Whey, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), creatine, psyllium husks, caffeine and other non-food items that athletes add to their diet to improve training and recovery. Questions are about which supplements are appropriate in which circumstances, and the details of using them.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery and Creatine/HMB [closed]

I have had gastric bypass WLS earlier in the year, and now with the surgeon's encouragement, I have started weight training to preserve lean body mass. It's going well so far, and after two months, ...
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Supplements for me [closed]

I'm 51, 6', 205 lbs and train 4-5 days a week (5/3/1 program). I'm currently taking: a Multi (GNC for old men), D3, Calcium/Magnisum/Zinc and Fish Oil and Fiber. I also try to get to about 130-150 ...
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2 workouts a day, supplementation

i'm currently trying a 2 workouts a day, and i want to know if it's usefull to take like 2 times BCAA , pre-workout, post-workout, ... for each workout. Thank you !
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weight loss supplements containing whey protein like slim 24 pro really works? [closed]

Does weight loss supplements containing whey protein like slim 24 pro really cut down extra inches from your body? need suggestions
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Should I drink muscle gainer on days when I'm not working out?

The thing is I have this trendy Mutant Muscle Gainer that advises me to take 4 cups of it in a day when I workout - 2 cups before the workout and 2 cups after. This goes pretty well to me. But the ...
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Is Extreme Muscle Pro safe?

I am a nerd and don't have very fit body. I have been going to gym irregularly for the last 3 months, getting a little bit in shape & improving my strength. Question: Is it safe to take Extreme ...
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Does the fructose in my supplement hinder my cycling routine?

Products like CYTOMAX (with Stevia) boast enhanced energy for endurance sports, and I have certainly felt a boost at times when I need it. However my local nutritionist said that Fructose inside it ...
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What are the disadvantages of using steroids or enhancing drugs while training? [duplicate]

What would you say to a teenager about the use of enhancing drugs apart from the medical conditions that could arise from use?
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Are there any positive effects of green tea (or extracts) as part of a pre- or post-workout regime?

I've noticed that many pre-workout supplements have green-tea extracts, including caffiene. I'm considering purchasing some expensive pre-workout supplements that include green-tea and want to know if ...
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BCAA together with whey protein

I've recently bought BCAA powder, monohydrate creatine and whey protein, and I'm wondering if I'm able to take BCAA together with the whey protein or creatine? I've heard from people you should take ...
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Whey Protein or Recovery Formula?

I'm doing P90X and Insanity. I've been taking Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 (a whey isolate formula), and it works amazing. I also got the results and recovery formula from beachbody.com when I ...
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What is the reasoning behind Creatine not being recommended for under 18s?

Possibly better suited to Biology but assuming people here will be more knowledgable on this specific area of Human Biology It's general practice for Creatine it seems to have 'No Under 18s', however ...
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Will drinking alchohol and smoking cigarettes inhibits muscle growth? [duplicate]

I've a few questions regarding the alcohol consumption, smoking and body building. About me: 5'5", 136 lbs. Undergoing a hard weight gaining program at gym at evening. Drinking Serious Mass two ...
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Capsicum: Simply burn more calories? Does it even work?

I'm looking for some kind of low cost supplement to help me shed some pounds. I'm about 260lb right now.. at 5ft 10.5in. I have been working out regularly.. trying to keep a strict diet (work on ...
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how to gain weight without joining gym [duplicate]

I Am Rachit Chopra a clg students. Basically regulatory I go to clg and after in evening time I go to my dad's office to experience some good thing, Because this is my final year of clg. So, after I ...
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Does the body process food and supplements the same way?

I am currently progressing through 'Mad Cow' system and I have upped my calorie intake over the past 1 to 2 months. I have a question that I wondered if anyone could shed some light on. I take about ...
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Will Musclecore x and Androsolve help bootstrap my fitness routine to lose weight?

Intro/Disclaimer: I'm quite ignorant about fitness. I don't have a sharp body with 6 packs but I'm not horribly fat, just some belly (1.75m, 72 kg, male, 25yo). I'd like to have a sharper body and ...
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How do I promote connective tissue health/strength?

Muscles can be trained and grown. Stretching can prevent injury to muscles, joints, and connective tissue. But can connective tissues (tendons, ligaments) be trained and strengthened like muscles ...
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Protein supplementation when doing conditioning on caloric deficit

BACKGROUND For about four months now I have been on a low carb diet, and during that time I went from 93 to 78kg. I have been lifting some weights (some squats, overhead pushes, bent over rows) at a ...
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Is my mass gainer supplement ideal?

Let me describe myself: I have been weightlifting since I graduated (2010). Before graduation I weighed close to 120lbs, now I weigh (on a good day) 163lbs (I'm 5' 11"). I have plenty of definition ...
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Should I take protein supplements with my regimen and, if so, how often?

I started going to the gym over a month ago, twice a week, to try and build some strength and muscle definition with weight training. I also have tae kwon do training every Monday and Wednesday ...
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Do the effects of creatine wear off as you are using it?

I've been trying to get through a whole round of P90x for just about the entire summer with out a lot of luck. I always feel very fatigued and tired during my workout. While, I'm not following the ...
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What are the optimum foods and supplements for beginning runners?

I plan to start a running routine using the program listed here to improve my overall fitness. What foods and – if applicable – supplements would be recommended for beginning runners? I.e. a ...
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Taking Protein Shake with BCAA tablets? [closed]

Is it okay to take this together with green tea and caffeine?
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How can one determine their body's Omega Fatty Acid balance?

