Reviews of Weight Lifting Supplements
A recent weightlifting survey showed that when one thinks of supplements when it comes to weight training or bodybuilding one immediately starts to think of steroids. But there are other supplements that have proven themselves to enhance muscle growth that have nothing to do with steroids.
The discovery of creatine about ten years ago was something that certainly has a big difference to natural muscle growth. Creatine is a naturally occurring compound found in muscle in large amounts. These days you can get Creatine monohydrate in a supplement form and is the combination of the amino acids arginine, glycine and methionine.
Creatine drives the important creatine phosphate energy pathway, which is important in high-intensity training that damages the muscle. The recommended dose of 5 grams/day creatine seems safe to use over the long term in studies published so far.
If you would like to start taking Creatine you should know that before you start studies have shown that about 30% of people who take this do not experience any improvement at all. There is simply no guarantee that it will make a big difference to the way you gain muscle.
If you are thinking about taking or supplementing your diet with protein powders then you should go with the best. They are protein powders with Whey, Casein, Soy or Egg or all four as this is what is called a complete bodybuilding protein powder. This means they have the full collection of the essential amino acids that are needed to gain muscle.
It is important to note that there is no scientific justification for weight trainers or bodybuilders to consume more than about 1 gram/pound bodyweight a day of protein (2 grams/kilogram/bodyweight/day). Keep this in mind when reading the amount of protein per shake that you are getting.
The supplement industry has grown into a billion dollar industry in the last twenty years and there are many people trying to join in the profit by launching protein powders that are mostly just fillers. We all need carbohydrate when taking protein but when 90% is carbohydrate then you are wasting your money.
The best way to make sure is to read the label carefully and note the additional factors with regards to the fillers that have been added. In the long run it is better to stick with well-known manufacturers as they have proven themselves to produce a product that is what it says it is.