Anabolic Primer and Driver Proteins
Get the Most from Protein Supplements!
From Hypertrophy-Specific Nutrition (HSN)
When implemented properly and consistently, strategic pre- and post-workout protein supplementation can greatly increase the effectiveness of your training. Simply taking a protein supplement isn't sufficient to guarantee that your body will use it to build muscle. As you will see from recent research, timing is everything when it comes to protein!
Pre-workout protein nutritional strategies are based on taking advantage of increased blood flow to muscle tissue. Because the availability of amino acids is often the limiting factor for protein synthesis, a pre-workout protein meal will enhance the delivery of amino acids to muscle tissue. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of a pre-workout protein drink.4
Delivery of amino acids has been shown to be significantly greater during the exercise bout when consumed pre-workout than after exercise.4 There is also a significant difference in amino acid delivery in the 1st h after exercise. Net amino acid uptake across the muscle is twice as high with a pre-workout protein drink as compared to consuming it after. Phenylalanine disappearance rate, an indicator of muscle protein synthesis from blood amino acids, was significantly higher when amino acids were taken pre-workout. These results indicate that the response of net muscle protein synthesis to consumption of a protein solution immediately before resistance exercise is greater than that when the solution is consumed after exercise, primarily because of an increase in muscle protein synthesis as a result of increased delivery of amino acids to the leg.
Protein is essential to post exercise anabolism. Protein provides amino acids which are used to rebuild damaged tissues as well as provide enzymes and carrier proteins necessary for adaptation to exercise. Without protein, which supplies essential amino acids for endogenous protein synthesis, the body's ability to adapt to exercise is greatly diminished.
Muscle-specific messenger RNA (mRNA) produced subsequent to training has a half life of only 4-5 hours. It is so short because mRNA has no "quality control" mechanism built into the coding. By keeping the half life short, any errors in the sequence won't be able to produce enough defective proteins to do irreparable damage to the cell or organism. This also allows tight control of protein metabolism. If the anabolic stimulus from exercise is to be maximized, a steady flow of amino acids MUST bathe the muscle while mRNA content is high.
Immediately after workout, there is a window of opportunity where nutrient uptake into muscle tissue is very high. This window only lasts about 2 hours, however the effectiveness of a protein drink taken 60 minutes after training is significantly lower than when it is consumed immediately after training.
Daily Protein Intake Levels
Current recommendations for total protein intake for athletes is between 1.6-1.8 grams per kilogram body weight, depending on who you read, however, it is not uncommon for bodybuilders to consume in excess of 2 grams per kg (1 gram per pound) of body weight with no ill effects. It should be remembered that the body does not have the capacity to effectively store amino acids so protein should be eaten at least every 3-4 hours.
The Right Protein at the Right Time
Anabolic Primer is a made from "fast protein"1,2,3 and was designed specifically for pre-workout supplementation. It enters the blood stream rapidly and elevates amino acid levels sufficient to induce muscle protein synthesis. Anabolic Primer is taken 15 minutes before training to enhance amino acid supply when blood flow to working muscles is at its peak.
Anabolic Primer, taken just before training, infuses the muscle with growth promoting amino acids. Drinking a protein drink before working out has been shown in scientific studies to be THE most effective way to increase muscle growth.4 Anabolic Primer is formulated in such a way as to further increase blood flow to working muscles. This ensures the greatest delivery of amino acids to your muscles when they need it most.
Anabolic Primer will provide the fastest results when used in conjunction with HSN's post workout formulation Anabolic Driver and Hypertrophy-Specific Training (HST) principles.
Anabolic Driver is a "slow protein"1,2,3 and was designed specifically for post-workout supplementation. It enters the blood stream slowly and supports muscle protein synthesis for hours after it is taken. Anabolic Driver is taken immediately after training to enhance the uptake of amino acids when insulin sensitivity is at its peak, and then continues to support protein synthesis until your next meal.
Anabolic Driver, taken immediately after training, provides a steady supply of growth promoting amino acids to your recovering muscles. Drinking a protein drink immediately after working out has been shown in scientific studies to be critical if muscle growth is to occur.5,6,7,8,9 Anabolic Driver is formulated to supply recovering muscles with growth promoting amino acids over an extended time period. This ensures a steady supply of amino acids to your recovering muscles when they need it most. Anabolic Driver will provide the fastest results when used in conjunction with HSN's pre-workout formulation Anabolic Primer and Hypertrophy-Specific Training (HST) principles.
Anabolic Primer and Driver together form a protein system that should be the foundation of your protein intake. When used properly, they will be the most important protein meals of the day.
The Elusive Hepatically activated Pro- Steroid
Androgen-1 (also known as 1-Androstenediol or 1-AD) is patented 1-AD from LPJ Research.
