Anabolife for Increasing Muscle Mass
CJ Hess and
Increased muscle mass is beneficial
for many reasons. First, increased muscle mass results in increased
strength, and decreased risk of load injury. Second, since muscle
is highly active metabolically, increasing muscle mass increases
the basal metabolic rate (BMR) making it easier for overweight individuals
to control their weight. Third, building a larger muscle mass increases
protein reserves for times of stress.
Muscle mass in increased by
stressing the muscle tissue with weight loads. Of interest to many
is supplements for enhancing the increase in muscle mass associated
Anabolife (He-Man Enterprises,
Anaerobic, CA) is a supplement containing soy protein, herbs, and
vitamins, designed to maximize the anabolic effect of weight lifting.
The purpose of this study was to determine if Anabolite increases
Six healthy males from a local
gym volunteered to participate in this study. Height, weight, and
body composition (by bioelectrical impedence analysis (BIA) were
determined at the beginning of the study. Subjects were instructed
to ingest the standard dose of Anabolite every day (providing 40g
protein plus herbs and vitamins) for 4 weeks. At the end of the
4 weeks of supplementation, Height, weight, and body composition
measurements were taken again. T-tests were used to determine if
there were differences in anthropometric measures before and after
Mean age of participants was
26+13y (range 16-50). There was no significant difference in height
or muscle mass before and after supplementation. Weight and fat
mass were significantly lower after supplementation (p=.05 and p=.15,
respectively). See Table 1 for comparison of anthropometric data.
At the dose used in this study,
Anabolife causes weight loss, specifically fat loss. Lean body mass
was not affected by anabolife, but a higher dose may have produced
a significant result.
Anabolife should be used by
those desiring to lose weight, especially fat mass. We recommend
that this study be repeated with a higher dose to determine a possible
effect on lean mass.
Funding for this study was
provided by He-Man Enterprises.
Table 1. Comparison of Anthropometric
Measure Before After
Height(in)* 69+3 69+3
Weight(lb)** 186+20 184+22
Fat mass(lb)*** 32+10 31+7
Lean mass(lb) 155+15 156+17
*No significant difference
**Significant at p<.05
***Significant at p<.15
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