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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I can't swallow CLA pills, looking for alternatives [on hold]

I have too much belly fat and trying to burn them. But because of my chronic sinusitis (it's affecting my throat) I'm not able to swallow CLA pills, they are too big. I see that there are no liquid ...
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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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Osta-Red Supplements [closed]

I have been researching into the Osta-Red supplements online. From the reviews I have been reading they seem to be great for lean muscle mass building without water retention or potential side effects ...
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Taking L-Carnitine, how much is too much? [closed]

Hi I actually have a question about supplements. I am female and 24 yrs old. I am currently taking 4 capsules a day of L-Carnitine (Levocarnitine Tartrate) by Vital Strength I believe each capsule has ...
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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 to use supplement nutrition? [closed]

I have started the gym 40 days ago , and ever since I managed to jump from 69 KG to 78 KG as I used true mass protein and amino X but now I have few fat around my belly which is I never had before. ...
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Significant Benefits from using pre-workout?

Many of my friends use a pre workout such as C4 prior to lifting. I have never used one but am curious if I would see a major change in the effectiveness of my workout. I do a lot of strength training ...
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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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Is Creatine bad for you?

Hey I'm relatively new to weight lifting and I have friends who take Creatine before working out. They said it really helps build muscle. But I've also heard it can be bad for you. How true is it, and ...
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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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No visible results, can anyone help? [duplicate]

I’m 16 years old. I’ve been using gold whey protein for quite some time now n frankly I'm seeing no results so I was thinking of switching to inner armor hard mass gainer..think it's a good idea? And ...
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Should I start taking supplements other than my protein?

I started my journey towards a healthier lifestyle on January 2014 weighing 253 lbs, I did weight routines and HIIT(once a week) followed a STRICT diet and managed to drop to 218lbs by the end of the ...
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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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Are protein supplements used outside of bodybuilding?

The phrase "protein supplement" suggests a substance that can be consumed to offset a protein deficiency. Searching the net for "protein deficiency", however, I was unable to find any sources ...
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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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Substituting BCAA supplements with hard boiled egg whites before working out fasted

I've read this article here. Stating that BCAA suppliments can be substituted by consuming the whites of two hard boiled eggs prior to working out. I've been on an intermittent fasting regimen for ...
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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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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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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 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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Do protein supplements have any side-effects?

I need some help in taking the decision to use the supplement. I am trying to build my body but couldn't get a better result even after 6 months of continuous training, when asked my fellow trainer he ...
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Weird work hours and workouts

I typically work 4am til NOON and live in a hot climate. I do hour-long PT sessions Monday/Tuesday/Thursday from 1230-130 to lose weight. I am struggling with a couple of things, I feel burnt out, at ...
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Guidelines on whey protein, glutamine, creatine, amino acid supplements

I am 27 and I have been underweight for many years. Recently, I began to have consistent training sessions in a nearby gym. My personal trainer advise me to buy several supplements. They include whey ...
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Is Creatine illegal in Australia? [closed]

I've done little bit of research on it and saw few links talking about Creatine is banned in Australia. Is that really true? I need to take health-examination before I return to Australia, are they ...
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How to avoid Creatine dependence?

I am an vegetarian and ectomorph. I started taking Creatine after workouts for a while. And it seems like I need to supplement creatine every day or else my body goes back to its old form. Is there ...
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What is the best pre-workout supplement for long distance running?

I recently came across a blog post called the Top 10 Rated Pre Workout Supplements of 2011, which compares a bunch of concoctions made of "stimulants, nitric oxide, creatine, and amino acids." There ...
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Vitamins: How much is too much? [closed]

I received some Kinetica Essential tablets with some protein (I paid a little more for them, they weren't free), and looking at the RDA for the vitamins it contains raises some questions. They ...
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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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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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Are there actually substances that can make a person not just larger but also taller? [duplicate]

Sometimes I see adverts on internet peddling supplements that seems to be able to make a person, not just bigger, but also taller? Are any chemicals (whether legal or illegal) actually able to do ...
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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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Protein supplements for over weight people [closed]

Is it good to have protein supplements when over weight ? Is it possible to gain muscles by having proteins while having extra body fat ?
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Avoiding banned substances [closed]

I'm looking around for some good supplements and have been recommended Matrix Anabolic Gold, but I'm keen to check there's no banned substances in it. informed-sport.com is good for checking a ...
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Taking Protein powder with Artificial sweeteners? [closed]

It seems like almost all protein powders use artificial flavouring substances.Many articles on the web,recommend not using the same.Should i stick to natural protein powders?
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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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How much glutamine and creatine is good?

I am following Kris Gethin 12 weeks transformation, i have found some downside to it. One being that there is no way of telling how much food portion should i consume, the author says "size of your ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Arm size growth and halt [closed]

Meanwhile I was working 2 months ago, I saw change in my bicep part of arm change, the girth change and it seems bigger, I was taking supplements,but I was told by many it's too many. While I saw ...
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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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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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Workout and Supplments for fast results [duplicate]

I got a big day coming up after 13 weeks. I think its plenty of time for me to loose my belly fat, i am 35 inches waist, with a baby bear belly. I resumed gym, after 3 months just 2 days ago and ...
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Need help for workout, supplement and nutrition [closed]

I need some help with my workout routine, supplement guide, and nutrition program. Current: Weight: 151 BF: 19.4% Target: Weight: 160 BF: 10-12% Workout: I have been working out by my self for ...
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How to get reduce the size of my nipples? [closed]

I am male (23) , i was normal like all the boys in my age group until my 16th year ,One day i felt small pain on my nipples after that i could able to see my size of nipples increasing , And now i ...