Natural Remedies For the Common Cold

For those of us in colder climates, many of us have already battled the common cold this season.  Though generally not a serious illness for those who’re otherwise healthy, the common cold can be a nuisance. Keep reading to find out some natural cold remedies that have been evaluated in randomized controlled trials. What Are…

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Does L-Arginine Increase Growth Hormone Levels?

Market research suggests that l-arginine is a very popular amino acid supplement among male students.  L-arginine is a conditionally essential amino acid that’s involved in several metabolic pathways.  Accordingly, a typical western diet provides approximately 3-6 g of l-arginine per day . L-Arginine and Growth Hormone For athletes, two of the most important pathways include…

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Health Benefits of Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a very potent antioxidant that we’ll be hearing more and more about over the coming years.  Specifically, it functions as a carotenoid antioxidant though it does not get converted to vitamin A.  Though it’s a ubiquitous pigment found in the marine environment which  provides the pinkish-red color to lobsters, shrimp, salmon, and crayfish,…

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Do Probiotics Prevent Upper Respiratory Tract Infections?

As a former competitive athlete (in the sports of cycling and winter biathlon), I know that there’s nothing more frustrating than an interruption in your off-season training schedule from getting sick.  With all of the buzz surrounding probiotics, do they actually work to prevent upper respiratory tract infections in athletes (URTI’s)? To answer that question,…

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Dietary Leucine for Resistance Training?

Leucine is an essential/branched-chain amino acid which has been gaining considerable research attention lately for its potential performance-enhancing or ergogenic effects.  In particular, researchers have been interested in its ability to promote muscle synthesis as well as to reduce muscle loss during dieting. Like many supplements that have their roots in animal studies, translating these…

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Phytostanol Margarine for Lowering Cholesterol?

Elevated serum cholesterol and, in particular, LDL Cholesterol (LDL-C) are important risk factors for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Does phytostanol and phytosterol-enriched margarine help lower cholesterol levels in user and non-users of statine medication?

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Chocolate Milk Improves Recovery and Athletic Performance?

Competitive athletes need to recover quickly from bouts of training as well as competition to prepare for subsequent events. Studies have shown that postexercise consumption of carbohydrates and protein results in better recovery than consumption of carbohydrates alone.

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