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Supplements Critique


#1

Hey guys.

I train about 5 days a week (approx 10 hours) doing sprints, plyos, weights and general strengthening exercises. I eat a solid diet and get decent sleep.
Below I've listed the supplements I plan on stocking up on for my activity levels.

-Plain whey protein
-Liquid fish oil
-BCAA's
-Glucosamine
-Multi-vitamin

Is there anything else worth taking to improve my recovery and performance? Or is there anything on this list not worthwhile?
Thanks

Note* I used ZMA for a month but noticed absolutely no effect


#2

Looks pretty standard to me.. (Don't know what Glucosamine is, and don't feel like checking it out)

But.. Doesn't the L-fishoil taste like "heaven"?


#3

Just curious if you notice any effects from the glucosamine and multi or not, if that's your standard for evaluating supplements.


#4

Never noticed anything from Glucosamine. Multi is just something you ought to take anyway.


#5

I personally would swap the BCAA for luecine. Maybe swap the multi for Superfood.


#6

No effect from ZMA? When did you take it? What were your meals before/after the ZMA like?


#7

Thanks for your replies guys.

asusvenus, glucosamine is a joint support supplement. Hehe I've actually acquired a taste for the liquid fish oil now.

E99_Curt, I definately noticed an effect from the glucosamine but it takes about 2-3 of continued use for the effects to kick in. On the label it says the effects are magnified if you consume fish oil with it. Haven't taken glucosamine in about a month now and have been suffering with some knee and ankle pain.
Don't know about the multi-vit, but I take it anyway because it's so cheap.

redgladiator, I might just do that. I looked it up online and apparantly l-leucine is the most important amino to supplement with. But Is it less concentrated in a traditional BCAA supplement or something?

G87, I took the ZMA about 30 mins before bed and an hour after my last meal (usually a beef or ham sandwich).


#8

Thanks for your replies guys.

asusvenus, glucosamine is a joint support supplement. Hehe I've actually acquired a taste for the liquid fish oil now.

E99_Curt, I definately noticed an effect from the glucosamine but it takes about 2-3 of continued use for the effects to kick in. On the label it says the effects are magnified if you consume fish oil with it. Haven't taken glucosamine in about a month now and have been suffering with some knee and ankle pain.
Don't know about the multi-vit, but I take it anyway because it's so cheap.

redgladiator, I might just do that. I looked it up online and apparantly l-leucine is the most important amino to supplement with. But Is it less concentrated in a traditional BCAA supplement or something?

G87, I took the ZMA about 30 mins before bed and an hour after my last meal (usually a beef or ham sandwich).


#9

Thibs said something about the aminos competing for the same receptor sites, which is why you need such a large dose of bcaa when a much smaller does of leucine doing the same job (or something along those lines) I forget his exact words. leucine is cheaper and taste better too.


#10

creatin, ZMA-

What do you expect ZMA to do?

Make you high?