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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Post workout supplements?

I have moved to a different city and joined the gym yesterday, last night my workout consisted of 15 minutes running on the treadmill at 10 mph with a 3% incline and 3 sets of leg presses, 35 ...
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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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If I am on a low-carb diet, is it necessary to take vitamin supplements?

I have been reading this guide to low-carb dieting: http://wilstar.com/lowcarb/theplan.htm and it recommends that I should take regular vitamin supplements. Is there something that exists in ...
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Caffeine and creatine

I have read from a number of online sources that creatine isn't as effective when taken with caffeine. I also read that if you space out the caffeine consumption from the creatine consumption, it may ...
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Creatine supplementation for a Vegan athlete

Any thoughts on creatine supplementation (quick release capsules 4,000 mg) for weightlifting? I caveat this request with the fact that I am trying to limit my intake of animal products to a minimum ...
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Glutamine to increase muscle mass through better recovery

My main goal is to increase muscle mass through strength / heavy lifting. I am considering taking a Glutamine supplement and was wondering if doing so will result in quicker and more complete recovery ...
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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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Purity of Herbal Supplements

There is plenty of debate about the efficacy of most herbal supplements, but that's not my question. I just want to know if there is a reliable/standard source of verification for the active ...
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Gaining muscle but scale showing more body fat percentage?

I have been recently training for muscle gain - less reps, more weight, lean proteins, complex carbs, no processed food...and all that jazz. I have been also taking some supplements (protein, ...
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Is supplementing with Glutamine beneficial to exercise performance?

What benefits, if any, does Glutamine have on an experienced athlete? Given that the athlete has a balanced diet. In past research, mostly based on examine.com, I have come to the conclusion that ...
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Combining supplements

I take several supplements that are listed to be taken on an empty stomach. Since having an empty stomach all day and taking these one at a time is counterproductive, can I take all of these at one ...
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How much of MuscleTech Anabolic Halo's causes the creatine effect?

I've started using MuscleTech's Anabolic Halo about a couple of weeks ago and I've gotten really big with it. Some body parts have grown by over an inch and 8 pounds. One of the ingredients it ...
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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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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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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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Does Jack3d Micro increase Metabolism?

I am over weight and I need to lose weight. I am planning to hit back to Gym soon and work hard on the Cardio. Of course Diet is really important and I need to be careful what I am eating. I am ...
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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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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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Suggestions on vitamin c supplements [closed]

One of my friend is taking a gym training in any institute and he suggested me to take a limcy medicine which contain vitamin c after workout and its a very cheap tablets which anybody can afford. ...
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Taking supplements - Glutamine, brown rice protein, creatine

It's my first time taking supplements...because I need to add more muscle mass. I do a lot of olympic weightlifting, so I squat(front & back) everyday, lots of static holds (around 200kg) - ...
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Why is my weight-gain supplement causing unexpected abdomen growth?

I am asking this question on behalf of my friend. He says he has been regularly going to gym and doing workouts for 3 months for 1 and half hours daily, which consist of push-ups, leg-raises, dumbbell ...
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How long to wait doing HIIT after taking EC stack?

How long should one wait to do HIIT after taking EC stack? This is my dosage today: 8:30 AM: 12.5 mg E, 100 mg C 12:30 PM: 12.5 mg E, 100 mg C Can I do HIIT cardio at 5 PM?
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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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Should you supplement magnesium as an athlete when you eat low-carb, high-protein? [closed]

My vegetarian diet is well belanced so I'm pretty sure I have no deficiency BUT I read that it makes sense supplementing magnesium as an athlete and that it especially makes sense when you go easy on ...
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Would you recommended supplements for the average Joe/Jane? [closed]

I see a lot of people using pre-workout boosters and I tend to question myself if they are really necessary for the average gym user. I can understand it for pros though as they potentially have more ...
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Why does my whey protein make me feel so awful? [closed]

I have been taking a simple whey protein suplement after weight training recently, but I am having a strong reaction to it. Every time I eat/drink it I start to feel amped like I've had too much ...
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D-Ribose and keto

Hoping someone can help me out on this, I understand glycolysis is the breakdown of glucose(sugars) into pyruvic acid which is then oxidized further down a series of reactions to produce what we know ...
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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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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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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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Do I need to take creatine and L-glutamine on rest days to maintain a load?

I use creatine and L-glutamine for my workouts, typically taking the L-glutamine about an hour before my workout, and creatine immediately after. (I don't take them together because I understand they ...
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High protein intake at a time

I am aware of that per kg protein intake and all. AFA my routine is concerned, I workout in the evening (around 8 - 9.30 p.m). Before workout, I take 1 scoop of protein (25gm protein) and after ...
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How do pre workouts provide energy?

After doing much extensive reading and self learning I've always been under the assumption that the only things that can genuinely give you "energy" are macro nutrients since the body can utilize them ...
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Is ZMA really effective?

Is there any scientific evidence showing that ZMA (Zinc monomethionine and aspartate and Magnesium Aspartate) is effective as a supplement for training? It is supposed to help in muscle recovery and ...
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Nutritional supplements for the brain

There are a million things to eat/drink when working out. When I go for a long bike ride, I've found that Gatorade and occasionally those shot bloks keep me fueled very well. Are there similar ...
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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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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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Supplements taken with a healthy diet and exercise regimine

Starting a 3 day a week exercises routine and I am wondering what supplements I should be taking. If you have been following my posts you can see I have posted several time already today. I am really ...
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Do I need to take L-glutamine if the whey protein contains it?

I started off just taking L-glutamine before and after my workout and creatine after my workout. I just started taking whey protein and noticed it contains L-glutamine. Should I continue to take the ...
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Glucose tablets before weightlifting?

Before my heavy weight training I take creatine an hour before, and eat a banana 30 minutes before. I am wondering if it would be beneficial to have a glucose tablet right before (or during) the ...
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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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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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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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Why does the skin tingle after consuming beta alanine? [closed]

Many people notice a skin-tingling effect after consuming beta alanine, but I found no explanation on why the skin is tingling and why the effect starts at the head first. Perhaps someone can shed ...
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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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Bulletproof coffee and green tea [closed]

Is the combination of Bulletproof coffee and green tea a good one? I currently fast and have green tea supplements as a morning supplement and maybe a cup or two of breakfast tea during the day, on ...
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Do Omega-3 fish oils improve athletic performance? [closed]

I read an article that says Omega-3 fish oils improve athletic performance: Here's an excerpt: To improve athletic performance, eight capsules (each containing one gram of fish oil) has been ...
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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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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 ...