Evogen Announces the 2019 VIP Contest Winner

First Prize included round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations to train with Hany “The Pro Creator” Rambod and Team Evogen Elite, $500 spending money, and a year supply of Evogen Nutrition products.

Evogen Nutrition®, a globally distributed sports nutrition company, selected Amaud Hines of Fairfield, CA for the ‘Grand Prize’ VIP Trip to Train with Hany Rambod and Team Evogen at The Fit Expo Los Angeles contest. Hany called Amaud to personally inform him of the news. Check out the video below!

About Evogen Nutrition®
Evogen Nutrition, headquartered in Campbell, California, is a rapidly expanding, healthy lifestyle sports nutrition company that designs and creates a cutting-edge line of nutritional supplements. Founded and lead by world class trainer and bodybuilding show promoter Hany Rambod, Evogen’s elite products address all categories of an active lifestyle including muscle building, weight loss, and general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The foundation of Evogen’s nutritional protocols are based on the world famous FST-7 physique training system invented by Rambod. Evogen Nutrition is sold in over 35 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.EvogenNutrition.com.

Evogen Nutrition At The 2019 LA Fit Expo

Team Evogen will be at The Fit Expo in Los Angeles, CA this weekend, January 26th and 27th, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

LOS ANGELES – Evogen Nutrition, a globally distributed sport nutrition company, will be ready to rock the LA Fit Expo this weekend, January 26th and 27th, with their latest product release, AminoJect Strawberry Margarita!

AminoJect is designed to be the ultimate BCAA & glutamine recovery drink to maximize a streamlined physique. AminoJect is a staple of intra-workout training arsenals internationally for lean gains and fighting off potential muscle loss while cutting. The LA Fit Expo will see a brand new refreshing & invigorating AminoJect flavor: Strawberry Margarita!

Evogen Nutrition will also be engaging with thousands of fans at the LA Fit Expo where fans will have the opportunity to meet their favorite Team Evogen Athletes, including Sandra Grajales-Ramero (Sat 26th & Sun 27th @ 10am-12pm, 1pm-4pm), Raphaela Milagres (Sat 26th & Sun 27th @ 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm), & Lauren Findley (Sat 26th @ 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm & Sun 27th @ 10am-1pm, 2pm-4pm).

Ashley Jenelle10am-2:30pm, 1:30pm-6pm10am-1:30pm, 2:30pm-5pm


Name Saturday Sunday
Jeremy Buendia TBD TBD
Andrei Deiu TBD TBD
Sandra Grajales-Romero 10am-12pm, 1pm-4pm 10am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Raphaela Milagres 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Lauren Findley 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm 10am-1pm, 2pm-4pm
Ashley Jenelle 10am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-6pm 10am-1:30pm, 2:30pm-5pm

If you’re going to be in town, be sure to stop by booth #711, where they’ll have samples of all your favorite Evogen products, including:
Lipocide IR Sour Watermelon, Carnigen Raspberry Lemonade, Isoject Chocolate Peanut Butter, Isoject Strawberry Smoothie,  Isoject Naturals Chocolate, Evogreens

Samples of the NEW AminoJect Strawberry Margarita will also be served at the booth, and entire units will be available for purchase while supplies last. While the latest Evogen apparel will be for sale at the booth at heavily discounted prices, fans will have the opportunity to receive further discounts and prizes all weekend long. #EvoTip: Wear an Evogen shirt to the booth an receive an addition 10% off your purchase.

If you can’t be at the expo, then you can still join in on the action packed weekend by following Team Evogen on their social media platforms:

For more general information about the LA Fit Expo, please visit http://thefitexpo.com/la.shtml. Tickets can purchased there as well.

Evogen Nutrition, headquartered in Campbell, California, is a rapidly expanding, healthy lifestyle sports nutrition company that designs and creates a cutting-edge line of nutritional supplements. Founded and lead by world class trainer and bodybuilding show promoter Hany Rambod, Evogen’s elite products address all categories of an active lifestyle including muscle building, weight loss, and general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The foundation of Evogen’s nutritional protocols are based on the world famous FST-7 physique training system invented by Rambod. Evogen Nutrition is sold in over 35 countries worldwide, including Bodybuilding.com, Europa Sports, and Nutrition Systems. For more information, please visit http://www.EvogenNutrition.com.

