycling as in regular creatine products.
Kre-Alkalyn – a patented form of creatine with a molecular buffering process that is designed to enhance increase creatine stability in the body and hence increase its effectiveness.
Creatine Formulas – several vendors have been introducing creatine formulas which use one of the creatine types above as a core ingredient and then add different ingredients to achieve a certain goal or enhance the effectiveness of the basic creatine function.
Powder / Caps – most creatine products in the market today are powder based, but recently we have seen more caps based products announced. The function is exactly the same, the difference is only in the consumption.
Best Creatine for You
You really can’t go wrong with the good old Creatine Monohydrate. Its cheap and been proven to work. And you can choose between powder and capsules. If you want to skip the loading period or want to give up cycling then give the other forms of creatine mentioned above a try.
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Well, the name says is it all. This family of supplements is intended to make your workout better. And by better we mean more energy, intensity, endurance and focus. Pre workout is probably the second largest supplement product family after protein powders and the variety of products on the market can be overwhelming.
Why use it?
A good pre workout supplement will make your workout better and the best pre workouts will make it amazing. Some of the things you could expect from a good pre workout supplement:
More Energy – With the right pre workout supplement you will feel a significant boost in your energy level before going into the gym. This energy level increase will translate to working harder and with more intensity. This goes above the basic ‘caffeine’ dosage and into energy boosting ingredients that can increase your endurance and recovery.
More Focus – some of the ingredients in the best pre workout products target your mind and can dramatically increase your focus in the gym.
More Strength And Power – Different from stimulants, there are ingredients that have shown to increase muscle endurance and the muscle ability to contract. So it’s not just that you can work harder, you can get also more bang for your workout.
Better Pump – Getting a good muscle pump increases blood flow to the muscle and with that increases the amount of nutrients the muscle can absorb. A side effect of the ‘pump’ is that you will also look great after the workout (temporarily though…)
How to Choose the Best Pre Workout for You
Managing Expectations – What are you looking for? Are you looking for a bigger pump? Are you looking for that energy buzz that makes you feel like you just have to lift something heavy? Or you are mostly after helping your body take more pounding so you can train harder and for longer. Different products will give you more or less of these benefits, depending on the ingredients they’ve focused on. And though a lot of them at some point will promise everything you should know that most are better than others in certain areas.
Stimulant or Stimulant Free – this is an easy one to start with. The way the pre-workout category developed over time, the term pre-workout became almost synonymous with stimulants (aka caffeine). Most stimulant based pre-workouts will have over 200mg of caffeine per serving, with the purpose of giving you that energy push and buzz. Yet, there’s more to pre-workout than caffeine and actually some prefer stimulant free pre workouts that will give them all the benefits mentioned above without that caffeine rush. If you are one of them, then a stimulant free pre-workout is for you.
Does it work for you – This is a tough one, but it’s real. Sometimes the best pre workout supplement is best for you… and you have to try it to know if you feel good with the product. Does it give you an energy boost without crashing you in the middle of the workout? Do you actually feel more focused? I can’t tell you how many times I read rave reviews of pre-workouts and then felt nothing. The only way you will know is to try and see if it works. And if it does than you know it.
Price –A good place to start is price per serving. But again, you need to see how many servings really do it for you. You could find yourself satisfied with one scoop of one product and 3 with another (and mind you, you as your tolerance to stimulants grows you will need more servings to feel it). So, without asking you to go and do a full ingredient analysis, you could start by reading the label and calculate the ‘price per max recommended dosage’ which would usually be more than one servings.
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