I highly recommend consulting a professional when taking any sort of supplement – or you can avoid the co pay and consult WebMD to make sure you won’t die. That’s logical, right?
So here are supplements that I may/may not take on any given day.
B-12 – Vegetarians are typically deficient in this vitamin, so I take it as a supplement to my diet. It’s a great natural source of energy too!
What does it do? Aids in muscle building.
When do I take it? Always 30-60 minutes after any sort of weight lifting. Sometimes for breakfast in a smoothie/oatmeal – sometimes for pre-workout meal in a smoothie.
What does it do? Boost energy/ speed muscle recovery. Also known to be antioxidant-like (rids the body of free-radicals that could cause cancer).
When do I take it? Ideally, 30 min. before my workout.
7-Keto – Popularized by Dr.Oz supposedly - although I learned about it from reading a lot of blogs written by bikini competitors who were trying to lower their body fat %.
What does it do? Burns Fat by speeding up your metabolism without losing muscle.
When do I take it? First thing in the morning
BCAAs – Not gunna lie, I’m a newbie here - but I'm loving my BCAAs so far. I bought Amino X after high reccomendations. I think of it as my pre/post workout kool-aid.
What does it do? The “technical” description: as been shown to augment protein synthesis, improve intra-workout anabolism, prevent muscle breakdown and workout catabolism, enhance muscular endurance and improve glycogen replenishment. The understandable description: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.
When do I take it? Whenever I remember – you can really take it any time during the day, but a great time is 30 minutes pre and post workout.
Glutamine – I’m new here too. Glutamine naturally occurs in your body as a building block of protein. As I understand it, supplementing with Glutamine will help you not lose muscle while you’re trying to cut fat.
What does it do? Aaaaaaand I copy/pasted this from bodybuilding.com: It plays key roles in protein metabolism, cell volumizing, and anti-catabolism. Glutamine also increases your ability to secrete Human Growth Hormone, which helps metabolize body fat and support new muscle growth. Glutamine's anti-catabolism ability prevents the breakdown of your muscles.
When do I take it? Before bed.
So there you have it. I officially sound like a meat head. Ironic - because I DON'T EAT MEAT << boom.