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  1. Power your muscle with fish oil

    We don't like to admit when the calendar's getting the best of us, so of course we don't want to talk about how we're not as strong as we used to be.

    But you know it's happening.

    You can feel it in your muscles, when you struggle to open a jar of sauce or even just a heavy door. Heck, the more candles you add to your cake the more you can practically SEE your muscles shrink before your very eyes.

    Muscle loss and loss of strength are two of Mother Nature's cruelest tricks. But today, I'm going to help you make sure the joke's on her -- because there's a simple, safe and effective way to gain strength and regrow your muscle.

    And you don't have to lift anything heavier than a gelcap and a glass of water.

    The omega-3 fatty acids in the fish oil supplements that I hope you're taking right now are proven to protect muscle and even restore strength and reverse muscle loss.

    One new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows how fish oil capsules can reverse the toll of years of aging on your muscles.

    In just six months, fish oil capsules increased muscle volume, as measured in the thigh, by 3.6 percent when compared to a placebo. For some seniors, that's the damage of more than 3 years of aging... wiped out by fish oil.

    More muscle means more power, so the seniors given fish oil also had a 4 percent improvement in both lower- and upper-body strength -- reversing the toll of nearly two years of aging.

    To get the benefits in the study, you need a higher dose than what most folks take. But at 1.86 grams per day of EPA and 1.5 grams per day of DHA, it's not even close to an unsafe dose (but speak to your doc anyway, of course).

    The only downside is that the seniors in the study got their omega-3s from a version of fish oil that's a little closer to snake oil: the synthetic omega-3 fatty acids found in Big Pharma's overpriced prescription "fish oil" capsules.

    Hey, at least it's not a drug.

    But if you want the muscle-boosting, heart-protecting, brain-enhancing benefits of fish oil, stick to the tried-and-true. Save a few bucks and get a high-quality over-the-counter fish oil supplement from a maker you trust.

  2. Why you're losing muscle right now

    Low testosterone causes muscle to wither

    Gents, I've been warning you for years now that the risks of low testosterone go far beyond a gun with no ammo -- and one new study after another is backing me up.

    The latest: Researchers have confirmed that seniors missing out on this critical hormone lose their muscle even faster than they lose their sex drive.

    The study of 1,200 seniors found that men with the lowest levels had stick-figure arms and legs that were practically useless and no strength left in their grip.

    Wave goodbye to that firm handshake... assuming you can still raise your arm.

    These seniors even had trouble with the simplest of all activities, like standing up from a chair. I can't think of anything feebler than that, but believe it or not this gets even worse: Men with missing muscle mass are more likely to suffer from potentially crippling falls.

    Now, I'm not saying you need bulging muscles like Popeye, especially in your senior years. But if you're starting to look more like Olive Oyl, you stand to lose a lot more than your manly strength -- because new research confirms yet another of my long-held beliefs: Testosterone is critical to cardiovascular health.

    As I told you last month, men who suffer from low testosterone are a third more likely to suffer a heart attack and up to 50 percent more likely to experience a stroke.

    Don't assume you're safe if you haven't had problems with your heart, muscles or erections yet -- because the loss of testosterone is so gradual most men don't even notice it.

    Not at first anyway.

    Then, one day, nothing seems to work right anymore -- and your butt is glued to your chair.

    Don't wait for that to happen. Use whatever strength you have left to get out of that chair and off to the doctor, even if you need someone to carry you there.

    Have him check your testosterone levels and top you off, and watch those muscles start to come back -- along with your energy, vitality and a little something-something "down there."

    Younger men, you're up next. Keep reading for the latest threat to your manhood.

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