12 Natural Athletic Performance Enhancers


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Linda Woolven & Ted Snider
August 10, 2016

Have you been inspired by this summer’s Olympic Games? Well, here’s the latest science on how natural supplements can safely improve your workout.

Carbs

Carbs have been used for thousands of years to enhance exercise. Ancient Greek athletes used honey to boost carbs. And they were on to something. Science says carbs may be the most important nutrient for athletic performance (Int J Sport Nutr 1995;5:S13-38) because they are the most efficient fuel for energy production. So, when it comes to diet, focus on whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables and reduce saturated fats.

Carb drinks that have healthy ingredients are beneficial when the training is of longer duration, though there is no evidence of benefit for training sessions of shorter duration. One study asked cyclists to swish either a simple carbohydrate glucose solution, a more complex carbohydrate maltodextrin solution or a sweetened placebo solution. Both carb solutions led to significantly increased speed, showing the ability of carbs to improve performance (J Physiol 2009;587:1779-94).

Creatine

Whereas carbs are best for long duration training, creatine is best for short duration, high intensity exercises like weight training or sprinting, whether the sprint is in running, biking or swimming. Over 49 double-blind studies show that creatine improves performance in this kind of exercise. With the exception of cycling, the evidence for creatine for endurance training is weaker. Creatine seems to work because muscle tissue uses it to produce energy. Adding creatine to strength training produces greater increases in muscle size than the strength training alone (Med Sci Sports Exerc 1999;31:1147- 56; Med Sci Sports Exerc 2000;32:654-8; Med Sci Sports Exerc 2001;33:1674-81). It has been shown to improve strength and lean body mass (J Strength Conditioning Res 2009;23:2673-82).

In a placebo-controlled study, the creatine group had greater power output and less fatigue in 30 second maximal sprints on a bicycle (J Sprots Med Phys Fitness 2005;45:507-11).

Creatine will allow you to train harder. Compared to a glucose drink, people drinking the same drink with added creatine experienced less loss of strength on the first 4 days after exercising and lower markers of muscle injury (J Int Soc Sports Nutr 2009;6:13). Compared to a placebo, creatine has been shown to enhance the ability of muscle to resist fatigue (Nutr 2011;27:451-5).

The International Society for Sports Nutrition calls creatine monohydrate “the most effective nutritional supplement available to athletes to increase high intensity exercise capacity and muscle mass during training” (J Int Soc Sports Nutr 2010;7:7-50).

Pinebark Extract

In possibly the most exciting recent sports supplement study, a new superstar has emerged. This study had two parts. The first put two groups of people through an 8 week training program and then tested them on the Army Physical Fitness Test, which consists of as many push ups and sit ups as you can do in 2 minutes and a 2 mile run. The only difference between the two groups was that one was given 100mg a day of pinebark extract (Pycnogenol) and one wasn’t.

The men and women in the pinebark group had significantly better improvements in their 2 mile running time and were able to do significantly more sit ups and push ups. They also had significantly less oxidative damage.

Part 2 put men through 4 weeks of training for a triathlon. One of the groups also took 150mg of pinebark extract. Training improved their times in swimming, biking and running, but the improvements were significantly greater in the pinebark group. The control group had an average time of 96 minutes and 5 seconds; the pinebark group’s average was 89 minutes and 44 seconds. Training alone improved their times by 4.6 minutes; training plus pinebark improved times by 10.8 minutes. The pinebark group also had less oxidative stress and faster recovery times (J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2013;53:644-54).

Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is loaded in nutrients and antioxidants. A double-blind study found that spirulina significantly increased the amount of time people could train on a treadmill before they became exhausted. The spirulina significantly lessened skeletal muscle damage. It also significantly increased antioxidants that occur naturally in the body and significantly decreased free radical damage (Eur J Appl Physiol 2006;98:220-6). So spirulina can help you to work out and help you to stay healthy while you do it.

Other controlled studies have also shown that spirulina can help you work out longer. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that spirulina could significantly improve time to fatigue in a 2 hour moderate intensity run. The spirulina also improved fat burning by 10.9%, and, as in the last study, it improved exercise antioxidant status (Med Sci Sports Exerc 2010;42:142-51).

