Healthy Lifestyles: Health and Wellness News that Matters to You - Muscle
The snake oil train keeps rolling.
A new dietary supplement containing an extract from a rare African plant is currently the hottest thing going in amateur athletics — but not without controversy.
Critics say the compound — called Cis9-T11 — gives athletes an "unfair advantage" and should be banned. Proponents argue that research shows the nutrient to be both safe and effective and that banning the natural compound would be akin to banning vitamins.
One thing people on both sides can agree on is the controversial, new supplement works. According to a recent study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, novice weight trainers who took Cis9-T11 for seven weeks experienced a 600% increase in lean muscle growth, including a 9-fold increase in biceps girth.