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    Default 14 Natural Anabolic (foods)



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    14 natural anabolics: power foods that act like supplements
    Flex, May, 2004 by Jim Stoppani
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    You know the FLEX stand on supplements--they work well, but only after your diet is squared away. After all, a supplement does just that: It supplements your diet. The foods you eat can also be thought of as supplements. In fact, many pro bodybuilders think of all food as a nutritional supplement. They don't eat foods because they taste good, but because they fulfill a metabolic bodybuilding need. Consider the following foods for their natural anabolic benefits. Add them to your bodybuilding staples to get the most from every meal. Most of these foods won't typically provide a more concentrated source of ingredients than a comparable nutritional supplement, but their benefit lies in their form--natural, unadulterated and within a matrix of other ingredients that may enhance their bioavailability. Consider these 14 foods as supplements to your nutrition program and standard-issue supplements.

    1 HERRING

    Chances are that if you're not of Scandinavian descent, you've been missing one of the best muscle-building foods on the planet: herring. Whether it's smoked, pickled or kippered, herring packs more creatine than any other creature on the planet. Creatine is among the most important bodybuilding nutrients because it enhances muscle volume and, ultimately, strength. In addition, creatine helps drive nutrients into muscles to assist recovery and growth.

    DOSE: Eat six ounces of herring an hour or two before a workout to provide your body with more than 40 grams (g) of high-quality protein, 12 g of healthy fats, more than 3 g of muscle-growth-stimulating leucine and about 2 g of creatine. Add at least another 2 g of creatine in supplement form to really blow your muscles up.

    2 GRAPEFRUIT

    Stock up on grapefruit when you're trying to bring out your abs. This citrus fruit helps you shed fat. A recent 12-week study discovered that when just half a grapefruit or an eight-ounce glass of grapefruit juice was consumed three times a day, but no other dietary changes were made, subjects lost an average of four pounds with many losing more than 10 pounds. One reason for this may be the blood glucose- and insulin-lowering effects of grapefruit, which was also observed in the study subjects. This may be due to the soluble fiber pectin in grapefruit. Pectin helps slow the rate at which carbs (glucose) enter the bloodstream, which helps keep insulin levels down.

    Another possibility for grapefruit's effectiveness on fat loss has to do with the compound naringenin. This flavonol slows the normal detoxification and metabolism of various drugs. It also slows the breakdown of caffeine, which is helpful in fat loss because it prolongs caffeine's thermogenic effect and the amount of fat burned. If you're taking prescription medications such as antihistamines, antianxiety drugs, calcium channel blockers, cholesterol-lowering drugs or immunosuppressants, consult your physician before consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice.

    DOSE: One grapefruit (two or three times a day) delivers about 130 milligrams (mg) naringinen, only 90 calories, more than 2 g of fiber with over half of that as pectin, 20 g of carbs, 2 g of protein and 90 mg of vitamin C per dose. Due to its possible insulin-lowering effect, do not eat grapefruit or drink the juice for at least two hours after your workout.

    3 YOGURT

    Yogurt is processed by adding bacterial cultures to milk, which transforms lactose (milk sugar) into lactic acid, giving yogurt its tart flavor and thick texture. Live cultures help perpetuate an anabolic state by maintaining gastrointestinal (GI) health through reestablishing gut microflora (which are commonly compromised by intensive training, dieting, and from some foods and supplements). Absorption of nutrients such as protein is improved and immune function is aided.

    Yogurt is also a good source of calcium, which is now recognized to help with fat loss because it suppresses a powerful fat-producing hormone. And, of course, yogurt is a good source of milk protein. Look for yogurt that lists live cultures, such as Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilis, on the label. Beware of yogurt that contains added sugar.

    DOSE: Yogurt makes a good snack any time of day, except immediately before or after a workout. One cup of plain low-fat yogurt contains 156 calories, 13 g of protein, 17 g of carbs, 4 g of fat, almost 500 mg of calcium, about a gram of each of the branched-chain amino acids and more than 1 g of glutamine. Look for the National Yogurt Association's Live and Active Cultures seal to be assured that the brand you choose contained at ieast 100 million cultures per gram at the time of manufacture.

