Cold Fission wrote:
Pre-workout garlic?No way.
I'll e-mail some of these companies that make these preworkout powders and see if any are vegan.I think if we all e-mail BSN and tell them to change the stearic acid to a vegan kind and stop using aspartame aka genetically modified e-coli then maybe they will change it.Can't see why not.
Well don't laugh at me so quickly!! According to studies nitric oxide just doesn't work:http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/nitric-oxide-its-role-your-body-and-truth-behind-its-performance-enhancing-properties-40886
However, Nitrate eaten in fruit and vegetables is converted to NO by the body and works brilliantly!:http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/sports-nutrition-is-dietary-nitrate-the-key-to-enhanced-endurance-performance-41930
You should read the articles all the way through..they are very interesting. There are links to the research at the bottom of the pages, they seem pretty sound and unbiased
So for our pre-workout shakes, maybe we should all be juicing beets and spinach..maybe adding in some orange juice or raisins for sweetness and a tonne of nitrate XD
And for our evening salad, one of my favourites: rocket with toasted walnuts, raisins, balsamic and agave.
From everything I've read, I think looking to increase your nitrate consumption from natural foods would be FAR more effective than taking NO supplements, whose positive effects, according to the studies, are all psychologically based as all the trials have done is to prove that if anything, NO may actually be DETRIMENTAL to your performance.
These are the only type of studies worth looking at, as the others are sponsored by companies who manufacture NO.
If NO works, it's just because you've read the hype and want to believe it..don't underestimate the power of belief!! But when yu see how these scientists analyised the levels of various components in the blood of athletes taking NO, you can't ignore the scientific facts.
In my opinion, the ONLY natural products which have been proven scientifically to work, are creatine and bulgarian tribulis. ZMA works too but only if you are deficient in zinc, magnesium or vitamin B (which is very possible for a vegan who sweats a lot), but once your levels are restored to normal it loses its effect.
If I were you I would go with the bulgarian tribulis as I've seen some astonishing results, guys who REALLY look like they take steroids. There is some impressive independant research out there backing it up too so you should check it out. Its just a shame it doesn't work for women. In men it increases testosterone levels..and a LOT. In women it increases oestrogen and lowers testosterone
I bought some for my friend on the net and I reckon the stuff they sell at myprotein.co.uk es by far the best value I've seen anywhere. I'll pass you the link if you are interested. They also have some cheap brown rice protein which I love XD
I hope I haven't come over as cocky or anything..its just I was so blown away by the results I've seen on 2 male friends of mine who were taking tribulus, that I did some research. I was very impressed but once I discovered it was unsuitable for women, I started to do a bit of research on every natural supplement out there which was said to increase muscle or improve performance etc.
The conclusion I've drawn is that ALL the products are a waste of money, apart from the two I've mentioned above. I'm just SO jealous that I can't take tribulus