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ALPHA MARS has been designed for males for enhancing Testosterone to aid in lean muscle mass. Alpha mars is not recommended for most women* or males under 18 years of age.
ATP Science – Alpha Mars Testosterone boosting formulation
In both men and women, testosterone levels peak between 25 to 30 years of age – and thereafter drop approximately 1-2% annually. At the age of 60, testosterone levels are typically only 40-50% of youthful levels and may be lower due to stress andrelated lifestyle issues such as diet, exercise, and sleep patterns.
Why boost testosterone levels?
Testosterone effects in men:
- Muscle strength and performance
- Muscle mass
- Healing, regeneration and repair
- Improve bone density
- Sex drive
- Moods, motivation and drive
- Sperm production
- Red blood cell production
- Regulates other hormonal systems
- Increase muscle protein synthesis
- Increase muscle strength
- Enhance glucose absorption and the synthesis and storage of muscle glycogen
- Reduce body fat
- Erythropoiesis (the generation of red blood cells)
- Dominant and aggressive behaviour
Signs and symptoms of low testosterone in men:
- Depression and apathy
- Poor recovery from exercise and exertion
- Aches, pains and recurrent injuries
- Muscle loss
- Reduced hair production
How to boost testosterone
To be honest it is very easy to surge testosterone. Anyone can do it. Exercise; especially weights / resistance training; getting some sexual excitement; erections can boost testosterone!
But the real challenge is keeping your testosterone up high enough for long enough to have significant anabolic effects.
Most ingredients are studied to show a short term increase in testosterone by one mechanism or another but if a formula only targets testosterone release or production than it will only have a minor temporary effect before it either stops working or worse starts increasing estrogen or through negative feedback dropping testosterone levels. Many individual herbs and nutrients work but only work for hours or days and then the elevated testosterone drops back to normal or worse.
The plan is to get high testosterone and keep it high as part of a muscle building campaign. To do this; it is important to first understand the testosterone pathways in men. Refer to the following diagram and you will see that once testosterone surges it has a variety of paths it can take. Extra high testosterone levels can either convert to something else like estrogen or dihydrotestosterone (DHT) or through negative feedback tell your body you have too much and by rebound it stops making anymore and your levels drop off.
ATP Science Alpha Mars contains Shilajit (Asphaltum punjabinum), Tong Kat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia), Korean Ginseng (Panax ginseng), Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) and Nettle root (Urtica dioica) that combine to control the various pathways to get testosterone levels up quickly and then keep it up until we cycle off through the following mechanisms
- Boost testosterone production
- Block conversion of testosterone to estrogen and Di Hydro Testosterone (DHT)
- Block negative feedback to keep the testosterone pumping out
- Creates the ideal hormonal and cytokine environment to maximise testosterone activity
Boost testosterone production
Shilajit (Asphaltum punjabinum) boosts testosterone by increasing LH and FSH secretion from the pituitary gland and simultaneously makes the body more sensitive to LH and FSH.
Tong Kat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia) boosts testosterone production by switching your body’s priorities away from catabolic stress hormone production and shuttles resources into making anabolic testosterone
Block conversion of testosterone to estrogen and Di Hydro Testosterone (DHT) Tong Kat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia) inhibits conversion of testosterone to estrogen by inhibiting aromatase.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) and nettles (Urtica dioica) blocks conversion of testosterone to estrogen and DHT by inhibiting aromatase and 5-alpha reductase respectively.
Panax Ginseng blocks 5-alpha reductase conversion of testosterone to DHT.
Block negative feedback
Shilajit and Tongkat Ali block negative feedback and allow the pituitary to pump out LH and FSH to tell the body to continue to make testosterone even when the testosterone levels climb.
Enhance testosterone activity
Tongkat Ali and Fenugreek increase free testosterone by inhibiting SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin). Only free unbound testosterone is active and anabolic.
Inflammation and immune activity inhibit testosterone production. Hormones such as testosterone and DHEA are anti-inflammatory. Increasing these hormone levels helps to reduce catabolic inflammation. Synergistically Nettles, Panax ginseng, Shilajit, Tongkat Ali and Fenugreek are all potent anti-inflammatories and immune modulators.
Stress and the stress associated hormone cortisol inhibit testosterone activity and production. Tongkat Ali instructs the body to use its resources to make testosterone and DHEA instead of cortisol.
Take two capsules twice daily with food. Capsules can be opened and sprinkled onto food or added to smoothies as desired.
Shilajit (Asphaltum punjabinum), Tong Kat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia), Korean Ginseng (Panax ginseng), Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) and Nettle root (Urtica dioica).
Shilajit (Asphaltum punjabinum)
“The missing link”; “conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness.”; “rock invincible”;
Shilajit is the most powerful ingredient for building and rebuilding, anti-fatigue, anti-aging purposes and improving resilience to anything that life can throw at you. Traditionally shilajit is used as a panacea for all disease as well as a Rasayana (rejuvenator) with promises to increase longevity. Shilajit is aptly referred to as ‘rasayana’/’rasayanam’ in Ayurveda and Siddha literature which means rejuvenator because it prevents ailment and enhances the quality of life.2
So what is Shilajit?
Shilajit is a blackish brown exudation found in the serene surroundings of Himalayas. It is also found in most of the sedimentary rocks especially in Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Pakistan, USSR, Tibet as well in Norway, where they are gathered from steep rock faces at altitudes between 1000 and 5000m. Suffice to say it is very rare, expensive and hard to source which is probably why you don’t see everyone using it.