Androgen-1 employs the ideal delivery activation system for encapsulated pro-steroids. Delivery systems such as the IDS liposome used in Testovar 555 have resurrected the pro-hormone market by giving results where before there was only marketing hype. Techno-savvy bodybuilders now understand that the liver performs a role in the body not only to detoxify hazardous materials, but also to deactivate expensive prohormones by attacking the Carbon-17 bond creating a 17-keto group. Until recently, the most effective legal way of obtaining true results from pro steroids like 4-Androstenediol is to bypass the liver completely on the first pass... Until now!
Introducing from IDS... the new and effective dry capsule delivery prohormone! Androgen-1 (1-Androstenediol) is chemically structured like the wildly popular anabolic steroid Primobolan. In other words, Androgen-1 is not attacked and destroyed by the liver, rather the liver serves to activate it! Yes! That's right - Androgen-1 must pass through the liver as soon as possible to be activated! What does Androgen-1 become when it is activated? Real bona fide 1-Testosterone!
Androgen-1 is ideally suited for combination with a proper liposome delivered sources of 4-Androstenediol, such as Testovar 555.
Androgen-1 is guaranteed to yield dramatic mass and strength gains in 4-6 weeks or your money back. How many other companies continue to stand behind the results of their products?
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The new Ultimate Value from IDS, Androvar-e uses etherated technology with proven liposomal 4 Androstendiol (4-AD) technology, the same technology used in tremendously successful mass product Testovar 555, to deliver possibly the most powerful one-two punch in androgenic supplement history!
Now available from IDS, 5alpha androstane 3 beta, 17 beta diol THP ether! This is a brand new pro-steroid chemically incapable of converting to estrogen! Once in the body, 5 alpha THP ether is chemically altered resulting in a chemical structure and action virtually identical to Drostanolone Propionate (DP) (synthetic derivative of dihydrotestosterone). DP is shown to be 2-3 times more active than testosterone! You can finally increase your androgen level without increasing your estrogen level resulting in no water retention and no liver toxicity!
It is a fact that DP has been one of the best-kept secrets in professional bodybuilding for over 20 years. Since the mid 80's elite body builders have recognized the importance of the muscle hardening effects of DP in low doses for fast acting muscle hardening for pre-contest preparation! Regardless of the type of cycle or drug that was used, DP made you look and feel hard as a rock!
Androvar-e, utilizing the proven mass building qualities of liposomal 4-AD, will not only pack on 10-20 pounds of rock hard muscle but with the estrogen blocking / hardening effects of 5 alpha THP ether, Androvar-e will make you look harder and more ripped from the beginning to the end of your cycle.
All new pH delivery system! No cramping or stomach upset! Dissolves completely in water for strength and mass increases with no side effects! There is 5 grams of Creatine per serving and 5 grams of Dextrose per serving. It is a pink lemonade flavor and mixes completely with water, thus fewer side effects.
Creatine Titrate is a revolutionary new delivery system for the staple of every athlete's supplement regiment, creatine. Creatine Titrate works intracellularly the same way as regular creatine monohydrate to increase mass and strength. The difference lies in the unique delivery system. Creatine Titrate manipulates the pH of the water immediately upon contact. This change in pH results in the creatine completely dissolving in water. Creatine must be dissolved to be absorbed by the body; undissolved creatine wreaks havoc in the intestinal tract drawing in water in an attempt to dissolve it. This fluid shift from the bloodstream can result in cramping and diarrhea for some people. Unlike regular creatine monohydrate, of which about 20% dissolves in water, Creatine Titrate completely dissolves in water resulting in better results with smaller dosages and fewer side effects.
For more information about Creatine Titrate, read the article "The Evolution of Creatine" in Naturally Ripped News, our online magazine.
The Evolution of Creatine
The Titrate Delivery Revolution
By Nick Worrell
From 'D-bol', the breakfast of champions, to egg protein... This was the harsh reality of the supplement world for bodybuilders in the 1980's and early 1990's. Steroids became illegal and were replaced by bad protein, bogus glandulars and sub par amino acids. If you wanted to improve your strength or physique naturally? Eat an orange. Everything changed in 1993 when we began to see something that actually worked other than the new onset of meal replacements. An accidental discovery a future fitness leader gave birth to the supplement industry, as we now know it. Creatine monohydrate legitimized the natural supplement industry by delivering size and strength within weeks and to top it all off, there was research to back it!
The Real Story of Creatine
Creatine is a substance found in the body used as explosive energy by the muscles. The first several seconds of any strength movement uses creatine phosphate as an energy source to set the muscle in motion, like a stick of dynamite can starts an avalanche. From this point ATP is the main source of energy for anaerobic movements. Increasing the amount of available creatine in the muscle generally results in an increase in this 'Dynamite' or explosive energy. In laymen terms, pick a movement such as the bench press, if the maximum amount you can lift three times is 300 pounds, creatine may enable you to do 5-6 reps with the same weight. That type of gain is tremendous from any natural supplement! The most publicized and probably the second most popular effect of creatine, is actually a side effect, cell volumization. The term volumization means that the muscle cell actually pulls water into it causing it to swell or increase its volume, volumize. This swollen muscle looks fuller and more rounded hence you look bigger and more muscular all due to creatine supplementation! Size and Strength!
