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AGK
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Creatine: Creatine is one of the "hottest" supplements among fitness enthusiasts. Part of the reason for its popularity is the growing evidence suggesting that taking creatine supplements may improve the ability to perform short-term, intense exercise. The effect of creatine on short-term, intense exercise is hardly surprising, given the relationship between creatine and skeletal muscle. All skeletal muscle tissue contains creatine, and dietary creatine is found in both meat and fish. In its phosphorylated form, creatine plays a key role in the formation of ATP (the body's energy source) and, during exercise; a portion of the muscle's creatine is depleted. Without sufficient amounts of creatine, which is manufactured in the liver and the kidneys and stored in the skeletal muscles, the cycle that creates this energy is unable to produce enough ATP to meet the demand of short bursts of high-intensity exercise. Creatine supplements have been shown to increase the total creatine content (creatine and creatine phosphate) of muscle on an average of 20 to 30 percent. Several studies suggest that ingestion of 20 to 25 grams of creatine monohydrate per day for five to six days improves muscular performance during activities that require short periods of high-intensity power and strength (weightlifting, sprinting). Sufficient evidence exists to state that, under certain conditions, creatine supplementation can enhance performance in these activities. If individuals can train at higher intensity levels, they may be able to add strength and power at accelerated rates over a period of time. Creatine can also lead to weight gain, but the mechanism responsible for the added weight has not been adequately investigated. Before individuals start buying and taking creatine supplements, however, they should consider the following: * Approximately 20 grams per day (four doses of 5 grams each, consumed over the course of the day) should increase muscle creatine levels within five to seven days. To encourage the storage of creatine in the muscles, 90 grams of carbohydrates should be consumed with each 5-gram dose. A more gradual technique would be to consume 3 grams of creatine a day for approximately one month. Two grams of creatine supplementation per day will maintain muscle creatine levels once these levels are full. The long-term effects of taking creatine have not been studied. The majority of studies have examined the short- term (30 days or less) effects. All of the studies conducted have involved adults only. Creatine's effects on children are unknown. Consuming large quantities of creatine (greater than 30 grams per month) may encourage fat to accumulate in the liver. Stomach cramping and diarrhea have been cited as adverse side effects of creatine supplementation. Creatine supplementation is not recommended for individuals involved in aerobic endurance activities, since any resultant increase in body-mass levels could impair performance. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the following statement regarding creatine use: "Much remains unknown about whether creatine is absolutely safe for long-term use at levels currently being recommended. Both current and potential users should consult their physicians to identify any potential health problems." Truth in advertising? Many nutritional supplements are marketed using deceptive, misleading or downright dishonest claims. Although many of their claims are unsubstantiated, such substances can be marketed without the FDA review of safety and effectiveness. Another problem with these "magic pills, powders and potions" is that the concentration of active ingredients can greatly differ from product to product due to the lack of regulatory control. Although some supplements may confer beneficial effects, most are associated with various adverse side-effects. Fitness enthusiasts and athletes should remain skeptical when considering nutritional supplement use. As the old saying goes, "Caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware." The Antioxidants: A healthy cell has a mortal enemy, which is called a "free radical." Free radicals constantly seek out healthy cells and attack their vulnerable outer membranes eventually causing cellular degeneration and death. Free radicals, scientists know today, carry out the actual destructive work in disease, in infection, in stress and in aging. Additionally, free radicals can negatively affect athletic performance by slowing or halting muscle growth and by lowering aerobic capacity. Further, free radicals are known to cause defects in normal RNA as well as in life perpetuating DNA, the genetic material of the cells. Normal molecules in the body have two (a paired group) electrons in their outer shell. A molecule with a single electron (unpaired) in its outer shell is called a free radical. Free radicals occur naturally when oxygen in the bloodstream combine with any of a diverse group of chemicals including those commonly found in polluted air, in primary and/or second hand cigarette smoke, in known chemical toxins; as well as, in food additives and in re-heated cooking oil. Additionally, free radical production and damage is accelerated by the normal radiation found in sunlight and by increasing exercise, especially running and other aerobic activities. This is easy to understand in that aerobic exercise can increase oxygen consumption ten to twenty times normal values. With more oxygen available in the bloodstream; free radical production soars. Worse, the direct muscle destroying activities of the free radicals continue many hours after exercise stops. The destructive effects of free radicals can be prevented with the addition of anti-oxidants in the diet or by anti-oxidant supplements. A good anti-oxidant complex supplement actually has advantages over diet sources in that the complex has many different specific types of anti-oxidants, which seek out and destroy free radicals at many various cellular sites. A single anti-oxidant, for example Vitamin E, only protects the outer fatty layers of the cell. It will not stabilize DNA which, for example, is one the main effects of the anti-oxidant Vitamin C. The process by which different anti-oxidants disperse through the bloodstream to protect the cells at different sites is referred to in science as "anti-oxidant synergy." When a specific anti-oxidant meets a free