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    Nitric Oxide A Scam

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    Consumer Alert: The NO2/Arginine Scam
    by David Barr


    The Biggest Scam in Supplement History

    Take a look at the history of nutritional supplements and you'll find many scams and cons. It's easy to spot these swindles in hindsight; it's a little tougher to identify them during their market peaks. Well, there's a scam going on right now, a big one. In fact, it's growing even bigger as I write this. Are you falling for it? Are you being suckered by bad science and questionable marketing tactics?

    Let's cut to the chase: the biggest scam on the market right now is arginine blood flow stimulators. You may know these by the terms "nitric-oxide stimulators" or "NO2 supplements."

    Wait, you already knew these supplements were worthless? And you think you already know what the scam is? Doubtfully. Because I'm about to reveal the real con behind these supplements. In this Consumer Alert, I’ll not only blow the lid off of the whole scam, but I’ll also reveal to you a better hemodilator that's been proven for years to increase blood flow, aid in recovery, and stimulate muscle protein synthesis.

    This article covers the science showing why arginine products don’t stand up to their claims, but the rabbit hole goes much deeper than that. Hang on Alice, you’re in for a wild ride.


    Why Arginine? Why Now?

    Why are so many supplement companies focusing on arginine? Well, now that prohormones are banned, companies are scrambling to throw out the next big supplement to keep them in business. If nothing truly groundbreaking is within their grasp, they'll come out with a worthless supplement supported by dubious science. Want to know what's really pathetic? If this garbage supplement makes some money, other companies will rip off the bad idea and market their own versions, regardless of whether or not the supplement works!

    Are the copycats and knockoffs, with their additional bells and whistles, better? No. In fact, some sleazy manufacturers are even including potentially harmful substances like glycocyamine in their products!

    This copycat movement was really noticeable at the recent Olympia Expo, where only variations on two products seemed to exist: creatine and nitric oxide stimulators. While readers may be aware of the inherent risks of creatine wannabes from our Consumer Report on Dangerous Creatine, recent evidence demonstrates how nitric oxide stimulators can be considered the greatest con since ENRON. Let's dig into the evidence.


    Hemodilators: Theory and Practice

    The hemodilator (or blood vessel dilator) products saturating the market are purported to stimulate blood flow and subsequently enhance nutrient delivery to muscles, resulting in increased size and strength. As you may know, these products contain little more than the amino acid arginine, something that's been on the supplement market for years and years. Basically, arginine supplementation is claimed to stimulate the synthesis of the hemodilator nitric oxide (NO) in our blood vessels.

    The existing theory looks like this:

    Arginine -> Nitric Oxide -> Vasodilation -> Nutrient Delivery -> Muscle Growth and Strength

    Now there’s nothing inherently wrong with arginine. In fact, it’s an important amino acid. It’s just not the amino acid to really help your gains — more on that later.

    New research has been revealed since the first T-Nation article on these types of supplements was published. Now we can focus on that which is directly applicable to us: studies on healthy adults.


    Sick Over Arginine

    The whole hemodilator theory is relatively simple. Arginine is the precursor for NO synthesis and it's been shown that high dose arginine infusion directly into the bloodstream can lead to vasodilation in healthy fasted humans (17). Unfortunately, high doses can lead to decreases in total body water and sodium (4). And even a dose as low as 10 grams has been associated with gastric upset when consumed orally (26,14).

    Researchers involved in a third study demonstrating oral arginine-induced GI distress actually had to reduce the quantity originally given so the trials could be completed effectively (29). Despite the reduction to seven grams an hour for three hours (for a 200 pound man), the researchers reported: "All of our subjects reported mild intestinal cramping and diarrhea that lasted for approximately five hours."

    But wait, it gets worse! This arginine dose still had no significant effect on glycogen storage following exercise (29)! Because oral arginine only has 70% bioavailability, and up to 50% of this can be broken down to ornithine, taking arginine tablets or powder is impractical for research (6, 9). This is why arginine is usually infused directly into the blood via peripheral IV for scientific studies, and even then an impractical dose of 30 grams of this amino acid is common.

