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What are Exogenous Ketones?

Ketones are produced in the body, by the mitochondria of your liver cells. Their purpose is to create energy. They serve the same process as glucose. If you are on a ketogenic diet, where carbohydrate intake is essentially zero your body will not have any access to glucose and will instead turn to ketones for energy. This is known as ketosis and it has many benefits.

Your body naturally produces three ketones, these are; acetone, acetoacetic acid, and beta-hydroxybutyrate acid. Because they are produced in the body, we call them endogenous ketones. Some people use ketone supplements to enter ketosis, these ketones are known as exogenous ketones because they are produced outside the body.

Taking an exogenous ketone will raise blood ketone levels and help you to enter ketosis, the supplements can also be used to maintain ketosis while on a ketogenic diet. People who train regularly while following a ketogenic diet often take exogenous ketones as they require the extra energy that glucose usually provides.

Most exogenous ketone supplements use beta-hydroxybutyrate acid (BHB) which is converted to acetoacetic acid by the body. Not all ketone supplements are actually exogenous ketones though, a popular (though completely ineffective) fat loss supplement is called Raspberry ketones, but these are not actually exogenous ketones, and do not offer the same benefits.


Top 4 Best Estrogen Blocking Ingredients for 2017

Top 4 Best Estrogen Blocking Ingredients for 2017

Now that we’ve covered the basis of boosting testosterone in our latest post, it’s not time to cover the flip side – controlling your estrogen levels!

What a lot of people don’t know is the correlation between testosterone and estrogen. Basically, as your testosterone rises, you estrogen likes to rise with it. Don’t get us wrong, if you’re a male you do want to have some estrogen in your body just not an excessive amount.

This is where the anti-estrogen ingredients come into play! Each ingredient below is natural and backed by science so you know that while taking these estrogen blocking ingredients it actually works.. because it’s proven.

DIM (Diindoylmethane) : DIM is probably one of the most known ingredients to date for being an aromatase inhibitor. It’s known so well because well, it simply works! According to examine, “supplemental dose of approximately 100mg DIM has been noted to alter urinary estrogens in a manner thought to reflect less estrogenicity”.

Grape Seed Extract: Another awesome estrogen inhibiting ingredient is GSE. Although not as popular as DIM, it still plays it’s role! GSE has a lot of other benefits associated with it’s use as well.

Rhodiola Root Extract: Rhodiola contains a potent active compound called salidroside that has been shown to suppress cortisol levels (a stress hormone) and increase testosterone in human subjects

Eurycoma Longifolia Extract: This ingredient has been show to actually help boost natural product of testosterone. In addition to this, it does appear to have natural anti-estrogen properties.

So, if you’re looking for an anti-estrogen / estrogen blocking supplement, we’re going to take a safe bet and assume you want the best? If so, look for an anti-estrogen supplement that contains all of these ingredients, at effective dosages!




Primasurge Natural Testosterone Booster Review

Why Primasurge is the best testosterone booster in 2017



primasurge test boosterPrimasurge testosterone booster is a clinically-dosed natural anabolic test booster for men created by Jacked Factory that has been blowing up in popularity. Supplement Review Shark has rated Primasurge as the best testosterone booster of 2017! What makes Primasurge significantly different from other test boosters is the science behind the key ingredients: Shilajit and Ashwagandha. It’s no wonder Primasurge test booster has hundreds of good reviews on Amazon.

With Primasurge testosterone booster it’s important to keep estrogen levels in check. For that reason we recommend also buying Androsurge Estrogen Blocker and stacking it with Primasurge to block estrogen.

Overall there are a lot of bad products on the market, Primasurge ISN’T one of them. For boosting testosterone naturally we highly recommend trying out this safe and natural product!

Vitamin D and Sunlight: Cut Your Cancer Risk by 50 Percent With Twenty Minutes of Sunlight.

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "Sunlight"Research published recently states that a modest amount of sun exposure is critically important for optimum health. Studies at Moore’s Cancer Center at the University of California, UCSD, suggest that 600,000 cases of cancer could be prevented worldwide if light-skinned people received just 20 minutes of sunlight per day. Darker complexions require more sunlight for the same amount of benefit.

A recent paper published by Dr. Joe Mercola summarizes the research and suggests a healthful approach to optimizing our use of this important vitamin.

