BRADFORD, England, June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Glandular nutritional supplements sold on the premise that they can help bodybuilders have been slammed as "bogus" by the founder of a leading British nutritional company.
The supplements in question include those containing the trace mineral Boron and others derived from bull testicles, and which Reggie Johal, founder of Predator Nutrition, claims offer no benefit whatsoever to athletes looking to build muscle bulk.
"Boron started to appear in supplements in the 80s and 90s, and there are still a number of products claiming that it can increase the levels of testosterone in the blood and thus aid a harder workout," he said.
"These claims are bogus. Recent scientific studies involving male weight trainers have shown that Boron has no effect whatsoever on testosterone levels."
He added: "The only situation in which a Boron supplement would be helpful is if a person had a deficiency of the mineral. Otherwise, it's a sheer waste of money."
Johal, an ex-Great Britain American Footballer, has watched as the dietary supplements industry has grown rapidly in the UK over the last decade, and Predator Nutrition has established a sterling reputation for the sale and distribution of proven, effective sports supplements such as protein powder and creatine.
While the supplements industry is advancing at a rapid rate and creating innovative new products that benefit lower level athletes and fitness enthusiasts as well as bodybuilders, there remain a number of products on the market that are based on outdated and disproven methods and concepts.
Reggie Johal explained: "Extracts such as dried bulls testicles were probably the first testosterone boosters marketed to athletes, on the basis that bulls produce a vast amount of testosterone and if we could ingest their glandular extracts, we too could grow to superhuman proportions.
"Sadly, apart from getting strange looks from people, these extracts are worthless and better left on the bull. Thankfully (for the bulls' sakes) they are absent from the bodybuilding market today, although still marketed to the impressionable and the uninformed. If you see anyone claiming to have made great gains from these, they will undoubtedly be full of bull.
"The reality is that there has never been a single study conducted showing benefits with the use of glandular-based products."Hassan Muzaffar
SOURCE Predator Nutrition