I received a great question the other day asking whether I recommend two really hyped-up muscle gain supplements that you’ve probably heard of or have read about, ‘T90 Explode’ and ‘N02 Blast’.
Since you may be considering purchasing these supposed muscle gain supplements, I thought I’d post the discussion as a blog post:
Question on ‘T90 Explode’ and ‘N02 Blast’ muscle gain supplements
‘Hi Ed. I was wondering if you have heard or know anything about the above natural supplements from the States. They are being promoted as a supplement with steroid like results without any known side effects. Apparently most of the film stars take these on a regular basis. i.e. The Rock, Daniel Craig and Sean Penn are but a few who testify to these remarkable products.’
My answer (not overly positive)
‘Hi, I haven’t tried either supplement (and doubt that I will) so please feel free to take my opinion with a pinch of salt and try these both out, if you would like.
That said, below are my thoughts on the muscle gain supplements:
On ‘T90 Explode’:
My gut impression from seeing adverts for this muscle gain supplement on the internet and social media is that it is likely a rip-off/con.
There is a lot of hype around it (generated through what I would assume to be sponsored adverts and links) but I can’t even find the ingredients list published anywhere on the internet. Any muscle gain supplement that does not clearly label what ingredients it contains is, in my experience, likely best to be avoided.
On ‘N02 Blast’:
I can, at least, find the ingredients list for this muscle gain supplement. It apparently contains:
L – Arginine proprietary blend: 900mg, made up of l-arginine, l-arginine alpha ketoglutarate and l-arginine monohydrochloride.
Some men seem to experience positive results from taking supplemental amounts is the amino acid l-arginine but, in general, I wouldn’t recommend it for bodybuilding and strength building purposes or for libido enhancement.
People believe that because l-arginine is the building block of nitric oxide (NO) that taking extra amounts of it will boost up NO levels, giving them rock hard erections and pumped muscles in the gym. People also believe that l-arginine leads to increased Growth Hormone levels.
Unfortunately, studies have failed to link an increased intake of l-arginine to increased NO. This has been repeatedly looked at and this piece of ‘bro-science’ has now been pretty well dispelled.
The below excellent website provides good information on l-arginine and on other popular supplements:
L-arginine side effects
As I say, some men do seem to feel better taking l-arginine, so consider trying the product out, but for many it actually causes some pretty uncomfortable side effects:
- Increased herpes and cold sore risk:
It is believed that the body needs a balance of the two amino acids l-lysine and l-arginine. These complement each other but need to be kept in balance.
When bodybuilders mega-dose l-arginine, they deplete their lysine levels, and this can lead to a herpes outbreak in susceptible individuals as an elevated l-arginine to l-lysine ratio is known to promote herpes virus replication and the triggering of issues such as cold sores which are caused by the herpes virus.
Many people who’ve tried to supplement l-arginine have had to stop due to developing cold-sores shortly afterwards.
- Acne/ rosacea:
L-arginine can trigger an acne breakout or a worsening of rosacea in susceptible individuals (I’ve experienced acne breakouts when testing out l-arginine).
This may not affect you but it’s worth noting as general info.
- Reduced libido due to increased prolactin:
Men often take l-arginine in an attempt to boost their libidos and improve erection hardness but, sadly, this often has the opposite effect.
L-arginine is a POTENT stimulator of the libido reducing a sexual performance limiting hormone prolactin.
Here’s one study but you will be able to find many others available over the internet:
Some men I know who used to dose l-arginine around the clock in an attempt to get a ‘pump’, have reported to me that they didn’t realize that this was killing their libidos.
When I passed on that l-arginine significantly stimulates prolactin release, they stopped taking the l-arginine and promptly found that their libidos returned.
L-arginine stimulates insulin release, which lowers blood glucose levels.
If you’re a diabetic with high blood glucose levels, this would likely be a good thing as l-arginine could help you to lower your blood glucose levels. Diabetics should certainly investigate supplementing l-arginine as it may help them.
However, for normal people and for those who tend to suffer from low blood sugar (I fall into the latter camp), l-arginine is so effective at lowering blood glucose that it can leave you feeling dizzy, fatigued and disorientated – basically it can stimulate a hypoglycemic episode.
This won’t be an issue for everyone but you should be aware of this potential problem and be careful when first trying l-arginine.’
Reader response and question: 2 better muscle gain supplements – Premium Tongkat Ali and Maca
I will not be trying this supplement. Neither will I be trying No 2 blast. Its the same old story i.e,
If something sounds to good to be true, it normally is, or it’s a drug and not a supplement.
At the moment I’m taking your Tongkat Ali – one cap in morning with one cap of Maca (the latter I buy locally).
What do you think of this combo. I read in your research that you are an advocate on taking Maca.
I find this a very agreeable combo.’
My reply: try maca powder rather than capsules
I hope you found that useful. If you do try out the supplements, please do let me know how effective you find them. As I say, I haven’t personally tried these so could be wrong!
All the best,
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