    In fact, one study compared infusions and oral dosing. The researchers found that six grams of arginine had no effect via either route of administration, while it took a 30 gram infusion to cause vasodilation (6). So, it takes a 30 gram IV dose to get results. If we were to get these results from an oral dose, we’d have to take 43 grams because only 70% of it is bioavailable (i.e. 30 / .7 = 43).

    Now if 10 grams can cause gastric upset, then the 43 gram oral dose (with bioavailability taken into account) makes me more than a little uneasy.


    Arginine: A No Go for NO

    If you think that this lack of effect is an isolated incident, other studies investigating high oral doses of arginine and NO induced blood flow have shown no effect when 21 grams (7 g 3x/d) were used (1). Two additional studies where 20 grams per day were taken for 28 days also showed no effects (11,12).

    At first, this complete lack of effect was a little surprising considering that arginine is the precursor for nitric oxide synthesis. But upon closer inspection, natural arginine levels are far in excess of what should activate the enzyme responsible for NO production — an effect known as the arginine paradox (21).

    In yet another study, a six day, arginine free diet had no effect on nitric oxide synthesis. This indicates that arginine isn't limiting for NO production, and its regulation is far more complicated than supplement companies would have us believe (9).

    Of course, the whole rested and fasted thing doesn’t apply to you, so let’s see what happened when exercise was involved. This next noteworthy study used 10 grams of arginine along with 70 grams of carbohydrates in subjects who either performed resistance training or cycling exercise (26). The results? There were no changes in blood flow or glucose uptake compared to placebo, regardless of which mode of exercise was used. This is significant because it directly contradicts the claims of the supplement manufacturers.

    For those who are more skeptical, or perhaps just brainwashed by flashy advertising, you’re probably not happy with studies using pure arginine. Oh no, it has to be special arginine, like the ones used in the popular products, before you’ll believe any results. Fine, let's look into the science and crack that nut.


    The Acid Test

    While it’s important to understand the evidence behind normal arginine supplementation, many would argue that it doesn’t apply to the original nitric oxide-stimulating supplement, NO2. This is because the aforementioned product contains arginine alpha-ketoglutarate, not simply arginine. The theory is that alpha ketoglutarate (AKG) somehow makes this supplement "work." Okay, that’s cool, let’s see what science has to say.
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    This specific product had several studies performed on it, and they were presented at the International Society of Sports Nutrition conference in the summer of 2004. While the findings do not yet come from peer reviewed publications, they yield important information about the efficacy, or lack thereof, of this supplement.

    The first study examined the blood levels of arginine and "time released arginine" (following a four gram supplementation with each) to determine whether the latter enhanced the duration of elevated blood arginine levels (18). The reasoning for this study is due to the claim that NO2 has time-release technology, resulting in "perpetual pumps."

    Unfortunately for the company, blood arginine levels were nearly all quite similar, and at times 30% lower, in the time-release trial compared to the pure arginine trial! The reason for the lower levels of the former group remains elusive, but could be due to a decreased absorption by the gut, an increased uptake by tissues, or a half dozen other fates for arginine (see 4). Not surprisingly, there was nothing resembling a "time release" effect.

    The second study of interest evaluated the effects of NO2 on body composition, muscle strength and endurance (8). For eight weeks, subjects took either 12 grams of NO2 or placebo and underwent a resistance training protocol. At the end of the time period, subjects between groups had no differences in either muscle mass or body fat percentage.

    Interestingly, the NO2 group threw an average of 19 pounds onto their bench 1RM, while the placebo group added less than a six pound mean. Does it seem strange to anyone else that this supplement alone supposedly added an average of more than 13 pounds to bench press 1RM over placebo without a concomitant change in muscle mass? This would indicate that the changes are strictly neural in origin, which gets quite complicated and goes beyond the scope of this article.

