Category: SUPPLEMENT stuff


Supplements – the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY

 

Sounds like a movie title! And I am sure we are going to see a movie about this one-day. It is one of the biggest money turning industries and one of the shadiest mafia style operations out there. I would go so far as to say it is one of the biggest scams ever pulled on consumers.

 

One thing that is undeniable and proven by science is that the best of the best supplements out there makes less than a 3% contribution to your success in bodybuilding. It has a laughable small contribution for a LOT of money spend. (The key components are – Diet 80% and training +15%)

Thus, why supplement companies have to make such ridiculous fake claims and try and dress them up as facts to lure consumers into the trap of partying with their money. And they know consumers can’t really proof anything because it will take too much money and there are too many variables.

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There is not a single supplement out there that comes even close to the claims of its marketing material. Even from the “trusted” and big companies. There simply is no integrity in the supplement industry.

It is all blatant exaggeration coupled with fake “proof” photos which are either stolen or where people are paid to lie. Not a single photo used in the marketing of ANY supplement is ever real. Listen to this…not a single photo is real! They are ALL fake.

 

All these fitness guys with their Instagram posts and YouTube videos showing off the supplements in a subtle or not so subtle way…they all get paid to do this!

 

I personally have, to date, more than a 100 supplement companies (I will list some of more prominent ones at the end of this article) that stole my before and after photo and used it as “proof” with fake stories of how great their supplement is supposed to be working. And there are 100’s of cases similar to mine. If you have a striking before and after photo roaming around on internet, I guarantee you, rather sooner than later that it will start appearing in online supplement advertisements, off course without you even knowing about it.

Or if it is one of the big well-known companies, they will contact you and pay you money for the rights to use your photo with all kinds of fake claims of how you “transformed” with their product.

 

You will eventually have many fake names and fake stories on the internet of how you were supposed to have reached success with this supplement.

 

Attorneys are unwilling to take on these cases because they know that, especially the internet “companies” are more slippery than jellyfish with one front-end company after the other easily disappearing of the radar and popping up under a different name in a different country.

 

Consider this: One of the most widely advertised type supplements are products claiming to increase a man’s testosterone levels (and now I am talking about them all, does not matter which one). Now, if they were so effective even in the smallest way, why would a Doctor/Urologist not prescribe them when treating low testosterone levels in men? Simply because these supplements do not work! None of the information presented in the marketing of such products are legitimate. All are either false or half-truths. None of the science experiments they quote are legitimate and objectively verified. All is simply well-dressed up lies and half-truths.

This is the exact same case with ALL other supplement marketing campaigns. And the uneducated population is standing queues to buy these supplements believing the lies they are fed.

 

What is even scarier is that a significant slice of these internet supplement companies are actual scams, just to get their hook into your credit card and then the monthly deductions starts! How do they operate? Let’s look at an example…

The following (Delta Prime marketing) is how they typically advertise, abusing platforms like ESPN, well-known magazines (aka MUSLCE & FITNESS) and well known celebreties and photos from many guys who work hard and long to get their muscled bodies…all of whom are completely unaware they are being abused and all who have never used the supplement advertised (you will spot me also in there!). No one has given permission.

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The above is an example of not just a fake product but an actual scam. They just want access to your credit card. After that you will have the “pleasure” of rather large recurring monthly deductions from your credit card which you will not be able to stop unless you cancel your card.

Another scary aspect of some supplements, is dangerously raised liver values and strain on kidneys. If you have raised liver values this is about the first thing your health care provider will ask you “Are you using bodybuilding supplements?”. So please take care what you put into your body. Many of these supplements have unverified contents.

 

Even the few supplements which have legitimate science behind them, makes but a very small difference. That difference is less than 3% at best. The supplements with solid science behind them are: Creatine, Whey Protein, BCAA and L-Glutamine. Sure, there might be new ones emerging in future that is backed by real legitimate science studies but be very careful what to trust and believe. The science quoted in marketing campaigns are nearly always disinformation or half-truths and not legitimate science at all. You need to verify the science from medical journals and independent science studies.

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These are the reasons why I am so outspoken regarding bodybuilding supplements. Believe me I could have made a lot of money pushing brands and supplements by now! I had even companies trying to bribe me with money to keep me quiet about their products. We are made to believe supplements are the magic solution, but the truth is, it is lies and deceit carefully designed to simply get our money. Make your choices very careful.

 

Your focus in your bodybuilding goal must be your diet and your training. This is where more than 90% of your bodybuilding success lies. Supplements is what it says, “supplemental” and makes a very small difference, or none at all for most.

 

Considering the above and applying some wisdom, your budget allocation for transforming your body should be as follows:

  • 80% budget should be allocated towards ensuring you have the necessary diet food (and containers, food scales, etc.) available to ensure your diet is effective in place.
  • 15% of your budget should be allocated to gym fee’s and gym training clothes/attire.
  • Less than 5% of your budget should be allocated towards supplements because it cannot make a bigger difference than 5% (probably not more than 3%) in your success.

 

But off course having the correct system in place is critical otherwise you will continue wasting money and bumping your head without reaching any significant success. I have the complete system that I follow, available for clients. I customise it for their goals, body type, shape and current condition. It is a very extensive system which ensures EVERYTHING is correctly in place thus preventing all the common mistakes newbies in bodybuilding make. If you are interested, you can signup here: https://gertlouw.com/my-transformation-secrets/

 

As mentioned earlier in the article, here is just some of the more prominent scam and fake supplements out there that use fake photos and fake stories to try and proof their supplements. My photos (any other people’s) have been used and abused multiple times by all of them and the list is ever growing:

  • ALPHA FUEL X
  • ANABOL X1
  • AMINO PRIME
  • APEX T
  • APEX IP
  • BIO MUSCLE XR
  • CRAZYBULK WINSITROL
  • DELTA PRIME
  • ELITE TEST 360
  • HGH XL
  • LIFEFORCE ENERGY
  • LIFEFORCE T-2000
  • NITRO FOCUS N03
  • NITRIC MAX MUSCLE
  • NIWALI TESTO BOOST
  • NUTRAGENTEX
  • NUTRA TESTERONE
  • POWER NO2 MAX
  • PROMAX PUMP
  • SUPER TEST-O-BOOST
  • T-ADVANCE
  • TESTO XL
  • TESTERONE XL
  • T-REX MUSCLE
  • TESTO XTRM
  • TRIG X2
  • ULTRAMAX BOOSTER
  • XFORCE NO2
  • XTREME NO
  • XENGTH X1
  • 1285 MUSCLE

And many, many more!

 

Wish you happy training

Gert Louw

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Hi everyone, just want to give you a heads up about one of the latest major scam supplement products out there. It is marketed under ESPN (which is NOT the real ESPN) and in the advertisement, fake stories are made up to support ridiculous claims of it’s worth.

 

These two scam products are: HYPERTONE FORCE and HYPERTONE EXCEL.

Neither the gold medalist, Wayde van Niekerk or me (Gert Louw), both mentioned as “proof” in the article, has ever touched this product. Both our photos stolen and fake stories written.

Please stay clear, this is a well known trick to get hooks into your credit card for monthly deductions and you’re going to get a worthless product.

Never (!) believe marketing articles with fantastical claims over the internet. 99% of them are scams to get access to your credit cards.

Here is a link to another in-depth article on Supplement Critique about these 2 scam products: http://www.supplementcritique.com/hyper-tone-force-and-hyper-tone-excel-review-7-big-reasons-this-is-a-scam/

Here the actual scam advert:

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This is probably the single most confusing area for anyone want to venture the road of fitness/bodybuilding or just to transform their body for a “wow” look.

 

The first question is, “Do I need to take supplements at all”?

Now those of you that have followed me for a while know that I am very (!) outspoken against supplements. My photos have been stolen and abused with fake stories by supplement companies more than 80 times now (those are the one’s I actually busted, let alone the one’s I don’t know about).

So the bottom line is EVERY advert you read about how great this or that product is, is hugely inflated and chances are very high the photos produced as proof are stolen and the stories as proof are fake. There is NO (!) magic pill out there. Not even anabolic steroids can do what some of these supplement companies claim, ie: “complete body transformations in 14 days or 3 weeks”!

So lesson one – NEVER read supplements advertisements. It has 90% lies and 10% truth. Very few real advances have been made in the last decade or so about supplements for bodybuilding. I am not talking about hollow claims, but I am talking about real scientific independent studies and proof.

Those that is going to believe me and listen to what I say will save THOUSANDS of dollars!

Bodybuilding and fat loss supplements contribute a miniscule 2.5% to your overall results. Thus, you CANNOT waste your money on any supplement that is not highly effective and focused.

Now all that being said, truth is, there are a core group of supplements for both your general health (very important for those putting their body under strain due to heavy training and dieting) and for creating and environment for muscle-building and fatloss and increase your repair ability of your body.

Anything outside these groups of supplements you need to question and REALLY do your homework before parting with your hard-earned money.

Click here to view video “How to choose the RIGHT supplements for muscle building and fat loss”

 

Regarding BRANDS

Now generally anyone knowing me, knows that I am steering clear here because I do not like promoting brands and shooting others down. BUT, I had so many people ask me about safer brand options. So here is my opinion:

Experience and knowledge leads here. Let me explain. NO supplement out there, with little to no scientific studies to back it up, can make any significant difference no matter what the marketing or claims are.
The are MANY, MANY scam supplements out there that are totally worthless and it cost and arm and leg.
So the first rule is, it MUST be backed up by various independent scientific studies and control groups. This immediately cancel 95% of supplements!
The rest well, there are various degrees of success. Even if it is backed up by solid studies, if the effect is minimal, one is wasting your time and money.
The supplement must have a significant effect to be even considered.
Now, filtering through everything with the above rules and the supps I suggest are the ones that can and will make an ever so slight but important difference (see section below). The only one outside of this group is creatine…for about 90% of people it can have solid advantages (even to the degree of the most potent supp this side of anabolic steroids)…but that should only be used while on a building phase and not cutting phases. Just a note on creatine – anyone with kidney issues should steer clear…creatine is placing some strain (albeit moderate) on the kidneys. So drink LOTS of water while on it.
When buying the “approved” supplements…stick only to highly reputable BIG brands, EAS, On Nutrition, Animal and Muscletech.
That does not mean all the supplements these companies sell, is working…they sell whatever the public has been brainwashed to buy! So tread carefully!
Which brand I use? A local, South African brand – HMT, but you will only have access to it if you are in South Africa and the range is designed specifically for competing athletes.

 

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First, let’s look at GENERAL HEALTH supplements (supported by science and real world trials)

 

CQ10 (Co-Enzyme Q10) – the number ONE potent health supplement out there. [150mg – 300mg daily]

“Coenzymes are substances that help the activities of enzymes. Evidence shows that Coenzyme Q10 plays a very important role in the production of energy throughout the body. It also has been found to have powerful antioxidant effects, destroying free radicals in the body.

Improved energy production is of particular importance to athletes and bodybuilders.

Coenzyme Q10 helps the body convert food into energy in the form of ATP. Nearly every cell in the body contains at least some Coenzyme Q10, with mitochondria, the energy powerhouses of cells, containing the most. The heart and liver, due to their high content of mitochondria, contain the most Coenzyme Q10 out of any organs in the body.

In a placebo-controlled study, Coenzyme Q10 supplementation was shown to help people with congestive heart failure. People with congestive heart failure may not see any results for a few months, but should not quit taking it immediately without consulting a doctor. People with angina have been able to exercise for longer periods of time and with more energy when supplementing with Coenzyme Q10. It has also been shown to lower blood pressure and improve the pumping function of the heart.

Coenzyme Q10 may even help facilitate weight loss due to its stimulating effects on the body’s metabolism. Evidence suggests that Coenzyme Q10 can help in a number of ailments and diseases including: diabetes, angina, give support with chemotherapy, male infertility, mitral valve prolapse, give support with HIV, gingivitis, and congestive heart failure.  The assimilation of Coenzyme Q10 may be better if taken with a fatty substance such as oil, peanut butter, olive oil, etc.”

CQ10 has also shown to have highly effective pain treatment properties, especially for migraine sufferers.

 

ALA(Alpha lipoic Acid) [200mg – 400mg daily]

“In addition to the anti-oxidant effects that ALA produces the list below shows why it is such an important supplement. The list of benefits includes:

  • Improving of physique
  • Combats free radicals
  • Protects our genetic material
  • Slows aging
  • Protects against heart disease
  • Protects against cancer
  • Improves skin and helps erase wrinkles
  • Regulates blood sugar in diabetics
  • Protects the liver
  • May be used as a treatment for Stroke

If Alpha-Lipoic Acid were just another antioxidant, then its value would be far less. After all, there are dozens of ingredients on the market that have powerful antioxidant functions. However, the unique qualities possessed by Alpha-Lipoic Acid, functioning as both a water- and fat-soluble antioxidant make it an intriguing ingredient and a supplement worthy of serious consideration.”

 

Omega 3+6 [2g to 6g per day]

“Omega-3 fats are essential fats your body needs for brain development that may also help limit your risk for heart disease. Good sources include flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon, herring, tuna, mackerel, sardines and other fatty fish. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends getting at least 500 milligrams per day of EPA and DHA, the main omega-3 fats found in seafood.

Getting plenty of omega-3 fats in your diet may help increase your feelings of fullness, making it easier to lose weight and keep it off, according to a study published in Appetite in November 2008. A review article published in Nutrients in 2010 noted that omega-3 fats may help with weight loss by reducing appetite and increasing fat burning, especially when combined with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise.

Omega-6 fats are essential as well, but most people get more of these than they need in their diets. A high ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats, such as that found in the typical American diet, may increase inflammation and your risk of cancer, heart disease and arthritis. If you’re trying to lose weight, it may be best to limit your omega-6 consumption, which can cause you to retain water. Aim for a 3-1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats, recommends Unity Health System. These fats should make up between 5 and 10 percent of your total calories for the day. Some of the main sources of omega-6 fats include soybean oil, safflower oil and corn oil.”

Consumption of Omega 3 + 6 will actually help you to lose fat!

