Hey there readers, we’re still in France and this week we’re looking at Asterix’s magic potion. Sorry if I seem short on an intro this week, but we need to crack on as Ryan said he needs to talk to me about something important when we’re done. So let’s get going.
WHAT IS IT?
A magic potion is a liquid concoction that when consumed enhances the strength of any individual to superhuman proportions.
WHO DOES IT BELONG TO?
The magic potion belonged to comic-book character Asterix from Armorica (a region of ancient Gaul), who was created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo in 1959. Technically the potion belonged to the wise druid Getafix, who lived in the same village as Asterix and he was said to be the only villager who could make the potion; although not surprisingly he always had one or two other potions bubbling away in his cauldron. The exact recipe for the potion was a closely guarded secret, but it was believed that mistletoe, lobster and fresh fish were amongst the ingredients that gave it that extra special zing!
WHAT DID IT DO FOR ASTERIX?
As mentioned above (are you not paying attention anymore Ryan?), the potion gave Asterix superhuman strength, which allowed him to take on pretty much most of the Roman army. He wasn’t the only one though as he was joined by his best pal Obelix, who also had superhuman strength, that originated from the potion, but in a different way. When Obelix was a baby he fell into Getafix’s cauldron that was filled to the brim with his magic potion and as a result he acquired increased strength for the rest of his life.
OOOOH... SO WOULD A POTION LIKE THIS MAKE ME STRONG LIKE ASTERIX AND OBELIX?
Well as Getafix’s recipe has never been revealed, I can only really tell you about the ingredients I know of, but that’s better than not knowing at all....so here we go. First up then is mistletoe, which is a parasitic plant and therefore it pretty much exists by living off other plants. There are quite a few varieties although the one you and I are most familiar with is European mistletoe, also known as Viscum Album, but I wouldn’t recommend eating it as it’s poisonous! Some herbalists use the leaves, but as far as putting mistletoe in a potion goes, it’s probably not the greatest idea as not only will it give you the runs, it could actually reduce your pulse and cause a number of pains in your stomach. What is better for you is ingredient number two, lobster! This particular crustacean contains iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B6; it’s low in fat, is a great source of protein and will keep your bones all nice and healthy. So eating lobster is beneficial to your health and although it won’t make you super strong, it will keep you feeling a lot better than that bloody mistletoe, as will the third ingredient, fresh fish, which is high in Omega 3 fatty acids which are rather good for the old ticker!
HMMM... OK THE INGREDIENTS YOU KNOW OF DON'T SOUND LIKE THEY'LL REALLY DO THE TRICK... SO ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS?
Well if we’re talking about something that’s going to make you big and strong then the best thing to do is look at a bodybuilder’s intake. Bodybuilders eat food that is high in protein (chicken breast, steak, peanuts, tuna etc) as these foods can be broken down into amino acids which help build tissue and muscle. Foods classed as high quality protein contain all 9 (yep 9) essential amino acids, so these are ones that you want to look out for. Bodybuilders also eat small amounts of food, but more often, as this helps speed up their metabolism which burns fat a lot quicker. As well as this bodybuilders can also make use of a few different supplements, which are taken just before or after a workout, just like creatine, which it is believed can improve strength and improve brain functions. So although there aren’t really such things as magic potions, there are in fact ingredients that could be classed as making a sort of magic potion that could increase your strength. The important thing to remember is that not all diets or supplements are suitable for everyone and there are always risks with eating too much of any one thing. The key is balancing diets and consulting medical professionals, which will be better for your health in the long run!
And now you know.
SUPER SCIENCE EQUATION: Ryan + A bodybuilder’s diet = A potentially stronger (or at least beefed up) Ryan
Right Ryan and I are off for a chat, so we’ll catch you next time!