    I'll briefly mention that while nitric oxide itself can have a negative effect on the force of muscle contraction (25), this effect has yet to be shown in humans, and doesn’t warrant serious consideration for our purposes. More importantly, all of the scientific evidence indicates that it's not even possible for us to consume high enough levels of arginine to effectively increase nitric oxide levels! Since this unpublished study is already gracing the advertisements for this supplement, we need to examine the results in a little more detail.

    If the subjects in the above study were untrained, they would all add a significant amount of strength without changes in muscle mass within the first several weeks of working out. In this case, these rapid neural adaptations would be expected in both groups, but wouldn't explain how arginine seemingly tripled the improvement in the nervous system activation.

    However, since the subjects were in fact trained, the situation is even more puzzling. Unlike novice trainees, strength increases in trained individuals tend to be more a result of muscle growth, which means that there should've been some changes in lean body mass accompanying the other gains. There wasn't.

    I would've been impressed, albeit skeptical, by a three or four pound gain over the placebo group on bench press 1RM, but an average of 13 pounds?! Looking at it another way, this means an average gain of two and a half pounds on bench 1RM each week, and this progress is maintained for a whole eight weeks on the same program!

    If this trend continued for all exercises, which it presumably does, everyone with these results could easily become a competitive powerlifter. Although such improvements might be theoretically possible, you must remember that these fantastic results were achieved on a training program and diet that normally leads to a mere six pound addition to bench press. Furthermore, to have such incredible strength gains throughout every muscle group, without even the slightest trend for improved muscle growth, demands questioning.

    Considering the other research which showed no effect on blood flow and no time release effect, the results just don’t fit. Whether it be improper group selection, outliers in the data, or measurement error, the results presented remain questionable.

    With my objective experience as a strength coach, researcher and bodybuilder, I don't believe these results to be possible. Having said that, this article is merely intended to give you the facts that you won’t get anywhere else, and allow you make up your own mind.

    Let’s sum of the results of this study and others:

    • One group used oral arginine in this study, but oral arginine supplementation doesn't affect blood flow.

    • The arginine group used "time release" arginine, but so-called time release arginine is not actually time released.

    • The trained individuals in the NO2 group got stronger without increasing muscle growth, but trained individuals get stronger mostly due to muscle growth.

    • The training program and diet alone yielded a six pound increase in bench 1RM, yet four grams of NO2 taken three times a day tripled strength gains on the same program.

    In short, something just isn't right.


    But Wait, I Thought I Felt Something!

    I’m sure some people are reading this and thinking, "But I know these products work because I’ve taken them and feel their effects!" While these perceived effects are potent, I submit to you that based on the scientific evidence, this is merely a result of the placebo effect.

    The placebo effect is when someone uses an inert substance, which should produce no effect, yet somehow still experiences an effect. This occurs frequently when pharmaceutical companies test a new drug. They give one group the real drug and another group an inert sugar pill. Interestingly, the group receiving the sugar pill often has a series of side effects like dry mouth, headaches, dizziness, adding ten pounds to their bench, etc. — all caused by their own minds!

    One famous research analysis calculated the placebo effect to account for 75% of a drug’s effect, although this exact figure remains controversial (19). It’s amazing what dogma we can succumb to in the face of contrary reason and evidence, merely because we want to believe something. This belief, desire and trust all seem to work at the neurological level of the brain (10). This indicates that it’s more than a matter of a few people being tricked by unscrupulous companies.

    Unfortunately, the situation is even worse when it comes to sports supplements because of our expectations. Hundreds of advertisements with spectacular claims, combined with our incredibly strong desire to believe that these supplements work, often defeat our poor psyches. I call this a directed placebo effect, because we have not only a simple belief in what the supplement is supposed to do, but a powerful desire to believe in its effectiveness.






    What can make our desire to believe in these products even stronger is the very fact that we've already purchased them! After all, recognizing that a product doesn’t work is like admitting that we were duped — something no one wants to do. Hey, I've fallen into this trap too in the past. We're all susceptible.