HIIT Cardio Basics

If you are the type of person who spends hours on the treadmill and sees no results from your hard work, it’s time to change up your way of thinking when it comes to fat burning. The days of low-intensity steady-state (LISS) cardio are gone. Enter the new world of HITT cardio. HIIT cardio has been booming for the past several years and isn’t going anywhere thanks to the benefits you can achieve from this brief, yet extremely intense form of cardio.

Those who utilize HIIT cardio have found they can improve their endurance, enhance their fat-burning, increase glucose metabolism, and can even build strength. What’s even better is that many are utilizing this powerful form of cardio to drop unwanted weight while at the same time maintaining their hard-earned lean muscle mass.

How does HIIT cardio work?

I wish we could make it seem more complicated than it really is, but the fact of the matter is, HIIT cardio is a very simple and basic form of cardio. The effectiveness comes in the intensity, not the actual form of cardio itself. A single HIIT cardio session can be done in as little as 15-30 minutes. Let me explain all of the particulars.

As with any workout, you are going to want to warm up properly. This can be as simple as walking for five minutes to get the blood pumping and muscles ready for work. Following your warm-up is where things start to take form and the intensity is kicked up a notch – ok, many notches. HIIT cardio uses periods of intense 100% max-effort workloads followed by low-intensity recovery periods. If you were to graph the workload, you would see nothing but a bunch of peaks and valleys on the graph paper.

HIIT cardio workouts can be completed both indoors as well as outdoors. Personally, I find enjoyment in the great outdoors versus being confined to a gym or home treadmill – but to each his or her own as your mileage may vary.

Each HIIT cardio round will be as follows:

• 30-second max-effort period
• 60-second low-effort recovery period

Each “round” will yield you a total of 90 seconds. 10 total rounds would give you a 15-minute workout (not counting warm-up/cool-down) and doubling that if you did the math will give you a 30-minute workout.

What would a HIIT cardio workout look like?

Assuming you’ve already finished a warm-up, you will start things off with an all-out 30-second sprint which will immediately be followed by a 60-second walk as a recovery period. If you don’t like to or can’t sprint, you can do a max effort on something like an upright bicycle, an elliptical, a rower, a jump rope, or even an Airdyne bike. Following this method will have you start your intense bout and has you end with the same high-intensity for your last bout before you start your cool-down. As mentioned above, decide how many rounds you wish to complete to achieve your 15-30 minute cardio workout.

I know there will be people who like to come up with excuses and say they don’t have a gym membership and it’s cold/rainy outside so they can’t fit in their HIIT cardio session for the day. Well, guess what? You can even use indoor activities such as jumping jacks, running in place, burpees, mountain climbers, and similar movements to fulfill your cardio requirements. Use your imagination and if achieving your goals is a priority to you, you’ll skip the excuses and get in your HIIT cardio sessions.

5 On the Go Meal Prep Tips to Save Time

When it comes to achieving your health and fitness goals, one area you can’t neglect is your nutrition.  One specific part of nutrition that has been focused on heavily lately is meal prep – and no, it’s not just for competitors.  To put you in the best position to see the progress you demand, I have come up with five on the go meal prep tips that you can utilize to save time and move you closer to your goals.

  1. Clear Tupperware is a must

Have you ever been in search for something in the refrigerator but you can’t remember the container you put it in?  If you live a busy life, you don’t have time to be pulling out every container and looking inside.  For that reason, you need to invest in some clear Tupperware containers.  They can be plastic or glass (your choice) but they need to be 100% clear.  Take the guesswork out of your on the goal meal prep and know exactly what is in front of you each time you open the refrigerator door.

  1. Cut everything up prior to storing

Your active lifestyle doesn’t allow you the luxury of downtime.  For that reason, you can’t be fumbling around in the kitchen every morning getting your meals ready for the day.  Therefore, you want to cut up all of your ingredients prior to storing them.  This is one of the best on the go meal prep tips to save time.  For example, if you have chicken and asparagus for one meal, cut everything up prior to storing it in the clear Tupperware container.  This will not only save you time in the morning but also save you from needing to carry a knife around with you just in order to eat your healthy meal on the go.

