When it comes to building muscles, the first thing that comes in the mind is exercise. But only having exercise is not going to build your muscles and the body shape you long for. There are a lot of other things to do as well. By other things, a healthy diet is one of the most important ones. It plays a crucial role in muscle building. Having a protein-rich diet helps a lot and makes the work easier and faster. Calcium, vitamin C, omega 3, vitamin D, Vitamin B12 are also very helpful in bodybuilding.
But some people have a bee in their bonnet and prefer to take shortcuts. By shortcuts, I particularly mean taking bodybuilding supplements. These supplements boost stamina and help to increase the time a person can exercise. They also pace up the process of fat burning and help to lose weight faster. But are these supplements safe to be taken? Probably not. They have a lot of side-effects. Some of them are so dangerous that they could trigger chronic diseases. Here are a few chronic diseases bodybuilding supplements could trigger in your body.
No matter what type of pre-workout supplement you buy, there is one thing common in all these supplements: caffeine. It is a stimulant that helps to boost performance during exercise and keeps you active. There is no problem with taking caffeine if you are taking in limits. An average adult can have 400 mg of caffeine and it is safe. But some supplements contain caffeine in the quantity far more than the recommended dose by USDA. Consuming caffeine in so much high dose can lead to problems with blood pressure which can lead to a heart attack.
Not only heart problems, but bodybuilding supplements can also damage the liver, the largest organ inside our body. The liver performs more than 500 important functions in our body if it keeps working smoothly. A study was conducted on 44 men to check the correlation between supplements and the liver. The results showed that 41 percent of participants had a “hepatocellular pattern of liver injury”. While 59 percent of them were suffering from “mild hepatitis and profound cholestasis”. It is a condition in which the bile is not released from the liver.
Bodybuilding supplements can also result in hypertension. It is most commonly known as high blood pressure. It happens when the blood pressure in our body increases. These supplements can trigger blood pressure fluctuations in the body. Ephedrine, fenfluramine, Phenylpropanolamine (PPA), and caffeine can be the most prominent causes that can create the problem of hypertension in a person.
All of these compounds are present in bodybuilding supplements. They also trigger our Central Nervous System (CNS). Long term effects of hypertension can cause Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). It is a condition where hypertension causes a tear in the wall of an artery.
Tachycardia refers to a condition when a heart starts beating faster than its normal pace. There are a lot of factors that can trigger the heart to increase its beating speed abnormally. One of the factors includes bodybuilding supplements. These supplements can affect the electrical signals of the heart and make it beat irregularly. Having this condition significantly increases the risk of cardiac arrest, a stroke, heart attack, and death. So taking these supplements can be dangerous.
It is important to note that not all supplements are harmful to health. There are a lot of them which o are doing a great job and help people get the look they aim for. But some of these supplements can be dangerous. So it is important to take a look at their ingredients before using them. Besides that, if you experience anything abnormal, stop using these supplements and contact your medical specialist.