Definition: "An ergogenic aid is any substance or phenomenon that enhances performance "
Does Myotor really work that well?
A few days ago we noticed something on the label of what looked like an ordinary jar of whey that we didn't know. 'Myotor', we read. After a few days of searching in the electrical library called the internet, we know roughly what kind of stuff Myotor is. But we just don't know what to make of it.
Myotor is a proprietary herbal blend. It is a mixture of 2 extracts. It consists of 2 parts of an extract of the dried flowers of the thistle Sphaeranthus indicus and 1 part of extract of the bark of the mango tree Mangifera indica.
Both extracts have been on the market for quite some time. They are in formulas that are supposed to inhibit inflammation and alleviate type 2 diabetes.
Myotor was invented by the Indian Laila Nutraceuticals. Laila deals in patents that describe the effect of components and combinations of medicinal extracts in a variety of diseases and disorders. [justia.com]
Ten years ago we wrote about another combination patented by Laila. That was Meratrim, a mixture of extracts of Sphaeranthus indicus and Garcinia mangostana. Test subjects who used it could lose no less than 5.2 kilos in 2 months.
In 2019, researchers at Laila Nutraceuticals published a toxicological study on Myotor. [Food Sci Nutr. 2019 Jan 29;7(2):817-33.] From that study, which concluded, by the way, that Myotor was relatively safe, we took the figure below. You are looking at an HPLC content analysis from Myotor.
As you can see, mangiferin and 7-alpha-hydroxy-frullanolide are two of the main phytochemicals in Myotor.
If you have to get this amount from Myotor, well, you're talking about 8-16 grams per day for someone weighing 80 kilos. This dose is most likely not safe.
Half of the men took 650 milligrams of Myotor every day for 8 weeks. The other half received a placebo.
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Remarkably, supplementation increased the concentration of testosterone and decreased that of cortisol.
Or the sponsored study by Laila Nutraceuticals gives an exaggerated picture of the effect of Myotor. That is of course also possible.