08 July, 2011
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Top Ten Safest Bodybuilding Supplements
Hundreds of bodybuilding supplements are introduced to the market each year. Many have been available for a long period of time and they have proven to be both safe and effective when used properly. Fully understanding and correctly following the instructions on a supplement label cannot be stressed enough. Also, it is important to check with your physician prior to any supplement consumption.
Whey protein is the highest-quality and fastest-digesting form of protein. Bodybuilders typically consume whey protein post-workout to speed up the muscle repair and recovery process. Whey is sold in powder form and ready-to-drink shakes for quick consumption.
Contrary to whey, casein is a slow-digesting type of protein. The long digestion period makes this supplement optimal for nighttime intake or prior to long stretches in which a bodybuilder will not be consuming any protein, so there is a sustained release of amino acids to your muscles.
Multivitamin/multimineral supplements are an important supplement for bodybuilders, as they ensure the bodily processes are functioning properly. Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals can hurt a bodybuilder’s progress by slowing down the muscle building process.
Fish oils contain the omega-3 fats, which are essential, as the body is not able to produce them. Among the many roles that omega-3 fats play include supporting healthy heart function, which of course is vital to a bodybuilder’s health and well-being.
Glutamine is one of the most abundant amino acids in the body. One of the main benefits of glutamine is the reduction of muscle deterioration. Glutamine supplements are sold on the market in powder and caplet forms.
One of the most popular, safe and effective bodybuilding supplements is creatine, which provides the muscles with energy. Other possible benefits of creatine consumption include increased endurance, increased strength and faster recovery.
Bodybuilders looking to increase their daily caloric intake supplement with a weight gainer. The majority of weight gainers include not only the macronutrients, which are comprised of proteins, carbs and fats, but also several micronutrients--the vitamins and minerals.
This supplement supports joint function and cartilage formation. Maintaining healthy joints is of utmost importance for bodybuilders, especially in the long run, as all the lifting takes a big toll on the joints and can lead to many injuries over time.
Zinc is an essential mineral that helps strengthen the immune system. It is involved in hundreds of enzyme reactions and also helps maintain blood cholesterol levels. All of these benefits are crucial for a bodybuilder looking to perform at her best in the gym.
Chromium is a mineral that is essential for the production of the hormone insulin, which is responsible for stabilizing the body’s blood sugar level. Consuming this supplement can help bodybuilders increase their energy and burn body fat.
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