Phosphatidylserine

Phosphatidylserine is another nutrient that can help you work out longer. Double-blind research has shown that it can increase the amount of time you can exercise before becoming exhausted by about 25% (Med Sci Sports Exerc 2006;38:64-71).

Beet Root

Beet root juice is an odd sports drink you’ve probably never heard of before. But several professional and NCAA football team swear by it. Is there anything to it? So far, at least 2 small studies suggest there is.

When 8 healthy people were given .5 litres of beet root juice or a placebo, the beet root juice was found to benefit exercise efficiency (Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2010;299:R1121-31).

A double-blind study that also used .5 litres of beet root juice found that healthy men increased their time to exhaustion while exercising and significantly reduced the amount of oxygen used by body tissue by about 20% (J Applied Physiol 2009;107:1144-55).

Fenugreek

Not usually thought of as a herb for athletes, a double-blind study found that male weight lifters who took fenugreek extract had significantly increased upper and lower body strength compared to a placebo (J Int Soc Sports Nutr 2010;7:34).

Betaine

23 strength trained male athletes were given either 2.5g a day of betaine, also known as trimethylglycine, or a placebo during 6 weeks of training. The athletes on the betaine had improvements in arm muscle size and bench press training value versus the placebo. They also had significantly improved body composition (fat mass, percent body fat and lean body mass) compared to the placebo (J Int Soc Sports Nutr 2013;10:39).

Saffron

Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is the pain and discomfort that can be experienced for a few days after strenuous exercise. It is experienced as stiffness, tenderness and pain during activity. It is problematic for people in training because, aside from the discomfort, it can limit training.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study gave either a placebo or 300mg of saffron powder or 75mg of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) indomethacine to 39 men for ten days, starting a week before exercise and continuing until 3 days after. The placebo group experienced severe pain for 3 days after the exercise, but pain in the saffron group was 11.2 times lower after 24 hours. The antiinflammatory drug group took 3 days for the pain to go away, but the saffron group had no pain after 48 hours. The researchers concluded that saffron is more effective than indomethacine for DOMS (Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine 2015;25:105-12).

Schizandra

The adaptogenic herb schizandra can improve physical performance. A controlled 1995 Soviet study found that 74% of distance runners ran their best time when taking schizandra.

Ashwagandha

Fifty-seven men between the ages of eighteen and fifty who were not regular resistance trainers were given either a placebo or 300mg extract of the herb ashwagandha root twice a day for eight weeks. The study was double-blinded. During the eight weeks, the men did a resistance training program that targeted major muscle groups in the upper and lower body. Results were measured by bench press and leg extensions.

After eight weeks, upper body strength improved significantly more in the ashwagandha group: the placebo group increased the amount they bench pressed by 26.4 kg (58 lbs). But the ashwagandha group increased theirs by 46 kg (101 lbs). The same results were obtained for lower body strength. The placebo group increased their leg extensions by 9.8 kg (22 lbs) compared to a 14.5 kg (32 lbs) increase in the ashwagandha group.

And the ashwagandha group built bigger muscles too: arm muscles were 5.3cm larger in the placebo group but 8.6cm larger in the herbal group; chest muscles were 1.4cm larger in the placebo group but 3.3cm larger in the herbal group.

The ashwagandha had other benefits too. It improved muscle recovery time better than placebo and significantly reduced muscle damage. The ashwagandha also produced significantly greater loss of body fat percentage. Testosterone levels also increased significantly more in the ashwagandha group. (Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2015;12:43).

Dark Chocolate

People who had a chocolate drink during their recovery period after exercise were than able to cycle 51% longer than people who drank a carbohydrate replacement drink and 43% longer than people who drank a fluid replacement drink. This study shows that chocolate is an effective recovery aid during workouts (Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 2009;34:78-82).

