Whilst you don’t necessarily need supplements I personally like using them to ensure my body is healthy on the inside as well as the outside. I’ve put together a list of what I consider to be my top supplements because I want to ensure that my body is able to continue lifting as long as possible!
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Protein contributes to essential processes in the body. For example, without protein our body’s cardiovascular function would be sub-optimal, plus muscle growth and healing wouldn’t be as efficient. More in-depth information can be read here.
Whey protein is the most commonly used protein powder, and it’s derived from milk.
Protein powder is useful if you have trouble meeting your daily protein goals entirely from whole foods. I try to get my macronutrient requirements from as many whole foods as possible, but protein powder helps to ensure that I reach my target.
In my opinion Myprotein are one of the most reasonably-priced supplement companies on the market, for the quality of products they offer, and they sell a wide range of supplements, food items, and clothing.
I buy their whey isolate as I am sensitive to lactose and the isolate has a lower level of lactose than their normal whey powder. The price for the isolate is a bit higher than their normal whey powder, but this is made up for by the fact that I don’t become bloated from it!
I have the whey isolate in my morning porridge. It mixes really well and the flavour I have (chocolate brownie!) is really nice without being too overpowering. Myprotein do a variety of flavours in all their whey powders if chocolate isn’t your thing 😉
Myprotein also offer foods and protein powders which are suitable for those who follow a vegan diet. They have pea, hemp, and soy protein powders, although I haven’t tried these so cannot comment on their taste/quality.
Creatine is a natural substance found in our bodies, mostly in our muscles. It can also be obtained through the diet by eating red meat and some fish (e.g., tuna and salmon). However, you’d have to eat an awful lot to get the recommended amount.
By regularly taking Creatine, it helps to increase the intensity at which you can work when lifting weights, and so the harder you can push the more muscle/strength you will gain. Creatine also helps increase the rate at which muscles recover meaning that you can train more frequently and/or have less rest-time between each work out.
Even if you don’t lift weights, Creatine is great for athletic performance and helps with sports with a lot of stop-go movements (e.g., sprinting).
There are various types of Creatine available (e.g., Creatine Nitrate and Kre-Alkalyn) which supplement companies claim are absorbed more efficiently by the body. After doing my research I settled on Creatine Monohydrate. It’s cheap and effective as I’ve noticed that I’m able to push harder in my training, so there’s no need to look for fancy alternatives in my view.
Omega 3 can be found in a variety of foods including oily fish such as salmon and sardines, and can also be obtained through eating certain nuts and seeds. It can help alleviate joint pain and stiffness and also help to reduce the risk of heart disease. You can click here for more in-depth information.
I buy my capsules from my local supermarket. Some people suggest avoiding supermarket brands as they don’t contain sufficient levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). However, I have to factor in cost and a higher price doesn’t always indicate that something is of superior quality in my opinion.
The capsules I buy claim to contain the recommended doses of EPA and DHA and I’m going to trust that that’s the case 🙂
Nevertheless, I know that I’m not going to be on point with my diet all the time so I take one multi-vitamin tablet a day to fill in any gaps.
Again, I buy these from my local supermarket as they are said to contain the daily recommended dose. There are multi-vitamins on the market which cost significantly more and claim to be higher quality. Whilst I want to give my body what it needs I’m mindful of my budget.
Given the stress that I put my joints under day-in-day out I wanted a supplement specifically for joint health. After doing some searching on Bodybuilding.com the name that kept coming up was Formutech’s Flexible Joint Formula.
The capsules contain Cissus Quadrangularis which supports healthy bones, tendons, and muscles; Hyaluronic Acid, which supports the synovial fluid that lubricates the joints and other tissues; Glucosamine Sulfate, which helps to keep tissues healthy; Chondroitin Sulfate, which promotes nutrients to flow around the joints and cartilage tissue; and Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), which supports healthy cartilage.
I’ve been using this supplement for a good few months now and have yet to experience any joint problems. So, I guess that’s a sign that it’s working. It may not be the best on the market, but so far I have no complaints.
So this is my top supplements list! I hope it’s been of some use. Do you take any supplements other than those listed here? Please comment below as I’d love to hear your views on what works for you!