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The latest sports nutrition products

There are two categories of supplements that athletes have only recently begun to incorporate into their sports nutrition regimens: growth hormone stimulators and anti-inflammatory enzymes.

Growth Hormone

Growth hormone (GH) has been around for a long time. It is the drug of choice for many world-class athletes because it's very hard to detect its use. GH stimulates muscle growth and strength, improves bone density, increases metabolism, promotes fat loss and helps develop thicker, stronger skin.

Instead of spending $3,000 per month for the real injectable hormone that is available only by prescription, many people use natural growth hormone stimulators, also known as secretagogues. Most consist of a blend of single amino acids like glutamine, arginine and lysine, which are known to trigger natural GH release from the pituitary gland. They may also add substances like gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) that help block the production of somatostatin, a potent inhibitor of GH release. GH is released from the pituitary in pulses throughout the day. It travels to the liver, where it stimulates IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor) production. GH only lasts minutes in the body before it disappears, but IGF-1 sticks around for days, stimulating all the positive changes in the body. Human studies using these secretagogues have been clinically shown to increase IGF-1 levels over months of use.

MHP Secretagogue One is a popular GH secretagogue product. Also consider Labrada Humanogrowth, Nutraceutics ProEndorphin or Meditropin

With all the money the pharmaceutical companies have been throwing at this GH secretagogue concept, we're sure a drug form is just around the corner.

Anti-inflammatory Enzymes

Enzymes to fight exercise-induced inflammation have become a hot item for bodybuilders and endurance athletes alike. Some good studies have shown different enzymes can help you recover quicker, with less soreness. Most people use anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen for aches and pains, but these drugs may actually promote joint and cartilage damage over the long term. Bleeding ulcers are another unpleasant side effect.

In The Doctor's Prescription for Healthy Living, Dr. Michael Schedler, M.D., writes "Wobenzym N is not only safer than ibuprofen and other similar drugs for long-term use, it's often more effective. Just ask Boris Becker and Steffi Graf, two of Germany's leading internationally recognized tennis stars. Both use Wobenzym N to help battle the aches and pains of sports injuries. Meanwhile, the German and Austrian Olympic teams ordered one million Wobenzym N tablets for the 1998 Winter Olympics. Why? Because they want to win, and combination oral enzymes offer them a super-competitive edge."

Try Garden of Life Wobenzym N. Sports injury studies recommend 5 tablets 2-3 times daily when training and 5-10 tablets 3-5 times daily when injured. Enzyme tablets should be taken 45 minutes before meals on an empty stomach. If you are always fighting aches and pains after your hardcore workouts, consider enzymes instead of drugs.

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