Hi, Chad. I am wondering what your opinion is regarding glandular supplements? I guess you could say that I’m an old school lifter. When I began bodybuilding there was only a fraction of a percent of the supplements on the market compared to what’s out nowadays. One supplement I used that seemed to work really good was called Hot Stuff. It contained a bunch of different glandular in it. It tasted like crap, but it I always felt stronger and more energized when I was on it. You can’t find that product anyplace, but I have seen some companies that have multi-glandular supplements out. I always wonder if you thought any of them might be worth a try? You seem to know a lot about supplements, so I was hoping you could give me some advice on this. Thanks in advance.
Hi, James. I think you and I come from the same bodybuilding era. When I began bodybuilding, I remember mostly Weider products, and a few miscellaneous brands of atrocious tasting milk and/or egg protein powders. Then, of course, there was Hot Stuff.
The famous Iron Guru Vince Gironda was an avid proponent of glandular supplements. Many people criticized Vince for his unorthodox ideas. But, at the end of the day, Vince’s methods helped produce some of the greatest names in bodybuilding, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Larry Scott, Don Howorth, and Mohamed Makkawy.
Vince constantly preached about the value of glandular supplementation as it relates to endocrine function. Your endocrine system to your body is like spark plugs are to your car. If your endocrine system isn’t functioning at an optimal level, this will have a very negative impact on health, energy, strength, libido, and your mood.
Supplements produced from raw gland tissues are a great way to consume all of the amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutrients our glands require to function at optimal levels. Some of the most common glands used in multi-glandular supplements include raw adrenal tissue, raw prostate tissue, raw heart tissue, raw kidney tissue, raw liver tissue, raw stomach tissue, raw testicle tissue, raw spleen tissue, raw duodenal tissue, raw pancreas tissue, and raw brain tissue. These glandular are typically derived from bovine sources.
Glandular Supplementation Theory
Glandular supplementation is based on the theory that “like supports like”. In order words, raw heart tissue will support heart function, raw liver will support liver function, raw adrenal tissue will support adrenal function, etc. I’ve seen some pretty compelling evidence that suggests glandular supplementation is advantageous for numerous biological concerns. The key is doing your research on the brand you decide to buy.
Like any supplement on the market, the quality will dictate whether or not the product is worthwhile. In other words, you’ll want to make sure that whatever company you buy them from offers products made from pure ingredients.
What To Look For
A quality multi-glandular will contain approximately 80% protein with all of the essential amino acids. It would also contain vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K-2, along with essential minerals such as iron, calcium, chromium, selenium, copper, zinc, manganese, boron, phosphorus, and potassium. Additionally, real glandular contain cytochrome enzymes that work to break down toxic chemicals in the body.
Overall, I think a QUALITY multi-glandular supplement would benefit just about anyone. Choose your product wisely. Make sure the brand you go with has an honorable reputation for exceptional quality with positive customer feedback.
I wish you all the best of success with your training and health!
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