Ranking the best CoQ10 supplements of 2016 (review)

Do you want to tune up the energy level of your heart and muscles?

That’s what is promised by a supplement called Coenzyme Q10, or  CoQ10 for short.

Part 1 reviews the best CoQ10 supplements on the market. Part 2 is a CoQ10 guide that breaks down what the supplement is and how you should take it.

Here we go:

1.  Kirkland Signature CoQ10

coq10For simple, straightforward, and reliable supplements, Kirkland Signature brand is very often a good bet.  This is the case with their CoQ10 offering: the gel capsules provide 300 mg of Coenzyme Q10 for a good price, and their purity is top-notch too.

Independent lab testing confirmed that the actual amount of CoQ10 per capsule is 302 mg, within one percent of the label-stated amount.

The solvent it uses to dissolve the fat-soluble CoQ10 is soybean oil, which should not cause any problems unless you have a soy allergy.  The capsules are gelatin, so again, vegetarians beware.

The other inactive ingredients include glycerin and soy lecithin, which help emulsify the oil solution, as well as vitamin E as a preservative and titanium dioxide as a coloring.

There really isn’t much else to cover with regards to Kirkland’s CoQ10 offering: it’s nothing fancy or flashy, but it gets the job done, and it comes in a high-dose capsule, which is convenient if you know you want to take a higher daily dosage of Coenzyme Q10. [click to continue…]


Ranking the best calcium supplements of 2016 (review)

Just drink milk for strong bones, right? Sometimes it’s not quite that simple.

Calcium is one of the most important minerals in your diet.  If you want a better shot at strong bones, check out the following calcium supplement rankings.

This guide comes in two parts, a top-10 review and a guide to using calcium supplements.

Let’s go:

1.  Citracal with Vitamin D Slow Release

citracalCitracal is a rare bird among supplements: it’s cost-effective, lab-verified, and simple.

Citracal’s slow release formula means you can take one tablet per day.  Other calcium supplements need to be divided up into smaller doses throughout the day; otherwise, the calcium passes through your body too quickly and not all of it is absorbed.

The slow release formulation obviates this problem.

The supplement uses a binder called hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose to achieve this slow release effect.  Though it’s a long and technical chemical name, it’s a nontoxic plant-derived compound that forms a gel when it comes into contact with water.

This slows the rate at which calcium is released from the tablet into your digestive tract.

Citracal uses a blend of calcium carbonate and calcium citrate to provide the mineral source of calcium, and also provides 1000 IU of vitamin D per capsule alongside 80 mg of magnesium, which makes up 20% of your recommended daily intake.

Laboratory testing reveals that the supplement actually contains 1350 mg of calcium per tablet (the label reports 1200 mg) and almost exactly 1000 IU of vitamin D.  It also contains no heavy metals or toxic contaminants, and the lack of “extra” ingredients is a boon for anyone looking for a straightforward, no-nonsense calcium supplement to take daily. [click to continue…]


Reviewing the best BCAAs of 2016

Want to get the most out of your next gym session?

Branched chain amino acids, or BCAAs for short, are a key building block for muscle.

A no-brainer supplementation for putting on muscle.

This guide is two parts: Part 1 ranks the top 10 BCAA supplements, Part 2 dives deeper into the science.

Here we go:

1. BulkSupplements Pure BCAA 2:1:1


The BCAA offering from BulkSupplements is about as simple and straightforward as they come.

There are only three ingredients: leucine, isoleucine, and valine, the three branched chain amino acids that we use to build muscle.

There’s no sugar, flavoring, preservatives, or stabilizers to worry about it.  The supplement comes with 750 mg of leucine, 375 mg of isoleucine, and 375 mg of valine per serving, for a branched chain amino acid ratio of 2:1:1.

It’s a best-seller at Amazon, and rightfully so.

The actual values of the amino acid contents as determined by laboratory testing differ only slightly—there’s an excess of about 50mg of leucine and a deficit of about 100 mg of isoleucine.  These differences are trifling, and probably vary a bit from batch to batch.

According to lab testing, Bulk Supplements Pure BCAA contains 96% amino acids, and is not contaminated with any significant amounts of heavy metals or prohibited ingredients.

