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    Why dose PLCAR and ALCAR separate? I usually took them together.


  2. I checked out this post via the AM newsletter. I thought the stacks would be more of what I'm used to, lol. None of these stacks I recognize or really understand. Truthfully, if I add one more supplement to my day, I don't think I'll have time to do anything but take pills haha.

    BUT .... having said that ...... I'm just about finished with a relatively non-successful LeCheeck stack. So I'm looking for a new stack to hopeful a) get leaner and b) build muscle. Any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance for any input!
    MFT
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  3. What is TMG? What does it do?

  4. Quote Originally Posted by ricroc View Post
    What is TMG? What does it do?
    Trimethylglycine aka Betaine Anhydrous.

    Betaine As An Ergogenic Aid

  5. Quote Originally Posted by MM11 View Post
    Why dose PLCAR and ALCAR separate? I usually took them together.
    If you dose them together they counteract eachother for absorption reasons. I would dose alcar pre workout then plcar either in AM or PM.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by MM11 View Post
    Why dose PLCAR and ALCAR separate? I usually took them together.
    Quote Originally Posted by kbayne View Post
    If you dose them together they counteract eachother for absorption reasons. I would dose alcar pre workout then plcar either in AM or PM.
    Yes, there has been some evidence (in CFS patients, mind you) that they competitively inhibit one another.

    I, on the other hand, like ALCAR in the morning (or before a high carbohydrate meal w/ Na-R-Ala & Agmatine) and PLCAR preworkout. To each his own. I do like two grams of ALCAR (on an empty stomach) before studying, reading, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by ricroc View Post
    What is TMG? What does it do?
    Quote Originally Posted by bolt10 View Post
    Trimethylglycine aka Betaine Anhydrous.

    Betaine As An Ergogenic Aid
    Thanks, bolt. This is a good thread, ricroc. Also, do a search for member, ZiR Red. He completed his doctoral dissertation on TMG (Betaine Anhydrous).

    Quote Originally Posted by MaxFitTrainer View Post
    I checked out this post via the AM newsletter. I thought the stacks would be more of what I'm used to, lol. None of these stacks I recognize or really understand. Truthfully, if I add one more supplement to my day, I don't think I'll have time to do anything but take pills haha.

    BUT .... having said that ...... I'm just about finished with a relatively non-successful LeCheeck stack. So I'm looking for a new stack to hopeful a) get leaner and b) build muscle. Any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance for any input!
    MFT
    This thread is providing information on a variety of different supplement protocols with efficacious doses. This lends to the idea of buying supplements in bulk to reach desired doses and timings. I'm not taking each of these because it would be cumbersome, expensive, and, most likely, unwarranted.

    If you are looking to build muscle/get lean, look into the supplements under the "Ergogen Stack." A stack of creatine monohydrate, beta-alanine, caffeine, and alcar would be a nice stack.

  7. Thanks for starting this thread, lot of good information being posted

  8. Quote Originally Posted by domore View Post
    I've been taking 200mcg, so I may move down to 100mcg because I do have a pretty well-rounded diet. I've talked with ZiR Red about his TMG research, and his research is pretty convincing. Should dosing be AM/PM for NAC and SAMe?

    Oh, you are your unreleased sku's



    I just threw the krill oil on their for it's other potential benefits (i.e. astaxanthin). If someone were to choose one or the other, he should choose fish oil simply because of the levels of the most important components of Omega 3 fatty acids. One won't get much from 53mg EPA/37mg DHA.



    How about astaxanthin by itself? (sans the krill oil)



    I'll add GTE to the list. Dose/timing?
    One of the major benefits of krill oil is that the astaxanthin prevents lipid peroxidation of epa/dha (which are very prone to such). So I would really only take it via krill oil.

    I like 750mg EGCG daily, split into 250mg doses (one before each meal).

  9. Quote Originally Posted by MaxFitTrainer View Post
    I checked out this post via the AM newsletter. I thought the stacks would be more of what I'm used to, lol. None of these stacks I recognize or really understand. Truthfully, if I add one more supplement to my day, I don't think I'll have time to do anything but take pills haha.

    BUT .... having said that ...... I'm just about finished with a relatively non-successful LeCheeck stack. So I'm looking for a new stack to hopeful a) get leaner and b) build muscle. Any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance for any input!
    MFT
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  10. Quote Originally Posted by jin View Post
    so cool.

    i wonder if there are applications in restoring gut flora after courses of antibiotics, perhaps nestled inside of time-release probiotic caps...
    anybody?
    Yes, but the issue is that antibiotics wipe out tens of billions of gut probiotics. A few pills won't fix the issue, but continued use will.
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  11. Quote Originally Posted by domore View Post
    I've been taking 200mcg, so I may move down to 100mcg because I do have a pretty well-rounded diet. I've talked with ZiR Red about his TMG research, and his research is pretty convincing. Should dosing be AM/PM for NAC and SAMe?

