The best new four-benefit combination men’s pre-workout product is here: STANCE!
With a patented formula designed to help generate a pump, create energy and focus, boost testosterone and burn fat, STANCE is sure to be one of NUTRISHOP’s most popular men’s pre-workout products. The purpose of this article is to explain how STANCE can help you boost your testosterone levels, thus increasing your natural ability to build muscle and burn fat.
What makes this product a hit, specifically for men? An ingredient found in similar hit products at NUTRISHOP, D-Aspartic Acid. You may remember it from the powerhouse testosterone booster, 1-XD, and it’s back for STANCE, making it the only pre-workout with a clinically dosed amount of this tested ingredient to boost testosterone levels significantly (42 percent in 12 days, according to one study!).
As men age, testosterone production falls — this is the unfortunate truth about this powerful hormone that is responsible for muscle growth, fat loss, and many other positive attributes. During puberty and into the 20s, testosterone production ratchets up sharply, and then it drops off slowly forever, naturally.
There is hope, however, in the form of D-Aspartic Acid (DAA). It is an amino acid that, research shows, can increase natural testosterone production by up to 40 percent in men mainly by increasing levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) from the pituitary gland. The result is a mimicking of the same body state experienced by men in their 20s — a natural elevation of testosterone based on the same processes the pituitary goes through. In 2007, an Italian study addressed DAA and its role in the male body, showing the pro-testosterone hormones the body will create with DAA supplementation:
In the pituitary gland, it stimulates the secretion of the following hormones: prolactin (PRL), luteinizing hormone (LH), and growth hormone (GH) In the testes, it is present in Leydig cells and is involved in testosterone and progesterone release.
Among the benefits of increased natural testosterone are enhanced libido, elevated mood, and, of course, strength, muscle growth and fat loss. Supporters of DAA research note the results of a particular study featuring a test group that ingested it:
…Researchers gave a couple of dozen men aged between 27 and 37 a daily dose of 3.12 grams of for twelve days consecutively. Twenty other men were given a placebo. The testosterone level in the subjects that received the supplement had risen by 33% after the twelve days.
This form of creatine, one of the newest, patented developments in the supplement industry, is on the rise in popularity because of its superiority to creatine monohydrate in a couple areas. The first is water retention. Many athletes find that creatine monohydrate adds size, but at the cost of bloating — biochemically speaking, it forces intra- and extra-cellular water retention. Cosmetically speaking, this causes a soft, smooth, bloated appearance, and more importantly, the water retention may restrict muscle growth by causing a constricting environment that doesn’t allow muscle cells to expand in size.
Where creatine nitrate differs is that it expels excess water while simultaneously hydrating muscle cells and saturating them with creatine. Athletes using creatine nitrate as opposed to classic monohydrate should notice a leaner, harder look.
Creatine Nitrate, however, is more than just creatine, as the name implies. The nitrate component offers tremendous functional advantages to athletes. And this advantage is sure to reshape the entire nitric oxide and pre-workout nitric oxide category forever.
Nitrates provide substantial benefits to athletes and bodybuilders, as supported by clinical research. They are organic anions naturally occurring in the human diet, with close to 80 percent of dietary nitrates found in vegetables. Fruits and processed meats represent additional sources of nitrates in the human diet. In fact, researchers at Michigan State University have suggested nitrates may be nutritious. So what benefit does supplementation with nitrates offer to athletes?
In the body, nitrate converts into nitric oxide, and once oxidized, nitric oxide is recycled back into nitrate, which then has the potential to convert into nitric oxide once again. And the cycle continues to repeat itself. This creates an exciting alternative to nitric oxide production, and carries profound implications for the athletic community.
A critical problem with nitric oxide is the short lifespan it has in the body. In just a few seconds, the nitric oxide molecule can be metabolized, and the athlete loses any benefit he/she may have received. A pump however must be sustained for several minutes, if not hours, in order to result in those biochemical conditions required to stimulate muscle hypertrophy. And nitrates are capable of elevating nitric oxide production for up to 8 hours.
The bottom line on Creatine Nitrate: Nitrates provide a prolonged precursor to nitric oxide production, allowing for a better muscle-building environment in the body.