 

Potent Multi Vitamin [as directed on container]

When the body is under strain due to serious training and dieting, then you need larger amounts of trace minerals/vitamins to ensure that the body stays healthy. Some doctors lately actually support the notion that one does not need a multi-vitamin at all. However, I oppose this notion, especially when it comes to a body under strain. Potent type multivitamins contains higher dosages of all vit/min combinations than those used by non-active people. Just a note here: Never use anti-oxidants or Multi Vit in near to the time you train. It has been shown by recent science studies that this limits your body’s ability to lose fat. Use it as far removed from your training session. Good examples: Optimen, Optiwomen, Animal Pak, Nano Pack by Nuskin, etc…

 

Now, about supplements that can make a real difference in the bodybuilding/fat-loss environment:

BCAA – branched chained amino acids [use as directed on container – buy shake and not pill form]

BCAA shake while training has been proven scientifically to “force” your body’s energy requirements to come from the fat reserves and not the muscles. You NEVER want energy to come from the muscles, when that happens, you enter a catabolic state = smaller muscles! BCAA goes a long way to help stop this process and encourage energy to come from fat reserves. It is a critical component when you train heavy and intense and is best use while training in shake form.

L-Glutamine [5g before and 5g after training]

L-Glutamine has been proven through various science studies to be a miracle bodybuilding supplement.

  • Glutamine has been linked to protein synthesis. It prevents your muscle from being catabolic (eaten up) in order to provide Glutamine for other cells in the body.
  • Glutamine helps maintain cell volume and hydration, speeding up wound and burn healing and recovery.
  • Glutamine benefits you by replenishing declining Glutamine levels during intense workouts.
  • Research has shown Glutamine can help you produce growth hormone levels. A study has shown 2 grams of L-Glutamine increased growth hormones by over 400%.
  • Glutamine may serve to boost your immune system. For bodybuilders, this is important since heavy workouts tend to greatly deplete Glutamine levels. (Glutamine is a primary energy source for your immune system.)
  • Glutamine is one of the most important nutrients for your intestines. It has the ability to ‘repair a leaky gut’ by maintaining the structural integrity of the bowels.
  • Bet you didn’t know this: It can even cure ulcers! Studies have found that 1.6 grams of Glutamine a day had a 92% cure rate in 4 weeks.

Researchers are suggesting that Glutamine is the most important amino acid to the bodybuilder. It provides a component in muscle metabolism and cellular support not shared by any other single amino acid, making the benefits of L-Glutamine supplementation a realistic venture.

Glutamine has also various benefits for hiv+ people.

Whey protein [40g immediately after training]

Immediately after training you need to spike the insulin. This is to create a potent environment for growth. Insulin is the most powerful muscle-building hormone in the body. To do this, one consume 40g of whey protein (without added carbs or fats) and eat a banana or apple. This is a key aspect for anyone serious about building muscle and loosing fat. This will also feed the muscles very much-needed nutrients.

 

Creatine – optional [use as directed on container and pre load if necessary]

Creatine will work for some and for some not. For those that it does work, it can be the most potent muscle-building supplement this side of anabolic steroids. So it might be worthwhile to test out. Just be carefull, creatine places strain on kidneys and only use if you have healthy kidneys. Creatine must always be use together with grape juice or Vitargo for best absorption.

 

Ok, now you have some guidance about what to choose between all these 1000’s of supplements.

 

But just some food for thought about your plans to transform that body this year…

Everyone experience failure along the adventure of transforming their body, but those that get to the goal post are those that got up EVERY time after they failed on diet or training for a day or a week and kept going…THAT is the single biggest and most important ingredient for EVERYONE who reach the goal post of a “wow” transformation. Like a well-known slogan says: “JUST DO IT.” Don’t think about it…DO IT! The more you think about it, the more reasons you will find not too. Because it is an effort. It is not easy and it will take a lot of sweat and pain. But the adventure is incredible and will change your life forever. The return on your investment will be unbelievable! Reach for the stars, nothing less…

But to make it worthwhile, change everything…inside and out. become the best person you can be, with integrity, kindness and compassion, otherwise it is a hollow aim that will let you just become a more well-known jerk instead of a guy people look up to and admire for more than just their body. A role model that can change the world!

Here are 3 incredible transformation photos – look at them and burn them in your mind…GET TO THAT GOAL POST!

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Click here to watch video “HOW TO TRANSFORM TO A “WOW” PHYSIQUE”.

 

It can be done…but YOU will have to do it and MAKE IT HAPPEN.

For those that want complete customised transformation systems and diets to get you to the goal post, follow this link for some of the most comprehensive systems in the business: http://gertlouw.com/contact-me/

And lastly, here is my transformation pic (age 50 on the right):

 

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Make 2016 the year you become the best you can be…from the inside and outside!

Wish you all a great day.

Gert Louw

Click here to watch video “Supplement syndicate exposed”

A massive bodybuilding supplement syndicate scam exposed.

This syndicate operates with more than 30 products which are all prominently marketed internationally exclusively via the web.

All the marketing is done by the same front end company who uses the same recipe over and over – stolen before and after photos are used as “proof” and they are accompanied by fake testimonials to “support” the stolen photos. All these products are close to worthless since ingredients are unverified and proof of its effectives can only be obtained through theft and lies.

But these companies have but one aim and that is NOT to sell their product. The product is just a means by which they get their hooks into your credit card. Clients are lured by fantastical claims like 14 day or 1 month complete body transformations and “Free Trials”. But the moment a client is signed-up, these scammers have complete access to the client’s credit card.

The “FREE TRIAL” is all of a sudden a recurring monthly deduction from the client’s credit card – indefinitely! Anyone trying to enquire is just told that there was fine print that the client should have read. There is no way the client can cancel or get out of this “contract”. The only way to stop the “agreement” is for the client to cancel his/her credit card and to re-apply at the bank for a new one.

Thousands upon thousands of people have been caught in this syndicate credit card theft scam.

Here is a growing list of products that now forms part of this syndicate:    

  1. ALPHA FUEL X
  2. ANABOL X1
  3. AMINO PRIME
  4. APEX T
  5. APEX IP
  6. BIO MUSCLE XR
  7. CRAZYBULK WINSITROL
  8. ELITE TEST 360
  9. HGH XL
  10. LIFEFORCE ENERGY
  11. LIFEFORCE T-2000
  12. NITRO FOCUS N03
  13. NITRIC MAX MUSCLE
  14. NIWALI TESTO BOOST
  15. NUTRAGENTEX
  16. NUTRA TESTERONE
  17. POWER NO2 MAX
  18. PROMAX PUMP
  19. SUPER TEST-O-BOOST
  20. T-ADVANCE
  21. TESTO XL
  22. TESTERONE XL
  23. T-REX MUSCLE
  24. TESTO XTRM
  25. TRIG X2
  26. ULTRAMAX BOOSTER
  27. XFORCE NO2
  28. XTREME NO
  29. XENGTH X1
  30. 1285 MUSCLE

Another product which operates on stolen photos and fake testimonials (but does not form part of above syndicate) is: Nutrex’s Lipo-6 Black Ultra Concentrate

 

The following photo (of me) is probably the most scammed photo ever used. It is stolen and used by the listed companies/products.

In my fake “testimonial” I’ve had now about 30 different names!

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Stay informed and KEEP your money!

Any lawyer interested to take on these companies I have all the proof available. Contact me and let’s put a stop to these scammers.

Gert Louw

 

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Click here to watch the video “Super supplement for pain relief revealed”

 

I will be making a few videos about a group of “super” supplements that stands out head and shoulders above the rest and which can make a massive difference in many people’s lives.

A little background: 10 years ago I was told by some doctors I have but a few years to live. I refused to accept that and started on my own journey of fitness and supplementation in an effort to built up and repair my broken body. As many know, this is now 10 years later and I look the best I’ve ever did in my life. In this article I want to share some of my knowledge.

When I was told my fate 10 years ago I did not had time to waste on mediocre supplement or stuff that make just marginal differences. If I add it to my critical list it need to make a huge difference, full stop.

One of these super supplements that made my critical list is Co-Enzyme Q10.

Apart from it’s legion of amazing benefits, scientific research studies are finally proving that it has a rather high degree of effectivity for fighting certain pains, particular migraines and Fibromyalgia. Some doctors even started to prescribe CQ10 to their migraine patients and report amazing results. Fibromyalgia sufferers, seems to be able to live a quality life again with the help of CQ10. They do not report a complete reduction of pain but enough to give them hope for a quality life.

Hiv + people and cancer sufferers has particularly low levels of CQ10 and for them it is an absolutely MUST TAKE supplement for such people.

 

What is it?

Coenzyme Q10 is a mitochondrial energizer that has shown remarkable effects against common heart ailments and neurological disorders. In just the past year, scientists have uncovered specific mechanisms indicating that CoQ10 may have a role in fighting certain cancers. Most surprising, however, are new studies that show how CoQ10 guards against a wide array of common age-related disorders. CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but levels are particularly high in organ meats such as heartliver, and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts.

 

Some of the amazing benefits

(Extract from www.lef.org)

Preventing the Onset of Migraine

Migraine headaches are a debilitating, all-too-common affliction. Because mitochondrial dysfunction may play a role in migraines by limiting oxygen metabolism, researchers recently explored the use of CoQ10 in preventing these headaches. Published in the February 2005 issue of Neurology, the research describes a placebo-controlled trial of 42 patients in Switzerland.2

Patients who had suffered migraines for a year or more, with two to eight attacks per month, were randomly assigned to receive either 100 mg of CoQ10 or placebo, three times daily. At the end of the three-month trial, the CoQ10-treated group had lower attack frequency and fewer headache days and days with nausea than did the placebo group. The mean number of monthly migraine attacks dropped from 4.4 to 3.2 in the CoQ10 group, compared to a negligible decrease from 4.4 to 4.3 in the placebo group.2

In this study, supplemental CoQ10 reduced migraine frequency by 27%

 

Guarding the Brain After Cardiac Arrest

People who survive cardiac arrest often suffer irreversible brain damage as a result of the disruption of oxygen to the brain. European researchers recently investigated whether combining CoQ10 with mild hypothermia—a technique proven to reduce neuronal damage and increase survival—might enhance the effects of that treatment.1

Forty-nine patients who had suffered cardiac arrest and then received cardiopulmonary resuscitation were randomly selected to receive hypothermia (reduction of body temperature) treatment plus CoQ10 or hypothermia plus placebo. The hypothermia treatment involved the patients being placed on a body-surface-cooling mattress.

The patients were then administered either liquid CoQ10 (250 mg followed by 150 mg three times daily for five days) or a placebo through a nasogastric tube. The remarkable findings showed that three-month survival in the CoQ10 group was 68%, compared to only 29% in the placebo group. Coenzyme Q10 thus helped reduce the death rate from cardiac arrest by an astounding 57%. The researchers also found that 36% of patients in the CoQ10 group had a good neurological outcome at three months, versus only 20% in the placebo group.1

 

Slowing Early Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss in people over 60.3 With the deterioration of the macula (a tiny cluster of highly specialized cells in the retina) central vision progressively begins to blur. As the disease worsens, central vision loss may increase until it becomes impossible to perform tasks that require detailed vision, such as driving and reading.

In recent years, researchers have focused on how oxidative damage affects age-related macular degeneration. The eye, one of the body’s most metabolically active organs, not only generates an enormous amount of free radicals through normal function, but also incurs additional oxidative damage from ultraviolet radiation and air pollution. In recent trials, the use of antioxidants has been shown to counter age-related macular degeneration. For example, in an 11-center, double-blind clinical trial conducted by the National Eye Institute (a division of the National Institutes of Health), a combination of antioxidants plus zinc slowed macular degeneration progression in people with intermediate or advanced disease by about 25%.4

Hungarian scientists are now exploring a metabolic rather than an antioxidant approach to managing macular degeneration. Citing findings that mitochondrial dysfunction might also play a role in the development of the disease, the researchers designed a clinical trial to evaluate intervention in early age-related macular degeneration with a combination of compounds—including CoQ10—that have demonstrated the ability to improve mitochondrial metabolism. The researchers reported results of their double-blind, placebo-controlled trial last year in the journal Opthalmologica.5 More than 100 patients with early age-related macular degeneration were randomly assigned to receive either two capsules per day containing 200 mg of acetyl-L-carnitine, 780 mg of omega-3 fatty acids, and 20 mg of CoQ10, or capsules containing an equal quantity of soy oil.

At the end of the 12-month treatment period, the researchers found statistically significant improvement in the treatment group as measured by all four parameters of visual function studied. In addition, only one of the 48 patients (2%) in the treatment group showed clinically significant worsening in visual field mean defect (blind spots in the visual field), the primary study endpoint, compared to 9 of 53 patients (17%) in the placebo group. The decrease in drusen—tiny yellow retinal deposits associated with macular degeneration—of the treated eyes was also statistically significant compared to placebo when either the most-affected eyes or the less-affected eyes were considered. In the less-affected eyes, the drusen-covered area decreased by 23% in the treated group, but increased by 13% in the placebo group. These findings suggest that intervention with an appropriate combination of nutrients that affect mitochondrial lipid metabolism may stabilize and even improve visual functions in early age-related macular degeneration.5

 

New Applications in Fighting Cancer

Research on CoQ10 and cancer has focused on two lines of inquiry: CoQ10’s ability to improve immune response and its ability to decrease the cardiotoxicity caused by a common class of anti-cancer chemotherapeutic agents.

 Patients with cancer often exhibit low levels of CoQ10

Based on these findings, Danish researchers investigated CoQ10’s effects alone and in combination with other nutrients as an adjunctive therapy for breast cancer.