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Pneumonia Vaccines Being Pushed On Seniors With Cancer Despite Manufacture’s Warnings Of Adverse Reactions

Pneumonia vaccine

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Amy Goodrich
August 5, 2016

The pneumonia vaccines Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23 are now going to be pushed heavily on seniors with cancer, after multiple studies somehow showed that they reduce the chance of dying from the most common bacterial lung infection in older people.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), everybody aged above 65 should get the pneumonia vaccine, especially high-risk seniors who have diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

As stated by the CDC, only 60 percent of those in this age group have gotten their shot, and they are on a mission to inoculate the other 40 percent too. This is big news – and a great deal – for Merck and Pfizer that will be providing the vaccines.

Pneumococcal disease is a broad term referring to a number of different infections ranging from a mild ear infection to deadly infections of the brain (meningitis) and blood stream. Streptococcus pneumonia, the cause of these infections, is also the most common cause of lung diseases among adults over the age of 65.

Why cancer patients shouldn’t be given vaccines

Apart from the flu shot, the American Cancer Society doesn’t recommend any other vaccine for cancer patients or people with weakened immune systems. The immune system is a complex system designed to fend off infections and diseases. For an adequate response, vaccines require a healthy and proper working immune system.

Cancer and cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, suppress its function, leaving patients in a weakened state. When the immune system isn’t working properly vaccines may cause severe adverse effects, in particular among the elderly. In some cases they can be fatal when the vaccine contains live viruses.

One way you can strengthen your immune system and take care of your body is through living a healthy lifestyle in combination with superfoods such as chlorella and spirulina.

Adverse effects in seniors

Despite the fact that the Pneumovax 23 vaccine manufacturer Merck includes a warning that elderly and sick people should not receive the pneumonia vaccine due to a higher risk of potential adverse reactions, the CDC’s new guidelines state that those over 65 should get not just one, but both of the available pneumonia vaccines.

Furthermore, Dr. John Swartzberg, head of the editorial board at the University of California Berkeley Wellness Letter, advises elderly people or those with compromised immune systems who previously received the pneumonia vaccine to contact their doctor for an additional booster shot.

He believes that the pneumococcal vaccine is crucial, since study after study shows that it reduces the chance of dying from pneumococcal pneumonia. Of course, we can all guess who is producing these vaccine-promoting “scientific” studies.

Unfortunately, next to infants, seniors have always been an easy target for the pharmaceutical industry. Out of fear and respect for their doctors and nursing personnel at rest homes, the elderly usually follow strict orders without giving it a second thought.

Always make sure to talk to your doctor, and don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion if you or someone you love is planning to take any of these vaccines.

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Sources for this article include:

BerkeleyWellness.com

BerkeleyWellness.com

Cancer.org

MerckVaccines.com

KomoNews.com

REVEALED: Vaccine Ingredients Cause Tumors To Grow

Vaccine ingredients
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Amy Goodrich
July 25, 2016

As a parent, you only want what’s best for your child. However, on multiple different fronts, parents are bombarded with the idea that vaccines play a crucial role in raising a healthy child. From pushy public schools to trusted pediatricians, the message is always the same: vaccines are the one and only way to avoid deadly diseases and protect your little one, and yourself.

While most parents have probably heard about some of the dangerous ingredients used in vaccines, driven by fear and trust in the ‘white coats,’ parents keep enrolling their children in the recommended, and ever-increasing, vaccine program.

Parents, physicians and vaccine opponents unwilling to get in line are at risk of finding themselves scandalized in the press, the doctor’s office and the public eye. Some of these whistleblowers are even killed to keep the vaccine and chemotherapy businesses running.

Cancer-causing enzymes in vaccines

Remember the cases of the holistic doctors who went missing or were being killed (or suspiciously found dead) in Florida? They had one thing in common: they all actively spoke out against the vaccine and cancer industries.

Just before his death, Dr. James Jeffrey Bradstreet, a physician who was known for his autism research and criticism of vaccines, found that a naturally occurring compound in the human body called GcMAF (Globulin component Macrophage Activating Factor), could hold the key to a universal cure for cancerV.

GcMAF is an essential human protein made in the body through the combination of the Gc protein and vitamin D. Healthy humans make their own GcMAF to kill cancer cells naturally. Without GcMAF the immune system collapses, which clears the path for cancer cells to develop freely and spread throughout the body.

