3 Supplements to Add to Your Fitness Regime

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#1. BCAA

So what are BCAAs? BCAA stands for Branched-Chain Amino Acids, and according to Wikipedia:

branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) is an amino acid having aliphatic side-chains with a branch (a central carbon atom bound to three or more carbon atoms). Among the proteinogenic amino acids, there are three BCAAs: leucineisoleucine and valine.

If you’re like me you’re probably scratching your head and questioning your ability in the English language because you only recognized 50% of the wordsyou just read. Lucky for you, I did my homework on BCAAs so you don’t have to. Let me try and break it down for you in laymen terms.

BCAAs are proteinogenic amino acids helping with protein synthesis. This means that BCAAs are essentially the building blocks of protein. Now think of protein as the building blocks of your muscle. If your muscle is a brick wall, imagine the proteins as the bricks and the BCAAs as your brick layers. You naturally get a certain number of “bricks” and “brick layers” from the foods you eat. Now you take some extra whey protein and that’s like getting a pile of bricks. Couple that with a healthy dose of BCAAs and you just added another team of bricklayers to pick up those bricks and build those colossal biceps you’ve been wanting.

#2. Creatine

Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid that gets stored in our muscles as creatine phosphate, which provides the muscles and nerves with energy. Multiple studies show that supplementation with creatine monohydrate can increase creatine storage in muscles and nerves by 40%. Now combine this with intensive training and you’ll see a rapid increase in strength, lean mass, speed, endurance, and overall improved performance and efficiency.

The only caveat is that you may see your muscle mass increase at such a rate that stretch marks may appear because you’re turning into such a beast. My first time trying creatine, I gained over 20 pounds (6 kilos) of muscle in 3 months’ time. However, I paid the price with stretch marks on my chest and biceps that I still have today (still worth it).

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Even if you aren’t looking at building muscle, the wonders of creatine aren’t just limited to muscle growth and athletic performance. There have been studies linking creatine from everything to increased cognitive ability to anti-aging. Whatever your health routine is, throw in a bit of creatine. You’ll be thanking me later.

#3. L-Glutamine

L-Glutamine is an effective therapeutic and immune modifying supplement that helps your body in healing as well as muscle preservation.

When hitting the gym hard, your immune system can take a hit, leaving you more vulnerable to respiratory tract infections, intestinal problems, and a whole range of nastiness you don’t want to deal with. That’s where L-Glutamine comes in. L-Glutamine is the primary fuel for immune and intestinal cells. With more L-Glutamine, your body is more equipped to tackle any unwelcome pathogens that may come your way.

In addition to bolstering your immune system, L-Glutamine is anti-catabolic. When you’re physically pushing yourself to the limits, your body begins to break down muscle tissue to use as fuel, leading to a loss of lean mass. This is called exercise-induced muscle catabolism. The anti-catabolic effect of L-Glutamine will prevent the breakdown of muscle tissue as you exercise, making you get the most out of your workout.

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