Are nitric oxide supplements a big scam?
Some say they are. Some they they’re not.
Suppose I offered to sell you a bottle of water. Is the water a scam?
Well, it really depends what I sell it to you as, doesn’t it?
For instance, if I advertise and sell it as a natural cure for Parkinson’s disease or cancer, it would most definitely be a scam.
If I sold it to you as a natural hydration agent that improved the efficiency of your kidney function and helped prevent constipation, it wouldn’t be, would it?
So whether or not nitric oxide supplements are a scam depends on entirely context – or in other words, the claims made for them.
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Clinically Demonstrated Effects
For example, if I tell you that a properly dosed arginine or citrullline-based nitric oxide supplement can increase muscle blood volume (i.e., the “pump”) and may improve the efficiency of your workout and possibly lead to greater muscle gains in the gym, is that a scam?
No, it’s not.
Because I can support those arguments with peer reviewed, published clinical studies – and I’ll post a links below this video so you can check them out for yourself).
What’s key to whether something is a scam is all in the wording.
I hope you noticed that I said…
“Nitric oxide supplements MAY improve the efficiency of your workout and POSSIBLY lead to greater muscle gains in the gym.”
The reason why these words are important is that for some nitric oxide supplements – and I’m talking specifically about arginine here – there is published clinical data that comes to different conclusions. In other words, while there is some data that shows it does improve athletic performance, there is also some that shows it does not.
And for some nitric oxide supplements – like agmatine for example – there’s no clinical data of any sort to either support or disprove these statements.
Nitric Oxide Supplements are not a Scam!
It’s hard to call nitric oxide supplements a scam – when they have clinically demonstrated effects.
And in my opinion, to suggest that they are is both insulting and patronizing to the millions of people who buy these products month after month after month – because they love the pump they get from them.
However, there is no doubt that many retailers and manufacturers overstate the benefits that you can hope to achieve from them – either making them up and exaggerating them, or neglecting to mention the clinical data that comes to contrary conclusions.
That doesn’t make these products a scam.
That makes the retailers and manufacturers who use inflated and exaggerated claims to sell the products dishonest and unethical.
The Bottom Line on Nitric Oxide Supplements
So, here’s my recommendation to you…
If you want to try a nitric oxide supplement, by all means go ahead – as long as you are OK with the fact that the science supporting these products’ abilities to improve athletic performance is nowhere near as robust as the retailers would have you think.
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If you’ve tried a nitric oxide supplement, let us know what you think in the comments below – are they a scam or not?
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