Athletes looking to get an edge may want to consider looking in an unlikely place: apples and ancient peat. In a recent study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, extracts from these sources increased ATP production and improved strength training.
Researchers gave 25 resistance-trained males either a placebo or 150/day of a proprietary blend of ancient peat and apple extract 45 minutes before exercise. For eight weeks, the group trained with the same exercises and then did two-week overreach and two-week taper periods. With the exception of a multivitamin and protein powder, supplements use was prohibited, and everyone followed a similar diet.
The researchers conclude, “The proprietary blend of ancient peat and apple extracts were capable of increasing lower body and total strength as well as lower body power output compared at an equal-volume, visually-identical placebo. Moreover, the supplement was able to prevent performance decrements commonly associated with increased training volume and overreaching.”
Whole Foods Magazine
There’s nothing ingenious about making a Popsicle—get a mold, pour flavored water into the mold, add a stick, freeze, and enjoy. A new company called Dream Pops, however, is aiming to up the ante on the classic icy treat by creating Popsicles made using superfoods and 3-D printing.
Dream Pops creates its desserts by using an Ultimaker to 3-D print silicone shapes that are then made into metal molds. Finally, the Popsicle puree (which is organic, gluten-free, mostly vegan and made with ingredients like coconut palm sugar, tapioca, agave, and baobab) is added, cooled with liquid nitrogen, and ready to serve. “This is not easy,” notes Cohen. “Nobody has done this before. You cannot cut corners. Every flavor, every ingredient matters.”
Vogue – Living
For nearly a century, bran as a food ingredient has been the sole purview of boring, high-fiber breakfast cereals like whole wheat bran flakes, all-bran, and oat bran. One company is challenging the food industry to rethink what bran can do for the human race.
Bran is the brown outer layer found on all cereal grains. It is the “whole” part of the whole grain. Until recently the food industry has focused on wheat bran and oat bran, and raisin bran is about as exciting as the formulations got.
The biggest reason rice bran has been wasted until now is that the lipase enzyme in rice bran causes the product to go rancid within 24 hours unless it is stabilized, and few companies have the technology to recover the highly nutritious ingredient, nor the tenacity to attempt to break open a new market for it. Rice bran is also 14–17 percent protein, which makes it a good plant-based protein source.
RiceBran Technologies has products that isolate this protein, making rice bran an alternative to soy and milk-based protein.
“Rice bran is probably the world’s most squandered plant protein source,” wrote Henk Hoogenkamp, a protein expert and board member for RiceBran Technologies, in an email.
The Epoch Times
As a heath-food trend, it’s easy to be confused by blue-green algae (BGA). Not only does it sound gross, but googling it produces news reports of local officials at war with the toxic pond scum it can create.
Yet, many swear by BGA’s energy-boosting properties. In health-food circles, BGA usually refers to spirulina, chlorella, or — the hippest algae — Aphanizomenon Flos-aquae (AFA). Still, some BGAs can be toxic, so nutritionists recommend proceeding with caution.
The strain that appears in E3Live was discovered in the 1970s by Victor Colman, who as legend has it, was looking for a way to feed NASA scientists. In the 1990s, it became a popular racehorse supplement after Tamera Campbell, now CEO of the E3Live company began selling it to trainers for their Kentucky Derby–bound thoroughbreds.
Now E3Live is sold in powder, capsule, or frozen form at health-food stores and on Amazon. According to Campbell, the company uses a mechanical filtration system and meets all standards set by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
“I would say that the majority of all people notice that they have more sustained energy, they feel better overall, they feel more mentally alert, they notice that their digestion and elimination improve,” Campbell said. “They notice an improvement in their hair, skin, and fingernails. And if you work out in a gym they notice their energy is sustained longer.”
The Cut – NY Mag
The Olympic diet varies greatly among athletes, but they usually prefer quality foods with high nutritive content. Most of the sportsmen and sportswomen are very careful with their diets. They usually eat very clean, and in small quantities.
A survey organized by the SB Nation and Eater showed that the Olympic diet includes vast proportions of kale, oatmeal, and Greek yogurt. No pizza and no pancakes during training.
Sports nutritionists say that all over the world, athletes pay attention to what they are eating. The change happened only recently, in the last two generations.
Athletes are not obsessed with calories. They make sure that their diet contains enough nutrients and quality foods.
What if the solution to lose weight fast and effectively required only one simple exotic ingredient? A Japanese diet secret, black soybean tea or kuromame tea has everything needed to help you lose those flabby arms and belly weight.
1. It can reduce fat.
Black soybean, popularly known as the “Crown Prince of Beans,” contains an antioxidant called anthocyanin which is found to have a rare property – it absorbs fat from the body.
2. It suppresses hunger – As a great source of fiber, the black soybean tea works as an appetite controller by making you feel fuller with less food.
3. It helps you to reduce your sugar intake – It can help control your sweet tooth and replace your daily sugar intake. It amazingly also acts as an agent to control blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
4. It boosts metabolism – The tea is high in isoflavones composite, which helps to increase the rate of metabolism. This boosted metabolism makes your body fat work as energy.
5. It can make you look younger – It contains compounds known as polyphenols that work as anti-aging agents to help keep you looking young and fresh.
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