Supplements to watch: Nootropics

Supplements to Watch: Nootropics

Unless you live under a rock, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard or read about nootropics. For those who may be out of the loop, ‘nootropic’ is a broad dietary supplement that’s come to include a variety of naturally occurring and synthetic cognitive enhancers. Over the course of recent months, they’ve continued to work their way into the nutraceutical spotlight. And from what our team has seen, it looks like nootropics won’t be leaving the dietary supplement stage anytime soon. Continue reading

Spirulina: A Single-Celled Nutritional Wonder

Spirulina: A Single-Celled Nutritional Wonder

When looking for the latest and greatest in nutritional ingredients, warm, shallow and all around less than appetizing bodies of water are some of the last places an individual might look. And yet, these marshy and pond-like environments happen to be the ideal blossoming grounds for one of today’s hottest green foods: Spirulina, or as we like to refer to it, the undisputed nutritional king of the single-celled blue-green algae family. Continue reading

Don't Forget Your Greens: Consumer Demand for Green Supplements Is on the Rise

Don’t Forget Your Greens: Consumer Demand for Green Supplements is on the Rise

As children, many of us felt that eating our vegetables was a chore. Whenever broccoli, spinach, or kale made their way onto our plates we’d make a face and accept the fact that dinner time wasn’t over until they were gone. As adults, we’ve come to recognize that those same veggies are some of the most nutritionally beneficial foods out there. And yet, even though surveys have shown that Americans have been steadily increasing the amounts of veggies and fruits in their diets, many still fail to meet the base recommendations of 3 or more servings of green per day. Fortunately for us, green powders and supplements have the ability to provide us with the perfect solution. Continue reading

Why does beta alanine make us itchy?

The Itch: Why Does Beta Alanine Make Us Itchy?

In the world of bodybuilding, performance nutrition, and sports supplements beta alanine (sometimes referred to as CarnoSyn (its trademarked name) or as b-alanine) has become synonymous with high-performance workouts, increased endurance, boosted strength, and extra power. It’s also become near impossible to mention beta alanine without mentioning the “beta alanine itch.” Continue reading

3 Amazing Amino Acids To Include In Your Pre-Workout

3 Amazing Amino Acids to Include in Your Pre-Workout

It’s no secret that for anyone looking to reach their workout goals, having a pre-workout that’s tailored to those goals is a must. With thousands of products on the market today, choosing the right product with the right ingredients can be a challenge. For those looking to take or create a pre-workout that’s catered to some popular muscle building needs, here are three of our must-have ingredient picks… Continue reading

What are Nitric Oxide Boosters?

What are Nitric Oxide (NO) Boosters?

If you follow the world of sports supplements, then chances are you’ve heard someone mention the rising popularity of Nitric Oxide (NO) boosters. Whether they’re being delivered as whole foods or in supplement form it seems that NO boosters have caught the attention of the bodybuilding community and the sports supplement community. But for many, the science of how they may help athletic performance can be less than clear.

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Three and a half things you didn't know about caffeine

3 1/2 Things You Didn’t Know About Caffeine

Along with being the morning stimulant of choice for most American adults, caffeine has the ability to influence more than just the first few hours of your day. When taken in moderation, caffeine has been shown to influence the body in a number of interesting ways. That being acknowledged, here are 3 ½ (yes, you read that correctly) of our favorite lesser-known caffeine factoids. Continue reading

Recent Study: Dietary Supplements May Enhance Antidepressants - Omega-3s, SAMe, Methylfolate and Vitamin-D

Dietary Supplements May Enhance Antidepressants

Last week, The American Journal of Psychiatry published an international evidence review that was written and compiled by a team of researchers from the University of Melbourne and Harvard University, “Adjunctive nutraceuticals for Depression: A systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” Despite the seemingly dense title, after examining 40 clinical trials able to come to one undeniably simple conclusion: Certain nutraceuticals, when taken in tandem with antidepressants, were found to enhance the overall effects of the antidepressants in people who suffer from clinical depression.  Continue reading

The Trouble with DNA Barcoding For Ingredient Analysis

DNA Barcoding: Does It Work For Ingredient Analysis?

When New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman chose DNA barcoding as the primary method of ingredient analysis during his investigation of several dietary supplement companies and distributors last year, he pulled DNA barcoding into the spotlight. As a result, the effectiveness of DNA barcoding as a method for analyzing herbal/botanical supplement ingredients, in particular, has been met by an incredible amount of scrutiny.  Continue reading

Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Flavanols, and Enhanced Athletic Performance

Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Flavanols & Enhanced Athletic Performance

Recent Study Links Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Flavanols to Enhanced Athletic Performance

For most people, chocolate is delicious. Regardless of what their personal preference may be (milk or dark) there’s at least one cocoa-derived delight out there that tickles their sweet tooth. Despite chocolate’s centuries-old history, the kind of chocolate that we’ve come to know and love has only been around for the last 170 years or so. And only in recent decades has the western world truly started to discover that along with being great for making delicious treats, cocoa (especially the phytochemical components) may also be great for our health. Continue reading