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Supplements 101

Supplementation
Don’t confuse supplementation for replacement. Supplementation should be used to complement an efficient nutritional structure. Not replace it.
Creatine
Creatine is primarily used by bodybuilders but also beneficial for athletes and sports men and women to increase muscle strength and explosive power. It can help you train for longer and boost performance during frequent high-intensity exercise by increasing ATP stores.
Whey protein
Whey protein is a milk-based protein that contains minimal amounts of fat, carbohydrate or lactose. Whey is referred to as a naturally complete protein. This means that it is made up of all of the essential amino acids which are needed in the average individuals daily Nutrition plan. whey protein provides the body with the required amino acids that assist with the repairing and rebuilding of lean muscle tissue.
Casein Protein
Casein is a slow-digesting milk based protein that releases amino acids slowly. This is best taken before bed to help with recovery and reduce muscle breakdown while we sleep.
Isotonic drinks
Isotonic drinks may contain minerals, nutrients and electrolytes to aid in the replacement of what the body uses during high intensity activity.
BCAA’s
Branched Chain amino acids can help protect your muscles against the catabolic (Breaking down of muscle) effects of caloric deficit and are especially helpful for gaining lean mass. Pre-Workout
Pre-workout supplements are often stimulant based powders or capsules that may contain a blend of ingredients to give you a training edge. These ingredients may range from caffeine, guarana, Citrulline Malate or arginine to name a few. Some will increase blood flow, your heart rate, level of focus, or make you tingle and itch (Beta Alanine)
Fat Burners
Often contain green tea and cayenne as well as caffeine which tends to be one of the most common ingredients in fat burners. Caffeine increases the hormone epinephrine which aids with the breakdown of fatty acids that can then be used as fuel.
Collagen Supplements
Collagen is a major component of connective tissues that make up several body parts, including tendons, ligaments, skin and muscles. Collagen has many important functions, including providing your skin with structure and strengthening your bones and aiding with the building of muscle mass.