Food supplements: a juicier market
on hygiene in fitness rooms and food supplements for sportsmen.
Performance in powder
November 7, 2006
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If you are a beginner or an amateur athlete, you are the ideal target audience for such an advertising message : “The YX Performance range will meet your expectations in terms of preparation for exercise, muscle power gain and post-effort repair. ”
This is the standard talk of sellers of food supplements, which you can get in fitness, in specialized stores and even in supermarkets. It’s a juicy, growing market that includes energy drinks, protein powders, energy bars and gels. There is no lack of choice, and the risk of falling into the gears is by far not absent.
With humor or sometimes much heavier arguments, the food industry wants to convince us that we need energy products to prepare us for the effort, to improve our performance and also to better recover.
Arguments that hit the mark, especially with the youngest, through trendy isotonic drinks. But for many amateur athletes, the path to food supplements also goes through fitness. There, they rub shoulders with beautifully sculpted bodies that they want to look like. This was the case with Grégoire Vionnet, currently a Pilates teacher, who was 19 when he began to do some bodybuilding.
“There is a lot of mimicry in the weight rooms; we see a somewhat beefy guy and we go towards him. We get to know each other, and we ask questions about the “benefits” of protein intake, etc. At the beginning, we are thrown into an environment that we do not know. We want, on the one hand, results, to gain muscle; it is believed that one of the best ways to do this is to take dietary supplements. On the other hand, there is also the “integration into the social group” effect, which encourages taking these supplements. Finally, there is an incredible expectation in relation to the performance that we imagine to obtain with this. ”
Without looking for other information, he therefore began to consume protein in the form of powder to dilute in a drink. The beginning of a gear.
“Since we don’t know exactly how to take these proteins, we imagine that the larger the dose, the better the results. ”
After having consumed protein powder for five years, Grégoire Vionnet decided to stop on the following observation:
” I said to myself, it is dramatic because it really becomes an addiction, to have the impression that without these products, it was impossible to progress. However, I saw that at my level, there were no differences.
Do-it-all food supplements?
Grégoire Vionnet managed to give up the protein powder without noticing any differences. We can therefore ask ourselves the question of the usefulness of this whole range of food supplements. This question is all the more legitimate since these products are not cheap! Rainer Bielinski, a sports doctor who has no shares in the food industry, provides us with detailed answers to these points.
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The risks of dependence are not the only dangers: certain relatively harmless food supplements can become springboards towards doping, without our being necessarily aware of it. As such, we bought some products on the Internet, which we then submitted for the appreciation of one of the great Swiss doping specialists, Martial Saugy, from the Swiss Doping Analysis Laboratory, based in Lausanne.
Among all the substances that we showed our expert, there is one that poses different problems: it is creatine, a protein authorized everywhere except in France.
Martial Saugy: “It is true that in circles, especially athletics, we have encouraged young athletes to use creatine. As an anti-doping specialist, I have since the beginning fought against the tendency of coaches, coaches, even parents in some cases, to offer this creatine to young people. On the one hand, we did not know the side effects. Even today, we know very little about them, because massive doses of creatine were taken, and above all, this is the essential element of my criticism, it was about pushing people on the track of doping door; that is to say that necessarily by proposing a substance to improve performance, even if it is not a prohibited substance,we were going to push the youngster to use other devices to improve performance. ”
Creatine increases muscle mass, but watch out for its side effects, such as cramps!
Other dangers came to light in the late 1990s, when top athletes like Merlene Ottey tested positive for nandrolone. It was then discovered that it was the consequence of contamination by anabolic steroids in the creatine they had consumed. “On the samples collected, we found creatine advertised as pure which contained in particular nandrolone and other anabolic steroids”, confirms Mr. Saugy.
Therefore, is there a risk for Mr. and Mrs. Everyone who would buy creatine and find themselves consuming doping products?
“Absolutely, it’s very clear. Once again, creatine is not on the list of doping products, but the risk is relatively high, without really knowing the origin of this creatine, the risk is high from consuming doping products, and not just any doping product because anabolic steroids are hormones, they are male hormones, and we know that during the development of the body, whether for men or women, the effect of taking hormones is not really innocent. ”
Since it is often the same companies that make and sell creatine and other protein powders, they-they may also be contaminated by hormones?
Martial Saugy invalidates this hypothesis concerning the products analyzed by the scientists of the laboratory in Lausanne. In contrast, their colleagues in Cologne, for example, found protein powders that were contaminated with anabolic steroids.
However, the Lausanne laboratory has taken its internet research even further. He thus found products with the evocative name of anabolic steroids, but whose composition does not mention any. This is the case of a product on which is written “1Tmatrix”, a term which moreover means absolutely nothing. After analysis, it turned out that this “1Tmatrix” was a famous anabolic steroid, danabole (methandienone), which is used for example by body-builders.
Thus, one can be doped with hormones without knowing it. The other worrying observation of Martial Saugy is the problem of anabolic steroids advertised as such, which are of course prohibited, but which can be easily bought on the Internet: “What we have seen is that for 30% of products that advertised at least one particular anabolic steroid, there was either wanted or unwanted contamination from other steroids or outright a completely different steroid than the one advertised. There is certainly a scam behind these products ”.
As for ephedrine, advertised as a fat burner, Martial Saugy recalls that it is a stimulating product close to amphetamine and that there is a risk of
addiction and even depression.
In conclusion, simply from a computer via the Internet, it is possible to obtain illicit substances, which would therefore lead to a positive analysis in the event of a doping control! This is dangerous, since one product may hide another or the purity of creatine is not guaranteed. We must therefore remain vigilant and not click without knowing! What is true for drugs is also true for food supplements.
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You are going to attract the wrath of the “inflatables”.
Small correction, for ephedrine the risk is fatal, dozens of deaths in the USA.
yes it is hard with all these new products, to find information, everything is a lie.
We are lied to, even the authorities, just see the creatine scandal …:
http://www.mag-nutrition.com/s […] eatine.htm
I wouldn’t say it’s all a lie and it’s like drugs
L’Usine nouvelle (B2B press) also wrote an article on this subject !!
I consume macro and micronutrition.
So you want to tell us that not all food supplements work?
In my case I was soon going to buy a supplement to help me with my diet (xenadrine) or a product of the kind.
Is this type of weight loss product a scam?
But not at all!! it’s not the xenadrine scam !!! whatever!
it works and even great but xenadrine is more likely to advise before a competition! because it makes lose the exes of water !!! and when you are in competition you must be super dry and streaked! So here is!
me if I will be you, for your diet not xenadrine but moretot a good thermocuts !!!