  1. Have a cooler you can travel with

I’m not going to name drop brands here, you can easily do a Google search for meal prep bags and coolers.  Some might not think they are worth the money but, in my opinion, they are worth every penny if you plan on using it every day.  Most come with slots to put each of your meals (they range from 2-7 meals depending on the brand and size of the bag/cooler), a place to put your frozen ice packs, an area for silverware, space for supplements (such as vitamins or whatever else you use), among other useful pockets and compartments.  If you invest in a good bag you can use it for many years.

  1. Prep full meals in advance for grab and go convenience

One of the best on the go meal prep tips to save time that I can recommend to you is to prep full meals in each clear Tupperware container.  When you are running late, the last thing you need to worry about is measuring out your ingredients and putting them in individual Tupperware containers.  Do it in advance so you don’t need to worry about it later.  Wake up, grab your cooler/bag, toss in your meals, and out the door you go without a hiccup.

  1. Spice things up a bit

Just because you are constantly consuming pretty much the same foods doesn’t mean they have to be boring.  A meal prep tip that I recommend all the time is to use spices whenever possible and to change them up often.  If you like things spicy, use spices that add some heat to your meals.  If you want to flavor your chicken, add some seasonings to it.  There are many zero-calorie or low-calorie choices available at the grocery store.  The key is to find ones that you enjoy and keep them on hand at all times to provide you with a good mix and variety to choose from to be used on your chicken, fish, steak, vegetables, or whatever else you decide to add flavor to.

Water Intake and Fat Loss. Why is it Important?

When it comes to fat loss, many people look to reduce calories and exercise more.  While this is a great idea, one area that many people fail to fully grasp is their water intake.  It should come as no surprise that we all need water in order to live and function.  But research has found that water intake could actually help you with your weight loss and fat loss goals.

In this article, I want to lay out some of the research surrounding water intake as it pertains to fat loss.  I think the information provided will open the eyes of many and help them realize that through their water intake specifically, they have the ability to improve their weight management results.

2 Major Benefits of Water Intake for Fat Loss
There are two major benefits of water intake for fat loss that some people understand, yet many are missing the boat on.  By simply increasing water intake, you have the ability to put yourself in a better position to lose weight and increase your fat loss potential.  You can consider the water intake benefits below as simple fat loss hacks that don’t require much effort at all on your part.

  1. Reduce appetite

One thing that not many people realize is that the sensation of hunger can be subsided by simply drinking water.  If you are hungry, try drinking a glass of water and then waiting for around 15 minutes.  If you find after 15 minutes you are still hungry, then go ahead and have one of your meals.  Water itself can crush hunger pangs throughout the day and reduce your overall appetite.

In fact, if you drink water before a meal, it has been shown to increase weight loss over the course of several weeks.  By, in a sense, pre-filling your stomach prior to sitting down for a meal, your stomach already has something in it so the sensation to eat more during a meal is reduced which can help prevent over-eating.

  1. Burn more calories

When you drink (cold) water, you are actually helping to increase your resting energy expenditure.  What this means is that your body has the ability to burn more calories even while at rest.  The amazing part about this is that the effects of raising resting energy expenditure anywhere between 24-30% can take place in as little as 10 minutes after drinking cold water and can last over 60 minutes.

Making the Switch to Water

American’s love their sugary beverages – which is part of the reason for the obesity epidemic we face in thiscountry.  Water is a calorie-free option that many should be making the switch to.  Not only will increasing water intake save money in the long-term rather than purchasing sugary beverages, but it will also save waistlines as well due to consuming fewer overall calories from liquids.

For the longest time, the recommendation for water intake was drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.  Unfortunately, this has been found to simply not be accurate for everyone.  Some people can get away with as little as four while others need more than eight.  Drinking 1-2 liters of water per day, however, can help you with your fat loss efforts.

What I would recommend is drinking a glass of water before all of your meals.  Not only will it help you stay properly hydrated, but it will help keep you full, satiated, and aid in weight management.