As good as it sounds there have been problems with this miracle supplement, mainly hydration or maintaining a healthy water level in the bloodstream. When creatine monohydrate first hit the market many college and professional athletic programs embraced creatine without a working knowledge of its proper use. Many have since banned creatine due to hydration problems, which cause muscle and stomach cramps and diarrhea. The positive effects of the creatine monohydrate were not enough to persuade these coaches to risk the health of their players on a product, which can promote the very thing that they try to avoid during competition. The reason for the cramping was initially thought to be due to the hyper volumization of the muscle cells. Athletes were told to just drink 1-2 gallons of water a day to combat these side effects. That is like saying if you are on fire, don't drink gasoline, you haven't solved the problem since you are still burning.
The Evolution of Creatine Products
Creatine supplementation was, at best, a shotgun effect in the beginning. Athletes were dumping a spoonful into water - or into their mouth - and swigging it down before and after workouts. New research showed that effective doses of 5 grams resulted in measurable performance increases. Soon creatine pills, candy bars and gum were pawned off on unsuspecting athletes with little or no positive effect. Shortly thereafter, one of creatine monohydrate's original researchers, Dr. Greenhoff announced, "Creatine is much more effective in aqueous delivery than in a dry delivery." So thousands of bodybuilders began mixing the white, sand-like substance with water, choking it down before and after workouts. Since there was very little information about dosing per day and cycling at that time, many athletes were taking 5-35 grams a day, depending on what fitness magazine they were reading. Many of those same bodybuilders went around cramping and doubled over all the way to the gym, many to make a regular detour to the bathroom before and after the workout. We all accepted that this was just the price we had to pay to use a natural supplement that worked. Strength and bodyweight increases were common, but these side effects still kept many but the hard-core athletes away.
Soon research showed that adding simple carbohydrates like dextrose found in grape juice could improve the muscles uptake of creatine over ingesting regular creatine on it's own. This was due to the increase in insulin in the bloodstream created by the simple sugar. Still, while performance improved over creatine monohydrate alone, little was done about the hydration problems caused by creatine use.
The first attempt to improve creatine's physical delivery came in the form of a liquid or suspended delivery. Because creatine has a very short life (just an hour or so) in aqueous form when combined with water, storing it or selling it after it had been combined with water was impossible. Creatine monohydrate quickly converted to creatinine within minutes. Creatinine is useless to increase performance and is actually a bi-product of creatine capable of causing harm to the kidneys and muscle. To alleviate this problem companies attempted to use other liquids other than water to suspend creatine monohydrate, enter the creatine suspension era. Since Creatine monohydrate was easily suspended in liquids other than water such as Aloe or glycerine, a new idea began to take over. Creatine suspensions were created and claims of several hundred percent increase of creatine into the bloodstream fueled research and controversy but mostly it fueled sales. Slimy texture and bad taste tarnished its reputation, but what really became its Achilles heel were the very claims that were made by the inventors. We learned that more creatine in the bloodstream did not equal more useful creatine into the muscle to improve performance. In fact the liquids that bound with creatine to protect it from converting to creatinine failed to separate from the creatine after passing through the stomach. Actual results from this product rarely improved performance over creatine and water, let alone creatine with dextrose in water. Aloe helped to improve stomach discomfort caused by creatine but did nothing to aid in the all-important hydration issue, many people still ended up on the toilet after simply taking 5-10 grams at a time. Water in, water out = hydration problem.
Creatine supplementation's big break came in 1998 when we learned what really was the cause of the hydration and stomach problems brought on by creatine use. Not to anyone's surprise, Creatine was found to be very insoluble in water. Stir 5-10 grams of creatine monohydrate into water and maybe 2 grams actually dissolve. The breakthrough came when we found the undissolved creatine did little if anything to improve performance. The human body is not capable of making the insoluble creatine dissolve once it enters the body, so if you mix any more than 2 grams of creatine monohydrate into water, it will most likely sit in the stomach and intestine like it sits in the bottom of the glass. When the undissolved creatine exits the stomach into the small intestine where nutrients are actually absorbed into the bloodstream a fundamental problem arises. The undissolved creatine is no different in the small intestine than in the glass, undissolved. The particles are too large to enter the bloodstream and are not allowed into the lymphatic system. Where can it go? Water is drawn into the small intestine in a largely vain attempt to dissolve it. Where does the water come from? The bloodstream. Bingo, the hydration problem! Where does this water go when it accumulates in the intestines? Where gravity must take it, down and out! In most users this meant diarrhea, water along with the undissolved creatine a.k.a. your money. As with diarrhea of any kind whether brought on by creatine or illness, keeping up with fluid intake is extremely difficult. Electrolytes are lost; the heart rate can also be affected, along with a host of other serious health problems. In addition, many athletes whether they are on the field or in the gym are already losing water through perspiration, a double whammy. Once the hydration culprit was found the search was on to find the solution. Boiling creatine may have been the first choice, of the insane, but by the time the water is cool enough to drink, what small percentage of creatine that dissolved fell back out of solution again. In 1998, a delivery system was discovered which chemically altered creatine dramatically increasing its solubility, Effervescent delivery.
