Effects of Bodybuilding Supplements
There are a large number of supplements available to bodybuilders today. Most are unregulated by the FDA and are therefore taken at the individuals own risk. While often supplements are associated with steroids and other dangerous activates some have been shown to be relatively safe and of potential use to weightlifters.
Protein powder is used by body builders as protein is a building block of muscle. Protein powder is therefore used to repair muscle speed recoveries and develop muscle mass. Bodybuilders may consume 1 to 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight every day.
Creatine is a naturally occurring amino acid that is found in many common food stuffs such as beef chicken and pork as well as created naturally within the human body. Creatine also draws water into muscles this can lead to the muscle size increasing and giving them a leaner tighter look. This is often done when cutting for competitions. This however has the potential side effect of dehydration. Creatine gives the user extra energy and thus allows them to train longer.
High levels of physical exercise can leave the body drained and therefore with a weaker immune system more prone to colds and infections. Multivitamins
can help replace vitamins and minerals that the body has lost and therefore can help the body maintain a stronger immune system and overall good health.
Glutamine is typically used to preserve lean muscle mass and start off muscle recovery. Consquently it is often mixed with protein shakes after workouts. In addition it helps boost the body’s immunity and help replenish glycogen storage without the presence of carbohydrates.
Only use supplements as directed. Beware that some supplements are mixed with artificial sugars or sweeteners that can sometimes cause an adverse reaction. Furthermore not all supplements have had adequate testing for safety while even some “safe” supplements will have side effects. Always read the label and check out any supplement for safety before use.