The 5 Best Supplements for ANY Workout
First of all, I am not a nutritionist nor certified trainer. I am just a gym rat. My knowledge of this subject based on experience and research. I use the products I recommend. Supplements can help meet desired results when combined with diet and exercise. In all honesty, a proper diet will the nutrients needed for any workout. For those of us who have a hard time eating properly, supplements are a suitable substitute. The sports nutrition market is overflowing with products by many companies for the supplements I have listed. Research and some old fashion trial and error will help in deciding what supplements are most effective.
#5. Nitric Oxide (NO) - Pre-workout
If your like me and need an extra boost to get your workout started, N.O. is the way to go. One of my favorite supplements, it gives focus, endurance and massive muscle pumps. It works by sending blood to the muscles by dilating or widening blood vessels. Most N.O. formulas contain arginine, citrulline, and beta-alanine. Be careful. Some nItric oxide formulas are extremely potent. Use with caution.
#4. Essential Fatty Acids (EPA's)
Studies have shown that Omega 3 increases cardiovascular heath and cognitive function. It also helps the body rebuild cells and joint flexibility. EPA's cannot be created by the human body but are essential for normal metabolism. Fish and plants like flax and hemp to name a few contain the fatty acids. To maximize its benefits test Omega 3 in concentrated form.
Multivitamins is an excellent supplement for everyone because they cover a wide spectrum of nutrients needed by the body. It is an easy way to make sure the body is getting all the necessary nutrients.
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid produced by the body. Since most muscles store most of the body's glutamine, levels can drop up to 50% after a workout. Glutamine is essential to muscle repair, reducing soreness, and recovery. It is a terrific post workout supplement.
Hands down protein is the best supplement for any workout. Protein is the building block of bones, muscles, skin, and cartilage. It helps the body build and repair tissues and helps produce hormones and enzymes. Since it is a macronutrient your body needs a lot of it and your needs depend on your age, weight, lifestyle, and fitness goals. To achieve the best results take protein within 30 minutes after a workout and after a full nights rest when your body is craving nutrients. There are several types of proteins. Select the one that best fits your needs.
Honorable Mention - Joint Formulas
I have only come across joint formulas during my research of this topic. It seems to come highly recommended by trainers and nutritionist. Personally, I do not use any joint formulas and do not suffer from any problems. Maybe I have over looked its importance. In addition to daily life, a workout routine will put extra stress on bones and joints. Since joint formulas may help maintain healthy cartilage tissue, reduce the risk of stress fractures, lubricate joints, and develop joint mobility, it is worth a try.
Supplements are not magic pills. A proper diet and a regular workout regimen are the best ways to meet your fitness goals. When used properly, supplements can hugely beneficial to your overall health. Please read the labels of any supplement before taking and contact a doctor if questions arise.