Shilajit was variously described as an inorganic mineral, bitumen, asphalt, a mineral resin, a plant fossil exposed by elevation of the Himalayas, and so forth. Focused research has now shown that Shilajit is essentially constituted of fresh and modified remnants of
humus- the characteristic organic constituent of soils. It is basically a resin secreted from plants that feed on mineral complexes from the core of the earth that are only found near the surface in such extreme geographical locations where tectonic plates have forced these elements close enough to the surface for the plants to absorb and utilize.
Shilajit has been reported to contain more than 85 minerals in ionic form dibenzo- alphapyrones and related metabolites,small peptides, some lipids, amino acids and humic substances (mainly fulvic and humic acid). Humus, organic plant materials, and fulvic acid are the main carrier molecules actively taking part in the transportation of nutrients into deep tissues and removes deep-seated toxins from the body. Shilajit is often combined in traditional formulations to enhance absorption and assimilation of other active ingredients from synergistic ingredients.34567
What can Shilajit do for you?
- Boost testosterone by >20%
- Increase sperm production by >35% and sperm movement by >60% 8
- Increase energy production in mitochondria9
- Increase mitochondrial and muscle CoQ10 levels on par with supplementing with 500-1500mg CoQ10 itself (CoQ10 catalyses energy production from oxygen and is usually supplemented at 50-150mg daily)101112
- Massive boost in energy, motivation and drive
- Reduces loss of ATP during exercise by 10-20%13
- Increased libido and sexual performance14
- Reverses chronic fatigue syndrome and adrenal exhaustion / maladaptation syndromes15
- Powerful nootropic; improving memory, mental clarity and focus16171819
- Powerful antioxidant
- Immune support and anti-allergy20
- Adaptogen; helps you normalise physiology while under stress
- Enhance the effects of other botanicals and nutrients it is combined with
- Support digestion and aid in healing in gastric ulcers2122
- Panacea for high altitude sickness23
- Reduces the recovery period of injured muscles, bones, and nervous system
- Blood-purifying properties
- Enhances the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood
- Anti-stress and Anti-anxiety24
- Reduce pain25
- Nutritive tonic increasing lean mass26
- Hypolipidemic (lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides)27
- Fix stomach ulcers28
- Anabolic and regeneration stimulating activities29
Tong Kat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia)
Tongkat Ali (TKA) is an herbal medicinal plant found in South East Asia (Malaysia, Vietnam, Java, and Sumatra, Thailand). TKA, often called “Malaysian ginseng”, is traditionally used as a general health tonic, improving physical and mental energy levels and overall quality of life; as an adaptogen and as a traditional “anti-aging” remedy to help older individuals adapt to the reduced energy, mood, and libido that often comes with age.
What Tongkat Ali can do for you
- Increase anabolic hormones and reduce catabolic hormones
- Boost testosterone production
- Make free testosterone in men and women30
- Reduce SHBG
- Increase DHEAs production
- Lower cortisol
- Enhance testosterone activity as a phytoandrogen31
- Inhibit conversion of testosterone to estrogen by aromatase32
- Counteract estrogen dominance
Tong Kat Ali blocks the catabolic effects of stress
TKA is one of the best herbs for controlling the various systems in the body to make building testosterone and muscle hypertrophy a priority. TKA changes your body’s priorities away from catabolic short term survival toward the anabolic maintenance, repair and reproduction systems.
Basically our body is split between two large systems that decide whether our immediate priority is to survive short term stress or to put resources into recovery and repair. Surviving short term stress is catabolic; meaning your body breaks down your muscle and other resources to provide energy to punch and run. Your body can’t afford to wait to see what the stress is.Work, paying bills, aches, pains, allergies, coughs and colds can all sabotage our hard work and training by forcing our body to go into survival mode which is catabolic and will lower testosterone.
Over-training will lower testosterone.
The regeneration and repair systems are anabolic; building muscle tissue. TKA has the
ability to reduce the catabolic short term survival pathways and significantly increase the regeneration and repair systems.
Fight or flight mode
Regenerate and repair mode
Catabolic – breaks down muscle, bone and body reserves tofuel stress
Anabolic – regenerates, repairs and builds up muscle, bone and fuel reserves
Anxious and nervous
Long term memory and gut instincts
Close vision and attention to detail
Shut down digestion
Faulty detoxification to purge poisons
Efficient detoxification and elimination
Suppress immune system
Enhanced immune system
Insomnia and poor sleep quality
No libido and impotence
Libido and sexual performance
Inhibit hormone production and function for muscle hypertrophy
Enhance hormone production and function for muscle hypertrophy
Preserves fat and fluid
Enhanced fat burning
Basically stress activates the HPA axis (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis), which switches off the HPG axis (Hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis). With the end result being high levels of cortisol and reduced levels of free testosterone. TKA counteracts the disastrous effects of stress on testosterone. TKA increases testosterone and lowers cortisol. Refer to figures 2 and 3.
The adrenal gland is always trying to decide priorities; short term survival or long term maintenance and repair. Short term survival is catabolic; using the catabolic hormone cortisol to break down resources including muscle to fuel a survival response. Long term maintenance and repair systems use the anabolic hormone DHEA to rebuild and repair muscle tissue and is responsible for muscle hypertrophy and growth. TKA shifts adrenal hormone production away from the catabolic cortisol toward the anabolic hormones DHEA and Androstenedione. One study on rats has shown TKA to be able to increase testosterone production in rats with testicles removed demonstrating the ability of TKA to make testosterone from other organs such as the adrenal glands.33
TKA reduces stress related symptoms including tension, anger and confusion.
This food is not a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with a nutritious diet and with an appropriate physical training or exercise program. This food is not suitable for children under the age of 15 or pregnant women. It should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision.
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