    4 GREEN TEA

    Green tea has numerous benefits including fat loss, joint recovery and liver health, as well as helping to prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease and even, according to one recent study, HIV infection. The active ingredient responsible for most of these benefits is a flavonoid called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG has antioxidant properties that provide most of its health benefits, and it boosts metabolism by preventing the breakdown of norepinephrine (NE). It may also interfere with fat digestion. In the joints, EGCG appears to inhibit the enzyme that breaks down cartilage.

    DOSE: An eight-ounce cup of green tea provides about 200 mg of EGCG; drinking two or three cups a day may keep your metabolism humming, your joints running smoothly and the rest of your body in tip-top shape.

    5 COFFEE

    Coffee was once deemed unhealthy, but recent research has shown that it offers many benefits to bodybuilders. Besides fostering alertness, coffee has a thermogenic effect on bodyfat. Caffeine is a great addition to boost the effectiveness of other thermogenic ingredients. Another way to enhance the fat-liberating effect of caffeine is to consume it about an hour before exercise. Having coffee before you lift is also beneficial because, according to recent research, it is more effective than aspirin for blunting muscle soreness. That means you can train harder and heavier without your muscles complaining and trying to slow you down.

    What you may not know about coffee is that it imparts health benefits. Recent research suggests that moderate coffee drinking (about three cups per day) decreases the risk of type II diabetes, liver disease and even gallstones.

    DOSE: Drink one or more regular eight-ounce cups of brewed coffee, for 100-200 mg of caffeine each. (Instant coffee usually has a little less than 100 mg. Larger-sized cups from some coffee-shop chains may contain more than 500 mg.)

    6 BROCCOLI

    Broccoli contains high amounts of indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and its closely related derivative diindolylmethane, naturally occurring phytochemicals that reduce the strength of estrogens by converting them to weaker varieties in the liver. This diminishes estrogen's effects on fat gain and water retention, and it may strengthen testosterone's anabolic effects. Recent research suggests that it also neutralizes the harmful effects of high dihydrotestosterone, ultimately helping to keep "good" testosterone levels up and excess water and fat retention down.

    DOSE: Shoot for one cup or more of raw or steamed broccoli per day. That amount will deliver more than 100 mg of I3C; 1,200-4,000 micrograms of sulforaphane (a potent cancer fighter); more than 80 mg of vitamin C; and over 40 mg of calcium.

    7 SPINACH

    Spinach is high in glutamine, an amino acid that enhances muscle growth, immune function and GI health. Since spinach is about 90% water, you'll need to eat a large salad (you're better off eating it raw to preserve the glutamine). Spinach also contains octacosanol. This compound has numerous health benefits (such as for the cardiovascular system), but the property most relevant to bodybuilders is its ability to increase muscle strength. You won't get a whole lot of it from one salad, but you will get it in its natural form. Consider taking an octacosanol supplement along with your spinach salad to really help with your strength.

    Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that provide free-radical protection and preserve eye health--you'll want to be able to see those muscles you're creating in the gym.

    DOSE: Use a full 10-ounce bag of spinach leaves to make a salad that will provide close to 1 g of glutamine, only about 65 calories, 8 g of protein, 6 g of fiber, almost 300 mg of calcium, 8 mg of iron, 80 mg of vitamin C, 16 mg of beta carotene, and 35 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin. Don't eat spinach right before a workout, as the fiber content will slow down digestion.

    8 TOMATOES

    Tomatoes provide two valuable phytochemicals: the carotenoid lycopene and the flavonoid quercetin. Lycopene is an antioxidant compound that fights heart disease and cancer, especially of the prostate. It is more active in tomato products (ketchup, tomato sauce, tomato paste) than in raw tomatoes.
    Quercetin also has antioxidant properties and it helps prevent plaque buildup on coronary arteries. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect, so it may help in recovery after a grueling workout that caused muscle damage and pain.

    DOSE: Based on recent studies, it may take as much as 6 1/2 tomatoes or 10 servings of tomato-based foods per day to get the needed protection. One cup of tomato soup provides more than 25 mg of lycopene, a medium raw tomato provides more than 3 mg, and one cup of tomato juice has 22 mg.

