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CLA: The Simple and Effective Way To Lose Weight?

CLA from safflower Axis Labs simple solution to weight loss

When it comes to bodybuilding, or even just living a healthier life, we’re all focused on losing weight, cutting fat, and building muscle. It’s natural to focus on these elements, as they provide that lean, cut appearance that helps us look good and feel better. But even with diet and exercise, sometimes our body needs a little help to lose that extra weight. That’s why Axis Labs has researched fat loss supplements and nutrients for years before we developed our amazing CLA product. By utilizing the natural properties of conjugated linoleic acid, our CLA softgels can help you blast fat and lose weight.

What Is Conjugated Linoleic Acid?

CLA is a form of fatty acid that is naturally found in beef and dairy products. Linoleic acid is a very common form of omega-6 fatty acid that can be found in a variety of foods, including vegetables and meat. This nutrient is formed naturally as animals graze, and then stored in the animal’s muscles and milk. While CLA is a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid, it is technically a trans fat, but because it is a naturally occurring trans fat, found in many healthy foods, it’s not a bad trans fat like the many industrial trans fats that are found in prepackaged or fast foods.

CLA And Fat Loss

When it comes to losing weight and flushing fat out of your body, CLA has been shown to have great potential. It is a rigorously examined supplement, and many studies now suggest that it can result in significant fat loss, as well as improve body composition. In some cases, this results in a reduction in the amount of body fat and an increase in muscle mass. Studies have often found that incorporating CLA into a diet can burn excess fat and decrease the formation of fat deposits which leads to weight loss.

Including CLA In Your Diet

When paired with a healthy diet and regular exercise, CLA has been found to have promising results in reducing fat mass in targeted areas like hips, legs, and waist. As an added benefit, CLA has shown to improve muscle mass. Together, these effects allow individuals to exercise more effectively, as they are in better shape.

Why You Should Use Stimulant-Free Weight Loss Products

Many fat loss supplements rely on stimulants like caffeine to jump start your body and burn fat by providing it extra energy. While this tactic might work for some, it doesn’t work for everyone, and indeed, it comes with a suite of issues that make stimulant-based fat loss supplements less effective. In some cases, including stimulants in a fat loss product may actually have a negative impact on the individual using them. Stimulants of any kind may affect those who live with sleep issues like insomnia. A lack of sleep has been linked to increased weight gain. This is likely because sleep impacts ghrelin and leptin, the hormones that regulate hunger. Those who don’t get enough sleep augment their lack of energy by consuming more calories. Similarly, those who don’t sleep enough are too tired to exercise and gain weight as a result.


Stimulant-based fat loss pills also leave you vulnerable to the dreaded “crash.” We’ve all put back that big cup of coffee in the morning to perk us up and help us crush that office work. But by 2:00 p.m. we’re yawning harder than when we got up. That’s because stimulant fat burners work by releasing a burst of energy throughout the day, replacing the need for you to get your energy from food. While you might find yourself ripping through the day without feeling hungry, when that fat burner wears off, you’ll crash hard, resulting in low energy that keeps you from hitting the gym. Axis Labs’ CLA is stimulant free, meaning that you’ll enjoy the weight loss benefits of our softgels, without that unwanted crashing sensation during the day, or right before your next work out.

Include CLA In Your Health Regimen

Axis Labs uses nothing but the finest of ingredients in precise amounts in a carefully followed formula to create our CLA softgels. Each serving contains 1,000 mg of CLA made from pure safflower oil. With zero calories, CLA ensures that you feel strong and healthy even while you’re dieting. Order your Axis Labs fat loss products today!

 

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Blankson, H., Stakkestad, J. A., Fagertun, H., Thom, E., Wadstein, J., & Gudmundsen, O. (2000). Conjugated Linoleic Acid Reduces Body Fat Mass in Overweight and Obese Humans. The Journal of Nutrition, 130(12), 2943-2948. doi:10.1093/jn/130.12.2943

Park, Y., Albright, K. J., Liu, W., Storkson, J. M., Cook, M. E., & Pariza, M. W. (1997). Effect of conjugated linoleic acid on body composition in mice. Lipids, 32(8), 853-858. doi:10.1007/s11745-997-0109-x

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sleep-and-weight-gain/faq-20058198

 

All The Reasons To Use A Pre-Workout

All The Reasons To Use A Pre-Workout

Even More Reasons To Use A Pre-Workout

For serious athletes and elite body builders, it’s common knowledge that a pre-workout can make the difference during an intense training sessions. But if you’re new to these fields or lifestyle, you might feel a little confused as to why you need to include a pre-workout supplement into your exercise regimen.


