Supplements

Supplements | Which One? Why? What Are The Benefits?

Written by Akesha Smith


Supplements: Where To Start?


There are many different types of supplements that can be purchased online or in health stores which are available to everyone, all targeting different areas and offering you the ‘best’ results, but which one do you go for? Which one really works? Can you trust this product? Supplements are not something that should be messed around with. Not doing the correct research in the product you purchase can lead to consequences in your health.


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Supplements should not be used as a food replacements but used to help enhance your physical and/or mental wellbeing. Unless stated specifically on the product, supplements should always be taken correctly along with a healthy food diet and workout plan, make sure you read the labels before consuming any form of supplementation.

 

Supplements are not miracle workers making an individual’s suddenly lose weight or gain muscles instantly. An actual workout plan needs to be in place with a balanced food diet to get the best results from the supplement. Some people believe that by ingesting different supplements they are doing the right thing and expect top results. However if taken irresponsibly, the effect will only conclude in damaging your body.

 

Supplements are not miracle workers making an individual’s suddenly lose weight or gain muscles instantly. An actual workout plan needs to be in place with a balanced food diet to get the best results from the supplement. Some people believe that by ingesting different supplements they are doing the right thing and expect top results. However if taken irresponsibly, the effect will only conclude in damaging your body.


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Purchasing random supplements without knowing the full extent of their purpose would not get you any closer to your desired goals. CLA (Conjugated linoleic acid) pills are always a good place to start as it is one of the most popular bought supplements in the world. CLA is a natural fatty acid derived naturally from safflowers and is marketed as a dietary supplement, helping in body composition and is beneficial for a person’s health and well-being.

 

CLA pills have a number of benefits such as increased metabolic rate, an enhancement to the immune system and muscle growth. These are big bonuses if you are looking to build muscle and get your body fitter and healthier. CLA can also be found naturally in meats like beef and dairy products like eggs. Animals that are only grass fed have a higher amount of CLA found in them. Kangaroo meat, for example, has a large amount in it. However with the natural foods that contain CLA, you gain unwanted calories that you may be trying to burn off, but the CLA pill does not include these and gives your body just what it needs.


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When it comes to powder formulations there are hundreds to pick from, if you’re working out at a high performance or are a daily gym person, you are forever pushing your body to the limit and wanting to go for longer to exceed your goals. To help your body go for longer, one of the best products to use is BCAA (Branched chain amino acids). Branched Chain Amino Acids are important amino acids which contain a 2:1:1 ratio of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. These amino acids are believed to be essential as they cannot be synthesised by the body, therefore, they must be consumed from dietary sources.

 

Throughout your workout amino acids become more crucial as it is quite difficult to maintain the correct ratio from just food. By consuming BCAA you will be able to reach your desired optimum levels of branch chain amino acids in an easy and quick way. BCAA helps by giving your muscles and body in general, more energy so you don’t fatigue as quick as usual. By taking the BCAA powder you can exceed your limits due to the increase of energy your body is getting. In some cases, depending on how intense your workouts are, water is not enough, more is needed to help keep your body from exerting itself too much.

 

BCAA helps by providing the body with what it needs to carry out your workouts. You can get these in a variety of flavours which always helps keep your sweet tooth at bay! BCAAs can also come in a pill form, however, it is more effective as a powder than the pill. BCAA powders help improve your endurance performance and also helps in your muscle recovery. These can be taken before, during and after your workout.


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Protein is vital for your workouts as it aids in repairing your muscle and helps with muscle growth. Foods in particular that have a high amount of protein include; eggs 6g per large egg, steak 23g per 3oz serving leaner cuts, milk 8g per cup, boneless pork chops 26g per 3oz serving, skinless boneless chicken 24g per 3oz serving, turkey breast 24g per 3oz serving and salmon 23g per 3oz serving. From this, you can see that these foods are not all vegetarian or vegan-friendly. Therefore, some people may choose to go for supplements instead of getting protein naturally.

 

Whey Protein has approximately 24g of protein per scoop. Also due to the importance of protein, people usually want to get as much of it as possible and get the extra boost of protein, by investing in protein powders. Again like BCAA, protein powders come in a range of flavours, the hardest thing is finding out which one you like. In terms of what brands to go for, Whey Protein is one of the most popular and safest brands to use. Whey has been tested and has no bad or illegal substances in it, therefore, Whey is always a good starting point.

 

For those involved in competitive sports, knowing that the brand is safe and free from illegal substances is always an added bonus. It is always a positive for people who are not competing competitively as having illegal substances in your body could have bad side effects to your health. Making sure a product is safe is an essential and crucial thing not just important for the professionals but for everyone involved in intense workouts.


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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye has a MSc in Sport Physiology and Nutrition, and puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding. She enjoys a pun, and in her spare time loves dog walking and eating out.


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