Natural Power Builders: The Pros and Cons

Natural Power Builders: The Pros and Cons

by Winifred Conkling

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CREATINE and ANDROSTENE: They're the natural supplements that scored with Mark McGwire--are they help or hype?

When Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire broke baseball records with the most home runs in one season, he was hailed as an outstanding athlete--but he also made news for another reason. McGwire was taking Androstene (a brand-name for androstenedione) and creatine, two natural supplements used to build muscle and enhance athletic performance. But how much can sports supplements improve performance? How safe are they? And how ethical is the use of such supplements in sports? These and many other compelling questions about performance-enhancing supplements are expertly answered here, along with:

+The hazards of steroids--both prescription and natural, and how the two compare
+How safe it is for children and teens to take sports supplements
+An overview of Androstene and other testosterone-enhancing supplements
+How the use of amino acids such as creatine aids in performance
+Other athletic-enhancing supplements, including antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and more
+Q&As, resources, and organizations of interest

Find out the pros and cons of all kinds of performance-enhancing sports supplements--culled from the latest research and coaches and athletes themselves--to see if you can safely benefit from these natural power builders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466846203
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/17/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 159
File size: 425 KB

About the Author

Winifred Conkling is the author or co-author of more than 30 books on health and consumer topics, including Natural Healing for Children and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Cholesterol (co-authored with Stephen R. Devries, M.D.) She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.

Winifred Conkling is a freelance writer specializing in history and health and consumer topics. Her articles have appeared in a number of national magazines including American Health, McCall’s, Consumer Reports, and Reader’s Digest. Winifred lives in northern Virginia with her husband, three children, a dog, two rats, a horse, and quite a few squirrels and chipmunks in the backyard. She is the author of more than 30 nonfiction books, including Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson's Flight from Slavery; Radioactive!: How Irène Curie&Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World; and Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot.

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