To those of us that live the lifestyle, no sport is as great as bodybuilding. However, the bodybuilding lifestyle can be hard on such critical organs as the liver, heart, prostate gland in men and kidneys. The demands of increased eating, rapid gains in mass and the use of certain supplements can all have an impact on the body’s organs. As well, skin health and the prevention of acne is an important concern for many bodybuilders, as hormone levels tend to increase which in turn can wreak havoc on the skin.
This is where Liver and Organ Defender by 5% Nutrition comes in – we know the critical importance of maintaining healthy organs and skin so we have created an extremely well-dosed, comprehensive formula that covers the fundamental health needs of bodybuilders and other elite athletes. Whether you are looking for something to use every day, or whether you are on-cycle or starting a post-cycle program – Liver and Organ Defender was created to give you the organ and skin health benefits you need.
Here’s a breakdown of the Liver and Organ Defender Formula:
About the same size as a football, the liver is actually the largest vital organ in the human body, weighing in at just over 3lbs. Responsible for hundreds of chemical actions, the liver is essential, meaning you cannot survive without it. Bodybuilders tend to put a lot stress on their liver; much more than the average person. With a higher than normal protein intake and all the supplements bodybuilders typically use, the liver winds up working overtime to filter everything. If you want to live the bodybuilding lifestyle, maintaining a healthy liver is critical to your success.
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) – (1 gram)
NAC is the amino acid cysteine with an acetyl group attached, which makes it more stable as well as more absorbable. So what does it do? NAC metabolizes into glutathione once it’s been digested by the body. Glutathione is a potent antioxidant, effectively scavenging free radicals and acting as a liver detoxifier that is very effective in promoting liver health by weakening the harmful effects of toxins and helping to remove heavy metals such as lead and mercury.
Mike Thistle – (600 mgs)
One of the most time-tested and proven compounds for maintaining liver health is Milk Thistle, an herb that originates in southern Europe, southern Russia, Asia Minor, and North Africa. Milk Thistle has used for over 2 centuries for the treatment of liver problems. When it comes to liver health, no other herb is as widely used or more recommended as Milk Thistle.
L- Glutathione – (30 mgs)
L-Glutathione occurs naturally in every cell of the human body, with the highest concentrations found in the liver. Discovered in 1888, it consists of the amino acids Glutamic acid, L-cysteine and L-glycine. L-Glutathione is a potent antioxidant that protects cells and organs from free radicals as well as acting as a powerful liver detoxifier.
The importance of a healthy heart goes without saying – after all, your heart is vitally responsible for pretty much everything that keeps your body alive -- ranging from oxygen transport to the proper function of your immune system. High cholesterol levels can be a side effect of the bodybuilding lifestyle, while high blood pressure can be the result of rapid weight gain from the use of certain supplements. Taking steps to lower cholesterol as well as blood pressure in order to improve heart health leads to longevity in the sport and a healthier, longer life.
Hawthorne Berry Powder- (1.1 grams)
Hawthorne, originating in northern Europe, is a thorny shrub that’s part of the Rose family. Hawthorne berries have a long history of use as a heart tonic and are an excellent source of heart-healthy anti-oxidants. Hawthorne berries are known to lower cholesterol, strengthen blood vessels and help improve blood flow to the heart.
Garlic Extract - (300 mgs)
Garlic, which contains the active ingredient Allicin, has long been used to promote heart health by reducing high levels of cholesterol and lowering blood pressure, among many additional benefits that extend beyond heart health.
Co-Enzyme Q-10 – (25 mgs)
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), is a substance that’s found naturally in the body, mainly in the mitochondria, where it’s a component of the ATP energy process. As much as 95% of the energy required by the body is generated by the ATP system and the heart is no exception. In fact, the heart, liver and kidneys all have high energy needs and naturally contain high concentrations of Co-Q 10. Approved to treat heart failure in Japan since 1974, Co-Q 10 acts as an anti-oxidant that reduces high blood pressure and promotes a heathy heart.
