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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): Exercise Tonic?

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a health tonic for increasing general strength and wellbeing. Ashwagandha is also called withania, based on the Latin name for the plant, Withania somnifera. Ashwagandha has been investigated for … Continue reading

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Rhodiola Rosea: Improves Exercise Performance

Rhodiola rosea is a traditional herbal treatment and popular dietary supplement. Rhodiola has particular adaptogenic properties that make it a useful supplement to reduce stress, improve cognition and to decrease depressive and anxious symptoms. The mechanisms by which Rhodiola rosea … Continue reading

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Ginseng Improves Exercise Performance

Ginseng is a herbal remedy that is particularly highly prized in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ginseng refers to Panax ginseng, also called Korean ginseng, and this differentiates it from an unrelated plant called Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus). However, both Ginseng plants … Continue reading

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Do Athletes Require More Chromium?

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Rhodiola Rosea

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Energy Flux and Weight Gain

Weight gain and obesity are complex and multifactorial phenomena. There is not a single cause for weight gain, but generally a number of factors are known to contribute to its development. The development of insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome … Continue reading

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Diet and Exercise: Increases Appetite

The current mainstream paradigm for weight loss centres around a strategy that causes a negative caloric energy balance. This can be achieved through dietary restriction, increased physical activity, or a combination of both. Studies confirm that energy restriction alone or … Continue reading

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Fat Loss: Protein Is Pivotal

Dietary protein is important because it is the main source of nitrogen (protein is made of chains of amino acids, and all amino acids contain at least one nitrogen group). Without adequate nitrogen, the natural turnover of the skeletal muscle … Continue reading

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Can Rhodiola Improve Exercise Endurance?

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Exercise Induced Energy Deficits Causes Compensatory Eating

The current mainstream accepted method for causing weight loss is to produce an energy deficit in the individual. This involves increasing energy expenditure or decreasing energy intake such that the total energy input is lower than the total energy output. … Continue reading

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