Supplements & Drugs in the Fitness Industry

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

The dietary supplement and drugs world is vast.

Some might say supplements are all useless and filled with artificial ingredients. Others have a dedicated room to keep their supplements like a laboratory.

Some would use a controlled dosage of drugs under a doctor's supervision without getting the side effects, and someone might get a heart attack by using an extremely stimulant drug for the first time.

For now, let's summarise what worths the money with minimum risk and what is extremely dangerous:

1) Whey protein:

In short: Worths the money and relatively safe (Research study) if you choose the right one.

  • The most widely known dietary supplement which increases muscle recovery, and decreases muscle cramps.

  • It’s a fast-digesting protein with a complete amino-acid profile suitable as a post-workout supplement.

  • Is it healthy? It depends on the manufacturer. If it’s not filled with artificial sweeteners and creamers then it’s ok.

  • Consuming 20–30 grams per serve could be beneficial, especially after an intense workout.

Don’t get confused by whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate and hydrolyzed. It’s marketing shit. If you are lactose intolerant then buy the 100% isolate lactose-free. If not, then buy whatever which has fewer ingredients.

Also, stay away from those labels with “added BCAA” or “added glutamine”. Again, marketing shit!

My advice: Preferably choose a pure one with no sweetener and minimum ingredients. Check the label. Do you see a long list of chemical substances or only 3 ingredients grass-fed whey protein concentrate + stevia + soy lecithin? The latter is a good one.

2) Creatine:

In short: Worths the money and relatively safe (Research study).

The most widely known muscle builder and nootropic. Most studies suggest it’s a safe product if you drink plenty of water. It definitely increases your strength and your ability to build muscles.

You might feel bloated and see the water retention in your body, but that’s temporary, and it’s the way creatine works by absorbing water.

It needs a loading phase if you are taking it for the first time. Consume 5 grams 4 times per day for 5 days and then cut it to 5 grams per day, preferably with your whey protein and simple carbs.

My advice: The brand is not important at all. Look for the patent Creapure on the label when buying this product. This patent guarantees its purity and high quality.

3) Glutamine:

In short: Doesn’t worth the money since studies are not consistent. Worths experimenting at least once for gut health or muscle recovery.

Some studies suggest that it improves gut health but it’s still in the grey area.

4) Yohimbine:

In short: Doesn’t worth the risk. suggests:

“Although effective, it may cause anxiety, it adversely interacts with many pharmaceuticals”.

Might give you extreme anxiety and suicidal thoughts. I tried it and the increased heart rate stopped my intense workout and decreased my performance. counter-productive!

5) Clenbuterol:

In short: Stay away!

Extremely potent fat-burner but doesn’t worth the risk. Can result in cardiac arrhythmia or sudden death even with low doses (Research study).

5) Combination of Synephrine, Coleus forskohlii, White willow bark and coffee beans extract as a fat burner:

In short: Worths studying and experimenting with the minimum dosage.

Could be safe and effective to increase your metabolism up to a point but you need to follow the right dosage. Might cause excessive sweating and increased heart rate.

Look for fat burners that contain these ingredients with the correct dosage.

6) L-Citrulline Malate:

In short: Worths studying and experimenting with the minimum dosage (Research study).

Very effective for circulatory health and erectile dysfunction. Can increase your endurance. Research suggests it’s a safe product but personally, I got cautious seeing the massive pump using this product. Something is not right.

Warning: Never ever mix this product with vasodilators. It’s dangerous especially if you have high blood pressure.

7) L-Arginine:

In short: Doesn’t worth the money.

Simply the weaker version of L-Citrulline Malate. Doesn’t get recognised well by your body. Most of it goes to waste. Doesn’t worth the money. Replace it with L-Citrulline Malate.

8) Saffron:

In short: Worths the money. A natural anti-depressant. Boosts your mood and research suggests it’s a safe product.

9) Steroids:

In short: Worths studying but experimenting comes with great risks! You need to weigh the pros and cons under a doctor’s supervision if you are obese or extremely skinny. If you have an average body and want to have a better physique don’t risk it.

  • Extremely potent and effective in losing fat and building muscles.

  • Lots of bodybuilder and influencers use steroids to prepare for photoshoots. You can smell steroids swiping on Instagram haha

  • Can be extremely dangerous!!!

  • Stay away from androgens!

Personal experiment with Stanazolol, Primobolan and Testosterone Propionate:

I was feeling lost in my life and didn’t know what to do. These are the times when you are prone to do something stupid which you might regret. I said, fuck it, let’s try steroids, I don’t care if I die. I just need to distract myself…

These steroids are synergistic meaning that they have a stronger effect working together. My strength doubled and I was lifting like a greek god. My trainer was using the forced negative reps method with heavyweights and in 2 months, I built massive shoulders and I was also pretty lean. It worked like a miracle!

However, even after going through proper post-cycle therapy, my joints were terrible and my mood was going up and down. Depression kicked in. Comin out of the depression cycle was hard! I mean, very hard! Was it only due to steroid usage? Not sure, but it was surely related.

Final words: If you want to risk it, I can’t stop you. But, do health checks regularly to keep everything in control. It can change your life forever.

10) Peptides:

In short: Stay away for now. Not enough data to prove if it’s safe or not. Hidden dangers might start to show up later in life.

Could be even more potent than steroids. Not recommended since the risks are unknown and they can potentially increase the size of any cancerous cell or cysts in your body.

If you want to study look for a combination of CJC 1295 and Ipamorelin.

11) SARMs:

In short: Doesn’t worth the risk and money at the moment.

Less potent than steroids and peptides and easy to use but the risks are unknown. Not enough research. Don’t risk your health experimenting.

12) Ephedrine:

In short: Be aware of the risks (Research study). It’s a double-edged sword.

Extremely potent with high risks. May produce palpitations, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, restlessness, and anxiety. Does it worth the risk? I think, only if the risk of being obese is higher than using this drug. You need to weigh the pros and cons under a doctor’s supervision.

The list is long and I will need to write thousands of word to go through all supplements. I think you know the most important ones to smash your fitness goals.

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