Should I take the Supplement or not?
Yes, this is the inevitable question that has disturbed the minds of bodybuilders since ages. The question becomes even more important when people start doubting the originality of your abs and label it as a byproduct of juices.
Apart from the originality of your muscles, there are several other queries like side effects of protein powder, the ingredient is natural or synthetic, are they standardized or balanced, that run in the mind of gym joiners.
Seeing this plight, we have decided to dedicate an article that will try to seek the answers of these inquests. After looking into the solutions, we will be listing some exquisite supplements and their benefits in bodybuilding process. So let’s jump right into it:
Do I really need them?
This is a billion-dollar question as its response has a potential to defeat the whole purpose of multi-million dollar supplements industry. So we need to justify the answer very carefully.
So, the question for opting additive actually depends upon the purpose; for achieving a bigger and stronger body- it’s not mandatory. Until and unless, your macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) needs are getting fulfilled by natural foods and you’re doing right workout regime, you don’t need any kind of subsidiary.
Having said that, it’ll be wrong to deny the whole supplement world; again it’s all about your goal, if you want to grow as big as possible then you need to consume some additives. By investing in the right products and consuming an appropriate amount you can have an extra edge over your contemporaries.
How can I know that Supplements are safe and effective for me?
Now when we have cleared the doubt of additive usability, the ambiguity of their safety and effectiveness also need to be luminous. This dubiousness gets complicated even more by the fact that market has a lot of offerings.
To ensure the safety constraint of additives, always prefer to buy them from trusted source like bodybulding.com or other sources that are recommended by government authorities; office of dietary Supplements (ODS) and national center for complementary and integrative health are few official sources that review different dietary supplements.
These sites provide information like what to check before buying any supplement? Which elements are not natural? In what amount you need to take your dose? And it’s needless to mention that you should always contact your doctor before taking any supplements.
Whether you’re taking the doses for curbing deficiency or you’re on any other medications, always consult your physician first. On the whole, you’re buying behavior should not be controlled by lucrative advertisements, rather they should be – research based.
Now, it’s time to check some trusted supplements that are recommended for bodybuilding. We’ll be seeing three supplements each for Protein, Vitamins, and Fatty Acids.
#1. Use “Whey” to achieve your daily protein goals
Also known as Milk Protein or Casein Protein is one of the most famous and widely used protein supplements.
Coming to its feature: It‘s the fastest absorbable protein among its league which helps in muscle synthesis and fulfilling daily protein needs, chemically non-stimulatory just like water but may provide energy by the means of caloric consumption and an unflavored whey has a bitter taste.
Now the benefits part:
Some research has shown that inclusion of “Whey” in the diet above the recommended level has helped in the fat loss during low-food-intake for sustaining weight. Good news for obese persons; it helps them in increasing insulin sensitivity (how the effective a body is reducing glucose level in blood using glucose).
That’s not all…
Whey also helps in easing deficiencies caused by aging and diabetes because of its high amino acid (L-cysteine) yielding property. In addition to this, it doesn’t harm liver or kidneys but can worse pre-existing damage. So, do not forget to check it with your doctor before using it.
#2. Shine like Sun with “Vitamin D”
Other names of this supplement are Cholecalciferol and Ergocalciferol and please don’t confuse it with calcitriol or 25-Dihydroxyvitamin.
Coming to its properties: The biggest plus point with this macronutrient is that it’s fat soluble. In general, this nutrient is non-stimulatory and it may have an enhanced absorption rate when coupled with meals. Not only this, it works well with Calcium and Vitamin K.
Benefits of Vitamin D supplement: Before starting the core benefits, let me inform you that this vitamin is one of the 24 macronutrients critical for human survival. This very fact itself is the testimony of its hype.
Coming to the benefits of this supplement; apart from increased cognition, it helps in bettering immune and bone health and well-being. Not only this, it has a potential of reducing the risks of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.
But here’s the kicker:
There are ample amount of chances that people deficient in this macronutrient can feel the increased levels of “Testosterone” post supplementation. It has been seen that new gym joiners are more prone to fractures because of wrong workout method and studies reveal that Vitamin D supplementation (taken above 800 IU) decreases the risk of bone fracture. Isn’t it cool!
#3. Add “Fish Oil” in your routine to increase your Omegas
It is the common term to acknowledge two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Coming to its property: Though fish oil is not stimulant by nature but increases brain activity and one important thing worthy of noting is its slow effect which happens over a period of days or weeks.
Benefits: The biggest benefit of this supplement is that the body cannot produce some fatty acids on its own and requires external supplementation. Further, it helps in reducing triglycerides but can also cholesterol at the same time. So care should be taken before supplementation.
Want to know the best part?
Studies have revealed that it helps in reducing high-depressing disorders which are generally evident in persons who are working hard in the gym but not achieving their desired results. Last but not the least, it acts like a pharmaceutical in case a person has high blood pressure but doesn’t appear to have efficacy in persons with normal blood pressure.