Key facts:

  • Vitamin D protects us from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, psoriasis, rickets, schizophrenia, tuberculosis and myopathy.
  • Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D; it is much safer and it’s free. Supplementing with vitamin D isn’t the best approach.
  • A little sunlight is good, but more than that isn’t better. Sunburn is still harmful.
  • To drink in vitamin D from the sun, just exposing the hands and face isn’t enough. Large areas of skin should be exposed.
  • Light-toned skin generally makes enough vitamin D in 20 minutes if 40% of the skin is exposed; very dark skin could take two hours.
  • Antioxidants help prevent sunburn. Sunscreens can contain toxins or prevent the vitamin D from forming.
  • Moderate sun exposure by itself doesn’t cause cancer; it’s the combination of a poor diet that lacks essential fatty acids and antioxidants combined with excessive sun exposure that triggers the skin cancer. There’s evidence that modest sun exposure actually reduces the risk of skin cancer.
  • Vitamin D prevents disease; it helps your body to produce antimicrobial peptides that destroy viruses and bacteria. Vitamin D also increases the level of white blood cells in our blood. This is why tuberculosis was cured in the early 20th century by exposing the patients to sunlight.
  • The vitamin also increases anti-inflammatory cytokines, suppresses vascular calcification, and creates stronger bones.
  • Vitamin D prevents preeclampsia and eclampsia, which are leading causes of the deaths of mothers and infants during childbirth – estimated at 76,000 worldwide each year.
  • The deficiency of this important nutrient is epidemic among African-Americans and other dark-skinned peoples, especially those living in cold climates.

Getting the Right Amount of Vitamin D

  • Don’t overdose on vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D is fat soluble, so it can build up in the tissues. Signs of an overdose are vomiting, constipation, weight loss, kidney failure and calcification of the arteries. It’s much better to get your vitamin D from sunlight.
  • Where the lack of sunlight or the excess of cold weather make sunbathing a problem, UVB lights are a way of getting vitamin D, but use common sense. It’s possible to get sunburn from UVB lights, especially if taking medications that increase sensitivity to UVB.
  • Vitamin D creams are another possibility. They claim to provide vitamin D3 through the skin.
  • If you have to supplement vitamin D, note that there is more than one form of vitamin D. The best form is D3, cholecalciferol. The synthetic vitamin is D2, ergocalciferol. Your body can convert D2 into a usable form, but it takes 500 times longer than D3.
  • When supplementing with vitamin D, it’s best to also supplement vitamin A. The real vitamin A (not betacarotene) is needed. Inexpensive vitamin A from fish oil is available from health-food stores.
  • Whoever supplements vitamin D should get periodic blood tests. The test is known as 25(OH)D and has an optimum level of 50-55 ng/ml or 115-128 nmol/l. Normal is considered to be 20-56 ng/ml but normal isn’t necessarily healthy. If you want optimum health, 50-55 is the number to shoot for. The average in the wintertime USA is only 15-18 ng/ml.

Our resourceful bodies were designed to get vitamin D from sunlight. As with all nutrition, it makes sense to use natural methods that are free and uncomplicated. Supplementing vitamin D (and vitamin A) is an option if care is used to avoid overdosing and a doctor is able to monitor the levels of vitamin D in the blood. Either way, the considerable health benefits of vitamin D are worth the trouble.

Multivitamin Studies, Premature Death, and Other Conundrums

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "Premature Death"After recent news about the possible dangers of multivitamins, many have become anxious over the question of whether or not vitamins could possibly be harming their health. Those who place their faith in a daily vitamin regimen are crying foul, declaring that this is a rigged study propagated by Big Pharma.

Could it be true? Could a daily multivitamin actually cause health problems or, as this study seems to suggest, actually bring about a premature death?

Problems With Observational Studies

One characteristic is common among every observational study: there are more unanswered questions than cold, hard facts. In the case of this study, how many subjects were smokers? How many were obese? Who had a preexisting condition or a genetic predisposition to a serious illness? What were their diets like? How many died of unnatural causes, such as an accident?

It is unfortunate that science has become so adulterated, making it is difficult to differentiate between truth and bias. As evidenced by the popular article published by the Atlantic, Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science, bias is more common than most people have been led to believe. Corporations fund studies or make large donations to schools in order to establish support for their products. Scientist sometimes rely on funding from special interest groups that promote a specific agenda. Researchers may be trying to make a name for themselves, which might cause them to fudge data in order to support a faulty hypothesis.

Problems With Multivitamins

A common problem with dietary supplements in general is not found in the vitamin itself, but in the attitude of the consumer. Many people believe that a multivitamin can replace healthy foods and make up for a poor diet. It is unfortunate that some doctors actually support a diet of processed foods, especially since it has been demonstrated in laboratory experiments that refined carbohydrates (e.g., wheat flour and sugar), actually produce diseases of deficiency. (Taubes 321) Even food items that are “natural” contain toxins, like phytic acid and lectins, that are intended for defense against predators. These naturally produced chemicals can rob the body of nutrients, which creates deficiency-related illnesses and intestinal damage.

