Posts by: Jerry Brainum

What is the optimal protein limit?

/ Posted 09.15.2014

Some time ago I reported in this column on a study of young men engaged in weight training that looked … continue reading

Bodyfat, Anabolism and Insulin

/ Posted 09.09.2014

Insulin is best known for its effects on carbohydrate and fat metabolism. Simply put, it acts as a storage hormone, … continue reading

Side Effects and Plant-Based Supplements

/ Posted 09.01.2014

As I’ve noted frequently in this column, there is a huge demand for supplements that have the ability to boost … continue reading

Latest Research On Chromium

/ Posted 08.15.2014

Chromium is an essential trace mineral, which means it’s required for human nutrition but in small amounts. The notion that … continue reading

Muscle-Building Science

/ Posted 07.29.2014

Someone once wrote that “bodybuilding isn’t rocket science,” which implies that bodybuilding training is simplistic and requires no thinking or … continue reading

Whey: Can It Prevent Obesity and Diabetes?

/ Posted 07.03.2014

Some bodybuilders never use protein supplements, preferring instead to get all their protein from food sources, such as meat, fish … continue reading

Artificially Speaking, How Sweet It Isn’t

/ Posted 06.11.2014

Many people are concerned about the widespread use of artificial sweeteners, including aspartame and sucralose, and the possibility that they … continue reading

Can You Train Hard Without Carbs?

/ Posted 05.26.2014

Although low-carbohydrate dieting is one of the most popular approaches today, it’s nothing new to bodybuilders, who have used it … continue reading

Can You Get Brain Disease from Steroid Use?

/ Posted 05.01.2014

One of the primary questions often asked about anabolic steroids is how they will affect future health. As with any … continue reading

What is the most anabolic nutrient?

/ Posted 04.27.2014

The expression “anabolic nutrient” is much bandied about these days in articles and ads. It suggests that a particular nutrient … continue reading

Anabolism and Insulin

/ Posted 04.18.2014

Beginning in the late 1990s, a strange phenomenon became apparent in professional bodybuilding contests. While the competitors were all in … continue reading

Developing Speed

/ Posted 03.25.2014

In 1996 Jon-Jon Park, the son of the great bodybuilding champion Reg Park, and I set off on a trip … continue reading

Is Conjugated Linoleic Acid Anabolic?

/ Posted 03.04.2014

Conjugated linoleic acid is an isomer of linoleic acid, an essential omega-6 fatty acid. Structurally, CLA contains both cis and … continue reading

Vital Macronutrients for Building Strength and Muscle

/ Posted 02.20.2014

Ask any bodybuilder what the most important nutrient for building muscle is, and the likely reply will be, “Protein.” So … continue reading

Why Most Diets Fail

/ Posted 02.01.2014

It’s a common observation that most diets fail, but the reason they fail isn’t about the weight loss. In fact, … continue reading

Boosting Muscle Recovery With Nutrition

/ Posted 12.06.2013

When you train intensely with weights, you’re incurring injury to your muscles. It sounds bad, but the body compensates by … continue reading

Muscle Growth and Estrogen

/ Posted 11.27.2013

Estrogen is often called a “female hormone,” which is a misnomer, as this steroid hormone is also produced in the … continue reading

Inject to Grow?

/ Posted 11.25.2013

The primary purpose of using anabolic drugs, such as testosterone, steroids and growth hormone, is to trigger added muscle beyond … continue reading

Get More Protein as You Age

/ Posted 11.15.2013

A recent study compared protein intake after a workout in young and over-40 subjects. The young men showed elevated muscle … continue reading

Building Middle-Aged Muscle With Beef

/ Posted 11.07.2013

Years ago, while attending the Mr. Olympia contest, I decided to survey a few of the contestants on the subject … continue reading

Supplements That Increases Growth Hormone

/ Posted 08.26.2013

Testosterone, growth hormone and insulin are the three primary anabolic hormones in the body. That explains why, when used in … continue reading

PreWorkout Supplements: Do They Work?

/ Posted 08.23.2013

Although there may be a world-wide energy crisis, no such problem exists in the bodybuilding world. One reason is the … continue reading

Nutrients That Can Increase GH

/ Posted 08.12.2013

Human growth hormone is considered one of the three major anabolic hormones in the body, with the other two being … continue reading

Chromium for Fat Loss

/ Posted 08.05.2013

Chromium is a trace mineral that’s associated with better control of blood glucose levels. How it does that isn’t precisely … continue reading

Does Protein Make You Fat?

/ Posted 07.25.2013

Self-styled experts often attribute various side effects to long-term high-protein diets—dehydration, calcium and bone loss, kidney disease and even increased … continue reading

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