So now, what supplements work, which ones don't? And why should you take them? Well, I will start a priority list of what I would take as an athlete who cares about performance and optimal health. Keep in mind I am a male athlete in my 30's. I will post research links and articles as I find them in my archives over time, so be patient and post questions if you like.
Health-Here is a compelling article on the top 5 supplements you should take. I start out reviewing what brands I use, below.
Zinc- As a man living in a world full of pesticides, and as an athlete enduring hard training, Zinc helps regulate hormones. It also makes sure you are not deficient as that can lead to higher estrogen/lower testosterone levels. I can definitely notice a difference while taking zinc, I will get leaner, less pec fat, more muscular, and notice more sex drive. I use different trusted brands of different zinc types in order to switch it up on a rotational basis. You can do the zinc test to see if you are deficient. Now foods is a good source. ZMA by optimum nutrition is another good source of Zinc and Magnesium. I have also been tested while taking this.
Fish Oil- Optimizes brain function, healthy source of fat, good for heart, makes blood slippery, so in turn can lower blood pressure, lower inflammation. Also, it was explained to me by a doctor that every cell in your body needs it, so if you don't get it, you are deficient.
|Good Multi vitamin.|
Vitamin D- Again, deficient levels will cause problems, one of which is lower testosterone.
Probiotics- You are what you eat, you have to make sure you are absorbing what you eat as well! Not to mention the health benefits of ensuring a healthy digestive tract. Multiple studies have been linking gut health bacteria with mental health. Check out this TED talk on it.
Multi-Vitamin- Make sure you are getting certain minerals and vitamins. No, I do not feel any difference taking multivitamins but they are cheap and I take them to cover my bases. What I take is either Poliquin's men's multi or Innate Choice's Men's multi vitamin.
|Poliquin's Mult Intense.|
|Second Place is PhD's Pharma Pure |
which tastes good and is also
a grass fed product that did have a
no banned substance guarantee.
|3rd place is the easy mixing, healthy whey|
from Athlete Alliance.
is healthy but tastes poor
and is VERY pricey.
|Dymatize is a decent tasting|