A multivitamin offers the same prescription for those of any age, weight, or health status. A 20-year-old, athletic man is given the same amounts of various vitamins and minerals as a 50-year-old obese, sedentary man. A 30-year-old woman who smokes is given the same nutrients as a 45-year-old, athletic woman. Vitamins that are specifically designed for seniors generally do not differ in dosages, but merely add lutein for macular degeneration or saw palmetto for prostate health.

There are many toxic ingredients in contained in certain popular vitamins. Labels reveal a host of unhealthy additives, including artificial colors, aluminum, and talc. Many vitamins also contain hydrogenated oils, which are artificial trans fats that have been proven to be harmful. It is no wonder so many suffer from the after-vitamin nausea created by these pills, which also tend to be totally indigestible, and pass through the digestive tract in full form. Many have the common misconception that a cheap superstore vitamin offers the same benefits and ingredients as a pricier health food store vitamin. Consumers need only compare vitamin labels to see that this is indeed not the case.

There is No Magic Pill

What can the public take from scores of information regarding vitamins and other dietary supplements? The answer may lie in the fact that there is no magic pill. Choose real, whole foods that are contained mostly within the perimeter of the market, such as produce, seafood, and unprocessed meats. Find ways to reduce stress and enjoy life. Take a walk, ride a bike, and play like a 10-year-old. Without the basics of good health, vitamins are powerless.

Regular Exercise Trumps the Obesity Gene: How Physical Activity Increases Fat Oxidation To Keep You Slim

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "obesity exercise"Andrew Hattersley and his colleagues at the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, England discovered a gene variant called the FTO gene; an allele that is strongly linked with body mass index (BMI). They claim that persons who inherited two (2) copies of the “fat” gene, or those with 1 copy of the gene are more susceptible to obesity than people who do not carry the gene(s). The genetic predisposition to obesity is approximately 1 in 10,000 people.

Researchers believe that obesity is influenced by genetic inheritance. However, they also believe that healthy lifestyle factors such as regular physical activity, eating a healthy diet, avoiding risky/addictive activities (smoking, taking addicting drugs, etc.) have a greater salutary impact on health than mere heredity in the long run. The Hattersley study was published in the Science.

If obesity runs in families, then its most dramatic expression will be seen in same-sex twins carrying the FTO gene.To determine the effect of physical activity on genetic inheritance, Leskinen and his team studied the effects of physical inactivity against a healthy lifestyle on 16 middle-aged (50-74 yr) same-sex twins for over 30 years. The twins in the trial had a history of discordance for physical activity that is; one person is active, while the other is sedentary. The participants were selected from the Finnish Twin Cohort Study (TWINACTIVE Study).

Results: The physically inactive co-twins had 50% greater visceral/abdominal fat than the active co-twins. They also have higher liver fat content (170% more) than their counterpart, and their intramuscular fat is 54% higher than their active co-twins. This suggests that physical activity is an important criteria in preventing the accumulation of the high-risk fat overtime even for those with genetic liability for obesity. The trial was published in the online edition of the International Journal of Obesity

Burning More Fat Than Glucose

When people exercise, it is usually to burn or lose “fat,” rather than glucose. The fact is glucose and fat are both used up during exercise – glucose first, then fat. During the first few seconds of intense exercise like sprinting, playing raquetball, or squash, muscle glucose is used. This reserve is present in very small amounts and when it is depleted, the body turns to blood glucose for fuel. When blood sugar levels begins to dip, the liver converts glycogen (animal starch) to glucose to maintain normal blood glucose values. When liver stores are used up, then the body begins to use fat for fuel. That’s after about 60 minutes of physical activity. Why? Because glucose is the body’s primary or “preferred” fuel. So to burn more fat, fitness experts recommend the following strategies:

