Illegal. Dangerous. Banned. AVOID These Products

667f9f7b-06fc-4e53-9211-9f7615aefda8It has recently come to my attention that dangerous and illegal products are being sold locally and online, particularly to young teens and high school athletes who want to gain muscle.

I have had a number of teens and college-aged kids ask if we carry pro-hormones or SARMs. Nutrishop Coeur d’Alene only carries naturally occurring dietary supplements that are safe, tested, and legal to sell. We have never, nor will we ever, carry these illegal and dangerous drugs that are being marketed to unsuspecting consumers as “dietary supplements.”

My biggest problem with this is that local shops have been promoting these products to young kids as a way to gain muscle. These drugs are being sold as safe to take, when in reality they are very dangerous – and illegal.

The dangers of Pro-Hormones

First, let me explain pro-hormones. These are unapproved steroids that pharmaceutical companies had abandoned and were “discovered” back in the late ‘90s. Since they were never classified as steroids, due to not going through the FDA approval process, this created a loophole for them to be sold as supplements. There was a series of bans, beginning in 2004 with Androstendione, and finally with the Anabolic Steroid Control Act signed by President Obama in December of 2014.  (https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4771/text)

This last ban made all pro-hormones illegal to sell, with a $1,000 fine PER BOTTLE on the retail level. These unapproved drugs marketed as supplements are not only dangerous, but they are illegal. These pro-hormones are typically very hard on the liver because they are methylated, and they shut down natural testosterone very quickly. This could lead to liver damage, sexual dysfunction, testicular atrophy, and mood swings.

I know other supplement store owners in California who have been sued for millions of dollars because they were selling these dangerous drugs in their stores, and were dropped by their insurance companies because they violated the terms of their policies.

The dangers of SARMS

SARM stands for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator. These unapproved drugs have been available on Internet “research chemical” sites for a few years. Now, shady supplement stores are putting them in pills and labeling them “dietary supplements” to sell to unsuspecting consumers. These may be even more dangerous than pro-hormones because of the potential side effects.

Virtually all the SARMs being sold in dietary supplements in the United States are done so illegally. These chemicals are unapproved new drugs being tested by drug companies – and in some cases, totally abandoned by drug companies – as prescription drugs for a variety of serious medical conditions. Some of these SARMs have been demonstrated to cause serious damage to eyesight/visual acuity in humans, a host of rapidly growing cancers in animal models as well as other, deleterious side effects. Further, it is somewhat questionable that the SARM listed on the label of the product on the shelf (or website) is what’s really contained in the bottle.

Here are the predominant SARMs being sold illegally as dietary supplements:

  • Ostarine (aka Enobosarm, MK-2866 and chemically as, (2S)-3-(4-cyanophenoxy)-N-[4-cyano-3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]-2-hydroxy-2-methylpropanamide))
  • Ligandrol (aka LGD-4033 and chemically as 4-((R)-2-((R)-2,2,2-trifluoro-1-hydroxyethyl)pyrrolidin-1-yl)-2-trifluoroMethyl)benzonitrile)
  • Endurobol (aka GW-501516 or Cardarine and chemically as 4-[({4-methyl-2-[4-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]-1,3-thiazol-5-yl}methyl)sulfanyl]-2-methylphenoxy}acetic acid)
  • Andarine (aka S-4 and chemically as 2S)-3-(4-acetamido-phenoxy)-2-hydroxy-2-methyl-N-(4-nitro-3-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-propionamide)

The other real problem is that a lot of these SARM-containing products are being sold openly between the multivitamins and protein on the shelves of the local sports nutrition store. So there is an assumption by the consumer, even if it’s a bad and incorrect assumption, that these SARM-laced products are 100-percent legit, legal, FDA-approved and safe. The implications, therefore, are that these are all perfectly OK to sell and use as Dietary Supplements, like a multivitamin or creatine. That is absolutely not the case here.

While many sports nutrition stores, like Nutrishop, have educated and ethical employees who possess Nutritionist Certifications, many stores just hire big guys out of the gym. Some of these salespeople are exceedingly muscular and ripped.

So it’s not uncommon for a 16 year-old high school football player to come into such a store, see this type of guy and think, “If only I was as big and strong, I could be a starter at outside linebacker for the high school team!” And now that high school football player would test positive for SARMS, which are very well known by every athletic sanctioning body around the world, and SARMS are now part of the doping protocol athletes are subjected to.

Are taking SARMS and Pro-Hormones worth sexual dysfunction, liver damage, or losing a scholarship over? We don’t think so.

