Recommended by Jeff O'Connell, Editor-in-Chief
Although Ashwagandha is a relatively young addition to my health-oriented supplemental batch, I quickly fell in love with this ancient Ayurvedic root. Indian ginseng, as it is also called, belongs to a class of nutritional supplements called adaptogens. They are subtle but powerful enough to restore normalized body processes, such as the central nervous system, to a state of imbalance.
In fact, Ashwagandha is known for its sedative effect [1
According to Chris Lockwood, Ph.D., Bodybuilding.coms scientific adjunct editor, the key is to stay on a single Adaptogen for no longer than 6-9 weeks before switching to a different, complementary, such as Rhodiola rosea. The NOW Ashwagandha product contains 450 milligrams of extract, which falls within the recommended range of 300 to 600 milligrams of an extract standardized to at least 1.5 percent withanolides.
Bodybuilding.com Signature ZMA
Recommended by Nick Collias, executive editor
Every man needs his Zs. And the hell, without M and A you can not even "man" spell. Okay, the comparison is a bit tense, but the reasons for taking the recreational sport drug ZMA are solid.
Zinc and Magnesium Two essential minerals in which athletes are notorious. One reason is that you can lose both by sweating, which may increase your need for them. Second, there are nutrients that you probably will not eat enough, unless you like oysters and kale just like me (which is highly unlikely).
Once upon a time, athletes and other athletes took ZMA because they thought it would skyrocket their testosterone levels. Today the narrative has changed. Magnesium can improve sleep quality and help your body synthesize vitamin D better. Both can support testosterone production – and just help make you feel better. And zinc is involved in a number of crucial bodily processes, including the regulation of testosterone.
You have not found out in the past that ZMA works for you? Maybe you do not take it right. Dr. Jim Stoppani recommends taking the supplement between dinner and bedtime, with one hour between them.
Whey Protein Donut Recipe
Recommended by Heather Eastman, Senior Editor
The first Friday of June is the National Donut Day, which was held in honor of women, The soldiers served donuts in the First World War. And what could be better than conjuring up a load of homemade protein donuts?
I know what you think: Protein powder recipes always end in a strange texture that has nothing to do with the goodies they're based on. Not this recipe! Made with Signature Whey protein powder and coated with a natural peanut butter glaze, these donuts have a cake-like crumb that's even better than the original.
C4 Ultimate: Sour Batch Bros
Recommended by Tyler McGlasson, MK, CISSN, Senior Compliance and Science Specialist
At the end of a long working day, I'm always looking forward to Spending time with my wife and our dog Douglas. We make dinner, catch our day and watch TV. After that, I sometimes start the Xbox and play with friends until the early hours of the morning. It's always a great time, but it almost never ends in me getting enough sleep. The alarm rings the next morning, and I'm not pumped to go to the gym. That's why God has developed pre-workouts.
Recently, when I had problems getting my wheels to work, I shake up C4 Ultimate and get up and running in no time. This product contains 300 milligrams of caffeine, Alpha-GPC, Zembrin (Sceletium tortuosum extract), Huperzine and more to get my head in the game. It also contains beta alanine, citrulline malate, betaine and nitrosigines, so I'm sure I have a solid product to support. To top it off, the taste of Sour Batch Bros is like drinking sweets for breakfast – with a quick slap in the face of that sour quality. I'm not looking forward to seeing the bottom of this tub.
Retain Series Water Bottle
Recommended by Shoshanna Cohen, Content Editor
This is the only way I can manage to meet mine The daily goal of hydration is to have water at hand everywhere to have. There is a decanter on my desk, a cup next to the sink and another by my bed. When I drive, the slim SmartShake Retain bottle is always in my cup holder. I fill it up before leaving the house or office and finish it before getting out of the car. (It's only 17 ounces, so that's an achievable goal.)
The Retain is the perfect water bottle to ride on because it has a slim lid that makes it easy to drink in the car and the attached cap will not be lost in the bottomless cave between the seats. The non-toxic stainless steel does not swell into the water with plastic taste, but if the bottle goes crazy, you can easily disassemble it to clean it.
The two-piece design also makes it easy to add ice and ice to my recovery supplement and the double-walled vacuum design keeps drinks cold or hot for up to 10 hours. Besides, it looks really good.
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- Raut, A. A .; Rege, N.N .; Tadvi, F.M .; Solanki, P. V .; Kene, K.R .; Shirolkar, S. G .; and Vaidya, A.B. (2012). Exploratory study evaluating the tolerability, safety and activity of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) in healthy volunteers. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, 3 (3), 111.