Bodybuilding Supplementation Basics

by GuestPoster on December 6, 2011

Started bodybuilding? Great! Bodybuilding is a fantastic way to improve yourself and take your life to new heights. Getting great results will take time and effort, but you can make it a little bit easier by making sure you do everything right. In this article we will discuss basic bodybuilding supplementation, and what supplements that can help you get better results faster.

First of all, you need to make sure you get sufficient amounts of micro-nutrients. These are the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and trace elements your body needs to function adequately. Unfortunately, there is no way you can get enough of these substances with any kind of supplement, so don’t expect a vitamin pill to fully make up for a poor diet – because it won’t. A quality multi-vitamin/mineral tablet will go some way in guarding against deficiencies, though, so it’s definitely worth taking, especially for hard training individuals who need some of these nutrients (like the minerals lost in sweat) in larger quantities than sedentary individuals.

Secondly, seeing as an adequate supply of amino acids is needed for muscle growth, most bodybuilders use a protein supplement to help them get all the amino acids (the building blocks of protein) they need throughout the day. There are lots of brands and products to choose from, so finding one that you like should be fairly easy. Make sure the manufacturer has a good reputation, and buy something fairly basic, like a straight up whey concentrate based product. Good products to choose from include Nanox Protilox (which you can read a review of here) and Ultimate Nutrition Prostar Whey (review here). These are high quality products from reputable manufacturers that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Buy bulk if you can to save money (but only after you know that you like the taste of the protein drinks you will be making with them).

For most beginning bodybuilders, these two types of supplements will be sufficient, but if you choose to you can also try a creatine supplement and see if it helps you get better results from your training. Creatine is proven by science as a highly effective supplement, but for some reason some people don’t respond to creatine, so while your friend might see significant improvements in both strength and size from using creatine, you may belong in the unlucky group of people who notice nothing at all. You won’t know until you try, though.

A fourth supplement that might be useful is an EFA supplement. EFA stands for Essential Fatty Acids and by that we mean fatty acids that the body can’t produce itself and that it needs for proper functioning. EFA supplements can be of both vegan and animal origin, and usually come in the form of flax seed oil, fish oil or the somewhat new – but very good – krill oil supplements. EFA supplements may aid recovery from training, improve resistance against disease and and have a positive, anti-inflammatory effect on the body that may do the whole system a lot of good.

There you go. If you want to start experimenting with supplements, these are the ones to go for – at least to begin with. Do remember, however, that supplements will be of no use if your diet isn’t good, so get that dialed in first!

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