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[28 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Popcorn Isn’t Just For The Movies; For Your Health Also

Popcorn has got to be the # 1 movie goers snack of choice (not that we’ve done any double-blind studies to prove it).  We’re pretty sure that those millions of people that saw the latest thrill at the cinema spent a pretty penny on the kernel.  But did you know that popcorn can actually be a very healthy snack?
The Edge News reports that “popcorn actually contains more polyphenols – powerful antioxidants – than many fruits and vegetables.  A new study performed at the University of Scranton found that popcorn contains …

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[3 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]

Many well respected fitness and bodybuilding experts from the past and today believe that coffee isn’t good for the body, possibly somewhat toxic.  So they recommended to their trainees to steer clear of the java.  Well, time has proven that those notions are incorrect and based on nutritional misconceptions.
Take a look at what the column The Research Center recently published, “In reality, coffee is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the average American’s diet, and modern studies have slowly but surely been setting the record straight in favor …

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[30 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Omega 3 Fish Oil May Be Anabolic

The term “anabolic”  tends to conjure up thoughts of needles, testosterone, steroids, and the like in mainstream media, unnecessarily so.  However, “anabolic” simply represents anything that’s conducive to muscle growth.  One such nutrient that can help make you more anabolic and assist you in your muscular development is omega 3 fish oil.
Muscle and Fitness informs that “four grams of omega – 3 fish oil per day led to increases in the anabolic response to insulin and improved protein synthesis according to a recent study by the Washington University School of …

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[28 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Strengthen Your Heart With Cocoa

Not that we’re suggesting that you go out and start pounding the hot cocoa (although with winter being in full force right now, many would not feel that’s a bad idea), but cocoa is not only excellent on your taste buds, but in a serious matter, it may also be good for the heart.
The Edge News recently reported “Eating dark chocolate gives your body more than just a shot of antioxidants.  New research suggests that consuming flavonoid-rich dark cocoa could lead to a 1.6-point drop in systolic blood pressure, significant …

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[21 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Being Overweight Doesn’t Mean Your Out of Conditioning

Most make the mistake of assuming that just because someone may be slightly overweight that must automatically mean that they are out of shape, in regards to conditioning, stamina, strength, speed, power, and endurance.  That’s yet another myth that’s been perpetuated for decades.  But like many other things, “looks can be deceiving”.
Take as a case in point UFC athlete Roy Nelson.  Muscle and Fitness recently published that “Physique is not always an indicator of fitness.  Exhibit A: Roy “Big Country” Nelson outlasting lean, chiseled opponents in the Octagon.  It turns …

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[28 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Ginger May Help With Prostrate Cancer

Sadly, prostrate cancer takes the lives of thousands and thousands of males every year.  Chemo, radiation, surgery, medications, etc., etc., are just some of the many treatments used in battling this disease.
Muscle & Fitness magazine recently informed that “Long known as a digestive aid, ginger may be able to slow the progression of prostrate cancer, according to a recent study.  Researchers at Georgia State University showed that ginger extract slowed the progression of prostrate cancer grafts in mice by as much as 56%.  The dose used was moderate, the human …

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[7 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Fishy Business: Yet More Praise For Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Just like the engine and transmission of your vehicle needs oil for continual functioning, so does your body.  And to be more specific, we’re referring to fish oil, and even more specific, omega 3 fatty acids.
According to M&F, “The benefits of fish oil have been documented thousands of times, with each new study uncovering yet another reason to eat more fish and take one of the most highly regarded supplements in the world.  It reduces blood pressure, protect skin, aids fat metabolism, and may even reduce muscle soreness after training. …

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[1 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Beets: Add To Your Arsenal

Little by little we’re finally giving the respect to good old fashion whole fruits and vegetables that are critical to optimum exercise and sports performance.  The latest to add to the list are beets.  As Muscle & Fitness recently posted, “A new UK study suggests you can do exactly that.  Researchers had cyclists take part in two separate 4K time trials, drinking whole beet-root juice before one of them.  In the end, the cyclists completed the trials an average of 48 seconds – or 2.7% – faster after drinking the …

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[18 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Salt Of The Earth

We were happy to see the whole “low fat” craze die the “nutritional-myths and misconceptions” death that it suffered.  Now we’re waiting for the world to open up their eyes and realize that carbs are not the ugly enemy they’re being made out to be.  Well, there’s a third myth we can’t wait to be brought to an end;  the low-sodium myth.
Flex put it very well when it published, “….anything less than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day will limit your performance in the gym and is actually dangerous for …

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[24 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
Gain Power With Plain Old Water

I’m sure since you were old enough to understand words it’s been instilled in you just how important water is.  All of us have heard the true lesson that the human body can live without food for weeks and months, yet can only survive a few days without water.  Well, water also directly affects your performance in and out of the gym.
Joe Wuebben  recently reported that “being just slightly dehydrated will negatively affect your strength.  Several research studies confirm that slight dehydration can limit strength and power by as much …