Build a Perfect Stack – with Huge March Savings

1927754_1034924353236496_6607197894309184447_nSpring is around the corner and the clock is ticking for bathing suit season! To help you get into your best shape, NUTRISHOP CDA is offering some of our biggest discounts for the rest of the month.

Save 10% on any 2 items!
Save 15% on any 3 items!
Save 20% on any 4 items!!

***VIP members save an ADDITIONAL 5% at each level! If you aren’t a VIP member yet, ask us how to join. The membership comes with free gifts and it pays for itself over and over again.

***Protein IS included in this sale! Limit 1 per purchase!

To help you get the most value for your dollar, we’re putting together a list of the best stacks you can make depending on your goal. With progressive savings on non-sale items — 10 percent off any two items, 15 percent off three and an amazing 20 percent off four items — plus a 5-percent discount for VIP members, this is the perfect time to build your personalized supplement stack.

One reminder: A limit of one protein IS included in this deal! With that out of the way, let’s get to the stacks. First up this week, probably our most popular goal: Fat loss!

FAT LOSS STACK

Four items:

  • PRO7 or FORZA PRO
  • HYPERCOR
  • SOMNILEAN
  • DETOXIN

One of the most common questions we get at NUTRISHOP isn’t a surprising one: “How can I lose the most fat?”

Whether you have a lot of work to do to get down to a slimmer size, or you’re trying to get your abs to show, almost everybody has some fat they’d like to get rid of. We’ve got a stack for that.

The Contour Elite Weight Loss System combines a powerful fat-burner with HYPERCOR, helps reduce stress-based cortisol with the nighttime supplement SOMNILEAN and keeps the body running clean and efficiently with DETOXIN. We’ll show how they all work together here, and later in the week show the benefits of each product in more detail.

By adding HYPERCORSOMNILEAN and DETOXIN to your diet and exercise regimen, the weight will come flying off and you will get a much healthier system. All three of these supplements are designed to work hand-in-hand with the others. HYPERCOR is one of the best mood-boosting, fat-torching supplements available, and we got a look at DETOXIN and how good it can be for “opening up” the body to better digestion and absorption, as well as waste excretion.

But imagine pairing the two together: You’ll get a clean, flushed system that’s primed for supplement uptake, and at the same time you’ll be powering it with HYPERCOR, which will really start the fat igniting. We know DETOXIN helps improve kidney function and therefore blood flow, for example.

HYPERCOR can take advantage of this within the system by efficiently breaking down the fatty acids and controlling the blood sugar without being bound up by those nasty waste products in the blood and organs that would have been there without DETOXIN. They are MADE to work together!

On top of those two, the Contour Elite Weight Loss System includes SOMNILEAN, a nighttime metabolism booster that further allows your body to burn fat at a high rate while you sleep. Insufficient sleep is one of the sneakiest reasons behind fat gain, and most people fail to account for adequate sleep levels when putting together a weight-loss plan. SOMNILEAN not only has indirect fat-burning properties that take place while you sleep, but it promotes deeper sleep and better sleep patterns, helping clear your head as soon as it hits the pillow. High levels of stress related to poor sleeping pattern promote production of a fat-producing hormone called cortisol, which signals the body to store fat.

That’s another benefit of taking this stack together: Both SOMNILEAN and HYPERCOR include ingredients designed to improve well-being (we’ve even had HYPERCOR referred to as a “happy pill” before!), reducing stress and the fat-promoting cortisol that comes with it. With a clear mind and positive energy, you’ll find you’re much more likely to achieve your fat-loss goals.

With all three stacked together, people seeking to accelerate their fat loss and digestive efficiency can really see the difference! Talk to any of the certified staff, and they will get you burning fat in no time!

NATURAL GROWTH HORMONE STACK

Four items:augment

  • AUGMENT/ARABOL
  • ANITEST
  • 1-XD
  • HGH-191

The Ursolic Acid and Arachidonic Acid blend in AUGMENT that makes it such an animal of a supplement goes perfectly with a few other products, and we’ll show how.

AUGMENT contains AA, from the Omega-6 family. This increases inflammation in the muscles for further breakdown and better repair, meaning more muscle mass — this is why AA holds a U.S. patent for it!

You can pair AUGMENT with the rest of NUTRISHOP’s outstanding anabolic growth line. 1-XD, which has been proven to increase testosterone in males by up to 42 percent, makes a perfect partner. Because AUGMENT not only helps increase muscle mass and the sensitivity to testosterone, it makes sense to stack it with a natural testosterone-booster like 1-XD. They complement each other perfectly.

ANITEST, which unbinds free testosterone within the body to make it more readily available, is also an ideal choice. Similar to how it works with ARABOL, ANITEST provides more of this essential muscle-building hormone and leaves it up to AUGMENT’s awesome uptake properties to put it to best use. Remember, just having extra testosterone isn’t enough. Your body has to be ready to use it. This is where stacking ANITEST and AUGMENT will really give you an advantage.

And lastly, everyone’s favorite nighttime supplement, HGH-191, also belongs in this stack. A great deal of growth hormone, luteinizing hormone and testosterone are released during deep sleep. The brain signals the sex hormones to release during this period, leading to full recovery during rest. HGH-191 helps induce that necessary deep sleep, allowing for better sleep patterns and a deeper sleep environment for the brain to signal muscle growth unimpeded.