    Even if you still believe in the products in question, you’ll now be aware of this powerful psychological effect.


    But What About Growth Hormone Release?

    In response to this rather damning article, some companies will scrounge up data showing that arginine can elevate growth hormone levels. While we’ve known for the past decade that this applies only to huge doses infused into the bloodstream, many people will be unaware of this trick.

    Now, there's evidence that ingesting 22 grams per day (in a 200 pound man) of arginine aspartate increased nocturnal growth hormone output (5). The peak GH output during sleep was increased by an average of 60%. Unfortunately, only five subjects were studied and one of them had four times the peak output of the others. Without that one oddball subject, the average peak was cut in half! (Again, these are just peak measurements, not total levels.)

    Also of note, prolactin increased by an average of 75%. This hormone is associated with decreased Testosterone (7)! What’s really scary is that a mere five grams of arginine consumed during exercise actually decreased the resistance exercise-induced increase in GH output (24)!

    The bottom line is that you can forget about arginine and GH stimulation, despite what the advertisements try to tell you.


    The Real Secret

    Here’s where things get real interesting. You may want to be seated for this, because I’m about to blow the lid off the whole deal.

    Arginine is the amino acid known to be the most potent insulin secretagogue, meaning that it causes insulin release from the pancreas (4). Now this is of critical importance, because insulin itself stimulates vasodilation and blood flow (2), and this occurs via elevations in nitric oxide synthesis (27).

    So arginine stimulates insulin, and insulin stimulates nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes vasodilation and increased blood flow. Hmmm… Combining this info with what the scientific literature tells us, we can see that much of arginine’s vasodilatory effect can be attributed to insulin secretion!

    In fact, one study examined the extent of this very effect, and the results are shocking. Researchers infused the standard 30 grams of arginine with or without blocking insulin release from the pancreas (15). As usual, the massive arginine infusion increased blood flow. But, when insulin release was blocked, blood flow decreased by 77%!
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    When the latter experiment was repeated with an insulin infusion, blood flow was completely restored! So, over three-quarters of the increased blood flow response was caused by insulin. While not all arginine-induced blood flow can be attributed to insulin, you must remember that these studies use the equivalent of over 40 grams orally ingested arginine, which isn't even possible to tolerate.


    The Revised Theory:

    Arginine -> Insulin -> Nitric Oxide -> Vasodilation -> Nutrient Delivery -> Muscle Growth and Strength


    You have to wonder if the companies who produce these supplements knew this when they began to market them. If they did, then they intentionally swindled people. If they didn’t, then they clearly didn’t have any idea what they were asking people to put into their bodies. Either way, it’s lose-lose for them.

    To make things worse, AKG is being shown to play a role in stimulating insulin secretion (23), suggesting that companies may have indeed been trying to pull the wool over our eyes the whole time.

    While this addition may seem beneficial, you have to remember that we still have no real evidence even suggesting that any of these products work at reasonable doses. And don't forget, an increase in insulin levels (and therefore blood flow) is all too easy to obtain without NO products.

    Why would we use arginine to stimulate blood flow when we can get direct effects by manipulating insulin? In Part II of this article, I'll tell you how to do that without arginine supplements. The good news is, you're probably already doing it!


    Summary

    • Arginine blood flow stimulators ("nitric-oxide" or "NO2" supplements) have been shown to increase vasodilation, but only in unfed people receiving enormous doses through an IV.

    • Oral arginine supplementation doesn't affect blood flow.

    • A dose as low as 10 grams has been associated with gastric upset when consumed orally. This dose has no significant effect on glycogen storage, even if it didn't cause diarrhea.

    • Time release arginine is supposed to lead to a "perpetual pump" effect. New studies have shown this not to be the case.

    • NO2 was shown to have no effect compared to a placebo on body composition or muscle strength.

    • It's not possible for us to consume high enough levels of arginine to effectively increase nitric oxide levels.

    • Copycat NO2 products are no better than the original supplement. In fact, those that contain glycocyamine should be avoided because of potential health concerns.