Furthermore, Dr. Bradstreet and his colleagues found that an enzyme/protein called nagalase, made by cancer cells and viruses, stops vitamin D from binding to the Gc protein, stripping the human body of its natural ability to kill cancer cells.

Nagalase has been found in high concentrations in children with autism. As nagalase has never been found in newborns, it must somehow have been introduced into these kids’ bodies later in life.

Most of the doctors found dead believed that nagalase was being intentionally added to vaccines.

Other harmful ingredients often added to vaccines include mercury, formaldehyde, monosodium glutamate and aluminum. One way to help your body eliminate these nasty chemicals and amp up the immune system is through the Clean Chlorella/Hawaiian Spirulina superfood combo.

Mean money-making machine

Why on earth are pharmaceutical companies putting nagalase and other harmful chemicals in vaccines knowing that they may cause autism or tumor growth? The answer, of course, is money!

According to a global oncology report released by IMS Health Holdings in June 2016, worldwide spending on cancer treatments will exceed $150 billion by 2020. In 2015, oncology drug spending reached $107 billion, which is an 11.5 percent increase compared to the previous year.

The cancer industry is certainly a profitable business. A cheap, natural cancer cure could destroy its revenue in the blink of an eye. As you can see, it is in the industry’s best interests to trap you in the vicious cycle of sickness.

As Mike Adams reported, “A universal cancer cure would destroy the profitability of the highly lucrative cancer industry and collapse the American Cancer Society, hospitals, oncology clinics and pharmaceutical companies that depend on chemotherapy revenues to stay profitable.”

And they’ll hurt anyone who gets between them and their cash cow.

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Flu Vaccines Facts They Don’t Want You To Know About

Flu shots
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J.D. Heyes
June 30, 2016

The vaccine pushers in traditional medicine circles and Big Pharma have often gone out of their way to shield from consumers the dangers associated with vaccines, as Natural News readers are well aware of. The chicanery and obfuscation continues with the influenza vaccine.

As reported by Dr. Brent Hunter at Blogs.NaturalNews.com in November 2013, just as the influenza season was beginning that year the media and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had already begun ramping up the propaganda about how important it was to get the flu vaccine, despite the fact that the shot itself had been deemed extremely toxic, ineffective and very unsafe.

“Did you know that the 2013-2014 influenza vaccines contain dangerous levels of mercury?” he wrote. “The vaccine contains 25,000 times more mercury than the safety limit for drinking water!”

He also noted that infant and child deaths from influenza were actually on the decline until 2003 when the pediatric flu shot was introduced, though no one from CDC or the mainstream media – which is beholden to the advertising dollars of Big Pharma – has the decency to report that. What’s more, after the child flu vaccine was introduced, the pediatric death rate not-so-coincidentally rose dramatically, prompting Hunter to recommend that parents become educated about the flu vaccine before subjecting their kids to them.

But perhaps the most important advice Hunter conveyed is that our bodies are “intelligently designed” to combat the hundreds of influenza viruses in circulation. Most immune systems are very well-equipped to prevent colds and flu – and even cancer. And even if you are stricken by the flu, you can nevertheless recover.

That said, some of the facts about these flu vaccines that Big Pharma and the medical community don’t want you to find out include:

— There are more than 200 viruses that can cause flu – it’s very hard to tell which strain to protect against;

— At present there are no studies tracking people who get a flu shot and still get sick anyway;

— Death rates from flu are partially hidden because they are combined with people who are immuno-compromised anyway;

— Prior to the pediatric flu vaccine introduction in 2003 mortality rates from flu for kids was decreasing.

All of this said, one of the best ways to bolster your immune system is through nutrition, however – and that’s the easy part. In fact, there are a number of superfoods you should add to your diet that will significantly boost your ability to fight off disease.

As we reported in October 2013 that there are four key superfoods that specifically help your body defend against influenza:

Garlic: Obviously a great-tasting additive to many dishes, garlic is also a key immune system-boosting superfood.

According to Natural Life, garlic “has been nicknamed ‘Russian penicillin,’ due to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-yeast properties.”