We only carry naturally occurring, safe and legal supplements at Nutrishop Coeur d’Alene. We will never risk the health of our customers just to make a quick buck. We will do meal planning and InBody testing, and design a healthy, safe plan to get the results that you or your high school athlete wants. Your health will be intact and you will keep all of your gains.

LTD Breakdown: Testofen

What makes LTD so effective?

Simple yet powerful, LTD is specifically formulated utilizing three clinically tested and proven compounds in their proper ratios that have individually been proven effective and combined them into one powerful anabolic formula! Finally today, we look at the third, Testofen.

Testofen is fenugreek extract, an important part of LTD’s powerful blend. Fenugreek is a well-known, versatile herb that contains over 100 phytochemical constituents, including Furostanol Saponins and Steroidal Saponins.  While fenugreek has multiple health applications, Testofen has been shown to increase sexual desire, help maintain sexual health and muscle mass and support the immune system, and that is the major role it plays in LTD.

In one 2010 study on Testofen, it supported an increase in the weight of the ani-levator muscle, which led to support for muscle mass and body weight.

Another study, done in 2006, found the following:

Study Results: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled human clinical study of 60 subjects was conducted using Testofen as the sole ingredient. The active group demonstrated the following mainly statistically significant results:

  • Significant anabolic activity as evidenced by BUN reduction (p<0.05) compared to placebo*
  • Significant support for free testosterone (p<0.05) compared to placebo group*
  • Immune support (p<0.003) compared to placebo group*
  • Significant support for Serum Creatinine levels (p<0.02) compared to placebo group signifying support for Creatine uptake and recycling in muscle cells*
  • Significant support for prolactin (p<0.04) compared to placebo group, however, this increase is within physiological limits for men*
  • Significant decrease in body fat compared to baseline*
  • Supports maintenance of muscle size despite maintaining overall weight and reduction of body fat*

So, what’s in it for you? The bottom line is significant muscle growth and more free testosterone!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

LTD Breakdown: L-Carnitine L-Tartrate

What makes LTD so effective?

Simple yet powerful, LTD is specifically formulated utilizing three clinically tested and proven compounds in their proper ratios that have individually been proven effective and combined them into one powerful anabolic formula!

L-Carnitine L-Tartrate has been shown to beneficially affect markers of post-exercise metabolic stress and muscle damage when taken in 1-gram dosages before an intense workout.

A 2011 Dutch study suggests that L-Carnitine L-Tartrate can be used to increase muscle and impact muscle metabolism. Research has indicated that LCLT reduces fat mass — the actual size of the fat cells in your body — and increases muscle mass and reduces fatigue. Choline bitartrate is a compound that can help improve the transfer of fats and proteins to the liver, for more efficient metabolism, and the virtues of raspberry ketones have been gaining popularity, too.

In 2007, the University of Connecticut determined that LCLT, based on its clinical tests, could serve “as a recovery supplement for hypoxic exercise and lend further insights into the hormonal mechanisms that may help to mediate quicker recovery.” These findings were published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Dating even further back to 2002, an earlier UConn study noted that LCLT “favorably affects markers of recovery from exercise stress,” which, in short, means it boosts recovery. This means you can work out more frequently, with more intensity, to promote maximum gains. Pair it with a sound diet, and the aforementioned Sodium D-Aspartic Acid included in LDT, and you see that this product is geared specifically toward big gains in lean muscle!

Muscle Gain, Now: LTD

What is LTD?

LTD is a maximum-strength testosterone-boosting formula (one of the strongest we’ve seen as of this writing) comprised of a combination of clinically tested, patented and proven compounds in their proper dosages in order to maximize efficacy. LTD was designed to increase muscle mass, strength, power and performance when combined with proper nutrition and a regular exercise program.

Who is LTD intended for?

LTD is intended for males 18 years of age and older that are looking to increase strength, muscle mass, libido and athletic performance through elevated testosterone levels. LTD is not intended for females.

What makes LTD so effective?

Simple yet powerful, LTD is specifically formulated utilizing three clinically tested and proven compounds in their proper ratios that have individually been proven effective and combined them into one powerful anabolic formula!

• Sodium D-Aspartic Acid is a human-studied, amino acid-based compound shown in preliminary studies to increase Luteinizing Hormone levels by 33 percent and Total Testosterone Serum by a whopping 42 percent when a dosage of 3.12 grams per day is taken for 12 consecutive days.

• L-Carnitine L-Tartrate has been shown to beneficially affect markers of post-exercise metabolic stress and muscle damage when taken in 1-gram dosages before an intense workout.

• Testofen is a fenugreek extract standardized to 50 percent Fenuside. It contains over 100 phytochemical constituents, including Furostanol Saponins and Steroidal Saponins. In studies conducted, Testofen demonstrated a 98-percent increase in free testosterone levels and significant increases in muscle mass and libido at 300mg taken twice a day.

