The most commonly asked question I get is often the last question that should be asked. What supplements should I take to get stronger, to improve my fitness level, to get leaner? I am in no way against supplementation. I think that there are many good supplements on the market and I think that researching natural supplements and integrating them into our diets is far more beneficial than all the money we spend on prescription medication and drugs. That being said, even the guys at the supplement store will tell you that a supplement is just that, a SUPPLEMENT. It is something that you add on to a proper diet and exercise prescription, to intensify your gains. And yes, supplements work. But they work a hundred times better if you follow the proper protocols in the kitchen as well as the gym.
In this multi-part series of articles I will let you know what supplements are proven to be beneficial and why. I will cover supplements that promote both strength and health. I will be writing several related articles, starting with today’s installment, Muscle Building Supplements-The Basics. I will follow with Muscle Building Supplements-Advanced, Top 10 Supplements for a Healthy Body, Top 10 Supplements for a Healthy Mind, and my final supplement article titled Energy NOW, will include a detoxification plan.For more information, visit their website at http://musclesupplementtrials.com/male-enhancement/
What makes our body strong? What builds our muscles and keeps them functioning properly? We are all aware that our muscles are made primarily of proteins and water. Many of us know proteins are made up of long strands of amino acids. But we have to understand more than that. What causes a muscular contraction? Why is increased blood flow important? When does overtraining strike? We will cover all of these things in this discussion and the articles to come.
In this first article, I will stick to The Big 3 for muscle building. The stuff that is proven to work and works well every time. The stuff with the most research behind it. Creatine, Protein, and Amino Acids.
Wow…this one is so simple yet so many people do not understand it.. I am constantly met with the accusation,”David, creatine is a steroid. I can’t take that.” I hate this statement, not just because it is untrue, not only because I am constantly assaulted with it, but because it shows that the person asking for my advice has no base knowledge of supplementation and has not done the proper independent research to warrant taking any product. For instance, when you buy a car, don’t you research the car? Why would it be any different for something going into your body?
Creatine is not a steroid. Creatine or “creatine phosphate” is synthesized by the three amino acids methionine, glycine and arginine. It is made and stored naturally in your own body. In fact some creatine is even stored in your brain. Another interesting fact is that many studies have found creatine to increase brain function and memory in both elderly people, and vegetarians. Both groups improved scores tremendously on the IQ test, Raven test, and the cognitive memory test after supplementing with creatine for only a few short weeks. However this is not the conventional use for creatine.