Are Bodybuilding Supplements Safe?

Those who wish to build muscle mass and understand the very real dangers of steroid use (including deadly health issues such as heart attack and cancer) often continue seeking a safe alternative, and are captivated by natural bodybuilding supplements that claim to increase muscle mass without any adverse side effects. Most in such a situation are not achieving desired muscle growth, and therefore feel as if their only chance to boost muscle gains is to experiment with the vast array of bodybuilding supplements that will provide added progress.

There are two very important points to consider before traveling down this supplement trap, one being the safety of such products. Often, and this is very unfortunate but true, because of loopholes in labeling laws, supplement (and food) manufacturers can claim a product to be natural simply because an additive is derived from a natural source, which allows a supplement or food manufacturer to label the product as such, even though the ingredient has been modified to actually provide a response within the body far different than what is possible in its natural occurring state, which puts health and well being at risk. The body does not know how to properly digest and utilize ingredients that have been modified from their natural occurring state, and, as just noted, often foods and supplements that claim to be natural actually contain ingredients that are anything but. When the body encounters such additives, there is the potential for cancer formation (since often cancer develops due to the body not having the capacity to utilize a certain food, drug or supplement), and there are of course other health risks outside of just cancer, because the body processing a substance that is outside of its true natural environment can lead to dysfunctions of digestion, the cardiovascular system, organs, etc, which makes the search for safe, natural bodybuilding supplements fruitless at best.

Secondly, those who feel tempted to experiment with supplements are doing so because of a dissatisfaction with muscle building results, and the vast majority in such a situation are making serious diet and weight training errors that prevent the body from achieving its natural genetic potential. This is why supplements become so appealing, as they provide what seems to be a fast, safe solution to a muscle building plateau, but in reality, the hype far exceeds the results they provide, and there is a great potential for serious health issues for the reasons stated in this article.