Lean and Fit
Nutrients boost lean body mass, help manage weight
Glutathione, L-citrulline aid lean body mass
Glutathione is an antioxidant in every cell, but highly concentrated in heart, muscle tissue, and the liver.
L-citrulline is an amino acid that boosts the efficiency of working muscle. In this study, 75 resistance-trained men, age 18 to 35, took 200 mg of glutathione plus 2,000 mg of L-citrulline; 2,000 mg of L-citrulline malate alone, or a placebo.
The men were not likely to have heart or circulatory disease, didn’t smoke, and had not taken nutritional supplements for three months.
The study lasted eight weeks. On exercise days, the men took the nutrients one hour before exercise; on non-exercise days, at breakfast.
After four weeks, lean body mass had increased in both L-citrulline groups compared to placebo, but strength increased only in the glutathione plus L-citrulline group.
Black seed aids weight loss
Doctors reviewed 13 black seed (nigella sativa) studies covering 875 obese men and women. In 10 of the studies, participants taking black seed lost weight compared to placebo. In 11 of the studies, body mass index scores improved for black seed, and in eight studies, waist circumference decreased.
In another review of 11 black seed studies, obese participants that took black seed lost an average of 4.65 pounds, 1.38 inches in waist circumference, and body mass index scores improved. In all the studies, black seed was safe, with participants reporting no serious side effects.