    Oh, you are your unreleased sku's



    I just threw the krill oil on their for it's other potential benefits (i.e. astaxanthin). If someone were to choose one or the other, he should choose fish oil simply because of the levels of the most important components of Omega 3 fatty acids. One won't get much from 53mg EPA/37mg DHA.



    How about astaxanthin by itself? (sans the krill oil)



    I'll add GTE to the list. Dose/timing?
    NAC and SAMe can be AM/PM. NAC preworkout has evidence for two things (at ~600MG):

    1. Pro-oxidation
    2. Performance enhancement

    The latter effect is odd given what NAC may due to respiration, but I'd say a preworkout dose is worth trying.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by mr.cooper69 View Post
    One of the major benefits of krill oil is that the astaxanthin prevents lipid peroxidation of epa/dha (which are very prone to such). So I would really only take it via krill oil.

    I like 750mg EGCG daily, split into 250mg doses (one before each meal).
    Good deal. I've started taking Haleo's AquaRed. It is my first time supplementing with krill oil, and I figured this would be a good product since it has both krill and fish oil.

    I'll edit the thread for GTE.

    Quote Originally Posted by mr.cooper69 View Post
    YES! I forgot about your thread. Definitely start here.

    Quote Originally Posted by mr.cooper69 View Post
    Yes, but the issue is that antibiotics wipe out tens of billions of gut probiotics. A few pills won't fix the issue, but continued use will.
    I don't know if you have seen his blog, but here is a pretty neat article by ZiR Red on probiotics.

    http://jasoncholewa.com/2012/07/22/c...d-performance/

  13. Quote Originally Posted by mr.cooper69 View Post
    NAC and SAMe can be AM/PM. NAC preworkout has evidence for two things (at ~600MG):

    1. Pro-oxidation
    2. Performance enhancement

    The latter effect is odd given what NAC may due to respiration, but I'd say a preworkout dose is worth trying.
    That was one thing I was always curious about C-Bol, the 600mg dose of NAC preworkout.
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    I remember reading about melatonin in this thread; be careful taking melatonin, everything I've read suggests it negatively effects testosterone.

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  15. Subbed great thread. Also domore, which cofactor b complex do you suggest?

  16. Quote Originally Posted by koi1214 View Post
    Subbed great thread. Also domore, which cofactor b complex do you suggest?
    Go for Jarrow B-Right. It is cheaper than most, but still hits most of the co-factors. Swanson also has a great one for around $18, though.

  17. Jarrow B-Right®




    Supplement Facts
    Serving Size: 1 Capsule
    Servings per Container: 100

    Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
    Vitamin B1 (as thiamine mononitrate) 25 mg 1,667%
    Vitamin B2 (as riboflavin) 25 mg 1,470%
    Vitamin B3 (as niacin) 25 mg 125%
    Vitamin B3 (as niacinamide) 100 mg 500%
    Vitamin B5 (as calcium D-pantothenate) 100 mg 1,000%
    Pantethine (vitamin B5 derivative) 25 mg *
    Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl) 25 mg 1,250%
    Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxal 5-phosphate) 10 mg 500%
    Folate (from folic acid and Quatrefolic® (6S)-5-methyl-tetrahydrofolic acid glucosamine salt) 400 mcg 100%
    Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 100 mcg 1,667%
    Biotin 300 mcg 100%
    Choline (as choline bitartrate) 50 mg *
    Inositol 50 mg *
    PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) 30 mg *
    *Daily value not established.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by Valdez View Post
    I remember reading about melatonin in this thread; be careful taking melatonin, everything I've read suggests it negatively effects testosterone.

    - Valdez
    Do you have the studies on hand? I'm curious to what doses were used in those studies.

  19. Quote Originally Posted by domore View Post

    Go for Jarrow B-Right. It is cheaper than most, but still hits most of the co-factors. Swanson also has a great one for around $18, though.
    This the one I take only one per day. How many caps would u take a day of B right ? Thanks

  20. Quote Originally Posted by squatting View Post
    This the one I take only one per day. How many caps would u take a day of B right ? Thanks
    I do 3-4 (evenly spaced) per day based on the recommendation of Dr. Dana Houser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by domore View Post
    Go for Jarrow B-Right. It is cheaper than most, but still hits most of the co-factors. Swanson also has a great one for around $18, though.
    I have been using B-Right and Swanson's Activated B-complex looks very good.

  22. Quote Originally Posted by koi1214 View Post
    I have been using B-Right and Swanson's Activated B-complex looks very good.
    B-Right is cost effective and uses mainly co-factors. For what it is, you don't need to spend $18 on a b-complex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by domore View Post
    Do you have the studies on hand? I'm curious to what doses were used in those studies.
    It took me forever to track them down but they were found via a google search term "melatonin testosterone".

