Muscle Gain: The Products You Need, NOW

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We are dedicating today to muscle gain, specifically the supplements needed to speed up the process and add on serious size and strength, fast. We’ve got the top 5 supplements you’ll need to add muscle in a hurry!

On top of providing the supplements you need, we will make sure to offer the best training techniques and tips, as well as diet advice, for FREE when you stop in to pick up your muscle fuel. This is INVALUABLE INFORMATION for anybody, but especially for anybody trying to win a figure competition. Our certified staff will do it all for free — all you need to do is stop by the shop.

RECOVERY (GLUTAMINE, PRO-GH)

GLUTAMIC: pH Labs has introduced GLUTAMIC, designed to prevent muscle wasting, enhance recovery time, preserve lean muscle tissue and maximize overall training efforts. In short, GLUMATIC is more effective than traditional glutamine supplements and has taken glutamine supplementation to new heights! GLUTAMIC stands out from other glutamine supplements with two key additions, GlutaZorb and Sustamine. The details on those ingredients are here.

On your rest days, making sure you refuel properly and effectively is important — don’t miss out on the important amino acids in Glutacor.

GLUTACOR: GLUTACOR’s function specific combination of 3 powerhouse blends – 1, 2 and 3 Phase Recovery Complexes are the backbone to this formula. These ratio-specific blends of potent compounds deliver a remarkable range of benefits and are in place to support increased recovery time for trained muscles, enhanced nitrogen retention, protein synthesis, muscle-cell hydration and immune function, while limiting muscle catabolism, sparing glycogen and preserving lean muscle. Also, the antioxidant properties of GlycoCarn,USP, one of the main ingredients in GLUTACOR, has shown to facilitate the body in ridding itself of metabolic waste that builds up while exercising, allowing the body to increase its threshold to fatigue time. With their high stability and superior uptake, all of these diverse compounds essentially make traditional glutamine based recovery supplements obsolete. In addition, the Electrolyte Hydration Blend has been added to this formula to replenish electrolytes and assist your body in hydration during and after intense physical activity.

1-XPM: For those looking to increase muscle mass, decrease body fat and improve REM sleep patterns, this nighttime anabolic agent just may be the advantage you need to maximize your training, dieting and supplementation.

A blend primarily fueled by long-proven stand-bys zinc, magnesium aspartate and B-6, 1-XPM that has an impact on testosterone production in males, as well as countering ill effects in muscle building often associated with deficiencies in important minerals. One study, conducted on college athletes, showed significant increases in testosterone production and strength in the test group that was given zinc and magnesium aspartate.

HGH-191By the time many of us hit 30, we’re producing only 20 percent of what we could be producing. It’s why older guys get sicker and more feeble, or why they lose their hair, or why they gain fat. GH was found in 2007 by the Medical College of Georgia to have properties very similar to insulin — in short, very anabolic (muscle-building) and produced from within your own body.

CellShock’s HGH-191 is a product designed to stimulate the production of GH within your own body — it IS NOT growth hormone itself. Instead, it contains compounds that trigger specific sequences within the pituitary that then release small, controlled pulses of GH to the system.

Just like you can continue to water your lawn and keep it growing and fresh-looking, you can emulate the body’s natural growth system by encouraging it to repeat itself with HGH-191. Unlike puberty, though, there isn’t a massive release of GH within the body (you can blame that on the acne you got when you were 16, or thank it for the sudden boost in muscle). Instead, very specific sequences control the amount released, helping you gain a more youthful look — tightening skin that may have started to sag, improving muscle mass and tone, improving recovery time and controlling body weight.

PRO-TESTOSTERONE SUPPLEMENTS

1-XD: For some guys who want rapid results, the answer is a boost to testosterone levels. Of course, it’s not legal to get synthetic testosterone injections if you’re an athlete — and NUTRISHOP wouldn’t condone this type of action, since it’s banned in just about every single professional and collegiate level of sports worldwide. But that doesn’t mean you can’t encourage your body to produce more of ITS OWN TESTOSTERONE. And that’s exactly what ForzaOne’s 1-XD is designed to do.

Huge results in a small time frame.

This is where science comes in. A naturally occurring compound known as Sodium D-Aspartic Acid (DAA, for short), the primary ingredient in 1-XD, has undergone some interesting studies in the last few years. The takeaway from those studies: DAA is amazing!

In 2009, a group of Italian physicians and researchers published a peer-reviewed study in“Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology” journal examining the effects of DAA, an amino acid present in humans naturally. What they found was incredible: In males, DAA provides up to a 42-percent increase in testosterone in just 12 days, compared to a placebo group, and that it also increased luteinizing hormone (LH), also found in the body and that is responsible for triggering testosterone production.

