Thursday, November 22, 2012

Baylor University finds that Melatonin pre-workout boost leg press strength and growth hormone levels

Melatonin known as a sleep aid and antioxidant has been found to be a beneficial pre-workout supplement.

Baylor University (Waco, Texas) found that strength trained males given 5 mg of melatonin one hour before a leg workout had higher GH levels just before and after they trained than those taking a placebo. Even test subjects who took just 0.5 mg of melatonin had higher GH levels post-workout.

The protocol had no effect on women. Their GH levels remained the same.

Other research conducted at Liverpool John Moores University showed that when melatonin was taken within 75 minutes before exercise, athletes did not have increased sleepiness or decreased levels of alertness.

This is one of those supplements where more is not better. Other research has shown that amounts greater than 5 mg actually lowered GH production.

To boost GH levels around training sessions take 0.5-5 mg of melatonin 30-60 minutes before your workouts.

***** I would still execute caution with this one. *****
*****Be sure not to take melatonin before driving or if you do get sleepy, don't workout. *****

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