    • If you think these products work for you, then you'd better look into the placebo effect.

    • Arginine might temporarily elevate growth hormone levels, but only if you're able to take unrealistic doses. There's little evidence to support that this short term increase in GH would do anything for your physique anyway.

    • In one study, arginine aspartate was shown to increase prolactin by an average of 75%. Prolactin is associated with decreased Testosterone levels.

    • Five grams of arginine consumed during resistance exercise was shown to decrease normal exercise-induced GH output.

    • The positive benefits of oral arginine supplementation can only be achieved through doses higher than the human body can handle. And most (but not all) of this effect is mediated by insulin. So if you want to have blood flow increases equivalent to a huge IV arginine infusion, just manipulate insulin through other means (which will be discussed in the next article.)
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    Consumer Alert: The NO2/Arginine Scam II
    by David Barr


    Dave Barr has dug deep into the latest studies on arginine-based nitric-oxide (NO2) supplements. What he's found will surely blow the lid off this latest supplement debacle. If you missed Part I, you can find it HERE.


    Maximizing Our Glycogen Resynthesis

    There’s one last theory that needs to be explored before this whole arginine supplementation myth can be buried: arginine and glycogen storage.

    The idea put forth by the supplement companies is that arginine will increase blood flow and therefore carbohydrate delivery to muscle, subsequently increasing its uptake and storage. Of course, the whole impact of insulin is nowhere to be seen in their advertisements, but this physiological fact isn't lost on those conducting the research.

    We’ve already seen one study using exercise with arginine showing that this combination had no effect, but there’s another study worth mentioning — and this time they gave conditioned athletes so much arginine that all of the subjects got sick from it!

    Yaspelkis and Ivy (1999) found that combined carbohydrate and arginine supplementation (seven grams per hour for three hours for a 200 pound athlete) non-significantly enhanced glycogen replenishment, compared to carbs alone, following cycling exercise in a carb depleted state.

    In keeping with our findings, there was a decrease in glucose oxidation in the former group so that more could be used for glycogen storage. This makes sense, because both the amino acid itself, and the extra insulin release it can cause, will reduce the amount of glucose that’s "burned off."

    You might think that if these illness-inducing dosages of arginine don’t work, then nothing will! But hold on, there’s a better way to get the results we’re after. If you want to do a much better job at storing glycogen and enhancing recovery, use whole proteins with your carbs! The benefits of this practice have been confirmed by the same research group in both earlier and later studies, and each time, the results were statistically significant (30, 22).

    To summarize these results, subjects were given enough arginine to make them sick, and this still wasn’t as effective as when whole proteins were used! In fact, the authors concluded: "The present investigation indicates that the ingestion of a single amino acid-carbohydrate supplement may not be nearly as effective as a carbohydrate-protein supplement in stimulating insulin secretion and thus enhancing muscle glycogen storage."(29).

    Now if you really want to enhance glycogen storage, use something with high GI carbs and a high quality fast protein. This will have a double impact by creating a strong insulin spike and utilizing the anti-catabolic effect of the protein for maximum glycogen resynthesis.
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    Insulin vs. Arginine: The Training Status Effect

    To make matters worse for the industry folks, trained individuals have been shown to have a decreased arginine-induced insulin response (13), which would make these so-called arginine hemodilator products even less effective for us — as though that were possible. Bear in mind that this may be a result of enhanced insulin sensitivity, but it remains yet another question in the already pigeon-holed evidence for the efficacy of these supplements.

    On a positive note, the enhanced insulin sensitivity that comes with endurance training (and possibly resistance training) increases the ability of insulin to stimulate blood flow (16). Additionally, the more insulin sensitive we are, the more blood flow becomes limiting to increases in glucose uptake (3). This means that glucose uptake happens so rapidly that blood flow just can’t keep up with demand.

