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Tomatoes Are Good For Your Eyes...
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It's well known that tomatoes are good for you. In addition to tasting good, they're rich in lycopene, making them heart healthy, and high in antioxidants, making them a powerful ally in the fight against cancers of all kinds.

New research from England shows that tomatoes go one step further: they're good for your eyes.

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Tomatoes Are Good For Your Eyes...

By examining the effects of carotenoids from tomato on human retinal pigments, scientists discovered that the accumulation of thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances was reduced by a staggering 140%. Thiobarbituric acid can cause vision loss because it can damage the physical structure of your eyes. By reducing total thiobarbituric acid values, tomatoes can protect your eyes from damage.

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Lycopene is a proven antioxidant that reduces your risk of many health problems.
Author:
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Source:

  1. British Journal of Nutrition (2006), 96, 643-649.

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Bodybuilding: Good For Your Skin?
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There's no question that bodybuilding is the best and most efficient way of building muscle, burning fat and changing the appearance and structure of the human body. There's also no question that consistent exercise of appropriate intensity and duration is great for both body and mind. Now, researchers have discovered that consistent exercise is also good for your skin.

Scientists examined the effects of exercise on wound healing, and found that exercise not only increases the efficiency of wound healing, but also the speed of healing. This result isn't new, but what is new is the finding that exercise accomplished this effect by reducing total inflammation levels in wounds.

Inflammation is the arch enemy of every bodybuilder because it triggers the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals and initiates the inflammatory cascade, sending muscle-destroying cortisol levels skyrocketing. It's just a fact that you can't build muscle when you're inflamed.

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Cortisol is termed catabolic as it has the opposite effect to testosterone, insulin and growth hormone in that it breaks down tissue.
Author:
David Robson

Now, there's evidence that moderate exercise can blunt inflammation and its effects. So, next time you're suffering from DOMS, don't skip the gym - instead, do moderate exercise to help stimulate natural anti-inflammatory action - it might be just what you need to get back to 100% faster than ever.

What IS DOMS?
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness is the pain or discomfort often felt 24 to 72 hours after exercising and subsides generally within 2 to 3 days. Once thought to be caused by lactic acid buildup, a more recent theory is that it is caused by tiny tears in the muscle fibers caused by eccentric contraction, or unaccustomed training levels. Since lactic acid disperses fairly rapidly, it could not explain pain experienced days after exercise, and some concentric-only exercises produce lactic acid, but rarely produce DOMS.

Although the precise cause is still unknown, the type of muscle contraction seems to be a key factor in the development of DOMS. Exercises that involve many eccentric contractions, such as downhill running, will result in the most severe DOMS. This has been shown to be the result of more muscle cell damage than is seen with typical concentric contractions, in which a muscle successfully shortens during contraction against a load.

Some research claims that DOMS is not caused by the pain from damaged muscle cells, but from the reinforcement process. The muscle responds to training by reinforcing itself up to and above its previous strength by increasing the size of muscle fibers (muscle hypertrophy). This reinforcement process causes the cells to swell in their compartment and put pressure on nerves and arteries producing pain.

Source:

  1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2007, December 4). Exercise May Play Role In Reducing Inflammation In Damaged Skin.

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Myostatin Inhibitors: They Can Injure You...
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Wouldn't it be nice to grow lean muscle mass while sitting on the couch, watching football? Or wouldn't it be nice to workout once per week and gain 10, 20 or 30 lbs of muscle, all without steroids?

For years myostatin inhibitors have been the stuff of fantasy. With recent developments, they're now a reality and are being studied intensely by scientists, using mice as live models.

From animal studies, scientists have discovered that while Myostatin inhibiting drugs can indeed cause almost unlimited muscle growth, there's a cost: you're more likely to become injured because of their apparent effects on tendons.

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Preliminary research has shown that authentic Myostatin drugs can accelerate the hardening of tendons - and this reduces the overall flexibility and functional capacity of tendons, reducing their ability to absorb impact and reduce injuries.

For bodybuilders, the issue of myostatin is familiar as several dietary supplement companies marketed so-called "myostatin inhibitor" protein powder formulas in the past decade. None of them worked.

Now, there may be more reason to avoid myostatin inhibition, should these drugs ever become available to the bodybuilding community.

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Would Risk Of Injury Keep You From Using A Myostatin Inhibitor?

Yes.
No.
I Wouldn't Use A Myostatin Inhibitor At All.

Source:

  1. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jan. 8 (pp. 388-393, Issue 1, Volume 105).

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Being Fat Is Bad For You - Here's Why...
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Pretty much everyone knows that being fat is bad for you, but many people think that having a bit of extra fat around the waist is OK, so long as you regularly exercise and workout. Is this true? Scientists say no.

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan examined obese and non-obese rats and showed that the areas surrounding body fat are chronically inflamed - and this can lead to hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis.

While human research needs to be done to validate these results in humans, the study suggests that it doesn't matter if you're active or sedentary: being fat is bad for your health, so stay lean.

Source:

  1. University of Michigan Health System (2008, January 23). Missing Link Between Belly Fat And Heart Disease?

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