In one case report, the researchers describe three breast cancer patients with metastasized cancer. The women underwent conventional cancer treatment and supplemented with a daily dose of 390 mg of CoQ10. All three women demonstrated tumor regression and decreased incidence of metastasis.9

In another study, the same research team investigated 32 high-risk breast cancer patients whose malignancy had spread to the lymph nodes.10 In addition to conventional therapeutic interventions, this group of patients received a daily combination of nutrients (vitamin C: 2850 mg; vitamin E: 2500 IU; beta-carotene: 32.5 IU; selenium: 387 mcg; and secondary vitamins and minerals), essential fatty acids (1.2 grams of gamma linolenic acid and 3.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids), and 90 mg of CoQ10. At the end of the 18-month trial, six patients showed apparent partial remission, none of the patients showed signs of additional metastases, and their quality of life improved. None of the patients died during the study period, though four deaths were expected based on the patients’ disease stage. In one of the six patients with partial remission, the dose of CoQ10 in the nutritional protocol was increased to 390 mg. After two months, that patient’s tumor had disappeared completely, as confirmed by a mammogram.10

While chemotherapy drugs can be highly effective, their use can also be limited by toxic side effects. This has been noted in the case of anthracyclines, a class of drugs widely used in cancer chemotherapy. These drugs have demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of leukemia, lymphomas, and solid malignancies, and are often used to treat breast cancer, with higher doses yielding greater clinical responses. These higher doses of anthracyclines, however, can produce toxic effects on heart tissue, possibly leading to cardiomyopathy and heart failure that are not responsive to conventional pharmacological interventions.11 In fact, anthracyclines selectively damage mitochondria in the heart, but not in other organs.11 Since coenzyme Q10 supports both heart tissue and mitochondria, researchers conducted human trials to determine whether CoQ10 might prevent cardiotoxicity during the administration of anthracyclines.12

Two recent review articles addressed CoQ10’s potential as an adjunctive therapy during chemotherapy with anthracyclines. Writing in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers summarized five reviewed studies in which CoQ10 was given along with anthracyclines.12 They report that in three of the studies that measured heart rhythm, patients who received CoQ10 showed favorable changes suggesting that CoQ10 might have a stabilizing effect on the heart. They also note that supplementation did not interfere with anthracycline treatment, and that no adverse effects were reported in any of the trials. The authors concluded that although coenzyme Q10 demonstrates potential for reducing cardiotoxicity, larger and more rigorous investigations are needed.

In 1961, scientists saw that people with cancer had little CoQ10 in their blood. They found low CoQ10 blood levels in people with myeloma, lymphoma, and cancers of the breastlungprostate,pancreascolonkidney, and head and neck. Some research has suggested that CoQ10 helps the immune system and may be useful as a secondary treatment for cancer.

  • CoQ10 may keep the antitumor drug doxorubicinfrom hurting the heart.
  • Three studies examined the use of CoQ10 along with conventional treatment for cancer. The three studies contained a total of 41 women with breast cancer. In each study, the women improved.

Slowing Neurodegenerative Disease Progression

Many investigators have conducted preclinical studies examining how oxidative stress and impaired mitochondrial function may contribute to neuronal cell death, a characteristic of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases.13-17 For example, a recent journal article in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology reported on the effects of the herbicide paraquat on neuronal cell death in the laboratory.17 The researchers found that this toxic chemical damaged mitochondria and increased free radical production, eventually resulting in the death of neuronal cells. Pretreatment of the cell cultures with CoQ10, however, inhibited both mitochondrial dysfunction and free radical generation.17 The researchers postulated that coenzyme Q10 may prove useful in preventing and treating neurodegenerative conditions related to environmental toxins.

While published research on the use of CoQ10 in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease has been limited to preclinical studies, investigations of CoQ10 and Parkinson’s disease have moved into clinical trials, including randomized controlled studies. This work has been led by Clifford Shults, MD, professor of neurosciences at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine. In Parkinson’s disease, brain cells that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine progressively die. Research in animals has shown that CoQ10 can protect the substantia nigra, the area of the brain where these cells reside. Studies by Dr. Shults and others have shown that mitochondrial dysfunction and diminished mitochondrial CoQ10 levels frequently occur in Parkinson’s sufferers.18

With funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders (a division of the National Institutes of Health), Dr. Shults and his colleagues undertook the first double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter clinical trial of CoQ10 in patients with early untreated Parkinson’s disease. In this phase II, dose-finding study, 80 patients were randomly assigned to receive one of three different CoQ10 doses (300 mg/day, 600 mg/day, or 1200 mg/day) with vitamin E, or a placebo containing vitamin E alone. The patients were followed for 16 months or until the participants required levodopa, a standard drug treatment for managing disease symptoms.19

The results, reported in the Archives of Neurology, showed that patients who received the largest dose of CoQ10 (1200 mg/day) had 44% less decline in mental function, movement, and ability to carry out activities of daily living than those who received the placebo.19 Patients who received CoQ10 doses of 300 mg/day and 600 mg/day also showed some slowing in decline compared to the placebo group, but not as much as those who took the highest dose. The authors concluded that CoQ10 was safe and well tolerated at doses up to 1200 mg/day.

Most recently, Dr. Shults and his team conducted an open label trial in which 17 patients were given an escalating dose of CoQ10 (1200 mg/day, 1800 mg/day, 2400 mg/day, and 3000 mg/day) combined with a stable dose of 1200 IU/day of vitamin E over a two-month period.20 They found that CoQ10 was well tolerated at high doses, but plasma levels of CoQ10 did not continue to rise when the dose was increased from 2400 to 3000 mg/day. There was no significant change in motor abilities in these Parkinson’s disease patients, some of whom were concurrently taking medications for the disease. Based on these findings, the researchers recommended conducting a phase III study to investigate the longer-term effect of high doses on previously untreated patients.

“Our [phase III] study will compare a placebo with 1200 mg/day and 2400 mg/day of CoQ10 and will enroll 200 subjects with early untreated disease in each treatment arm,” Dr. Shults told Life Extension in an exclusive interview. “The study . . . will probably take four years, with the results published a year later,” he added. In addition to that study, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is currently investigating the effects of a 2400-mg/day dose of CoQ10 in patients with early, untreated Parkinson’s disease.18

A clinical trial has also been undertaken in patients with Huntington’s disease, a neurodegenerative genetic disorder. This trial, conducted by the Huntington Study Group, randomly assigned 347 patients with Huntington’s disease to receive CoQ10 at 600 mg/day, remacemide hydrochloride at 600 mg/day, a combination of both, or placebo. Over the 30-month trial, the CoQ10 treated patients showed a 13% decrease in overall functional decline and beneficial trends in some secondary measures. However, the difference between the CoQ10 group and the other groups did not reach statistical significance.21

 

Other Potential Applications

In recent months, scientists have uncovered a widening array of applications for coenzyme Q10. According to new studies, CoQ10 may:

Protect against hearing loss. Mitochondrial DNA mutation is one cause of sensorineural hearing loss, a condition that causes changes in the inner ear or nerve pathways and is not correctable through medical interventions.23 In individuals with genetically based sensorineural hearing loss, coenzyme Q10 supplementation prevented further loss of hearing, while the control that did not supplement demonstrated continued deterioration of hearing function.

Improve learning. Supplementation with vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 helped a group of older mice to learn tasks more quickly than mice supplemented with only one of the two antioxidants.24 These findings suggest that coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E act in concert and may together help prevent age-related deficits in cognitive function.

Extend life span. In animals fed a diet enriched with polyunsaturated fatty acids, supplementing with coenzyme Q10 increased life span and protected against DNA alterations. Scientists recently determined that CoQ10 supplementation may confer these benefits by attenuating the decline in naturally occurring antioxidants that commonly accompanies aging.25

Prevent cachexia. The combination of coenzyme Q10 with vitamins B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin) offers promise in preventing the weight loss and muscle wasting associated with cancer. In cancer, mitochondrial energy production is diminished, which may ultimately lead to the fatigue, weight loss, and muscle loss known as cachexia. In rats with experimentally induced breast cancer, supplementation with the energy-modulating nutrients B2, B3, and CoQ10 helped restore mitochondrial energy production, suggesting that this nutrient combination may help prevent cachexia.26

Assist muscle regeneration. Supplementing with coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E supported muscle regeneration in animals with experimentally induced muscle decay. The investigators noted that CoQ10 exerted a greater influence on muscle regeneration than did vitamin E.27

Protect against surgical stress. Supplementing with 300 mg of CoQ10 daily for two weeks prior to heart surgery boosted measures of heart muscle health, investigators recently noted. When heart muscle samples of the supplemented individuals were analyzed following elective surgery, this tissue exhibited improved energy production, decreased oxidative stress, and enhanced recovery from oxygen depletion compared to tissue samples from unsupplemented patients.28

Promote male fertility. Coenzyme Q10 supplementation for six months improved asthenozoospermia (reduced sperm motility) in infertile men.29 In an earlier study, administering a CoQ10 analog to men led to significant increases in both sperm count and motility.30 These findings suggest that CoQ10 may help improve defective sperm function, a common and difficult-to-treat cause of male infertility.

Protect against senile plaques. A laboratory study demonstrated CoQ10’s ability to destabilize amyloid beta peptides, a hallmark abnormality of Alzheimer’s disease.31 This suggests a further potential neuroprotective mechanism of coenzyme Q10.

Impede diabetic complications. An animal study has shown that CoQ10 displays potential for preventing complications associated with diabetes.32

Lower triglycerides. The results of an Italian preliminary clinical trial suggest that the combination of CoQ10 and fibrate drugs may benefit individuals with exceedingly high levels of triglycerides who fail to respond to fibrates alone.33

Summary

The latest findings suggest that, along with its heart-protective effects, CoQ10 may slow or improve some degenerative diseases, support cancer remission, counteract the toxic effects of chemotherapy, and decrease the incidence of migraine headaches. Additionally, recent findings indicate that coenzyme Q10 may have applications in promoting fertility, protecting auditory function, supporting longevity, boosting learning capability, sustaining muscle health and much more.

CoQ10 investigations are expanding into new areas, and researchers are now calling for larger, well-designed studies to support intriguing findings from small and observational trials. With CoQ10’s pervasiveness in the body and the many essential functions it performs, scientists will no doubt continue to elucidate this vital nutrient’s many potential applications.

DYNAMIC DUO: COQ10 AND VITAMIN E
In addition to its direct scavenging of free radicals, CoQ10 also helps regenerate vitamin E, another important antioxidant. Vitamin E provides antioxidant protection in fat-soluble environments such as cell membranes.18 When coenzyme Q10 levels in cell membranes are diminished, regeneration of vitamin E is slowed as well.22

Is CoQ10 safe?

Taking 100 mg a day or more of CoQ10 has caused mild insomnia in some people. And research has detected elevated levels of liver enzymes in people taking doses of 300 mg per day for long periods of time. Liver toxicity has not been reported.

Other reported side effects include rashesnausea, upper abdominal paindizziness, sensitivity to light, irritability, headacheheartburn, andfatigue.

Medicines for high cholesterol (statins) and medicines that lower blood sugar cause a decrease of CoQ10 levels and reduce the effects of CoQ10 supplements. CoQ10 can reduce the body’s response to theblood thinner (anticoagulant) medicine warfarin (Coumadin) and can decrease insulin requirements in people with diabetes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulatedietary supplements in the same way it regulates medicines. A dietary supplement can be sold with limited or no research on how well it works or on its safety.

 

This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. www.gertlouw.com disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

 

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5. Feher J, Kovacs B, Kovacs I, et al. Improvement of visual functions and fundus alterations in early age-related macular degeneration treated with a combination of acetyl-L-carnitine, n-3 fatty acids, and coenzyme Q10. Ophthalmologica. 2005 May;219(3):154-66.

6. Folkers K, Osterborg A, Nylander M, Morita M, Mellstedt H. Activities of vitamin Q10 in animal models and a serious deficiency in patients with cancer. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1997 May 19;234(2):296-9.

7. Portakal O, Ozkaya O, Erden IM, et al. Coenzyme Q10 concentrations and antioxidant status in tissues of breast cancer patients. Clin Biochem. 2000 Jun;33(4):279-84.

8. Folkers K, Morita M, McRee J, Jr. The activities of coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B6 for immune responses. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1993 May 28;193(1):88-92.

9. Lockwood K, Moesgaard S, Yamamoto T, Folkers K. Progress on therapy of breast cancer with vitamin Q10 and the regression of metastases. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1995 Jul 6;212(1):172-7.

10. Lockwood K, Moesgaard S, Hanioka T, Folkers K. Apparent partial remission of breast cancer in ‘high risk’ patients supplemented with nutritional antioxidants, essential fatty acids and coenzyme Q10. Mol Aspects Med. 1994;15 Suppls231-s240.

11. Conklin KA. Coenzyme q10 for prevention of anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity. Integr Cancer Ther. 2005 Jun;4(2):110-30.

12. Roffe L, Schmidt K, Ernst E. Efficacy of coenzyme Q10 for improved tolerability of cancer treatments: a systematic review. J Clin Oncol. 2004 Nov 1;22(21):4418-24.

13. Somayajulu M, McCarthy S, Hung M, et al. Role of mitochondria in neuronal cell death induced by oxidative stress; neuroprotection by Coenzyme Q10. Neurobiol Dis. 2005 Apr;18(3):618-27.

14. Sohmiya M, Tanaka M, Tak NW, et al. Redox status of plasma coenzyme Q10 indicates elevated systemic oxidative stress in Parkinson’s disease. J Neurol Sci. 2004 Aug 30;223(2):161-6.

15. Menke T, Gille G, Reber F, et al. Coenzyme Q10 reduces the toxicity of rotenone in neuronal cultures by preserving the mitochondrial membrane potential. Biofactors. 2003;18(1-4):65-72.

16. Shavali S, Carlson EC, Swinscoe JC, Ebadi M. 1-Benzyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline, a Parkinsonism-inducing endogenous toxin, increases alpha-synuclein expression and causes nuclear damage in human dopaminergic cells. J Neurosci Res. 2004 May 15;76(4):563-71.

17. McCarthy S, Somayajulu M, Sikorska M, Borowy-Borowski H, Pandey S. Paraquat induces oxidative stress and neuronal cell death; neuroprotection by water-soluble Coenzyme Q10. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2004 Nov 15;201(1):21-31.

18. Shults CW. Therapeutic role of coenzyme Q(10) in Parkinson’s disease. Pharmacol Ther. 2005 Jul;107(1):120-30.

19. Shults CW, Oakes D, Kieburtz K, et al. Effects of coenzyme Q10 in early Parkinson disease: evidence of slowing of the functional decline. Arch Neurol. 2002 Oct;59(10):1541-50.

20. Shults CW, Flint BM, Song D, Fontaine D. Pilot trial of high dosages of coenzyme Q10 in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Exp Neurol. 2004 Aug;188(2):491-4.

21. Anon. A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of coenzyme Q10 and remacemide in Huntington’s disease. Neurology. 2001 Aug 14;57(3):397-404.

