February 17, 2010
Q: Is Coconut Oil (which is rich in MCTs) and/or MCT supplements beneficial for athletic performance enhancement and/or general health?
A: Clinical research once responsibly condemned the “toxic health-compromising effects” from consuming Coconut Oil. This research specifically referred to “Hydrogenated Coconut Oil.” Continue Reading »
February 17, 2010
Krill are shrimp-like crustaceans. The oil extracted from these crustaceans, quoting one well-known nutritional scientist, “contains important omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA, fatty acids found in fish oils. Krill oil also has a high amount of a potent antioxidant called astaxanthin along with small amounts of vitamin A and vitamin E, and perhaps small amounts of other undetermined beneficial compounds.” As far as which is better, this particular nutritional scientist writes, “We often get asked whether krill oil is a better option as a supplement than fish oil or vice versa. Fish oil has a higher percentage of EPA and DHA fatty acids; however krill oil has the advantage of having astaxanthin, an important antioxidant, vitamins A and D, and possibly other nutrients such as small amounts of phospholipids.” Continue Reading »
February 12, 2010
The amino acid L-tryptophan and 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) both have similar effects and benefits.
One of the primary reasons we use 5-HTP (which is plant-derived) in Appestat and REM Caps instead of L-tryptophan (which is usually produced via a fermentation process) is that 5-HTP is a metabolic step closer to the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin than l-tryptophan is.
In other words, both L-tryptophan and 5-HTP produce serotonin and melatonin; however, an enzyme in the body must first convert L-tryptophan to 5-HTP. By taking “straight” 5-HTP you’re able bypass this first step of the process.