    9 WATERMELON

    The red flesh and especially the white rind are high in the amino acid citrulline. Citrulline is an amino acid that gets converted to arginine to produce nitric oxide (NO), which can help increase blood flow to your muscles, delivering nutrients, hormones and oxygen to them, as well as a bigger pump. The red flesh is a great source (even higher than tomatoes) of lycopene, the heart-healthy antioxidant that also fends off many types of cancers. If you want to live bigger for longer, then add watermelon to your diet.

    DOSE: An hour before your workout, eat two 12-ounce wedges of watermelon (be sure to eat the white rind down close to the green peel). That amount will deliver about 3 g of NO-producing citrulline, as well as fuel your workout with more than 50 g of carbs. It will also provide more than 20 ounces of water to keep you hydrated and enhance muscle-cell volumization.

    10 GARLIC

    Garlic is another muscle-promoting vegetable that's worth the mouthwash. It is a cousin to the onion and is rich in allicin, diallyl disulphide, diallyl trisulfide and other sulfur-containing compounds that provide a long list of health benefits. Topping that list for bodybuilders is garlic's ability to stimulate testosterone production and inhibit cortisol production. This makes garlic a good preworkout choice, as long as you warn your training partner. Allicin also is known to be effective in fighting cancer, heart disease and even the common cold.

    DOSE: One raw clove has more than 4 mg of active allicin. Eat it preworkout.

    11 ONIONS

    Onions, like garlic, are members of the Allium family, and both are rich in sulfur-containing compounds that give them their pungent odor and many of their health-promoting effects. One such compound is allyl propyl disulfide (APDS), which enhances insulin secretion or prevents its deactivation by the liver. In either case, circulating insulin levels are increased. This makes an onion an odd but good choice for a postworkout snack. If eaten along with a whey protein shake, carbs and creatine, an onion will help to load the muscles with these crucial nutrients. Vidalia onions are sweet enough to eat like apples; consider throwing one in your gym bag on training days. If you can get to a kitchen shortly after the gym, go for an egg-white omelet with diced onions and tomatoes. Onions also contain high levels of quercetin.

    DOSE: Eat one small onion postworkout.

    12 SUNFLOWER SEEDS

    Sunflower seeds are jam-packed with arginine and glutamine for muscle volumizing. They also supply betaine--the methyl donator, which the body uses for rebuilding joints and protecting the liver from a variety of chemicals, including alcohol and steroids. Betaine makes sunflower seeds a good food to eat if you are taking supplements with glycocyamine (the creatine precursor), as it helps with its conversion to creatine. Sunflower seeds are also a great source of healthy mono-and polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E.

    DOSE: Consume one-half cup over the course of the day. That amount supplies 12 g of protein, 15 g of carbs, more than 7 g of fiber (which makes them unsuitable close to workout time), about 3 g of glutamine and 1 1/2 g of arginine.

    13 PARSLEY

    Parsley aids digestion to help reduce estrogen levels. Its other benefits include helping to neutralize your breath from garlic and onion consumption.

    The flavone apigenin, found in high concentrations in parsley, provides an effect similar to that of 13C--protecting the body from bad estrogens. Parsley helps prevent the fat gain, water retention and inhibition of testosterone that are associated with estrogen. Apigenin also has powerful antioxidant properties and has been shown to shield DNA from oxidative damage, protecting cells from skin to muscle.

    DOSE: Three sprigs or a tablespoon of chopped or fresh parsley provide about 10 mg of apigenin (which is the same dosage found in some supplements).

    14 BLUEBERRIES

    Every bodybuilder should consider eating more blueberries. Scientists at Tufts University (Medford, Massachusetts) analyzed numerous fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability, and the blueberry was ranked highest in the ability to destroy free radicals. Blueberries have the highest anthocyanin content of all fruits. These powerful antioxidant phytochemicals help protect structures of the blood vessels such as the capillaries that feed muscles with blood, nutrients, hormones and oxygen. Keeping these structures strong and healthy keeps muscles bigger and stronger.

