5 Best Supplements for Epic Muscle Growth
Hey bro! What are you on?Anyone who’s spent any time in the gym has probably heard this question thrown around a couple of times or maybe more! Well we don’t know what you are on, but in this article we are going to look at some basic supplements you should be on if you want to get your basic nutrition right and maximise your gains.
Whey ProteinWhey Protein is considered by most sports nutritionists to be the number 1 protein for building muscle. Whey protein is made from cow’s milk, in fact it’s a by-product of cheese making. It is considered a complete protein, which means it has all the amino acids we need in the right quantities to build muscle. Whey can be purified by different processes, but the best quality Whey is made by advanced filtering techniques. Cross flow Micro and Ultra Filtering are very gentle to the Whey molecules which produce Whey proteins that are highly bioactive – they stimulate positive changes in your body including muscle recovery, growth and immune health. The two main types of Whey to look for are: Whey Protein Concentrate Purified by Ultrafiltration to produce a highly bioactive protein of around 80% protein content. WPC is an excellent muscle builder and a popular protein in many formulations. Whey Protein Isolate Produced using a 2 step Cross flow filtration process of Micro and Ultrafiltration to yield an extremely pure higher protein Whey (>90%) with virtually no fat or lactose. WPI is regarded as nature best muscle builder. Hard weight training increases your need for protein to repair muscles and fuel growth. Without an adequate amount of protein our muscles will not repair quickly after training which could lead to overtraining, injury or muscle catabolism. Post workout is one of the most important times to get protein into the body so that it can be delivered to your muscles and the healing / growth process can begin. Due to the time it takes to digest food, break down the protein and send it to your muscles, a fast acting Whey protein shake immediately following a workout is your best strategy for recovery as they can be absorbed and assimilated in as little as 15 minutes.
GlutamineGlutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body. It is a non-essential amino acid, meaning it can be produced by the body in a quantity that is adequate for normal functioning. However in times of high stress your body’s Glutamine requirements skyrocket which can leave your muscle’s short of this important nutrient - putting you in a catabolic state. These stresses can include:
- Common cold
- Wound healing
- Excessive Burns
- Intense physical exercise
- Fuel source for the immune system
- Supports normal digestion
- Removal of excess ammonia
- Nitrogen transport into skeletal muscle
- Stimulates protein synthesis
- Anti-catabolic function – stops muscle breakdown after training
- Elevates growth hormone levels