22. Crane FL. Biochemical functions of coenzyme Q10. J Am Coll Nutr. 2001 Dec;20(6):591-8.

23. Angeli SI, Liu XZ, Yan D, Balkany T, Telischi F. Coenzyme Q-10 treatment of patients with a 7445A—->G mitochondrial DNA mutation stops the progression of hearing loss. Acta Otolaryngol. 2005 May;125(5):510-2.

24. McDonald SR, Sohal RS, Forster MJ. Concurrent administration of coenzyme Q10 and alpha-tocopherol improves learning in aged mice. Free Radic Biol Med. 2005 Mar 15;38(6):729-36.

25. Bello RI, Gomez-Diaz C, Buron MI, et al. Enhanced anti-oxidant protection of liver membranes in long-lived rats fed on a coenzyme Q10-supplemented diet. Exp Gerontol. 2005 Aug;40(8-9):694-706.

26. Perumal SS, Shanthi P, Sachdanandam P. Energy-modulating vitamins—a new combinatorial therapy prevents cancer cachexia in rat mammary carcinoma. Br J Nutr. 2005 Jun;93(6):901-9.

27. Otrocka-Domagala I, Rotkiewicz T, Karpinska J, et al. The effect of coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E on the regeneration of skeletal muscles in pigs. Pol J Vet Sci. 2004;7(4):295-303.

28. Rosenfeldt F, Marasco S, Lyon W, et al. Coenzyme Q10 therapy before cardiac surgery improves mitochondrial function and in vitro contractility of myocardial tissue. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2005 Jan;129(1):25-32.

29. Balercia G, Mosca F, Mantero F, et al. Coenzyme Q(10) supplementation in infertile men with idiopathic asthenozoospermia: an open, uncontrolled pilot study. Fertil Steril. 2004 Jan;81(1):93-8.

30. Anon. Coenzyme Q10. Altern Med Rev. 1998 Feb;3(1):58-61.

31. Ono K, Hasegawa K, Naiki H, Yamada M. Preformed beta-amyloid fibrils are destabilized by coenzyme Q10 in vitro. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2005 Apr 29;330(1):111-6.

32. Al-Thakafy HS, Khoja SM, Al-Marzouki ZM, Zailaie MZ, Al-Marzouki KM. Alterations of erythrocyte free radical defense system, heart tissue lipid peroxidation, and lipid concentration in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats under coenzyme Q10 supplementation. Saudi Med J. 2004 Dec;25(12):1824-30.

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Happy training everyone!

Gert Louw

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Before I even talk about training aspects, let me first take you down the road my wife was the past few years. She had severe restless legs syndrome and were continuously fatigued. Those that have severe restless legs syndrome will know that it can drive one crazy!

After many prescribed medications was tried, I got here to do some extensive blood-work tests.

A surprise was that she had very low magnesium levels in her blood.

Immediately the light went on! Magnesium plays a crucial factor in various muscle related functions as well as energy and ATP related functions in the body. It even have an impact on the nervous system and skeletal bone maintenance.

She was put on high dosage slow released magnesium supplements and within just a few days her restless legs syndrome disappeared. For her it was like a miracle. Her energy levels also drastically increased.

Slow Mag is now part of her daily supplementation.

This is a mineral that is so underrated. By far the greatest majority (in excess of 70%) of people is deficient of magnesium.

For the bodybuilder, a magnesium deficiency presents a big problem:

  • He WILL struggle to build muscle, feel fatigued and energy less continuously.
  • Being deficient will even result in an immune system being under pressure, thus further impact on available gym time. Thus also why critically important that any hiv+ person must make sure he/she supplement with slow mag.
  • Athletes and bodybuilder need more nutrients than less active people. So it will be a given that you will require supplementation of magnesium.
  •  Magnesium further helps the bodybuilder to reduce the accumulation of lactic acid and reducing the perception of fatigue during heavy training.
  • Magnesium even helps lowering the blood pressure resulting in healthier kidneys and heart.

To sum it up, the bodybuilder will struggle severely to build muscles when magnesium deficient. He will be regularly sick due to compromised immune system, more prone to become diabetic and have a much higher risk for heart disease. His energy levels will be severely compromised and he will feel on edge the whole time…and much more!

Extract from www.livestrong.com:

“If your diet consistently falls short on magnesium, the resulting chronically low levels can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and Type 2 diabetes, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. A significant association exists between the amount of magnesium you consume and your overall risk for cardiovascular disease, reported a review in PLoS One in March 2013. Getting enough magnesium in your diet also helps lower inflammation, which may fight health conditions accompanied by inflammation, such as diabetes and heart disease, according to a review in the February 2014 issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

Magnesium plays a key role in hundreds of cellular processes, from metabolizing food into energy and absorbing calcium to maintaining a strong immune system and keeping your heart, muscles, and nerves functioning properly.

Magnesium relaxes muscles and is anti-inflammatory. This mineral also has a laxative effective, so it can help relieve constipation. Magnesium has also been found to have a protective effect against stress. Take 200 to 300 milligrams per day of the mineral magnesium (unless you have kidney problems or you’re prone to diarrhea).

Extract from www.organicfacts.net:

Prevents Asthma – Patients that suffer from chronic asthma may be able to normalize their breathing with the help of magnesium supplements that aid in relaxing the bronchial muscles and regulating breathing. Even wheezing and breathlessness can be relieved through administration of intravenous magnesium.

Keeps bones healthy – Magnesium is directly related to bone density, and subsequently, an inadequacy of this mineral in the body can be a cause of osteoporosis. Magnesium helps in the regulation of calcium levels in the body, along with vitamin D, copper, and zinc. Magnesium, along with calcium and Vitamin D, should be taken throughout the developmental years and adulthood, since it eliminates the chances of developing osteoporosis when you get older.

Essential during pregnancy – Magnesium is one of the vital elements to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Proper intake of magnesium supplements during pregnancy is extremely beneficial for reducing the risk of osteoporosis and increasing the pain tolerance level, thereby resulting in a smooth delivery process and an optimization of blood pressure. Magnesium sulfate is the best treatment for preventing eclamptic seizures in expectant mothers who may have hypertension.

Treats back pain and cramps – Magnesium helps treating people with severe backaches by relaxing back muscles, kidney stress and muscular tension. As mentioned earlier, magnesium also helps in the body’s absorption of calcium, which may lead to faster healing of the bones. Symptoms of cramps in the legs, as well as general fatigue are traditional symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Therefore, proper intake of magnesium supplements acts as a cure for chronic leg cramp problems.

Prevents constipation – Magnesium provides quick relief from constipation, and a high dose of water-soluble magnesium supplements is known to bring sound relief for even the most severe constipated state. This laxative property of magnesium relaxes the intestinal muscles, thereby helping to establish a smoother rhythm while passing bowels. Magnesium also has another property of attracting water, which in turn softens the stool and helps it to pass easily.

Prevents diabetes and regulates sugar level – The health benefits of magnesium extend to diabetic patients also, as this mineral helps to regulate the insulin reaction to blood sugar levels. Magnesium supplements are vital for all diabetic patients as many of them suffer from magnesium deficiency. Magnesium aids in regulating blood sugar status, thus promoting normal blood pressure. Hypertension is one of the major reasons for an impending heart attack, and it has been found that many people with high blood pressure also have a magnesium deficiency. Therefore, extra nutrients and mineral supplements with magnesium content are vital in order to avoid any medical complications.

Cures psychiatric disorders – Magnesium is known to cure some of the worst forms of psychiatric dysfunctions such as panic attacks, stress, anxiety and undue agitation.

Cures migraines – Migraine attacks badly affect many Americans, especially, females.  Magnesium supplements and liquids considerably reduce the severity of such attacks and may also help in reducing the rate of recurrence.

Produces collagen –Magnesium is important for producing proteins that are slowly transformed into collagen. Collagens are naturally occurring proteins mostly found in fibrous tissues like tendons, ligaments and the skin. It is also present in the cornea, bones, the gut, cartilage, blood vessels, and intervertebral discs. The more collagen in the system, the stronger those areas of the body will become.

Absorb minerals –Magnesium helps to absorb vital vitamins and minerals like sodium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Mineral absorption usually occurs within the small intestine and this benefit of magnesium ensures the detoxification of many harmful toxins in our body.

Activates enzymes – Magnesium also helps to boost the energy production in the body and it promotes theactivation of enzymes to create cellular energy.

Controls bladder functions – Many people who have blabber problems and suffer from the frequent urge to urinate may find relief by taking magnesium supplements. Urination problems can come from a variety of reasons such as nephritis, infections, or sometimes interstitial cystitis; however, regular intake of magnesium can bring great relief to these ailments.

Happy training!

GertFITNESS

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In this article I will give you some critical pointers on how to smell a fake/scam product from a mile away.

 

You need to understand the mindset of these scammers.

1. They want as much money from you as possible.

2. The never want to be in a situation where they meet you face to face. They only use faceless environments to deal with clients – like the internet.

3. You struggle to get information on the ingredients of the product, they do NOT want you to know the truth.

 

Let’s look at – They want as much money from you as possible

They have this incredibly good sounding deals like “get your first bottle free”.  But after that first bottle arrived, you will just see charges getting deducted from your credit card, month after month. The only way to stop this is to literally stop your credit card and get a new one.

To try to stop the monthly supply of the products is close to impossible and even if you stop the delivery of the product, the deductions continue.

According to you, you have only ordered the first “free” product but alas now you are all of a sudden in a fixed recurring contract.

 

Let’s look at – They only use a faceless environment

The only medium these products are advertised through is the internet. If you cannot find this item on the shelve of your local supplement store, do NOT buy it! There is a REASON these people only deal through internet. They want to stay faceless because they are devoid of all integrity in their marketing campaigns of these products. They steal photos and make up fake stories for their marketing campaigns – I know what I am talking about, I have already busted 8 of these fake companies that have stolen my transformation photo and made up a fake stories to advertise their products. And that is just me…ALL of the transformation and other photos used are fakes and stolen as well as all the supporting “proof” stories.  They have no other choice to do this because the product they are selling CANNOT produce the claimed results and thus they do not have any proof of the claimed results.

The internet offer them a safe environment and barrier so they do not have to face their clients. They are not stupid, all of them have “front” companies they create to deal with the product distribution and marketing just to make sure that if one ever does try to make a case against them, it is very easy for them to get out off the lawsuite,  because they just blame it on the “front” marketing company which is even more difficult to trace than themselves. These “front” marketing companies has very short lifespans, typically only a few months, before they disappear and a new one is created, making the old one close to impossible to trace, literally just like a deleted webpage.

Typical marketing campaigns for these products proclaim awe-inspiring transformations within a few weeks (typically range 2 to 4 weeks). Many times it states that this is done with the product without having to diet or do any exercise. Crazy claims that not even anabolic steroids or Growth Hormone can come close too! Again, this is why they can ONLY work from a faceless environment. Imagine the queues of scammed clients lining up who experienced NO CHANGE in the 4 weeks whatsoever. They did loose, but only their money and until they cancel their credit card will keep loosing their monthly month after month.

 

Let’s look at –  You struggle to get info on the ingredients of the product.

All the “wonderful” write-ups and advertising that surrounds these products has almost no specific info on the actual ingredients of the product but just vague descriptions and references. There is a very important reason for this, because if people knew the ingredients and google it, they will very quickly see that this products cannot produce the claimed results. These products have no mystical ingredients but plain well-known ingredients that you will find at any health store or supplement store. The marketing companies of the products would like you to believe that the products contain very special and mystical stuff and that is why they omit 90% of the time the ingredients in the marketing advertisement. Being a scam product the chances is also very (!) high that it does not nearly contain what the label states.

These companies are not interested in satisfied clients, but their ONLY objective is to hook into the clients credit cards with a irreversible debit order system.

 

If it sounds too good to be true, it IS too good to be true – ALWAYS!

So the three main criteria you must use to know if it is a scam/fake product, is:

1. Is it only available through internet? [if yes – stay way!]

2. Is the ingredients listed in detail?  [if not – stay away!]

3. Does it sound too good to be true? [if yes – stay away!]

 

Examples: Niwali TestoBoost, 1285 Muscle, Trig X2, XTreme No, TestoRush, AminoPrime, and many, many more…

 

You will say “But this means, that a lot of the internet-only bodybuilding supplement products are fakes/scams?” YES IT IS..all of them.

 

Know this, NO (!) reputable company that have a solid product worth it’s weight will only deal through internet.

They want fixed distribution channels with trained people to sell their product and offer support and info to clients.

 

I hope this short article help you to make a more informed decision and to stay clear from all these fake and scam products.

They suck the money from people and it is very (!) difficult to sue them and the word “integrity” is not in their vocabulary.

 

 

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Happy Training! Cheers.

Gert Louw

 

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XTreme NO has been busted using stolen photos and fake “proof” stories in their high level international marketing campaigns.

They run two separate marketing campaigns and in both those campaigns stolen photos and fake stories are used.

Two different plastic bottles, the one a black and the other a white bottle, are distributed by this company for the same product. XTreme NO contains the following ingredients: L-arginine hydrochloride, L-arginine alpha-ketoglutarate along with L-arginine ketolsocaproate all in an attempt to increase the bodies Nitric Oxide levels.

It is simply not scientifically possible for these ingredients to result in a body transformation, and thus why this company have to steal photos and make up fake stories to prove an un-provable point.

Plus all the “proof” of people leaving comments to say how great this product is completely fake!

L-Arganine is used by bodybuilders but only for a short-lived effect:

  • ·         A temporary “pump” during workouts that let’s the muscles seem bigger for a short while
  • ·          A slight increase in veins visibility during exercise
  • ·         potentially quicker recover from exercise.

It does NOT have muscle-building properties or body transformation properties, full stop!

And yes, once again I am one of the main abused parties. They illegally use my transformation photo and make up a complete and utter fake story.

It is needless to say that you need to stay completely clear from this product, for various reasons, one of which also that many people have complained they are losing money ordering the product through these channels.

When it sounds “too good to be true”, it ALWAYS IS (!) too good to be true.

Here is the proof of the first SCAM marketing campaign:

 XTremeNO website BUSTEDXTremeNO website BUSTED(1)XTremeNO website BUSTED(2)

Here is the proof of the second SCAM marketing campaign:

 XTremeNO website BUSTED no2-1XTremeNO website BUSTED no2-2XTremeNO website BUSTED no2-3

Wish you happy training. Cheers…

Gert Louw

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This is a product with such exuberant claims surrounding it that it just sounds “too good to be true”?