ANITEST:  The difference between ANITEST and a synthetic testosterone injection is that while hormone replacement treatment provides false hormones, ANITEST allows your body to use more of its own. Much of the free testosterone in the system is binded to Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG), proteins that inhibit the testosterone’s availability. The hormone itself is there, but it cannot be used. ANITEST frees it from this protein by blocking the SHBG in the first place, and the result is an increase in free testosterone, produced by your OWN BODY.

ARABOL: CellShock has come up with ARABOL, an anabolic supplement designed to increase muscle mass in men thanks to its U.S-patented main ingredient, arachidonic acid (AA).

AA has been clinically proven to be safe and effective in university studies as an accelerator of fast-twitch muscle fiber growth; it was given a U.S. patent for increasing skeletal muscle mass in humans. It’s an essential acid from the Omega-6 group, stored in the muscles and released during exercise. It serves mostly as a regulator of protein synthesis and also can increase sensitivity to naturally created anabolic hormones like testosterone, growth hormone and insulin.

A 2006 placebo-controlled study from the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that those supplementing with AA experienced a 600-percent (!) increase in muscle power and 44-percent gains in one-rep max for bench press, a 223-percent boost in muscle power and a 250-percent gain in muscle endurance over the course of 50 days.

AUGMENT: AUGMENT deals not only with naturally increasing the production of hormones within the body, but also with making the hormone receptor sites more sensitive, thus creating the ability to utilize additional testosterone more effectively. The increase of sensitivity to IGF — Insuling-like Growth Factor — is a major benefit of AUGMENT.

With the addition of Ursolic Acid to this mix, AUGMENT is designed to increase testosterone and IGF-1 sensitivity in skeletal muscle and is extremely effective as a standalone supplement. However, for an increased anabolic effect, AUGMENT stacks extremely well with other testosterone and growth hormone boosters such as 1-XD, TESTANON-2250, ANITEST and/or HGH-191.

CREATINE

N’FUZE:  Creatine’s best, most useful attribute is simple: It adds muscle size, strength and endurance.

While creatine is a fantastic supplement, its most basic form, creatine monohydrate (that’s the white chalky stuff you can find on the cheap almost anywhere), has a major drawback: It breaks down into creatinin, a toxic byproduct of creatine, very quickly once ingested. This is why many people who have tried creatine have reported bloating, gas or other problems, not to mention them not getting the exact results they’re looking for.

CellShock’s N’FUZE addresses this problem with a creatine product that provides a buffer between the creatine itself and your system, meaning you get nearly 100 percent of the creatine you’re taking without the bloating effects of monohydrate. This buffered version of creatine is known as Kre-Alkalyn, which studies have shown reduces nearly all of the creatinin conversion. The bottom line: You get more pure creatine to your muscles, to maximize strength, mass and endurance gains in the muscle

WEIGHT GAINERS

GAINER 7: GAINER7 is one of the cleanest gainer products available, offering more than 700 calories per serving without weighing you down the bad way — with fat and sugar. The carb blend in GAINER7 is primarily derived from whole wheat, maltodextrin and dextrose, for a staggered release of blood sugar and anabolic insulin, without the vicious spike and crash you’d get from cheaper, faster-burning sugars.

And, like Pro7ein Synthesis, GAINER7 contains Aminogen, which naturally boosts the nitrogen in the system to help keep you anabolic. With the amino acids protein provide to help you build muscle and recover, the 54-gram serving of protein is an ideal ratio for anybody looking to put on size; the different absorption rates of the seven protein types ensures that the maximum amount of protein will reach your recovering muscles without being wasted.

MASS COMPLEX: A delicious, power-packed 2:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio blend of Whey Concentrate, Whey Isolate and Potassium Caseinate along with high and low glycemic carbohydrates which are required for increased strength and muscle mass in the hardest of gainers. With 50 grams of protein, 100 grams of high and low glycemic carbohydrates along with Glutamine Peptides and all the essential amino acids.

MASS COMPLEX delivers your muscles the fuel needed for optimal growth. MASS COMPLEX also contains a natural digestive enzyme complex to improve digestion and assimilation, thus reducing bloating commonly associated with other weight gain supplements.

MASS FUZION: MASS FUZION’s carbohydrate blend is designed not only to increase glycogen for improved amino acid delivery, but also to signal a big spike in insulin in the blood. This natural anabolic hormone, produced by the pancreas, is one of the most potent substances there is that can be naturally found in the body for muscle-building. MASS FUZION promotes insulin production post-workout with InsuCell-K, a formula designed to increase blood insulin levels. InsuCell-K also includes KreAlkalyn and Beta-Alanine, both shown to enhance muscle growth, strength and power in conjunction with each other.

PROTEIN

PRO7EIN SYNTHESISVitasport’s Pro7ein Synthesis protein blend contains seven different types of protein – the reasoning for this is for an effectively timed release of amino acids into your system. This can be achieved because different protein types have different release characteristics.

Pro7ein Synthesis combines WPI Protein Complex (Cross-Flow Microfiltered Whey Protein Isolate, Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate) and WPC5 Protein Complex™ (Whey Protein Concentrate, Hydrolyzed Casein, Potassium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Egg Albumin).

Here’s a list of all seven types, and what they do.

FORZA PRO:  With four primary blends in FORZA PRO, you can count on there being no gaps in the protein delivery you’re seeking:

  • Rapid-Release Blend: With micro filtered whey protein concentrate, micro filtered whey protein isolate, hydrolyzed whey protein isolate and hydrolyzed casein, this blend’s primary focus is immediate recovery, making FORZA PRO a superior post-workout option. When your muscles are searching for amino acids and proteins to help rebuild broken-down tissues, fast protein uptake is the most important thing your shake can provide.
  • Extended-Release Blend: Featuring micellar casein, milk protein isolate, calcium caseinate and potassium caseinate, this blend addresses the fact that muscle breakdown and synthesis continues well after the first hour following your workout. When your muscles are sore and tired throughout the day, it’s a sign telling you that they’re still rebuilding. With slower-absorbing proteins available from FORZA PRO, your body will use them (and not existing muscle tissue) to refuel the amino acid stores it needs.
  • Growth Factors Blend: Colostrum, L-Arginine and L-Ornithine make up this crucial blend, which helps provide boosts to the body’s ability to produce growth hormone, muscle tissue and nitric oxide in the bloodstream. This blend works together to signal the body to go into “growing mode,” ever-important for anybody trying to gain lean muscle.
  • Training Recovery Blend: We mentioned N-acetyl L-glutamine (NAG) earlier in the week, and it’s the primary ingredient of this blend. Glutamine is critical to fast muscle and tissue recovery, and the acetylated version makes it much more stable and bioavailable — meaning your body can access it much faster for quicker absorption.

Plus, FORZA PRO contains Aminogen, a patented formula designed to keep the body’s nitrogen balance positive so it can continue to synthesize proteins, building muscle throughout the day.

PRO5: PRO5 is a delicious proprietary blend of Whey Isolate,Whey Concentrate, Potassium Caseinate, Egg Albumin and Micellar Casein. Each type of protein is broken down and absorbed at a different rate, allowing your body to utilize protein over an extended period of time. PRO5 is enriched with BCAA’s, Glutamine Peptide as well as all the Essential Amino Acids which are absolutely necessary for increasing and maintaining lean muscle while simultaneously aiding in the elimination of body fat. PRO5 also contains a proprietary natural digestive enzyme complex to improve digestion and assimilation, thus reducing bloating commonly associated with other protein supplements

Fill in the Gaps in Your Gluten-Free Diet with Daily Essentials

A balanced diet can be a bit tricky when you cut out the gluten — you’re saying goodbye to many carbohydrates, which isn’t a bad thing, but some fiber and assorted vitamins and minerals can get cut out along the way. To be sure, if you have celiac disease or want to maintain a leaner figure, it’s worth it, but why not have the best of both worlds?

The human body needs essential vitamins and nutrients, and many of them it cannot produce on its own (in fact, “essential” means it must come from a dietary source). Organ health, immune function, digestion and more rely on a wide spectrum of nutrition. Here is the Daily Essentials line, recommended for achieving this and, of course, GLUTEN-FREE:


Nature’s Fuel

A complete, high potency blend of Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids, Antioxidants, Greens and Immune Supporting Nutrients!


Nature’s Greens

Supercharged Whole Food Concentrate, Produced from over 60 Nutrient-Dense Superfoods.


Nature’s Fruits

Supercharged Whole Food Concentrate, Produced from over 40 Nutrient-Dense Superfoods.


Nature’s EFA

The most complete, sophisticated blend of Omega 3, 6 and 9 Essential Fatty Acids available with an added High-grade extract of Sesamin!

The Supplements to Support a Gluten-Free Diet

One of the downsides to going gluten-free, if you choose to take that route with your diet, is that you miss out on a lot of the high-fiber foods that provide slow-burning energy throughout the day, and fiber also helps keep you feeling full.