The absence of any fillers, stabilizers, emulsifiers, sweeteners, or flavoring agents make Bulk Supplements BCAA a great choice if you want absolute control over what you’re putting in your body. [click to continue…]


The benefits and side effects of l-arginine

L-arginine is an amino acid and is considered to be one of the essential building blocks of protein. It is most commonly used by trainers and fitness experts as a dietary supplement in an attempt to induce training performance, particularly with regards to gaining higher energy and overcoming muscle fatigue.

The benefits of l-arginine largely relate to the increase in the concentration of nitric oxide, which is a compound developed by the endothelium of the blood vessels that is known for expanding blood vessels.

Additionally, l-arginine is also used for improving cardiovascular health by dilating clogged arteries and increasing proper blood flow to the body.

Other uses for l-arginine include treating wounds, improve liver function, and foster an efficient number of hormones in the body.

The following is a detailed guide to l-arginine and how you should use it for best results.

L-Arginine, or arginine, is developed naturally inside the human body. [click to continue…]


The benefits and side effects of DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine)

1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA) is a synthetically produced neural stimulant used as a key ingredient in dietary supplements to improve athletic performance and provide increased energy. In terms of chemical structure, it is similar to Ephedrine.

It is also known as methylhexanamine and can be traded under the names Forthane and Geranamine.

Although originally introduced as a nasal decongestant, it is now used for a variety of reasons including as a supplement for enhancing athletic performance, weight loss, and attention deficit-hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Some bodybuilders use DMAA as a pre-workout stimulant as well.

Not much is known about 1,3-dimethylamylamine. And this problem is further exacerbated with the shortage of research data and dubious claims by certain manufacturers.

Dosage instructions for 1,3-dimethylamylamine

Before using DMAA to stimulate increase in mental energy and focus, it is important to read the dosage recommendations by the manufacturer. Its overuse may lead to adverse effects. [click to continue…]


The side effects and benefits of alpha-lipoic acid

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Alpha-lipoic acid is one of the fatty acids from the mitochondrial family of fatty acids hat fights against inflammation and oxidation. It is one of the finest fatty acids when it comes to energy metabolism. Synthesized in the human body, you can consume alpha-lipoic acid by eating meat and also some vegetables and fruits [1].

Alpha-lipoic acid is also found in supplement form. As a supplement it has shown great benefits when it comes to fighting against inflammation and oxidation. There are also added benefits of the supplement that help in protection of the body against liver diseases, heart disease, neurological decline that tends to happen with age and diabetes.

Alpha-lipoic acid is an anti oxidant compound. The fatty acids work with the natural anti oxidant defenses of the body and mitochondria. It is also a great anti aging compound and can be helpful in reversing the aging effects caused by oxidant damage.

Alpha-lipoic Acid is also known as thioctic acid. It can be found in some vegetables and fruits and in meats, especially organ tissues. If you are looking for food items that have an ample amount of alpha-lipoic acid in them, consider taking the following: [click to continue…]


The benefits and side effects of anatabine

Anatabine (branded Anatabloc) is a minor alkaloid found in plants of the Solanaceae family which includes tomatoes, eggplants chili peppers and tobacco (1). Anatabine is known to be anti-inflammatory in nature and can be useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Moreover, when the immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy tissue and result in several autoimmune diseases, anatabine can be used to reduce the immune system’s process to protect the healthy tissue.

Anatabine is known as Anatabloc in its supplement from that is commercially available. Here is a comprehensive list of all that you need to know about anatabine.

STAT3 is s a protein that is responsible for hindering the process of a protein that does the DNA transcription in our bodies. Anatabine works by inhibiting this protein and thus protecting the body from autoimmune diseases that would occur if it is not regulated (2). [click to continue…]


The side effects and benefits of dogbane (apocynum venetum)

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Dogbane, also known as apocynum venetum has long been used in Chinese medicine for the treatment of depression and hypertension. It was also used as a source of fiber by North American Aboriginals and is grown in Asia, Northern Europe, and North America.

While there are seven species of the dogbane plant the most noteworthy of them is called apocynum venetum. [1]

In Chinese culture, dogbane leaves have been used to make tea for thousands of years. Originally, the leaves of the small shrub have shown to possess anti-lipid peroxidation and anti-oxidant effects as well. In recent times, dogbane has gained popularity in the west due to its many health benefits, which was not known of before.

Dogbane is said to have certain sedative, cardio-protective and diuretic properties that are currently being researched on [2]. While most of the evidence of its health benefits are based on animal evidence, dogbane is believed to have a mild anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effect, but further research is needed to determine its main mechanism. [click to continue…]