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It is common knowledge that the best way to pack on lean muscle is by boosting the mechanisms within the muscle fibres that can lead to more additional mass.
However by enhancing other physiological systems can also have a positive impact on building muscle mass. By supplementing properly will ensure that all of your body’s systems are running efficiently for this to happen.
A valid point is that all of your body’s physiological systems are interrelated and need to run together smoothly to build muscle tissue. If one physiological system is down or not running properly it can have a negative impact on your muscle growth! Let’s explain this further.
To build muscle tissue effectively testosterone is not the only factor to consider – your immune and endocrine systems also need to be running smoothly.
Keeping your thyroid gland happy is important as it controls your metabolism and facilitates muscle growth, as it contains some essential anabolic hormones.
If your immune system is not firing on all cylinders or has been suppressed due to daily stresses, your body will not have sufficient energy to grow muscle properly.
For the body to survive it will use all of its energy on repairing your immune system, as this is a priority over building new muscle tissue.
Therefore taking a supplement stack that enables you to facilitate muscle grow whilst the body can deal with the additional stresses on your physiological systems is a logical idea.
Fundamentally this will kick start the process of building muscle tissue and it will keep the body an ideal state to facilitate this.
The following 3 supplements are a good combination to use together:
This phytoecdysteroid is a plant based steroid hormone that has strong anabolic properties.
There is evidence to suggest that 20-beta-ecdysterone can build muscle mass even when there is a reduction in the number of calories consumed. This has been attributed to the increased activation of the pathways within the muscle fibres which are required to create more muscle proteins.
In simple terms the more protein that the muscle contains the bigger that it will grow!
20-Beta-Ecdysterone can provide a variety of benefits such as boosting the amount of ATP within the muscle cells and this increases your muscular endurance.
An increase in muscle endurance is a catalyst that enables you to pump out more reps and sets with reduced rest intervals without feeling fatigue.
It also attenuates insulin sensitivity and this allows more muscle glycogen storage and it also facilitates an anabolic effect on your muscle cells.
In terms of dosage to facilitate these positive effects it is best to consume between 300-600 mgs per day and take 3-6 times with food.
Rhodiola Rosa is a powerful adaptogen and this plant can help to counteract the effects of a strenuous work out, a poor night’s sleep and daily stresses and anxieties.
Stress of any kind can have an impact on the equilibrium of the body’s physiological systems and increasing the resistance to these stressors is important to the success of your training regime.
Stress can have a negative impact on the immune and endocrine systems. When your immune system is confronted by stress is can leave you open to infections and viruses.
Rhodiola rosa boosts your immune system which in turn allows your body to concentrate on growing muscle whilst fighting off any infections and illnesses.
It also boosts your endocrine system and unwanted stress can suppress your anabolic hormone levels such as testosterone, human growth hormone, IGF-1 and the thyroid hormones.
As we know these anabolic hormones are vital for building muscle mass and unfortunately cortisol peaks during these times of stress.
Cortisol is also known as the ‘stress hormone’ and it can increase fat accumulation around the belly area, inhibit testosterone’s effect on building muscle cells and it does start the cannibalisation of your muscle tissue.
Rhodiola rosa can stop this from happening by preventing the blunting of these anabolic hormones and blocking the rise of cortisol. This will lead to greater muscle gains in size and strength.
For this to occur it is recommended that you take 100-200mgs of rhodiola rosa on a daily basis.
Bacopa Monnieri is an adaptogenic herb that has powerful anti-stress and anti-oxidant properties. These adaptogenic properties are excellent for balancing out the body’s physiological systems so that the muscles can grow effectively.
However bacopa monnieri role on the thyroid gland is why it so important for bodybuilders. Research has indicated that this herb can boost anabolic thyroid hormone levels by as much as 40%.
This has a significant impact on your muscle growth whilst remaining lean because your metabolism is high. For this to occur it is recommended that you take 100-200mgs of bacopa monnieri on a daily basis and split the intake into three.