Bodybuilding Supporting Supplements





Bodybuilding Supporting Supplements

The supplements I list here are what I believe will help you maintain good health. They are useful in the bodybuilding and weight lifting worlds, along with other athletic passions.

A general multi-vitamin and mineral supplement is a good idea because training hard can boost your metabolism and this means you will require more nutrients than someone who does not train. I prefer to get nutrients from real whole foods, organic too where possible and not too expensive. The multivitamin that I take suggests taking four tablets a day, but what I do is judge how well I have eaten on that day and then decide if I need to take the vitamin supplement, and how many, or not at all. Yes it is guess work, but I like to be as 'natural' as possible and get my nutrients from real food.

Fish oil is a good supplement to take - not cod-liver oil, but FISH oil which is rich in omega-3, an essential fatty acid lacking in western diets. For weight-lifters and bodybuilders, fish oil helps to stimulate metabolism and helps to increase lean mass. Other benefits of fish oil are lower blood pressure and improved circulation, reduced bad cholesterol (LDL). It can also be anti-inflammatory and some claim it helps your joints. Further in can help protect against cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Glucosamine (usually made from the shells of shellfish) is allegedly good for your joints in that it may help to prevent cartilage degeneration. There seem to be two forms available that I have often seen - the popular glucosamine sulfate chondroitin formula and the less common glucosamine hydrochloride. An osteopath friend of mine recommended the glucosamine hydrochloride to me, claiming that the way the body absorbs and uses it is superior. As it is made from the shells of shellfish then people with shellfish allergies need to be cautious, though according to Wikipedia, glucosamine supplementation is probably safe for people that have shellfish allergies because the allergen is within the flesh of the animal, but I would stress caution and that you consult a Doctor if you have this allergy.


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