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Nutritional Supplements for Weight Training

Jan 20, 2008
If you are bodybuilding or weight training and are not taking any nutritional supplements, you absolutely will not even come close to reaching your full potential. You do not need any type of steroid or pro hormones or anything like that, but natural health supplements are needed to help your body recover and build muscle efficiently and healthily.

It is a well known fact that working out, whether it is aerobic or resistance, is very healthy and beneficial to our bodies. However, vigorous workouts also put stress on our bodies and can take a toll, particularly if we do not have the proper nutrients and vitamins in our bodies. We need the proper nutrients to even begin building muscle, and we also need nutrients and antioxidants to help our bodies recover from our workouts before we can even begin to try building muscle. So what dietary supplements are absolutely essential for our workouts?

The most basic nutritional supplement is also the absolute most important: protein. Protein is a basic nutrient found in many foods, and it is absolutely critical to building muscle. Although it is found in many food sources, it is difficult to ingest enough protein from our diets alone. If you are weight training and trying to add muscle, you should ingest about 1.5 grams of protein for every pound that you weigh. So, for example, a person who weighs 100 lbs. should ingest about 150 grams of protein per day! In general, whey protein is the best. It is absorbed easily and quickly by the body, and is the perfect post workout protein supplement. However, if you cannot take whey protein, there are other options.

Another highly effective nutritional supplement is also one of the most popular supplements today: creatine. Creatine occurs naturally in the body, but in very low doses. Supplementing creatine has been proven to help add muscle mass quickly, but that is not all. Creatine supplements also have been shown to help increase strength, energy, and recovery time from workouts. After protein, creatine is the best nutritional supplement to add to your regimen. Taking both protein and creatine with an effective workout regimen is sure help you gain strength and muscle very quickly.

Another incredibly popular bodybuilding supplement is Nitric Oxide, or NO. While I wouldn't quite put this in the category of protein and creatine, if you are looking to take that next step and really increase your gains in the weight room, I would definitely recommend taking Nitric Oxide. NO basically increases blood flow throughout your body, helping you to workout longer with less fatigue, and helping your body stay in the muscle building phase for much longer.

By adding these supplements to your workout regimen (along with a multi-vitamin), you will be sure to see significant gains in strength and muscle. You will also recover from your workouts much faster. If you are not taking supplements already, this is a no-brainer: start taking these nutritional supplements immediately.
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Mike Carter writes for the Nutritional Health Supplements Guide. You can read more about bodybuilding supplements here, and more about nutritional supplements in general here.
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