Fitness & Fat Loss

3 Powerful Muscle Building Supplements You Should Know About… But Probably Don’t

Man and woman in gymPeople often equate fitness with weight loss, which is not accurate. You see, you can be thin without necessarily being healthy. Conversely, you can gain weight and actually improve your health. It all depends on what type of weight you gain or lose. In this post, we shall look at three muscle building supplements you may not know about, that may help you gain the right kind of weight or lose the wrong kind.

Alpha GPC

According to WebMd, Alpha GPC (L-Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine) is a chemical released when a fatty chemical acid found in soy is broken down.[1] Studies have demonstrated that it may stimulate the secretion of GH (growth hormone) in the pituitary gland.

Of course, this has caused some excitement in the bodybuilding and weight lifting fields, as the search for legal prohormones continues. Most prohormones or GH supplements are currently banned by sporting organizations. Some are even outright illegal in the US and several other countries.

Alpha GPC may also be useful in reducing some of the neurological decline associated with aging, and is said to aid memory. It may also enhance focus and mental clarity, which can be helpful during workout. Better workouts result in better bodies.

Citrulline Malate

Citrulline malate (CM) was once thought to be “the next big thing” in sports supplements. So far this has not come to be. But the supplement still has a lot of promise according to studies. So, what is it and how does it work?

Well, is a compound citrulline malate is consisting of amino acid citrulline, naturally found in melons, and malate, a salt or an ester of malic acid (okay, let’s just call it a salt to keep it simple).

Some studies indicate that CM can enhance anaerobic performance e as well as relieve post-exercise muscle soreness.[2] It may also promote aerobic energy production.[3] CM, it appears, may aid athletes and fitness enthusiasts in both aerobic and anaerobic performance. Not many supplements can boast this.

Colostrum

Many are familiar with protein supplements derived from milk, such as whey and casein. Not so many have heard of colostrum. What is it?

Colostrum, in simple terms, is pre-milk. It is a fluid produced by lactating mammals in first few days after birth. It offers just what the fragile life that is a newborn needs for protection and development. Colostrum is lower in fat and higher in protein than regular milk.

As a supplement, colostrum is believed to boost the immune system and aid in building lean muscle as well as fat burning. Most supplements come in the form of bovine colostrum (derived from cows).

While we are still of the view that you do not need a dozen different supplements to get fit or build muscle, we will still inform you about the various products out there. You never know, maybe there is something out there that can help you get the next level, break plateaus, or reach your goals.

We shall be covering more bodybuilding and sports supplements in future posts. Keep watching this blog.


References:

[1] WebMD: ALPHA – GPC

[2] NCBI: Citrulline malate enhances athletic anaerobic performance and relieves muscle soreness

[3] NCBI: Citrulline/malate promotes aerobic energy production in human exercising muscle

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