It should be noted that those who exercise regularly and sweat will need a higher overall water intake when compared to those who are sedentary simply due to the amount of water that was lost through sweat during workouts that needs to be replenished.  Make sure you not only drink water throughout your workouts but also following.


What is Calcium?

When people think of calcium, the first thing that generally pops into their head is its ability to aid in strengthen bones.  They think about grocery items such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, and don’t give much thought to the supplementation aspect of calcium.  While all of this is accurate, there are actually more benefits that not many people are aware of that can help you reach your health and fitness goals.  For that reason, it’s important to take a deeper dive into this useful ingredient.

Why should you consider calcium?

First and foremost, the most common benefit we think of in regards to calcium is its ability to help prevent osteoporosis, increase bone density, and improve overall bone health and strength.  Strong bones provide stability and a solid foundation for all of our everyday movements – including exercise.

Calcium not only can improve the health of your bones, but when you supplement with this ingredient it can help release certain hormones (such as insulin) in the body, send nerve signals from the muscle to the brain (to aid in muscle contractions), and regulate vasoconstriction and dilation of blood vessels.

Those who don’t consume a diet high in calcium should definitely consider adding a calcium supplement to their regimen.  But, even those who take in calcium from their diet can still benefit from adding it to their daily supplementation.  In fact, if you are looking to manage your body fat levels and improve your weight, taking a calcium supplement can help.  Additionally, calcium has the ability to improve glucose metabolism and lipid concentrations.

Due to the stress put on the body from intense bouts of exercise, we tend to create stress (such as free radical damage) at the cellular level that can go undetected until it creates a larger problem (like illness or disease).  Supplementing with calcium can help combat oxidative stress while decreasing inflammation that can cause health issues.  Additionally, and something that should be of interest, is that supplementing with calcium can also aid in enhancing lean muscle mass.

Another way to help improve your ability to put on lean muscle is by getting the proper amount of sleep – specifically REM sleep.  Your body rebuilds and repairs torn down muscle fibers while you rest.  The better quality the rest, the better the opportunity the body has to build muscle through hypertrophy (a solid nutrition plan is also necessary).

Calcium is a natural sleep aid and plays a role in sleep cycles.  When an individual is deficient in calcium, they can find themselves having issues sleeping – both in duration and quality.  When calcium is present, it allows the brain to utilize tryptophan (an amino acid) which can then produce melatonin naturally (versus through a melatonin supplement which can cause a hangover effect the following day) to promote sleep.  By optimizing calcium levels, you can fall asleep easier and stay asleep for longer – giving you a better quality night’s sleep while allowing your body to properly recover from grueling training sessions.


What is Glucevia?

In an effort to put on quality size, it’s important to ensure you are in a caloric surplus at the end of the day.  Doing so, however, can become a double-edged sword if you aren’t careful.  When increasing your caloric intake, many can find themselves gaining weight, only to have their body fat checked and be told it’s increased.  You’re not interested in gaining fat mass, you want hard, lean muscle mass.

If you are a hard-gainer, you have probably experienced firsthand just how difficult it is to add muscle to your frame by taking in enough calories.  It seems like whatever you take in disappears before heading to the muscles to help rebuild torn down muscle fibers and make them bigger.  But then in the next breath, when you consume too much, you need to worry about adding sloppy mass to your build by starting to store fat.

To put on the size gains you demand, increasing your carbohydrates becomes necessary.  The one thing we all need to remember is that carbs are not the enemy when it comes to weight gain.  We need to stop demonizing carbs.  They are an essential macronutrient to help you successfully bulk.  In order to do this properly, you need to manage your blood glucose levels – which is the one thing carbohydrates tend to increase.

A Better Way to Manage Carbohydrates

One ingredient that can help you along the way is Glucevia™.  Glucevia is able to effectively control blood glucose levels – essentially helping to prevent you from storing meals containing carbohydrates as fat.  What you want to happen is rather than storing carbohydrates as fat, you need your body to break down the carbohydrates consumed and then shuttle them to the working muscles to be absorbed and utilized.  In the end, the goal is to have the foods you consume work for you and help you towards your bulking goals versus against you by trying to store it.

