Post by Larry Joh » Fri, 20 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Many of the cyclists, and now some of the swimmers, in my area are using
a product called Cytomax.  They use it as a sport drink during and after
exercising.  They claim that this drink buffers the lactic acid in the
body and prevents acidosis.  This allows the person to exercise harder
and longer.  Without exception, those that use it claim that it  
definitely works.  They notice large differences in the lactic acid
build up during exercise and that soreness is eliminated.

My concern is that Cytomax my have adverse effects on the body.  When
one exercises, one of the purposes is to train the body to buffer the
lactic acid itself.  If Cytomax is buffering the lactic acid, then the
body will not adjust and will not be able to do this on its own.  If
this is the case, then strenous exercise without Cytomax would be
difficult if not impossible.  

My questions are these;
Does Cytomax actually buffer the lactic acid for the
body, or does it allow the body to do this more efficiently?  In either
case, would there be long term adverse effects on the body?  Wouldn't
this mixture prevent some of the training effects from taking place? (i.e.
the bodies adjustment to buffering more lactic acid).

Thanks in advance for any replies...
Larry John
China Lake Aquatic Masters