It claims to reverse your energy levels by decades, for example: 60-year-old to a 30-year-old!

Also it supposedly enhance the brain function as well as the sexual health.

With such claims it sounds like a wonder drug.

 

Let’s look at what it contains

  • Cordyceps Cs-4 Mushroom Mycelia (Cordyceps sinensis [Berk.] Sacc.),
  • Pharmanex Asian Ginseng Rb1 (Panax ginseng) Root Extract
  • Pomegranate (Punica granatum) Fruit Extract,

The problem is that for 2 of the 3 ingredients (Cordyceps Cs-4 Mushroom Mycelia & Pharmanex Asian Ginseng Rb1) it is close to impossible to find scientific papers on research and placebo studies on the internet. The other product, Pomegranate, is well-known and most definitely cannot give these fantastic claimed benefits.

Whether Nu Skin did the research or not, if the information cannot be found and verified, it is close to not existing.

I am not talking about all the claims Nu Skin is making about all the research and magnitude of scientists involved, I am talking about the PROOF of these studies.

The conclusion is that this product contains weird ingredients that cannot be verified. This presents multiple concerns. One being that it is impossible to know what kind of side effects this product holds.

Being a very expensive product and with such fantastic claims, I decided to do a real world application and try it out myself.

After the first few (4) months I can say there was a slight increase in energy levels but honestly not close to what the claims are. Being 50, I felt maybe like a 45-year-old.

No mental or sexual health change at all.

Now, for the bad news…

My blood pressure before I started with this product was 130/70 and after the 4 month trial, it rose to an extremely high and damaging 170/115.

This is serious kidney, artery hardening and eye damage territory.

If I want to live another 10 years, I had to immediately stop this “wonder product”.

This is the problem with any product containing such strange ingredients. It is close to impossible to get real scientific proof over the internet as to the side effects and other problems such ingredients can cause and it is pretty much a Russian roulette game you play by putting something like this in your body.

I concede that my experience might not necessarily be the same for everyone and their might even be people who might benefit by this product.

My ratings for this product:

Safety level: 2/10

How close does it get to the claims surrounding it: 2/10

 

If a product sounds “too good to be true” it IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! Always…

 

Keep training hard!Cheers…

Gert Louw

The Niwali guys just don’t seems to learn from past mistakes!

Once again they are in a SCAM with STOLEN photos and complete FAKE stories in an international marketing campaign for their TESTOBOOST product (again my stolen transformation photo).

The real funny part is, they now claim an even more ridiculous transformation period of 3 weeks instead of their previous SCAM of 4 weeks! Not even anabolic steroids can accomplish this. Complete and utter nonsense, but they obviously rely on the gullible and desperate to believe their lies.

And now they also added that it has “improved my sexual performance a lot” – getting deeper into smearing my integrity to new levels!

It is obvious that this product does not work because they cannot produce any real photos and true stories but have to steal and lie to promote their product and in the process really abuse people and their integrity.

It’s sickening that such companies continue to operate!

PLEASE stay complete clear from this product and any Niwali product that now become obviously HIGHLY suspicious!

Here is a copy of the NIWALI marketing campaign I just busted….again!

http://advancedtestoboostreview.net/does-advanced-test-o-boost-really-work/

Does Advanced Test-O-Boost Really Work?

testosterone boostersResearch shows that testosterone levels in men are generally decreasing over the years. This may be due to unhealthy diets, excessive usage of cell phones and wifi, and change in lifestyles. A lot of companies, over the past few years, have dedicated themselves to manufacture such testosterone boosters which are not only effective but have no side effects. One such company has been successful in creating just that.

Niwali Test-O-Boost has created quite a hype in the market. It has been talked about in media continuously and has received a lot of reviews. This booster may be getting a lot of attention but is it as good as it seems, do testosterone boosters work? This article will answer any questions that you may have about Advanced Test-O-Boost.

>>>Click HERE to visit  Niwali Testoboost official site<<<

 

Does Advanced Test-O-Boost Work?

low testosterone in womenIf you have low testosterone levels, (sometimes it’s possible to find low testosterone in young men and even that males produce ten times more testosterone then females it’s quite a common to find low testosterone in women) and believe that only harmful drugs are the solution to your problem, then you are quite wrong. There are solution for Niwali’s Advanced Testoboost has made hundreds of lives easier and provided lean muscles which are no less than the Rock or Van Damme!

Advanced Test-O-Boost is a supplement made with natural ingredients which increases your testosterone level in no time at all. The manufacturers of this booster have designed it after much deliberation and experimentation to find efficiency and safe ways to increase testosterone. The ingredients are combined in such a way that they not only give the most effective testosterone booster results but do so gently and safely.

This supplement not only helps to boost your testosterone but also improves energy levels and libido. With Advanced Test-O-Boost, you can increase your lean muscle mass in the shortest time possible. The best part of this Advanced Test-O-Boost is that it may show you results without fixed diets and workouts.

 

Is Niwali Advanced Test-O-Boost Effective?

A number of Advanced Test-O-Boost customers have related that this supplement has changed their lives. Many people avoid such supplements but Advanced Test-O-Boost has shown such transformations, which are not at all fake. The proofs are provided in reviews and pictures and the effectiveness of the product is quite evident through various Advanced Test-O-Boost reviews.

The Advanced Test-O-Boost has been tested in laboratories and is clinically proven to show results without dangerous testosterone side effects. The company is 100% sure of the effectiveness of the product and thus offers money back guarantee.

Before you decide to buy any such supplement, make sure that you choose a reliable and reputable company. Niwali has been in the industry for many years and has a lot of happy customers and becomes one of the top testosterone boosters.

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To learn more about Niwali Advanced Test-O-Boost, click here to visit the official website.

 

Advanced Test-O-Boost Ingredients

The thing that has made Advanced Test-O-Boost so popular is its ingredients. The supplement uses natural way to increase testosterone with all natural ingredients which promise to show you results in less than a month. The main ingredients used in Advanced Test-O-Boost are:

  • Tongkat Ali – This helps to maintain your testosterone levels naturally. It keeps your body energized so that you can function easily.
  • L-Arginine – This is an amino acid which increases your growth hormones in your body. It also helps to produce nitric oxide in the body. As a result, you get a stronger and a better body.
  • Ginseng – This helps to improve blood circulation in the body. As a result, you never lose energy and stay active. This also boosts your metabolism.
  • Tribulus Terrestris – This ingredient improves your sexual performance.  It gives you better and harder erections, results in more semen and satisfying ejaculations.

 

Advanced Test-O-Boost Side Effects

None of the users of Advanced Test-O-Boost have reported any negative side effects. The makers of the supplement assure that none of the ingredients are harmful in any way. It is common to assume that such supplements may result in side effects such as digestive problems, abnormal muscle tissue growth, skin allergies, hair loss etc. It is best to consult a doctor before deciding to use such supplements.

 

Is Advanced Test-O-Boost Scam?

testoboost reviewsWe all know that most testosterone boosters supplements on the market, and especially muscle building supplements, are fake. A lot of manufacturers are promoting such products which are complete hoax and provide no results whatsoever.

The best way to avoid such scams is to read as many reviews about the concerned product as possible and buy it from the source which is popular and known for its originality. Niwali’s Advanced Test-O-Boost builds lean muscle in less than a month. All the fat is melted away and in few weeks you have a gorgeous rippling body.

The official Advanced Test-O-Boost website has a number of customer testimonials praising the effectiveness of the product. Other than that, various positive testoboost reviews are found online, which talk about the many benefits enjoyed by customers and shows many testosterone booster results.

 

Advanced Test-O-Boost Reviews

Some comments from the customers of Advanced Test-O-Boost:

 

“I had been looking to build muscles easily. I read few reviews about Advanced Test-O-Boost and decided to give it a try. I gained about 15 lbs in only a month and I didn’t even do any special diets or exercises.”

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“I have been using Advanced Test-O-Boost for only 3 weeks and I have already lost 10 lbs and gained about 13 to 14 lbs of muscle. I couldn’t be happier. It has done wonders for my confidence.”

“Advanced Test-O-Boost has resulted in muscle gain and my sexual performance has improved a lot.”

>>>Click HERE to read more Testoboost testimonials<<<

 

Pros Of Advanced Test-O-Boost

  • natural testosterone boosterBuilds muscles easily
  • Boosts testosterone levels
  • Expands veins and capillaries, resulting in more blood flow in the body
  • Well defined muscles
  • Enhances the size penis
  • Increases energy levels
  • Quickly delivers nutrients to the muscles
  • No muscle damage
  • Reduces belly fat
  • Reduces bloating
  • Burn calories even when you are not active
  • 10 day risk free trial period
  • 30 day money back guarantee

 

Cons Of Advanced Test-O-Boost

  • Not available in stores
  • May result in some side effects
  • The product may not work for you

 

If you are interested in buying the natural testosterone booster, then the best place to do so would be the Advanced Test-O-Boost official website. Click here to order!

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As the years progressed I’ve fine tuned my approach to pre & post workout supplements.

 

The regime I am currently following is highly advisable for anyone who wants to add maximum lean muscle with training. It keeps the body in a anabolic state with energy to spare and quick recovery of exercise induced muscle damage.

It sticks to the core, proven supplements. Keep it simple and stay away from all the fancy stuff with “too good to believe” marketing hype. It is ALWAYS “too good to believe” and ALWAYS utter lies no matter how many “proof” photos they attached (normally stolen) or stories (made-up)!

It is a great tool for the over 40’s or even over 50’s to add muscle. For the younger crowd it means perfect muscle growth environment.

PRE-WORKOUT – 30 to 45 minutes before training

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) 6-8 tablets

The BCAA’s ensure that the energy required during training  is not obtained from your muscles but forces it to obtain it from other places (fat storage, etc..) This protects your muscles from going catabolic during training. A critical supplement in your pre-workout arsenal. In-depth info about BCAA’s can be obtained from: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/bcaas-the-many-benefits-of-amino-acids.html

L-Glutamine 5g dissolved in water

When you train your Glutamine reserves of your body will drop very fast (!). When it becomes too low you will feel exhausted and have no stamina/power. When the Glutamine has dropped too low, muscle recovery will be very (!) slow and the body can take up to 6 days to replenish the levels of Glutamine to optimum again. During that time virtually no muscle growth will occur. It is therefore of the absolute importance that you supplement with L-Glutamine before training.

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AGMATINE 1g dissovled in water (together with L-Glutamine)

(In the video I say 1g to 10g Agmatine Sulfate. That is incorrect – the amount is only 1g of Agmatine Sulfate)

The following extract from http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jrod17.htm sums it up very nicely as to why specifically agmatine:

  1. Agmatine is a pain fighter. This can be beneficial to the athlete in two ways:
    1. It can potentiate the effects of analgesics used during recuperation from injury.
    2. It has the potential to aid post-workout recovery.
  1. Agmatine enhances insulin production leading to better insulin response. This allows for positive effects in attaining body composition goals. Better insulin response means a harder and leaner more muscular body.
  1. Agmatine acts on various hypothalamic and pituitary peptide hormones such as LH and GH. These will have subsequent effects on other hormones like IGF-1. Control of the hormonal environment of the athlete and you will perform better, look better and feel better.
  1. Agmatine possesses anxiolytic (relieves anxiety) and antidepressant properties offering potential control of cortisol levels in the stressful life of the athlete.
  1. Agmatine modulates nitric oxide (NO) through different ways. It stimulates some types of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) while inhibiting others. This is essential to the proper functioning of the polyamine biosynthetic pathways.
  1. Agmatine acts oncatecholamine (Epinephrine > Norepinephrine > Dopamine) release. These endogenous compounds are part of nearly every action in the body. Most notably for the athlete is the role that this compound would ultimately have in both energy production and aiding anticipation of the stressafforded by competition. However, there are also well-established roles that epinephrine can have on the body that includes:
  1. Agmatine has an antioxidant role. There can be no greater source of free-radical build up than that seen in the day-to-day activity of the athlete. The sheer stress that the body takes on when in you’re an athlete in the trenches (i.e. – the gym, the field, etc…) could ultimately have significant detrimental effects with continued build up. Agmatine can offer protection from the undesired effects that free radicals can have on the body.
  1. For the athlete desiring body composition change, Agmatine has an independent role of insulin and testosterone management on lipid (fat) metabolism.
  2. Agmatine possesses nootropic effects (it acts as a “novel” neurotransmitter). This can offer the athlete a potential mental edge to prepare for various events.
  3. Agmatine can aid in kidney function by stimulating the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). This can bode the bodybuilder well as various nitrogenous waste products are removed through this system.
  4. Agmatine harbors a hypotensive role which could assist the exogenously-enhanced athlete in keeping blood pressure in check.

My training and diet system is available customised for your body and goals. You can signup through this link: https://gertlouw.com/my-transformation-secrets/

 

POST-WORKOUT – IMMEDIATELY after training:

Apple or banana to recover lost energy consumption

L-Glutamine 5g to 8g dissolved in water

Because of the risk of your body’s L-glutamine reserves that dropped during training too low, you IMMEDIATELY must replenish with L-Glutamine after training to ensure your body stays in an anabolic environment.

Remember if you do not do this, it might take up to 6 days of a catabolic environment with no muscle growth despite all your hard work on diet and training.

WHEY protein  – quick absorption 40g mixed in water (together with L-Glutamine)

Your muscles need the right building blocks to recover exercise induced damage and the quicker you feed your body with quick absoption whey protein after training the quicker it can start repairing and building.

Other supplements that might be considered:

Creatine

Creatine might be beneficial for certain individuals. However, for a certain percentage of people creatine have absolutely no effect. Unfortunately I am one of them.

The second reason I am not using it is that it tends to let one look a little bloated, especially when you are trying to cut.

Anti Oxidants (alpha lipoic acid, Co Enzyme Q10, Saw Palmetto)

New research seems to indicate that it might not be such a good idea to take anti-oxidants straight before or after training. It suggests that it must be taken as far removed from training as possible. If taken close to training it seems to be counter productive to a fatloss environment.

Whether you believe that or not, it might be a good idea to consider it. There seems to be rather solid science behind it.

