Top 10 Bodybuilding Supplements

1)Creatine Monohydrate
Creatine Monohydrate is the only dietary supplement scientifically proven effective in producing noticeable gains in lean muscle mass and strength. Creatine is a phosphorus nutrient found naturally in muscles and, in our diets, is is most highly concentrated in red meat. Muscle cells use this phosphorylated form of creatine to store energy. Normal metabolism can not produce energy as quickly as a muscle cell can use it, so an extra storage source is needed. One heaping teaspoon of Creatine Monohydrate provides the equivalent creatine found in 2.2 pounds of uncooked lean red meat (without the fat ). Scientists have discovered that when a diet is supplemented with creatine, it assists in increasing human muscle energy reserves and also causes the muscle to grow through a phenomenon called cell volumizing. In addition, researchers believe that Creatine supplementation could be used to provide more energy to older, less active individuals and vegetarians as well as those infected with the HIV virus.

95% of the creatine found in your body is stored inside your muscle cells and used for energy. By supplementing your diet with Creatine Monohydrate, your muscles become saturated with creatine. As your body retains extra creatine. your muscle cells amass more water. This process, called cell volumizing, allows your muscles to swell and also provides a more favorable environment for protein synthesis and growth. Your muscles become larger and stronger with the ability to refuel themselves faster! With continued supplements of creatine and some hard training, the muscles expand and grow at a greatly accelerated rate.

Creatine Monohydrate users have reported gains of 10 solid pounds in less than a month! Others note large increases in strength in only a matter of days! Elevated energy levels and shorter workout recovery times have also been attributed to this supplement. Additionally, some university studies also indicate a decrease in percentage of body fat with the use of Creatine Monohydrate.

2)Whey Protein
Whey protein is an extremely high-quality protein source which is derived from milk; specifically, it is the albumin portion of milk (like egg whites are the albumin portion of eggs) . Ion-exchanged whey protein simply means the protein product has been created using an electrostatic separation process (ion exchange) which yields the purest whey-protein formulation possible.

HMB, a breakthrough nutritional supplement, has been shown in scientific clinical testing to increase significantly the positive effects of weight-training exercise. HMB, which stands for ß-hydroxy-ß-methylbutyrate, is a metabolite of the amino acid leucine. It appears to upgrade the body's natural potential to build muscle and burn fat by minimizing the muscle tissue breakdown that occurs after all intense exercise sessions.

Ephedrine is a drug derived from the plant Ephedra equisetina. Used for centuries as both a stimulant and bronchodilator (often under its traditional Chinese name, Ma huang), ephedrine is chemically similar to drugs in the amphetamine group. A main ingredient in legally-available energizers, nutritional supplements, and dietary teas, ephedrine is also found in herbal substitutes for the controlled drug MDMA, or "ecstasy." A synthetic form of the drug, pseudoephedrine, is often found in over-the-counter and prescription cold and allergy products.

Ephedrine triggers a mild burst of energy, due to its similarities to the body hormone epinephrine (or adrenaline) and the street drug methamphetamine. In addition to its stimulant effects (which can include feelings of alertness and reduced appetite), ephedrine also relaxes bronchial muscles and dilates airways, and can cause sharp increases in both blood pressure and heart rate.

Users who are sensitive to ephedrine or who take high doses may experience potentially-serious health risks, including abnormally high blood pressure, breathing difficulties, and rapid, irregular heartbeat. These effects may be accompanied by confusion and paranoia. An amphetamine-like psychosis has also been linked to chronic abuse of high-dose levels of the drug.

5)Post Carb/Protein Supplements
Research has shown that consuming a carbohydrate/protein rich drinks within 60 minutes following your workout, increases the rate of muscle glycogen synthesis and replacement. This boosts energy levels, improves recovery, and even accelerates muscle growth. Simply combine a scoop of protein powder in a glass of juice would be enough to full fill this requirement.

L-Glutamine is the most abundant free amino acid in muscle tissue. It plays a very important role in protein metabolism and appears to be a very important nutrient for weight trainers especially. Under periods of metabolic stress, glutamine becomes a conditionally essential amino acid, which means your body may not be able to make enough of this vital nutrient to go around. L-Glutamine is not just used for building muscle, it’s also in high demand by many other areas of the body—for example, the gut and immune system both need large amounts of glutamine to maintain optimal function.

Scientific studies have shown glutamine supplementation can improve protein metabolism and minimize the breakdown of muscle tissue in people suffering from severe metabolic stress. Studies have also shown that glutamine can enhance cell volumizing, and another recent scientific finding is that glutamine, when combined with the amino acid glycine, appears to have even greater cell-volumizing effects than when glutamine is consumed by itself. Another recent study revealed that consuming as little as 2 grams of free-form L-glutamine may cause a significant (up to 400%!) increase in growth-hormone levels. However, at this time, no studies have been conducted to specifically evaluate the effects of L-glutamine supplementation on healthy, weight-training, young adults.

Vitamins A,C,and E, selenium, zinc, fight against free radicals. Free radicals are involved in emphysema, wrinkled skin, cancer, blood clots, muscle pains, cramps, and fatigue, and a number of other ailments and diseases associated with aging.
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8)Vitamins and Minerals
help produce energy, build tissues, strengthen bones, nourish muscles and nerves, reinforce our barriers against disease and remove wastes. They must be obtained from the foods we eat because our bodies cannot make them.
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are essential to life even though they make up a small percentage of the body's actual weight. They also help in keeping our bones, teeth, and skin healthy. Minerals also help with blood pressure, heart regulation, wound healing, muscle function, proper fluid balance and much, much, more. Studies have shown that alcohol, smoking, the cooking of vegetables, meats, and processed foods, rob the body of minerals. So it is crucial that you make sure you are eating the right foods or taking mineral supplements.
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9)Meal replacements
Meal Replacement Powders, or Drink Mixes, are best suited for individuals who either don't have have time to prepare complete healthy meals, do not like many of the foods that are naturally high in good quality protein, or simply enjoy the convenience of a quick meal.

Many of the powders are low in fat and high in protein and therefore are sometimes referred to as protein shakes. Others contain a balanced ratio of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. They usually contain a complete profile of vitamin and minerals and other important nutrients especially important for bodybuilders, athletes and dieters.

10)EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids)
Essential fatty acids (EFA's), unlike other fats, are ESSENTIAL to health. They are even referred to as vitamin F complex and have been shown to play an important role in the proper functioning of the entire body. They are vital for all growth processes, cell renewal, brain and nerve functions, the production of hormones, healthy weight loss, and maintaining the body's thermostat, to name only a few. They are not manufactured by the body and can only be obtained through diet. The sesame, sunflower, and flax seeds and the vegetable seed oil found in this formulation are rich in these "good fats." Virtually all the fats in this bar are EFAs rich in Omega 3s and are needed for optimal health!

The information on these pages were derived from medical, nutritional and media publications. It is not intended for medical or nutritional claims, but for informational and educational purposes. Please consult your doctor before consideration of the use of supplementation. These supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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