4/5/13

Secrets of the Supplement Industry: Q&A


If you haven’t been living under a rock then you know that lately I’ve began the series SECRETS OF THE SUPPLEMENT INDUSTRY. Part twocovered some of the nutrient staples that most first world athletes are missing. For the first time since I’ve started this blog people have been swarming me with questions over this topic. So instead of just making a bulleted list of my personal “recommended” supps, I will answer reader questions.


First question comes from J.H. who writes-
“Explain D-pol to me. Is it just a T booster? Would it be better to take D pol, or D aspartic acid?”

D-pol is a product that Purus Labs (a Texas based company) has been producing. The nutritional breakdown is as follows:
  • Vitamin D3: 4000 IU
  • Vitamin B6: 2mg
  • Vitamin B9: 400 mcg
  • Vitamin B12: 6mcg
  • D Aspartic Acid: 3.12 g

The main component is D aspartic Acid. All of the other ingredients, minus the Vitamin D3, has been loaded with 100% Daily value. I like this product for multiple reasons. First off is that it has nearly all of the Vitamin D3 that I personally think you need per day (I recommend 5000 IU). Secondly I love the serving size of D aspartic Acid, which is the clinically experienced dose for athletes. In other words scientific studies have shown that this is what it takes to see results. D aspartic acid increases your LH levels, which leads to increased testosterone, and increases vasodilatation. Dpol also contains polymerization within the pills that forces them to dissolve more slowly theoretically dissolving more slowly and improving absorption.
If you have the extra budget I would recommend taking D pol. If you simply want to test out the effectiveness of D aspartic acid alone then you can buy it isolated and still see some of the above benefits.

Second question from J.A. who asks –
How about BCAAs? Yes? No?

Essentially all proteins are made of amino acids. It requires 3 amino acids to create a protein molecule. BCAA’s are isolated amino acids that have usually been micro ionized to ease absorption. There have been many studies that show taking BCAA’s intra workout reduces delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and increases protein synthesis. These are good things, however many supplements can stimulate this. If you want to take BCAA’s I won’t tell you not too, but I generally do not.

Third question from P.H. who asks –
“Do you think I should take Creatine? Should I do creatine loading? When is the best time to take it?”

First answer, yes. Second answer, no. Creatine is converted by the liver into CreatinePhosphate (CrP) which is essential for weight lifting. To keep things simple CrP is used as energy during lifting and explosive lifting. Second answer is no because we already have creatine. Most research produced on creatine loading is done by, you guessed it, supplement companies. They suggest that you load on creatine so that you absorb more of it later. The studies are conducted by using people who rarely exercise, do not take creatine, and have poor diets. If you eat plenty of red meats and are a regular at the gym you don’t need to do loading. To answer the third question, the best time to take creatine is during your workout. We do have a peak maximal capacity for creatine, in other words we can only hold so much creatine at once. When we work out we use up our creatine, which is naturally resynthesized within 5 minutes. If you take creatine while you workout it will be processed and used with less effort from your own system. This process also increases the amount of creatine you can hold at once by training the system.

This topic obviously gets people curious about what they’re doing. If you have any supplement related questions feel free to post them, nobody will ridicule you. You can post it on the fbook page, comment in the below sections, or email me at endunamoox@gmail.com.

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
EPC - Board Certified Exercise Physiologist

Published Thesis
The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.