At Gardens CrossFit, we have developed our own line of high-quality pharmaceutical made supplements and vitamins, called AG. Our products are manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities that produce both pharmaceutical products and dietary supplements. Therefore, these facilities are federally inspected and registered as both a pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement manufacturer. It is required that they maintain United States FDA (Food and Drug Administration) registrations, which includes stringent testing on their raw materials and their laboratories capable of quality control testing to guarantee potency, purity, and label claims. Very few nutritional product manufacturers apply the same level of quality control or regulatory oversight to nutritional supplement manufacturing.
All of AG’s products are pharmaceutical “made” which is different than pharmaceutical “grade”. Pharmaceutical grade is a commonly used term and misnomer within the nutritional supplement industry to indicate potency, purity and quality. It makes us think that certain pharmaceutical standards have been applied to the nutritional products we buy. In actuality, none of these perceptions properly characterizes the nature of pharmaceutical “grade” supplements. Pharmaceutical “grade” refers to the particle size and uniformity of a vitamin, mineral, herb or amino-acid powder. In order to move through encapsulating or tableting machines that are typically designed for drug manufacturing, nutrients need to be pharmaceutical “grade.” Think about it this way. You have coffee beans. It would be impossible for these coffee beans to fit into a pill making machine, so they would have to be made into a powder. So you put these beans in a grinder and make coffee powder. You now have pharmaceutical grade coffee. What this means on a practical level is that essentially every product you purchase is pharmaceutical “grade”.
On the contrary, our products are pharmaceutical “made” meaning the raw materials and production of the products are under strict[er] guidelines than most supplement companies. There are more advanced analytical procedures to identify raw materials including microbiological testing, spectrometry and quarantining. Our facilities are regularly visited by the FDA to ensure product quality and guidelines are held to standard.
We supply AG supplements to our athletes. They can also be found in other CrossFit gyms and healthcare offices around the country. If you would like more information, please click here to visit our website at www.anabolicgardens.com or call us at 1-888-300-1117. Our products can be shipped directly to your home or business. We offer wholesale pricing for those interested in becoming a retailer.
Below you will find our core products, with an explanation, that we recommend here at Gardens CrossFit.
Super Magnesium: This is a top priority mineral for our body that I think goes under the radar all too often. It is essential for hundreds of biochemical and physiological functions in the body such as protein synthesis, bone building, regulating blood pressure, action potentials, nerve functioning and muscle function. Magnesium is utilized by all of your cells for energy, meaning with proper magnesium levels you can last longer and perform better during exercise. As CrossFitters, we lose a great deal of magnesium in our sweat so it would certainly be prudent to replace it with our high-quality Super Magnesium. We use three different forms of magnesium as and we add malic acid for added energy to provide to our muscles during strenuous activity.
Magnesium has been proven to be highly beneficial for individuals that have a hard time falling asleep and/or staying asleep. If you have blood sugar issues, you should know that magnesium helps regulate blood sugar and insulin activity. In addition, magnesium’s ability to also relax muscles and nerves makes it one of your best allies in the battle against anxiety, hypertension, restless leg syndrome , sleep disorders, and abnormal heart rhythm.
Concentrated Omega 3 Heavy Duty Fish Oil -1200 mg (360 EPA 240 DHA):
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) have a crucial part in running virtually every system in the human body. Modern food processing techniques and dietary tendencies create an overwhelming abundance of pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids while contributing to a deficiency in anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids. Many lack the proper amount of omega 3 fatty acids from their diet, so supplementation becomes important for overall health and improved athletic performance through better recovery and less inflammation.
Anabolic Garden’s “Heavy Duty Fish Oil” is a unique product designed simply to be the most effective fish oil product on the market. Our extraction process, called molecular distillation, ensures that no pesticides, PCB’s, or heavy metals are present. It is manufactured according to GMP guidelines in cGMP facilities with “A” grade from NNFA. This enhanced proprietary blend of beneficial ingredients is specifically formulated to:
•Reduce inflammation associated with exercise
•Enhance the immune system
•Improve nervous and cardiovascular system
•Benefits joint, skin and immune health
Key Features of Anabolic Gardens Heavy Duty Fish Oil include:
-High concentrated fish oil, meaning less pills to take. 1 softgel provides nearly twice as much EPA/DHA as most standard fish oil products
-1200 mg total fish oil. 360 mg EPA, 240 mg DHA. Remaining 600 mg are other omega fatty acids from fish. NO FILLERS
-Sourced from fresh cold-water fish (sardines, anchovies, mackerel)
-All natural FL orange oil is added to eliminate any unpleasant aftertaste or to eliminate fish burps
-Provides a natural mix of tocopherols for additional antioxidant protection and better absorption
The D: Our all-time favorite! This is rapidly becoming the miracle vitamin of our time. So important, in fact, that latest research has scientists calling Vitamin D a steroid hormone. Every week, it seems, there is a new finding about Vitamin D’s marvelous benefits. Most Americans are badly deficient in vitamin D because doctors consider the sun our enemy —and your skin converts solar rays into this essential vitamin.
