But again, lest Americans get too high on their horses about this, the US military-industrial complex, its marketing partners and Hollywood filmmakers have basically been doing higher-budget versions of the same thing for decades. One of the more obvious examples is the NFL, where flashy flyovers with high-tech military jets, troops marching with flags and even camouflage jersey sales have been a fixture for years, and the military has pumped tens of millions of dollars into patriotic displays at sports games. Others include the close relationship between the military and the video game industry , or its tight collaboration with the movie industry .
In a study done by Pharmatech among three groups of male subjects engaged in a weight training program, the two groups that used Belizean Man Vine extract gained lb and lb, respectively, more muscle mass than the placebo group over an eight-week period. The benefits reported, which were universal to all test subjects, are increased muscle mass, improved recovery times and increased strength. What is of particular interest is that group that gained more lb of muscle did so on a diet that consisted of 50% of the calories and protein than that of the group that gained lb, clearly demonstrating the anti-proteolytic action of the extract. It is also likely that the phenylethanoid glycosides can both increase recovery and enhance nitric oxide production (from histamine inhibition) may be contributory factors to the acquired muscle gains.