Supplements will never replace proper nutrition, but they can help you hit your fitness goals faster. Supplements complement your diet and help cover nutrient gaps, ensuring that your body has what it needs for peak performance. No matter what your training goals are, the right supplements can help improve your health, performance and physique.
Of course, you should always know what fuel to put in the tank. And today, I plan on explaining to you about proper supplementation and how it’ll help you create that perfect physic. Now, assuming you already use a multivitamin (everyone should take one), these other 4 supplements are going to help you get to your fitness goals faster. Let’s get started…
Every guy or gal in the gym has heard the word “ protein” at least one time in his or her fitness career. But can you define it? Protein consists of large biological molecules, or macromolecules, that have one or more long chains of amino acid. This means that protein will help your body re-build the muscle that you break down during a workout. The first and most obvious step to getting enough daily protein is through food – preferably through animal sources, complete proteins. This can be time-consuming and expensive. Eating every 2-to-3 hours isn’t possible for some people, while others just don’t want to eat that frequently. That’s where protein supplementation factors in. Protein supplements act fast and enable you to comfortably and affordably meet your daily protein goals, even when you’re busy at work. At certain times, especially after a workout, protein supplements may even be more beneficial than food. Because whey protein is digested quickly and easily, it’s the ideal post-workout protein source. In up coming articles I will explain the different types of protein supplements and how to utilize them for your ultimate gains.
2. Fish Oil:
Fish oil’s numerous benefits come from its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA. Omega-3s are considered “essential fatty acids,” which means they’re necessary for human health, but aren’t made by the body. Omega-3 fats are found most abundantly in oily fish, eggs, grass-fed beef and wild animals (deer, elk, etc.).
Omega-3 fatty acids are also present in various non-animal products, such as Brazil nuts, Walnuts and Flaxseeds. Because of their rich EPA and DHA content, fish oil supplements are an ideal omega-3 source. Fish oil is an essential supplement, whether you’re trying building muscle, burning fat or boosting overall health. Fish oil can also help support various health issues such as cognitive function, normal healthy immune system function, heart health, healthy skin, vision, and joint health.
3) Branched Chain Amino Acids:
The branched chain amino acids are very essential to muscle building. When taken during training, BCAAs can improve prolonged performance and promote recovery. They may also reduce muscle breakdown (catabolism), potentially leading to more total muscle growth. They can also: increase energy, enhance protein synthesis, boost strength and power, and improve muscle-building potential.
And lastly, we have glutamine. Glutamine is an amino acid found in protein. It’s the most abundant amino acid in skeletal muscle, and also plays a vital role in immune system health and the well-being of the entire body. In supplement form, glutamine can yield additional benefits to help build muscle mass. It may also support muscle growth, reduced muscle catabolism, normal, healthy immune system function, and stomach health. Glutamine is particularly beneficial after workouts because it has the ability to re-synthesize muscle glycogen and glutamine levels lost during exercise without the release of insulin. This is great news for people who workout several time per week, especially on a low carb diet. Longer recovery time means a longer time to reach your goals. Do yourself a favor and start supplementing with glutamine!
Start getting your supplements in and share your results.