Friday, December 27, 2013

Do Myostatin blockers work?

 This dog was born without the gene that produces myostatin.

 Here is the deal with the myostatin blockers. They basically fit into two categories. The first category is one that comes from brown sea algae. This compound is said to bind to myostatin in a test tube.  There is one big problem there. The compound has to get past the acids of your stomach and your intestines to make it inside your system. I can remember some supplement companies putting a coating on the pills to bypass the effects of the stomach acid. Even with that considered though there is no research suggesting the compound itself can make it through the small intestine into the system intact. So I do not believe the inhibiting effects will be felt because the compound never gets in your system.
 This is a cow missing the same gene for myostatin.

The second type of product being offered now is a compound called follistatin. This is a globular protein produced in eggs. I am sure that all of the products contain vast amounts of this protein and that is great but only one problem. Our digestive system again is  designed to break down nutrients into smaller components to be digested. Folistatin being a protein is no exception to this. It will be broken down to its amino acid matrix like any other protein consumed unless something is done to prevent this break down from occurring. As far as I can tell the only way to get this blocker effectively into the system would be injection. There is only one product designed by a pharmaceutical company for this and it was supposed to help MS patients it has since been stopped. There product was designed for injection as well. If they could have made it effectively orally I am sure that they would have. Don't forget to follow us.

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