• Arachidonic Acid Grows Muscle



      From Ergo Log

      Take any bodybuilder from a gym and give him a bottle of capsules containing arachidonic acid. Get him to take 1500 mg a day of this fatty acid and ask him to come back after two months. Fair chance that he'll have gained 1.5 kg muscle mass.

      PGF-2-alpha
      Arachidonic acid is an n-6-fatty acid that the body makes from linoleic acid, but that is also found in small quantities in food. It's a precursor of prostaglandins such as PGE-2 and PGF-2-alpha, inflammatory factors that are released from muscle tissue after training and which play a key role in the growth and development of muscles.

      William Llewellyn came up with a theory years ago that arachidonic acid supplementation could help strength athletes to develop muscle mass. He filed a patent for his idea [US 20040102519 A1]] and launched arachidonic acid as a sports supplement on the market. For more on the muscle strengthening effect of arachidonic acid click here.

      Experimental setup
      Researchers at the University of Tampa recently presented a poster at the annual meeting of the National Strength and Conditioning Association in Las Vegas on the effects of arachidonic acid on 15 strength athletes who took 1500 mg arachidonic acid daily for a period of 8 weeks. An equal-sized control group took a placebo. The average age of subjects was 20.

      The subjects all followed the same workout schedule, training 3 times a week.

      More muscle, more strength
      The subjects who took arachidonic acid gained 1.5 kg lean body mass during the experiment. The athletes in the placebo effect experienced virtually no change.



      Scans showed that the quadriceps of the subjects in the arachidonic acid group grew 0.47 cm thicker. The figure for the placebo group was about half this.



      The combined maximal weight that the subjects in the arachidonic acid group could shift in bench presses and leg presses increased by almost 110 kg. The figure for the placebo group was just under 76 kg.



      Conclusion
      "These results suggest that this arachidonic acid can positively augment adaptations in strength, and skeletal muscle hypertrophy in resistance-trained men", the researchers conclude. "Athletes and everyday individuals looking to maximize their body composition, strength, and power could use arachidonic acid as an ergogenic aid."

      Source:
      Jacob Ormes, Matthew H. Sharp, Jordan M. Joy, Ryan P. Lowery, Sean A. McCleary, Kevin Shields, Jeremy Silva, Jacob Rauch, John Georges, Michael D. Roberts, Jacob M. Wilson. Effects of Arachidonic Acid Supplementation on Skeletal Muscle Mass, Strength, and Power. Poster, presented at NSCA National Conference 2014, Las Vegas, July 9-12.

      Source: http://www.ergo-log.com/daily-1500-m...d-bulkier.html
      Comments 14 Comments
      1. SoupNaziNazi's Avatar
        SoupNaziNazi -
        So their bench presses increased over 200lbs?
      1. Sputter's Avatar
        Sputter -
        Originally Posted by SoupNaziNazi View Post
        So their bench presses increased over 200lbs?
        Read 'combined' thats 110kg in all their bench presses combined. Not as impressive but still statistically significant
      1. bert45's Avatar
        bert45 -
        Love me some X Gels :)
      1. Joshlm69's Avatar
        Joshlm69 -
        Start on Monday, got 3 bottles waiting for me
      1. darkesthour's Avatar
        darkesthour -
        This study is garbage. Average weight, when converted to lb, went from 127.2 to 130.7. Were these "strength athletes" novices? Trained? I don't know any sub-130 lb "strength athletes" except for females. Were they all females? Would this have the same transference to male, trained, 180 + lb athletes? What was the starting bench press? When divided out, the gain was 5 extra lb strength in bench + leg press COMBINED? Is this statistically significant? Additionally, there were no controls on diet. And furthermore, when were the measurements taken? Was this controlled? Lots of holes in the study...
      1. bert45's Avatar
        bert45 -
        Originally Posted by darkesthour View Post
        This study is garbage. Average weight, when converted to lb, went from 127.2 to 130.7. Were these "strength athletes" novices? Trained? I don't know any sub-130 lb "strength athletes" except for females. Were they all females? Would this have the same transference to male, trained, 180 + lb athletes? What was the starting bench press? When divided out, the gain was 5 extra lb strength in bench + leg press COMBINED? Is this statistically significant? Additionally, there were no controls on diet. And furthermore, when were the measurements taken? Was this controlled? Lots of holes in the study...
        Ask anybody who has taken x gels they will tell you it works ara works hands down I tried two bottles which helped me gain 7 pounds pumps were stupid insane I was walking swole best natty sup out there right now.
      1. w_llewellyn's Avatar
        w_llewellyn -
        That's LBM (Lean Body Mass) by DEXA scan, not average body weight.
        They were trained.
        They were men.
        Starting Bench Press was 229 lbs. Starting Leg press 510 lbs.
        The combined gain was average 110 lbs in ARA vs 76 in Placebo.
        All measures reached statistical significance.
        BTW, you should know that statistical significance is more about the association between the intervention and the outcome, not necessarily the magnitude of the change.
        Dietary protocols were not disclosed in the abstract.
        Measurements taken at baseline and after 8 weeks.
        Training was controlled.

        Everything but the controls on training and dietary protocols is clearly disclosed in the abstract. Your reading comprehension is garbage.
      1. Admin's Avatar
        Admin -
        Testing. Can everyone see this one?
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        w_llewellyn -
        I see it.
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        Admin -
        I saw all of yours. Why would we censor you in a PRO ARA article?
      1. w_llewellyn's Avatar
        w_llewellyn -
        When I read the thread at this link, I don't see my response to you:

        http://anabolicminds.com/forum/conte...5654/#comments
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        Admin -
        Strange. I see everything just fine.
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        w_llewellyn -
        Now I see all of my comments. Strange. I'll just have to chalk it up to some delay in processing the posts?
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        There is a separate cache for article comments but it usually updated when you add a comment (Since its your comment). I'll double check everything and see if we can find something.

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