Want to be Leaner, Stronger, Healthier? Don’t eat Soy.

Soy’s a health food, right? Well, like so many other substances, that’s what the "experts" have told us. However, contained in the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Poisonous Plant Database, which contains references to the scientific literature describing studies of the toxic properties and effects of plants and plant parts, under “soybean” there are 310 records. (1) The deleterious effects soy has on our bodies are caused by several different substances; we’re going to go over just a few. One of the materials contained in soybeans is goitrogens. These are naturally occurring and interfere with the function of the thyroid gland. Goitrogens get their name from the term “goiter,”

GABA Increases GH by 400%

Did You Know gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), is a unique amino acid with an array of benefits. It does, however, play other important roles in the human body, including the regulation of muscle tone and neurotransmitters. GABA, being the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, is particularly useful for promoting a sense of calming and anxiety relief. It is also commonly used to support muscle growth and has been shown effective in treating PMS and ADHD among other conditions. One 2008 study published in Medical Science Sports Exercise found that 3 grams of GABA supplementation increased peak Growth hormone levels by about four hundred percent when consumed during and after trainin

Partial Reps, or Full Range Reps

Did you know partial ranges of motion reps are equal to full range of motion (ROM) reps? Most experts have long held that partial repetitions provide no benefit to the serious weightlifter. However, a study done at the University of Southern Mississippi compared using partial ROM repetitions and full ROM repetitions in the development of strength in untrained males. As far as the development of maximal strength was concerned, partial and mixed repetitions were found to be equally as effective as full repetitions. This study was conducted over ten weeks and used the bench press as the criterion for measurement. Researchers divided fifty-six subjects into three groups: the first group used th

Maximum Strength has Greatest Impact on Endurance

Did You Know maximum strength has the strongest influence on muscle endurance? Fernando J. Naclerio and fellow researchers performed a study using 14 firefighters to determine the importance of strength and power on a muscular endurance test. The physical test the firefighters were to perform for a job entry requirement was a maximum repetition test on the flat barbell bench press with 40kg in 40 seconds. The subjects performed a progressive test of 8 sets of 2 – 3 repetitions during the first part of the study. The 1st and 2nd sets were performed using a low load of 25 – 45%. The first set was always performed with a lower load than the second, which was performed using 40Kg. As subsequ

Vitamin D and Testosterone

Did You Know vitamin D3 levels are related to testosterone levels? By definition, a vitamin is a nutrient that cannot be produced by the body, but is necessary for vital functions of the body tissues and organs. Vitamin D is produced in the body when our skin is exposed to ultraviolet light. Because our bodies can manufacture vitamin D, technically it is not a vitamin, but a prehormone. The active form of vitamin D, which our bodies manufacture, called calcitriol, is a hormone. Hormones by definition can activate a cell in two ways: First, some hormones enter the cell and bind with the DNA in the nucleus. Second, some attach themselves to the cell membrane. Vitamin D (calcitriol) can

Hormone Replacement and Prostate Cancer

Did You Know, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has been controversial because of concerns it raises the risk of prostate cancer? A study of 1365 men aged 28 – 87 with symptomatic androgen deficiency receiving TRT were monitored for up to 20 years. There were fourteen new cases of prostate cancer after 2966 man-years of treatment, which is 1 case per 212 years. Researchers concluded the incidence of prostate cancer during long term treatment for TRT was equivalent to the general population. More-over, TRT with regular monitoring may be safer for men than any other alternative. This is just another study added to a long list touting the safety and efficacy of TRT. (Journal of Sexual M

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