Supplementation For Athletes

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There are many types of supplements with even more brands and deciding what to get can be confusing or a bit overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The main supplements are protein, creatine, fish oil, and multi vitamins. Along with all the supplements some of them are for only pre workout or post workout. Knowing which supplements are right for you depend on what your goals are.

Protein is the building block of muscles and is made from amino acids. Protein helps the muscles grow and recover from fatigue, it also helps to prevent muscle breakdown. Proteins help the muscle rebuild after they get torn down during a workout. Whey protein is the most preferred because it is the most easily and quickly absorbed protein.

Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid that the body produces naturally from amino acids mainly from the liver and kidney. Creatine supplies the cells in the body with energy, primarily the muscles. When you work out creatine helps turn ADP molecules into ATP molecules which produce energy for your cells. It is mainly used by athletes who are trying to gain muscle mass.

Fish oil contains omega-3 which has many health benefits which include lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation, promoting skin health, promoting weight loss, reducing soreness from weight training and many more. Fish oil is made from the tissue of oily fish like tuna, salmon, lake trout and sardines. Fish oil is also proven to help mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s.

Multivitamins can come in many different forms such as tablets, capsules, pastilles, injectable formulations, powders and liquids. A multivitamin is a supplement which contains 3 or more vitamins and minerals and does not include herbs, drugs, or hormones. Multivitamins provide you with essential vitamins and minerals you need but should be taken according to the dosage directions because too much can be bad for you.

There are supplements that say they are pre workout and some say they are post workout but what’s the difference between them? Pre workout supplements usually give you energy to help get you through your workout so you can work your muscles better. Post workout supplements usually contain things that help heal muscle fatigue faster and better. There are many different types of pre and post workout supplements to choose from and getting the right one all depends on what you are trying to achieve.