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.

COMING SOON! IsoJect in Pumpkin Spice

Just in time for the holiday season, Evogen Nutrition is releasing an ALL NEW flavor of IsoJect, Pumpkin Spice! This protein-packed goodness tastes just like the ever-popular holiday beverage, the pumpkin spiced latte, but with macros that will blow your mind!

This limited-edition flavor is the perfect post-cardio shake after a crisp morning run through the autumn leaves, or a post-workout treat on a snowy winter evening curled up by the fire – you can’t go wrong!

IsoJect Pumpkin Spice is a limited-edition flavor and the latest release in the in the Evogen Nutrition line of ultra-pure cold-filtered whey isolate protein powders. Evogen will be releasing Pumpkin Spice to the public this October. Fall is here and its pumpkin season!

Evogen Nutrition’s IsoJect is setting the standard for incredible tasting 100% ultra-pure whey protein isolate, with only 110-120 calories per serving. To learn more about IsoJect protein, check out the product page here.

COMING SOON! Introducing three new products: Evovite Powder, Evolog & Evodreams

Evogen Nutrition is excited to announce three ALL NEW products, Evovite Powder, Evolog and Evodreams. All three products will be added to our line this fall, and we’re eager to share this sneak peek on each one with you!

💊🍊EVOVITE POWDER, ORANGE MANGO FLAVOR

EVOVITE Powder is the latest addition to the Evogen Naturals Line. Think of EVOVITE Powder as a potent nutritional insurance for your fitness lifestyle. Our goal is to bridge health and physique perfection, and we firmly believe EVOVITE helps to achieve this. EVOVITE is far beyond a mere high-potency multivitamin. It’s really three supplements in one:

  1. A multivitamin/mineral formula with exceptional ingredient forms
  2. A clinically validated beta-alanine supplement
  3. A technologically superior curcumin supplement

🛌💤EVODREAMS, ELITE SLEEP & RECOVERY MATRIX, BLUE RASPBERRY FLAVOR

MELATONIN & HORMONE FREE FORMULATION

MAXIMUM > SLEEP, RECOVERY, CNS RESET

Quality sleep and rest is the most powerful tool in any athlete’s recovery protocol. When you sleep, your body has a chance to replenish all off its various neurotransmitters, release growth hormone, and most importantly allow your muscles to rebuild themselves. Without optimal sleep, none of these critical recovery factors can be accomplished. In addition, you run the risk of gaining unnecessary weight due to increased insulin resistance. For these reasons, EVODREAM was formulated as the first MELATONIN FREE sleep aide that will knock you out when you need it most and will leave you waking up rested and refreshed. Isn’t it time you’ve made your dreams into reality?!

🍔💪🏽EVOLOG, ADVANCED NUTRIENT PARTITIONING AGENT

MAXIMUM – DIGESTION, GLUCOSE OPTIMIZATION, MUSCLE VOLUME

If you want to put on quality muscle, there are no shortcuts. It’s essential you consistently train hard, but more importantly that you eat enough. For hard-gainers, sometimes eating enough quality calories can be a challenge, and what makes it more difficult is trying to limit unwanted fat gain in the process. The reality is that carbs are not the enemy and are actually essential for that 3D muscle volume effect.

Do you want to eat more carbs with less worry?

Do you want maximum muscle volume after every meal?

What coach is known for producing insane physique results?

EVOLOG IS THE ANSWER!

 

Keep an eye out for these products this fall! Check out the product pages for Evovite Powder, Evolog, and Evodreams to learn more!

What is Dynamine?

When it comes to stimulants, everyone wants the “next big thing.”  Well, Dynamine is already being touted as the next hot mood and energy enhancer on the market.  With studies being conducted currently, industry insiders are at the edge of their seats.

Created by one of the most innovative companies on the market, Compound Solutions, Dynamine is a close relative to their already highly sought after product, TeaCrine – only Dynamine is said to pack a harder punch in a shorter period of time and is active longer than other stimulants on the market.  It is said that the effects of Dynamine can stretch out as far as three hours.  When combined with a pre-workout or fat burner formula, Dynamine can give you the energy you need faster, allowing you to skip the long wait before the effects can be felt.

Dynamine is commonly referred to as methyl liberine and is a pure alkaloid which is naturally occurring.  Its official molecular formula is 2-methoxy-1,7,9 Tetramethyluric acid.  Due to its specific molecular formula, it can more easily cross membranes for overall better absorption rates and delivery.  Dynamine, naturally, can be found in various forms of coffee beans, tea, and Kuding extract.

