IM NUTRITION RESEARCH PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Core Extreme Nutrition Boost W hen the first generation of pre-workout products hit the shelves more than a decade ago, they weren’t much more than several different kinds of caffeine analogs mixed with some arginine. The pre-workout market became a contest of who could jam the most stimulants into a single serving. Thankfully, times have changed. Pre-workouts have become smarter and more sophisticated. They now coax performance out of the central nervous system and brain, rather than holding it at gunpoint and making demands. Case in point is Boost by Core Extreme Nutrition. Boost is one of the first formulas to boast a new patented ingredient called PeakO2, which has been shown in clinical studies to improve max- imum power output. PeakO2 is a blend of six different organic mushroom extracts that help your body adapt to physical and mental stress. A study performed at the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina found that athletes who used PeakO2 for 21 days significantly improved their time to exhaustion. PeakO2 also contains L-ergothioneine, a master antioxidant that can help you train longer and recover more rapidly. Along with PeakO2, Boost is made up of an innovative blend of amino acids, botanicals, minerals, and a moderate dose of two types of caffeine: caffeine anhydrous, which you find in most pre-workout formulas, and a special gentler version of extended-release caffeine that smooths and sustains the stimulating affect. The amino acids are formulated in clini- cal doses, and include two grams of beta-alanine, one gram of betaine, one gram of citrulline malate, and 500 milligrams each of choline and tyrosine. Schizandra berry powder is derived from Schisandra chinensis, a tart berry that has traditionally been used in Russian cultures to kickstart performance and endurance. (If the Russians use it for strength and conditioning, count us in!) With an emphasis on proven well-sourced ingredients, completely transparent supplement facts, and only four calories per serving, Boost by Core Extreme Nutrition is truly the next generation of pre-workout formu- las. Boost is currently available in two flavors: Blue Razz and Green Apple. For more information, be sure to check out coreextremenutrition.com. Eat Fat To Beat Stress Happy Pills If there were a pill that could make you happier, wouldn’t you take it? Well, there is. It’s called a multivitamin. A study published in the journal Nutrients described how 27 young adults took a multivitamin/multimineral every day for four weeks. The subjects were then given the Profile of Mood States test. The result showed that the multivitamin seemed to mitigate feelings of depression, compared to the subjects who took a placebo. The scientists were not sure how the admittedly modest vitamin product achieved this. Some speculate that the vitamin C might have an antidepressant effect, or that the body might be using the rich vitamin B content to create more of the “feel-good” neurotransmitter sero- tonin. Regardless of your age, or your mental state, tak- ing a daily quality multivitamin is always a good idea. 20 JUNE 2017 | ironmanmagazine.com Cortisol is a catabolic stress hormone that gets released after intense workouts. It’s anti-muscle properties are part of the reason why killing yourself day after day in the gym isn’t always the shortest path to your physique goals. Luckily, we have learned that periodizing intensity and using smart recovery methods can blunt cortisol’s affects. However, cortisol is also released during social and psychological stress. Since you can’t tell your boss to “just chill,” the next best thing might be to eat more healthy fat. Scientists in Vienna, Austria, have found that the healthy unsaturated fats from chia seeds and walnuts can limit the release of cortisol even during periods of extreme stress. They also found that while most subjects tend to move less (read: skip workouts) during stressful periods, the ones who ate walnuts and chia seeds engaged in significantly more exercise despite the stress.