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No Supplement For The Truth
  • May 03, 2012 : 13:05
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As any chronic insomniac will tell you, there is a seemingly endless supply of bodybuilding supplements available for four easy payments of $29.99 to anyone interested and watching television in the early hours of the morning. These ads usually feature some gigantic specimen of human life shoveling a spoonful of powdered muscle into his face while some blonde throws out scientific-sounding words and bright lights flash all around you. The result is your buying of a product with no previous knowledge of what it contains, what it is supposed to do, and, more importantly, what else it does.

When it comes to supplements, the most important advice you can heed is to always read the ingredients. Every single one. Over-the-counter supplements often contain a wealth of waste, like cornstarch and synthetic vitamins the body has trouble breaking down. This can lead to inefficient workouts, muscle damage, and kidney and liver complications. Moreover, many supplements contain products which, although commonplace in bodybuilding, have been the subject of numerous studies that highlight their dangers or inefficiencies. Products like:

Yohimbine

Sold in supplements touting fat reduction, yohimbine or yohimbe also increases blood pressure and heart rate and has been found to create anxiety issues like insomnia and panic attacks. The range between an effective dose and a dangerous one is very narrow; more serious side effects include seizure and renal failure.

Glycocyamine

Often used in combination with creatine, glycocyamine or GAA has been shown to raise homocysteine levels in the body. These elevated levels have been linked to dementia, Alzheimer’s, and coronary heart disease, and there is little conclusive evidence highlighting GAA’s fitness benefits.

Soy

Soy, right? That’s good for you. Not if you’re trying to build muscle. Most soy products contain phytoestrogens that have been shown to reduce testosterone levels, limiting muscle growth and strength. Trypsin inhibitors in soy also block protein digestion, which is necessary to maintain bulk.

Keep reading to find out which supplements you should be taking and where you can get them...

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