Glucevia has the ability to improve glucose tolerance and cause a reduction of long-term insulin resistance in healthy individuals.  When it comes to naturally managing your blood glucose levels without the need for prescription medications (assuming you’re not currently diabetic), Glucevia can help prevent spikes in insulin as well as potentially preventing fatty liver disease and can actually improve the health of the liver over time.  This improvement in insulin sensitivity and glucose management can help you achieve maximum muscle volume following meals – giving you a nice full, pumped up look throughout your day.

Supplementing with Glucevia has been found to be safe and effective in reducing blood glucose by acting on the rate at which the absorption of glucose takes place into the muscle cells as well as the liver.  There have been no adverse side effects found through supplementing with Glucevia and adding it to a well-balanced diet.  What’s even better is the fact that when starting Glucevia, results can be had from the very first dose.  No loading, no mega-dosing, just results from the very beginning.

What is Theanine?

Do you have a hard time relaxing?  You’re not alone.  Many people find themselves stressed, anxious, unable to maintain focus, and at the end of a long day get the quality sleep they need to maintain optimal health, performance, and recovery.  Supplementing with Theanine could be the answer to their concerns.


Why should you consider using Theanine?

We all suffer from forms of stress throughout our day.  Some individuals are better able to mitigate and reduce that stress, while others not so much.  Supplementing with Theanine can help reduce anxiety and stress that many feel and suffer from.  The good news is that Theanine can do this without making you feel tired or drowsy while also helping you feel more relaxed.

Theanine is a nonessential amino acid that is commonly found in various teas such as black and green as well as mushrooms (such as the bay bolete mushroom).  Many people utilize these types of teas to help them cope with daily stress, while others look for a pill or supplement form.  The main job of Theanine in the body is to release neurotransmitters (GABA) and support nerve impulses in the brain. 

While you can utilize tea for health and performance benefits, some cannot handle the natural caffeine content found in those beverages.  It can cause jitters as well as an increase in the individual’s blood pressure.  Utilizing the power of Theanine can give you the same benefits that are found in tea but without any change to blood pressure levels.

To go along with a reduction in stress and anxiety, Theanine has been found to help improve quality of sleep – regardless if you need help falling asleep or not.  Additionally, Theanine can help reduce the number of times an individual wakes up each night.  Sleep is incredibly important to allow your body to rest and recovery from daily stress as well as the stress and demand you put it through in the gym.  Without the proper amount of rest, your body will not be able to fully recover and rebuild torn down muscle fibers from workouts.  This can hinder your ability to add quality size to your frame.

If you are looking to improve mental focus and alertness, supplementing with Theanine can help by increasing dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain.  When we are faced with multiple tasks needing our attention, it can be difficult to focus on just one thing.  Theanine has also been shown to improve attention span to help keep you dialed in when you need it most.  Theanine provides users with a plethora of benefits when it comes to cognition.  One study has even shown that supplementing with Theanine has the capability of improving memory.  The ability to calm and improve focus and memory can be extremely powerful for not only the working professional, but athletes alike.

Supplementing with Theanine can also help improve immunity and help prevent various illnesses.  This can be especially helpful when the seasons change and the temperature drops, bringing along the cold and flu season.  While it hasn’t been shown to 100% prevent individuals from getting sick, it has been shown to decrease the overall risk.

What is GABA?

We live insanely busy lives.  We run from one place to the next, one meeting after another, make time to fit in a workout, focus on our nutrition, spend time with the family, and then with all the stress that the day brings we’re supposed to get a good night’s sleep.  Well, that’s not always going to play out in our favor – or will it?  GABA is a supplement that many use when looking to decompress a little, take the edge off, and get some quality sleep.  Sleep is 100% necessary for proper recovery – both mentally and physically.  But, the benefits of GABA don’t stop there.


Why should you consider using GABA?

For starters, let’s get to know and understand GABA a little bit.  GABA stands for gamma-aminobutyric acid.  It is a neurotransmitter that sends signals and messages between your nervous system and your brain.  Its claim to fame is reducing nerve cell activity which can help provide a calming effect to the individual.  This can help benefit the individual when it comes to relaxation as well as as a sleep aid at night.

