Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA): Are There Benefits from Supplementing This Antioxidant?

    Vitamin C and vitamin E tend to get the most attention as antioxidants. But there are numerous others found in plants or produced within the body that contribute to health, including alpha-lipoic acid (ALA). Though it may not be as prominently known as other antioxidants, research has linked ALA supplementation with improved cholesterol measures, blood sugar control, inflammation, and possibly weight status.  Here’s what you need to know about ALA supplements. 

    Are L-Theanine Supplements Beneficial for Stress Reduction?

    Ever wondered why you were told to drink a cup of tea before bed to help you relax? Tea isn't just a good source of antioxidants—it also contains a unique amino acid, L-theanine, which has received recent attention for claimed “stress-reducing” effects.[1]  And though many "stress-reducing" supplements have come to market to combat the recent rise in societal stress, many don't live up to their claims. So what makes L-theanine different? Is L-theanine safe and effective to take to relieve ...

    Are Citrulline Malate Supplements Beneficial For Strength Performance?

    Athletes looking to elevate their strength or performance are constantly seeking a competitive edge, and they often turn to supplements for that boost. A popular supplement amongst strength athletes is citrulline malate. But it’s important to understand whether the science supports the intended use of a supplement before introducing it into a daily routine. So, does research support the use of citrulline malate for athletic performance? Or are these athletes investing in an ineffective ...

    NMN Supplementation Improves Measures of Endurance Capacity in Amateur Runners, A New Study Finds

    A recent study finds that nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) supplementation improved endurance capacity in amateur runners.[1] Researchers propose that NMN enhances oxygen delivery in muscle tissue, bringing energy to exercise-induced energy-depleted cells. Published this month in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, this study is gaining attention from athletes and biohackers alike. Let's dive in.  

    Are Exogenous Ketone Supplements Worth the Hype?

    In the 1920s, scientists discovered that the state of ketosis—when the body switches from using glucose to ketone bodies for fuel—effectively reduced the number of seizures in children with epilepsy. [1]  Why and how this works remains unknown. Nevertheless, the ketogenic (AKA keto) diet is often used to reach ketosis and is still prescribed as a pediatric anti-seizure treatment. Scientists are even considering it as a potential treatment for other neurological disorders like Alzheimer's and ...

    6 Science-Backed Ways to Naturally Increase Testosterone

    Testosterone is the main male sex hormone that plays an integral role in growth and development, cognitive and sexual function, and healthy aging throughout a man’s life. [1] Although testosterone levels drop around 1%-2% each year after age 40, low testosterone levels can occur at any age. [2] Certain dietary and lifestyle practices can help naturally increase testosterone, promoting healthy aging and enhancing performance. 

    Are Green Tea Extract Supplements Beneficial for Athletic Performance?

    Green tea has been a component of the diet since ancient times. Because of its popularity and nutrient-dense profile, this delicious beverage is also well-researched. From metabolism to mood to longevity, green tea proves to have multiple powerful effects on the body. Lately, green tea extract supplements, a potent form of green tea, have become popular for their beneficial, antioxidant impact on exercise recovery. But does research support using this potent pill for training gains? We take a ...

    Supplements to Slow Aging? Here’s What the Science Says

    Certain dietary patterns like intermittent fasting, beverages like coffee and green tea, and even playing brain games can all help slow the onset of the aging process (click to read more about those here). But what about the impact of supplements? Almost any vitamin, mineral, or bioactive compound (like phytonutrients) can be isolated into a supplemental form. And it’s enticing to believe that healthy choices can be simplified down to taking a pill, powder, or capsule, especially when many ...
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