    So we’re less sensitive to arginine-induced insulin secretion, more sensitive to insulin stimulating blood flow, and blood flow can become limiting to nutrient uptake by the muscles. Putting this all together, it’s clear that we need to focus on insulin production rather than arginine supplementation for maximizing our nutrient uptake. So now we’re faced with the potential problem of really needing to jack up insulin levels for it to maximally enhance nutrient uptake.


    The Best Hemodilator…And You're Already Using It

    Allow me to solve the problem by introducing a powerful, highly effective hemodilator: Surge!



    Yup, the same Surge that we’ve always known and loved is a potent stimulator of muscle blood flow, glycogen resynthesis, and protein synthesis. It already does most everything expensive arginine supplements claim to do (but can't), plus a whole lot more.

    Allow me to reiterate that the Surge formula has not been changed. It’s still the same, near perfect, great tasting supplement most of you have always used. I'm also not claiming that you’re suddenly going to have crazy new effects from Surge if you’ve been using it, or that Biotest has jumped on the bandwagon and started marketing it as a hemodilator. Rather, what I’m saying is that other companies have been hyping up some crazy theory while Biotest has always provided a proven blood flow stimulator that does so much more.

    Oh, my skeptical, science savvy friend, you want evidence? Well it’s all there in the carbohydrate and protein research literature!

    One landmark study showed that even a full hour after training, blood flow remained elevated by 30% compared to rest, when an amino acid and carbohydrate formula was consumed right after the workout (28)! What’s even better is that consuming the drink before exercise increased blood flow by over 300% during training, while a 200% increase was observed without drink consumption. In other words, you get an additional 100% increase from resting blood flow when the carbs and protein are taken before your workout! The pre-workout drink also maintained an elevated blood flow by 66% over normal resting values an hour after the workout.

    While these data are certainly impressive, they don’t mean anything unless they can also demonstrate that this increase in blood flow actually helped stimulate amino acid uptake by the muscle (i.e. protein synthesis). In fact, compared to rest, the pre-workout drink maintained amino acid uptake by ~230% a full 60 minutes after training, and the post-workout drink by 165%.

    Now that’s scientifically supported blood flow and amino acid uptake — something the so-called hemodilator products don’t have.


    It Just Keeps Getting Better

    If you’re interested in even more science on Surge, along with methods to maximize its effectiveness, then be sure to check out the Consumer Report detailing these very points.

    And now cutting edge science has just given us yet another reason to get excited about a properly formulated workout drink. A new research study will appear soon in a peer reviewed journal about a Surge-like drink and its effects on muscle protein synthesis. Now, when I say "Surge-like," I mean that this product was nearly identical to Surge without the addition of glutamine, isoleucine, and valine. In fact, when I first saw it, I thought that this study was funded by Biotest! While the results were impressive, Biotest had nothing to do with it — unless you take into account that they inadvertently provided the idea for the formula.

    As you’d expect, the pseudo-Surge gave huge increases in muscle protein synthesis following resistance training, even without the addition of extra leucine. The really cool part is that the addition of a single amino acid, leucine (like that in Surge) increased muscle protein synthesis by an additional 16% (20).

    Although that finding didn't reach statistical significance, protein synthesis was significantly correlated with the amount of leucine ingested and further demonstrates the value of this essential amino acid. This makes Surge the first and only supplement scientifically shown to stimulate muscle protein synthesis. Not creatine, not glutamine, and certainly not some lame arginine-based NO2 supplement!


    Leucine: Improving Our Focus

    While it may be sad to see the dogma destroyed on arginine the way it was for glutamine, at least we can keep focus on leucine as the anabolic amino acid. Even still, leucine supplementation alone will have little effect on muscle protein synthesis without the addition of the other essential amino acids. This is because we need those other building blocks from which to build and repair muscle tissue.

    Putting it another way: we can have all the anabolic signals in the world trying to make protein, but if there’s no raw material, the job just ain’t getting done! This is why a leucine-enriched protein carbohydrate supplement like Surge fills all the needs we have.