In an industry where pre-workouts and stimulants rule, many people find themselves unable to come down off their adrenaline rush to catch some z’s.  The good news is that GABA supplementation has been found to help improve your quality of sleep, even if you are still feeling the effects of caffeine from a stimulant you used earlier.  It can also do this without you waking up the next morning with what many consider a “hangover feeling” from taking other supplements or prescription medications to treat insomnia.

The benefits of GABA aren’t just for those looking for a better night’s sleep.  Many of us need to perform (mentally) at a high level at work or during an athletic competition and it has been shown that through supplementing with GABA, you can actually increase cognitive performance – providing you with what could be a considerable edge over those around you.

When combining mental focus with strength training, you have the ability to put on quality lean muscle mass.  In an effort to further enhance your muscle-building potential, researchers have found that by supplementing with GABA and combining it with a resistance training program, individual’s were able to increase growth hormone (GH) levels by as much as 400%.

Those who exercise regularly could, unfortunately, find themselves suffering from inflammation in their joints – possibly due to overuse.  This inflammation can cause pain and decrease the individual’s ability to perform or even move without discomfort (minor or severe).  Supplementing with GABA has shown that this ingredient has the ability to reduce joint inflammation, allowing you to get relief from any inflammation that could have been affecting you negatively.

To go along with the mental cognition benefits of this supplement, GABA can naturally reduce stress, anxiety, and fear.  This is great news for those who need to stay focused and perform at a high level – regardless if it’s in the boardroom, playing field, or in the gym. 

What is Glycine?

Did you know that your body contains high concentrations of glycine?  It’s true.  In fact, glycine is needed in order for your body and brain to function properly.  What is glycine?  Glycine is a non-essential amino acid that can be found in various areas of the body such as your skin, muscle, and joints.  It plays a vital role in cognitive, muscular, and metabolic functioning.  Glycine is added to many supplements on the market due to the fact that it helps transport nutrients throughout the body – which is important when trying to add muscle mass to your frame.


Why should you consider using glycine?

There are a plethora of reasons why glycine is beneficial to helping you achieve your health and fitness goals.  For starters, if you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in building quality lean muscle mass.  If so, glycine can help with muscle growth.  When supplementing with glycine, you help boost overall muscle recovery as well as helping to retain your lean muscle mass as well as reduce inflammation that can occur in the body.  Glycine also has the ability to improve your energy levels naturally throughout the day without the need for stimulants.  Another area that glycine shines when it comes to muscle growth is that is can help with hormone production and regulation which can aid in dropping body fat while increasing lean muscle mass.

Due to the fact that you exercise intensely and put your body through extreme amounts of stress when weight training, your joints can very easily get banged up through overuse and being overstressed.  For that reason, supplementing with glycine should be on your radar.  Glycine has the ability to improve the health and function of your joints to keep them strong and flexible as well as repair any damages caused to the joint itself.  Healthy joints allow you to perform at a high level while in the gym and when training.

For many of us, not only are we exercising regularly to maintain our health and improve our physique, but we can’t forget about Father Time.  It’s inevitable that we all are aging – some of us faster than others.  But many individuals never knew the power glycine has on helping to slow the aging process.  Free radicals and oxidative stress can wreak havoc on our body (at the cellular level), yet when you supplement with glycine, it helps form glutathione (an extremely powerful antioxidant) that can then go in search for free radicals and destroy them before they can do harm.  By minimizing oxidative stress on the body, you are able to reduce free radical damage that can speed up the aging process.

The last piece of the equation when we talk about muscle growth is rest and recovery.  If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you are limiting your true muscle building potential.  For that reason, supplementing with glycine can help you relax to improve your overall sleep quality which improves your REM sleep and allow you to get the proper amount of rest that your body demands.  Remember, your body makes change when you rest, not while you are in the gym.  Proper rest is vital to your muscle building success.

While building quality muscle is a priority for many of us, let’s not forget about managing weight and body fat.  Glycine has you covered on that front as well.  When you supplement with glycine, it increases adiponectin (a protein hormone that aids in fat metabolism as well as managing blood glucose levels) which can help enhance weight loss and fat reduction.  The combination of muscle growth potential and weight management capabilities make glycine one tremendously powerful amino acid to add to your regimen.

What is Tryptophan?