How should I take LDT?

ONLY AS DIRECTED BY THE LABEL. For convenience, the servings can be split, three (3) capsules in the morning and three capsules in the afternoon/evening. In order to maximize potency and effectiveness, take six (6) LTD capsules daily. Do not exceed 12 weeks of continuous use. Follow by a four-week off period.

Thyroid Health Week

When considering health and fitness, it’s easy to overlook the importance of hormonal activity and function — we are so worried about food and calorie expenditure that sometimes we forget that hormones play a massive role in not only our physiology, but our overall health.

That is why we want to dedicate this week to thyroid health — what the thyroid is, what it does and how you can maintain its good health. Follow this blog entry all week as we update it with some of the best products available for regulating and maximizing your body’s important hormone production.

THE THYROID

The thyroid is a large endocrine gland in the neck that serves as a massive regulator of hormone sensitivity, protein synthesis and energy expenditure. It produces its own hormones that subsequently play a roll in other hormonal processes in the body. It can get somewhat confusing; the bottom line: Your thyroid is pretty darn important.

It produces, mainly, hormones known as T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). The big takeaway from these — other than important letters to win a Scrabble game — are what they do for your body. Namely, that is metabolism (a healthy, functioning thyroid works to improve it) and growth and development, all related to other hormones produced in the body, including anabolic growth hormone.

Stay tuned this week as we look into the best ingredients and products to keep the thyroid healthy!

DICANA

Dicana (3,3’ Diiodothyroacetic acid, protected by US Patent #7,919,533) is fueled by a powerful proprietary combination of patented Diiodothyroacetic acid isomers. These powerful, ground-breaking isomers represent the pinnacle in metabolic regulation as they are metabolically active on their own in addition to having a direct reversible pathways to the fat incinerating T3 thryoid hormone, Tricana, and T2!

Dicana is a potent non-stimulant metabolic booster developed to dramatically increase fat burning by raising basal metabolic rate, thus, increasing oxygen and energy consumption by the body. Dicana increases the rate of caloric burning through pro-thyroid mechanics, causing a shift from fat mass in favor of lean muscle. This is accomplished by strategically repurposing calories, increasing muscle protein synthesis while simultaneously annihilating body fat.

Dicana is found in the EVOLVE System sold at NUTRISHOP, in the form of DIOXITONE T4. That might seem familiar — yes, it’s referencing the same T4 (thyroxine) mentioned before when we were discussing the important hormones the thyroid produces. Remember, its purpose is to synthesize proteins, which in turn helps build muscle and — wait for it — ultimately leads to decreased body fat. This is how hormones can affect your physique and well-being, and Dicana can play a vital role in the process.

OTHER PRO-THYROID INGREDIENTS

In addition to Dicana, there are other options available for improving thyroid hormone production. Again, T4 and T3 are the main thyroid hormones responsible for protein synthesis, with some influence in body mass because of how they affect growth and development. HYDROSTIM, which contains sea vegetation like kelp (shown to provide iodine and even soluble fiber, to promote both thyroid hormone production and fat and cholesterol loss), is an option, as is diiodotyrosine — a precursor of thyroid hormone, found in some of our best fat-burners, including HYPERCOR.

Other products, like THERMOVEX, THERMOVEX PM and SOMNILEAN, contain guggulsterone (or guggul extract), which some studies suggest may help to regulate thyroid function as well as positively impact the body’s good and bad cholesterol levels.

 NATURAL VS. SYNTHETIC

Finally, to wrap up our Thyroid Health Week, we want to explain the difference between natural and synthetic thyroid hormone production. In almost all cases (consult your doctor to be sure, always), we’d recommend a natural approach to hormone production over synthetic alternatives — Synthroid, as it’s commonly known, may indeed provide the T3 and T4 that the thyroid does naturally, but just like with synthetic testosterone, there is a price.

You see, the brain and other glands do all the signaling to the thyroid when it comes to promoting (or not) hormone production. Using natural ingredients that encourage that process is NOT medication — it only serves to optimize hormone production, and if you were to stop, say, taking an iodine supplement like kelp, your body would find ways to level off one way or another without damaging the receptors, glands and all the other processes involved in producing T3 and T4.

But, when a synthetic hormone is introduced to the body, the brain interprets this as an abundance — a surplus, even — of T3 and T4, and its response is typically to signal the complete shut-off of more hormone production. In many cases, once Synthroid is started, it cannot be stopped without the thyroid being rendered unable to recover and produce hormones on its own anymore.

For this reason, we again recommend sticking to natural options as much as possible when it comes to this very important part of the body!