Alpha lipoic acid (about 400mg twice daily) helps regulate your insulin levels which means a better fat-loss environment. Plus it is a very potent anti-oxidant.Co-Enzyme Q10 (about 300mg twice daily) It assist in insulin sensitization. A problem most bodybuilders face is that with repeated insulin spikes as a result of periodically heavy carbohydrate consumption causes the body to become increasingly insulin resistant.

Insulin is probably the most powerful anabolic agents. Spiking insulin levels increase muscle protein synthesis. The Co Enzyme Q10 allows you to drive more nutrients into the     muscles. It is also extremely beneficial for a healthy heart.

Saw Palmetto (about 300mg twice daily). Helps prevent a enlarged prostate…something all guys need to be worried about and prevent!

This regime is proven and will yield great results when accompanied by focused training program and diet structured for lean growth.

Wish you all the success.

Gert Louw

 

Another 2 faked products have been exposed:

  • 1285 Muscle
  • TRIG X2

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CHECK OUT THIS LINK FOR A FURTHER 30 PRODUCTS BUSTEDhttp://gertlouw.com/2015/04/14/massive-bodybuilding-supplement-syndicate-scam-exposed/

 

Shady products by shady companies:

  • www.1285muscle.com and www.trigx2.com

 

Let me explain how they are busted:

For the 2nd time I am being abused by high profile international marketing material with fake products.

The companies promoting these products stole my photos (see my pic at bottom of advert) and again they write up a fake story as if I told it. Be very wary everyone, these products are FAKED (1285 MUSCLE and TRIG X2) and does NOT work.

They have to steal photos and write fake stories to try and prove a unprovable point.

You will loose money when you deal with these people.

 

The following report from www.scambook.com

1285 Muscle (Muscle Pro) 1800-969-3081

  • 1285 Muscle (Muscle Pro) 1800-969-3081Summary1285 Muscle (Muscle Pro) 1800-969-3081 received their 10th complaint on 10/28/2013.Information about 1285 Muscle (Muscle Pro) 1800-969-3081 was first submitted to Scambook on Aug 11, 2013. Since then the page has accumulated 15 consumer complaints.
  • On average users reported $143.99 of damages.
  • Address:
    • 3801 Northeast 15th Avenue
    • Fort Lauderdale FL 33334
  • Website:http://www.1285musclepro.com
  • Phone:(800) 969-1509, (800) 969-3081, (800) 969-8314
  • Additional Employees: No known Employees
  • TrigX2 Complaint 270569 for $200.00
    Posted Aug 29th, 2013

    They don’t send you any type of correspondence when it comes to their product and will sneakily automatically subscribe you into their program. They also do not provide you an email or paper…

  • Trig x2 Complaint 282811 for $300.00
    Posted Oct 25th, 2013

    They tell you just pay for shipping to receive a free trial bottle and before you receive it they will charge you approx $100 for the next months supply!!!! NO WHERE on the page for the trial bottle…

…Any attorney out there that want to make some money…PLEASE contact me!

gert Gert Louw

Here is the original marketing article with STOLEN photos and FAKE MADE UP story (all utter lies – stay clear from these products):

SPECIAL REPORT: Lean Muscle in a Bottle? Get 6 Pack Abs in Just 1 Month With These 2 Muscle Supplements That Celebrities Use.

This report was created by Men’s Health to expose the truth behind a very weird

Staff reporter Bryan Stevens investigates a weird muscle solution that is quickly gaining popularity around the world. Read his shocking findings to building incredible muscle mass in less than 1 month.

(Men’s Health) – For the past few months our readers have been going crazy over two new free products that are helping men lose fat and get ripped in less than a month. Even celebrities like Daniel Craig and Gerard Butler have lost a ton of body fat and added an insane amount of muscle using these two products.

These products are clinically proven to flush out the toxins in your body, melt away body fat and pack on tons of muscle. It’s a deadly combo for getting insanely ripped. In this article, we’ll tell you exactly why these products work and why they warrant a special report.

We know that putting on muscle often feels like an impossible challenge. At Men’s Health, we’ve evaluated numerous fad muscle programs and it seems like everything is expensive and nothing really works. The reason why most programs fail is because they impose unrealistic restrictions on your daily life. Some tell you to eat tons of protein while others emphasize the importance of carbohydrates. In either case, you have to make drastic changes to your regular . In this special report, we take an in-depth look at a new and promising trend that we think is easy to use and yields real results.

The product we’re talking about is 1285 Muscle. You may have seen this supplement in the news or on TV as the completely safe and powerful “secret” used by celebrities and body builders around the world. Today, we are leaking their secret and teaching you how to get muscular celebrity bodies for free. In this special report, you’ll learn about these two promising new products, 1285 Muscle and Trig X2.

Gerard Butler uses muscle supplements like 1285 Muscle and Trig X2 to lose fat fast, while gaining extreme muscle.

1285 Muscle’s high anti-oxidant content and powerful strength gaining properties make it a muscle-building machine. If you’re feeling skeptical right now, you’re not alone. When we first learned about this fat-burning/muscle-building combo our fad radar went off right away.

Despite our doubts about 1285 Muscle, the countless success stories reported worldwide made us take a second look at this trend. What particularly interested us was the fact that these people saw results without having to significantly change their lifestyles or eating habits. Combine 1285 Muscle with Trig X2 and you’ve created an automatic muscle building machine.

Jack Evans from London reported that he lost fat and gained 14 lbs of muscle in just 5 weeks using only the 1285 Muscle and combo muscle .

On his blog he wrote,

“I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I didn’t have to change my or my daily routine at all. I just took two pills a day and the fat melted off like butter and I literally got shredded. I now have muscles that I didn’t even know existed. I even have a 6-pack now, which is the best part. The girls love it”

At Men’s Health, we decided to try the 1285 Muscle and Trig X2 for ourselves. For the test, I wanted to be the guinea pig because I was training to be in a fitness competition and needed to slim down and gain many pounds of muscle. To try out the 1285 Muscle and Trig X2 I decided to get a free trial of 1285 Muscle. Although there are many muscle supplement offers available, I chose this site because they are one of the most credible and trustworthy suppliers on the market. While most 1285 Muscle products use lower concentrations of the strength gaining extract, this supplier has one of the concentrated and purest products on the market. Everyone at Men’s Health agreed that this product would give me the best results for my test.

1285 Muscle & Trig X2 have been featured in ESPN magazine highlighting olympic athletes performance and muscle gains.

The free trial bottle of 1285 Muscle was delivered in a few days from ordering and with surprisingly inexpensive shipping. 1285 Muscle is one of the most concentrated and purest muscle building on the market. It was our shared opinion that this would give me the most accurate results for my test.

1285 Muscle has been clinically proven to:

(This is the first step in the . This one is the hemo-dilator that builds lean muscle. It’s completely legal, safe, and has none of the bad steroid-like side effects.)

  • Enhance athletic performance and strength
  • Pump more blood into muscles by expanding veins and capillaries
  • Deliver nutrients to muscles at a faster rate, which quickly builds lean, solid mass
  • Give muscles more definition and size
  • Have positive sexual side effects (I’m not even kidding. my favorite muscle seems bigger too. Probably from the expanded blood vessels)

Although we were pretty skeptical, we wanted to find out for ourselves if the supplements could do everything it claimed. Most of the success stories we heard about combined 1285 Muscle with an additional amino acid supplement to achieve maximum muscle goals. The idea is that the Trig X2 will help you lose most of the weight and gain energy while the amino acid supplement will take off the hard to lose fat and allow your body to burn calories more efficiently. After further research, we chose to test Trig X2 as our secondary supplement.

Trig X2 has been clinically proven to:

(This is the fat burner and detoxifier. Now this is the key! Taking 1285 Muscle in the morning and Trig X2 later on really sped up my shred.)

  • Increase the of calories burned
  • free radical damage to muscles
  • Have higher antioxidant levels than pomegranates and blueberries
  • Increase energy and fight fatigue
  • Burn calories even at rest
  • Get rid of bloated “puffy” look
  • Boost metabolism
  • Clean out/detox colon which leads to serious weight loss and increase energy
  • Help give muscles shape and definition

Both 1285 Muscle and Trig X2 arrived within 4 days of having placed my order online for the free trials and were inexpensive to ship.
To test out the product, I took one 1285 Muscle pill every morning and one Trig X2 pill every evening for 4 weeks.

  1. Take one 1285 Muscle pill per day (in the morning)
  2. Take one Trig X2 pill per day (in the evening)
These Were My Results – 15 lbs of Muscle In Just 1 MonthWeek One:After 1 week on the new routine, I was surprised by how fast and dramatic the effects were. My energy level was up and I wasn’t as hungry as I usually was. This is a welcomed side effect of 1285 Muscle and its power to curb appetite. I honestly felt fantastic and best of all, I didn’t have to change anything about my daily routine.On Day 7, I got on the scale (this new digital scale that measures fat and muscle composition) and couldn’t believe my eyes–I had gained 2.5 lbs in muscle mass. But still I wasn’t completely convinced. They say that in the beginning of some muscle programs, you lose a lot of water weight and gain a lot of muscle. I wanted to see if I would still gain this much muscle in the upcoming weeks. But it sure was looking up! I now weighed under 155 pounds for the first time in years!Week Two:After 2 weeks of using both supplements I had more energy and was sleeping more soundly than ever. I wasn’t waking up in the middle of the night or tossing and turning because my body was able to relax (a result of the supplements’ detoxifying properties, I think). I also managed to lose another 7 pounds of fat, putting me at an unbelievable 150 lbs in just 2 weeks. I could also feel a 6-pack coming through, which my girlfriend loved. Hell yeah!At this point I started to put more faith in these muscle products as more than just a gimmick.Week Three:After 3 weeks, all my doubtsandskepticisms had vanished! I had gained 12.5 lbs of pure muscle and had lost 8 pounds of fat. All the fat on the sides of my stomachwerecompletely gone. My stomach was so defined I finally had a 6-pack! These products are just amazing. I lost a ton of fat and the muscle gains are UNREAL.I still had a lot of energy as well. Usually around the third week of other diets you tend to run out of steam. But with 1285 Muscle and Trig X2 my energy levels didn’t dip. Instead, they remained steady throughout the day! I even noticed that my stomach was digesting food better, no bloating or embarrassing gas after I ate.Week Four:After the fourth week, I was completely shocked by my final results. I gained an unbelievable 16 lbs of muscle mass since starting the 1285 Muscle and Trig X2 routine! Everyone at Men’s Health wants to try the diet now. In week 4 I lost 7 more lbs of fat on top of the 16 lbs of muscle I had gained. I was ready and confident for the fitness competition. I am definitely going to continue taking 1285 Muscle because it produces consistent, amazing results and has so many other muscle building compounds which help with muscle memory and maintaining mass.


I couldn’t be any happier with the results.
I gained 16 lbs of muscle in 4 weeks . No Special , No Intense Exercise.

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I gained 16 lbs of muscle in 4 weeks. No Special Diet, No Intense Exercise.

In conclusion, if you want to lose fat and gain muscle mass but are doubtful about the effects of this routine, you need to try it for yourself. From my own experiment for Men’s Health, we can tell you that the results are real. We at Men’s Health had our own doubts initially, but we were quickly turned into believers. After conducting our own studies, we are also pleased to see that people are really finding success with this .
You can reach your goals with the 1285 Muscle and Trig X2 combo diet,

Bryan Stevens
Step 1

Click Here To Get A Free Trial Of 1285 Muscle
Use promo code ‘RIPPED’ to get $2.99 shipping!


Step 2

Click Here To Get A Free Trial Of Trig X2
Use promo code ‘MUSCLE’ to get $2.99 shipping!


http://www.dailynutritionmag.com/guide/

With my article in my blog exposing the Niwali scam products, http://gertlouw.com/2013/08/23/niwali-testo-boost-a-scam/,  I created enough heat that forced Niwali to discontinue it’s marketing/advertising of the TestoBoost product (the product is still available on their website but all internet marketing seems to have been stopped…however on 19Nov2013 one of my contacts informed me that a new marketing for the product has appeared on Facebook, albeit excluding me…wonder who they are abusing this time?)

Their management team even contacted me in October 2013 and asked me if we cannot come to some sort of arrangement so that I take down my article on my blog and that we can sort out the misunderstanding.

gert

So they mean, by stealing my pics, making up fake stories filled with lies (and let everyone believe I say it, thereby smearing my face and integrity internationally) and doing a major international marketing campaign, constitutes a “misunderstanding”….
Scary world we live in.

They even did a more ridiculous move and offer me $200 in cash and $200 worth free products to take down my article…all I could do was just laugh!

My blog article is hurting them because it is just below their main website in google rankings with search term: Niwali.

The hits on my blog, just for the Niwali article, is in excess of 300 people per day. This theoretically means that 300+ people per day will reconsider using the Niwali products and especially TestoBoost. That must make a HUGE dent in their profits!

Anyone searching for them on the web sees my exposing article/s and thus will think twice about ordering Niwali products. It might not scare of their old customers, but it is sure gonna let every new customer think twice.

Any attorney out there that want to make some money?
PLEASE contact me!

Gert Louw

Another interesting bit of info:

WWW.SCAMADVISOR.COM who provide detailed info on trustworthiness of websites rate Niwali.com a 0%! Yes, a zero percent!

See the following:

 Low Trust Rating. This Site May Not Be Safe to Use.
Site is United States based

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For the last week I’ve been doing something new.

I’ve read about this new “surprise” fitness study which discuss the benefits of taking a paracetamol tablet before intense workout/aerobic.
This allows the athlete to train longer,since the effect of paracetamol is to keep the body temperature lower for longer thus allowing the athlete a much more effective session.

So I decided to test this theory….I got nothing to loose because it is a very safe painkiller and at my age…well, there are MANY pains and aches to contend with during training.

I started taking my one tablet 40 minutes before training for the past week
and I believe it elevated my training to a new level. I now train with
significant higher intensity for longer and also feel less pain
throughout the training…next day muscle soreness is also significantly
less than normal.

My max weight has also drastically increased on all excercises (between 10% to 20%)…but I believe it to be an outflow of the above positive factors.

Regarding the safety of it…well paracetamol is just about the safest of all painkiller tablets and is very easy on both kidneys and liver. I think the importance is not to take more than one tablet and to take it only on training days.

Try it and let me know if u agree with me.

