Nutritional Supplements: 5 Supplements Scrutinized (cont.)
There are many different brands of glucosamine and chondroitin. Do your research and find a reputable brand. Take it for at least four to eight weeks before deciding if it works for you.
If bigger muscles are what you're looking for, creatine may be the supplement for you.
But as more research was unveiled, a different story unfolded.
What we don't know:
Creatine does appear to increase muscle size -- at least in young men who hit the gym pretty hard -- but the question remains if it's from the creatine or just harder work.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a naturally occurring hormone in the body produced by the adrenal glands, which are located on top of the kidneys. DHEA supplements are made from plant chemicals.
Since DHEA levels fall as we age, the theory is that DHEA supplements might help fight the effects of aging. But there's still way too little research at this point to claim much of anything.
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