Top 10 Muscle Building Supplements
A question I get asked very often is: What are the best muscle building supplements? So instead of answering tons of emails here is a list I put together of the top 10 muscle building supplements.
Protein supplements come in many forms for example:
- Whey Protein
- Protein Powder
- Protein Shakes
- Protein Drinks
- Eggs (only the white part)
I recommend you stay away from soy protein or any type of soy, especially men because of the recent studies of how it effects estrogen levels. Protein is usually taken after your workout or with one of your meals.
2. Meal Replacement Products (aka MRPs)
Meal replacements can come in two forms, a drink or a bar. They are usually packed with protein, minerals, vitamins and almost no fat or no carbs.
Creatine is great, it not fuels your muscles but it also reduces the chance of developing cellular dysfunctions. There are many types of creatine, but the most used is called Creatine Monohydrate.
4. Maltodextrin This is usually used by people who are doing extreme muscle building workouts, and it is essentially a complex carbohydrate that works quickly to slow down the enzymatic process.
5. Testosterone Boosters
There are many opinions to testosterone supplements, and while many claim that it can really increase your strength and muscle mass, it is best to avoid this supplement if you are a teenager. So if you are an adult you can consider testosterone boosters such as ZMA, Viraloid, "Tribulus Terrestris," "Avena Sativa," and Red Kat.
This supplement is said to give quality muscles, which is very true. Glutamine supplements helps replenish the amino acids that you have used in your workout. You can buy glutamine supplements in powder form.
This is said to increase the effectiveness of carbohydrates you take in and by doing so bodybuilding can increase their retention of nitrogen.
This is used mainly by bodybuilders that have a heavy workout. With leucine your levels of glutamine will normalize which will then support "anticatabolic metabolism" of muscles as well as help the functions of your immune system.
9. Essential Fatty Acids
These help in the creation of energy, burning of fat, proper growth of tissues in the brain and nerve, and regulation of mood. You can get these through Omega 3 which includes most of fish oils and some plant oil and Omega 6 or majority of plant oils.
This is basically a form of amino sugar. Damaged tissues from a hard workout can be repaired by taking a glucosamine supplement. However, if you are allergic to seafood then don't use this supplement.
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