Protein Supplements Finally Linked to Muscle Growth

Reported by: NutraIngredients (26th Nov. 2012)

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published the findings of a meta-analysis carried out by Dutch researchers that shows protein supplements to be effective for boosting muscle mass and strength gains during resistance exercise in both younger and older subjects. Led by Luc van Loon from Maastricht University Medical Centre, the data shows that “protein supplementation represents an effective dietary strategy to augment the adaptive response of skeletal muscle to prolonged resistance-type training.” Protein supplements are extensively taken by many athletes and, while it is generally accepted that they hep to build and maintain muscle, there is much discrepancy in the literature regarding the proposed effects and benefits of such supplementation. The meta-analysis is claimed to be the first to examine protein supplements in relation to the adaptive response of muscle strength and seeks to resolve any debate over the effectiveness for young and old. This research has paved the way for future investigations to examine specific variables, such as the intensity of the exercise sessions, the source of protein supplementation and the timing of supplementation in relation to exercise. Read More  

Could Ketones Drink Hold the Key to Weight Loss?

Reported by: The Mail (26th Nov. 2012) DeltaG is a radical new drink that has been developed by Kieran Clarke, Professor of Physiological Biochemistry at Oxford University and head of its Cardiac Metabolism Research Group, at the request of the US Army. The main ingredient in the drink is Ketones, powerful sources of energy that are produced naturally by the body when we start using fat reserves for energy in the absence of carbohydrates. Designed to provide all of the benefits of weight loss and metabolic improvement without the pain of dieting, the drink could also be used to treat epilepsy, diabetes and possibly even Alzheimer’s. It is also an incredible energy-booster and was the result of a commission from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to find an energy source that would improve soldiers’ mental and physical performance under battlefield conditions. DeltaG has already received positive feedback from a group of top international rowers who noticed an improvement in their level of performance when using the drink. From the looks of things, FORZA is way ahead of the game with its new Raspberry Ketone 2:2:1 formula that combines the fantastic weight loss properties of Raspberry Ketones with the stimulating effects of pure caffeine and the anti-aging effects of Resveratrol. Read More  

Foods to Aid a Good Night’s Sleep

Reported by: The Huffington Post US (27th Nov. 2012)

The US edition of the Huffington Post has advised on foods that can be eaten to promote a good night’s sleep. When trying to get more shut-eye, it recommends looking for foods containing Tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to Serotonin and Melatonin (the brain’s natural relaxation channels that induce better sleep). The suggestions include:   Banana and Nuts Peanut Butter and Crackers A Bowl of Cereal Cheese Sticks   For better sleep, you can also try supplementing with 5-HTP, another amino acid and a natural precursor for the brain to produce more Serotonin. Read More  

Vitamins Celebrate 100th Birthday with EU Health Claims

Reported by: Food & Drink Europe (28th Nov. 2012)

It has been 100 years since the Polish biochemist, Casimir Funk, formulated the concept of vitamins (or ‘vital amines’ as he called them) in 1912, and the essential nutrients have celebrated their centenary by winning a number of health claims in the European Union. This list of approved health claims will have a huge impact on the supplement industry, with companies now able to make claims on products by simply blending in a claim-backed vitamin. In order to make the claim, the product only has to include 15% of the vitamin’s recommended daily allowance (RDA). While this will undoubtedly pave the way for many companies to make new claims by introducing small amounts of vitamins, FORZA guarantees to continue enhancing its high-quality supplements with effective amounts of vitamins and minerals to achieve maximum stimulation and optimum results. Read More  

Beer Belly May Lead to Weaker Bones

Reported by: The Mail (29th Nov. 2012)

A study from Harvard Medical School has found that men with beer bellies had a higher chance of developing osteoporosis, a condition which makes bones more prone to breaks as they lose density. The study examined two groups of obese men: those with mainly subcutaneous fat, which lies just beneath the skin and is spread all over the body, and those with mainly visceral fat, which is located deep under the muscle tissue in the abdominal cavity. The results showed that the bones of the group with visceral fat were nearly twice as weak as those with subcutaneous fat, possibly due to the fact that people with visceral fat secrete less human growth hormone and more inflammation-causing molecules, which weakens bones. Read More