Being that Dynamine produces similar effects to caffeine, you can expect to see improved energy, enhanced performance, and better focus thanks to the ingredient activating dopamine receptors in the body along with other key neurotransmitters.  What’s even better is that you gain all of these benefits without any change in your blood pressure or heart rate – which are common side effects of heavy stimulants.

What can you expect to experience when using Dynamine?

  • Increases in energy
  • Improvements in mood
  • Creates laser-like focus
  • Starts working extremely quickly
  • Lasts up to three hours
  • No crash or jitters
  • No change in blood pressure or heart rate

Who does Dynamine cater to?

Dynamine is for those looking to increase their energy and mental focus, whether it be throughout the day or before workouts without feeling the harsh side effects commonly associated with stimulants.  With long-lasting effects, Dynamine can help improve your productivity throughout the day while also getting you through the most grueling workouts in the gym.  With the added focus benefit from the nootropic properties, you may find you’re able to acquire a much better mind-muscle connection during your workouts where you have the ability to focus on squeezing more out of each rep to aid in creating micro-tears and breaking down muscle fibers.  Additionally, with the enhancements in energy and oxygen uptake, you have the capability to burn more fat and calories throughout the day – potentially helping you with your weight loss or recomposition goals.

 

What is Advantra Z?

In a quest to lose weight and body fat, many look towards supplements to help them achieve their goals.  An ingredient that has been found to aid in weight loss is Advantra Z.  This ingredient is commonly associated with bitter orange or citrus aurantium on supplement labels and is generally found in today’s top fat burners.  However, Advantra Z is much more potent than the generic forms available.

Out of all the compounds found in Advantra Z, synephrine is the most potent and sought after.  Like caffeine, synephrine is naturally occurring.  With Advantra Z’s long history on the market (over 20 years), it has been deemed safe to use.  This is extremely important as many individuals are sensitive to various ingredients commonly found in fat burners or weight loss products, and Advantra Z does not appear to produce any negative side effects from a cardiovascular standpoint.

Why would you want to use Advantra Z?

Even when you have a clean nutrition plan and exercise regularly, some individuals still have a rough time dropping additional body fat to achieve their desired look and goal.  And let’s face it, no one wants to spend hours on a piece of cardio equipment every day.  Therefore, they look for a dietary supplement that can be included in their regimen to provide some assistance.  Unfortunately, not all dietary supplements contain the same profile or potency and the results can vary.  For that reason, it’s incredibly important to look for products that contain scientifically-backed ingredients, like Advantra Z, which has research behind them.

The precise formula found in Advantra Z has the ability to increase metabolism and energy expenditure without increasing blood pressure or heart rate.  The increase in metabolism can even be found without the addition of exercise – such as at rest.  With this being said, you should still consult with your healthcare provider to ensure you are healthy enough to supplement with such a product.

The increase in metabolism can be noted by an increase in basal metabolic rate (BMR) as well as through increased lipolysis which is the release of fatty acids into the bloodstream when the body breaks down fats and lipids.  This additionally provides an extra source of energy for workouts.  Advantra Z is extremely powerful and has a half-life of two to three hours.

Advantra Z can also help improve blood circulation as well as aid in protecting the brain thanks to bioflavonoids, hesperidin and naringin.

What is BioPerine?

When we consume food and supplements, we expect the nutrients to be broken down and utilized, right?  Well, unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.  However, through the help of BioPerine, you have the ability to improve your absorption rate as well as your overall health.

What exactly is BioPerine?  It’s a patented extract coming from black pepper, or more specifically the Piper nigrum plant.  Why black pepper?  Because it has been found to assist with several health benefits such as helping to reduce inflammation as well as fighting free radicals in the body through its antioxidant properties.  What many fail to realize is that free radicals are forming daily, including when we exercise.  For that reason, it’s important for us to take in an ample supply of antioxidants to seek out and destroy these free radicals before they can cause damage to our cells (even our DNA).

The main component found in BioPerine is piperine – which makes up a minimum of 95% of the product and is what provides the majority of the health benefits.  The remaining 5% of BioPerine is made up of other bioactive compounds like piperidine, piperanine, piperettine, and other alkaloids as well as chemical compounds like acetophenone, terpinol, citral, pinene, and more.

