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This is a mineral pill containing metals (iron, copper, zinc, molybdenum, etc.) that the body normally uses for enzymes and other proteins, except these are the lightweight (but stable) isotopes. As you incorporate these into your body, your metabolic rate increases (technically, the chemical kinetics
of your enzymes gets a kick in the pants) so you can run faster, jump higher, or win the gold instead of silver.
Table of Isotopes
[ldischler, Oct 12 2004]
||Why would the isotopes produce this reaction?
||Its chemical kinetics. Isotopes are chemically the same, but they dont react at the same rate. The lighter the weight, the faster they react. So if you can get oxygen to interact with the iron in hemoglobin faster, youll have an edge in respiration.
||This sounds unworkably brilliant. Lets go round up some gullible test subjects.
||Yes, chemically you get a faster reaction, but that's not
what you'd always want. We have enzymes to slow down
reactions, mostly so we can get the most out of it (heat,
kinetic energy, ATP, etc.). Will the accerated rate
reduce our efficiency?
||I don't know all that much
about how accerated the rate is, but if it does what you
say, heatstroke may set in, and it may be difficult to get
the isotopes out...asuming no overdose+