Supplement News 12 - VPX - Betaine - Berries


VPX NO-Synthesize and NO-Shotgun Help Build Lean Muscle

Source: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2012, 9:49 doi:10.1186/1550-2783-9-49

Pre-workout and post-workout supplements are amongst two of the most popular supplement categories for sports and bodybuilding supplements for a number of reasons. Pre workout supplements give you more energy, delay fatigue and help you get more reps, while post-workout supplements help you recover faster and build more muscle. Here's the proof.

Researchers took 24 males with an average of five years of weight-training experience (average 24 years old, 180cm tall, BMI 25.5), and gave them either a serve of NO Shotgun before and NO Synthesize after training, or a placebo both pre and post workout. Participants weren't allowed to take any other supplements during the six week testing period, and also took one serve of NO Synthesize or the placebo once on their days off. Participants underwent a six-week training program, three days a week working each muscle group once a week, with the weights used increasing after every two weeks.

After six weeks, the lean body mass of the VPX group increased by 5%, with no significant increase to the placebo group. The VPX products did not increase muscle strength or improve endurance, but did increase power output.

As one of very few research studies performed with the actual product used (rather than the base ingredient such as creatine), this recent study is a clear indication in the value of pre and post workout supplements such as NO Shotgun and NO Synthesize to increase muscle mass and power.

Betaine Increases Cycling Sprint Speed

Source: J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2012 Apr 3;9(1):12. doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-9-12.

Betaine, or Trimethylglycine, has recently become a common ingredient in pre and intra-workout supplements due to its ability to increase performance. A recent study has shown that it helps boost explosive power, such as with sprint cycling.

Researchers from the University of Connecticut gave 16 recreationally-active athletes either a sports drink, or a sports drink with 2.5g of betaine added to it. The subjects drank half in the morning and half in the afternoon for a week, and their results of 12 seconds of resisted cycling were tested (before and after the week of betaine supplementation).

All subjects saw an increase in power output after the three sprint tests, but the betaine group had a 3-4% increase in power output compared to the placebo group.

This study backs up others which have shown the value of betaine supplementation in workout performance and endurance.

Berries Keep Your Brain 2.5 Years Healthier

Source: Ann Neurol. 2012 Jul;72(1):135-43. doi: 10.1002/ana.23594. Epub 2012 Apr 26.

Berries are naturally high in antioxidants, which have been shown to protect the body against numerous illnesses such as viruses, cancer and heart disease. A recent study shows that eating berries can also help prevent the decline in brain function associated with aging.

Researchers at Harvard University in USA took data from approximately 16,000 participants of a food survey performed every four years since 1980. That data was correlated against brain function testing of those participants between 1995-2001.

A significant relationship existed between the greater intakes of strawberries and blueberries, and the slower rates of cognitive decline. Researchers concluded that berry intake resulted in an approximate 2.5 year delay in cognitive decline, and the more berries ingested, the slower that decline was.

Keep eating those strawberries and blueberries and protect not only your heart, your cells and your immune system, but also your brain.

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