Supplements and bodybuilding go hand in hand. But which supplements rank the most popular among fitness lovers? And why are these supplements so popular?
Creatine is naturally found in muscle and in large amounts. The supplement form is creatine monohydrate, and it’s a combination of amino acids—arginine, glycine, and methionine. This supplement is important in high-intensity work outs as it drives the important creatine phosphate energy pathway. Creatine improves both body bulk and training performance.
Protein Powders – Whey, Casein, Soy, Egg
Whey, casein, soy, and egg proteins include essential amino acids that your body cannot produce on its own. These proteins all have different absorption rates, but whey protein isolate is the most backed up by studies. Protein consumption, along with weight resistance training and a good diet, can lead to increased muscle and reduced fat.
Multivitamin supplements are popular among bodybuilders that don’t have a great diet or have a workout regimen that increases vitamin requirements. Multivitamins can help you reach your recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals.
Antioxidants protect against natural and synthetic chemical fragments called free radicals. Vitamin C and E are the main antioxidants in most diets.
Zinc and Magnesium
For men, zinc is important because it produces testosterone. For everyone, zinc is what builds the immune system and is found in whole grain, seeds, nuts, meat, and oysters. Magnesium is an important part of the nervous system and maintains heart health. These elements are usually combined in a supplement called ZMA.
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