    I did pay attention to dosages but there was an interesting study that showed men with hypogonadism show an increase in melatonin during nocturnal emission and men who were hyper have lower levels of melatonin. What I took away from that was that its not the dose but melatonin itself effects hpta.

    There are several studies I can track down for you if need be when I get back to AZ. I'm visiting family now.

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  24. Quote Originally Posted by Valdez View Post

    It took me forever to track them down but they were found via a google search term "melatonin testosterone".

    I did pay attention to dosages but there was an interesting study that showed men with hypogonadism show an increase in melatonin during nocturnal emission and men who were hyper have lower levels of melatonin. What I took away from that was that its not the dose but melatonin itself effects hpta.

    There are several studies I can track down for you if need be when I get back to AZ. I'm visiting family now.

    - Valdez
    Sounds good. Enjoy your time with the family. I'm out and about too.
    EvoMuse

  25. Quote Originally Posted by Valdez View Post
    I remember reading about melatonin in this thread; be careful taking melatonin, everything I've read suggests it negatively effects testosterone.

    - Valdez

    There is actually no relevant data to this end (studies use injections/mega-doses). The pineal gland does have a suppressive effect on T release, but unless you have a complete absence of a circadian rhythm, <1 mg oral melatonin nightly won't have any significant effect. The suppressive effect occurs endogenously every night when you get tired and is partially responsible for the natural peaks and valleys in testosterone levels throughout the day. Nothing to concern yourself about; just BBers being fearmongers when it comes to good ole testosterone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.cooper69 View Post
    There is actually no relevant data to this end (studies use injections/mega-doses). The pineal gland does have a suppressive effect on T release, but unless you have a complete absence of a circadian rhythm, &lt;1 mg oral melatonin nightly won't have any significant effect. The suppressive effect occurs endogenously every night when you get tired and is partially responsible for the natural peaks and valleys in testosterone levels throughout the day. Nothing to concern yourself about; just BBers being fearmongers when it comes to good ole testosterone!
    There was no exogenous melatonin given in this study (I'm pretty sure its the right one I just skimmed due to time constraints). The melatonin was strictly off of endogenous levels. It looks as if the hormone melatonin itself (not dose dependent or exogenous) has a negative feedback on T.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9404445

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    Hyper T = low endogenous melatonin secretion

    Hypo = High melatonin secretion

    ...in that study

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  28. Quote Originally Posted by Valdez View Post
    There was no exogenous melatonin given in this study (I'm pretty sure its the right one I just skimmed due to time constraints). The melatonin was strictly off of endogenous levels. It looks as if the hormone melatonin itself (not dose dependent or exogenous) has a negative feedback on T.

    Abnormal melatonin secretion in hypogo... [Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 1997] - PubMed - NCBI

    - Valdez
    This is precisely what I'm saying! Unless you are a robot, your testosterone will dip every night when you get tired anyway. Microdoses of exogenous melatonin won't significantly change this effect, as the pineal gland will feedback on the HPTA regardless.

    Edit: And in reading that study, it appears the suppression is at the level of the hypothalamus. This is completely normal and shouldn't be feared. Your T will rise and fall an innumerable amount of times in a day. It's a complex system and seeking to control each component will drive you insane for no significant net gain.

  29. Quote Originally Posted by mr.cooper69 View Post
    Well done, domore, seriously. I'd bump the LCLT up to 3 grams since most (but not all!) studies use 2g L-carnitine as LCLT, which amounts to ~3g actual LCLT.

    For the health stack, I'd add 250mcg-1mg melatonin. It is actually one of the most researched health supplements out there (if not the most researched). I also believe that, while not a supplement, 81mg aspirin/day is great for both health and even body composition (fat loss via AMPK stimulation).
    Where would I find Melatonin dosed at less than 1mg? Most supplements I have found are around 3mg or more.

  30. Quote Originally Posted by domore

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    Ergogen Stack:[/B]
    Creatine - 2.5-5g (Preferred forms: Orotate/MCC/Nitrate/Monohydrate)
    Beta Alanine - 3.2g
    LCLT - 3g
    Citrulline Malate - 3-9g
    Caffeine - Dosage dependent on user
    Nitrates - As part of a designer product (e.g. Creatine Nitrate/Powershock/etc.)

    -Dose creatine on workout days only
    -Dose beta alanine any time of the day
    -Dose LCLT preworkout
    -Dose citrulline malate preworkout
    -Dose nitrates anytime before workout due to long half-life
    1. LCLT - only does on workout days? If no, when would be a good time to take on non-w/o days?
    2. Citrulline Malate - Between 3-9, what's the optimal dosage, or does one truly have to dial it in themselves?

    I keep coming back to this thread for all the juicy knowledge being given!
  

  
 

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