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43. Supplements (Chromium Picolinate, Met-Rx, Vanadyl Sulfate, Cybergenics, etc. ), Do they work?




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This article is from the Fitness FAQ, by Jeff Gleixner (glex@cray.com) with numerous contributions by others.

43. Supplements (Chromium Picolinate, Met-Rx, Vanadyl Sulfate, Cybergenics, etc. ), Do they work?

Supplements don't have any anabolic affect. They may
provide extra protein or calories, but they won't build
muscle for you. Those ads sure do look nice don't they?
Look carefully at them. The before picture is low light,
gut hanging out, bad pose, and usually no tan. In the "after"
picture they're sucking in the gut, doing a descent pose,
good light, oiled skin, and are usually very tan. All of
that is done to make them appear larger and more defined.
Supplements may have a psychological affect, which could easily
make you work harder and gain muscle, but it's not the product
that's making you gain muscle, it's the extra work you're doing.

The bodybuilders are getting paid very well for saying that
a certain product made them who they are. The fact is that
they are approached well after they win a few contests and
after they are already huge. The only supplement that works
is anabolic steroids, which won't be discussed in this document.

Use supplements only if you're having trouble eating a well
balanced diet or are trying to increase your calories or protein
intake. Don't buy them with the thought that they will suddenly
pack 10 pounds of muscle on your body, they won't! Your money
would be better spent on a hiring a good trainer or on buying
better food. If you are going to buy a supplement, Twinlab has
a good reputation for high quality products. Don't buy any Weider
product. Many of their products have been tested and found to be
very low quality.

What do some supplements really do?

Boron:
- Research found incidence of impotence & infertility in
males.
- Increase absorption of Calcium & Magnesium, which
stimulates alertness in the brain.
- No anabolic effect.

Vanadyl Sulfate:
- Increase glucose transport into muscles.
- Muscles will appear larger in approx. 80% of the people
who use it. Once it is discontinued, the muscles
go back to normal. It should be cycled, and it
could be used to give you an advantage for a
contest. Order it from Sports Pharma.
- No anabolic effect.

Chromium Picolinate:
- Insulin boosting action. Will provide energy for
people with low blood sugar.
- No anabolic effect.

Cybergenics:
- Good, detailed training program, the supplements provide
no anabolic effect.

Met-Rx:
- Good when used as a meal replacement.
- Expensive.
- No anabolic effect.

If you're looking for mail order places here are some recommended
1-800 numbers. Most, if not all, offer a catalog and very
cheap prices.

		Hardbody Enterprises NJ 1-800-378-6787
		Iron Warehouse -Canada 	1-800-561-3856. open 24hrs.
		Power Store  		1-800-382-9611
		Vitamin Wholesalers 	1-800-848-6896
		DPS Nutrition 		1-800-697-4969
		Nutrition Discounters 	1-800-362-3306
		L&H Vitamins NY		1-800 221-1152
		Price Destroyers        1-800-xxx-xxxx (number unknown/changed)
		 (If you know their number please fwd to glex@cray.com)
		Warehouse Sport Sales   1-800-677-4810
		Health Depot            1-800-786-4611
		Nutrition Warehouse     1-800-362-3306
		JBN                     1-800-487-2111
		DSS                     1-800-666-6865
		S&S Enterprises, Inc.   1-800-456-3955


 

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