There are tons and tons of articles and journals on the internet telling you, which are the best supplement out there and why, but these are often expensive. You are already paying for a gym membership, eating healthier which is more expensive than normal (how ironic) and this is all digging away at your budget. So this post will highlight three supplements that can help you get that body without breaking the bank. But, don’t panic, those who might be hard up on money need not worry. There are some supplements out there which do not cost and arm and a leg to get great arms and legs, after research there are only really 3 cheap supplements that fall under this category. However, these gains won’t be as fast and effective as supplement s that used on proper training courses and cycles.
BCAA – BCAAs are Leucine, Valine and Isoleucine. The name “branched-chain amino acids” is derived from the structure of these compounds. These are all made up from simple amino acids, ‘Building blocks’ of all amino acids chains. Each one has a forked outcropping that looks a bit like a branch, hence the name branched chain amino acids. The three BCAAs are incredibly essential and actually fall into the category of essential amino acids. These are great from muscle repair, growth and recovery. The truth is that the manner in which amino acids are metabolized plays a large role in their functions within the body. The BCAAs is broken down differently in the metabolic processes compared to other amino acids. While most amino acids are metabolized in the liver BCAAs are metabolized primarily by muscle. BCAAs can enhance and influence performance by their ability to spare glycogen during training. This is found as stored carbohydrates within muscle tissue and the liver, glycogen is the best source for working muscles engaged in high intensity exercise. BCAAs can work out to anything between 50p to a £1 a serving.
Creatine – Creatine is a natural substance found in some of the foods we eat-namely red meat. In recent years, creatine has been proven to help bodybuilders in many different ways. As a result, creatine is the popular dietary supplement used by bodybuilders and powerlifters. Discuss the health risks of taking creatine supplements with your doctor, but realize that there are benefits to upping your creatine levels as well. Creatine rebuilds ATP (the currency of muscles). ATP, or more technically adenosine triphosphate, is the chemical in the body that powers your muscles. When you are lifting, ATP helps your muscles contract. Because creatine is composed of three amino acids your body needs to synthesize protein, your body sends most of it straight to your muscle cells. This means that creatine delivers the necessary nutrients to protect, strengthen, hydrate, and grow your muscles. Taking creatine after your training workout will also help your muscles to adapt and recover faster. When you push your muscles in a workout, it breaks down the tissue. Contrary to popular belief, both men and women can benefit from taking creatine. The excess that is not used in the body is merely converted in something called creatinine and is simply excreted from the body. Hundreds of studies on creatine have shown there to be very minimal, if any, side effects. This can cost up to £5 for a month’s serving
L-Glutamine –This is another amino acid, L glutamine plays a key role in muscle maintenance, intestinal stress and the immune system. Glutamine has a proposed number of benefits to sports performance it is the most abundant free amino acid in muscle cells, it is essential for cell growth and a source of energy for your immune cells. In addition, glutamine supplements may also help increase hormone levels in growth. The growth hormone helps metabolize body fat and supports new muscle growth. If we supplement the body with glutamine before a a hard training session, we allow our body to keep a high supply of glutamine in the muscles and stop them from breaking down. This means the body can use the glutamine. This will synthesize in the muscles to protein, which will help muscle growth. Supplements are available in powder or capsule form. L- Glutamine can work out to 30 – 50p a capsule.
This article has been written by Dane of Fitness Fan