Since I’ve started training (for the past 8 years) I believe it to be the single thing that made the most difference for me in my training…but maybe it is just me?

Anyway…happy training!

Gert

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Shady products from a shady company – www.niwali.com and Amino Prime

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The truth needs to be told…be aware of any Niwali products, let me give you insight:

They illegally used my transformation pic with a fake story to promote their product: niWali Testo Boost and Amino Prime.

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So first of all the Niwali TestoBoost product definately does NOT work because they had to lie to get testimonials and secondly, any Niwali products is now highly questionable and as such I will be very wary of ALL their products.

This was the link to the original web add (When I checked on 7th nov 2013 they’ve taken it down due to fact that I created too much heat for them): modern-man-mag.com/musclestack3.html

The transformation pic right at the bottom is me and the whole story is a fake…I’ve never use their products.

Plus they state that I did above transformation in 4 weeks! The truth is I did it in 4 years with hardcore training before they’ve even developed their product!

If you want to know how I did my transformation WITHOUT Niwali (!) then here is the link:

http://gertlouw.com/my-transformation-program/

What these people further do, is they use the same products and brand it under different names and labels to keep the ball rolling when one product has been tainted by bad press and caught out.

They are reeling in MILLIONS of dollars from unsuspecting clients with a product that does not work and by stealing “proof” photos and make up fake stories…

Please people be very wary of products before you buy them…don’t look at pics but speak to someone u know had success…only then will you get the truth!

I’ve seen that these guys starting to use the exact same marketing material now to promote new testosterone and Growth hormone boosters. It is safe to assume that all info and picture/stories in these new adds is also all fake. The adverts layout and wording and pictures is exactly the same. They steal left, right and centre photos from guys (and girls) over the internet and use it to blatantly promote their products.

If you really HAVE to try a testosterone booster, ONLY try one from a well know, long established fitness supplements brand. NEVER try one from a new or unknown company.
In any case the real effects of these testosterone boosters is so small that it is close to unnoticable. It is a LOT of money for very little real world effects.

ALL of the advertising marketing hype is lies…ALL of it. The sooner you realize that the better for your pocket.
Stay clear from the testosterone and hgh boosters and stick to the basics supplements, ZMA, CREATINE, WHEY, GLUTAMINE and BCAA’s- u don’t want to hear it, but these supps with a clean diet (6 – 7 small meals a day) and a solid training regime which allows enough rest is THE BEST solution for the quickest results without steroids…and by quick I mean 6 months plus and for older guys 2 years plus…yes, that is how long it takes for a real transformation.

If your really WANT to transform in a short time, well…then you will have to consider anabolic steroids…because the truth is NOTHING but steroids will get you there in 3 months. And the real laughing matter is, the marketing hype surrounding the testosterone booster products claims a total transformation in 4 weeks…really utter lies!

For those that really consider the anabolic steroid option, please first read the article http://gertlouw.com/2013/01/31/to-steroid-or-not/   “Too Steroid or NOT”, I’ve posted in my blog.

UPDATE 0n 11 November 2013:

The wheel seems to be turning…
With my article in my blog exposing the Niwali scam products I created enough heat that forced Niwali to discontinue it’s marketing/advertising of the TestoBoost product (the product is still available on their website but it seems most internet marketing has been stopped).
Their management team even contacted me and asked me if we cannot come to some sort of arrangement so that I take down my article on my blog and that we can sort out the misunderstanding.

EISH!!! So they mean, by stealing my pics, making up fake stories filled with lies (and let everyone believe I say it) and doing a major international marketing campaign with that constitutes a “misunderstanding”….
Scary world we live in.

My blog article is hurting them because it is just below their main website in google rankings.

ScamAdvisor.com who rates internet websites for their trustworthiness gave www.niwali.com a ZERO PERCENT rating! Read the comments on www.scamadvisor.com regarding Niwali, it is shocking. You WILL lose money if you give your credit card details to them. You cannot say you have not been warned: shady site, shady products, scamming people’s money, stealing people s photos with fake stories to promote fake products, zero percent trustworthiness rating, the list goes on and on…

Any attorney out there that want to make some money?
Please contact me!

Gert Louw

Here is the original niWali article

(with STOLEN photos, FAKE stories and just PURE LIES!):

SPECIAL REPORT: Lean Muscle in a Bottle? Get 6 Pack Abs in Just 1 Month With These 2 Muscle Supplements That Celebrities Use.

This report was created by Men’s Health to expose the truth behind a very weird diet

Staff reporter Bryan Stevens investigates a weird muscle solution that is quickly gaining popularity around the world. Read his shocking findings to building incredible muscle mass in less than 1 month.

(Men’s Health) – For the past few months our readers have been going crazy over two new free products that are helping men lose fat and get ripped in less than a month. Even celebrities like Daniel Craig and Gerard Butler have lost a ton of body fat and added an insane amount of muscle using these two products.

These products are clinically proven to flush out the toxins in your body, melt away body fat and pack on tons of muscle. It’s a deadly combo for getting insanely ripped. In this article, we’ll tell you exactly why these products work and why they warrant a special report.

We know that putting on muscle often feels like an impossible challenge. At Men’s Health, we’ve evaluated numerous fad muscle programs and it seems like everything is expensive and nothing really works. The reason why most programs fail is because they impose unrealistic restrictions on your daily life. Some tell you to eat tons of protein while others emphasize the importance of carbohydrates. In either case, you have to make drastic changes to your regular diet. In this special report, we take an in-depth look at a new and promising trend that we think is easy to use and yields real results.

The product we’re talking about is Hyper Fuel 9 X. You may have seen this supplement in the news or on TV as the completely safe and powerful “secret” used by celebrities and body builders around the world. Today, we are leaking their secret and teaching you how to get muscular celebrity bodies for free. In this special report, you’ll learn about these two promising new products, niWali Testo Boost and Amino Prime.

Gerard Butler uses muscle supplements like niWali Testo Boost and Amino Prime to lose fat fast, while gaining extreme muscle.

niWali Testo Boost’s high anti-oxidant content and powerful strength gaining properties make it a muscle-building machine. If you’re feeling skeptical right now, you’re not alone. When we first learned about this fat-burning/muscle-building combo our fad radar went off right away.

Despite our doubts about niWali Testo Boost, the countless success stories reported worldwide made us take a second look at this trend. What particularly interested us was the fact that these people saw results without having to significantly change their lifestyles or eating habits. Combine niWali Testo Boost with Amino Prime and you’ve created an automatic muscle building machine.

Jack Evans from London reported that he lost fat and gained 14 lbs of muscle in just 5 weeks using only the niWali Testo Boost and combo muscle diet.

On his blog he wrote,

“I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I didn’t have to change my diet or my daily routine at all. I just took two pills a day and the fat melted off like butter and I literally got shredded. I now have muscles that I didn’t even know existed. I even have a 6-pack now, which is the best part. The girls love it”

At Men’s Health, we decided to try the niWali Testo Boost and Amino Prime diet for ourselves. For the test, I wanted to be the guinea pig because I was training to be in a fitness competition and needed to slim down and gain many pounds of muscle. To try out the niWali Testo Boost and NO2 Maximus I decided to get a free trial of niWali Testo Boost. Although there are many muscle supplement offers available, I chose this site because they are one of the most credible and trustworthy suppliers on the market. While most niWali Testo Boost products use lower concentrations of the strength gaining extract, this supplier has one of the concentrated and purest products on the market. Everyone at Men’s Health agreed that this product would give me the best results for my test.

niWali Testo Boost & Amino Prime have been featured in ESPN magazine highlighting olympic athletes performance and muscle gains.

The free trial bottle of niWali Testo Boost was delivered in a few days from ordering and with surprisingly inexpensive shipping. Hyper Fuel 9 X is one of the most concentrated and purest muscle building products on the market. It was our shared opinion that this would give me the most accurate results for my test.

niWali Testo Boost has been clinically proven to:

(This is the first step in the process. This one is the hemo-dilator that builds lean muscle. It’s completely legal, safe, and has none of the bad steroid-like side effects.)

  • Enhance athletic performance and strength
  • Pump more blood into muscles by expanding veins and capillaries
  • Deliver nutrients to muscles at a faster rate, which quickly builds lean, solid mass
  • Give muscles more definition and size
  • Have positive sexual side effects (I’m not even kidding. my favorite muscle seems bigger too. Probably from the expanded blood vessels)

Although we were pretty skeptical, we wanted to find out for ourselves if the supplements could do everything it claimed. Most of the success stories we heard about combined niWali Testo Boost with an additional amino acid supplement to achieve maximum muscle goals. The idea is that the Amino Prime will help you lose most of the weight and gain energy while the amino acid supplement will take off the hard to lose fat and allow your body to burn calories more efficiently. After further research, we chose to test Amino Prime as our secondary supplement.

Amino Prime has been clinically proven to:

(This is the anabolic performance enzyme. Now this is the key! Taking niWali Testo Boost in the morning and Amino Prime later on really sped up my shred.)

  • Uptake 10x more protein
  • Fights free radical damage to muscles
  • Eliminate stomach fat
  • Increase sexual performance
  • Burn calories even at rest
  • Get rid of bloated “puffy” look
  • Boost nitric oxide levels
  • Accellerate Muscle Revovery
  • Help give muscles shape and definition

Both niWali Testo Boost and Amino Prime arrived within 4 days of having placed my order online for the free trials and were inexpensive to ship.
To test out the product, I took one niWali Testo Boost pill every morning and one Amino Prime pill every evening for 4 weeks.

  1. Take one niWali Testo Boost pill per day (in the morning)
  2. Take one Amino Prime pill per day (in the evening)
These Were My Results – 15 lbs of Muscle In Just 1 MonthWeek One:After 1 week on the new routine, I was surprised by how fast and dramatic the effects were. My energy level was up and I wasn’t as hungry as I usually was. This is a welcomed side effect of niWali Testo Boost and its power to curb appetite. I honestly felt fantastic and best of all, I didn’t have to change anything about my daily routine.On Day 7, I got on the scale (this new digital scale that measures fat and muscle composition) and couldn’t believe my eyes–I had gained 2.5 lbs in muscle mass. But still I wasn’t completely convinced. They say that in the beginning of some muscle programs, you lose a lot of water weight and gain a lot of muscle. I wanted to see if I would still gain this much muscle in the upcoming weeks. But it sure was looking up! I now weighed under 155 pounds for the first time in years!Week Two:After 2 weeks of using both supplements I had more energy and was sleeping more soundly than ever. I wasn’t waking up in the middle of the night or tossing and turning because my body was able to relax (a result of the supplements’ detoxifying properties, I think). I also managed to lose another 7 pounds of fat, putting me at an unbelievable 150 lbs in just 2 weeks. I could also feel a 6-pack coming through, which my girlfriend loved. Hell yeah!At this point I started to put more faith in these muscle products as more than just a gimmick.Week Three:After 3 weeks, all my doubts and skepticisms had vanished! I had gained 12.5 lbs of pure muscle and had lost 8 pounds of fat. All the fat on the sides of my stomach were completely gone. My stomach was so defined I finally had a 6-pack! These products are just amazing. I lost a ton of fat and the muscle gains are UNREAL.I still had a lot of energy as well. Usually around the third week of other diets you tend to run out of steam. But with niWali Testo Boost and Amino Prime my energy levels didn’t dip. Instead, they remained steady throughout the day! I even noticed that my stomach was digesting food better, no bloating or embarrassing gas after I ate.Week Four:After the fourth week, I was completely shocked by my final results. I gained an unbelievable 16 lbs of muscle mass since starting the niWali Testo Boost and Amino Prime routine! Everyone at Men’s Health wants to try the diet now. In week 4 I lost 7 more lbs of fat on top of the 16 lbs of muscle I had gained. I was ready and confident for the fitness competition. I am definitely going to continue taking Hyper Fuel 9 X because it produces consistent, amazing results and has so many other muscle building compounds which help with muscle memory and maintaining mass.

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I couldn’t be any happier with the results.
I gained 16 lbs of muscle in 4 weeks . No Special Diet, No Intense Exercise.

I gained 16 lbs of muscle in 4 weeks. No Special Diet, No Intense Exercise.

In conclusion, if you want to lose fat and gain muscle mass but are doubtful about the effects of this routine, you need to try it for yourself. From my own experiment for Men’s Health, we can tell you that the results are real. We at Men’s Health had our own doubts initially, but we were quickly turned into believers. After conducting our own studies, we are also pleased to see that people are really finding success with this diet.
You can reach your weight loss goals with the niWali Testo Boost and Amino Prime combo diet,

Bryan Stevens
Gert Louw

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To Steroid or Not…

We are at a time where all anabolic steroids are banned substances to the degree that in many cases it is even considered worse than street drugs like cocaine and the likes.

Considering that anabolic steroids are in its pure form normal testosterone which already is flowing in our veins and which define us as men, it somehow raises an eyebrow about what is going on here?

Don’t get me wrong, I believe the successful road for making lasting lifestyle changes lies not in anabolic steroids neither in diet drugs. It lies in changing your lifestyle in such a way that your body performs optimal to grow muscle (or lose fat) without applying such substances.

I make a claim: 99% of all competing bodybuilders take anabolic steroids. In fact most of all the seriously competing athletes (of all sports) take anabolic steroids or banned substances. Take a peep into some fitness forums or just read some “unoffical” reports of the olympic games or talk to those in the mix.

It is not a matter of wrong to use it, but rather a wrong when you get caught out.

Plus it is VERY easy for these athletes to use it and not get caught out. I’ll explain later.

So the controlling mechanism to stop the steroid abuse is failing miserably. This makes the testing and catching out of guilty parties a farce. I honestly feel sorry for people who get caught out with testing and now must face the brunt of the world while just about all the other athletes are just continue juggling their use of anabolic steroids.

Yes, no other athlete should have an unjust advantage over the other, but the fact is the system is failing miserably.

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But, what make it “wrong”, and is it really “wrong”?

There are many sides to the story and I am not gonna settle the bill with just this one article…but to fitness enthusiasts I would like to shed some light on certain aspects of anabolic steroids.

I make another statement: You are doing much more harm to your body by taking a diet pill than by taking an anabolic steroid in its purest form (testosterone). Overdosing on diet pills (even over the counter medication) might even kill you where no person has ever died from a SINGLE dose of steroid overdosing or abuse.

