All Bodybuilders Should Incorporate These 5 Supplements Everyday
If you are already actively in the body building lifestyle, I’m sure you are familiar with supplementation. Body builders have 3 key components to their lifestyle: diet, training, and supplementation. Supplements are not unhealthy like many people believe them to be, they are actually very good for your body and some of the ones I am going to list should be taken by people who are not practicing in a bodybuilding lifestyle. There are a ton of supplements and there tends to be many questions about which ones you should take and which ones are a waste of money. I am going to break down a couple of the important ones that you should be adding to your routine. By the way, when I say supplement, I do not mean steroids. Many people jump to the conclusion that all body builders take steroids and this is false! They eat right, train heavy, and supplement their diet.
Supplement 1: Multivitamin.
You may think I’m crazy for putting a multivitamin as the number one supplement you should be taking. First of all, this list doesn’t go in number of importance, it’s random. So, back to the multivitamin, In the American diet today, many people fail to meet the recommended dietary allowances for each vitamin and mineral. Vitamins and minerals are so essential to the human body, especially those bodybuilding. Having a deficiency in any vitamin throws the body off and may cause deterioration and sickness. Having a healthy body is the first step you should be taking in changing your body in any way, shape, or form and the first place to start is by taking a multivitamin. There are a ton of kinds so be sure to look at what each one offers. Some are specific to men, some to women, and some to children, so on…Before grabbing the first one off the shelf, make sure it’s the right one for you. Take this every morning with breakfast.
Supplement 2: BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids)
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Without amino acids, you would not be alive and you would not have those big, bulky muscles you have been training so hard for. Amino acids are SO important to an athlete’s diet. They are what help to repair and build up muscle. BCAAs consist of the three most important amino acids – leucine, isoleucine, and valine.Taken before a workout, this supplement will give your body energy to push through a workout. While they are not meant to be taken as an energy booster, they will feed your muscles with energy which will in turn give you a little boost. They will increase power and strength. Taken after a workout, they will help to aid in the recovery of the muscles allowing for a faster recovery.
Fish oil has numerous health benefits, many of which a body builder can benefit from. While this supplement may not aid in muscle building per se, it will help with many other health aspects. For starters, fish oil has a positive effect on your cholesterol. This supplement can increase your HDL (good cholesterol) and lower your LDL (bad cholesterol.) Fish oil also aids in healthy bones and as a body builder, this is important. If your bones are shot, your muscles are pretty much shot. You have to take care of what’s underneath as well as what’s on top. Fish oil taken with calcium supplements have been shown to have a definite improvement in bone health. One thing about taking a fish oil supplement is to be careful about the mercury content. I am sure you know that fish is known to contain a ton of mercury which is bad for the body. If you are someone who already eats a ton of fatty fish, you may not need a fish oil supplement. Try to keep a balance between your fish oil intake and you won’t have a mercury problem.
Supplement 4: Glutamine.
Glutamine is known as a nonessential amino acid. The body stores a ton of glutamine on its own; however, it is often used up quickly. It is one of the most preferred forms of fuel that the body uses. Taking a glutamine supplement will replenish the body of what is used. This amino acid will definitely help with size and shape of your muscles. Glutamine is also known to reduce lactic acid which is the cause of muscle soreness. Other benefits of glutamine include immune system health and brain health. You can’t be a successful body builder without a healthy brain or immune system!
Supplement 5: Whey Protein.
Aside from incorporating these supplements into your diet, you should also include a whey protein. Whey protein is protein that comes from milk. The most popular form of whey protein is in powder form. There a ton of different brands and flavors so before purchasing one, you should do some research to see which one fits your needs best. They can get pretty pricey so it’s always a good idea to try a small amount before investing in a large container. Protein shakes should be taken after a workout, preferably within thirty minutes.
In conclusion, supplements are really important for anybody’s diet, in particular bodybuilders. Our bodies need an adequate amount of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in order to perform at their very best. Whatever your goals may be, the supplements listed above can definitely help you achieve them. It’s important to always talk to your doctor prior to taking any kind of supplement. Make sure you follow the directions on the back of each supplement bottle before taking them. Some need to be taken on a full stomach, some on an empty stomach. Taken at the wrong time may lead to adverse outcomes such as a nausea, headache, or fatigue. Also, don’t consume more than the recommended dose. This could also lead to adverse outcomes and will just be a waste of money.
Remember, supplements are something that should be taken in addition to a healthy diet. If you eat like crap and don’t train properly, the supplements are going to do little to help you.