THE TRAINING STACK

Four items:

  • BCAA SPORT
  • N’RAGE
  • N’SANE
  • N’FUZE

Starting with electrolyte-loaded BCAA Sport and finishing with the Training Trifecta, this stack is designed to turn your workouts into the most optimal training sessions possible.

Ideally, you would want to stack N’SANE with N’RAGE, a premium blood flow enhancer that will optimize the delivery of your other supplements to the body and really provide a massive pump and vascularity, and N’FUZE, a concentrated dose of KreAlkalyn buffered creatine compound.

By stacking these three products, you will get the most effective total dosage of each important compound and allow them to work with the others to their maximum potential. You will not only be providing your body with the formulas necessary to increase results, but also its ability to shuttle those formulas to the muscles. The result: Massive increases in power on explosive lifts, focus and intensity throughout an entire workout, and the ability to recover faster and come back better-prepared for your next workout.

One thing you might notice between all three of these products is some overlap between the compounds — that’s why they work so well together. Both N’RAGE AND N’SANE contain L-Arginine AKG and the GlycoCarn compounds, but with staggered release timing and precise amounts of each, they complement each other to maximize the benefits of each formula.

Likewise, both N’SANE and N’FUZE contain the buffered creatine product KreAlkalyn, but again, in different levels of concentration so your body can handle and use the most creatine possible over the course of your intense workout.

HARD GAINER STACK

Four items:

  • GAINER7
  • KRE-ALKALYN/N’FUZE
  • NO-XP3
  • NATURE’S FUEL

As all skinny guys know, fitness isn’t all about weight loss. Instead, some of us have the opposite problem, where we can eat seemingly anything and work out tirelessly but not gain the muscle mass we’re after. If you’ve experienced this problem, the Hard Gainer stack is for you. A good introduction to a few key components of muscle mass gain, this stack will help put you in some bigger clothes in no time.

The approach: Start with a high-quality gainer like GAINER7 for an increase in calories and protein, and add the proven benefits of creatine with KRE-ALKALYN and N’FUZE, both of which improve strength and size. Coupled with an optimizing multivitamin like NATURE’S FUEL and a workout enhancer like NO-XP3, you will be equipped to have intense, muscle-building workouts with the nutrition to put on mass fast.

Pre-Workouts, Stimulants and How They Help You

Not every pre-workout formula is created equal. While many share similar nutritional profiles and contain ingredients that give them similar effects, there are big differences from one to the other that make each one at NUTRISHOP unique.

This week, our running blog will focus on the stimulant levels of our most popular pre-workout supplements — not only reviewing the product profile that makes each one great, but also examining the caffeine levels in each and parsing out the advantages between them all.

anxp3Since “zero” seems like a good place to start, we’ll lead off with the one non-stimulant pre-workout that can and should be stacked with all others: ANX-P3. Not only is ANX-P3 perfect for a morning workout after you’ve already had your coffee (since it has no caffeine or other stimulants), but it can be safely used in conjunction with other products.

The story on ANX-P3 is this: Most pre-workout nitric oxide boosters are taken immediately before exercise to achieve the full effect. This is OK. But research has shown a better way, and the best part is that it can be combined with the existing NO products out there for a maximum benefit.

If the L-Arginine NO Synthase pathway, used primarily in standard pre-workouts, is the fastest way, consider what we’d call the “scenic route”: The Nitrate-Nitrite-Nitric Oxide Pathway (or, for our purposes here, the N3O pathway). It takes longer, but you’ll be glad you went this way, too! Arginine Nitrate uses this pathway, and FORZAONE has created ANX-P3 as an answer to all the short-lived nitric oxide boosters out there.

Arginine Nitrate is the newest approach to nitric oxide boosters, utilizing this secondary pathway for a more sustained, long-lasting effect. You might be wondering the difference between these two pathways, and it’s this: While the first depends on oxygen for its effectiveness, the second does not nearly as much. The takeaway for the consumer is that during intense exercise, in the middle or toward the end of your workout when your body is low on oxygen anyway, the L-Arginine NO Synthase pathway is much less effective, and NO production won’t last as long. You’ll have a great start to the workout, but it may not last. The N3O pathway, accessed by Arginine Nitrate, doesn’t rely on oxygen nearly as much, meaning a longer, sustained effect that will last through your final reps.

You might be wondering why Arginine Nitrate is important, or what it does. First, we’ll start off with pure L-Arginine, an essential amino acid that plays a big part in many important bodily functions, including immune function and muscle building. But it’s also an immediate precursor to nitric oxide, and as a peer-reviewed article in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy points out, this makes it crucial when vasodilation — the expansion of blood vessels for better blood flow — is needed. Bonded with a nitrate, this provides improved blood flow to and from the heart, maximizing that sought-after pump and vascularity.

With improved vasodilation and blood flow over a longer period, the end product for the athlete is the highest possible nutrient delivery during the workout. This is important because of the muscles’ desperate need for vital nutrients to recover, rebuild and sustain strength and endurance.

