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The Best
Supplements
for Men
BY KAREN MORSE, MPH

OVERWHELMED when
shopping for supplements?
You arent alone! The right
supplements replenish what
we lose during our workouts,
increase energy, boost heart
health and even make for a
better sex life. The wrong ones
can be ineffective and a waste
of money at best and even
harmful if taken incorrectly.
We consulted with our Max
Muscle Sports Nutrition experts
and sifted through the latest
research to bring you the best
supplements for men. Take our
advice, along with guidance
from your doctor, to decide
whats best for you.
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Men ages 40 and older may need a


natural testosterone enhancer to help
with energy, endurance and vitality,
explains Larry Wilcox, CFNC. If youve
been diagnosed with Low-T, talk to
your doctor about supplementing with
2TX, a natural testosterone amplifer
from Max Muscle.

Vitamin E

How it works: Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant in


the body helping to protect cells against free radical
damage. We also need vitamin E to boost our immune
systems so we can fght off viruses and bacteria. In the
Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) funded by the
National Eye Institute, researchers found that people at
high risk for developing advanced stages of age-related
macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in
adults over age 55) could lower their risk by 25 percent
when treated with a high-dose combination of vitamin
E, vitamin C, beta-carotene and zinc.
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for
vitamin E is 15 mg/d, but doses not exceeding 1,000
mg/d are considered safe according to the Institute of
Medicine (IOM).

Vitamin C

How it works: Though it is probably the most


popular antioxidant around and foods rich in this
nutrient are plentiful, studies report that adults in
the United States still arent getting enough vitamin
C in their diets. The body needs vitamin C to make
collagen and it is essential for wounds to heal properly.
Vitamin C also has super immune-boosting properties,
protecting the body from all types of diseases.
Some studies show that vitamin C can help prevent
upper respiratory infections in endurance athletes
and reduce the duration of a cold up to a few days,
but other studies have shown no beneft when tested
against a placebo.
The RDA for adult males is 90 mg/day, which you
should fnd in a good multivitamin.

Vitamin D

How it works: According to leading experts, vitamin


D defciency has become a major problem. The major
source of this vital nutrient is sun exposure, which has
been deemed more of a risk due to the threat of skin
cancer. The main role of vitamin D is to help the body
absorb calcium to strengthen bones and prevent bone
loss. Other studies have linked low vitamin D levels to
weight gain, symptoms of depression
and issues below the belt such as
low sperm motility and erectile
dysfunction.
The RDA for vitamin D is 600
International Units (IU) per day.
Your doctor may recommend
more if a blood test has
indicated that you have a
defciency.
For your vitamin needs, Max
Muscle recommends Max
Vit-Acell Antioxidant, which
provides 100 percent or more
of the RDA of vitamins C, D, E
and other essential vitamins,
as well as minerals and freeradical fghting antioxidants.

Conjugated
Linoleic
Acid

How it works:
Conjugated linoleic
acid (CLA) is a type of
unsaturated fatty acid
that has been shown
to have anti-cancer
benefts, improve
immunity and aid in the
prevention of hypertension. Studies have also found
that CLA helps people to reduce stubborn belly fat
when they exercise regularly. CLA is naturally found in
beef and in dairy products such as milk or yogurt, but
supplementing seems to be the more effective way of
achieving CLA levels that reduce body fat.
A Japanese study investigated the safety of
dietary CLA in obese men considered doses up to 3.4
g/day to be safe.
Max Muscle suggests Max CLA softgels.

L-Carnitine

How it works:
L-carnitine is
essential for
moving fatty
acids into the cell
mitochondria,
which is how your
body burns fat to
produce energy.
Due to the high
concentration
of l-carnitine
in skeletal and
cardiac muscle
tissues, it
also improves
cardiac output
and muscular
function. In addition to these roles,
l-carnitine may also have heartprotecting benefts. A Mayo Clinic
review of 13 controlled clinical
trials concluded that l-carnitine
had multiple benefts for previous
heart attack sufferers, including a
65 percent reduction in a type of
abnormal heart rhythm known as
ventricular arrhythmia and a 40
percent reduction in angina-related
symptoms.
The observed safe level (OSL) of
l-carnitine is up to 2,000 mg/day.
Max Muscle recommends
LiquiCarn (Liquid Carnitine
Concentrate), which has 1,250 mg of
fast-acting liquid l-carnitine in each
serving.
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Protein

How it works: The


pancreas plays an
important role in digestion
and regulating blood sugar.
Protein is a foundational
product (in addition to fats
and carbs) that our body
needs to function at optimal
energy levels. The risk of
developing type II diabetes
is greater as we get older,
and an adequate intake of
protein helps keep blood
sugar levels steady.
Larry Wilcox, franchisee
and Certifed Fitness
Nutrition Caocht at Max
Muscle in Oregon City,
Oregon, tells us that one of
the most important things
we can do every day to
control blood sugar is to
mix protein, carbohydrates
and fat together every time
we eat and decrease our
carbohydrate intake slightly
with every meal after
breakfast. Keep in mind,
Wilcox says, the largest
meal of the day is breakfast
and the smallest is dinner,
and eat every three hours
whether you are hungry or
not.
Wilcox recommends
about 3/4 gram of protein
per pound of ideal body
weight daily, divided up
into about 5 small meals.
Max Muscle
recommends MaxPro
protein with 30g of protein
per serving. MS&F

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