Norway’s Purest Fish Oil

Posted: July 23, 2011 in Supplements

Did you ever take a look at the fish oil you’re taking?  I’ve been taking fish oil for years and I was never too picky about where I purchased my fish oil.  I had no brand loyalty and would usually just pick it up where it was convenient, which usually happened to be at one of the big box retailers. Besides, it was often cheaper there!

Recently, I was doing some Web surfing on fish oil quality and decided to try a higher quality fish oil sourced in Norway – Norway’s Purest Fish Oil.  I did some research and learned that this fish oil was sourced from the very same supplier that also supplies Carlson Fish Oil.  If you know your fish oil brands, you will know that Carlson fish oil is considered one of the best in terms of purity and safety.

The more I read about fish oil, the more I become convinced that fish oil quality and purity does matter and can have a significant impact on your health.  Take some time out to learn more about the supplements you are ingesting and feeding your family.  Stay healthy!

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You Can Build 20″ Arms

Posted: July 17, 2011 in Exercise

I was recently cleaning out my attic and pulled out this gem from my stack of old bodybuilding books: “You Can Build 20″ Arms” by Gene Mozee!  This book or actually more of a 22 page pamphlet is a classic that I doubt you will find at Barnes and Nobles.  I bought it as a teenager when I had just started working out and was very interested in building arms that would fill out my sleeves.

It was amusing to leaf through this book and see some of the routines for building big arms.  One of the routines I remember doing was a 10 minute arm routine which was promoted as a quick mass builder and stated that you could put on an inch on your arms in one month!

I actually remember doing this very brutal routine in my basement when I was about 16.  It is very simple, but as I remember,  grueling and painful!  Did I put an inch on my arms in one month?  No….but I did put on 1/2″ on each arm pushing them to the 15″ barrier, all within one month!

These days I am more interested in building my heart than my arms, but I do wonder if this could tone up my guns.  I mean it only takes 10 minutes!  I think at some later blog post I will have to detail the routine.

Keep training!

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Melatonin: Not Just For Sleep

Posted: June 22, 2011 in Supplements

Everyone knows about melatonin, the natural sleep hormone that helps regulate our circadian rhythms. With so many people experiencing sleep disorders it’s popularity has skyrocketed. But did you also know melatonin also has many other potential health benefits, such as weight loss and cardiovascular health?

A recent study at the University of Granada reports that melatonin helped people to lose weight without reducing caloric intake. The study, which appeared in the Journal of Pineal Research (dig out your copy) also found that melatonin showed other positive health benefits, such as lowering systolic blood pressure, lowering triglycerides, lowering LDL, and increasing HDL.

Now before you go loading up on supplemental melatonin, remember that it is a powerful hormone. As such, many nutritionists only recommend it for occasional use. But melatonin does occur naturally in many foods, such as cherries, apples, oranges, strawberries, kiwis, almonds, oats, corn, and rice.

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My 13-year-old daughter (the athlete of the family) was telling me how she was able to do the most chin ups in her gym class but was still not happy because she got stuck on the last rep.  I told her that next time that happened she should squeeze her grip as hard as she can and tense her stomach muscles.  I explained this would give her the extra “ooomph” to finish the rep.  This is a trick I read in “Power to the People” by the well-known Russian trainer, Pavel Tsatsouline (don’t ask me how to pronounce that!).
The principle is called muscle irradiation and works by creating tension in surrounding muscles which increases neuro-muscular recruitment within the target muscles.  I am not sure of the science behind it, but I have used it in my weight training and it definitely makes a difference.  And it doesn’t have to be saved for the last rep….you can use it throughout your set for increased power.  I try to employ it with many exercises….curling, bench press, squat, deadlift, etc.  I have also tried tensing other bodyparts, but the abs and grip seem to work best for me.  Try muscle irradiation in your workouts and maybe one day you will be able to do the most chin ups in your gym class!

I recently attended SupplySide East which is one of the largest supplement trade shows in the country.  In addition to networking, the show is a great place to learn about “new” supplements.  Of course, many of the new supplements we see have been in use for hundreds or thousands of years and we in the western world are now just discovering them.  One of the more interesting supplements I “discovered” at the show was Moringa oleifera.  Aside from being fun to say (go ahead, say it a few times – it has a nice ring!) Moringa oleifera may be the most amazing tree known to man!  Well, at least to this man.  Moringa oleifera is a tree native to the foothills of the Himalayas and is now widely cultivated in Asia, Africa, and South America.  Its use as a supplement in the US has been gaining popularity in the past few years and with good reason

The Moringa Tree is packed with protein and nutrients and has been dubbed “the most nutritious plant on earth”.  Over 90 nutrients have been identified in Moringa, including numerous vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, too numerous to list.  Google it, you will be impressed!  The list of nutrients is probably longer than the list on the label of the multi-vitamins you take!  On its own, it is definitely one of the most complete supplements on the market.

I should also mention, while I am mainly interested in the use of Moringa as a supplement, it is a highly versatile tree and it’s been used as a source of food, medicinally to treat many diseases, as a source of oil, as a cleaner and to filter water!

My vitamin shelf is pretty full now, but from what I read and hear, Moringa oleifera deserves a spot.  I plan to add a Moringa oleifera supplement to my regimen soon and will report back with a review.   To be continued…..

I just read a study by the Physical Activity Council that found that over 60 million people in the U.S. are totally inactive!  A shocking number.  And we can’t pin this all on the seniors since the study found over a third of these people are between the ages of 6 and 34!  Additionally, the number of 6-12 year olds who are inactive has more than doubled since 2008!  Somehow we need to reverse this trend or there will be a grave price to pay down the road.  Take notice and take action.

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