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Last updated on October 08, 2020

In todays supplement world there are thousands of companies with well over 100,000 different supplements on the market at any given time. Look in the magazines and your see supplement advertisements and this is not just the bodybuilding magazines. Supplement ads are everywhere in todays media. I will say you have not seen them on network TV just yet but that is coming from what we are hearing. The main purpose of this article isn't about amount of supplement available today, but about which supplements are your core toolbox supplements, some of those worth another look and others that lie on the outer edge supplement science.

The Basics of Supplementation

Core ToolBox Suppleemnts:

Multi-Vitamins more info...: Our first supplement is a good vitamin and mineral supplement to help augment todays sometime on the go meals. Vitamins and minerals are involved in thousands of functions every second of every day of our lives. These micro nutrients are the bed rock on which all of our eating plans are laid, without a solid foundation your goals will be lost before you even start.

Protein more info...: In an emerging athletes diet protein is a vital nutrient as muscle growth and energy are critical to helping bodybuilders and athletes add the lean body mass essential to their core disciplines. Todays bodybuilders have many kind of protein to choose from: Whey Protein, Whey Isolate, Beef Isolate, and for night time use Micellar Casein which provide a slow drip of aminos to your body as your sleep to keep your nitrogen levels up and your muscle growing while you sleep. We recommend that you get 2-3 servings per day, with one immediately after your training session. After your training your body acts almost like a sponge and will absorb all the nutrients it is fed. This is a perfect time to induce anabolism with a large serving of protein of about 50-60 grams. This will give you a leg up on recovery and protect you muscle from catabolism.

Creatine Monohydrate more info...: Numerous double-blind, placebo-controlled university studies have show creatine monohydrate supplementation may boost muscle size and strength, increase lean body mass, delay fatigue, and speed muscle recovery after exercise.

Creatine may also "super-hydrate" or volumize your muscle cells to further stimulate protein synthesis and decrease protein breakdown. Make no mistake, volumizing isn't about water retention, which happens outside the cell. Your muscles really are getting bigger, fuller, rounder-from the inside out. This could enhance muscularity and create an improved environment for muscle growth.

What's more, studies show that when weight-training athletes start supplementing with creatine, they gain lean body mass and strength fast-sometimes within a week! No wonder creatine is considered the "must-use" sports supplement by experts worldwide.

Glutamine more info...: Glutamine, is the most abundant amino acid in the body, and is considered essential for repair and recovery from workouts. Supplementing with L-Glutamine will help:

Beta Alanine more info...: One of our two(EFA's is the other) new and most warented addition to the core Supplement ToolBox is Beta Alanine. This supplement like creatine has been studied in hundreds of universities studies and all have concluded that it will help you increase the length of time the your ph levels inside your muscles stays in perferct balance, which inturn increases the number of reps you are able to do during a set of exercise. This is HUGE! A new supplement that helps you get more reps, was a no brainer for us. We have cocistanly adding this supplement to ever advanced and hardcore supplement plan for the last 5 years. We don't recommend it to beginners and intermediates because we want their muscle to grow and strengthen without the stress of max-out training. Will it help the beginner or intermediate, hell yeah but most new trainers ned to learn to push past the pain without supplement help. This inturn increases the muscle natural +ph capacity over time as it grows. We recommed that you take ~2000mg 30-20 minutes before your workouts and 30-40 miutes after your workouts.

Amino Acids more info...: Amino acids are essential to the human body. Bodybuilders can especially benefit from supplementing amino acids because they aid in repair, growth, and development of muscle tissue. The body, through assimilation of amino acids, produces over 50,000 proteins and over 15,000 enzymes. Amino acids are not only responsible for the production of all the body's enzymes (including digestive enzymes), but they also play a key role in normalizing moods, concentration, aggression, attention, sleep, and sex drive. After protein is consumed, it is broken down into amino acids. Then, individual amino acids are used to create necessary body proteins and enzymes. Digestive enzymes break down the proteins a person consumes into amino acids. Scientists, experts, and medical professionals agree that getting enough amino acids in one's diet is an important factor in maintaining good nutrition.

EFA's more info...: Recent scientific research has shown just how much people need essential fatty acids (EFAs) to survive. Since many EFAs are not readily found in foods, you need to supplement your EFA intake. Omega-3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, along with Borage Oil, Organic Flax Oil, and Fish Oil are perfered supplement forms for EFA's to augment your diet. EFA's help promote healthy skin, healthy joints, and healthy memory function along with a major part of thousands of other bodiely functions. Essential fatty acids play a part in many metabolic processes, and there is evidence to suggest that low levels of essential fatty acids, or the wrong balance of types among the essential fatty acids, may be a factor in a number of illnesses, including osteoporosis. Some of your best food sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are fish and shellfish, flaxseed (linseed), hemp seed, soya oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy vegetables, and walnuts.

L-Carnitine more info...: L-Carnitine is a derivative of the amino acid, lysine. Although it is not an amino acid in the classic sense. Amino acids are generally used by the body for protein synthesis and/or as a neurotransmitter. Carnitine (actually more closely related to the B vitamins) is primarily used to facilitate the transport of long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria of cells for energy production. This process provides muscular energy by burning fat, and also prevents fatty build-up around vital organs. Natural Carnitine is found primarily in red meats, so vegetarians may need to supplement to ensure healthy levels in their bodies. L-Carnitine is one of those supplements your should be taking year round to help you keep a lean and strong physque!

