If your diet workout plan are in check, and you’re looking for some additional help with your performance, nutritional supplement might be for you, but…
Anyone who’s ever gone into a supplement store, checked out the supplement isle at a grocery store, or looked at supplements online knows that it’s a bit complicated. There are hundreds of choices for someone looking to improve their performance, or get extra nutrition, and getting information about what works and what doesn’t is no walk in the park.
For anyone interested in learning more about which supplements might help them achieve their goals, it’s a bit of a jungle. The industry is unregulated, and finding unbiased reviews is incredibly difficult. Don’t despair, though. Although much of the “science” you see for nutritional supplements is done internally by the companies selling the products, there are sources of unbiased, peer-reviewed science that tells us which supplements might be worth our time and money.
Here’s our list of 3 supplements that have been proven to work, and are worth checking out:
Supplemental protein, usually in the form of powder, is one of the oldest and most tested supplements on the market. We’ve known for a long time that the body needs protein, and figuring out ways to add protein to the diet was one of the first things nutritionists did. Protein supplementation is pretty straight forward. Most sources recommend active individuals consume around 1 gram/day per pound of body weight. Because it’s hard to eat that much for some people, being able to grab a quick shake with 30 grams of protein is a great way to continue to pack on muscle, without feeling like you’re becoming a professional eater.
If you want to start small, with just one supplement, protein powder is the way to go.
Creatine occurs naturally in the body, and helps create ATP. Your muscles use ATP when they contract, so creatine supplements are helping you push a bit further than you would otherwise. Like protein, there’s a body of evidence to support the efficacy of creatine.
Creatine is also a very affordable supplement, and you can easily add some creatine powder to your morning shakes for just a few dollars per month. If you want to push yourself a little further in your workouts, creatine will help. Science backs creatine use, and it’s an affordable supplement to get started with.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve almost certainly heard about fish oil. Fish oil offers a few benefits, but the main one has to do with it’s omega-3 rich profile. The human body requires a certain ratio of omega-3 to omega-6, and the modern Western diet is skewed heavily towards omega-6. Because of this, fish oil helps restore the balance, which helps with everything from maintaining healthy LDL levels to supporting joint health. Adding a daily fish oil pill can be a great addition to your diet.
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