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Nutritional Supplements and Muscle Amplifiers in Teenagers?

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 21 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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Q.

What are the health dangers of a 17 yr old taking muscle amplifiers and large amounts of nutritional supplements?

(Mrs Ann Kenny, 24 September 2008)

A.

My first question would be to ask why it is so important for a seventeen year old to want to take these products? Is the person in question a small build or trying to compete in competitions?At seventeen the body hasn't quite finished developing and will probably not have reached its peak growth and masking natural growth and shape can occur if the body is supplemented with specific products aimed at building muscle mass very quickly.

These supplements can be useful for achieving bigger more effective muscle mass in adults who wish to compete (as long as they are legal) and can help complete strict and difficult raining regimes but many do have an effect on overall health especially is the product or supplement is based on chemicals.

You are probably aware that the best way in which to build natural and long term muscle is to achieve it through a healthy diet and lots of exercise especially weights and resistance exercises that target specific groups of muscles.

If you really have to use these products make sure you buy them from reputable shops and suppliers rather than buying from vague businesses and suppliers on the Internet as these are often marketing exercises (most offers that seem too good to be true usually are).

The possible dangers of taking supplements are varied depending on the content of the product.Steroids can be harmful to health in the long term and should not be taken without guidance from your doctor. The risks can include changes to mental health status and awareness, fertility problems, links to some cancers, baldness, nausea, sweating and sleep disturbances to name a few. Even the weaker forms sometimes known as steroid supplements can cause some of these reactions.If you are thinking of taking the drinks and milkshakes aimed at assisting weight gain remember that these must be offset against an exercise program that reflects and work with the increased nutritional intake.

It is recommended that you speak to a qualified instructor at a reputable gym who will be able to devise a specific training program suitable for your needs and requests and give some advice on which supplements (if any) are the safest and most cost-effective.

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