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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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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What are BCAAs, and what are they used for?

BCAAs seem to be a widely recommended (for example, Art DeVany and Martin Beckham of LeanGains) weightlifting supplement. What are they, and how can they help a training program?
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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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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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Keeping my metabolism high

I am looking for some diatary ways to keep my metabolism high, especially between meals. What kinds of foods or supliments can help keep your body processing long after you've consumed them? Ideally ...
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When taking vitamins and supplements, does it matter if I take them all at once or should I spread it out throughout the day? [closed]

Currently I am taking a multivitamin, fish oil, and I recently added vitamin D supplements (D3 to be specific). My current routine is take each of the three (along with some unrelated medication in ...
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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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Refuelling during a run?

I've reached a point where my training runs are long enough (2 - 3 hours) and far enough (15+ miles) that I need to take on board some additional energy in the form of gels and/or sports drinks in ...
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What should I eat or drink before jogging?

I'm planning to run at least 5 times a week with the aim to lose weight and improve my overall health. Now I want to know how should prepare myself with regards to eating and drinking to get the most ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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After protein shakes and BCAA, what is the next supplement to take?

I've recently started taking BCAA to help me recuperate after a gym session as it was taking me a long time to recuperate. Now recuperation is almost instant. I'm trying to gain muscle mass, which ...
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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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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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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?