Because it contains no stimulants and uses a different pathway for Arginine Nitrate, it’s recommended that ANX-P3 be stacked with other, stimulant-based pre-workouts for a superior pump.

NOXP3_HdlnThe next-lowest caffeine level among NUTRISHOP’s quality pre-workout supplements is NO-XP3. With 100 mg of caffeine, it’s about equivalent to a cup of coffee, making it a solid choice for your mid-morning workouts even if you’ve had some actual coffee earlier on. Specifically, NO-XP3 has advantages over other, more stimulant-dependent pre-workouts, namely vasodilation.

What you’re looking for with a nitric oxide supplement is a product that will improve your body’s ability to deliver nutrient-rich blood to the muscles — that’s the “pump” effect we’re talking about. The problem with many products is they don’t actually dilate the blood vessels to do this; instead, they constrict them, providing a higher heart rate and a fake pump. That’s NOT what you’re after — you actually want the blood moving!

Five blends in N.O.XP3 are designed to help promote the pump and gains in strength, size, vascularity and workout focus:

Pump Blend: This is the crown jewel, so to speak, of N.O.XP3! This blend is aimed at increasing blood flow, not just simulating it, with a specifically dosed blend of L-Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG), Citrulline Nitrate and GlycoCarn, among others. Citrulline Nitrate (more on it later this week) is an important, natural precursor to nitric oxide, AAKG helps to metabolize nitric oxide faster and also helps in protein synthesis, and GlyoCarn is quite simply one of the best nitric oxide boosters available.

Power Blend: With Beta-Alanine and Kre-Alkalyn as some key players in this blend, your system gets a shot of ATP-boosting creatine to improve muscular strength and endurance during your workout and the benefit of an energy “buffer” in Beta-Alanine, which will also help provide energy and strength.

Performance Blend: A Modified Glucose Tri-Polymer Blend, along with Phenylethylamine HCI (PEA) and Caffeine Anhydrous, make for the energy-boosting effects needed to have outstanding focus from a pre-workout product. PEAs are well-known for mood-boosting properties and non-liquid-form caffeine is effective for focus as well.

Recovery Blend: L-Taurine and L-Glutamine AKG are amino acids that help rebuild your muscle tissue AS you work them — not many pre-workout formulas can also help you DURING your lifts! Your muscles need high-quality recovery acids to build and keep you anabolic if you want to grow and prevent injury.

Electrolyte Blend: The four ingredients in this blend are all about keeping your most important cells hydrated during your workout so as to maximize their function.

vasocorThe next substantial boost in caffeine in the NUTRISHOP line of pre-workouts is found in VASOCOR, which has about 175mg. The beta-alanine in this product is actually included in one of its blends, the pH Correction Strength and Endurance blend, where it works with L-taurine AKG and kre-alkalyn to keep the carnosine levels high in the muscles. But VASOCOR also has a nitric oxide precursor blend, complete with GlycoCarn and citrulline malate, plus ingredients designed to imitate anabolic hormonal releases that will boost strength and power output.

Move beyond VASOCOR and you’re into the big-boy realm of pre-workout products, with HEMOVEX and ERRATIC at 300mg and N’SANE beyond even that. These are for the workouts you really need to pump up intensity and focus — perhaps you’re an early riser and the first thing in the morning is your workout. You’ll definitely want to take these early in the day, and not after coffee!

Hemovex

Hemovex

HEMOVEX: 

It’s true that many nitric oxide boosters also have creatine in them, but many times it’s micronized monohydrate in small doses that don’t get absorbed nearly effectively enough. HEMOVEX gets around this with a more modern approach, using creatine magnapower and citrulline nitrate to boost strength and muscular endurance during the workout. We’ll look at these ingredients and show why they’re important, and how you can take advantage of them:

  • Creatine Magnapower: Known to lab nerds as creatine magnesium chelate, a completely different compound form of creatine that delivers the vital supplement to the muscles in a different way. Typically, creatine monohydrate and even Krealkalyn reach the muscles in a very specific pathway, with Krealkalyn being a much more stable option between those two. However, creatine magnapower delivers it via a different pathway. The upshot: You could theoretically stack two forms of creatine at once and increase the amount of it in the muscles, creating more strength and power.
  • Citrulline Nitrate: During the absorption process, it’s converted into nitric oxide in the body. The immediate result is an increased blood flow due to expanded blood vessels, and better delivery of creatine throughout the system. This is one of the most effective vasodilation products around.

erraticERRATIC:

ERRATIC begins with its proprietary blend, the P4 Complex: Beta-Alanine (Carnosyn), Arginine Nitrate, Citrulline Nitrate, Agmatine Sulfate.

Beta-Alanine (Carnosyn): Beta-alanine is one of the most important pre-workout ingredients around; if it’s not in your pre-workout, well, you need a new one. A pre-cursor for carnosine, a protein building block that bonds with histidine (another amino acid), beta-alanine is shown in studies to reduce fatigue in athletes while increasing total muscle work and power.

Arginine Nitrate: Arginine Nitrate is backed by some pretty heady research. It was found by a 1999 study in Cardiovascular Researchto be a bona fide precursor to nitric oxide; German research from 2003 indicates that it plays a role in wound-healing and recovery; in 1998, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism that arginine can even stimulate growth hormone secretion.

