Research has finally revealed the genetic key to muscle growth. The most powerful force in our bodies preventing big muscle gains is myostatin. This protein is coded directly into our genes and produced at different levels throughout our lives. Simply stated, the higher your blood levels of myostatin, the more your muscles break down and get smaller. When myostatin levels are high, even under the very best training and diet conditions, building muscle is nearly hopeless. Perhaps that’s why so many toil in the gym and never realize the gains they sweat for. Conversely, when myostatin levels are lower, muscle proliferation flourishes. Myostatin doesn’t just play havoc in the gym. Rather, it can plague us throughout our lives as well. It has been well established that myostatin levels increase with age and the physical deterioration (muscle wasting and increase in body fat) that accompanies aging.(1,2) Moreover, myostatin also has a well-proven influence on a host of diseases, including but by no means limited to wasting diseases, HIV infection, heart attack, congestive heart failure, muscular dystrophy, cancer, and sepsis.(3–10)
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