As a leading producer of pre-workout products, as well as post-workout amino recovery products, Axis Labs has carefully studied the science behind the purpose of a pre-workout. In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the reasons behind using a pre-workout product.


You’ll Feel More Energetic And Alert

One of the first things you’ll notice when you take a pre-workout is that you feel more awake and aware as you workout. Most pre-workout supplements include a measure of caffeine in their specialized formulas. This caffeine stimulates your nervous system, leaving you feeling brighter and more engaged. You’ll be provided with a boost of energy that can help you get started in your workout, and in many cases, can keep you going through the entirety of your workout. Some pre-workout products, like our HAILSTORM pre-workout supplement utilizes creatine, which increases the amount of stored energy in your muscles. This means that your muscles can expend more energy for longer.


You Can Workout Harder And Longer

One of the greatest issues any athlete or bodybuilder experiences is burn out. It’s that feeling when you hit the gym strong for the first 20 minutes of your workout, and then you have a hard time sustaining that pace, or simply lack of entirely. This occurs for a lot of reasons, but in many cases, it’s simply because your body lacks the nutrients it needs to continue working out. Leading pre-workout energy supplements, like the ones available at Axis Labs, include ingredients like Nitrates and Beta-Alanine.


Both of these ingredients help you push through that barrier you may feel at the beginning of the workout. Nitrates are broken down by the body and converted into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide runs in short supply when your body is diverting oxygen to other parts of your body. By improving the amount of nitric oxide in your body, you’re expanding your blood vessels, which increases your blood flow. This means that more oxygen is being moved to the muscle groups that need it most.


Similarly, Beta-Alanine helps provide your body long-lasting energy. This ingredient has been proven to improve your performance when you workout doing moderately intense activities, like lifting and squats. This is because Beta-Alanine turns into Carnosine, which buffers the amount of lactic acid that coats your muscles. The Carnosine allows your body to keep working through “the burn” you feel as a result of the lactic acid.

They Reduce Muscle Breakdown

We’ve all experienced the frustration of hitting the gym hard, seeing obvious, visible gains in our muscles, only to have those gains fade away the next morning, or even a few hours later. This is because your body is lacking the amino acids it needs to sustain these gains. A pre-workout drink is balanced with the right amount of BCAAs, or Branched-Chain Amino Acids, that your body needs. These amino acids allow you to recover more quickly, and allow your muscles to start repairing themselves even as you move on to working out another part of your body. Amino acids will also help you feel less sore after a long workout.  

Looking for a complete pre-workout product that will improve your performance, and reduce your post-workout recovery time? Then it’s time to start including pre-workout supplements from Axis Labs into your supplement routine. We offer start-of-the-art and proven supplements that can help you reach the next level of your fitness goals.

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Why Most Nitric Oxide Supplements Fail: Ingredients You Need In Your Pre-Workout

Why Some Pump Products Fail Nitric Oxide Synthesis Arginine Axis Labs Athletic Majority Blog


“Pump” products (nitric oxide supplements) and pre-workouts alike are a dime-a-dozen nowadays; it seems as if every sports nutrition brand has their own run-of-the-mill, stimulant-loaded concoction claiming to help you feel like a Greek god in the gym. While many pre-workouts may make you “feel” that way, they typically aren’t doing much in the way of actually enhancing your blood flow.

It's key to keep in mind that caffeine (and other CNS stimulants) work as vasoconstrictors, which can counteract the positive aspects of vasodilators. However, some caffeine is certainly still beneficial when taken prior to training (with the right ingredients accompanying it).

With that in mind, the main goal when using a pre-workout pump product is to dilate blood vessels as much as possible by increasing nitric oxide (NO) production.

If you crave skin-tearing pumps and maximum blood flow when you’re crushing the iron, you're in the right spot. Now, let's break down the science behind the top pre-workout blood flow enhancers and why one ingredient, in particular, is an absolute must.

L-ARGININE (as L-ARGININE SILICATE/AKG/HCL/MALATE)

L-arginine is an amino acid that works through several pathways to enhance NO (nitric oxide) production. In particular, L-arginine powder helps modulate nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and activate key cellular receptors such as alpha( 2 )- adrenergic receptors. [1] The benefits of these mechanisms include relaxation/dilation of blood vessels and enhanced insulin sensitivity, both of which encourage more efficient nutrient delivery to active muscle tissues.

