Has Potential Anabolic Effects of Specific Energy/Weight Loss Pills Been Lost To The Controversy Surrounding Them?
With the FDA smackdown on diet pills and potential for health hazards to high risk individuals, little has been reported on the impact some energy/weight loss pills have on their potential to increase lean muscle mass. This added bonus to increased energy, and fat metabolism is specific to the ingredients of the pill and their effect on receptors responsible for interactions that trigger anabolism, or muscle building.
HOW CAN A WEIGHT LOSS PILL ALSO BUILD MUSCLE- ISNT THAT CONTRADICTORY?
There are several different kinds of receptors that regulate a multitude of interactions that result in complex metabolic processes. Most diet pill stimulate the alpha receptors to trigger the thermogenic and lipolytic actions for which they are responsible—and this is usually what is advertised to market to overweight individuals or those seeking to maintain their weight, but it doesn’t showcase the muscle making abilities that will ultimately contribute to increased natural metabolic function and fat regulation of a body—remember muscle burns more calories and therefore increases baseline metabolism.
Specific to anabolism, the beta-2 adrenergic receptors in fat cells control a number of actions, including muscle synthesis. By stimulating these receptors, it ignites those processes.
Some Beta-2 adrenergic receptors actions:
• Lipolysis-or fat burning
• Anabolism in skeletal muscle
• Controls glycogen/insulin
• Smooth muscle relaxation
• Dilate arteries to skeletal muscle
This is a complex process that is triggered by the para-synephrine that occurs naturally in the body but also found in some diet pills. Pills containing bitter orange also contain para-synephrine, however, the controversy surrounding this herbal component often overshadows its unique abilities. Para-synephrine acts on beta receptors and induce several interactions that all promote anabolism of lean muscle. One particular process is the regulation of glycogen storage and release. Para synephrine’s interaction with these receptors causes the release of insulin which triggers blood glucose levels to drop by forcing them into muscle fibers.. This interaction inhibits fat production extends the life of any protein ingested to create an extended anabolic state of lean tissue synthesis. Insulin, in an injectable form, has been used by bodybuilders for bulking muscles via glycogen movement that results in anabolism. Given the increase in metabolism that occurs with most energy/diet pills, one expects the thyroid to increase its function in sync. The interaction of para-synephrine with the thyroid hormone T3 is also a catalyst in forcing slow twitch muscle fibers into fast twitch muscle fibers. In anabolism, these fast twitch muscle fibers have a greater propensity for growth, so the resulting interaction is an appealing one for those who want to build muscle, and achieve a leaner state without sparing the proteins found in the muscle they build to the typical muscle wasting associated with weight loss/energy pills.
WHY ARENT THESE SUPPLEMENTS ADVERTISED AS MUSCLE SYNTHESIZING?
With the stringent regulations placed by the FDA and research it requires, perhaps the anabolic effects were overlooked, not considered a significant “risk”,, or perhaps we are still so heavily concerned with ephedrine and ephedra that those responsible for reporting this information
SO WHAT DO I LOOK FOR IN A SUPPLEMENT?
Para-synephrine has many aliases ranging from bitter orange, P-synephrine, C. aurantium, Citrus aurantium, etc. A central location to find products containing this unique ingredient is SuperHealthCenter.com where all ingredients are listed and you are free to research their benefits; one popular para-synephrine containing product is Diablo from Innovative Labs, a widely used and effective thermogenic fat burner, energizer, and now potential and legal anabolic inducing agent.
Do yourself a favor—either arm yourself with knowledge, or find a place that can educate and inform you of the impact of individual ingredients on your health and the benefits proposed versus what you are looking for. This will help you make the most informed decision about your health and well being that you possibly can.