Stopping getting fed bull...
You've no doubt seen the pictures of the giant bull... most often the photo is accompanied by some advertisement telling you that the same thing that made this bull so huge is a breakthrough that can make you huge too.
But in reality, what you're being sold may as well be what comes out of the bull not what it's made of...
Myostatin inhibitors might just be the biggest scam ever perpetrated on the unsuspecting bodybuilding public. Now it isn't the first time that giant leaps of logic have been made in an effort to try and sell you the next breakthrough product, but it is the first time that so much potentially viable scientific research has been so completely twisted and exaggerated in an effort to convince you, the hard working athlete, to part with your dollars for a product that A. has no hope of working and B. has essentially nothing to do with the research being cited.
The bottom line is simple; put your money into something that's been proven to work; creatine, quality MRP's, pro-hormones, glutamine, etc. Don't let a few very interesting photos of animals convince you that the companies marketing these myostatin inhibitors convince you that these products will do anything besides make your wallet lighter.
But just so you can understand how badly flawed this product is, here's the short version of the myostatin inhibitor story:
Back in 1997 some researchers at John Hopkins University discovered that a genetic defect found in certain bulls cause them to develop huge musculature. The defect was the absence of a gene that produces the peptide myostatin.
Subsequent research using genetically altered mice (that had the myostatin gene spliced out!) found that by deleting myostatin from these animals they became hugely muscled, too. Even more so than the cattle!
A few enterprising researchers wanted to study the myostatin peptide more closely. To do so they needed a way to isolate it. Using a potentially dangerous compound called heparin was the best way to do this in the lab. More or less by accident it was discovered that another compound, an extract of a form of algae, called Fraction C, could also bind and thus isolate myostatin in a gas chromatography chamber.
It just so happens that the algae from which they extract Fraction C is a reasonably effective antioxidant, and is considered to be reasonably safe for human consumption. From there, the giant leaps of faith and there associated ridiculous marketing claims took place. Here are the assumptions:
1- That because Fraction C binds myostatin in a lab it will bind it in a human.
2- That Fraction C survives the digestive process intact and can actually coexist in the same compartments within the body to bind myostatin
3- That binding myostatin in humans is safe.
4- That binding myostatin in humans can have any net effect on new muscle growth.
5- That assuming that myostatin can be bound and as a result new muscle growth is enabled, those muscles would be both normal and also as strong, or stronger than normal muscle.
That's a lot of assumptions. Particularly when there isn't even ONE SHRED of evidence based on a single study related to Fraction C!
Personally, I'm not big on assumptions. I like to see at least a reasonable amount of evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of a product before it is introduced to the public. In the case of these myostatin inhibitors we don't have a clue if they're safe and we also have a lot of reasons to believe that they AREN'T EFFECTIVE!
In fact, it is pretty clear to me (and many other industry experts) that the companies marketing this category of product knows full well that their products don't have a prayer of working and that all they're doing is trying to capitalize on your ignorance to make a fast buck.
They're making completely false safety and efficacy claims that are totally unsupported by any public or even private research. In other words, these guys are RIPPING YOU OFF!
What can you do? Simple don't buy these bogus products! What's more, show these companies how you feel by voting with your wallet. Don't give them one penny of your hard earned cash. Instead buy your products from companies that are committed to providing value for you dollar.
By value I don't just mean good prices, but also and more importantly, good products. Products that work. Products that have real research behind exactly what your about to put into your body and not some loosely associated research conducted in a lab on mice that have been genetically manipulated.
Since these companies are clearly not going to police themselves it's our job to be that police force. Teach them a lesson they won't forget. That if they lie to you, the consumer, you'll show them how much you appreciate their dishonesty by eliminating them from the scam artist gene pool.