Green tea: Another superfood you should add to your immune-boosting regimen is green tea. In writing for Eating Well, Prof. Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., says, “My colleague Mingruo Guo, Ph.D., a professor of food science at the University of Vermont and an authority on the immune-boosting potential of foods, always has a pot of green tea for brewing. He drinks five to six cups a day, convinced that it has immune-enhancing effects along with other health benefits.”

Chlorella: Packed with a complete protein, dozens vitamins and minerals and 18 amino acids (including the essential ones), chlorella is what we call “a perfect superfood”?that not only boosts your immune system but it may help your body naturally eliminate heavy metals consumed from dietary sources?and make you look more youthful and radiant.

Spirulina: This is one of the world’s most powerful whole foods, a superfood that everyone can enjoy. This amazing food has even more antioxidants than blueberries – another awesome superfood that help support your immune system.

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Inflammation & Pain Management With Magnesium

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Inflammation plays a vital role in all stages of atherosclerosis, which is the progressive narrowing and hardening of the arteries over time. 

Inflammation plays a pivotal role in all stages of atherosclerosis, which is the progressive narrowing and hardening of the arteries over time.

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Dr. Sircus
December 8, 2009

Inflammation is the activation of the immune system in response to infection, irritation, or injury. Characterized by an influx of white blood cells, redness, heat, swelling, pain, and dysfunction of the organs involved, inflammation has different names when it appears in different parts of the body. Most allergy and asthma sufferers are familiar with rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses), and asthma (inflammation of the airways), but inflammation is also behind arthritis (inflammation of the joints), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), and so on.

The inflammatory response can be acute or chronic. Acute inflammation typically lasts only a few days. This response usually promotes healing but, if uncontrolled, may become harmful.

The primary objective of acute inflammation is to localize and eradicate the irritant and repair the surrounding tissue but this completely changes in chronic low-grade inflammatory states. Chronic low-grade inflammation is one of the characteristics of the metabolic syndrome and interferes with insulin physiology. Ignorance has prevailed over the interrelationship between muscular lipid accumulation, chronic inflammation and insulin resistance because the central mediating factor is magnesium. It is magnesium that modulates cellular events involved in inflammation.

There are many factors that trigger inflammation. They are found in both our internal and external environments and include excessive levels of the hormone insulin (insulin resistance), emotional stress, environmental toxins (heavy metals), free-radical damage, viral, bacterial, fungal other pathogenic infections, obesity, overconsumption of hydrogenated oils, periodontal disease, radiation exposure, smoking, spirochetes such as the Borrelia that causes Lyme disease, and certain pharmacological drugs. Problems with insulin metabolism are a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. It results in the inability to properly store magnesium, causing blood vessels to constrict, elevated blood pressure, and coronary arterial spasm, all of which can result in a heart attack.

Excess insulin causes retention of sodium, fluid retention, elevated blood pressure and congestive heart failure.[1]– Dr. Ron Rosedale

Inflammatory reactions in the body are a valuable predictor of impending heart attack. Dr. Robert Genko, editor of the American Academy of Periodontal Journal, claims that persons with gingival disease (which is an inflammatory disorder) are 27 times more likely to suffer a heart attack than are persons with healthy gums. An American Heart Association paper disclosed that 85% of heart attack victims had gum disease compared to 29% of healthy similar patients.

When magnesium levels fall researchers note a profound increase of inflammatory cytokines present, along with increased levels of histamine.[2]

Magnesium deficiency causes and underpins chronic inflammatory build ups. This concept is intriguing because it suggests a fundamentally simpler way of warding off disease. Instead of different treatments for heart disease, Alzheimer’s and colon cancer, we apply a single, inflammation-reducing remedy that would prevent or treat these and other deadly diseases. The key words here are ‘prevent’ or ‘treat’ but please notice the word is not cure. Though magnesium is a cure for many of our ailments full treatment protocols are recommended with magnesium chloride as the top protocol item. It is a protocol of basic items like magnesium, iodine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, sodium bicarbonate, sodium thiosulfate, whole food vitamin C, natural vitamin D from the sun, spirulina and some other important items like purified water that will make a difference in a host of chronic diseases.

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