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Supplements to Increase Muscle Mass

Supplements to Increase Muscle

Increase muscle mass and get the most out of not only your exercise, but even your regular daily activity. Supplementation, in addition to exercise, can help even the ‘average joe’ increase lean muscle, maintain healthy weight, lose unhealthy fat, feel and look better:

  • Prevent Muscle Loss
  • Increase blood flow to muscles throughout the day, not just during exercise – carrying the vital nutrients to muscles for repair and growth
  • Help Maintain Healthy levels of testosterone
  • Enhance your body’s ability to control and eliminate excess estrogen

Muscle-Specific Nutrients:

N-acetyl Cysteine

N-acetyl Cysteine may help to preserve muscle glutamine levels, facilitating muscle growth. One study showed that NAC prevents the catabolism of muscle proteins in persons who undertake isotonic exercise. Found in Dr. D’Adamo’s Redoxa formula.

Calcium D-glucarate 

Calcium D-glucarate is a form of glucaric acid, which among other things, is utilized in the body to enhance the process by which the body rids itself of excess steroid hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. Found in Dr. D’Adamo’s Detoxical-D formula.

Nitric Oxide Enhancement 

Nitric Oxide Enhancement is often recommended by trainers and professional athletes. It increases blood flow to working muscles to promote muscle growth, increases strength, speeds muscle recovery and sustains long lasting blood flow to the muscles. Researchers also believe that NO is active in regulating activities of the brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, and the immune system. Nitric Oxide is a “signaling molecule.” For example, it can tell the body to make blood vessels relax and widen. When NO is produced by the innermost cell layer of the arteries, the endothelium, it rapidly spreads through the cell membranes to the underlying muscle cells. Their contraction is turned off by NO, resulting in a dilatation of the arteries. Nitric Oxide Enhancement is found in Dr. D’Adamo’s Nitricycle formula.

Aromatase Inhibition 

Interesting new research areas in muscle health is the role of hormones in the process. For example, in men, aromatase activity increases with age, converting what little testosterone is left into estrogen. In women, most of the research on aromatase inhibitors addresses the treatment of clinical conditions known to be linked with excess estrogen production or sensitivity. Aromatase inhibitors are used by the bodybuilding community to increase lean muscle mass and decrease body fat. Maintain healthy hormone levels naturally and increase lean muscle while decreasing body fat. Aromatase Inhibition is found in Dr. D’Adamo’s Aromastat formula. Dr. D’Adamo also recommends Quercetin for additional aromatase inhibition.

Cortisol Modulation 

Cortisol’s primary action involves increasing blood sugar levels at the expense of muscle tissue. On a chronic basis it will lead to insulin resistance and an alteration in body composition from muscle to fat. In addition, research shows that high cortisol tends to increase your appetite. As a general rule, when you are overweight you will have chronically elevated levels of cortisol. Fat tissue accelerates the production of cortisol, and high levels of cortisol promote weight gain. Cortiguard was developed by Dr. D’Adamo especially for Types A and B, but can be supplemental for all types. Type A typically exhibits excess cortisol production during times of occasional stress.

Supplementation can give your muscle-building goals the boost that it needs, but keep in mind that every body is different. It is important to also eat and exercise right for your blood type. Need help getting started on The Blood Type Diet? Here are some useful tips.

Right 4 Your Type Exercise Routine: Mark Moon Fitness

It’s no surprise to learn that there is a confirmed link between physical activity and brain function. A number of published studies have shown that exercise improves a number of aspects of cognition and performance demonstrating that regular exercise does a body good in more than one way! Our friend Mark Moon, of Mark Moon Fitness, offers some brain boosting exercise tips tailored for your blood type!

Seeing as how you have all been diligently following your Blood Type Diet (and we know it’s about 70% healthy eating and 30% exercise) it should be easy to increase your fitness and boost your brainpower with some nifty circuit workouts. If you’ve been less than diligent in your exercise program during the winter, I have three tips to help keep you going strong right through summer.

Fitness Tip #1

Try not to be Hercules on your first day back! This is a tough one especially for the guys, but ladies need to pay attention too. The last thing you want to do is get an injury on your first week back. To avoid this, train at maximum 60% intensity for the first week and step it up depending on how you feel from there.

Fitness Tip #2

Start with a full-body circuit style workout that incorporates all aspects of your BT fitness regime over the week. This will eliminate any potential strained muscles or bruised egos. Also, remember to stretch and cool down adequately when getting back into it. Stretching will help with recovery when you wake up then next day wondering what you did to yourself.

Fitness Tip #3

Plan ahead with activities you will look forward to doing and add plenty of variety to your fitness schedule. Firstly, the human body is extremely evolved in the art of adaption, so you need to stay challenged if you want great results. Secondly, you will get better results with more exercise variety, as you will recruit more muscle fibers, therefore have a better response. Lastly, you want to stay mentally motivated and excited to be working out.

Work Out Example

Super Circuits are my favorite way to train for overall fitness, as you can easily incorporate any exercises to design a workout that’s just right for you.

Workouts don’t need to be any longer than 30-45 minutes for excellent fitness results. For best results, I recommend using an alternating body part formula, placing in a cardio burst every fourth exercise.

Check out my example below: