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01-29-2006, 06:11 PM
What are they? Would it aid me when im onstage competing? also does anyone know if they are legal in natural comps, i know zero on these. also vasculators? same questions, what why, when?
01-29-2006, 06:21 PM
Artificial Oxygen Carriers and Plasma Expanders
Artificial Oxygen Carriers
Artificial oxygen carriers are chemicals used to increase the ability to carry extra oxygen in the blood (e.g. Perfluorocarbons (PFCs)).
There have been some reports of athletes using these products to increase the oxygen carrying capacity of their blood in order to enhance aerobic athletic performance.
The harmful side effects of artificial oxygen carriers can be extremely serious, as it is difficult to measure correct doses. Side effects of PFCs include a transient fever, reduction in the platelet count and potential overloading of the body's white blood cells.
Plasma expanders are used to increase the water content of the blood.
Some athletes may use plasma expanders, such as hydroxyethyl starch (HES), to mask the effects of erythropoietin (EPO).
Harmful side effects of plasma expanders may include allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock.
P.S. If I find anything else I will update you on it
01-29-2006, 06:22 PM
i will have to look into it but a plasma expander sounds like it would cause you to hold on to more water which would be great during your "offseason" but not onstage....but in all honesty i am not really familiar with them...
01-29-2006, 06:31 PM
thanks, is it gylcerol or glycegin? (i always get them mixed up, mainly due to tyler durdens fight club dynamite speech). i heard that it gives the body a really full and dense look. just wondering if its safe for when i compete.
lol fight club is my fav movie
not sure if it does that tho. i thouhgt athletes used it against dehydration. i will have to look into.
01-31-2006, 05:30 AM
Like The Mac said, they would increase hydration, which is great for performance. Whether to use it or not would depend on the supplement.
Glycerol appears to be effective. But water retention is not good on stage.
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