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Guide to Prebiotics

In this day and age, many consumers are well aware of the health benefits that come along with a diet rich in fiber and probiotics. Prebiotic foods, however, are commonly lacking from the typical American diet. Probiotics are living microorganisms that benefit the digestive system of their host. Prebiotics contain non-living, indigestible fiber that passes…

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What are Probiotics, and Do You Need Them?

Probiotics are living microorganisms (bacteria and yeasts) that are beneficial to the digestive system when consumed through foods or supplements. The name is quite literal, as these organisms are “pro”, in that they support and promote “biotics”, a Latin-derived word for living things. The fundamental difference separating a probiotic from harmful bacteria is their symbiotic,…

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What is Glycine and What Does It Do?

Glycine is a proteinogenic amino acid, which means it is among the amino acids biosynthesized into proteins. It is the simplest (and smallest) amino acid. While glycine is biosynthesized from the amino acid serine, glycine is a popular supplement due to its many benefits affecting fatigue, skin health, mental health, and inflammation. What Does Glycine…

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What is GABA and What Does it Do For You?

GABA stands for gamma-aminobutyric acid. It is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that counters the excitatory compound glutamine. It regulates communication between the brain and nervous system to slow down signals, making them less electrically excitable. This produces calming affects, specifically calming nervous activity. What does GABA do for you? GABA plays a central role in your…

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What is Spaz-Out® and How Does it Help Muscle Cramps?

Spaz-Out® is a mineral electrolyte-packed supplement by Metabolic Maintenance specifically designed to help prevent muscle cramps after exercise. This product has been fine-tuned to provide optimal balance of minerals most at risk of deficiency after strenuous exercise, including Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Chromium, and Potassium. Low levels of these mineral electrolytes can often cause muscle cramping.…

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BAM® Balanced Amino Maintenance Improves Energy, Athletic Performance, & Cognitive Function — Without the Calories or Crash

Metabolic Maintenance offers a product called BAM® which stands for Balanced Amino Maintenance. BAM®, which is offered in a powder or capsule form, offers energy and workout performance benefits without the calories found in energy drinks or pre-workout drinks. BAM® Balanced Amino Maintenance includes a proprietary blend of free form amino acids that are easily…

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8 Benefits of Amino Acid Supplements

Amino acids are taking the health community by storm and it’s no wonder why. These building blocks are more than just brainless Lego bricks; they’re intuitive powerhouses that reorder, refold, and rebuild in ways even the brainiest humans can’t predict or replicate. Amino acids are literally the building blocks of life. There are 21 amino…

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When is the Best Time to Take Amino Acids?

While many athletes have different preferences for when to take amino acids, evidence from several studies suggests that the best time to take amino acids is directly before a workout. This timing seems to best trigger muscle synthesis, prevent muscle damage and stimulate recovery, as well as decreasing fatigue and suppressing symptoms of delayed onset…

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An Eye on Nutrition

Exposure to UVB light causes oxidative damage associated with macular degeneration. However, maintaining high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin reduces this damage and lowers the risk for vision loss, according to a study from the Institute of Food Science, Food Technology, and Nutrition in Madrid, Spain.

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Vitamins and Muscular Dystrophy

A form of the vitamin, niacin, could help treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common and severe form of the disease. Patients suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) are unable to produce dystrophin. This protein is responsible for connecting the various parts of muscle cells.

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