The reason for taking a product like BioPerine is to enhance and amplify the effects of other health and dietary supplements as well as improving the absorbency of nutrients coming from the foods you eat.  BioPerine helps slow down transit time which allows the body to improve the overall uptake of nutrients, providing you with the most health benefits.

A separate study was able to show piperine’s ability to increase saliva production and gastric secretions to aid in digestion to better break down and utilize food and supplements you consume, as well as increase the bioavailability.  Bioavailability is extremely important.  If you aren’t able to utilize what you are putting into your body, at the end of the day you are simply wasting your money.  It’s for that reason that BioPerine is added to certain supplements to give you the best bang for your buck.

Additionally, new research has come out showing some weight loss benefits associated with BioPerine, but researchers are hoping to have even more research published in the very near future to solidify those claims.  As it stands right now, piperine, found in BioPerine has the potential to reduce fat and lipids in the body as well as inhibit the formation of fat from accumulating.  This can be huge in helping with your weight or fat loss goals.

Along the same lines, supplementing with BioPerine can even help prevent insulin resistance as well as other chronic diseases.  Insulin resistance can wreak havoc on your weight loss goals in addition to the storage of fat in the body.

COMING SOON! All-New Lipocide Xtreme

COMING SOON – APRIL 12TH, 2018

 

 

Burning fat while preserving muscle is not a skill, but an art. Pro Creator Hany Rambod has demonstrated this concept countless times by shaping some of the most insane physiques the world has ever seen.

It’s his keen understanding of physique remodeling, of balancing increased metabolic rate and appetite control, that lead to the formulation of Hany’s most innovative and potent metabolic accelerator capsule – introducing Lipocide Xtreme.

In the beginning, it was Hany’s ground breaking non-stim formulations that put Evogen Nutrition on the map. More recently, due to the demand from our customer base, Hany designed Lipocide Xtreme for advanced users who are looking for a stronger stimulant effect.

 

What are Bacillus Coagulans and Bacillus Subtilis?

I get it, some of you might be scratching your head thinking I’m speaking in a different language.  The fact of the matter is, Bacillus coagulans and Bacillus subtilis are incredibly helpful probiotics that have many health benefits, especially when it comes to immunity and gut health.  And as I’m sure you are aware, probiotics (when it comes to overall health and well-being) is a hot topic right now and something that is being talked about regularly as more and more brands are starting to include these helpful bacteria strains in their products.

The formation of these particular bacteria strains (Bacillus coagulans and Bacillus subtilis) allow them to pass through the stomach and into the intestines where they are able to grow and multiply as normal flora without being destroyed by the immune system.  This is also important for the fact that our stomach acid usually begins to break down or even kill some bacteria, but this isn’t the case with Bacillus coagulans and Bacillus subtilis.

These Bacillus spores contain antibiotic compounds that aid in improving immunity by killing off potential pathogens that could cause illness.  They also assist with keeping the intestinal wall and lining healthy which creates a strong barrier that boosts the immune system and its defense.

Unfortunately, when gut health is compromised, several negative consequences can ensue.  Individuals can suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhea, bacterial overgrowth, bloating, and even infection (such as a urinary tract infection).  Depending on the severity, any one of these issues can put you out of commission for 24 hours or longer.

When you are training hard, getting ready for a competition, or striving to reach your health and fitness goals, any little issue or hiccup with your health can cause a setback.  Bacillus coagulans and Bacillus subtilis can help reduce the likelihood of these common health issues and help your body fight off and kill foreign pathogens.

Something everyone should be looking to protect is their longevity.  We all want to stay young and healthy for as long as we can.  However, free radicals that float around in our bloodstream trying to destroy and mutate our cells can wreak havoc on our immune system.  In order to prevent our immunity from becoming compromised and keep it thriving, we need antioxidants to go out in search for free radicals and destroy them before they are able to harm us on a cellular level (including down to the DNA level).

Bacillus spores, like Bacillus coagulans, produce antioxidant compounds in the form of carotenoids that help rid the body of free radicals.  These carotenoids aid in preventing oxidative stress that can lead to diseases like diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases.

It’s for these reasons that probiotics (especially Bacillus coagulans and Bacillus subtilis) are so important and vital to protecting our health.  Probiotics are something we all should implement into our supplement and nutrition strategy.