Hammer Nutrition Blog

Importance of Vitamin D3, Especially During Winter Months

July 15, 2010

Based on an ever-growing body of research, an increase in vitamin D has been shown to be beneficial for a tremendous variety of health issues, far too many to list here. One recent study (of many) shows that the dose required to achieve a healthy blood level of vitamin D is 1,000 – 3,000 IU per day in the absence of sun exposure. [1] Continue Reading »

Supplement Suggestions for Pregnancy or Lactation

June 30, 2010

Hammer Products During PregnancyAuthors: Bill Misner, Ph.D. & Steve Born

One of the questions we frequently field is “Which Hammer Nutrition products are safe to use during pregnancy or lactation?” Before we address that question, we must first stress that all dietary supplements are required to first be confirmed “safe” by one’s physician. It is necessary for us to state this because dietary supplements taken during pregnancy and/or lactation are typically not evaluated. (Note: This is why the list below is incomplete; the maximum safe dose for many nutrients and most herbal supplements for pregnant or nursing women is largely not scientifically determined). Continue Reading »

Help Prevent “The Afternoon Fade”

April 21, 2010

Steve Experiences the Afternoon Fade

If you’re struggling with mid-to-late afternoon fatigue and drowsiness (the dreaded “afternoon fade”), you’re not alone; it happens to an awful lot of people! The morning may go smoothly but then, shortly after lunch, feelings of drowsiness, lethargy, and fatigue take over, making it difficult to get through the rest of your day.
If this describes what you go through, be it occasionally or regularly, here are some supplement suggestions that have helped a lot of people: Continue Reading »

Coconut Oil & Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)

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 »

Krill Oil vs. Fish Oil – Which is better?

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 »

5-HTP instead of L-tryptophan in REM Caps and Appestat

February 12, 2010

REM Caps & AppestatThe 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.