What it means is that there will be more times during the day that you feel hungry or that you need some sustenance. That is where a strong supplement plan can work wonders.

A decrease in gluten-free foods is often, naturally, a decrease in calorie intake throughout the day — well, calories aren’t all bad, when used properly. Remember, they’re a unit of energy, and when given the right tasks, they can help more than they hurt. The key is to make them be “clean” calories. And that’s where protein comes in.

By choosing a  quality protein supplement, you have a fast, effective way to maximize your caloric efficiency; in other words, you get the best nutrients for the fewest calorie cost. A lean-muscle body is hugely dependent on this principle of no wasted calories, so as you cut down on those gluten-loaded carbs and instead turn to gluten-free PRO7EIN SYNTHESIS or FORZA PRO, you are fighting the battle on two fronts: First, you are cutting calories, and second, you are making a higher percentage of the calories you do eat quality ones.

Get the details on FORZA PRO here.

Or, if you want our best-seller, go for PRO7!

Another important area to address is muscle recovery. One of the roles that those slow-burning carbs, or other items that contain gluten, is that they do help in some capacity when it comes to shuttling nutrients through the blood to the muscles — when broken down, carbs turn to blood sugar and are rushed to the taxed areas for recovery.

Now, you can still get this effect from fruits and even some simple sugars, but the point is that overall, recovery is going to be more important with a reduced-calorie, reduced-carbohydrate diet. That’s why we’d also recommend GLUTAMIC, a super-effective form of the popular, powerful supplement L-glutamine.

Read up on it here.

There are tons of other gluten-free supplements that could help you make the transition easier — come in to NUTRISHOP, get your free diet analysis and meal plan, and let us remove the guesswork!

Let Us Build Your Gluten-Free Diet

Any time you make a major dietary change, things are bound to be complicated: What can you eat? What can’t you eat? What effect will it have on your body?

Make no mistake, opting to go gluten-free is a major change, but we can help take some of the guesswork out of it. Every NUTRISHOP employee is a certified nutrition specialist, and one of the best services we provide is our meal plans, ALWAYS FREE with purchase.

You saw our list from the Mayo Clinic yesterday on foods not to eat — you might be wondering what exactly you CAN eat, then, and it’s true, it’s a long list. Gluten is an extremely prevalent ingredient in many common foods. Rather than stress over it, or even worse, risk eating a food you might have thought was gluten-free but wasn’t, let us do the work.

We’ll sit down with you and go over every meal, giving you examples and recommendations on how you can replace gluten in your diet with healthier, safer options. No more mindless snacking, no more uninformed eating — NUTRISHOP can give you the knowledge you need to make gluten-free work for you.

Avoiding Gluten? Steer Clear of These Foods

The headline says it all, doesn’t it? This week we want to help those who are fighting celiac disease, or who just want to avoid gluten, with tips, replacement foods and diet and supplementation strategies when it comes to living gluten-free.

Because the gluten-free diet is, above all else, a treatment for celiac disease, it goes without saying that you should consult a health care specialist if you think you fit that description. If you want to skip right to learning which foods to steer clear of, though, we’ve got a pretty comprehensive list here, straight from the renowned health experts of the Mayo Clinic:

Always avoid
Avoid all food and drinks containing:

  • Barley (malt, malt flavoring and malt vinegar are usually made from barley)
  • Rye
  • Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
  • Wheat

Avoiding wheat can be challenging because wheat products go by numerous names. Consider the many types of wheat flour on supermarket shelves — bromated, enriched, phosphated, plain and self-rising. Here are other wheat products to avoid:

  • Bulgur
  • Durum flour
  • Farina
  • Graham flour
  • Kamut
  • Semolina
  • Spelt

Avoid unless labeled ‘gluten-free’
In general, avoid the following foods unless they’re labeled as gluten-free or made with corn, rice, soy or other gluten-free grain:

  • Beer
  • Breads
  • Cakes and pies
  • Candies
  • Cereals
  • Cookies and crackers
  • Croutons
  • French fries
  • Gravies
  • Imitation meat or seafood
  • Matzo
  • Pastas
  • Processed luncheon meats
  • Salad dressings
  • Sauces, including soy sauce
  • Seasoned rice mixes
  • Seasoned snack foods, such as potato and tortilla chips
  • Self-basting poultry
  • Soups and soup bases
  • Vegetables in sauce

Certain grains, such as oats, can be contaminated with wheat during growing and processing stages of production. For this reason, doctors and dietitians generally recommend avoiding oats unless they are specifically labeled gluten-free.