During intense exercise, in the middle or toward the end of your workout when your body is low on oxygen anyway, the L-Arginine NO Synthase pathway — the more common route for typical pre-workouts — is much less effective, and nitric oxide production won’t last as long. The effect of this process is usually seen early in the workout, when energy and stored oxygen levels are high.

Citrulline Nitrate: Citrulline is an amino acid that does a few things, including helping support L-Arginine in the body and also serving as a precursor to nitric oxide production. Imagine there is a line of dominos that has to fall before the effect of nitric oxide can take place — the presence of Citrulline is one of the first dominos. The end result of taking a Citrulline Nitrate product is gains in strength, endurance and faster recovery. Recent studies have proven that citrulline helps to relax the blood vessels, making it an essential ingredient  in any vasodilatory (blood-flow increasing) supplement.

Agmatine Sulfate: Basically arginine with the carboxylic acid end removed, agmatine produces several byproducts directly involved with cell growth. Many see it as an exciting new ingredient, particularly for its potential as a “novel neurotransmitter,” according to one scientific review.

HOW IT HELPS YOU: The long story made short on the blend above is that each ingredient in the formula works in synergy to improve athletic endurance and performance, while providing a crazy, impressive pump you can see. Have you ever had a workout so intense — muscles swollen, veins popping — that you almost don’t recognize yourself in the mirror? That’s the pump — and the results you can expect with ERRATIC.

The second important blend in ERRATIC is the S5 complex, featuring instantized leucine, glycine, Betaine HCI, Kre-Alkalyn and Vanadyl Sulfate.

Instantized Leucine:  Leucine, an essential amino acid, is crucial because of its ability to activate key pathways in the body that lead to protein synthesis, which is proven to increase the amount of skeletal muscle hypertrophy, or growth. Leucine plays an important role in activating your muscle building processes, which prevents using muscle tissue for fuel during exercise.

Glycine: Some neat trivia on glycine — it’s the smallest of the amino acids. But it still plays an important role in protein synthesis, serving as a pre-cursor for proteins, which of course are key to muscle-building.

Betaine HCI: Betaine is an important vitamin derived from choline, a protein-and-fat-based dietary component that adds structural integrity to cell membranes. Naturally occurring in sugar beets, Betaine regulates the body’s levels of homocysteine, a potentially toxic substance that is a byproduct of meat digestion.

Kre-Alkalyn: Unlike creatine monohydrate, Kre-Alkalyn is a pH-buffered creatine which ensures the highest level of creatine availability delivered to muscles.  Studies show that nearly 100 percent of creatine from Kre-Alkalyn is absorbed and none is converted to toxic impurities and never biodegrades to creatinine.  This allows the highest level of absorption and utilization with levels up to 10 times that of other creatine forms.  Essentially, you need to take far less product, while saving your kidneys from excreting high levels of toxic creatinine.

Vanadyl Sulfate: Known primarily for its mimicking effect of insulin, it becomes clear why this ingredient is part of ERRATIC. Insulin’s role is to help quickly shuttle nutrients through the bloodstream to recovering tissues, and in the case of your workouts, this means your muscles. The result is faster recovery on the spot, and more energy.

HOW IT HELPS YOU: The S5 Complex, with its inclusion of energy-boosting creatine (which increases ATP, cellular energy) and vanadyl sulfate as an insulin-mimicker, obviously is a great way to improve energy and power for your workout, while amino acids in the blend help to preserve muscle tissue as you fatigue.

The final blend in ERRATIC we’ll go over is the E6 Complex, comprised of n-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, Caffeine Anhydrous, Advantra-Z, and Pikamilon.

N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine: The body uses tyrosine to create the brain’s chemical messengers involving feelings of energy. It’s used to help treat people with depression, ADHD, sleep deprivation, narcolepsy, PMS and even Parkinson’s because of its ability to be converted into dopamine and norepinephrine. An article in Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior revealed studies that have shown tyrosine to aid the body during times of stress or fatigue, both primary symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

Caffeine Anhydrous: One of the most popular fast acting stimulants. Caffeine Anhydrous acts as a central nervous system stimulant, increases the release of adrenaline, acts as a thermogenic agent (raises metabolic rate and core body temperature), increases the use of body fat for fuel, and spares muscle glycogen increasing endurance. Studies suggest Caffeine Anhydrous has significant effects on physiological response and performance of trained athletes. Caffeine Anhydrous is primarily used as a power and energy accelerant. This fast-acting substance delivers the right molecular structure to your energy systems for maximum energy and power output. Caffeine Anhydrous is fast-acting because it stimulates the central nervous system so you’re neurologically charged to increased levels of alertness and focus.

Advantra-Z: An extract of a citrus fruit that helps stimulate metabolic processes, favor uptake of amino acids into muscle, increase lipolysis (breakdown of fat) and exert mild hunger-suppressant effects. Advantra Z is the only patented thermogenic ingredient for weight loss and physical performance on the market today.

Pikamilon: Once in the body, it causes the release of GABA and niacin, and this ingredient serves two ways — first as a vasodilator, expanding the blood vessels for that insane pump we talked about earlier, and also as an anti-anxiety focus-enhancer.