While many associate tryptophan with helping you get some sleep, there’s more to this amazing essential amino acid (EAA) than just that which we will get into. Tryptophan is not produced by the body, yet serves as a precursor to 5-HTP, serotonin, and melatonin. You can, however, find tryptophan naturally in foods we consume such as cheese, chicken, milk, peanuts, turkey, bananas, oats, chocolate, and more. However, to get efficacious dosages, a supplement should be considered.

When you are putting in the time in the gym and nailing your nutrition, you expect to see results. Yet, when you aren’t getting enough rest, you aren’t able to properly recover to allow your body to make the necessary changes to your physique. One thing to remember is that our body does not make change while we are exercising, but rather, it takes place when we rest and recover properly.


Why should you consider tryptophan?

We all live hectic lives – constantly on the go, constantly trying to squeeze out every last second in our day. Yet, when it’s time to unwind and get some rest, many find it difficult to shut down and fall asleep. Many will turn to prescriptions when in reality, their sleeplessness can be managed through natural supplementation.

Supplementing with tryptophan has been found to reduce the amount of time it takes individuals to fall asleep. This includes helping those who suffer from insomnia. In fact, tryptophan can help increase deep sleep and allow you to wake up feeling refreshed and energized. This can help you stay productive all day long regardless if it’s in the office, at school, or in the gym.

By increasing melatonin naturally through the supplementation of tryptophan, you have yourself a powerhouse that can improve the metabolism of nutrients you consume in your meals as well as the capability to boost your immunity. When you are better able to break down food into a usable form, and then shuttle those nutrients out to the body, you give yourself the best opportunity to improve your recovery and allowing the muscle fibers to grow back bigger and stronger. Additionally, the better your immune system, the healthier you are, the less you get sick, the harder you can train, and the faster you can see results from your training.

If you look at some of the research regarding tryptophan and weight loss, it has been shown that supplementing with this particular amino acid has the ability to help individuals consume anywhere from 19-20% fewer calories per meal by reducing your appetite.

When it comes to physical performance, the research is quite astounding. It has been shown that supplementing with tryptophan can actually improve pain tolerance and allow an individual to push themselves harder (such as in the gym training) than without tryptophan. Also, one study showed that when athletes were given a tryptophan supplement, their total exercise time was 49% greater than when without. From a muscle building perspective, supplementing with tryptophan has been shown to increase certain hormones in the body such as growth hormone and prolactin.

Having low tryptophan levels can lead to many mood disorders that can be detrimental to not only your success from training, but also your life. When tryptophan levels are normalized, many find they are less anxious, less depressed, have a reduction in nervousness, feel less tension, and feel less aggressive.

Another reason to consider tryptophan is for the mental performance benefits. Those who had lower levels showed a decline in memory over the long-term, yet when the levels were elevated, memory was enhanced as well as overall cognition and learning.

When you factor in all of the benefits from supplementing with tryptophan, you prep yourself for success by putting the building blocks in place to improve your mood, sleep, mental performance, and well-being.  The easier you can unwind, relax, and get good quality sleep, the better off you are in allowing the recovery process to take place and help allow your body to make the physical changes needed to see the health and fitness results you desire.

COMING SOON! Carnigen Naturals in Pink Grapefruit

At Evogen Nutrition, we don’t think it’s fair that so many supplement products on the market sacrifice flavor quality when they switch to natural ingredients. The Evogen Naturals line was created as a solution to this issue, to provide consumers with an alternative to mainstream supplements that utilize synthetic or artificial ingredients, colors or sweeteners, while maintaining the flavor quality you’ve come to expect from Evogen products.

We’re excited to announce that Carnigen Naturals in Pink Grapefruit flavor will now be joining the Evogen Naturals line of supplements. Carnigen Naturals features all-natural ingredients, excluding any artificial colors, flavors, etc., and will be released to the public in early October.

Carnigen is our original stimulant-free, ultra-premium and potent carnitine formulation technology. It’s the perfect fat-loss solution before cardio or training, so add some Carnigen Naturals to your morning routine to help convert fat to energy!

If you’re going to wake up at 5 a.m. for fasted cardio, you should make it count with Carnigen! To learn more about Carnigen Naturals, check out the product page.