  • Engage in low-intensity to moderate-intensity aerobic activities for longer periods of time, preferably at least 60 minutes. Go slow, go steady, but keep going for about an hour. Walking moderately for 60 minutes, cycling, swimming, elliptical training, gardening, are some examples of low to moderate intensity endeavors. For people with diabetes, don’t worry about bringing your blood sugar down. It will go down even if you’re only doing a low-intensity workout. Remember – sugar goes first!
  • Exercise everyday or at least most days of the week. Regular exercise brings about beneficial changes or adaptations in the body (increases the number enzymes that burn fat, increases the cells’ ability to burn fat, and increases the muscles’ sensitivity to insulin so a little insulin goes a long way, correcting hyperinsulinemia – high levels of insulin in the blood: a hallmark of type 2 diabetes).
  • While exercising frequently each week, be sure to train hard and heavy. The harder you train in the gym and the more work put in will result in greater fat loss targeted and muscle built. The more muscle mass you have the higher your metabolism will be, which will result in more fat loss. For example, you should split each day up into each body part to optimize your results. If you do a top shoulder workout for mass, then you would more likely build muscle versus not having a specific day for your shoulders. Using a clinically-dosed post-workout recovery drink to prevent any muscle loss at the gym (due to a caloric restriction) while dieting is important in ensuring optimal recovery and growth allowing you to feel stronger for next time.
  • Eat a low-glycemic index and low-fat foods before and after workouts. A low-glycemic index food will not cause your blood sugar to surge. If your pre-workout meal is high in carbohydrates, fat that is supposed to be burned is spared. When ‘dieting’ it is often hard to not consume carbohydrates before a workout because hunger is usually always an issue. Appetite suppressors are found to be very beneficial in these situations to curb hunger so that you can focus on your day and most importantly, the workout.  Also dietary fat takes longer to become available for the body to use as fuel, generally about 3-4 hours.

If you still find yourself struggling with weight loss and need that ‘kick’ into action, supplementing with a natural fat burner is often a viable option. It will ramp up fat loss, metabolism, and provide that motivation to stay on your goals.

While exercising and eating for “fat loss” it is important to keep and eye on your hormone levels. Often times, while on a high caloric restriction male testosterone levels have a higher risk of dropping and estrogen levels have a higher risk on increasing – not something you want to happen. Keeping both in check with an optimal anti-estrogen supplement and testosterone booster will keep you on the safe side, not to mention all the great benefits that come along with it!

Genetic inheritance exerts a profound influence on health. However, many health experts are convinced that it’s not the hand you’re dealt, but rather how you rise to the challenge that wins out in the end.


5 Reasons to Take Vitamin C Supplements

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "Vitamin C"Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is needed by the body for hundreds of different metabolic functions and it plays a central role in supporting many aspects of well-being. Although a healthy diet should be the foundation of good nutrition, supplementing with vitamin C is a great way to ensure that you are getting enough. Also, as a water-soluble vitamin and antioxidant there is no danger of over-dosing from vitamin C supplements — the body naturally excretes what it doesn’t require.

Learn about the many faces of this nutrient; an anti-aging supplement, a vitamin for heart health, an immune boosting nutrient, a vitamin for healthy skin, and for healthy gums. Also find out how to make sure you are taking the right vitamin C supplements.

An Anti-Aging Supplement

Why are vitamin C supplements beneficial for retarding the effects of the aging process? This nutrient acts as an antioxidant. It helps to neutralize the negative effects of reactive oxygen and nitrogen radicals in the body, thus protecting cells from damage and even decreasing the likeliness of chronic diseases such as cancer.

Working synergistically with other nutrient antioxidants, such as beta-carotene and vitamin E, vitamin C is an even more powerful anti-aging supplement. According to Phyllis Balch’s Prescription for Nutritional Healing, a study showed that people who took vitamin E and vitamin C supplements together over a long period of time had significantly higher cognitive abilities in older age.

An Important Vitamin for Heart Health

Ascorbic acid is also an important vitamin for heart health. It acts to lower levels of LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoproteins, also known as the bad cholesterol). While at the same time it improves levels of good, HDL cholesterol. As an antioxidant, vitamin C prevents oxidation, and therefore the hardening of cholesterol in the arteries, thus preventing atherosclerosis and reducing high blood pressure. Vitamin C is also good for heart health as it strengthens capillary walls.

Boost Immune Health with Vitamin C Supplements

Taking vitamin C will boost immune health and help the body recover from infections. How? This nutrient increases the activity of white blood cells, which help to ward off dangerous pathogens. It also increases production of the anti-stress hormone, interferon, which heightens the level of antibodies in the bloodstream. Taking vitamin C supplements can also help to protect the body from the negative effects of pollution.

The Benefits of Taking Vitamin C for the Skin

As the body ages, skin sags and weakens and sun exposure leads to an increased amount of free radical damage to skin cells. Vitamin C is beneficial for the skin, helping to address these problems. This nutrient is needed for the production of collagen, which is found in skin tissue, as well as tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Adequate amounts of collagen translate into stronger skin. Ascorbic acid is also needed for new tissue regeneration. As an antioxidant, it helps to combat the free radical damage from the sun.

