Tips for taking dietary supplements

Supplementation in the sports environment took on great importance. This can be seen in both high performance and quality-of-life sports activities. There is research that claims to have only a placebo effect, as the beneficial effect could not be reliably demonstrated. However, some supplements can have a detrimental effect on health, especially if taken without medical supervision or if they lack approval from the controlling bodies (such as the FDA or the Consumer Lab). Keep in mind that before you decide to buy one, make sure to check their reviews. Reviews that are similar to this one on Crazy Bulk Trenorol.

In a previous note we discussed the basic difference between non-steroidal anabolics and anabolic steroids. Remember that the former are amino acids. These form the proteins and we consume them through the diet (in meat, egg, cheese or milk) or through supplements based on essential (those that the body cannot manufacture) and non-essential amino acids. Examples are carnitine, creatine, lysine, valine, isoleucine or glutamine.

When their consumption is controlled and they are a complement to a balanced diet, we can say that the result we get is beneficial. This applies especially to athletes but also to those who practice sport with the aim of feeling healthy.

However, this is not always the case. When we resort to testosterone products the adverse side effects are innumerable. This is the hormone from which all anabolic steroids are derived. Among its many negative consequences are high blood pressure, lipid disorders with a significant increase in bad cholesterol (LDL) and aggression. 

Also, there are cases where they caused heart attacks, decreased sexual potency, increased male breasts (gynecomastia) and milk secretion, testicular atrophy (after prolonged use), irreversible voice change in women, increased pubic hair, liver and prostate cancer and more.

That is why it is important to understand that anabolic steroids are not healthy. Many times they are offered to young people and adolescents to increase muscle mass and they enter into a spiral of uncontrolled consumption, which can end up in one or several of the listed harms. In the case of high-performance athletes, these supplements are considered banned substances (like amphetamine derivatives) and will therefore cause positive doping.

But why are they so dangerous? Let’s consider this: the body is permanently controlled thanks to the work of the glands that secrete hormones (pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, ovaries and testicles). In turn, these glands are self-regulating: when the secretion of a hormone decreases, it is compensated by an increased activity of the gland that produces it, thanks to the vigilance of the pituitary and hypothalamus. Thus, the body functions like a state-of-the-art clock.

When we introduce testosterone through anabolic steroids unnecessarily, we disrupt the functioning of the entire hormonal system. And this is not the only thing: in high-performance sport they went further. From some time to this part we talk about genetic mutation to increase muscle strength. How? Through genetic manipulation systems that inhibit myostatin, the protein that limits muscle development. Thus, the growth of the muscles is produced in an excessive way.

In conclusion, whenever we want to incorporate a dietary supplement into our routine it is essential to consult doctors or nutritionists who know about it. In this way, we will avoid damage to our health which, in some cases, may be irreversible.