Are muscle gain supplements safe?

Brian Tanzer
Nutrition & Dietetics
First of all, there are no supplements that by themselves will help put on lean muscle mass. There are some supplements that can be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and resistance training such as weightlifting that can help one put on lean muscle mass. There are no magic bullets to putting on muscle. It takes hard work, a healthy diet and proper supplementation to effectively put on muscle. Some supplements that can be used effectively include protein powders which provide extra protein needed to put on muscle.

Creatine monohydrate can help increase strength and anaerobic performance indirectly supporting muscle gain. Branched chain amino acids (BCAA's) such as leucine can help support protein synthesis in muscle tissue and serve as an energy source for muscles during a resistance workout. I think these three have enough scientific evidence to support their efficacy and safety. many other so-called muscle gainers have not been studied enough or, not at all.

So make sure you get adequate protein along with these other supplements, and when combined with the right exercises one can safely and effectively gain lean muscle mass.

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Dietary Supplements

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d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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