    The anthocyanins also act like smart pills. Ignorance and skinniness may be bliss, but being big and shredded are most FLEX readers' goals. Blueberries have been shown to enhance memory, help rejuvenate brain cells and prevent dementia.

    DOSE: Before bedtime, add one-half cup of blueberries to a protein shake. The berries add more than 70 mg of brain-boosting anthocyanins, only 40 calories and just 10 g of total carbs (of those, 2 g are fiber and only 3 g are fructose).

    As a bodybuilder who wants to supplement his diet, you might think only of pills, powders and potions. Don't forget about foods. Many foods are great sources of certain compounds that are extremely beneficial to bodybuilders. Add them to your regular nutrition program and take advantage of all that nature has to offer.

    BY JIM STOPPANI, PHD

    COPYRIGHT 2004 Weider Publications
    COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group

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    i've heard/read about all of those but tomatoes, onions, parsley, and watermelon. what about cottage cheese? most people i talk with dont et any at all, but i say its is probably one of the, if not THE best source of protien there is.

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    Good post. I'm with flex, I dig cottage cheese too.
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    I actually hate cottage cheese it makes me sick

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    Aww, c'mon! Cottage cheese is great! Seriously, though it is a great source of protein. I'm just glad it is one dairy food I can handle. I can only have limited amounts of fat-free milk and yogurt. Anything else dairy is off-limits for me.

    Those foods posted above are all for specific purposes, but as for anabolic foods, I think that any food you can eat (and not get sick from) is anabolic. It is the learning how to eat that keeps many from making the progress they want--me included--I'm still figuring it out, but I'm close.

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    normaly I add oatmeal and fruits to my fat free cottage cheese. Now that I am cutting I only eat a couple of blackberries and 1 or strawberries in my pwo shake. What do you guys put on your cottage cheese to enhace flavor?

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    good post thanks
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    Default Slight concern about grapefruit...

    Note that there are compounds in grapefruit that inhibit the liver enzyme 'cyp 450'. This enzyme is a big player in metabolizing many drugs so they can then be eliminated from the body. If it becomes too inhibited, dangerous levels of medicines can build up resulting in toxicity (possible death).

    I DO NOT believe cyp 450 is involved in the metabolism of anabolic steroids-- though non-steroid drugs (maybe PTC meds like clomid, etc.) *may* be targets of this liver enzyme. Here's a site with some examples:

    http://www.theberries.ns.ca/Archives/cyp450.html

    I don't think this should be too big of a concern, but it's good to know.

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    Bump!! definitely a good post on diet tips,... cottage cheese, is an awesome source of casein, eat it before bed to feed your muscles and help against catabolism....i love 2% cottage cheese...i know it does taste kinda funny..lol
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    what do u add to the cottage cheese? i ate some straight out the cut and threw that shit away.

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    scoop a cup or more of it onto a plate and eat it until you are about to gag. thats how its done.
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    think i will stick to the tuna and salmon packs

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    just gotta do it man if you want good quality casein protein in your finger tips,....one or two cups and your muscles will thank you..
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    b4 bedtime or just as a snack....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ1
    scoop a cup or more of it onto a plate and eat it until you are about to gag. thats how its done.
    LMAO!! its true...i hate that shit but just force feed myself it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonoma_8
    b4 bedtime or just as a snack....
    i do both. i like to have a steady source of protien consistently feeding my muscles throughout the day and also just before bed. i usually eat 2 1/2 cups just before bed. try adding kiwis, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, or mixing it into a shake with dry oatmeal and various fruits.

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    I put apple chunks in my cottage cheese........my girlfriend puked when she tried it im gonna try peanut butter next.

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    thanks 4 the good info

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    just got a big ass spoon and shoved it down, actually not that bad, guess i was thinking about it too much.

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    i love cottage cheese with tabasco sauce or franks hot sauce. HOt food gives my taste bud a sensation. It helps if ya have stuffy nose.
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    food and growing.. great combo
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    I add ice cream to my cottage cheese and it goes down great
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    wow old post but a good one indeed


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