What You Should Know
Jay Cutler, a Las Vegas bodybuilder, is an athlete spokesperson for Aplodan. Aplodan claims to bring dormant muscle fibers back to life for increased muscle gains. These claims are certainly interesting, but users discount the product because of deceptive labeling practices. With only two ingredients, does Aplodan have what it takes to increase muscle mass and pumps or is the label just hiding common ingredients? One bottle of Aplodan sells for around $65 and contains 111 capsules.
List of Ingredients
2-(carbamimidoyl-methyl-amino) ethoxyphosphoric acid, 1,2-dithiolane-3-pentanoic acid.
More and more bodybuilders are taking to the Internet to research ingredients before buying a product and for good reason. The first ingredient in Aplodan is 2-(carbamimidoyl-methyl-amino) ethoxyphosphoric acid. This ingredient sounds professional and scientific, but in all reality it is just Alpha Lipoic Acid or ALA. ALA is an antioxidant that will likely help counteract free radical damage, but that has nothing to do with muscle fibers or muscle gains. ALA is commonly used as a natural treatment for diabetes as clinical studies have shown it may help control blood glucose levels.
The second ingredient also hides behind a long scientific name. 1,2-dithiolane-3-pentanoic acid is just a source of creatine. Creatine is commonly used in bodybuilding supplements. It can increase water retention in the muscle causing that “pumped” feeling often described after taking bodybuilding supplements for muscle gain. There is also some research supporting the fact that creatine increases lean muscle and strength with regular use. This also has nothing to do with reactivating dormant muscle fibers.
There are several other ingredients in the powder-based supplement including flavoring and sucralose, but these have no effect on muscles and are just included to make the powder palatable.
Looking at the official website for Aplodan, by Muscle Tech, there is no information offered on the supplement. The link to the product takes the consumer to an ingredient page with dosage suggestions. All information published on this supplement is located on third-party websites. One trusted bodybuilding supplement retailer no longer lists the product for sale which could mean Muscle Tech is phasing out Aplodan.
- Creatine may help to increase lean muscle mass.
- ALA is a good antioxidant.
- None of the ingredients will awaken dormant muscle fibers.
- Bodybuilders are not satisfied with the supplement.
- Long scientific names are used to describe common bodybuilding ingredients.
- The price of this supplement is far higher than any other creatine / ALA supplement.
Gaining muscle and lean mass is the purpose of bodybuilding. In the past, steroids were used to pack on the muscle pounds, but today a natural source of muscle mass increase is needed because steroids are no longer readily available. Aplodan is just creatine and ALA and those ingredients can be found in many bodybuilding supplements for a much lower price.