The reason why non-athletes use a diet pill is because they want to look better…exactly the same reason why non-athletes use anabolic steroids. The testosterone in its pure form is a natural substance for the body, the diet pill is not!

But the anabolic steroid is considered illegal and by using this natural product you can end you up in jail.

There are reasons why we are in this situation. So many teenagers and people started using steroids that it led to lawmakers trying to apply methods to control it. But in the effort to control it, it was made illegal.

Double standards are being applied and it is not solving the problem .

If you’re a fitness enthusiast it is important that you are aware of exactly what an anabolic steroid is.

Let’s look at some key anabolic steroids and facts surrounding them:

There are two groups: 17-Alpha steroids and the non-17-Alpha steroids.

The 17-alpha steroid is what creates the stir in the media. They are potentially harmful and since they are the cheapest and often in pill form, they get abused by youngsters without knowing the harm it can cause.

The main problem of the alpha 17 steroid is that it is hepatoxic. (The liver cannot easily break the steroid down before it is released in to the blood stream.) The liver has to work harder to break down these steroids.

Examples: winstrol, anavar/oxandrolone, dianabol, halotestin.

The non-17-alpha steroids has much less side effects with some having nearly no side effects at all (primobolan). This often get’s overlooked in discussion about steroids. When the media refer to steroids, they nearly always refer to the alpha 17 steroids. But they are uneducated in the matter.

Examples of non alpha 17 steroids: testosterone propionate, testosterone enanthate, equipoise, primobolan, masteron.

With abusing even non-alpha-17 steroids there will be side effects as with any other medication getting abused. But by using low recommended dosages it is generally very safe.

Teenage abuse

A danger that teenagers are unaware off, is that any anabolic steroid will disrupt your HPTA function which means zero fertility and shrinking testicals (depending on the steroid used of course) while on the steroid cycle.

With some anabolic steroids there is almost no effect on the HPTA axis (Primobolan & anavar) but with just about all the others (in both groups) this is a normal effect of the steroid because the body realizes it does not have to produce its own testosterone anymore. (remember the testes…are the testosterone factories.)

It is not such a big problem as it sound since when discontinuing the steroid the HPTA axis will normalize by itself and the testical size will get back to its original size. However what youngsters don’t realize is that if they are continuing too long on the steroid and don’t give the HPTA axis regular intervals to recover (3 months on, 3 months off), they can permanently damage their sperm production and become infertile. This is a real threat and young guys must truly be aware of this – it is not something to be trifled with.

Anabolic Steroid users should strongly consider to follow a post cycle treatment program to help normalize the testosterone production of the testes. This typically involves Nolvadex or Clomid (to stop the estrogen backlash until the testosterone levels has been normalized again – take about 3-4 weeks) and in severe cases HCG injections to stimulate the testes to produce testosterone again (but be carefull since overdoing the HCG can cause the “bitch tits” problem).

I spoke to my medical doctor (a fitness enthusiast himself) and he mentioned that one of his patients, a teenage rugby player, told him that he was the only person in his team who is not using steroids.

So there is real reason the be concerned…

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Another problem that youngsters don’t realize, is that testosterone help stop bone growth (a natural function of testosterone), meaning, it stop you from growing taller. So if you take it before the age of 25 you are speeding up your process of halting your growth. Growth continues to occur at a slow pace until the age of 25. The ONLY steroid that does not halt bone growth in youngsters “seems” to be anavar (which at high dosages or long cycles can damage your liver but with shorter cycles generally safe).

Let’s quickly delve into some of the other possible side effects of anabolic steroids that is often listed in the media:

  1. Liver damage (quite possible with extended use of alpha 17 steroids, very unlikely with moderate use of non alpha 17 steroids).
  2. Loosing hair – become bald. (unfortunately the more testosterone you have in your system the quicker you will loose your hair…that is the fact and this does NOT mean ALL bald guys is steroid users! They are just very virile!)
  3. Acne (Can be a problem with high dosages of anabolic steroids in both groups – very dependant on the specific steroid used).
  4. High blood pressure. (Only a problem when higher dosages are used – but some steroids are more prone to raise blood pressure than others. Primobolan and Anavar, for example has nearly no effect.)
  5. Shrinking testical size (That can happen but will be restored as soon as anabolic steroid is discontinued)
  6. Bitch Tits” (Some men is prone to fat around the nipples and that will make them more susceptible to get this condition on anabolics. It is normally a result of stopping a steroid cycle abruptly and not tapering off the usage which result in the “bitch tits” or when the backlash estrogen gets too high during a anabolic cycle.)
  7. Steroid rage. (If you were a bastard before steroid use you will just be a bigger one on it. If you were a nice guy before, you will still be a nice guy on it…this is just a myth.)
  8. Hardened Arteries. There is no denying that steroid abuse will result in a degree of hardening of the arteries. Many research studies have proven this. But the practicality of this is that, a bodybuilder/fitness enthusiast with moderate anabolic steroids use (and not more than 2 short cycles per year) is by his fitness and lifestyle choices MUCH healthier (with less damage to the body) than a person who smoke, uses alcohol and is overweight, all of which none (overweight/smoking/drinking alcohol) is prohibited by law. It really is a completely double standard system and law makers try to use the anabolic steroids harmful effects as the reason for the laws, but conveniently give no attention to MUCH more harmful abuses and lifestyles and that results in the huge problematic anabolic steroid black market usage.

What effect does an anabolic steroid have?

An anabolic steroid is NOT a wonder pill as many are thinking. If you take it you will add a few kilogram (3-5kg) of muscle, but that muscle will still be covered in fat and will still be loose and not well-formed. To get a body worth looking at NOTHING helps but hard work training and diet!

Another class steroids (like Trenbolone, Primobolan, Winstrol, Anavar) can help shredding fat while keeping muscle. But the same hold here. If you do not eat correctly and train hard during the process there will be little changes. Training and eating right is, and ALWAYS will be, the key, not anabolic steroids. Steroids helps and can do wonders but not in the absence of focussed training and dieting.

The route that should have been taken to control steroids:

By making steroids illegal a whole underground black market has been established. For many decent people who enters this territory it means breaking the law to use it or even just have it in your possession. Breaking the law once, makes it so much easier to do it again for something else. It creates an environment not conducive to create a law-abiding society.

A MUCH better solution (with much less double standards) would have been to put the various steroids according to their danger levels in different classes of medication with the least dangerous class being available over the counter but controlled dispersion (meaning monitoring the amounts and durations dispensed on a national database per person to prevent abuse.)

In its purest form it is less harmful than diet pills and over the counter medication…it should be treated that way.

Why can athletes use it and get tested negative?

Any anabolic steroid in oil suspension (which need to be injected) is still detectable in your system for up to 8 months, sometimes even longer. Athletes use the pill form of steroids which in most cases is undetectable within a week. Even some injectables steroid that is suspended in water instead of oil quickly leaves the body without traces.

DO I APPROVE OF STEROID USE?
I believe nothing must replace the act of living healthy with a structured training regime and focussed diet plan. I am against the abuse of anabolics and can only see a place for anabolics where natural test levels are low and/or a person wants to shed serious fat. I can only support very light and safe cycles within the constraints of above.
My personal story is a long one and not the average one about anabolics.
After I was attacked at 40, my prognosis was not good (few years to live), the doctors had me for a few years for a few months per year on Somatropin (growth hormone). This was done in an effort to help stimulate healing and growth of my badly damaged internal organs (especially kidneys and liver) and also combatting side effects from medication.
I had a big battle with the doctor and believe anabolics would be the better option, so I did a serious personal research project on anabolics and growth hormone to try to disprove the doctor. He won the battle, but I gained a very good skill set on all things anabolics and growth hormone.
Since age 50 my doctor put me on TRT therapy (Nebido , 1 a month inejection. dose equals to 200mg test per week) when my test levels dropped to the min levels. Anabolics steroids in general is pretty much a no-go zone for me due to my kidneys functioning only at 50% since age 40 and also serious problems with my liver.
Be under no misconception – when your natural testosterone levels falls below minimum values it poses a serious health risk (various scientific studies have confirm this): heart problems, serious depression, no energy, restless, fatigue, impotence and no interest in sex amongst other. It is CRUCIAL that a male (especially older individuals) must regularly ensure that their testosterone levels are checked and healthy. When one substitute low testosterone levels with external testosterone in natural form and do not exceed maximum allowed testosterone levels then virtually no side effects are experiencing because the body sees it as and treat it as normal. However if you start it will be a lifelong treatment. It should be rather closer to the upper values and not close to the minimum values. Due to the political incorrectness of even mentioning testosterone to a medical doctors some of them have a totally skewed view about administering TRT…I would rather not say how I feel about doctors like that! Find yourself one you can work with…traditionally doctors specialising in treating athletes, fitness/sports injuries are more open to start TRT treatment when needed.

Regarding gaining serious size with anabolics.

To gain serious size, one must also do serious anabolic cycles. The mild use of anabolics will never bring serious size but will keep slowly adding quality muscle. Mild use can even promote health but serious use can, and will have a negative impact on short and long-term health. I am not supporting the use of any type of heavy cycle simply due to health risk. The only cycles I support and will be ready to coach people on are very mild and very safe cycles. It will not have dramatic effects but will still have positive effects nonetheless.
But anabolics will be meaningless if you are not dedicated with your diet and training. Diet and training is the core aspect for any great body.
A healthy body WILL respond greatly to correct diet and training without the use of anabolics – ALWAYS remember that!
Now if you HAVE to do an anabolic steroid cycle then at the very least choose from the safer options, meaning non alpha 17 steroids and only certain one’s in this group.
It is never perfectly safe but 1 short cycle like the one below should do minimal damage…but ALWAYS under a doctors supervision so that at the very least he can monitor you liver, cholesterol, kidneys and bloodpressure/heart rate.

A Typical safe cycle

If u want to venture the anabolic route no matter what, NEVER do it without a doctor monitoring the following:

  • fasting cholesterol,
  • liver (ALT & AST),
  • kidney and
  • blood pressure values.

The blood work must be done BEFORE you start, after 6 weeks and at end of cycle.

Blood pressure and resting heart should be monitored every evening.

Sports Doctors are much more open to the idea of anabolics due to the type of clients they treat. Make contact with one of them and ONLY do your cycle under their supervision. And LISTEN to what they say. They have a great deal of experience in this field.

The following cycle of anabolics is considered one of the safest and can be done for a cutting or building phase.

For 12 weeks:

Every day:

  • 40 mg Proviron in morning and 40 mg Proviron in evening (tablets). This results in more free testosterone available in your system and also provide a more lean and hard look to the muscles. (NEVER exceed 160 mg per day)

Every 2nd day (all injectables – make sure u follow injection protocols to the letter!):

  • 50mg Testosterone Propionate in cutting phase – every 2nd day. NEVER exceed 200mg per week. Do NOT use the enanthate variant. It stays too long active in the body (14 days) in case of complications (fast heart rate, high blood pressure, water retention).
  • 100mg Trenbelone acetate – every 2nd day. But, be forewarn, many guys have an adverse affect from Trenbelone which can easily result in lung infection and bronchitus. A much safer choice is Deca Durabolin at 350mg per week. (Can be exchanged with Primobolan Depot, Equipose (100mg every 2nd day) at same quantities).
  • ADD 100mg Masteron Propionate from week 7 to week 12 – every 2nd day. This provide a hardening effect to the muscles but must only be used when bodyfat levels is below 10%. Masteron is known to raise cholesterol levels drastically! Can only be used for short duration and never if you already have raised cholesterol levels.

Testosterone Propionate is used because it is only bio-available for 4 days in body, so If there are any complications (water rentention, fast heart rate, blood pressure) then it can be brought quickly under control by lowering dosage or stop taking it altogether.

Deca-Durabolin/Masteron/Primobolan Depot/Equipose/Trenbelone Acetate is considered “safe” anabolics at low dosages and can help protect muscle in a low calorie environment.

None of these anabolics are known for liver toxicity or placing pressure on kidneys, but it is always advised that 4L to 6L water must be consumed per day while on cycles. They are not known for high blood pressure problems either (except potentially Testosterone Propionate in higher dosages and maybe Trenbelone). But be aware – ALL anabolics will raise your bad cholesterol, some more than other. Although these are considered mild it will still have an effect. Therefor NEVER do a cycle unless you had your cholesterol checked and it is within normal parameters.

Be very careful with Testosterone (prop or any other variant). Increasing the dosage can result in severe increases in blood pressure, heart rate and water retention. Therefore always start with the minimum suggested dosage and monitor your body’s reaction carefully. Although testosterone is safe for the body, too much of it can have severe side effects, like with anything in life!

Post Cycle Treatment (PCT)

ALL anabolics will to various degrees shut down your own testosterone production. Especially Testosterone Propionate. Generally it is not a problem if you follow 3 simple rules:

  • Stick to recommended dosages.
  • Do not do your cycle for longer than 12 weeks.
  • Do a PCT program at the end of your cycle.

There are varying degrees of PCT protocols treatments that will depend on the quantities anabolics used in your cycle.

PCT for high quantities anabolics used:

  • Day 1-10: HCG at 500iu per day and Proviron at 100mg per day
  • Day 11-15: Nolvadex at 60mg per day
  • Day 16-20: Nolvadex at 40mg per day
  • Day 21-30: Nolvadex at 20mg per day
  • Clomid at 150mg per day.

PCT for low to medium quantities anabolics used:

  • Day 11-15: Nolvadex at 60mg per day
  • Day 16-20: Nolvadex at 40mg per day
  • Day 21-30: Nolvadex at 20mg per day

It is again emphasized that the above undertaking MUST be done only under a doctor’s supervision accompanied by all the necessary blood work. Choose a doctor that specialises in sport related injuries/treatments. They are much more open to the idea of anabolics and although they can never prescribe an anabolic they will be prepared to work with you and monitor your health while you are doing cycles.

Get yourself a home blood pressure monitor machine and measure your blood pressure and resting heart rate every evening. And if u still want kids or u are under 35…steroids is a no-no!

Happy training without steroids!

Gert Louw

Misinformation is skewing the truth. Controlled human studies should be performed in order to put to bed all the myths and fallacies that surround anabolic steroid use and in order to take away the stigma associated with the use. Anabolic steroids have their place within sports and other recreations. But just like any other drug, they should not be abused. Be safe.

Gert&Janu

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