The correct execution of Effervescent Delivery for creatine (which was achieved by only one manufacturer) tremendously improved the solubility of creatine. So much so that close to 100 percent solubility was achieved. This created a windfall of advantages for the athlete both in safety and performance. No longer would undissolved creatine cause havoc in the body's digestive system. There would be no more stomach cramping, no more diarrhea; many people that had sworn off creatine could now experience the "Creatine Miracle" for themselves. Having close to 100 percent solubility meant that taking the regular 5 grams per dose and having this dissolve was effectively like taking 2-3 servings (10-15 grams) of regular non-effervescent creatine monohydrate throughout the day. This was a major improvement in convenience. Obviously having more soluble unbound creatine available in the bloodstream helped to improve performance tremendously, significantly more than creatine, creatine and dextrose, or especially suspended liquid creatine.
The major downfall with the effervescent delivery, aside from a 'tinny' or 'metal' taste, didn't come from a flaw in its delivery but from a much more fundamental source, cost. Cost and availability became major issues when 100 grams of creatine suddenly cost the same as 1,000 grams of regular creatine monohydrate. Large numbers of athletes turned away from the effervescent delivery choosing to take 3-4 times as much regular creatine monohydrate and accept the side effects. It was purely a financial decision because they didn't have deep enough pockets to buy it year round. Since true effervescent creatine was not always easy to find, many people had bad experiences with inferior products that only fizzed but did not result in dissolved creatine, they fizzled. These people did not see either an increase in their performance or reduction in their side effects. They did see a major reduction in their bank accounts though.
Before now, the only way to achieve creatine solubility has been through proper effervescent delivery, if one could afford it. UNTIL NOW!
Enter the Titrate Era!
Creatine Titrate from IDS achieves the same chemical reaction as effervescent creatine resulting in free ionized, SOLUBLE creatine! How? With a patented, pH manipulating, Titrate delivery system. As with all things, science and technology eventually make things obsolete. Technology has now made it possible to dissolve creatine without the expense of an effervescent reaction and the manufacturing costs associated with it. Creatine Titrate achieves this goal by Titrating or changing the pH of the water when it is stirred in. This altered pH allows the creatine to go into solution over 95%. Result? Dissolved creatine. Why is Creatine Titrate considered an advancement over Effervescent delivery? Several reasons... I will give you three:
cost, Cost, COST!
The main reason that Effervescent creatine has such a high cost is that it requires special manufacturing facilities to be made correctly. Humidity, being effervescent's lethal enemy, must be controlled completely. Any liquid, even the moisture in the air will start the effervescent reaction. Once this reaction begins it cannot be stopped. Result? If you have 1 teaspoon or one pound of effervescent creatine, it will be one solid block of unusable material in just hours if just a droplet of water comes into contact with it. What does this translate to? High manufacturing costs. Secondly, due to these same humidity control issues, special attention must be paid to packaging for the product in stores. Specially made layered packets were designed to keep moisture out. These foil pouches were multilayered combinations of plastic, foil, and paper. No normal plastic bottle is designed to house foil packets so cardboard boxes had to be designed and made to accommodate. Result? High packaging costs. High manufacturing costs, high packaging costs= high cost to the consumer. Creatine Titrate does not react with water vapor any more than Creatine Monohydrate. Therefore it can be manufactured in the same way, and packaged the same way. This saves you the consumer tremendously! How much? Try almost half!
What are the direct advantages of Creatine Titrate over Effervescent Creatine?
40 servings instead of 20 per unit
Much better Taste
Lower dextrose / fewer Calories
No expanding or exploding packets / Better shelf life
Don't have to worry about taking the Creatine Titrate on an empty stomach, it does not cause gastric dumping.
The question really becomes, 'What are you really looking for in special delivery creatine?' Better performance results than regular creatine monohydrate with smaller doses and fewer side effects. Why? How is this really achieved? When the creatine is dissolved! Buy dissolved creatine without the fizz. Remember it isn't the fizz that increases your strength or that eliminates the side effects, it's the dissolved creatine.
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