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[19 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Chromium can boost testosterone levels and promote muscle growth
Testosterone is a bodybuilder’s best friend, and cortisol may be a bodybuilder’s worst enemy.
Testosterone is an extremely anabolic hormone that encourages muscle growth; cortisol is an extremely catabolic hormone that encourages muscle breakdown. In fact, cortisol actually competes with testosterone for its receptors in muscle cells to limit the anabolic actions of testosterone. (To determine whether an athlete is in an anabolic or catabolic state, scientists look at the ratio of the athlete’s testosterone to cortisol levels. The lower the ratio, the …