I just read a great article on internal inflammation and Omega-3/Omega-6 levels. It states they should be closer to 1-to-1 than the typical 15-1 ratio of modern diets. I'm willing to supplement ...
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What should be my first goals and supplements when starting a bodybuilding program?

I'm 20 years old. I am 85 kg (about 187 pounds), and my height is 179 centimeters. I don't really have any muscle. I have belly fat. I was a swimmer 4 years ago, but I haven't done any sports for 4 ...
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Using lactose-free whey protein for bodybuilding

I'm planning on bodybuilding for a few months, and I want to start using whey protein. I'm lactose intolerant and experience serious stomachaches whenever I drink milk. I see "lactose free" label on ...
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Ginseng supplement recommendation [closed]

I have tried many different ginseng supplements for increased energy and focus and the main problem with all of them was side effects related with going to the bathroom (I will spare details here). ...
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Is Amino Acid Supplementation Necessary When Taking Whey Protein

L-Tyrosine and Beta Alanine have Will Brink's endorsement as worthwhile supplements. My question is: are these really necessary with protein supplementation as Tyrosine and Alanine will ultimately be ...
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Are quick recovery supplements worth using?

I've seen a lot of drinks which seem to be protein shakes with extra carbs and probably some other bits in them specifcially designed for quick recovery after cardio. Do these actually work or is it ...
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What is an optimal amount for protein intake?

What exactly is a safe limit for taking whey protein? Different websites recommend different amounts of protein intake. The most common one that I see is around 0.8g of protein for every kilograms of ...
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Is taking whey protein before a workout bad?

Friends have told me that I should consume whey protein shake before and after workout. They said this would be effective for building up muscles. However, I have read from a website that I should ...
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Will taking Vitamin D supplements harm my bodies ability to produce it itself?

It is known that the human body can produce vitamin D itself when exposed to enough sunlight. But will the body downregulate this natural production of vitamin D, if I take a vitamin D supplement? And ...
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Taking BCAAs before workouts - carbs or no carbs?

I'm seeing conflicting information on using BCAAs before a workout. One resource says to take them before a workout with carbs to help get the BCAAs into the muscles due to the insulin boost. Another ...
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Is supplementation counter productive when your goal is getting a six pack/lean mass?

I try hit the gym about 3-5 times a week (using a 3 day split program), and take something similar to Supplements SA Ganic-F Insane as pre-workout, and I've got protein shake that i use as a snack ...
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Any way to help muscles grow during rest, besides food (protein etc.)?

Since muscles grow when they are resting, has anyone got any tips, supplements or anything at all that will help my muscles grow more effectively during resting period?
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How to determine the highest quality fish oil? [closed]

I've read many, many articles recently about how great fish oil is for you. Awesome. I'm in. The hard part - which fish oil should I take? There are so many of them. What attributes make a ...
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Gymming without supplements

I have been working out for about 2 and half years. Though I have seen improvements in my body, it seems to have plateaued for a long time. I work in the IT industry and my work schedule is not ...
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Should I consume BCAA pills to stay alert or not?

I think the title may be a bit misleading, so let me explain. I have been using a pre and post workout drink for the past 6 months or so with great result. I had been using BCAA before that, but the ...
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Which protein shake I should take as a beginner?

I have been going to the gym for the last four months, previously I went three times a wekk but right now I am going 1/2 of the days in a week. But I am not gaining muscle but I can lift more weight ...
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Will calcium supplements affect my strength gain?

I've just started taking calcium supplements, 1 tablet each day with each tablet containing 650mg of calcium. This is to try and negate the effects soda can have on on making it hard for bones to ...
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How does a muscle grow step-by-step?

I am trying to understand how a muscle such as the bicep grows step-by-step. For example (but not limited to): How nutrients line up? Which are essentials? What exactly do they do? It's hard to ...
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How do nutritional supplement companies come up with the recommended dosage?

Is there a standard or guideline to this? For instance, is there a prototypical person with an average weight they design dosage parameters for?
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Am I taking too many vitamins and supplements?

I'm hoping to get some insight on the vitamins and supplements I'm taking. I'm afraid I'm taking too many or taking them incorrectly. Am I doing myself good or harming my body? First off, I am 21, ...
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Insomnia caused by Glutamine or other Supplements?

I am currently using MRM All Naturall Gainer (image of ingredients) at noon and L-Glutamine 500% DV. in the morning as a supplement for my workout and am experiencing insomnia. I am not sure though if ...
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How do I avoid secondary carnitine deficiency related to Valproate Acid treatment? [closed]

I am on a regimen of 2500mg daily of Depakote ER, a Valproic Acid (VPA) derivative, and on a vegan diet. Previously I attempted to put the two together with the resulting fatigue and nausea (likely ...
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Conceptually, why does creatine increase muscle size?

Muscle contractions are powered by ATP losing a phosphate and becoming ADP. Creatine can give away one phosphate to convert ADP back to ATP. With more ATP, muscles are more powerful. How is any of ...
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Ephedra diet pill availability [closed]

A while back I used to take a pill called Stacker 2 a herbal supplement with ephedra. I found it gave me a lot of energy and helped me lose a significant amount of weight. There was a while after a ...
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Can I take all 3 tablets of Magnesium at one time or should I take 1 tablet after each meal [closed]

I cannot take Calcium as it forms Kidney Stones, I have been told by my doctor that I have early signs of Osteoporosis. I was told that I could take Magnesium, the bottle states 3 tablets a day with ...
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What are the best vitamins to take when working out [closed]

I see all types of claims for every supplement and vitamin under the sun. What are the basic vitamins that one should take when actively working out (cardio and weights) to help stay healthy. ...