Let’s talk MAGIC. Supplements tend to have a selling vibe of like “here’s a magic pill”, like they’re all a less intense version of a Captain America super serum, take it then ba-boom you got muscles and stuff. One day, I’m sure this will be possible, what with nanobots and whatnot, but nothing, not even full on steroids, will straight up CHANGE you on their own.
What supps CAN do is offer you resources to push beyond normal limits. Arginine, for instance. In a study of soccer players, athletes were given arginine or a placebo for 45 days while being monitored for VO2 max (a measurement of how much oxygen your body is able to use during maximal exercise, the higher the VO2 max the more work you’re capable of) and body composition, things like weight, BMI, stuff like that.
What they found was that the athletes bodies had not changed but their V02 maxes significantly increased with the arginine. A magic pill to just magically change who you are doesn’t exist BUT a pill to make you more capable of doing more work than a version of yourself which doesn’t have extra nitric oxide precursor floating around in your system does. According to science.
A version of you that is empowered with the ability to better utilize your metabolic systems, able to push harder, work longer, move more under duress, is able to make more athletic gains whichever direction you’re trying to grow. This is the trick of the magic pill. It’s not the pill that pushes you, that takes you somewhere new… there’s just you. Without your inner self to push, the pill does nothing.
It’s like, you know when your wand breaks and you’re like oh no, I lost the wand, how am I gonna banish this demon and then the ghost of the wizard who trained you is like “forget the wand… the wand is just a stick! The power has been in YOU all along!” and then you’re like wow training wizard was right! Then you easily send the demon back to the fleshy realms between realms, the meat void wherein lives no thing, because the power was always just in your heart?
Yeah, arginine is like that.