So, who will benefit most from ERRATIC?  Basically, anyone wanting to gain muscle, get focused and energized for a workout, get a great pump, and lose body fat.  With the three aforementioned blends working as 1) a mood enhancer, 2) a way to increase blood flow for athletic performance and 3) a surefire way to get that coveted pump you only achieve on your best workout days. As always, the work you put into your training will be the deciding factor in what you get out of it — don’t leave your energy and performance up to chance with the same-ol’, same-ol’ pre-workouts. Deviate from the ordinary.

nsaneN’SANE:

A natural promoter of nitric oxide in your own body is L-Arginine AKG, and this compound is a primary ingredient in CellShock’s N’SANE, a powerful pre-workout formula designed to increase your focus and intensity during the workout as well as provide enhanced blood flow and vascularity. N’SANE aims to be the BEST pre-workout product available, and its 9.3 out of 10 rating on Supplement Reviews online indicates that it is a premier formula.

While “other” pre-workout formulas rely on inhuman levels of caffeine or stimulants alone to achieve this effect, N’SANE relies primarily on two patented compounds designed to increase not only energy and focus, but strength and muscle endurance itself:

GlycoCarn: Working in conjunction with the L-Arginine AKG also in N’SANE, GlycoCarn is a highly effective precursor of nitric oxide production in the system. Its ingredients signal to your body to increase the nitric oxide levels in your blood naturally, helping to promote expansion of the blood vessels for better circulation to the muscles. That means stronger lifts, the ability to have longer workouts and better training sessions, and an overall increase in muscular performance.

KreAlkalyn: Creatine is one of the most-researched muscle improvement supplements available, and one of the things all that research has shown is that in its normal form (creatine monohydrate), it is incredibly unstable and breaks down once its pH is altered within the body. Creatine is transformed into creatinine, a benefit-less byproduct, with most creatine products because of that instability. What KreAlkalyn does is provide a pH-buffered version of creatine, meaning that it will not break down the way normal creatine products would; instead, nearly 100 percent of it is absorbed to help increase muscle mass and strength.

With your body pumping blood more efficiently while also containing anabolic compounds, you can count on increased intensity in your workouts, stronger lifts, improved vascularity and a great pump.

 

Thyroid Health Week

When considering health and fitness, it’s easy to overlook the importance of hormonal activity and function — we are so worried about food and calorie expenditure that sometimes we forget that hormones play a massive role in not only our physiology, but our overall health.

That is why we want to dedicate this week to thyroid health — what the thyroid is, what it does and how you can maintain its good health. Follow this blog entry all week as we update it with some of the best products available for regulating and maximizing your body’s important hormone production.

THE THYROID

The thyroid is a large endocrine gland in the neck that serves as a massive regulator of hormone sensitivity, protein synthesis and energy expenditure. It produces its own hormones that subsequently play a roll in other hormonal processes in the body. It can get somewhat confusing; the bottom line: Your thyroid is pretty darn important.

It produces, mainly, hormones known as T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). The big takeaway from these — other than important letters to win a Scrabble game — are what they do for your body. Namely, that is metabolism (a healthy, functioning thyroid works to improve it) and growth and development, all related to other hormones produced in the body, including anabolic growth hormone.

Stay tuned this week as we look into the best ingredients and products to keep the thyroid healthy!

DICANA

Dicana (3,3’ Diiodothyroacetic acid, protected by US Patent #7,919,533) is fueled by a powerful proprietary combination of patented Diiodothyroacetic acid isomers. These powerful, ground-breaking isomers represent the pinnacle in metabolic regulation as they are metabolically active on their own in addition to having a direct reversible pathways to the fat incinerating T3 thryoid hormone, Tricana, and T2!

Dicana is a potent non-stimulant metabolic booster developed to dramatically increase fat burning by raising basal metabolic rate, thus, increasing oxygen and energy consumption by the body. Dicana increases the rate of caloric burning through pro-thyroid mechanics, causing a shift from fat mass in favor of lean muscle. This is accomplished by strategically repurposing calories, increasing muscle protein synthesis while simultaneously annihilating body fat.

Dicana is found in the EVOLVE System sold at NUTRISHOP, in the form of DIOXITONE T4. That might seem familiar — yes, it’s referencing the same T4 (thyroxine) mentioned before when we were discussing the important hormones the thyroid produces. Remember, its purpose is to synthesize proteins, which in turn helps build muscle and — wait for it — ultimately leads to decreased body fat. This is how hormones can affect your physique and well-being, and Dicana can play a vital role in the process.

OTHER PRO-THYROID INGREDIENTS

In addition to Dicana, there are other options available for improving thyroid hormone production. Again, T4 and T3 are the main thyroid hormones responsible for protein synthesis, with some influence in body mass because of how they affect growth and development. HYDROSTIM, which contains sea vegetation like kelp (shown to provide iodine and even soluble fiber, to promote both thyroid hormone production and fat and cholesterol loss), is an option, as is diiodotyrosine — a precursor of thyroid hormone, found in some of our best fat-burners, including HYPERCOR.