radical in the bloodstream at it's appropriate activity site, it naturally combines with it and coverts the free radical to harmless water and oxygen. As a result, as anti-oxidant increases due to the supplementation of higher amounts of a greater variety of anti-oxidants, cellular damage lessens and performance and health improves. In fact, aside from the numerous Scientifically compelling studies addressing the varied health benefits of anti-oxidant supplementation, there have been studies completed demonstrating a dramatic decrease in injuries in athletic training with the simple addition of a good anti-oxidant complex supplement. A good anti-oxidant complex should have a variety of powerful individual anti-oxidants including Vitamins A, C and E, the minerals Zinc and Selenium, the amino acid N-Acetyl-Cysteine and natural plant extracts of Grape Skin, Bilberry and Green Tea. Green Tea and Grape Skin are especially powerful anti-oxidants, providing twenty to thirty times the biological activity of other individual anti-oxidants. When to Feed your Bulldog: Anabolism is when your DOG is in a state of positive nitrogen balance hence muscle-forming. If you don't constantly supply his body with nutrients on a regular basis, you may throw off his nitrogen balance and go into catabolism. Catabolism is a condition in which the body uses his lean muscle as fuel and spares the food they've consumed. You can ensure that he remains anabolic by eating when he is most likely to be catabolic. These times are when he first wakes up, after his workout, and in the middle of the night. By feeding him as soon as he gets up and immediately after his workout, you ensure him a state of anabolism during these times. I even set my alarm for the middle of the night to feed them a small nutritious meal to keep them in an anabolic state. Their post-workout meal is the most important in keeping you anabolic. If they don't eat immediately (within 30-45 minutes) after training, their body looks to burn their lean muscle as fuel. Yes, you actually will make them lose muscle by working out! You need to replace all the lost glycogen in their muscles, and help them recover. Give them to take in around 150-200 grams of carbs and 30-50 grams of protein as well as a lot of water. This is one time when eating high glycemic carbs is beneficial because of the quick insulin release they induce. Then, the next most important meal is the pre-workout meal, which should be consumed about at least 2 hours before training. This meal safeguards their body from using muscle as the fuel for your workouts. Feeding them a small meal right before sleep is a good idea also because their body assimilates food well during night sleep. This meal should be lower in carbs and higher in fat and protein. This is because carbs tend to be stored as fat faster late at night than fat and protein. 1-AD: ERGO pharm's organic chemnist, Patrick Arnold has developed the steroid alternative "1-AD". It is a natural androgen made in the human body, so it can be sold legally as a supplement. It is said to be 700% more potent than testosterone and has no estrogen transformation, reduced water retention and may be quite safe. You'll soon see alot about it. It is much stronger than alternatives from the past. As for dogs and 1-AD, no one knows yet. P. Arnold has been developing T-Booster supplements for ErgoPharm for 6 years. He has made great advancements in that time. 1-AD lists for just over $40. per 60 caps and the dosage is regulated by weight. This supplement was developed for people. Some dog owners all of a sudden claim to have been using this for years, but it was just developed after working hard on it during the last year and a half. 4-AD and nor-4-AD were developed just before 1-AD. The amount given will differ for canines. If someone is anxious i suggest going light on the product while watching the effects and taking notes. It's going to take a few years to get alot of opinions to weigh differences. I already have a pretty good opinion but I'm not promoting anything. However I will tell you more about it because it is legally sold. 1-AD is a synthesized nontoxic natural compound. It is potent and best of all it is orally active with no liver toxicity and sold as a nutritional supplement. Many people are already using this product. One of my concerns as with steroids is how heavy use may effect the bodys ability to produce testosterone naturally especially in youth. You can be assured 1-AD should be safe when used properly. T-Boosters increase energy, fat loss, mood, muscle mass, performance, sexual drive, immune system, etc.. Arnold also developed 4-AD and nor-4-AD prohormones. Stacking these products with 1-AD can be fast acting and very effective. Glucosamine: Glucosamine is not only useful for conditioning sporting and working dogs for competition, but it can also be used to treat arthritis or osteoarthritis especially in older dogs. If you're interested in alternatives to Rimadyl or other dangerous prescription drugs used for treating arthritis or osteoarthritis, first consider upgrading your dogs nutritional needs, because the bulk of todays dog feeds are known as primary causes of many dog health related issues including arthritis. Next you may want to study the natural alternatives to prescription drugs such as shark cartilage and seriously look at all other alternatives such as Glucosamine.

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January 1, 2010 at 4:19 AM Flag Quote & Reply

wardogkennels
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I would never use creatine on my dogs.

January 1, 2010 at 8:37 PM Flag Quote & Reply

AGK
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I don't either, I didn't like it when I used it. It worked but when I stopped using it, I lost everything I had gained from it.

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January 2, 2010 at 1:11 AM Flag Quote & Reply

wardogkennels
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They will retain to much water and run hot.

January 2, 2010 at 9:45 AM Flag Quote & Reply

AGK
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I would think they would come in heavy too, Unless you dried them out the week of the show and then wouldn't that make them weaker by the time of the show?.

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January 2, 2010 at 12:19 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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