    The Final Theory:

    Fast Protein (Added Leucine) + High GI Carbohydrates -> Insulin -> Nitric Oxide -> Vasodilation -> Nutrient Delivery -> Muscle Growth and Strength
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    lentghy but it does sum it up at the end of 1st article
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    look ive been lookin at this thread for 10 min deciding weather i should read it or not its sooooooo long. i read the first page then i realised there where 3 more pages I give up lol. ill try again soon. can u summarise it wats the basic point its trying to put
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    Summary

    • Arginine blood flow stimulators ("nitric-oxide" or "NO2" supplements) have been shown to increase vasodilation, but only in unfed people receiving enormous doses through an IV.

    • Oral arginine supplementation doesn't affect blood flow.

    • A dose as low as 10 grams has been associated with gastric upset when consumed orally. This dose has no significant effect on glycogen storage, even if it didn't cause diarrhea.

    • Time release arginine is supposed to lead to a "perpetual pump" effect. New studies have shown this not to be the case.

    • NO2 was shown to have no effect compared to a placebo on body composition or muscle strength.

    • It's not possible for us to consume high enough levels of arginine to effectively increase nitric oxide levels.

    • Copycat NO2 products are no better than the original supplement. In fact, those that contain glycocyamine should be avoided because of potential health concerns.

    • If you think these products work for you, then you'd better look into the placebo effect.

    • Arginine might temporarily elevate growth hormone levels, but only if you're able to take unrealistic doses. There's little evidence to support that this short term increase in GH would do anything for your physique anyway.

    • In one study, arginine aspartate was shown to increase prolactin by an average of 75%. Prolactin is associated with decreased Testosterone levels.

    • Five grams of arginine consumed during resistance exercise was shown to decrease normal exercise-induced GH output.

    • The positive benefits of oral arginine supplementation can only be achieved through doses higher than the human body can handle. And most (but not all) of this effect is mediated by insulin. So if you want to have blood flow increases equivalent to a huge IV arginine infusion, just manipulate insulin through other means (which will be discussed in the next article.)

    1. As we become more trained we become less sensitive to the effects of arginine, but more sensitive to the effects of insulin.

    2. Blood flow becomes more limiting to nutrient uptake as our training status improves, making it important to focus on insulin induced hemodilation.

    3. Protein and carbohydrate combinations have been shown to enhance glycogen resynthesis better than an arginine/carbohydrate mixture.

    4. Blood flow is enhanced by the consumption of pre- and post-workout drinks.

    5. Protein and carbohydrate drinks have been shown to stimulate muscle protein synthesis.

    6. Quantity of leucine was positively correlated with muscle protein synthesis in a post-workout drink.

    7. Surge combines all of the aforementioned ingredients and is the first supplement ever shown to enhance muscle protein synthesis.
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    Good points! reps for summarizing it lol but yea i didnt believe in NO now i have proof that its no good
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    too bad there are thousands of people who have used it and disagree so stfu
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    just like glutamine, its a hyped up scam thank u for the thread
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    very good post, thanks for the info
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    Originally Posted by LMW
    too bad there are thousands of people who have used it and disagree so stfu
    id believe it works too if i wasted money on this, lol.
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    Originally Posted by LMW
    too bad there are thousands of people who have used it and disagree so stfu
    yea remember mmusa's Liquid creatine.
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/mm/atp.html
    they actually got sued by the goverment for false advertising because it actually contained no creatine it cos when the creatine was in water it disolves into creatinine a waste product of basically the product is bull and doesnt actually do anything (proven by government) yet thousands of ppl still bought and Claimed it gave them Amazing gains even though their only drinkin water.people are idiots it doesnt matter if its thousands of them or not
    (http://www.naturalproductsinsider.co...431news21.html) <--- article on mmusa
    Same thing applys to NO products

    so STFU
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    like it said somewhere in there to that people just think its working and you want it to work that you just think since ur on something that your gonna bench more
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    Originally Posted by Lifter X
    like it said somewhere in there to that people just think its working and you want it to work that you just think since ur on something that your gonna bench more
    ...though this incoherent post makes no sense, I presume you're talking about the placebo effect.

