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Supplements that Caught My Eye in 2013

Green coffee

I have been taking dietary supplements for almost two decades now. People laugh when they come over to my house and see all the bottles and canisters lying around. I must take 75 pills a day along with powders of all kinds.

So, when I hear of a compelling new nutrient, I am always very curious. What does it do? What are the benefits? Is it supported by legitimate science? The following may not be necessarily new; they have lacked public awareness. But they finally caught my eye in 2013:

ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate): When describing the foundation for human energy, it all starts with ATP. This enzyme molecule is considered the pure energy engine of life as we know it. Its capability to transform negatively charged atoms into high levels of energy is staggering.  ATP is by far the rock star of our internal microscopic community.

ATP acts a lot like a battery. It stores energy within the cells and then releases it when needed. This energy is then restored by fueling ATP molecules with food, oxygen, and, yes, even supplements.  This process transforms glucose back into recharged, stored energy. Stored ATP is highly concentrated within the cells throughout our bodies, especially our muscles, where it works as a primary resource for physical activity.

ATP supplements have been shown to increase overall energy levels, reduce fatigue, and support cardiovascular health. A plethora of supplements dedicated to ATPs production, synthesis, storage, and activity are now common, where years ago they were hard to find. 

GlycoCarn: Nitric Oxide boosters are nothing new, but my personal experience with this supplement has been nothing short of profound. In fact, recent double blind studies reveal that GlycoCarn is the only supplement proven to increase nitric oxide levels in the human bloodstream.

GlycoCarn is glycine propionyl-L-carnitine hcl, (GPLC), a propionyl ester of carnitine that includes an additional glycine component. Compared with other forms of carnitine, GlycoCarn works as a nitric oxide booster, exhibiting a special affinity for muscle tissues, such as the heart. In addition, it helps boost nitric oxide health, acting as a powerful scavenger against superoxide radicals, and protects against lipid peroxidation.

Carnitine, in general, is known to be involved in fatty acid metabolism. A patented compound, GlycoCarn has not only been shown to result in increased nitric oxide, but deliver potent antioxidant properties as well. This ultimately leads to increased blood flow and enhanced ATP energy production. After more than 300 endurance events over 30 years, I cant say enough about this aminocarnitine.

Pure Green Coffee Bean Extract: This compound has generated significant buzz for its ability to improve energy levels, fat metabolism, and weight loss.

Researchers have discovered that unroasted green coffee beans possess a natural polyphenolic antioxidant called Chlorogenic Acid, which is related to chlorophyll. Chlorogenic Acid inhibits the release of glucose into the bloodstream. The presence of Chlorogenic Acid in the body triggers the body to convert stored fat in the body into energy, rather than using glucose in the liver to create energy. This essentially melts the fat off the body while increasing metabolism and lowering blood pressure. And studies show efficacy!

In fact, according to a recent study on green coffee bean published in the Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity journal, a group of 16 adults supplemented with green coffee bean for only 12 weeks. Over the course of the study, the subjects lost an average of 17 pounds each. This was 10.5 percent of their overall body weight and 16 percent of their overall body fat!  These results are very compelling and could be an effective weapon against the obesity epidemic moving forward. Dietary supplement companies have been quick to develop Green Coffee Bean products and natural products retailers have been quick to stock their shelves.

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