In the first two parts of this series, we looked at the six most popular ingredients found in testosterone boosters: zinc, tongkat ali, fenugreek, tribulus terrestris, magnesium, and ashwagandha extract. Those ingredients proved to be less than effective for most and did not reliably increase testosterone levels. …


Since the early days of N.O. Xplode and Jack3d, the preworkout market has boomed. The Supplement Database now contains over 1,000 preworkouts, making it the most populous product category. Are these supplements effective in doing anything? The answer depends on its ingredients. …


Amino Explode

Amino Explode is a pre-workout supplement manufactured by Pro Nutrition and Fitness. It ranks 982 out of 1010 pre-workout supplements and earned an overall thumbs-down recommendation based on seven factors including nutrition label transparency, ingredients, dosing, claims, research rating, and ranking.

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Amino Explode earned a thumbs-down recommendation. This…


In the first part of this series, we looked at whether the three most popular ingredients found in testosterone boosters ( zinc, tongkat ali, and fenugreek) had any effect on testosterone levels. The conclusion was that most healthy individuals would not see any meaningful results from taking a product with…


Whey protein is one of the most widely used supplements. It’s cheap, easy to find, and effective in increasing strength, muscle mass, and performance. In this article, we’ll look at various sources to answer the question: is whey protein safe to consume.

TL;DR Whey protein is safe for the vast…


The simple fact that whey protein is one of the most widely used supplements means it SHOULD provide some genuine benefits. One of the most essential benefits a protein supplement should deliver is building muscle mass. Whey protein is known as the fast-digesting protein. …


Testosterone is the male sex hormone. It affects bone mass, fat distribution, muscle, strength, and mood. Signs of low testosterone include decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, increased fat mass, decreased muscle, and lower bone density¹ ² ⁹.

Anabolic steroids are synthetic or human-made versions of testosterone. Due to their adverse…


Supplement products, such as pre-workouts, sleep aids, or immunity boosters, are simply a collection of ingredients such as creatine, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals. These ingredients make a product what it is. What’s the difference between two products made up of the same ingredients when one costs double the other…


The ketogenic diet is a relatively new weight-loss strategy though its roots date back to the 1920s. Though it initially was created as a potential treatment for epilepsy, it has recently joined the ranks of popular diets, showing some promising results. …


Beta-Alanine and Running

A limiting factor in prolonged exercise is muscular fatigue caused by an accumulation of hydrogen ions causing a pH drop. Beta-alanine can delay fatigue by increasing carnosine levels. This enhances the muscles’ ability to buffer this drop in pH.

Theoretically, beta-alanine should improve performance in several activities, especially high intensity…

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