Compelling Evidence That Low Levels of Vitamin D Have a Causal Role In Development of High Blood Pressure

New international research published in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology has shown that low levels of Vitamin D is not only correlated with hypertension, but actually one of the causes.

An international study examining the relationship between vitamin D status – measured by 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) concentration – and high blood pressure (hypertension) using mendelian randomisation of more than 100,000 people has suggested that low vitamin D may be causally linked to hypertension. The causal role comes from genetic research providing ‘compelling evidence.’

We know that in the absence of vitamin D from sunlight, disease increases more than 1000 percent. (more…)

Curcumin effects on inflammation and performance recovery following eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage

Recent evidence suggests that various herbal extracts including tumeric (Curcuma Ionga rhizomes) have potent anti-inflammatory activity in a variety of inflammation models (1). The anti-inflammatory properties of tumeric have been attributed to its constituent curcumin. Evidence suggests that in some experimental conditions, curcumin can have similar anti-inflammatory activity as some of the common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like indomethacin, Vioxx, Celebrex, and ibuprofen, but without many of the side effects, such as gastrointestinal distress and cardiovascular complications
J. Mark Davis,1 E. Angela Murphy,1 Martin D. Carmichael,1 Mark R. Zielinski,1 Claire M. Groschwitz,1 Adrienne S. Brown,1 J. David Gangemi,3 Abdul Ghaffar,2 and Eugene P. Mayer2 (more…)

Curcumin isn’t anticatabolic at all – it’s anabolic

Curcumin is perhaps the most interesting supplement being written about by scientists right now. True, hardly any research has been done on humans, and the French research that will be published soon in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry is an animal study. But if this animal study confirms that curcumin really has anabolic qualities, we won’t be complaining. (more…)

Functional Hypertrophy- Fact vs. Fiction

A lot of people, including myself, used to think that higher rep training developed what is known as non functional hypertrophy. This is also referred to as sarcoplasmic hypertrophy. In simple terms the sarcoplasm has been described as a filler type gooey fluid inside the muscles that really doesn’t contract or produce force. Therefore it’s deemed non-functional because it kinda just sits there and looks pretty. In other words it’s good for bodybuilders, bad for athletes.

Myofibrillar hypertrophy is thought to be real muscle growth. The myofibrils have the ability to contract and produce force therefore your want to increase them in size while avoiding sarcomplasmic hypertrophy at all costs.

When you do this you end up with a big, strong, functional athlete.

Or so the thought process goes. (more…)