Other products, like THERMOVEX, THERMOVEX PM and SOMNILEAN, contain guggulsterone (or guggul extract), which some studies suggest may help to regulate thyroid function as well as positively impact the body’s good and bad cholesterol levels.

 NATURAL VS. SYNTHETIC

Finally, to wrap up our Thyroid Health Week, we want to explain the difference between natural and synthetic thyroid hormone production. In almost all cases (consult your doctor to be sure, always), we’d recommend a natural approach to hormone production over synthetic alternatives — Synthroid, as it’s commonly known, may indeed provide the T3 and T4 that the thyroid does naturally, but just like with synthetic testosterone, there is a price.

You see, the brain and other glands do all the signaling to the thyroid when it comes to promoting (or not) hormone production. Using natural ingredients that encourage that process is NOT medication — it only serves to optimize hormone production, and if you were to stop, say, taking an iodine supplement like kelp, your body would find ways to level off one way or another without damaging the receptors, glands and all the other processes involved in producing T3 and T4.

But, when a synthetic hormone is introduced to the body, the brain interprets this as an abundance — a surplus, even — of T3 and T4, and its response is typically to signal the complete shut-off of more hormone production. In many cases, once Synthroid is started, it cannot be stopped without the thyroid being rendered unable to recover and produce hormones on its own anymore.

For this reason, we again recommend sticking to natural options as much as possible when it comes to this very important part of the body!

The AGF-X Stack

AGFX is the latest testosterone boosting supplement to hit the Nutrishop shelves. AGF-X will help your strength gains and muscle growth go to the next level. This product is jam-packed with testosterone boosting elements, thanks to the combo of 1-XD and 1-XPM.

The best part of this new formula, is that this product works while you sleep. Testosterone boosters that work when you are sleeping are the best for muscle growth. In addition, your body already naturally produces testosterone when your sleeping. This product maximizes the amount of testosterone your body can produce when you are asleep.

Two Main Ingredients That Make BLUEPRINT Amazing

The new pre-workout product BLUEPRINT is almost here, and very well may change your expectations of what a supplement should do. That’s mostly because of two main ingredients: Cordyceps, and Creatine Nitrate.

Pure Cordyceps Super
Cordyceps has two major functions associated with it. One is that it increases oxygen capacity and the other is that it increases ATP levels. Oxygen capacity increases because Cordyceps acts on the lungs, making it easier to breathe, bringing more oxygen to the body and brain. Atmospheric partial pressures of oxygen run about 20 percent. It turns out that when we exhale, we release 13 percent of the oxygen we inhaled. This is actually very wasteful and certainly not efficient. Human experiments have demonstrated that after oral administration of Cordyceps, the exhalation percentage of oxygen drops to around 8 percent. In other words, you have a 30-40 percent increase in oxygen uptake directly into the body!

This extra oxygen is carried by red blood cells to every tissue in the body making it available to all your mitochondria. This enables your mitochondria to make much more ATP making your system more efficient. This is why athletes, especially those needing to push the extra mile over a longer period of time take Cordyceps. The molecular components of this compound provides increased physical endurance, performance and stamina. The extra oxygen provides for the production of more ATP that will help you go that extra mile and do it comfortably.

The bottom line on Cordyceps: You’ll breathe easier, have more energy and improve workout performance.

Creatine Nitrate
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.

Some more notes on Nitrates, like Creatine Nitrate and Arginine Nitrate, which can also be found in other NUTRISHOP products, like NOX-P3 and ANX-P3.

Nitrates Enhance Athletic Performance
The efficacy of nitrates is overwhelming in the clinical research. Nitrate consumption significantly enhances nitric oxide production, resulting in vasodilation, improved nutrient absorption, increased athletic performance, and improved energetic function in working muscles during exercise. For example, during low and moderate intensity exercise by humans, supplementation with nitrates has been reported to reduce the amount of oxygen required. During high intensity athletic exercise, nitrate supplementation enhances tolerance to high intensity training, effectively extending the “time to exhaustion.”

Nitrates Assist with Muscular Growth
Organic nitrates also function as permeation enhancers. This is beneficial because enhanced permeation increases intestinal absorption of all nutrients co-ingested. This may allow for a superior quantity of anabolic nutrients to be absorbed and taken up into muscle cells, assisting athletes with the growth and repair of muscle tissue. Nitrates are even able to allow absorption of large macromolecules such as insulin.

Creatine Nitrate is certain to mark a revolution in two of the hottest selling sports supplement categories today!

 

A New BLUEPRINT for Pre-Workout Products

Looking for a pre-workout fitting for an elite-level athlete, but without the jittery, “cracked-out” feeling? You’re going to want to keep an eye out for the upcoming release of BLUEPRINT, which has been sampled early by athletes like Chael Sonnen and is already receiving rave reviews. It just may be your new favorite pre-workout supplement!

BLUEPRINT is not just another one of those also-ran pre-workout supplements flooding the market today, nor is it just a Creatine Nitrate/Beta-Alanine blend (more on those important ingredients later this week)….it is so much more! As the name states, this is the new blueprint for pre- training supplementation. Using a unique, dose-specific blend of only the finest and most potent, cutting-edge ingredients of their kind, BLUEPRINT is a maximum strength, properly dosed, Creatine Nitrate infused pre-training formula designed to enhance and produce dramatic increases in strength, lean muscle gains, performance levels, training intensity, endurance, mental focus and non-stop smooth energy levels for the most incredible training sessions ever!

