The Hierarchy of Athletic Supplements

The name of the game is performance. That’s what it’s all about. Whether you’re on the field, at home behind closed doors or in the office, your ability to perform is the bottom line. Perform well and you make the grade. Score the winning goal and you’re a hero, but miss the shot one too many times…and you’re history.

The Discovery of Vitamins

Near the beginning of the 2Oth century, biologists discovered that trace amounts of specific organic molecules must be present in the diet of animals if they were to remain healthy and active. In I905, Cornelius Andreus found that animals fed a diet consisting of purified fats, carbohydrates, proteins, inor­ganic salts and water would thrive only if small amounts of milk were added to their diet.

Sugar: Good, Bad and the Ugly

For health reasons substantiated by clinical, medical, empirical and even moral evidence, I always stress the importance of avoiding refined sugar in the diet, including primarily, sucrose and corn syrup. AKA "white death", refined table sugar consumed daily in copious amounts destroys insulin metabolism, impairs endocrine function, inhibits ascorbic acid absorption from the blood into cells and essentially ruins children.

Sterols & Sitosterolins for Athletes

Recognized as phytonutrient lipid complexes derived from plant fats, sterols and sitosterolins are powerful immunomodulatory agents useful in the fight against human disease. Seeds and sprouts are nature's richest sources; common foods that provide high amounts include almonds, cashews, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, squash, barley, peas, olive oil, peanuts, and clove.

Ribose: Heart, Muscle and Energy Food

D-Ribose (C5-H10-O5) is a naturally occurring five-carbon (pentose) sugar. It is found in all living cells and on average, our bodies contain about 1.6 mg of ribose per 100 ml of blood. Ribose is classified as a carbohydrate with a potential energy value of 4 calories per gram. In humans, it is synthesized from glucose and can also be used to make glucose.

Protection and Lubrication: Oil Up for the Sport of Life

When live, fresh flax seed oil or any similar seed or non-rancid fish oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids are combined correctly with a high-quality sulfur rich protein, the essential fatty acids (EFAs) combine with the amino acids in the protein to form water-soluble lipoproteins.

Pantothenic Acid (B5)

Vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid, is known as the "anti-stress" vitamin. It's got a great reputation for treating fatigue, adrenal exhaustion and allergies. B5 was discovered by Dr. Roger Williams, the father of biochemical individuality. While studying the nutrition of yeast cells Dr. Williams discovered, isolated and made possible the synthesis of pantothenic acid, a universal B-vitamin needed by every cell in the human body.

The Right Whey Protein

Whey is a derivative of milk, produced as a watery, sidestream product during the manufacturing of cheese. Cheese consists primarily of milk curd, which is a soft gel formed when casein, the most abundant protein in cow’s milk, reacts with lactic acid converted from lactose (milk sugar) by microorganisms in the milk.

Thinking Positive about Supplements

Consuming a variety of natural health products (NHPs) is like exercise... a wise and intelligent thing to do. They reinforce the body with essential nutrients, clean non-contaminated macronutrients, antioxidants and can provide enormous adaptogenic value.

Vitamin Safety

It’s amazing how many people are scared to take vitamins (even at moderate doses), yet they won’t hesitate to swallow prescription medication, smoke tobacco, drink alcohol or eat junk food loaded with trans-fats, refined sugars and synthetic chemicals.

Whey and Soy Protein

The subject of protein consumption, especially from animal sources, always stirs up public controversy and heated scientific debate. Athletes think about muscle and performance. Vegetarians are often concerned about kidney and liver damage, cancer risk and osteoporosis.

Sports Attrition: The Down-Side of What’s Up

Sports Nutrition! What a great enterprise and fabulous model for achieving and sustaining optimum health and wellness. It’s the only category in the natural health food industry that successfully bridges the gap between fitness and nutrition.

Whey Protein Isolate: Safe & Still the Best Whey-to-Go

Whey protein isolate (WPI) was first introduced into the North American health food marketplace in the late 1980s, and then became really popular in the early 1990s. Although athletes popularized it, whey protein was first isolated and used for medicinal purposes in Germany, France, Switzerland and England, where research scientists discovered its remarkable healing and restorative properties.

Why Doctors Don't Prescribe Natural Health Products

Ever wonder why most physicians don't prescribe herbs, antioxidants or homeopathic remedies as a primary defense and treatment against disease? In this article I will attempt to provide a rational explanation. Dr. Matthias Rath, MD is a leading expert in cardiovascular disease and nutrition.

Natural Health Products: The Intelligent Choice

Although it's assumed by countless individuals that they get "everything" they need from food alone without supplements, no study has ever confirmed this notion, at least with respect to standards needed to achieve optimum health and prevent the premature degeneration of the mind and body, or prevent the disability we all can see in the geriatric population.


If someone you know is infected, obese, depressed, chronically ill or just plain sick, check their water intake. Almost everyone today is dehydrated but accepts this state as "normal". The good news is that the solution, literally, is simple and cost effective. So how much water does a human being need?

HMB: A Sleeping Giant

Don’t be intimidated by the technical terminology. HMB (beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate) is a water-soluble metabolite produced in everyone’s body from the essential amino acid leucine. Leucine is a branched-chain amino acid, possessing undeniable value in the context of muscle function and athletic performance.

HMB for Stamina, Strength & Immunity

As outlined in the CHI Hierarchy of Athletic Supplements Pyramid I classify HMB as one of the “Big Four” which also includes whey protein isolate, creatine monohydrate and L-glutamine. In a nutshell, these are the ones that work.

Glutamine Builds More than Muscle

In 1830 a Dutch chemist named Mulder published the first studies on nitrogen-containing compounds derived from egg white, silk, blood and gelatin. He named these substances "protein" and wrote "It is without doubt the most important component of living matter and without it, life would not be possible."

Coconut Cream Chocolate Mousse

Spoonfuls of fluffy whipped cream layered with berries or dark chocolate might not sound like anything new until we tell you that the whipped cream is made entirely from coconut milk – no added sugar and no dairy.