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    Arachidonic acid

    Hey everyone, I'm curious as to everyone's opinion on Arachidonic acid. There seems to be quite a bunch of literature surrounding it in regards to its effectiveness on muscle development and growth.

    It has some pretty strong claims surrounding it, aside from AAS, it is being called the best natural supplement for body recomposition. Would appreciate some thoughts and opinions!

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    Everything you heard is nonsense.
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    Thank you I appreciate your input.

    The further I progress into physical fitness the more I'm starting to realize a lot of supplements just don't hold their merit and I can achieve everything through proper diet and training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Dan View Post
    Thank you I appreciate your input.

    The further I progress into physical fitness the more I'm starting to realize a lot of supplements just don't hold their merit and I can achieve everything through proper diet and training.
    Well, supplements certainly have their place. The problem is the wild marketing strategies that most supplement companies use. So it's best to learn about the compound itself and exactly how it works. that way you can make a more informed decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by austinite

    Well, supplements certainly have their place. The problem is the wild marketing strategies that most supplement companies use. So it's best to learn about the compound itself and exactly how it works. that way you can make a more informed decision.
    Love this answer Aust!!

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    Effects of arachidonic acid supplementation on training adaptations in resistance-trained males

    Abstract


    Background

    To determine the impact of AA supplementation during resistance training on body composition, training adaptations, and markers of muscle hypertrophy in resistance-trained males.

    Methods

    In a randomized and double blind manner, 31 resistance-trained male subjects (22.1 ± 5.0 years, 180 ± 0.1 cm, 86.1 ± 13.0 kg, 18.1 ± 6.4% body fat) ingested either a placebo (PLA: 1 g·day-1 corn oil, n = 16) or AA (AA: 1 g·day-1 AA, n = 15) while participating in a standardized 4 day·week-1 resistance training regimen. Fasting blood samples, body composition, bench press one-repetition maximum (1RM), leg press 1RM and Wingate anaerobic capacity sprint tests were completed after 0, 25, and 50 days of supplementation. Percutaneous muscle biopsies were taken from the vastus lateralis on days 0 and 50.

    Results


    Wingate relative peak power was significantly greater after 50 days of supplementation while the inflammatory cytokine IL-6 was significantly lower after 25 days of supplementation in the AA group. PGE2 levels tended to be greater in the AA group. However, no statistically significant differences were observed between groups in body composition, strength, anabolic and catabolic hormones, or markers of muscle hypertrophy (i.e. total protein content or MHC type I, IIa, and IIx protein content) and other intramuscular markers (i.e. FP and EP3 receptor density or MHC type I, IIa, and IIx mRNA expression).
    Conclusion

    AA supplementation during resistance-training may enhance anaerobic capacity and lessen the inflammatory response to training. However, AA supplementation did not promote statistically greater gains in strength, muscle mass, or influence markers of muscle hypertrophy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by austinite

    Well, supplements certainly have their place. The problem is the wild marketing strategies that most supplement companies use. So it's best to learn about the compound itself and exactly how it works. that way you can make a more informed decision.
    Very solid answer! I agree and it's a shame when you turn to certain forums for advice and answers and its filled with reps from different company's trying to push products.

    That was an interesting study you posted, thanks. I did some reading around and on other forums people have been asking about ArA since 2003 so I suppose if it was something ground breaking it would have made its way mainstream a lot sooner.

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    AA is just Omega 6 basically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by austinite
    AA is just Omega 6 basically.
    I remember reading somewhere this explanation of it

    "ArA expands muscle cells by recruiting the nuclei of local satellite cells, another novel way to increase LBM."

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