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George asks…

what is the best supplement for me to take (runner)(lactic acid)?

I am starting to get into distance running again. However, im having A LOT of problems with the lactic acid in my legs. I haven’t been able to run for long distances because every time i start training, i develop joint issues and or shin splints due to the lactic acid build up. im looking for a good suplement(s) to take to keep the lactic acid issues down.

vti answers:

Lactic acids, joint issues and shin splints are a typical result of doing too much too soon. You may have been able to run great distances in the past, but that’s virtually all gone. You need to build it up again.
Sure, you can take supplements to ease the pain away, but it’s only masking the result, not the cause.
Anyways, you don’t need to take in supps right away. Try to eat proteins.
I, for example, eat a lot of egg white omelets. (So leave out the yoke).

John asks…

Help With Joint Supplements?

Hey everybody,
I started seriously running this summer, in May or June sometime. I’ve done 3 5ks, am registered for another, and if at all possible I plan on running through the winter.
My problem is that my knees and my hip hurts, not only when I run but now they are starting to hurt during the day too. It’s a bit difficult to walk today because of my hip. I did a bit of research and wanted to get Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine supplements, but I’ve heard that just taking supplements without a doctor’s suggestion can be harmful.
Does anybody else take these supplements, or do you have any suggestions? Thanks 🙂
P.S. I’m 16 years old.

vti answers:

Both Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate are great supplements to help out with joint discomfort and irritation. I use both together for my knee which I’ve have problems with for a while now since I stopped playing sports year around. Being a runner your constantly applying pressure on your joints in your legs and hips. Check out VaporNutrition.com they have great deals on both supplements and are the cheapest prices for a quality product I could find. Good luck with the running and give those supplements a try for sure.

Linda asks…

Is Gold Standard 100% whey a good protein supplement?

I ordered the double rich chocolate flavor and after reading some reviews I believe this is some high quality protein. I’ve tried Muscle Milk before, which was very good, and Body Fortress Whey protein, which was pretty awful. How do you all feel about Gold Standard? How does it taste compared to Muscle Milk and Body Fortress? Were you able to build muscle when taking it?
Lol maybe I should have asked this question before I placed the order. Oh well. As long as its decent and not as bad tasting as Body Fortress I’m happy.

vti answers:

Maybe you should stop taking supplements since they don’t seem to be doing you any good. And, of course, they can’t do you any good unless you have a terrible diet.

Your body does not store protein. So, a protein supplement can only benefit you if your diet is deficient in protein. And, if it is deficient, fix the diet. Eat food.

Protein is the most misunderstood nutrient in bodybuilding. I don’t have the space to tell you all you need to know so I’ll just hit the high spots and if you need more info, you can message my Yahoo account.

Don’t listen to muscleheads, gym rats, bodybuilders, personal trainers, and even coaches about protein. Most of them believe what decades and $$$$millions in supplement advertising have been telling them…that they need a lot of protein to build muscle. Not true. Here’s how much you need according to the best minds in the world at the US CDC, the people our doctors (in the US) listen to. –> http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/protein.html#How%20much%20protein You can easily get that amount of protein with a glass of milk and a chicken breast or piece of meat per day. If you consume more protein, you’ll only excrete it or burn it and both are a waste.

Bodybuilders don’t work as hard as they would like to believe. Construction workers, migrant field hands, movers, UPS drivers, etc. All work much harder every week. And none of those people worry about protein or take supplements for their jobs. They just eat a good diet and their bodies adapt with no problem. A bodybuilder can only work out 10 hours a week at the most because of the recovery time required by the muscles. Marathon runners, boxers, Olympic athletes, Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, etc. All train much harder and they do it without supplements.

Most protein supplements are scams. According to the US National Institute of Health, you should use supplements only when recommended by a doctor. —> http://ods.od.nih.gov/Health_Information/ODS_Frequently_Asked_Questions.aspx#Need That’s good advice because the government does not require testing so you won’t be protected by the FDA as you are with food and drugs. Also, many supplements have been found to be contaminated and dangerous.

Check out this list of over 60 dangerous supplement products sold with bogus advertising claims which scam-site bodybuilding.com was forced to recall and take off the market –> http://www.usrecallnews.com/2009/11/bodybuilding-com-supplements-recalled-may-contain-steroids.html .

Check this link to see how Muscle Milk was busted for false advertising –> http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm261684.htm

All you need to make the gains you can is food. There is an abundance of information to prove this point. So, I will give you examples and cite references in the space I have left. Just be sure to ask yourself if you ever saw any good scientific evidence suggesting you need 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight or more. The answer will be no. That’s a huge myth. And, all the naysayers who disagree with me will not have any good science for you. All they’ll have are ads, phony reviews, bogus testimonials, false scientific sounding white papers, bad blogs, scam sites, etc. All paid for by scammers like this one. —> http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5196740n&tag=related;photovideo

Here’s a white paper which debunks the myth of the protein supplement. Note the following excerpt…“At present there is no evidence to suggest that supplements are required for optimal muscle growth or strength gain.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15212752

Here’s one more study to read. Note the excerpt…”Consumption of a recovery drink (whey protein, amino acids, creatine, and carbohydrate) after strength training workouts did not promote greater gains in FFM (Fat free muscle) compared with consumption of a carbohydrate-only drink.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15105028

Here’s another from Live Science. Note the excerpt…“Medical researchers have advised against protein supplements for years for the average person. But many sports trainers continue to push them on amateur athletes simply because they don’t know any better.”
Ref: http://www.livescience.com/health/protein-supplements-100202.html#

Here’s what Consumer Reports had to say —> Ref: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2010/july/food/protein-drinks/overview/index.htm

If you have any doubts about the citations and references above, talk to the person who understands best how your body works….your doctor.

