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  • ALPHA-KETOGLUTARATE (AKG), a body building supplement. Anybody use it?

    There were several articles recently about AKG extending the lifespan of mice. Probably because it fights inflammation. I'm wondering if there are any other benefits of the kind that would cause bodybuilders to use it. The mice in the study didn't see any kind of athletic type improvement.

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020...pan-least-mice


    https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/in...oglutarate-akg
    sounds safe enough, I think.

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    Can you buy it at shops like GNC?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by OctoberRed View Post
      Can you buy it at shops like GNC?
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      This is a version available at GNC. According to the research I've dug up, it doesn't do as advertised. It isn't going to give your workouts a boost except maybe as a placebo.
      https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21813912/

      Nevertheless, I was more interested in using it for anti-inflammatory purposes (though a boost in physical performance would have been a nice plus). The more I read the more I'm convinced that inflammation in your body is a real accelerant of aging. The mice in that recent study I posted the link to just boosts my belief.
      Last edited by 4truth; 09-03-2020, 03:20 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 4truth View Post
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        This is a version available at GNC. According to the research I've dug up, it doesn't do as advertised. It isn't going to give your workouts a boost except maybe as a placebo.
        https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21813912/

        Nevertheless, I was more interested in using it for anti-inflammatory purposes (though a boost in physical performance would have been a nice plus). The more I read the more I'm convinced that inflammation in your body is a real accelerant of aging. The mice in that recent study I posted the link to just boosts my belief.
        Did you ever buy it?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by OctoberRed View Post
          Did you ever buy it?
          I did. Too soon to tell if it's going to be as effective as the ginger powder I've been using.

          Awhile back I started taking ginger and turmeric, in place of my usual ibuprofen, with really good results.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 4truth View Post
            I did. Too soon to tell if it's going to be as effective as the ginger powder I've been using.

            Awhile back I started taking ginger and turmeric, in place of my usual ibuprofen, with really good results.
            Let me know if start seeing any gains

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            • #7
              Haven't tried it, but interested in feedback from anyone who has.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by LoadedWraps View Post
                Haven't tried it, but interested in feedback from anyone who has.
                It certainly won't be that fat Anorak to try it first.

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                • #9
                  I'm about half way through the jar and it seems to be effective as an anti-inflammatory, which is what I was looking for. So far as a boost in athletic performance, strictly speaking, I haven't noticed any. The boost in performance for me is being able to workout everyday with minimal muscle and joint soreness.

                  The link below takes you to a study and also to links for previous studies.


                  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21813912/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 4truth View Post
                    I did. Too soon to tell if it's going to be as effective as the ginger powder I've been using.

                    Awhile back I started taking ginger and turmeric, in place of my usual ibuprofen, with really good results.
                    How has the ginger powder been effective for you? Bought some in the last couple weeks but just cuz I'm lazy about slicing up ginger sometimes. How much/how often do you use it?

                    That turmeric stuff doesn't hit well with my taste buds or I'd be using that.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Eff Pandas View Post
                      How has the ginger powder been effective for you? Bought some in the last couple weeks but just cuz I'm lazy about slicing up ginger sometimes. How much/how often do you use it?

                      That turmeric stuff doesn't hit well with my taste buds or I'd be using that.
                      Panda, there's a problem.

                      The problem is that powdered ginger from China and powdered turmeric from India, might have a little something you don't want, like lead. When I first started using it the results I got were great and I was thinking that using natural products like Ginger and Turmeric was totally safe and a hell of a lot better than the 600 to 800 mg of Ibuprofen a day I was taking. Maybe..but I was using a lot (tablespoon of Ginger, Teaspoon of turmeric twice daily) so even if the lead problem isn't as bad with the higher quality organic products I buy, I can't be sure. So I've cut way back on the powder.

                      Currently I'm back to using the fresh organic ginger root from Peru, which as you have probably noticed, requires a lot more effort. I shred about 1-3/4 pounds a week and drink it in the evenings. I take a dose of the AKG in the mornings. first thing on an empty stomach, so far so good.

                      I'm still looking for turmeric and ginger powders that are proven to be free of lead but no luck yet.

                      Addendum: came across this today. Apparently at least some of the lead contamination of turmeric is not incidental but intentionally added to enhance the color.

                      https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.9b00744
                      Last edited by 4truth; 10-16-2020, 11:36 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 4truth View Post
                        Panda, there's a problem.

                        The problem is that powdered ginger from China and powdered turmeric from India, might have a little something you don't want, like lead. When I first started using it the results I got were great and I was thinking that using natural products like Ginger and Turmeric was totally safe and a hell of a lot better than the 600 to 800 mg of Ibuprofen a day I was taking. Maybe..but I was using a lot (tablespoon of Ginger, Teaspoon of turmeric twice daily) so even if the lead problem isn't as bad with the higher quality organic products I buy, I can't be sure. So I've cut way back on the powder.

                        Currently I'm back to using the fresh organic ginger root from Peru, which as you have probably noticed, requires a lot more effort. I shred about 1-3/4 pounds a week and drink it in the evenings. I take a dose of the AKG in the mornings. first thing on an empty stomach, so far so good.

                        I'm still looking for turmeric and ginger powders that are proven to be free of lead but no luck yet.

                        Addendum: came across this today. Apparently at least some of the lead contamination of turmeric is not incidental but intentionally added to enhance the color.

                        https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.9b00744
                        ^^^^^ this

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by OctoberRed View Post
                          Let me know if start seeing any gains
                          Got the before and after;

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by abracada View Post
                            Got the before and after;

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                            whatever it is you are doing, you're doing it wrong.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 4truth View Post
                              whatever it is you are doing, you're doing it wrong.
                              Dan Rafael?

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