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Protein Trends

The latest anabolic innovations to your favorite supplement.
By Adam M. Gonzalez, PhD, CSCS, CISSN
 
Protein powder continues to be one of the most effective and well-established supplements for building muscle, burning fat, and improving overall health. Consumer demand and painstaking research has lead to several innovations in the last few years. Some modest tweaks simply reflect the attitude of the buyer and a desire for convenience, while other developments represent years of scientific discovery and hard-earned lessons from the trenches. Together, these new innovations in the protein-powder market are a good indicator of the future of sports supplements.
Native Whey Proteins
All proteins start as long strands of amino acids constructed into highly specific three-dimensional shapes. A protein in its native state has a properly folded structure and the protein integrity is fully conserved. This is in contrast to the denatured state, in which the structure is disrupted and the strands of amino acids begin to unravel. Most whey protein powders undergo two processes of filtration and pasteurization. Native whey protein eliminates the second filtration process in effort to provide the pure native proteins from milk.
Several high-quality whey protein supplements are now manufactured as primary products of milk rather than as a by-product of cheese manufacturing. Native whey protein comes from milk rather than cheese. The filtration process can affect protein structure by altering the molecular interactions in the native proteins, which could potentially alter the digestibility of the protein. All whey protein sold in the United States needs to first be pasteurized, which means the whey protein will be exposed to a level of heat that may cause changes in some of the proteins. However, native whey only goes through one high-heat pasteurization process (other types of protein are pasteurized twice). All of the remaining processing steps to native whey proteins are

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Power Nutrition

Intra workout nutrition: Is it necessary? The good and the bad.
By Tucker Loken-
PQ: “You may not be able to out-train a bad diet, but you also can’t out-diet a bad training program.”
The practice of intra-workout supplementation with calorie-free amino acids, simple carbs, or quick-digesting protein has some sound logic and proven results behind it. For bodybuilders, the idea is that by taking in sugars, amino acids, and possibly protein while working out you’re constantly feeding your muscles. You’re breaking down muscle fibers and depleting glycogen by lifting weights, but then immediately replenishing glycogen stores and amino acids.
For powerlifters, it can be helpful because it can sustain energy levels during a long workout. Bodybuilding workouts are generally shorter but more frequent each week, and powerlifting sessions are usually on fewer days but much longer sessions. Intra-workout sugar and protein can help when you’re prepping for a meet, and your squat session has taken an hour and a half, and you still have some assistance work to do. These are the positive uses behind it, but where can people go wrong?
One of the biggest problems I’ve seen is people taking in too many calories, or the wrong kind of calories, and doing it unnecessarily. Too many calories from intra-workout supplements can work against you and start stealing your pump. When you’re consuming calories during your workout, your body still has to digest them, which means blood flow is being diverted to your stomach and is being used to digest the food rather than push nutrients into your muscles as you’re lifting. You may not be able to out-train a bad diet, but you also can’t out-diet a bad training program.
The right kind of intra-workout calories matters as well. If you suck down a lot of calories from grape juice and whey protein

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Hunger Games

The first step to a ripped physique is to gain control of your appetite. These products can help.
By Jenevieve Roper, PhD, CSCS, CISSN, SFN
 
Surviving the holidays unscathed is hard enough as it is, but adding in the potential of weight gain from all the family meals you’re expected to attend, and it can seem almost impossible. Well, here you are. But now is the time to get back on track. One of the things that will help you return to the rigor of your diet and training is an appetite suppressant. And typically they work exactly how they sound: They keep raging hunger from derailing fat-loss efforts.
Now that’s just a simple explanation. Many appetite suppressants work by activating things such as cAMP and a-amylase inhibitor, which are molecules that reduce starch metabolism or delay gastric emptying. Either way, you end up eating less and hopefully dropping those unwanted holiday pounds.
Now there are many, many products out there that claim to have appetite-suppressing effects. After a thorough search through a lot of literature, we found the ingredients to look for that have the most promising results when it comes to suppressing appetite and helping you get shredded.
  

 
Caffeine: Our old friend caffeine is something we consistently mention. It has many different benefits, most notably its ability to elevate the metabolism and increase energy expenditure. But one of the few things we tend to overlook is caffeine’s ability to curb appetite. Ever noticed it? Well, it appears that caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and increase a molecule known as cyclic AMP. This will then start sending satiety signals from the liver due to increased lipolysis (fat breakdown), meaning you end up eating a bit less than normal.
A 2009 study indicated that after just 50 milligrams of caffeine, energy intake was reduced by

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Drink Your Greens

A health-based supplement is gaining popularity among serious fitness enthusiasts.
By Jenevieve Roper, PhD, CSCS, CISSN
Okay, let’s be honest: How many of you actually get the recommended dietary intake of vegetables each day? I mean, your focus is strictly on gains, which requires a lot of protein and moderate amounts of carbs and fat. Sometimes an overbearing focus on protein can end up harming you in the long run. Well, I’m happy to report that many of you are wising up to this fact and figuring out other means of getting in those key nutrients that you only get from a variety of fruits and vegetables. One method that is gaining popularity is utilizing a green powder.
So what exactly are green powders? They are exactly what they sound like. Manufacturers freeze-dry chlorella, spirulina, barley, kale, alfalfa, wheatgrass, spinach, broccoli, and other green-hued vegetables and herbs, and process them into a concentrated, albeit low-calorie, powder. But it doesn’t just end there. They’re actually one of the fastest-growing category of supplements, and it’s likely because they deliver a day’s worth of fruits and veggies in a scoop of powder without the additional calories. A green powder is fast, convenient, and not nearly as terrible tasting as you’d think. It’s are also a great supplement if you’re on a strict diet but still want your nutrients.
Nutritional Support
Well, something with the name “green powder” should provide some nutritional support, because they aren’t selling sex appeal. Green powders are full of great nutrients and phytochemicals that provide some great nutritional support. Well, it starts with their ingredients. Many green powders vary a bit in their ingredients, but there are some key ones that you should look for so you get the most bang for your buck:
Wheatgrass: If the superfoods were the Justice League, wheat grass is

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VaporX5 Next Gen by MuscleTech

What good is a pre-workout that gives you a pump but leaves you thinking about that stack of papers on your desk? Preparing the body to train is a complex undertaking that must involve the brain, muscles, central nervous system, and more. VaporX5 Next Gen is the latest pre-workout offering from MuscleTech, an industry giant that has helped develop whole categories of sports supplements. The formulators behind VaporX5 Next Gen understand what real training demands of the body and included five separate blends that each address a separate factor of an optimal workout experience: endurance, energy, mental focus, vasodilation, and muscle building. This five-in-one formula contains clinical doses of validated ingredients that create a synergistic effect, making them stronger together than they are on their own.
VaporX5 Next Gen contains no proprietary blends, and all ingredients are clearly labeled in their gram amounts. Proven agents of change such as creatine and beta-alanine are alongside cutting-edge botanicals like hawthorn extract and galangal extract. The broad-spectrum benefits of VaporX5 Next Gen make it a perfect pre-workout supplement no matter how you train. If you are doing a high-volume two-hour 36-set bodypart workout or a nasty 30-minute HIIT session, VaporX5 Next Gen can help you go longer and stronger than ever before. VaporX5 Next Gen is available in Fruit Punch Blast, Blue Raspberry Fusion, Icy Rocket Freeze, and Candy Watermelon flavors.
 
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