All About Lifting Supplements

We have certainly heard a lot about weight lifting supplements in the news. From Barry Bonds to the latest football star, it seems that weight lifting supplements have gotten a bad rap. Or have they? The ones you here about in the news are steroids, not over-the-counter lifting supplements. In fact, these weight lifting supplements you find in nutritional stores are actually quite good in helping you bulk up.

Fitness is something we all should take very seriously. Our appearance and overall health depend on it. When was the last time you hit the gym? Fortunately if you are looking to get pumped up, there are all-natural ways to do it these days. Have you considered the ample array of lifting supplements? Now days there are more than you can shake a stick at.

What do you know about effective weight lifting supplements? I’m referring to that plethora of products that grace the shelves of your local GNC stores. The great thing is the variety these days. I can recall back when I was first trying to get buff for the ladies; then there wasn’t a great deal to pick and choose from. You of course had that funky tasting protein shake that you were supposed to mix with milk. Those always left a foul taste in my mouth to say the least. God knows what all they put in that powder. Nevertheless, I used it like it was the key to getting stacked arms and ripped abs.

What weight lifting supplements are you currently chugging down? How about creatine? This product in particular sure seems to be a big hit. I can still remember the first time I saw it on the shelf in the local nutrition and vitamin store. My eyes lit up when I realized that I would no longer have to down those hideously pasty shakes. Creatine worked like a charm. You can simply mix a small amount of this stuff with water and POOF. You have one of the more effective lifting supplements to date.

Are you in need of some quality weight lifting supplements? Have no fear; there are plenty to select from in this modern age of fitness and image. Looking great has become a prime concern for many folks world-wide. This means a constant flow of new and improved weight lifting supplements for men and women. Hop online today and take a browse through cyberspace at the spectrum of weight lifting supplements for sale at wonderfully low prices. Or simply visit your local GNC nutrition store.

With the right lifting supplements you have that physique you’ve been wanting to attain.


Lower Cholesterol With Supplements

Remember as one of the B vitamins, it is proven effective for lowering LDL and raising HDL. It is also one of the cheapest drugs available for lowering cholesterol. But, without medical supervision it may not be totally safe. A dose high enough to lower cholesterol can cause extremely high blood sugar or liver damage.

Take vitamin E

Studies indicate that vitamin E may have a positive impact on lowering cholesterol when taken in fairly large quantities – up to 800 IU per day. This is more than you can get from your diet alone. Larger amounts do not seem to cause any harm. Further studies showed that even amounts of just 25 IU per day helps in preventing LDL from sticking to blood vessel walls. That amount is only slightly higher than the recommended daily amount (RDA) of 12 to 15 IU. It’s interesting to note that even that small amount has an impact on preventing that hardening of the arteries.

Take Calcium

One study indicates that when 56 people took a calcium carbonate supplement, their total cholesterol went down 4 percent and their HDL increased 4 percent. That was taking a dosage of 400 milligrams of calcium three times a day with no harmful effects reported. That does refer to calcium carbonate.

Take a multivitamin – it can’t hurt

While you are building your calcium and vitamin E intake, remember the old standby, vitamin C. It is the number one immune system booster and also drives up HDL. A study of people who took more than 60 milligrams of vitamin C per day (60 milligrams is the RDA) had highest LDL levels.

Fill up on fiber

Remember several years back when oat bran was the latest craze for lowering cholesterol? Later studies arrived at inconsistent results, but the medical community does agree that soluble fiber, the kind found in oat bran, does help lower LDL and raise HDL. As little as three grams per day of fiber from oat bran or oatmeal can be effective. There are 7.2 grams of soluble fiber per 100 grams of dry oat bran and five grams of soluble fiber per 100 grams of dry oatmeal. There are other sources of fiber as well such as barley, beans, peas and many other vegetables. Corn fiber is also good for reducing LDL, lowering it by as much as 5 percent in a recent study. Researchers used 20 grams of corn fiber a day. That would be a bit difficult for the average user when you take into account that one serving of corn has three grams of corn fiber. But, every little bit does make a difference. Pectin, which is found in fruits like apples and prunes, reduces cholesterol even better than oat bran, as does psyllium which is the fiber you find in many breakfast cereals and bulk laxatives.

Reduce sugar intake

Many people don’t realize that sugar affects cholesterol and definitely affects triglycerides. Sugar stimulates insulin production, which in turn increases triglycerides. Men in particular, seem to be sensitive to this effect from sugar. The mineral chromium which helps to stabilize blood sugar, can also raise the level of HDL. 100 mcg of chromium three times daily can help to improve your cholesterol levels.

Eliminate alcohol

The jury is still out and the different schools of thought are still at odds regarding the benefit or lack of benefit to consuming alcohol. This suggestion has nothing to do with our previous discuss on red wine. A moderate amount may be helpful. The problem is that to one person a moderate amount might be a glass of wine with their meal, while to another it might be a half bottle of Scotch! Anything above the arbitrary “moderate” amount elevates serum cholesterol triglycerides and your uric acid levels as well as potentially increasing blood pressure all of which promote heart disease. So, the best bet would be to eliminate it totally.

Exercise regularly

There is positive evidence that exercise can lower LDL cholesterol and boost HDL cholesterol. Both aerobic exercise such as walking, jogging, swimming, bicycling and cross country skiing and strength training like lifting weights or using weight machines all promote the improvement of cholesterol levels. An analysis of 11 studies on weight training showed that this exercise lowered LDL by 13 percent and raised HDL by 5 percent. If you lift weights, use light to moderate weights and do many repetitions.
Eliminate caffeine

We Americans definitely have a love affair with our coffee! People who drink large amounts of caffeine (more than 6 cups a day) are far more prone to elevated cholesterol. That connection does not hold for tea drinkers. Limit your coffee intake to no more than one cup a day and eliminate caffeinated sodas entirely.


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