Watch this video –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4_UY_kIPFU

It’s good to be strong but it’s better to be smart and strong.

Good luck and good health!!

Robert asks…

Should i stop taking Pre-workout supplements for NCAA drug testing?

I am planning on walking on at a division 1 football program this fall. I have been working out in order to prepare myself obviously. I have been taking NO-Xplode before my workouts consistently. I just bought a bottle of Cellucor C4 to start taking when I run out of xplode. I was checking the label for the C4 and it talked about how it contains a substance that may be banned by the NCAA (Methylhexaneamine/3-Dimethylamylamine). I’m not sure if NO-Xplode has that in it or not but I’m worried it might. As a walk-on will I be drug tested by the NCAA? Will these supplements show up and get me in trouble?

vti answers:

You shouldn’t be taking that crap anyway. Supplements are for the ignorant, credulous, and naive. I can’t help you weasel your way around testing except to suggest you get an education about suppelments so you’ll understand how the kind you’ve been using are all scams.

Protein is the most misunderstood nutrient in bodybuilding. I don’t have the space to tell you all you need to know so I’ll just hit the high spots and if you need more info, you can message my Yahoo account.

Don’t listen to muscleheads, gym rats, bodybuilders, personal trainers, and even coaches about protein. Most of them believe what decades and $$$$millions in supplement advertising have been telling them…that they need a lot of protein to build muscle. Not true. Here’s how much you need according to the best minds in the world at the US CDC, the people our doctors (in the US) listen to. –> http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/protein.html#How%20much%20protein You can easily get that amount of protein with a glass of milk and a chicken breast or piece of meat per day.

Bodybuilders don’t work as hard as they would like to believe. Construction workers, migrant field hands, movers, UPS drivers, etc. All work much harder every week. And none of those people worry about protein or take supplements for their jobs. They just eat a good diet and their bodies adapt with no problem. A bodybuilder can only work out 10 hours a week at the most because of the recovery time required by the muscles. Marathon runners, boxers, Olympic athletes, Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, etc. All train much harder and they do it without supplements.

Most protein supplements are scams. According to the US National Institute of Health, you should use supplements only when recommended by a doctor. —> http://ods.od.nih.gov/Health_Information/ODS_Frequently_Asked_Questions.aspx#Need That’s good advice because the government does not require testing and the information on the label does not even have to be in the bottle. Supplements have minimal FDA controls so you don’t know what you’re getting when you buy a supplement.

Check out this list of over 60 dangerous supplement products sold with bogus advertising claims which scam-site bodybuilding.com was forced to recall and take off the market –> http://www.usrecallnews.com/2009/11/bodybuilding-com-supplements-recalled-may-contain-steroids.html .

Go here –> http://www.usrecallnews.com/page/2?s=protein and page through the products to see how many protein supplements have been recalled for Samonella poisoning and other reasons.

All you need to make the gains you can is food. There is an abundance of information to prove this point. So, I will give you examples and cite references in the space I have left. Just be sure to ask yourself if you ever saw any good scientific evidence suggesting you need 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight or more. The answer will be no. That’s a huge myth. And, all the naysayers who disagree with me will not have any good science for you. All they’ll have are ads, phony reviews, bogus testimonials, false scientific sounding white papers, bad blogs, scam sites, etc. All paid for by scammers like this one. —> http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5196740n&tag=related;photovideo

Here’s a white paper which debunks the myth of the protein supplement. Note the following excerpt…“At present there is no evidence to suggest that supplements are required for optimal muscle growth or strength gain.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15212752

Here’s one more study to read. Note the excerpt…”Consumption of a recovery drink (whey protein, amino acids, creatine, and carbohydrate) after strength training workouts did not promote greater gains in FFM (Fat free muscle) compared with consumption of a carbohydrate-only drink.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15105028

Here’s another from Live Science. Note the excerpt…“Medical researchers have advised against protein supplements for years for the average person. But many sports trainers continue to push them on amateur athletes simply because they don’t know any better.”
Ref: http://www.livescience.com/health/protein-supplements-100202.html#

Here’s what Consumer Reports had to say —> Ref: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2010/july/food/protein-drinks/overview/index.htm

If you have any doubts about the citations and references above, talk to the person who understands best how your body works….your doctor.

Now, watch this video –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4_UY_kIPFU

Good luck and good health!!

Daniel asks…

Supplements Help!?

I have recently been on Met-Rx meal replacements and noticed a difference in my muscle. I have to start getting ready for Cross Country/Lacrosse and some people told me to try No Xplode and EndoRush. I was also looking at Nitrix and Axis ht capsules. I am 16 and wondering if taking capsules are unhealthy because I heard then can destroy your liver.

also: Would anyone recommend No Explode or Cellmass (both by BSN)

vti answers:

Don’t take them unless you already run. Running = elevated blood pressure, NO boosters = higher blood pressure. Its really unsafe to take a NO booster and run unless you already are a good runner. They will not destroy your liver though. No Explode is creatine with B vitamins as the transporting agent – safe to use at your age. Cellmass is more of a mass gainer and would be better post running to refuel your system. Personally i get the same effect by taking 1000mcg of b-12 before workouts, and it only costs 5 bucks at Longs.

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