A natural herbal anabolic.
With a complex formulation, 13 Lives EL-GD, includes Tongkat Ali and an Anti-Estrogen proprietary blend to raise natural testosterone levels without the negative side effects of excess estrogen. Alongside are ingredients such as Fenugreek and Epicatechin that allow efficient body recomposition with rapid muscle gain. The bioavailability of these products is also increased via the addition of Piperine.
Tongkat Ali has been shown to create an increase in natural free testosterone, by stopping it from being bound to negative pathways such as Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG). A one-month study in older men at the age of 76 with low testosterone, found that taking 200mg of Tongkat Ali brought testosterone levels up in 90% of participants. It has also been backed by studies to improve sexual dysfunction in men, improve sperm motility, decrease anxiety and improve body composition via an increase in lean body mass.
The aromatise inhibitory proprietary blend assists in lowering the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. It can also allow the body to avoid excess build-up of exogenous estrogens in the body via external toxins. It has increased in popularity due to various claims that fat storage is linked to excess estrogen in the body, especially in the problem areas for females, such as the hips and buttocks. 5a-Hydroxyecdysone works by lowering aromatase activity by binding to the aromatase enzyme that then prevents the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.
Fenugreek has a variety of benefits such as raising testosterone, increasing exercise performance, weight loss and diabetes management. It is also widely known for its ability to increase testosterone and raise strength levels. Multiple studies have been conducted with the majority concluding that a dose of 300mg-500mg was efficient in increasing strength with compound lifts such as Bench Press and having a practical impact on testosterone levels. It was also evidenced in early research that it could impact weight management when taken by mouth, via it reducing daily fat intake in men.
Ellagic Acid is a polyphenol found in a variety of fruit and nuts. It has been thoroughly looked into due to its anti-cancer benefits and anti-inflammatory effects. Although developing research has also shown it to have a large impact on being able to reverse metabolic complications such as nonalcoholic fatty liver, type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Most studies arrive at the conclusion that Ellagic Acid can reduce de novo lipogenesis (fat storage from excess carbohydrates) and enhanced the rate of fatty acid oxidization. This could be contributed to an increased activation of AMPK (the enzyme response for regulation of energy homeostasis and activation of glucose and fatty acid uptake).
Epicatechin is a plant based phytochemical. This bioactive chemical that can be found in trace amounts of food although, most commonly, in green tea and dark chocolate. It has an array of benefits such as:
- Increase in lean body mass
- Improving fasting insulin levels and regulates blood sugar levels - Increased rate of protein synthesis
- Increase Nitric Oxide production and increase blood flow which can improve muscular endurance
Studies have shown that when supplementing epicatechin, it has a direct impact on myostatin inhibition via increased production of follistatin.
Myostatin is a protein within the body that monitors and controls the growth
rate of skeletal muscle tissue. Epicatechin impacts this via raising the levels of follistatin in the bloodstream. It was noted that participants that dosed epicatechin between 50mg-250mg noticed a 250% increase of follistatin in the body. Therefore, with this increase of follistatin and decrease of myostatin, a greater rate of muscle development is achieved.
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