There is a new bodybuilding supplement that claims to be ‘au natural’ because it contains a rare African plant extract. Studies show that it boosts muscle growth 700 percent in seven weeks, leads to a nine-fold increase in bicep girth, and an overall increase in muscle strength by 202 percent in six weeks.
The medical findings concerning the active ingredient in C9-T11 are confusing, and it is understandable why some feel it should be banned. Some research shows the active compound in C9-T11, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a type of fatty acid, may have weight loss and cancer-fighting properties. Multiple tests on mice and rats found tumor suppression and weight loss. However, this weight loss was accompanied by increased fat in the liver, and other research shows that CLA may cause insulin resistance, an increase in glucose levels, and a reduction in HDL (good) cholesterol. Also, the CLA found in many performance drugs is often synthetic, further complicating the issue. Synthetic substances tend to have different, often worse side effects. There simply is no substitution for the real thing.
C9-T11 is also overpriced. Other producers sell it for a lower price, such as Primordial Performance, where one can purchase sixty capsules for $4.00. But one sixty capsule bottle of C9-T11 costs $37.00. At four capsules a day, that bottle doesn’t last long.