SOUP UP YOUR GAINS

The trending noo­dle broth’s fer­mented in­gre­di­ents will quicken your gym progress

Men's Health (UK) - - In This Issue -

A bowl­ful of ra­men can spike growth hor­mone and su­per­charge your progress

East Asian cui­sine is hav­ing a mo­ment. Its umami flavours and spices have made it the dar­ling of food blog­gers, while its re­liance on fer­mented in­gre­di­ents has won it praise in this mag­a­zine for their pos­i­tive im­pact on di­ges­tive health. But, should you hunger for any fur­ther jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, we’re happy to oblige. New sci­ence says ra­men is the pre-work­out fuel.

Cook your noo­dles in a miso broth and serve with spicy kim­chi and you’ll gorge on the neu­ro­trans­mit­ter GABA (gam­maaminobu­tyric acid). A study pub­lished in Medicine & Sci­ence in Sports & Ex­er­cise found that, in­gested be­fore re­sis­tance train­ing, GABA in­creased hu­man growth hor­mone (HGH) pro­duc­tion by a mus­cu­lar 400%. Nor­mally, HGH is re­leased into the blood­stream dur­ing deep sleep, help­ing your body re­pair overnight. It builds mus­cle mass, melts body fat and can even slow the age­ing process – which is why the syn­thetic va­ri­ety is banned from sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

HGH lev­els peak dur­ing pu­berty and de­cline steeply as you ap­proach mid­dle age, so men find sig­nif­i­cant gains hard to achieve after 40. That you can fire up your nat­u­ral re­serves with a trending lunch is not only wel­come news, but the smartest choice – es­pe­cially given that black mar­ket in­jec­tions come with hefty health risks (in­clud­ing car­diac ar­rest). Use your noo­dle, gen­tle­men.

PLATE UP THIS ASIAN BROTH TO REACH YOUR BODY GOALS

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