Supplements are a great addition to an already good nutrition and training program. Nutrition and training are the most important components of a exercise program, with rest and recovery next to them. Once all of those aspects of your program are maximized, then you can start thinking of adding supplements to your program.
Please understand that supplements do not make up for improper training, or lack thereof, or a low quality diet. Supplements only work when your diet and your training program are optimal. Here are Angie and Jeff’s Top Supplement List:
1. All-Natural Protein : Whey protein is well known for its high amino acid content, bioavailability, and rapid digestion, making it the premium choice for post-workout nutrition. All-natural whey proteins provide you with the amino acids you need to build quality muscle without any added artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. If you’d like to support your muscle-building or fat-loss goals without worrying about what’s been added to your protein powder, try an all-natural product!
2. Branched Chain Amino Acids: BCAA supplements are great for anyone who works out in the gym almost every day and wants to preserve lean muscle while preventing catabolism. Protein is what supplies the building blocks necessary to repair and build muscle tissue after your workout is complete. These proteins will then be broken down and disassembled into amino acids. There are 22 different amino acids in the body, all of which have a unique function.
3. Glutamine: Whether trying to pack on muscle or burn off fat, the first step to achieving your goals is work. The next step is recovery, which takes longer to complete. Progress is 100% connected to your work and recovery. You’ve already got the work covered, so grab some glutamine support all that work you’ve been doing! Some of the areas you’ll see glutamine support include: muscle growth rates, minimized muscle catabolism (breakdown), a healthy immune system, and normalized growth hormone levels.
4. MRM Reload: BCAA+G RELOAD™ fortified with branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) is the ultimate muscle recovery formula designed for athletes and active individuals who want to minimize muscle soreness and exercise longer.* Branched-chain amino acids cannot be produced by the body and must come from outside supplemental sources. The three BCAAs are leucine, valine and isoleucine. They are the amino acids that are burned by muscles as fuel.* Both blood and muscle levels of BCAAs decrease, post-workout, which necessitates replenishment.
1. Creatine: Studies have shown creatine to be effective at increasing lean muscle mass, muscle strength and athletic performance. It’s also been known to help increase muscular endurance, reduce muscle fatigue and hydrate muscles for a larger and more full appearance. There are many different types of creatine out there; creatine monohydrate, creatine malate, creatine HCL, Kre-Alkalyn, micronized creatine and several other varieties. If you are new to this supplement you really can’t go wrong with any of these varieties.
2. All-Natural Protein: Whey protein is nutritionally perfect. That means it contains adequate amounts of all the essential and nonessential amino acids required by the human body. A complete protein is composed of all 9 essential amino acids in adequate quantities, and some of those are more critical than others. At the top of that list are the branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) that include leucine, isoleucine, and valine, which are absolute requirements for protein synthesis, and muscle growth. Compared to other protein sources, such as casein, soy, and egg/albumen products, whey is the gold standard for bodybuilding and strength athletes wanting to maximize their training. NATURAL WHEY contains NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS! Most use Stevia, which is a natural form of sweetner.
3. Glutamine: L-Glutamine the most abundant amino acid in muscle cells. It is released from the muscle during times of stress (such as hard weight training workouts) and dieting. This amino acid protects the muscle from the catabolic activities of the hormone cortisol. Due to its anti-catabolic properties and the fact that it accelerates glycogen synthesis after a workout, glutamine is best taken 20-30 minutes after a workout with a protein shake. On days that you don’t workout, just take it with your last protein shake of the day.
Other great supplements worth trying:
Fish Oil – Fish Oil is a natural source of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Omega-3 is an important nutrient for maintaining a healthy brain and nervous system. Fish Oils themselves are said to contribute to healthy heart function and joint flexibility as well as supporting brain, nerve, and visual function. Take 2 servings of fish oil a day to help with fat loss.
Multi-vitamin – Multivitamin and mineral supplements are perhaps the most important single supplement that can be consumed by bodybuilders and athletes. If your body is deficient in just one of the essential vitamins and minerals over a thousand chemical and enzymatic processes in your body could be impaired. Each and every vitamin and mineral is responsible for thousands of biochemical reactions, including the formation of hormones. Bottom line? If you don’t use a good multivitamin and mineral formula you will never reach your fullest potential.
Green Tea– Studies continue to support the use of green tea extract in the enhancement of weight loss, metabolilc rate and the greater use of fat at rest. In one study green tea was shown to preferentially target fat in the belly. Unlike other common weight loss agents that stimulate sympathetic horomone release and therefore tend to raise the heart rate and blood pressure, green tea works by inhibiting the enzyme that breaks down norepinephrine so that its biological effects are prolonged. Green tea may also act to reduce food intake and inhibit the main enzymes involved in fat storage. Green tea has emerged as one of the top supplement for promoting weight-loss available today.
Glucosamine– Glucosamine is the number-one factor for joint health because it is clinically shown to actually help your body build and repair the cartilage that cushions the joints and prevents bone rubbing on bone causing extreme discomfort, pain and immobility. A high quality of glucosamine as part of your daily regimen is the most effective way to improve joint cartilage repair, while helping to prevent future damage occuring. (Angie uses this daily and there would be no way I could work out as hard as I do without it!)