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A Quick Run-Down On Some of Best Bodybuilding Supplements

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The days when body builders took steroids to boost their muscle mass have long gone, and those who attempt to use anabolic steroids in an attempt to get a competitive edge run a very high risk of being caught and stripped of any titles they have won – some would say that being caught is inevitable.

So how, then, do body builders manage to build such huge muscles that seem far larger than those of other professional athletes? Is it because they spend so long in the gym and are very dedicated? Well, yes, body builders have to have great dedication, but they also take supplements. These supplements are 100% legal and don’t have the nasty side effects of the old anabolic steroids, such as “roid rage”. You will find several products that are designed to boost your body’s levels of anabolic hormones or are describes as having an “anabolic effect”.

Unlike the old illegal steroids, these bodybuilding supplements do not add any hormones into your system. Instead, these supplements stimulate your body so it produces more of its own androgens and testosterone – the male hormones that enable bulky muscles to be laid down on the skeletal frame. Some of these body building supplements increase energy levels as well – common ones include creatine, NOx (nitric oxide) increasers, HGH (human growth hormone), and ZMA (which is a combination of zinc and magnesium, both of which are vital in testosterone production). These supplements are either used singly or in a “stack” or combination of several products. Some lines of body building supplements include products that come ready “stacked” for ease of use – to see some examples of common pre-prepared stacks(complete with celebrity endorsement by a Mr Olympia champion) , follow this link.

Of course, that’s not all. Muscles aren’t built of air. All body builders take protein supplements and eat a very high protein diet. When building muscle mass – and this advice works for those who want to look a bit more toned or bulk up, as well as for those who want competition-level muscle bulk – taking a high protein supplement, usually in a shake or as a bar, is essential. This protein should be taken in combination with a small amount of glucose. The powder type of bodybuilding supplement is particularly handy for increasing the amount of protein in the diet, which all bodybuilders do.

Casting a glance over a discount supplier of these supplements, you can see that the protein supplements available to bodybuilders (and others) come from a range of different sources. Dairy-sourced protein supplements are the most commonly seen, with whey a popular choice, closely followed by casein (casein, just in case you were wondering, comes from the curds in the combination enjoyed by the legendary Miss Muffett before the spider arrived: curds & whey). Egg protein is also very popular and is suitable for those with dairy intolerance. Egg protein is sourced either from the whole egg or from the egg white only (just as an aside, powdered egg protein is also used in tree plantations – it’s applied to young trees to deter rabbits and hares from nibbling on them). And for vegetarians, soy protein supplements are also easy to find.

Other supplements that are commonly marketed as bodybuilding supplements but can be taken by anyone include multivitamin tablets and diet pills, especially the types of pill that increase energy levels and/or the metabolism, as this not only strips away excess fat (no point in having a really ripped torso and abs if those abs are buried beneath a spare tyre) but also supplies the extra stamina needed for the gym sessions (an hour or more) needed to build serious bulk.

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Ilen Bell is co-founder and CEO of Black Fitness Today, the digital magazine dedicated to empowering the black community - mind, body, soul, culture and money. He lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife and daughter and nine-to-fives it as head strength and conditioning coach for a military special operations unit.

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Choosing the Right Calcium Supplement

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Determining whether you’re consuming just the right calcium your body needs can be difficult. However, choosing the right way to achieve the required amount can be much harder.

Calcium supplements are the easy way out for some people who find it hard to comply with the desirable amount of calcium intake daily. But with the different types and brands of calcium supplements in the market, people are faced with an even more confusing situation – which one to choose.

Experts suggest that people should pay particular attention on the elemental calcium contained in the calcium supplements available. This term refers to the calcium present in the calcium supplements which your body can absorb. Most of the calcium supplements available will show how much elemental calcium is present. However, there are some brands of calcium supplements that show only the total weight of each tablet in milligrams.

The best way to know the amount of elemental calcium in a particular supplement is through the Nutrition Facts label. The percent Daily Value for calcium is according to a 1,000 milligram of elemental calcium. That means 10% Daily Value signifies 100 milligrams of elemental carbon. It follows that calcium supplements with 50% Daily Value contains 500 milligrams of elemental carbon. Furthermore, when taking in calcium supplements, it is essential that you know the serving size. This means how many tablets are needed to be taken for you to reach the % Daily Value shown on the label.

Since there are numerous calcium supplements available in the market, all of which do not need prescriptions from the doctor, choosing the safest and most effective one can be a headache. As a tip, calcium supplements that have the USP (United States Pharmacopeia) logo assure you that they are free from metals like lead. However, the appearance of the USP logo is a voluntary thing that is why there are safe and effective calcium supplements in the market that may not have the symbol.

You can test those calcium supplements that do not have the USP logo to find out if they’re metal-free. Just put a supplement in a glass of transparent vinegar. This test should produce an environment similar to your stomach. A supplement that dissolves in about 30 minutes would certainly do so in your stomach. If the supplement does not completely dissolve in the glass of vinegar, chances are, it won’t totally dissolve in your stomach as well.

Choosing from among the many supplements should not be a guessing game. Unless we want to end up with more than a calcium deficiency problem, we should choose a supplement like it’s our lifeline.

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