BLUEPRINT is designed for serious athletes striving to push their bodies beyond their genetic limits. BLUEPRINT was not designed for those merely looking for that “jittery, anxiety producing, cracked-out feeling” with minimal performance benefits. Don’t be mistaken: BLUEPRINT will give you plenty of non-stop energy for serious training intensity along with enhanced performance benefits…and then some! It is designed to provide mooth energy, sustained performance levels, increased vasodilation, enhanced oxygen recovery and ATP production while minimizing lactic acid build-up. You can also expect to notice a clear, intense focus; a “keeping your eyes on the prize” feeling through your entire training session.

With all this anticipation, you might be wondering how BLUEPRINT is different from the hundreds of other products that seem to be flooding the pre-workout supplement market today.

In addition to containing the following powerhouse ingredients in proper ratios — Carnosyn, Agmatine Sulfate, L-Norvaline, L-Glycine, L-Taurine, Caffeine Anhydrous, Synephrine HCl, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, and Magnesium Phosphate — we felt it necessary to focus on the following additional compounds:

Pure Cordyceps Super: Cordyceps has two major functions associated with it. One is that it increases oxygen capacity and the other is that it increases ATP levels.

Modified Potato Starch: Included to promote an insulin spike for increased absorption and uptake. MPS also acts as a nutrient transporter, delivering nutrients directly to the muscle with minimal potency lost in the harsh acidic environment of the stomach.

REV-PEA:An advanced blend of energy and focus enhancing phenylethylamines which promote the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine, 2 powerful neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters boost cognitive energy (focus) and promote thermogenesis without much stimulant effect.

Creatine Nitrate: More on this amazing ingredient later this week.

We can’t wait to give you more info on BLUEPRINT, and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed when it arrives.

Why Pre-Workout Supplements Matter

Whether it’s a pick-me-up, focus, strength or performance you’re after, all of us can use some added benefits to our workouts. Maybe you’ve heard of “pre-workout products” before and wondered what they were or why anyone would need them, or maybe you thought that it’s only the post-workout nutrition that mattered — this week is about pre-workout supplements (PWS), what they are, which ones you should use and why they matter.

Not every PWS is created equal — they all have different pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses, that make them different from others. Some are stimulant-based (almost always caffeine), to help those who like to work out at the crack of dawn or after work, when their energy is shot. Some are nitric oxide boosters, which help improve blood flow to make the muscles stronger and more pliable, aiding workout performance. And still some other formulas have different blends of ingredients with their own special attributes, whether it’s the inclusion of amino acids to prevent muscle breakdown, creatine to increase cellular energy in the muscles or even a thermogenic fat-burner.

Now, not every workout needs a PWS, and not every PWS is right for every athlete. But this week, we’ll be updating this blog with some of our best sellers, and show which ones are right for you, depending on your goals, workouts and fitness level. Bookmark this blog and check back throughout the week!

PWS for Energy

Largely, this is what early risers use them for — a bit of extra caffeine to get them going for their morning workouts. Even still in this regard, though, not every jolt of energy is necessarily a good thing. Some preworkout formulas are less concerned with the “crash” that comes from stimulant-based results, meaning you’ll have a jittery buzz during your workout and be ready to pass out before you get to work. Some forms of caffeine used have even been banned in pro sports and warned against using by the FDA, most famously 1,3 dimethylamylamine — all of Nutrishop’s PWS have been reformulated to exclude this ingredient.

Instead, our preworkouts are more focused on clean energy boosted by vitamins, a safer caffeine blend and various other compounds, depending on the product. Code-3, for example, includes and helps produce phenylethamines, a natural stimulant related to feelings of euphoria in the body, and micronized creatine, which increases ATP (cellular energy).

Other high-energy pre-workout options include: NOXP3 (with Beta-Alanine and Kre-Alkalyn for energy), HEMOVEX, VASOCOR, PREWORK and N’SANE.

PWS FOR WORKOUT PERFORMANCE

A good preworkout formula can often be the difference between a good workout and a great one; between getting those last tough reps or not; between achieving or just missing your goals for that day.

Having the mental energy to get off the couch and get moving, to stay focused on the task at hand, is one thing; having the physical energy is something entirely different and, in truth, maybe even more critical for those who train with weights. That’s why so many of Nutrishop’s preworkout products are no longer simply just “energy boosters,” but performance-enhancing supplements with patented or peer-reviewed ingredients that actually have an impact in the gym.

Whether it’s the versatile Beta-Alanine or micronized creatine, there are a number of key products to look for in your preworkout supplements that should give away whether or not it is legitimately going to help you in the weight room. Creatine used to be considered a post-workout-only supplement designed for increased muscle mass; today, we know it more for its huge range of benefits, most of all the ability to increase ATP — energy within the muscle cells itself — meaning more strength for more reps.

Beta-alanine is responsible for increased production of carnosine, a product created in the system that helps absorb free hydrogen that creates unfavorable muscle pH for both performance and growth. Taking beta-alanine means a better muscle environment, which translates to more strength, more muscular endurance and bigger gains in the weight room.