L-arginine comes in several forms, such as L-arginine HCl and L-arginine AKG. Nitrosigine® is a trademarked form of L-arginine silicate that is stabilized with myo-inositol. Nitrosigine® has been a breakthrough in the bodybuilding world, delivering arginine more efficiently than ever before. Just one scoop of Rainmaker contains 750 mg of Nitrosigine®, ramping up NO production and enhancing blood flow.

VITIS VINIFERA EXTRACT (GRAPE POLYPHENOLS) 

NO is a byproduct of L-arginine metabolism by an enzyme called nitric oxide synthase (NOS). Many “pump-enhancing” supplements fail because all they do is flood your body with L-arginine. However, L-arginine works best when it has the requisite cofactors available to produce nitric oxide. Since NOS is made by the body naturally, you only require small amounts to reap the most benefit from L-arginine supplementation. Without supplemental NOS, you’re wasting a lot of the L-arginine you take before hitting the gym. This is precisely why HemodrauliX includes the essential nitric oxide enzyme, NOS, giving you unmatched blood flow and muscular pumps.

The polyphenols in HemodrauliX (nitric oxide supplement) upregulate NOS so significantly that your body breaks down upwards of seven grams of L-arginine powder per serving!

HYDROMAX ®: PHARMACEUTICAL-GRADE GLYCEROL

Glycerol is the natural backbone of triglycerides (fats) and works to hydrate cells with available fluid and electrolyte - creating a muscle volumizing effect. Given that the body maintains a balance of fluids, taking in glycerol prior to training helps “swell" your muscles with water and nutrients. [2]

With Rainmaker you're getting a research-based amount of HydroMax ® trademarked high-potency glycerol in each serving. Other pre-workouts on the market typically utilize an inferior type of glycerol called glycerol monostearate which consists of a paltry 4-10% glycerol.

L-CITRULLINE

L-Citrulline is an amino acid made endogenously as part of the urea cycle. It is also found in watermelon rinds, which is why some people advocate the use of watermelon consumption prior to exercise (since it works to enhance NO-dependent signaling).

An effective dosage of pure L-citrulline is upwards of six grams taken prior to training. [3] Taking this amino acid prior to training has been shown to substantially increase blood arginine concentrations, and thus, elevate production of arginine-derived metabolites (e.g. ornithine, nitrite, etc.). [4]

Other advantages of using L-citrulline include:

  • Better utilization of BCAAs during your workout
  • Increased intracellular nitric oxide production which promotes vasodilation and better blood circulation
  • Enhanced the body’s detoxification process
  • Elevated growth hormone release after training


Are You Using the Best Nitric Oxide Supplements?

Noticing this pattern of hackneyed pre-workout formulas, Axis Labs took the effort to create an item which contains scientific dosages of ingredients proven to actually boost performance and blood flow while you train. These products are Rainmaker and HemodrauliX: NO-increasing and energy-boosting pre-workouts that will help you conquer each and every workout.

The active ingredients in Rainmaker and HemodrauliX are dosed in quantities that deliver unmatched muscular pumps, focus, strength, endurance, and energy.

References:

  1. Rood-Ojalvo, S., Sandler, D., Veledar, E., & Komorowski, J. (2015). The benefits of inositol-stabilized arginine silicate as a workout ingredient. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition12(1), P14.
  2. Montner, P., Stark, D. M., Riedesel, M. L., Murata, G., Robergs, R., Timms, M., & Chick, T. W. (1996). Pre-exercise glycerol hydration improves cycling endurance time. International journal of sports medicine17(01), 27-33.
  3. Orozco-Gutiérrez, J. J., Castillo-Martínez, L., Orea-Tejeda, A., Vázquez-Díaz, O., Valdespino-Trejo, A., Narváez-David, R., ... & Sánchez-Santillán, R. (2010). Effect of L-arginine or L-citrulline oral supplementation on blood pressure and right ventricular function in heart failure patients with preserved ejection fraction. Cardiology journal, 17(6), 612-618.
  4. Bendahan, D., Mattei, J. P., Ghattas, B., Confort-Gouny, S., Le Guern, M. E., & Cozzone, P. J. (2002). Citrulline/malate promotes aerobic energy production in human exercising muscle. British journal of sports medicine, 36(4), 282-289.

 

Alysha’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

Alysha’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

 
The other night I was craving something sweet, like attack of the pumpkin spice everything! So I threw some things from the pantry together and made what is now one of my favorite clean cheat recipes!
I love this…

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