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Bodybuilding Supplements May Not Be Necessary

Bodybuilding Supplements may not be Necessary
To supplement or​ not to​ supplement that is​ the​ question on​ more bodybuilder’s lips than ever before. Are they safe? What works and what doesn't?

Lets have a​ look at​ the​ basics.
There are various reasons why athletes may be interested in​ supplementation.
- Concern about getting adequate nutrients from our food supply.
- Suspicion of​ pharmaceuticals.
- Belief that diet alone will not achieve optimal nutrition

Supplements include the​ following
- Vitamins
- Minerals
- Amino Acids
- Herbs

The concerning thing about supplements is​ that anything classified as​ a​ dietary supplement is​ not required to​ meet any FDA or​ other standards! Think about that! there are no regulations in​ place that guarantee the​ safety or​ purity of​ something sold as​ a​ supplement.

They are also not made to​ meet the​ similar safety requirements as​ prescription ​Drug​s or​ any other manufacturing standards. They are not required to​ meet product potency or​ purity ratings and are not required to​ prove the​ effectiveness of​ any health claim that is​ made.

Studies suggest that a​ number of​ supplements may deliver on​ advertising claims. However,​ trainees are spending large sums of​ money on​ products that have little or​ no proven usefulness.
Personally I ​ find the​ use of​ supplements over rated and as​ with strength training,​ supplementation asks the​ same question if​ a​ little is​ good then maybe more has to​ be better.

Supplementation and steroids started to​ proliferate when volume strength training became the​ training system of​ the​ day. Young strength trainees slaving in​ the​ gym for five to​ six days a​ week was seen as​ normal. All this without making any progress or​ putting on​ any size whatsoever.
They then turned to​ the​ latest supplement or​ steroid thinking that this is​ the​ magic bullet to​ put on​ that added muscle when all the​ time they were just plain over training.

The cold hard facts are that the​ majority of​ the​ regular trainees in​ your gym are over training. the​ sad reality is​ that the​ type of​ training that you​ find in​ bodybuilding books and magazines and used by the​ stars are irrelevant to​ the​ majority of​ the population and has a​ high failure rate.

If more bodybuilders started using more infrequent,​ short,​ high intensity weight training sessions,​ followed by the​ required amount of​ time to​ recover and become stronger…


The bottom line on​ weight gain supplements
- Before taking a​ supplement try to​ make modifications to​ your diet that might achieve the​ same goals.
- Only choose products that show the​ amount of​ active ingredients on​ the​ label that are required.
- Be aware that natural does not mean ‘safe’
- Some herbal supplements may have unpleasant side effects.

Listed below are some popular bodybuilding supplements available on​ the​ market today.
Creatine monohydrate
Creatine was first introduced to​ the​ market place some eight years ago and has since become the​ most popular bodybuilding supplement of​ all time.
Creatine is​ said to​ significantly increase lean muscle mass,​ improve performance,​ increase energy levels and speed up recovery rates. Creatine also stimulates the​ uptake of amino acids in​ the​ proteins,​ which means that the​ more that its used the​ more muscle that may be grown.
Dosage a​ loading phase of​ 20grams a​ day for the​ first five days then a​ maintenance phase of​ 5grams a​ day from then on.

Whey Protein isolate
The highest yield of​ protein currently available and is​ extracted from milk. This is​ another popular supplement for athletes and bodybuilders because of​ its high proportion of​ amino acids. it​ is​ supposed to​ be high in​ potassium,​ which is​ essential for muscle growth and is​ an antioxidant and a​ good
immune system builder.
Dosage 20gms 100gms a​ day.

Tibulus Terrestris
Tribulus terrestris is​ a​ plant that grows in​ many tropical and moderate areas of​ the​ world and is​
very rich in​ chemical compounds such as​ saponins,​ flavonoids and alkaloids.
Tribulus terrestris is​ supposedly a​ testosterone enhancer and increases sex drives in​ both men and women. Dosage as​ per bottle.

Is a​ nonessential amino acid,​ which makes up to​ 60% of​ the​ amino acids in​ the​ bodies muscles. Glutamine containing products are protein shakes and good quality protein powders; it​ can also
be added to​ protein shakes for added potency.
Dosage 5grams to​ 15 grams per day.

So please remember a​ supplement is​ something added to​ the​ diet to​ make up for a​ nutritional deficiency or​ imbalance they are not intended to​ substitute for eating a​ balanced diet. if​ they are to​ be taken at​ all they should only be used to​ supplement the​ diet and not replace it.

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