    Anyway, I just finished a whole bottle of nitrix and saw NOTHING in terms of what the bottle said. My lifts went up, yes, but not any faster than they had been. I saw no improvement in vascularity, pumps and muscle hardness.
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    ive beeen usin it 4 2weeks and it seems like its working

    so basically what ur tryin to say is stop using it?
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    Originally Posted by Loudejmaster1@aol.com
    ive beeen usin it 4 2weeks and it seems like its working

    so basically what ur tryin to say is stop using it?
    how is it working
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    Originally Posted by Lifter X
    like it said somewhere in there to that people just think its working and you want it to work that you just think since ur on something that your gonna bench more
    in english:

    "Taking arganine is like taking a placebo. You think it will work, so it works."
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    Isn't that pretty old?
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    why bother posting this? if ppl wanna buy NO and use it let them. its not hurting you at all. it would be more useful to post a thread on cigarette smoking or consumption of foods high in saturated fats.
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    Originally Posted by UltimateNYC
    why bother posting this? if ppl wanna buy NO and use it let them. its not hurting you at all. it would be more useful to post a thread on cigarette smoking or consumption of foods high in saturated fats.
    why bother learning at all ? we could all just be monkeys and have sex with every person of the opposite gender we see, eat what we see, and just frolic in joy and happiness.
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    Originally Posted by UltimateNYC
    why bother posting this? if ppl wanna buy NO and use it let them. its not hurting you at all. it would be more useful to post a thread on cigarette smoking or consumption of foods high in saturated fats.
    Wow, what a stupid post.
    Maybe to INFORM people? Everyone knows the dangers of smoking and saturated fats, but how many goddamned people know of the uselessness of NO? Especially in the teen forum? He's posting an informative, eye-opening article that can save people hundreds. Unless you work in the supplement industry, you have no reason to bitch.
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    Originally Posted by blinKme431
    Wow, what a stupid post.
    Maybe to INFORM people? Everyone knows the dangers of smoking and saturated fats, but how many goddamned people know of the uselessness of NO? Especially in the teen forum? He's posting an informative, eye-opening article that can save people hundreds. Unless you work in the supplement industry, you have no reason to bitch.
    everyone SHOULD do their own research on suppliments they are considering using.
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    i've been using MHP trac extreme NO for about 3 weeks and at the beginning of those 3 weeks i would feel a huge pump and enegy levels went up but now i dont really feel anything what so ever
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    Props for the article. After 3 bouts of month long diarrhea I can attest to not only the uselessness of this crap but to the fact that it did nothing to my gains.

    Thanks for sharing something I already knew.
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    Good information, but I have a feeling it's just a supplement advertisement for Surge in disguise.

    On a side note, I have tried NO and Arginine products myself and saw nothing but a skinnier wallet. And what's even more funny - is my roomate who is basically one of those guys who trains by the pump and how he feels the muscle working by doing isolation exercises, etc (and is still small) and also feels that supplements are more important than a good training program and food. He just started taking L-Arginine because one of his friends said it worked (so it must work for him!) Anyway, when I asked him what it does, to see if he knew, he said that it supposebly helps with energy. And what do you know - after taking it, immediately he said he felt he got more energy with it. When I told him energy wasn't even a known effect of Arginine he was stumped. Goes to show how far the placebo effect can go.

    But if people have to take products "that don't work" to experience a placebo effect that they wouldn't get without the product, then I guess it's still worth it in some regard. Let them be.
    I've still got a lot to learn.
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    Originally Posted by OmniPotentTitan
    why bother learning at all ? we could all just be monkeys and have sex with every person of either gender we see, eat what we see, and just frolic in joy and happiness.
    LOL...great post; reps coming your way. PS. I broadened your sexual reference to be more inclusive....lol
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    Originally Posted by UltimateNYC
    everyone SHOULD do their own research on suppliments they are considering using.
    And posts like these help people do their research. How the hell do you research something if there's nothing written up about it?
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