The Supplements you Need
Protein power is very effective in allowing your body to digest and quickly absorb the powder. If you are exercises often you will need an increase of protein in your diet. If you do not have the time to prepare meals and get natural protein, protein powder is your “quick fix.” You have to provide the muscles with protein once you break them down, and when it is not convienent for you to prepare a delicious meal abundant with protein- I highly suggest you take a protein powder.
The best time to take a protein powder is directly after a workout. This is when your muscle fibers have been torn and require protein molecules to repair. A quick shot of protein after a workout will not only satisify your muscles, it will keep your energy up, and leave you feeling full, without the temptation to snack on anything which may be less healthy.
Complex protein is a slow-digestive protein where isolate proteins absorb very fast into your system. A Complex protein is great to take at night providing your muscles with a slow release of protein through out your sleep. A great complex protein is Casein Protein. Casein Protein should be consumed before you go to bed. The reason is because your body needs to be sustained for six to eight hours during your sleep without food. You don’t want your hard-earned muscle being broken down in your sleep, so a protein that is slowly released over time is best.
It is best to take a complex protein in the morning and at night, so that you can have more of a sustained amount of protein provided to your body throughout the day and during your sleep. Isolate is great to take after a workout, when your muscles first breakdown from the workout and are starving for a quick absorbation in the muscles. Neither is better than the other, however many people prefer isolate although it is slightly more expensive.
Everything in moderation. Just like everything else taking too much protein can be hard on the body. If you are taking excess protein it will be tough on your kidneys, which can may turn your blood more acidic, or make you develop kidney stones. Some people also have trouble digesting the lactose in protein, some find it can give them acne. The truth is you have to know your own body, and know how much to take. To find how how much protein you should be taking read up on our protein guide. (Under Section 4)
Taking weight gainer will most likly increase bodyfat. If you are taking weight-gainer it is almost assumed you are lifting to bulk up, lifting for strength 4-6 reps roughly. Taking weightgainer puts a blast of 1000 calories in your body at one time often having one feel very bloated. It is an effective way to gain weight as long as you eat regularily on top of taking this. To gain more weight you have to consume more calories than you burn. If you have a good balance of cardio you may not gain any bodyfat. Be careful though, if you have too much cardio you may be chasing your goal to gain weight for a longer period of time.
Weight-gainer should be taken when one is desiring to bulk-up/increase weight/gain muscle mass. It can be taken any time, but the most ideal consumption is following a hard workout.
Weight-gainer will increase your muscle mass and size. Your power and strength will likly increase due to the addtional mass as well (under the circumstances you are working out frequently.) It will give you a more fuller bulkier look, as your body is being “carbed-up.”
For those who are the ectomorphs (lean/slender build) weight-gainer is very popular. If you are a guy who can eat like a horse and not gain any weight, looking into a weight-gainer might be for you. (Women generally do not tend to take a weight-gainer…)
Nitric Oxide dilates your blood vessels increasing the oxygen to your body. It lowers your blood pressure and the increase blood flow allows your muscles to also be fed with more nutrients. Increased blood flow will help maximize workouts.
After taking Nitric Oxide the increase of the oxidaztion of your blood will stimulate more energy for you. Many Nitric Oxide products also contain caffeine which mentally keeps you focused along with having the energy to exert for a good pump.
Often people feel dehydrated and have a dry throat, this is mainly due to the caffeine as it is a diretic-constant hydration is needed. If taken in the wrong dosage you may feel headaches, nausea, or extreme weakness. Diarrhea is also a common side effect.
Yes Nitric Oxide should be taken from 4-6 weeks then cycled off for 4-6 weeks.
N.O Xplode, Superpump, Jacked, and Nitrix.
Enhances cardiovascular health and help improve “good cholesterol” — HDL cholesterol. It also lubricates your joints becuase of omega 3 fatty acids in the form of DHA and EPA. This helps reduce any cracking, popping, clicking aches/pains and soreness in the joints. Recent studies have s
hown fish oil to also help oxidize fat during a workout.
Daily with a glass of water, and meal for best digestion.
In my opinion it is one of the most reasonably priced products on the market. You can find deals as low as $9.99 (american) for 120 capsules.
An extremely popular amino acid L-Glutamine can be found in protein powders, beans, meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, and also found in supplement form.
It plays a role in boosting your protein metabolism, and it appears to be a very important nutrient for body builders.*When supplemented, it may help body builders reduce the amount of muscle deterioration that occurs because other tissues that need glutamine will not rob the glutamine stored in the muscle cells.
Since glutamine supplementation can minimize the breakdown of muscle tissue and improve protein metabolism, those who are finding their body is constantly sore and can not repair for their workouts should consider taking this to speed up their recovery.
The most optimum time to take it would be post workout, when your muscles are torn and in need for tissue repair.
Our bodies naturally make the compound, which is used to supply energy to our muscles. It is produced in the liver, pancreas, and kidneys, and is transported to the body’s muscles through the bloodstream. Once it reaches the muscles, it is converted into phosphocreatine (creatine phosphate). This high-powered metabolite is used to regenerate the muscles’ ultimate energy source, ATP.
Creatine can significantly increase lean muscle mass in just two weeks. It is also responsible for improving performance in high-intensity exercise, increasing energy levels, and speeding up recovery rates. Creatine has the ability to enhance energy reserves in muscles comes from its muscle protein synthesizing action, while minimizing protein breakdown. This occurs because creatine has the awesome effect of super-hydrating muscle cells with water. It enhances muscles’ growth too-making muscle fibers bigger and stronger.
The effects of creatine varies from person to person. Some people naturally produce more creatine in their body, and the supplementation may have less effect on them. The best is to try the supplement and assess yourself if your are feeling any gains. You can read about articles boasting like crazy about supplements, but everyone’s body is different. Know how your body responds to the product, and any product on this page for that matter.
If you feel your strength has plateaued and feel the need to have a supplement to improve strength increase, creatine will appeal.
There are many supplements we’ve decided to leave out. These supplements work and should be a starting ground for more advanced supplements in the future. Make sure to always check up with a doctor before starting any supplement cycle.