Thirty young male (average age 20.4 years) experienced weightlifters were recruited for this study. The subjects were randomly divided into two groups. One group was given 1,500 mg of ARASYN™ arachidonic acid per day (6 capsules of X-FACTOR™, Molecular Nutrition). The other took an identical-looking placebo. The men were subject to a monitored training program for 8 weeks. The program pushed for weight increases and growth, but was not designed with a heavy periodization schedule, or to be too shockingly dissimilar from normal training for the subjects. It was designed to mimic real world conditions for an experienced lifter, where training has become more routine, and gains incremental. Measures were taken of body composition, strength, and anaerobic performance at the start of the study, as well as its conclusion. Neither the participants nor the researchers knew which group was taking ARASYN™ until the very end, after all measures were calculated.
During this investigation, the experienced weightlifters in the placebo group hit a clear training plateau. Their progress was minor, and largely insignificant from a statistical standpoint. The subjects taking ARASYN™, on the other hand, did not hit the same training plateau. They were the only group to report significant progress on measures of Lean Body Mass (LBM), Upper Body (Bench Press) Strength, Peak Anaerobic Power, and Average Power. The supplement provided enough stimulus to overcome the training-stagnant state. These results put ARASYN™ in a unique position among sport supplements, which are typically tested on inexperienced weightlifters, or under specialized conditions that would assure new growth. ARASYN™ (arachidonic acid) can support growth when the individual would otherwise not be making progress… and most likely seeking the help of a muscle-building supplement in the first place!