L-Arginine more info...: L-Arginine is a non-essential amino acid that plays an important role in several important pathways, including the synthesis of proteins, the production of creatine phosphate, needed to produce ATP, and the synthesis of nitric oxide, a secondary messenger involved in blood flow.

Worth Another Look:

These are the supplements that though they have been around for years can't seem to become everyone's goto supplement for the category. There is good information on all of these supplements so about that something extra look to these first before going to the extremes. We here like all of these for that extra kick that they can bring to your toolbox if it can fit into your budget. If you have that extra little bit to spend on in your budget, then pick one or two that mostly fit your needs.

ZMA more info...: ZMA is a unique patent-pending anabolic formula produced by combining highly bioavailable forms of zinc and magnesium. Formulated with B-6 to further enhance zinc and magnesium absorption. ZMA™ is a powerful all natural dietary supplement clinically proven to increase free testosterone, total testosterone and insulin-like growth factor levels which may enhance muscle strength.

Yohimbe more info...: Yohimbe is a popular herb coming originally from South Africa and known worldwide as an excellent aphrodisiac. In fact it is the inner bark of the tropical West African tree Corynanthe Yohimbe. For centuries, folks from these regions have used the crude bark to enhance sexual prowess and pleasure. Bodybuilders and other athletes who want that washboard stomach and/or a healthy heart should look into using Yohimbe as it has been show to help in decreasing bodyfat stores.

Tribulus Terrestris more info...: Tribulus Terrestris is a plant that grows in many tropical and moderate areas of the world. Many different cultures have used it for a number of conditions and studies have shown it to be a potent supplement that allows the body to naturally increase tesosterone. Tribulus Terrestris is touted as an energy enhancing and bodybuilding supplement. Tribulus may also help athletes achieve their goals in weightlifting and muscle mass development. Studies show that it works very well for increasing sex drive too!

ALA more info...: In the late 1980s, scientists realized that Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) possessed potent antioxidant properties that could prevent healthy cells from getting damaged by unstable oxygen molecules called free radicals. This vitamin like compound has proved to be many times more potent than such antioxidants as vitamins C and E. ALA helps to recycle Vitamin C and E (as well as other antioxidants), enhancing their effectiveness. Because it dissolves in both water and fat, this so-called "universal antioxidant" is able to scavenge more wayward free-radical cells than most antioxidants. The body also needs ALA to produce energy. It plays a crucial role in the mitochondria, the energy-producing structures in cells. There are only small amounts of ALA stored in the body, causing the need to consume extra ALA in supplement form for optimal antioxidant benefits.

Methoxyisoflavone more info...: Methoxyisoflavone is a non-hormonal anabolic / anti-catabolic agent. This powerful flavone has been shown to decrease cortisol levels, increase protein synthesis, and improve overall recovery from exercise. 5-Methoxy-7-Methoxy-Isoflavone, the official chemical name, is an all natural ingredient that was brought to light by a Hungarian company decades ago. It wasn’t until 1997 when this ingredient was made available on the free market due to the expiration of their patent. Studies uncovered a gold mine of performance improving benefits.

The Outer Edges:

These are supplements that have been on the market but we are not buying the claims just yet because there is just to much discovery left for us to put them in anyone's toolbox yet.

DAA(D-Aspartic Acid): D-Aspartic Acid was one of the hottest things going about 5 years ago when it hit the market. It has since calmed down quite a bit, but we here we almost never sold on it merits as a testosterone supplement from the begining. Its pathway to test product is complicated and the dosages being used in these supplements is minsquial compared tot he study that led to its hype. Allot more needs to be done here for our needs, but if you like testing new supplement try this and let us know what you experience, maybe you can change our minds(I doubt it.).

SARMS: Perhaps the most promising and intriguing supplement advance today. “Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators”, these bastards intrigue us more than ever because they are a way of feeding your cells on a very anabolic level and not be even closely related to any banned substance. SARM's have the potential to give you steroid like gains without the adverse side effects and that in its self is crazy. But we look beyond that because steroid have always been limiting in their effect, and look to use this tech as a way of creating permanent growth with amino infusion with the cells themselves. SARM's are definitely a area to keep you eyes on if your looking for cutting edge synthetic supplements (they are not from nature) to enhance your training and performance. Before Warned: SARMS are a drug and as such have side effects that you may or may not be able to come back from - use the at your own risk!

Pro hormones: Since the initial ProHormone over 20 years ago the list of banned substances has been ever growing. This is one of the most misleading food bans ever conducted by this government. It just stupid. It has not lead to any of the so called safety concerns that were posed at the time. The biggest was “We need to Protect the Children”, what a FUCKING LOAD OF CRAP! At the very time of the ban you saw Big Pharma licking their chops because saw the money and though they were going to get into the supplement world riches. DID NOT HAPPEN! All that happened is they fucked up what was a great extension to all the supplements listed above. The original prohormones worked in conjunction with your protein powder and creatine. Today you have a category still trying to find it way which makes it very hit and miss. If you are going to dabble do it with companies that have been in the game and no the territory. Also be over the age of 25, any younger than that and you're just wasting your hard earned cash.,

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