There are many products on the market today that claim to help build muscle and strength, increase endurance during exercise, providing more energy throughout the day. Of these supplements, the most popular is creatine, nitrous oxide, protein powder and anabolic steroids. As with most muscle building supplements, there are certain side effects associated with each
Creatine is a muscle-building supplement that is used by many professional and amateur bodybuilders as an alternative to anabolic steroids that provide similar results without the onset of many of the severe side effects normally associated with steroids. However, excessive use creatine also some side effects. These include water retention (leading to softer muscles), kidney stones, gas and bloating, less heart problems, and reduction in feelings of pain while exercising.
Nitric oxide supplementation is a new addition to the bodybuilding supplement market and using a late-release formula to build muscle during times of the day where the body usually remains dormant (eg at night while you sleep). The supplement increases the contractions of blood vessels, allowing more blood to enter the blood vessels, which gives the user a “pump” during training. The late-release system allows these pumps to remain even after working out. But there are also some side effects associated with NO2 use, including nausea, diarrhea, weight gain and headaches.
Protein powder is considered to be the safest and most effective way to build muscle mass without any serious side effects associated with other supplements. However, the protein powder can be dangerous if overused. Some of the side effects associated with excessive protein intake include kidney stones, acidic blood, and ketosis (a state of chronic hunger brought on by lack of carbohydrates in the diet). Use protein powder sparingly and according to directions on the label.
Anabolic steroids have become one of the most talked about, highly efficient products available to enhance muscle growth. However, anabolic steroids are illegal in the United States, and is considered very dangerous for the person who chooses to use them. Some of the associated side effects of steroids include suppression of natural hormones, gynocomastia, liver, water retention, acne, increased aggression, baldness, shrinkage of the testicles, stunted growth in teenagers, prostate, kidney problems, and infertility in both men and women.
If you experience any of the above side effects, contact a medical professional immediately.
If an overdose expected, contact your local poison center and head directly to the emergency room to inform a doctor that you can be poisoned.
be always fully aware of the various side effects and use of some of these supplements before using.