Vitamin D3 – (800 IU)
There are actually 5 forms of this vitamin (known as, you guessed it, D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5) but it’s D3 that has shown to be the most beneficial. Well known for promoting healthy bones and improving calcium absorption, D3 also has shown many additional benefits, among them the growing evidence that D3 reduces the risk of heart disease.
Di-Magnesium Malate – (50 mgs)
Magnesium malate is a combination of magnesium and malic acid, an organic acid found in vegetables and fruit that has a primary role in several energy generating chemical reactions in the body. This combination increases magnesium absorption and assimilation. Magnesium helps to maintain proper smooth muscle function in your blood vessels as well as transporting the electrolyte minerals potassium and sodium in and out of cells, which maintains proper balance. Magnesium is typically lacking in the diets of many people, bodybuilders included. A lack of adequate magnesium results in a number of cardiovascular issues ranging from high blood pressure to an irregular heartbeat.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) – (400 mgs)
This is a synthetic version of lipoic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and is well-known as a powerful anti-oxidant. This popular compound helps to lower blood pressure and reduce insulin resistance.
The prostate gland is male-specific and is part of the male reproductive system, primarily responsible for helping to make semen. The primary health risk associated with the prostate is that it can enlarge, making it difficult to urinate.
Saw Palmetto Powder – (1 gram)
Without a doubt, this is the most commonly used herb for prostate health. Saw Palmetto is a plant that originates in the southeastern United States and been used since the early 1900s to treat urinary tract problems. Today, Saw Palmetto is commonly used to treat enlargement of the prostate gland.
Pygeum Extract– (625 mgs)
Often combined with Saw Palmetto, Pygeum comes from the bark of the African plum tree and has a long history of use in traditional African medicine to treat bladder and urinary problems. Research indicates that Pygeum can improve urinary symptoms associated an enlarged prostate. Specifically, pygeum will help reduce urinary frequency and pain with urination.
The kidneys are one of the most important organs in the body and are involved in filtering and elimination of waste products from the blood as well as maintaining healthy electrolyte levels. Additionally, the kidneys are involved in blood pressure regulation. The bodybuilding lifestyle tends to put extra stress on the kidneys, so it makes sense to provide extra support.
Cordyceps Sinensis – (500 mgs)
Cordyceps, a very well-known Chinese medicinal, is considered a medicinal mushroom that increases energy, promotes immune system health, and acts as a general tonic to the body. Mushrooms are in fact a fungus; as such Cordyceps is a fungus that lives on caterpillars in the high mountain regions of China. This fascinating compound lowers cholesterol, improves immune system function, increases blood flow to the kidneys and improves kidney function.
Everyone wants clear, healthy skin. Often viewed as evidence of good health, a good complexion sets a good visual example and helps enhance the image of bodybuilding as a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, hormones have a large part in problems with acne, certainly an unpleasant skin condition at best. Liver and Organ Defender helps promote healthy skin and reduce the problems associated with acne.
Selenium – (70 mcgs)
Selenium is an essential trace mineral that has potent acne treatment benefits. Selenium helps decrease scars caused by acne, increase skin elasticity and helps prevent the outbreak of pimples.
Vitamin B-6 – (30 mgs)
Vitamin B-6 decreases the reaction of the skin to increased levels of testosterone, known to promote an increase in acne.
Zinc Chelate – (30 mgs)
DHT typically is known more for its effects on hair loss than acne but in fact can promote blackheads, whiteheads and inflamed skin which can lead to problems with acne. Zinc, a mineral critical for a number of important reasons, can decrease DHT levels, thereby helping to avoid skin problems.
As you can see, Liver and Organ Defender by 5% Nutrition is a complete product that provides effective benefits regarding serious issues many bodybuilders face. While Liver and Organ Defender may not be an all-star mass builder or fat burner, these often pursued goals can’t happen if you are not fundamentally healthy.