The fitness supplement industry is making billions every year with countless supplements being put on the market, causing a real headache for people who are beginners and just starting out with fitness on what the best choice is. The fact is that the majority of the supplements are garbage, and won’t help you at all. Buying them will only make supplement companies richer and nothing more.
The majority of people have so many questions buzzing through their heads on what to take, how much to take, is it too much, is it enough. A lot of conflicting information, many outrageous claims, it’s a real mess.
People get so caught up in this process that they fail to realize that the number one priority aren’t supplements, but a sound nutrition plan. The name itself says it. They are meant to supplement your diet, not comprise the bulk of it. That’s why you need to have a good diet plan first and then worry about what supplements to choose.
Your diet should already be comprised of healthy foods, like lean meats, vegetable, and fruits. After you’ve sorted out your diet and have chosen a good workout routine, you are ready to look into proper supplementation that will help you achieve your goals faster.
This article is meant to help you do just that. To sort out the mess and point out the only supplements that are worthwhile and take you to your ideal physique as fast as possible.
1. Omega-3 fish oil
It has already been proven that while we consume more than enough omega-6 fatty acids in our diet, the fact is that almost everyone is deficient in omega-3. Taking omega-3 fish oil will not only improve your performance in the gym, it will also improve your overall health, as evidenced by hundreds of studies. Taking into consideration that our bodies can’t take enough omega-3 from seafood, we are required to start taking a supplement which will give us the sufficient amount
Taking omega-3 will provide you with numerous benefits like decreased inflammation, increased heart health, improved cognitive functions and decreased chances of depression development. It’s important to note that before you buy an omega-3 fish oil supplement you should first examine the label. Choose the product that has a high content of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).
These two acids will improve the functionality of cells’ membranes, especially the DHA, decrease the chances of developing a cardiovascular disease since it’ll decrease oxidative stress and will relieve depression since the two acids are precursors to the feel-good hormones, dopamine, and serotonin.
If you can’t seem to find an omega-3 fish oil supplement, try any of the following foods which are full of it and will give you (almost) the same benefits: salmon, spinach, flaxseed, walnuts or chia seeds.
Multivitamins have all the micronutrients that our bodies need in order to function properly. When buying a multivitamin, you should make sure that it contains these vitamins: Vitamin A, B, B12, C, D, E, and K. Every vitamin has its own unique benefits. Here are some of the benefits of each of the vitamins:
Vitamin A: Increases the health of your bones and their proper growth.
Vitamin B, as well as B Complex: Increases the production of energy and general energy output.
Vitamin C: Improves the immune system and improves the production of nitric oxide.
Vitamin D: Functions in synergy with calcium to create healthy bones and teeth. It’s also known to prevent certain illnesses.
Vitamin E: Decreases the amount of “bad” cholesterol.
Vitamin K: Prevents blood clots.
Taking a multivitamin which includes all of the vitamins above will have a tremendous positive impact on your overall health. Additionally, it will lead to improved performance in the gym.
We’ve reserved a special place for Vitamin D. Vitamin D is also a crucial micronutrient to your diet and chances are you are deficient in it. Well, at least, depending on where you live. You might ask why location is a factor here. That’s because vitamin D is available through the Sun’s rays. Despite it being found in products like egg yolks, beef liver and certain types of fish, it’s very likely that you don’t like these foods and don’t want to eat, let alone ever considered to include them into your diet. Which leaves you with the most abundant source of Vitamin D, our Sun. What if you’re living in a country that doesn’t have many sunny days? Are you doomed? Of course not. That’s why we have the Vitamin D supplement. Unless, of course, you weren’t planning on moving to a sunnier country.
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