Supplements and bodybuilding go hand in hand. But which supplements rank the most popular among fitness lovers? And why are these supplements so popular?
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Iron is the mineral in the body essential for producing hemoglobin, a blood protein that transports oxygen in the body, which is very important for exercise.
Electrolytes come from minerals in diets. They help with fluid balance and assist the nervous system to perform muscle contractions. Electrolytes are sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride, bicarbonate, phosphate, sulfate. Bodybuilders depend a lot on sodium and potassium balance.
Carbohydrates, mostly sugars, are formulated in sports drinks with electrolytes such as sodium chloride and potassium and sometimes magnesium. They are important for fueling exercise, including vigorous weight training, and in post-exercise energy replacement nutrition.
Glucosamine is a naturally occurring compound that’s used as arthritis pain relief and join damage prevention. It’s popular with weight trainers who have knee arthritis and pain.
Glutamine, HMB, and Beta-alanine
Glutamine and beta-alanine are amino acids and HMB, beta-hydroxy-beta-methyl butyrate, is a byproduct of leucine, another amino acid. Promoting individual amino acids, the building blocks of protein, to enhance performance in the strength sports has been a particular focus of supplement manufacturers over the years. HMB supplementation is claimed to build muscle size and strength and promote fat loss in conjunction with a strength program.
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