The Best Fitness Supplements

What supplements should I take for fitness we hear you ask.

We know how many fitness supplements are available to purchase out there but which ones are right for you?

Supplements are designed to increase your performance and make you bigger and stronger.

Below you can find a list supplements that can help boost your training regime:

Fish Oil

Fish Oil is an Omega 3 fatty acid which are important to our health and provide many benefits.

Fish Oil helps to burn fat, improve cognitive function and manage heart disease.

You can purchase Fish Oil from Holland & Barrett for £4.99.

Whey Protein

Whey protein is generally used in conjunction with resistance exercise. It helps to improve muscle mass and increase your strength.

Buy Whey protein from Holland & Barrett, prices starting from £13.99.

Creatine

Creatine is already naturally in your muscle cells. Consuming Creatine helps to promote muscle mass and enhance strength.

Purchase Creatine from Amazon for £8.95.

BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids)

BCAA’s contain amino acids which helps to build muscle tissue. They are generally found in most sports drinks.

Available at Bulk Powders for £8.99.

Glutamine

Another amino acid that helps build muscle tissue and maintains muscle mass.

Purchase from Bulk Powders for £13.49.

Carbohydrates

People think that Carbohydrates should be avoided when it comes to fitness and training.

If you are dieting and your only aim is to lose weight then this may be true.

However, if you want to build muscle whilst burning fat then Carbohydrates are essential- once in the morning and once after you workout.

Carbohydrates our found in many foods such as potatoes, oats, bananas, chickpeas, pasta and many more.

If you aren’t looking to incorporate carbohydrates into your diet, then a carbohydrate supplement might be best for you.

You can purchase carbohydrate supplements from Bulk Powders from £2.99.

Calcium

Calcium supports bone and teeth health as well as cardiovascular function.

Calcium+Vitamin D is available from Bulk Powders for £7.99.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D and Calcium work together. One does not work without the other.

Using these in conjunction with one another helps to build strong bones.

See above for product.

Fibre

Fibre reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease as well as helping your digestive system.

Fibre can be found in foods such as wholegrains, nuts and seeds, pulses, berries, oranges, melon, broccoli, carrots and sweetcorn.

You can also purchase a Fibre supplement from My Protein for £8.99.

Supplements to avoid

Some supplements are known to produce risks and should be avoided.

Below are the following supplements you should try to avoid:

Activated Charcoal

This can be found in ‘Whitening’ Toothpastes or food supplements.

It’s originally used in emergency medical cases to treat overdosed or poisoned patients as it known to bind harmful toxins.

However, it can also block food absorption and react negatively with other medications.

Fat Burners

Fat Burners such as weight loss pills should be avoided at all costs. They are designed to decrease your appetite and make you lose weight rapidly which is unhealthy and dangerous for your body.

Probiotics

There is no evidence that probiotics have any positive effects on our body when it comes to fitness.

There have been reports of infections when taking probiotics.

However, they are known to help GI disorders, please speak to a medical professional for guidance.

Caffeine

Caffeine is known to increase irritability, nervousness and restlessness. It can also have a negative impact on your sleep and give you an upset stomach.

Testosterone

Testosterone Boosters have no positive impact on your body whatsoever.

A trial was conducted where 50% males received testosterone boosters and the other 50% received a placebo. After this trial ended, testosterone levels were not changed.

Please always speak to a medical professional before taking any supplements and find out which ones are right for you.

NutritionSimon B