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Due to the high emotional stakes involved in both amateur and professional sports, pharmaceutical and supplement manufacturers continually seek to find products that might add a competitive edge. Findings from
Therefore, based on findings that can only be characterized as far too preliminary to rely upon at all, cystoseira became a widely marketed
What Is the Scientific Evidence for Cystoseira canariensis ?
Despite the test tube findings mentioned above, it is a very long way from test tube evidence to real life benefits. The vast majority of effects seen in the test tube do not ultimately translate into an effective treatment. In order to truly determine whether a treatment works, it must undergo human trials, and specifically one type of trial: the double-blind, placebo-controlled study
In this 12 week, double-blind study, 22 males were randomly assigned to receive either placebo or 1200mg/day of cystoseira.
While a single study cannot prove lack of efficacy, this outcome does clearly demonstrate that cystoseira has been brought to market prematurely.
Cystoseira is thought to be a safe, food-like substance. No serious adverse effects were seen in the human study described above. However, comprehensive safety testing has not been performed. Maximum safe doses in pregnant or nursing women, young children, or people with liver or kidney disease have not been determined.
2. Willoughby DS. Effects of an alleged myostatin-binding supplement and heavy resistance training on serum myostatin, muscle strength and mass, and body composition. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab . 2004;14:461-72.
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