The term supplements have been bedevilled the world over especially when mentioned in the same breath as body building. Supplements are however not all bad although they have been abused to a very large extent. New trainees who are venturing into the body building industry need not panic out of ignorance every time supplements are mentioned. This article tries to give a basic introductory guide to body building supplements.
A novice body builder may easily fall into the trap of impatience. He may wish to build compact muscles as quickly as possible using supplements. The problem is that there are over 50 million products on sale claiming to be supplements. The internet is riddled with multitudes of advertising placards calling attention to miraculous body building wonders all of which claim to be amazingly the best.
All this serves to create confusion in the industry, especially because most products assume names that sound familiar to something vaguely common. Beginners find themselves in a dilemma. They get junk e-mails and trunk phone calls from salesmen all the time giving unsolicited advice on hoe to choose supplements that can help them to gain huge muscles quickly.
The first point of note is that a body builder doesn’t necessarily need dietary supplements to gain huge muscles. The supplements however can help in increasing the rate of muscle growth and development. Simply put, diet supplements are body building tools that aid in increasing the potential of muscle building. It is recommendable for beginners to start out diet supplemented body building with a multi-vitamin dosage, then a protein prescription, before taking up a Creatine dosage.
So what types of supplements exist in the market today? There are many types of diet supplements capable of enhancing speedy muscle growth, recovery, and repair. The following is a basic list of the available supplement in the market, and which can be used in body building to produce the best results in muscle size, power and tone: Multi- Vitamins, Proteins, Protein Bars, Glutamine, Creatine, Anti-Estrogens, ZMA, HMB, Natural Test Booster, Growth Hormone, Nitric Oxide, Amino Acids, Methoxy and even Ecdy.
Most of the above supplements can be grouped into four different categories based on their function in the body. These four categories are: supplements that amplify development of new muscle cells and tissues, supplements that help improve repair of damaged cells after intense workout sessions, supplements that provide the body with raw material in form of nutrients vital for body builder’s health and finally supplements that aid in burning and conversion of body fats for a lean compact body.
All these distinct types of dietary supplements are available for choice. For a novice to make the right choice of supplement that will be an effective aid in the quest to build muscles, each product’s content, side effects and more importantly, dietary contribution to body building. These types should be reviewed based on their nutritional content. A better understanding should be sought from nutrition experts who will give a prescription detailing dosage and ratio of intakes.
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