You should also be alert for other products that you eat or that could come in contact with your mouth that may contain gluten. These include:

  • Food additives, such as malt flavoring, modified food starch and others
  • Medications and vitamins that use gluten as a binding agent
  • Play dough (SOURCE, pub. 12-20-11)

Obviously, switching to gluten-free eating is a major dietary change, but one that could have great benefits even to those who do not suffer from celiac disease. If you are interested in it but do not have a medical issue, stop in and talk to us some more about the pros and cons of gluten-free dieting today!

NUTRISHOP’s Gluten-Free Focus Week

We see a lot of fad diets come and go: Atkins, paleo, juice cleanses, low-fat, low-carb, etc., etc. Some work. Others don’t. The ones that do need to get the “fad” label removed ASAP — and the latest one that fits that category is the gluten-free diet.
Chances are, you heard “gluten-free” before you even knew what gluten was. A protein complex found in wheat, corn and rice, wheat-based gluten is best known now for its negative effects on the body that lead to fat loss and, more dangerously, celiac disease, an intestinal illness that can be very painful and lead to low energy because of the small intestine’s inability to fully absorb nutrients.

This recent spike in this disease has been associated with the Western diet’s heavy dependence on wheat products, and the carbs that filled up our food pyramids for decades and led us to being the fattest nation in the world. Breads, pasta, muffins, cakes, pies and other wheat-based carbohydrates all contain gluten.

Even those without celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, though, can benefit from a gluten-free diet. By skipping out on the foods mentioned above, the simple carbohydrate count in the diet drops and the body can start using its fat stores for energy. A wonderful side effect of this is that it also is helpful for diabetics, or those who want to prevent diabetes, by helping lower blood sugar with a smaller carb intake.

Throughout this week we’ll show you what foods to avoid, how to replace gluten-heavy foods in your diet with our free meal plans, how to properly supplement a gluten-free diet and how to gain muscle and lose fat while following a gluten-free lifestyle. Stay tuned!

How Detoxifying Helps With Muscle Gain and Fat Loss

The many benefits of detoxifying the system — colon, gall bladder, liver, kidneys — are seen throughout the body, in almost every important function it does. A more effective digestive and endocrine system helps the entire operation run much more smoothly. But we know our clients have goals. One of them is muscle gain, and it’s not an uncommon question: Can a detox help?

The short answer is yes. But we’ll explain how.

As your kidneys and liver work to filter out toxins, they also are performing a ton of other jobs — these organs are some of the most versatile, hard-working ones you have! The liver is believed to have as many as 500 separate functions, from hormone production and breakdown to nutrient metabolism. But two of the most important things it does, at least to a person who wants to build muscle, are synthesizing amino acids and metabolizing proteins, two essential steps for muscle growth and recovery.

It might help to think of your liver as an employee, even, who is really good at just about everything he does — but he has a lot on his plate. In fact, when it comes to one job, he’s almost TOO good. That job is waste filtration, and he’s the best. What happens when the liver is overwhelmed with bacteria, waste and toxins is that it cannot perform the rest of its jobs as efficiently. This goes for fat digestion, blood sugar regulation and, yes, protein synthesis. So not only do toxins and waste harm your muscle-building goals, but they slow your fat-burning processes, too.

A large part of how we introduce these toxins comes from food chemicals, airborne waste and bacterial imbalances in the gut. Nutritionist Byron Richards explained how these can contribute to fat gain even further (original research credits included):

The scientific theory of how these chemicals cause weight gain8 and difficulty losing weight has now been established.  They bind to gene signaling within white adipose tissue and induce new fat cells to form9 while simultaneously increasing inflammation10. Oftentimes, the newly formed fat cells are themselves damaged by the toxins11 so that they cannot metabolically perform12, which includes an inability to make leptin normally13. These damaged fat cells can fill up with excess fat14 and toxins, but are not able to efficiently carry out normal functions of fat cells, leading directly to increased risk for type 2 diabetes15 via the suppression of the important fat cell hormone16 known as adiponectin 17. Several human studies confirm that PCBs increase diabetes risk.18 These chemicals pose a serious problem to the thyroid gland19 and the efficient utilization of thyroid hormone throughout your body.  Furthermore, they can cause either hypothyroidism20 or hyperthyroidism. Trying to get the fat and toxins out of these damaged fat cells is no small challenge in terms of successful weight loss, yet it is vital to restore normal metabolism. (Source)

If you want to give your liver some help in doing its hundreds of jobs, strongly consider a natural detox and cleanse. A great place to start is with NUTRISHOP’s Detox Stack. It works to help flush toxins and waste within the organs, making the system more efficient so you can start making more gains!