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Questions tagged [supplements]

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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Is Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ) a benefitial supplement for Fitness Training

I recently stumbled across Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ). According to Examine it can provide at least some minor positive effects concerning fatigue and stress reduction as well as improved sleep; ...
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Is BCAA worth taking and what are its pros and cons?

I've recently began revamping my supplementation. As of now, I'm only taking protein and creatin (although admittedly, I didn't really adhere to the recommended rationing / week plans of creatin). I ...
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How to make a home made pre-workout in bulk, at “home”?

I was about to order the supplements for my pre workout till I realized something. I won't be able to measure each time I'm going for a workout session. I've been stuck with a pencil and paper trying ...
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Is it good to take protein supplements?

I have just joined the gym and it has been a month since I have started the gym. I have done cardio for 3 weeks and 1 week body building but the problem is that while doing cardio I used to get tired ...
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Are glucosamine tablets actually effective in building up cartilage in joints?

Glucosamine is quite popular and is featured prominently in pharmacies and supermarkets in Australia. I was once recommended by a GP to take glucosamine tablets to reduce joint soreness as I exercise ...
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herbs / teas for sleep and side effects of melatonin and dipenhydramine? [closed]

what are some herbs / teas for sleep and what are side effects of melatonin and dipenhydramine taken long term? Please stop closing my questions there isn't really a nutrition/supplements ...
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Can creatine and citrus be combined?

Many creatine distributors, health forums, etc. recommend avoiding mixing creatine with citrus juices, as supposedly the citric acid could combine with the creatine to produce creatinine, which isn't ...
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Relaxed belly no abs show

When I used to be 21 my belly was flat now it looks sticking out when I relax it , my abs pop out if I flex is this normal and what can I do to make it flat and my abs show?
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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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Is it worth buying caffeine pills to increase performance?

I don't drink coffee at all, and I don't have the tools nor the time to make it. Not to mention it's hard to drink so many cups of coffee in a day to get it's benefits. So I was thinking about getting ...
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Protein Supplements and Gout

I have been using Protein Supplements for a year now and try to eat high protein food everyday, so I think I take high amount of protein daily Now I worried about Gout. as far as I know it is caused ...
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which supplements to go for? [closed]

Im from South Africa and here we don't have that much wider selection of supplements and I've been looking for one that works. here we have USN (Ultimate Sports Nutrition) and by far it is the ...
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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 should one do in case of whey protein allergy?

I've been using a whey protein concentrate by an Indian brand named Muscleblaze. I had been reading reviews from the internet that one should shift to American protein brands as they have a better ...
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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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Should an 18-year-old overweight woman take supplements?

My daughter is 18 years old and overweight. She has decided to join a gym. Would taking any supplements advisable since she has started working out?
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Are BCAA supplements and/or creatine necessary when balancing power and cardio training?

Background: I am 33 y.o. about 1.77 (which is like 5'10in) around 200-205 lbs. According to BMI measurements I am overweight but in reality I have a big frame, broad shoulders and compact built, ...
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Is xtend BCAA really effective? [closed]

I am planning to use Xtend BCAA and whey isolate from MyProtein So if anyone can tell me that whether it is good to take it? Or i should consider BCAA and whey from any other brand which is very ...
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Protein supplement recommendation based on diet

I am body building along with 1 day cardio but i think that i am not taking enough protein in a day. So this is what my diet is : Preworkout : Milk or sometimes oats with milk After workout : 1 ...
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Best preworkout and post workout supplement to help body recover immediately

I am doing weighlifting for 5 days and 1 day is for cardio but i also do abs workout on my shoulder day. Problem is when i do cardio then i am not able to do with my full strength i.e i get tired bit ...
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What to replace potassium orotate with? [closed]

First of all, I'm not endorsing this supplement here. Scientific literature generally describes it as inefficient, but in my particular case it seems to be working, is all. There's zero guarantee that ...
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Cleaning your body of Creatine and Amino Acids [closed]

How many days does the body need to get rid of all Creatine and Amino Acids? Is not using any Creatine and Amino Acids for a week is enough to clean Liver and Kidney of these supplements? If not then ...
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Is this too much Protein? [duplicate]

I am tall 192cm (6'4") and I weigh 100kg I use Protein shake after gym around 30gm of Protein and because I go to gym late night, immediately after gym i eat 2 cans of Tuna ( around 15gm Protein each)...
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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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Is it safe to use nicotine to enhance performance?

Nicotine seems to be a performance-enhancing drug, like caffeine. But because nicotine is associated with smoking, it seems dangerous to try a nicotine patch to get better gym results. Is it safe? ...
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Ineffective pre-workouts

I have been using a pre-workout for the past 3 years, but I'm not entirely sure why. I can drink my pre-workout 30-45 minutes before my workout starts and not feel a thing. No "tingling" that so ...
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Mixing Supplements [closed]

Before training I first take BCAA an then creatine, after my training I first take a smaller amount of BCAA and then whey protein. My question is, if I can mix the BCAA & Creatine powder in one ...
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Is it possible to gain 1.5-2 inches on arms and 2 inches on chest without protein supplement

I started working out quite recently and my trainer at the gym gave me the following diet plan as soon as I joined: As you can see, most of the items are regular day to day meals (I'm an Indian and ...
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Suggestions regarding prework out supplements to boost workout

I am thinking to take a prework out supplements which can help me keep energised during workout and help me do hardcore workout. Right now i am doing weight lifting exercise like Chest,back,Bicep,...
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Do creatine and L-glutamine compete for receptors?

A lot of hearsay on bodybuilding forums (as well as "research" published by some supplement companies) suggests that creatine and L-glutamine compete for "receptors" and that taking them together can ...
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At what age can I start taking supplements?

I'm 13 years old (14 in June) and I've been working out for some time. I'm getting what I feel like are awesome results in definition and size of the muscles, but I feel the actual quantity of weight ...
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Alternative to protein shake after gym

I get the feeling if I don't drink protein shake after workout I feel low. Is it a mind thing or is it really a nutritional fact that hits the body? I usually don't go to gym and it has been 1 year ...
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supplements for building muscle with low level training

Say I just to a little bit of exercise (enough to have some gain), what would be the supplements I should take to maximize gain and minimize pain. I would think Creatine, Glutamine and ALC - Acetyl L-...
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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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If I am on a low-carb diet, is it necessary to take vitamin supplements? [closed]

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 carb-...
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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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Which brands of creatine are good? [closed]

I'm skinny and want to gain some weight. I joined a gym 3 months ago but still there is no gain. Now I want to try creatine supplements. I chose two products Myprotein Creatine Monohydrate BULK ...
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Does supplimenting creatine cause belly fat to increace or stomach to bloat?

I have been taking 2-3gm of creatine per day mixed extremely well with 16-17oz lukewarm water, that too on workout days (i.e. I avoid the non-workout days) for at least 2.5 months now. However, I feel ...
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I can't swallow CLA pills, looking for alternatives [closed]

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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Which is the best supplement for lean person with workout? [closed]

Which is the best supplement for lean person with workout when he want gain healthy muscle quickly.And I also like to know what will be the supplement intake routine. Height 5Ft 6Inch and Weight 50....
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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 ...