An Introductory Guide to Body Building Supplements
The term supplements have been bedevilled the
world over especially when mentioned in the same
breath as body building. Supplements are however
not all bad although they have been abused to
a very large extent. New trainees who are venturing
into the body building industry need not panic
out of ignorance every time supplements are mentioned.
This article tries to give a basic introductory
guide to body building supplements.
A novice body builder may easily fall into the
trap of impatience. He may wish to build compact
muscles as quickly as possible using supplements.
The problem is that there are over 50 million
products on sale claiming to be supplements. The
internet is riddled with multitudes of advertising
placards calling attention to miraculous body
building wonders all of which claim to be amazingly
All this serves to create confusion in the industry,
especially because most products assume names
that sound familiar to something vaguely common.
Beginners find themselves in a dilemma. They get
junk e-mails and trunk phone calls from salesmen
all the time giving unsolicited advice on hoe
to choose supplements that can help them to gain
huge muscles quickly.
The first point of note is that a body builder
doesn't necessarily need dietary supplements to
gain huge muscles. The supplements however can
help in increasing the rate of muscle growth and
development. Simply put, diet supplements are
body building tools that aid in increasing the
potential of muscle building. It is recommendable
for beginners to start out diet
supplemented body building with a multi-vitamin
dosage, then a protein prescription, before taking
up a Creatine dosage.
So what types of supplements exist in the market
today? There are many types of diet supplements
capable of enhancing speedy muscle growth, recovery,
and repair. The following is a basic list of the
available supplement in the market, and which
can be used in body building to produce the best
results in muscle size, power and tone: Multi-
Vitamins, Proteins, Protein Bars, Glutamine, Creatine,
Anti-Estrogens, ZMA, HMB, Natural Test Booster,
Growth Hormone, Nitric Oxide, Amino Acids, Methoxy
and even Ecdy.
Most of the above supplements can be grouped
into four different categories based on their
function in the body. These four categories are:
supplements that amplify development of new muscle
cells and tissues, supplements that help improve
repair of damaged cells after intense workout
sessions, supplements that provide the body with
raw material in form of nutrients vital for body
builder's health and finally supplements that
aid in burning and conversion of body fats for
a lean compact body.
All these distinct types of dietary supplements
are available for choice. For a novice to make
the right choice of supplement that will be an
effective aid in the quest to build muscles, each
product's content, side effects and more importantly,
dietary contribution to body building. These types
should be reviewed based on their nutritional
content. A better understanding should be sought
from nutrition experts who will give a prescription
detailing dosage and ratio of intakes.