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Alcohol’s Effect On The Body

I wanted to know how alcohol affects weight loss as I have a few beers on the weekend. If I’m pretty strict for the rest of the week, would this still affect my ability to shed body fat? Alcohol’s Effect On The Body Moderate alcohol consumption does have some health benefits. However, if you are particularly concerned about weight loss then you need to be concerned with how “moderate” your alcohol consumption really is. Researchers from Case Western Reserve in...
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Vitamin C Counters Damage Caused by Passive Smoking

Exposure to smoke in a close environment is thought to increase a non-smokers’ risk of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. Sometimes athletes are unavoidably exposed to passive smoking. A new study has revealed that Vitamin C supplementation may help prevent the damage caused by passive smoking. Vitamin C Counters Damage Caused by Passive Smoking Researchers from the University of California in Berkeley investigated the effect of antioxidants on oxidative stress in 67 passive smokers. This study discovered that non-smokers who...
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Cigarette Smoking Impairs Optimal Recovery From Training

Previous research has shown that tobacco smoking damages the cells in males that synthesize testosterone. Testosterone levels within the body govern the muscle growth/anabolic process from training. Thus, smoking may well hinder optimal testosterone production and interfere with the body’s ability to build muscle. However, another recent study shows how smoking may impair muscle building efforts. Cigarette Smoking Impairs Optimal Recovery From Training This research examined the effects of smoking on exercise recovery and revealed that smoking retards the glycogen...
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Licorice Extract Reduces Testosterone Levels in Men

Licorice extract is often used to treat a number of gastrointestinal disorders. However, new findings suggest that the chemicals in licorice could have an effect on testosterone levels, particularly in men. Licorice Extract Reduces Testosterone Levels in Men This research on licorice extract was presented at the British Pharmaceutical Conference, and it follows previous studies that have suggested a similar adverse affect in men. Reduced testosterone levels were reported in an Italian study in 1999, but U.S. researchers were unable...
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Hard Training Athletes Should Supplement With Vitamin C

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland in California have completed a study that has shown that vitamin C could be a therapeutic agent that improves lung function. Hard Training Athletes Should Supplement With Vitamin C In this two-year study, vitamin C was shown to improve the health of the cells that line the surface of the lungs. It appears that vitamin C supports the normal hydration of airway surfaces, where as a vitamin C deficiency can...
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Exercise and Cortisol Reduction

Research on exercise and cortisol. Cortisol is an important hormone for breaking down proteins to make fuel. Cortisol also helps initiate an immune response to infection. However, tough exercise programs increase the production of cortisol. Elevated Cortisol Levels Elevated cortisol levels in the blood impede the transport of nutrients into muscle. This prevents effective recovery from training. Research performed by Dr. Dean Jacks has shown that short duration, high intensity exercise is best for minimizing excessive cortisol production. Dr. Jacks...
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Eccentric Training Enhances Maximal Bench Press

Many bodybuilders and power athletes train incessantly to increase their bench press. One highly effective method to improve strength is eccentric training. The eccentric phase of the bench press is where the weight is lowered before it is pushed to the starting position. Lowering a heavy weight in a slow, controlled fashion still requires muscle contraction. Eccentric Training Enhances Maximal Bench Press This eccentric contraction is the strongest type of muscle contraction we produce. Most athletes can use more weight...
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Daily Glutamine Supplementation for Fat Loss and Muscle Gain

I’ve Heard That Glutamine Might Help With Fat Loss? Researchers from Iowa State University have found that supplementing with glutamine after a meal increased energy expenditure and the utilization of fats and carbohydrates. This effect was observed in direct comparison to the use of mixed free-form amino acids. The results of this work suggest that it enhances the action of insulin and promotes blood glucose disposal. This finding may explain the increase in muscle glycogen that has been observed in...
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Higher Testosterone Levels Linked to Greater Mental Sharpness in Older Men

A recent study showed that older men with naturally higher levels of testosterone performed better on tests of mental abilities than men with lower levels of testosterone. Higher Testosterone Levels Linked to Greater Mental Sharpness in Older Men According to the study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, men with high levels of free, bioavailable (testosterone not bound to a protein) testosterone performed a better on such tests than men with lower levels....
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Losing Weight With An Active Job

There is little doubt that obesity in the United States has already reached epidemic proportions and each year obesity-related pathologies cost the US billions of dollars. Many scientists and doctors know the high rate of obesity is due to inactivity. If you’re concerned about becoming overweight, research suggests the best way to prevent this is to get a job that keeps you active. Losing Weight With An Active Job Results from a recent study performed at the University of Tennessee...
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