Supplement with Vitamin C for Healthy Gums

This nutrient is so important for healthy gums. In fact, taking vitamin C supplements is a great way to help treat bleeding gums and a receding gum line naturally. According to the American Academy of Peridontology, people who consume less than 60 mg a day of vitamin C are one and one-half times more likely to develop gingivitis than people who consume 180 mg per day. Improving healing, strengthening connective tissue, and acting as a protective antioxidant, vitamin C is even good for a healthy mouth.

The Right Vitamin C Supplements

So taking vitamin C supplements is a good idea, but what are the best nutritional supplements to take? The natural ones. Look for products that have natural sources of ascorbic acid such as rose hips, berry extracts, and citrus. This is so important because synthetic vitamin C is not going to have the remarkable positive healing effect that ascorbic acid, naturally occurring with bioflavonoids and other beneficial phytochemicals, will have.

How much to take? The body is only going to absorb between 250 and 500 mg at one time. Adding this amount to a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables will supply more than adequate amounts for the anti-aging, heart health, immune boosting, healthy skin and gums benefits of vitamin C.

Treating Autism with Vitamin B9: Folic Acid or Folate Supplements for Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "Vitamin B9"There is significant anecdotal evidence that vitamin B9, also known as folate, folic acid or folinic acid, provides benefits for some children with autism.

Vitamin B9, also known as folate, is critical to healthy brain function. Folic acid, a synthetic B9 derivative, occurs in fortified foods and supplements. Folinic acid, also a derivative product, is converted more rapidly into a specific type of folate that can be directly transported to the brain.

It is folinic acid that can be used to increase glutathione (an antioxidant) in the brains of autistic children, as well as increasing the level of the dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in autistic spectrum disorders. However, folic acid also appears to provide benefits for many autistic children.

Function of Folate

Folate is critical to cell production and maintenance, particularly at times when the body is growing fast such as pregnancy, infancy and adolescence. It also helps to prevent DNA changes that can lead to cancer.

B9’s importance can be seen in the fact that the children of women who take folic acid before they conceive and during their first trimester of pregnancy are 72-100% less likely to suffer from neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. Also, the incidence of neural tube defects decreased by 19% in the U.S. after the practice of fortifying grains with folic acid was widely adopted.

B9 Deficiency

Of all the B vitamins, people are most often deficient in B9. Symptoms of a deficiency include slow physical growth, loss of appetite, tongue inflammation, shortness of breath, gingivitis, diarrhea, forgetfulness, irritability and mental sluggishness.

Long-term use of antibiotics may deplete levels of vitamin B9 in the body and thus increase the need for supplementation. Ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen and other anti-inflammatories may also increase the need for vitamin B9, as can a number of other medications.

Sources of Folate

Folate is found naturally in dark leafy greens such as spinach, as well as beets, turnips, lima beans, kidney beans, mung beans, white beans, soybeans, Brussels sprouts, beef liver, root vegetables, brewer’s yeast, whole grains, bulgar wheat, wheat germ, oysters, salmon, avocados, milk and orange juice.

B9 is also available as a supplement, either on its own or as part of a multivitamin. When taking B9 as a supplement, it is best to choose a multivitamin that contains the other B vitamins as well, as these are necessary for folate activation. B12 is particularly beneficial in conjunction with folate, and folate is more effective when taken with vitamin C.

Efficacy in Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Evidence for the efficacy of B9 is largely anecdotal. French researcher Jerome Lejeune found that 250 mcg per pound of body weight daily generated significant improvement in some autistic children. Of the Autism Research Institute’s 131 parent reviews, nearly half (48%) cited improvements in their autistic children after taking folic acid, compared to 44% who saw no effect and 8% who said that their children grew worse.

Other Conditions

In addition to providing protection against a number of diseases such as cancer, folate may be useful in treating conditions that often occur in conjunction with autistic spectrum disorders such as depression. Those with depression are more inclined to have low folate levels, and taking a folate supplement can reduce depressive symptoms in many people. Taking B6 and B12 along with B9 increases the efficacy of folate in treating depression.

Side effects

At normal doses, side effects are rare. However, large doses may cause sleep problems, seizures, skin reactions and stomach problems. It is important to speak to a medical professional in order to establish a safe dose, as there may be factors in an individual’s medical profile that will affect the level of folate required.


Folate can reduce the effectiveness of the antibiotic tetracycline and so folate supplements and antibiotics should not be taken at the same time of the day (this is true of all B vitamins). Antacids and certain medications used for heartburn, ulcers and related symptoms, as well as the diabetes medication metformin, can inhibit B9 absorption and so should be taken at a different time of the day as B9 supplements. Certain barbiturates can also impair the metabolism of B9.

Consult a Physician

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you are interested in using vitamin and mineral supplements to treat autism, depression or other conditions, you should consult your family physician.