Obviously, this ingredient is awesome. But it is made even more so when combined with other amazing formulas in some key NUTRISHOP products:

  • N’FUZE: A kre-alkalyn product, N’FUZE bolsters the strength gains you’d get from creatine by 1) delivering nearly 100 percent of the creatine you take, instead of converting it to creatinine, and then 2) boosts cellular energy levels even more with beta-alanine. ATP is the name of the game when it comes to quality creatines, and N’FUZE delivers.
  • N’RAGE: A nitric oxide booster that increased blood flow is made better with the addition of three powerful ingredients — beta-alanine, of course, for strength and energy; citrulline malate, which regulates nitric oxide production and helps in the ATP production process; and AAKG, a long-researched product known to increase muscle strength and size.
  • N’SANE: The third member of the training trifecta, N’SANE is designed to work with the above two products to create the best pump possible. It does this by delivering GlycoCarn, a patented nitric oxide precursor, to assist the AAKG and kre-alkalyn it also brings to the table. And — you guessed it — beta-alanine does some of the heavy lifting, too!
  • FUZION: Once again, we see beta-alanine paired with krealkalyn and AAKG — the difference with FUZION is the sustained release, patented to provide incredible pumps and focus on top of superior blood flow.
  • NO-XP3: The reviews have been flooding in for Chico customers on NO-XP3, mainly because of the results on this one. The big key with NO-XP3 is that it does not rely on stimulants to imitate natural energy, but instead delivers the blood flow and the nutrients that actually provide it. Along with beta-alanine, AAKG and a cup of coffee’s worth of caffeine, NO-XP3 boasts citrulline nitrate, an amino acid that’s quickly becoming a favorite for pre-workout intensity and effectiveness.
  • VASOCOR: The beta-alanine in this product is actually included in one of its blends, the pH Correction Strength and Endurance blend, where it works with L-taurine AKG and kre-alkalyn to keep the carnosine levels high in the muscles. But VASOCOR also has a nitric oxide precursor blend, complete with GlycoCarn and citrulline malate, plus ingredients designed to imitate anabolic hormonal releases that will boost strength and power output.
  • CODE-3: One of the cooler things about this product is that it provides PEAs, important for positive, “clean” energy during your workout and not the jitters you might normally get. Plus, along with the beta-alanine that is one half of the carnosine production you need to keep your workouts going longer, CODE-3 also provides the other half by including L-histidine in the equation. With micronized creatine and enough caffeine to matter, CODE-3 is a strong pre-workout option.

PWS FOR PUMPS

Muscle repair and recovery is arguably the most important part about strength training. Nutrient-rich blood rushes to the muscles in an effort to rebuild the broken-down fibers and microscopic tears that occur when training with weights. The result of this immediate rush of blood is what’s known as the pump effect — when the exercised area fills with blood and actually visibly increases in size and vascularity.

This is the reason behind the popularity of pre-workout supplements that help increase the pump, usually through nitric oxide production increase: Not only does it look awesome, but the function behind improved vascularity is critical to high-speed muscle replenishment, as well as power.

A sophisticated, non-stimulant-based pre-workout drink can also bring huge benefits. The best ones you can get will usually include a blend of arginine, beta-alanine and citrulline (malate or nitrate). Each is known to have great properties, including increased ATP production for more cellular energy and thus more strength and power, improved muscular endurance thanks to conversion of lactic acid to energy, and vasodilation — the expansion of the blood vessels to deliver nutrients and oxygen.

Studies have shown that beta-alanine directly affects intramuscular levels of carnosine, another amino acid that serves to provide a pH “buffer” in the muscle against lactic acid, which forms as a result of low oxygen. This keeps the muscle stronger for longer, with the end result being better endurance of strength.

Our best non-stimulant-based pre-workout: ForzaOne’s NOX-P3.

And, as we mentioned, blood flow is critical to athletes during their workouts. Nutrient and oxygen delivery are of utmost importance for strength and endurance, as well as immediate repair of muscle breakdown. Blood flow has a direct correlation to just about every facet of the workout: Nutrients in the blood help grow and repair the muscles, while oxygen and amino acids in the bloodstream provide energy and endurance. On top of all that, better blood flow means a quicker recovery time for muscle tissue, which we know is torn down with microscopic tears during intense resistance exercise. This helps reduce soreness, while increasing the phenomenon known as “the pump.”

All of these things can be achieved by increasing the body’s nitric oxide (NO) production. The system will release this compound as a means to better provide the muscles with the nutrients they need. This is why an arginine-based nitric oxide booster is important. You might be wondering why Arginine Nitrate is important, or what it does. First, we’ll start off with pure L-Arginine, an essential amino acid that plays a big part in many important bodily functions, including immune function and muscle building. But it’s also an immediate precursor to nitric oxide, and as a peer-reviewed article in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy points out, this makes it crucial when vasodilation — the expansion of blood vessels for better blood flow — is needed. Bonded with a nitrate, this provides improved blood flow to and from the heart, maximizing that sought-after pump and vascularity.

Our best NO booster: ForzaOne’s ANX-P3.