Vitamin D has been proven to be of significant benefit for athletes. It is important to remember that the active form of vitamin D is not really a vitamin, but rather a steroid, similar to testosterone being a steroid. Furthermore, it also acts like a hormone in the same way that growth hormone is a hormone. Research by Dr. John Cannell of The Vitamin D Council shows that vitamin D increases the size and number of fast-twitch (Type II) muscle fibers and most cross-sectional studies show that vitamin D levels are directly associated with musculoskeletal performance in older individuals. (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise May 2009; 41(5):1102-1110).
Vitamin D is directly related to testosterone in men. Men that are deficient in testosterone will almost always be low in vitamin D. When supplemented, this steroid hormone has been shown to increase testosterone production in men and raise their blood levels of this hormone. Vitamin D should NOT be overlooked by anyone during any exercise program, especially if your goal is to gain muscle.
Low levels of this steroid hormone is linked to just about every disease possible-cancers, bone disorders, heart disease and chronic inflammation. It also helps increase the absorption of calcium, enhance immunity, reverse depression, strengthen bones, protect against heart disease, lower blood pressure and aid in fat loss. Muscle fibers have vitamin D receptors so when Vit D interacts with these receptors it activates genes that increase strength and hypertrophy (muscle growth).
Ultimate Capsule Multivitamin: You need to start with the basics. Everyone needs to be on a high-quality multivitamin/multimineral supplement. Be sure to avoid the TV-advertised one-a-days you find in your local drugstore. These are nearly worthless because their ingredients are often less-than optimal and are based on the “bare minimum” official Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA), now upgraded to the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI). The RDA evolved from the old Minimum Daily Requirement (MDR) set by the government. This means the nutrients in most of the popular multis contain the minimum doses necessary to prevent nutritional -deficiency diseases, such as scurvy (vitamin C), beriberi (vitamin B1), and others. They have no therapeutic effect. This certainly is not how to guarantee optimal health.
Probiotics Quattro: Our probiotics are a special blend of 4 different strains. Since the majority of our immune system is found in our gut, probiotics are crucial to keeping you healthy. As well, these bacteria also help digest and break down food so you are able to absorb nutrients more efficiently and optimally.
Acetyl-L carnitine: known as a potent fat-burner, anti-oxidant and for its anti-aging properties. L-carnitine also enhances muscle recovery and increases the number of testosterone receptors in muscle cells thereby aiding growth. There are many different forms of carnitine-acetly L carnitine, L-carnitine L tartrate, or glycine proprionol L-carnitine (GPLC) which helps to act as a nitric oxide booster which means increased blood flow to muscles-enhancing oxygen, nutrients and anabolic-hormone delivery to muscles.
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA): this is an antioxidant known for its anti-aging properties and for cellular energy and health. It helps improves muscle glucose and creatine uptakes and boosts performance. It is an ingredient in some fat-loss products b/c it helps reduce the amount of insulin released when carbs are eaten, increases fat burning and decreases hunger.
CoQ10 ( Coenzyme Q10): Also known as ubiquinol, this powerful antioxidant is involved in all oxygen-utilizing metabolic reactions in the body and helps muscle cells convert energy. In other words, this is essential for energy. Taking a CoQ-10 supplement boosts the way your cells produce and use energy. It also helps control blood pressure, helps the body burn fat, improves thyroid and pancreas function, and prevent heart disease by reducing bad cholesterol (LDL).
Lifting heavy weights generates muscle-damaging free radicals which CoQ10 helps stabilize. CoQ10 also helps to turn carbs and fat into energy as it aids in transport of these molecules into the cell; especially during vigorous activity. CoQ10 also helps with the antioxidant properties of vitamins C and E.
By the way, statins –the widely (and wildly!) prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs —actually deplete your body’s natural CoQ-10. Statins block production of cholesterol in the liver, where CoQ-10 is also manufactured. Without sufficient CoQ-10, statins can cause liver damage, irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, leg cramps, heart attack and stroke (the two potentially fatal conditions that statins are supposed to prevent). Other medications also can limit your body’s production of CoQ-10, including diabetes drugs, antidepressants, female hormone replacement therapy, and blood pressure meds. If you take any of these, you definitely need to supplement with CoQ-10.
Pro-Enzyme: These are our highly sought-after proteolytic enzymes also known as anti-inflammatories. They contain a combination of natural antinflammatories such as ginger, turmeric and many others. Keeping inflammation at bay will help to decrease your chance of injury. This product is also great for recovery and to improve post-workout muscle soreness.
Anabolic Gardens Basic Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Basic Pack – $58.50
Super Magnesium (400 mg/day; 3 caps) $24.00
Mega D 2000IU (Vitamin D) (2000-4000 IU; 1-4 caps) $16.00
Ultimate Capsule Multivitamin (2 per day) $25.00
Probiotic Quattro (100 caps) (1-3 caps per day) $22.00
Coenzyme Q10 (100 mg) $33.00
Pro-Enz (Ginger/Turmeric/Boswellia) – $33.00
Total cost for the Advanced Program including all seven products mentioned above: $160.00