A combination of nuts and dried fruits is an ideal snack for strength trainers who don’t have time to prepare a meal immediately after a trip to the gym. Although you can choose to pick up a bag of pre-mixed trail mix, a cheaper alternative is to purchase your own mixed nuts and dried fruits, combine them at home, and pack a couple servings in a sealable bag. By creating your own mix, you will have more control over the flavors you include. Keep the mix in your gym bag so you will always have foods to support building muscle tissue with you and available as soon as you finish your workout.
Phytoecdysteroids are analogues of arthropod steroid hormones found in plants, where they deter predation by non-adapted predators. There is potential to exploit this to develop new strategies for pest control, either by using ecdysteroids as lead molecules for the design of novel pest control agents or by alteration of ecdysteroid levels/profiles in crop plants through plant breeding or genetic modification. However, it is other properties of phytoecdysteroids that have led to a rapid recent increase in scientific and commercial interest in these molecules. They are apparently non-toxic to mammals and a wide range of beneficial pharmacological (adaptogenic, anabolic, anti-diabetic, hepatoprotective, immunoprotective, wound-healing, and perhaps even anti-tumour) activities is claimed for them. In particular, this has led to a large (and unregulated) market for ecdysteroid-containing preparations for body-builders, sportsmen, and pets, among others. Ecdysteroids are also being considered as nutraceutical additives to food products. Further, ecdysteroids are good candidates as elicitors for gene-switch systems to be used in medical gene therapy and research applications. In this article, I review the applications of phytoecdysteroids and assess their future potential. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Q. I read your review of creatine online and found it
very informational. I am wondering if you can share some information about the
recent body-building supplement Ecdy Bolin. I have been using it for a couple
months (both with creatine and also without). It is promoted as has other
benefits aside from muscle-building, such as nerve function. Anyway, I would
like to know if you feel this supplement is a safe and a quality addition and
how you feel about it in general. At the moment, I am not using creatine, only
A. An internet search reveals Ecdy Bolin has 100 mg of ecdysterone. I have not seen any human studies with Ecdy Bolin or ecdysterone, so I have no opinion on this supplement at this time.