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Muscle Gain Supplements That Really Work

Aug 8, 2008
Muscle gain supplements is an industry in itself, and the sheer number of muscle gain supplement products out there may be overwhelming for the new bodybuilder. Picking out the right muscle gain supplement for you is simple once you know what you're looking for, and this means knowing what these supplements really do.

The first and most common muscle gain supplement is Protein. Asides from being the secondary energy source next to carbohydrates, protein is quite essential for muscle activity as well. Protein is broken down into amino acids, which are the building blocks of your muscles. Protein also aids in the replenishment of tissue damage due to overexertion during the course of activity. Since some bodybuilders can't meet the one gram of protein per pound of body weight daily requirement, they may choose to take protein supplements.

Creatine is a another well known supplement in bodybuilding. Creatine functions in three ways:

- It gives more muscle mass

- It releases more energy, prolonging workouts

- It maintains stamina

Glutamine is also derived from protein rich products. It is an amino acid that helps improve the immune system. When you work out, you tend to be susceptible to illnesses since your body will burn out along the way. Glutamine helps build white blood cells which composes your immune system. Glutamine is usually paired with Creatine for optimum results.

There are also Meal Replacement Powders (MRP's) that help you reach and maintain your ideal body weight. MRP's are as good as standard meals. They have all the nutrients needed by your body to oxidize during workouts. It contains the three major food components needed for building muscle: carbohydrates, protein and fats. Some MRP's throw in vitamins and minerals into the mix. Despite its convenience, MRP's are very low in fiber. This means that when you get too dependent on MRP's, your digestive enzymes dwindle, and you suffer from abdominal discomfort. In other words, it's still important that you keep having regular meals and not depend solely on MRP's.

Another important supplement is Nitric Oxide or commonly known as NO. This compound aids in the circulation of blood in the body, making the most out of the nutrients you take in. In addition, this protects the blood vessels from accumulating plaque in the heart. Intense workouts also tend to tear the muscles, which might lead to inflammation. NO restores the muscles just like the amino acids. However, there are some common side effects that come with taking this supplement as it may cause gastro-intestinal discomfort for some individuals and may cause headaches when taken in high doses.

Whatever combination of supplements you take, remember that they are only supplements and that is, something that you add on to your diet and exercise regimen. Muscle gain supplements will work best when you also keep a balanced diet and regular exercise.
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