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Natural bodybuilding supplements: Essentials for Muscle Growth

Natural bodybuilding supplements

Natural bodybuilding supplements: Essentials for Muscle Growth.

It’s pretty easy to drown in the supplement market. With endless products promising every type of result, muscle building whey, fat stripping CLA, test boosting DAA and pretty much everything that goes in-between.

When it comes to the more serious end of the spectrum, both legality and morality come into question.

Anabolic steroids and synthesised “fat strippers” begin to crop up. Yes these work for results, but fuck up your dose or your cycle and you could be in for a pretty rough ride.

Avoiding these harsh side effects can be done by sticking to a few choice supplements. A couple, should be used regardless of other elements of your supplement stack. But obviously still dependant on your diet and on your goals.

To a degree, the following supplements would stack well together as they are, and help you achieve a good amount of growth within a few months. As long as you train properly and of course, eat like a machine.

Diet and workout should always be your main priority to achieve new muscle growth. Supplements, are third on this list and if used right can offer quicker, bigger and better results.

Here’s the top natty supplements you should be adding to your list to help make bigger and badder muscle gains.

#1 Protein

If you’re wanting to build good amounts of mass, then you’re going to need to get yourself in a calorie surplus.

And, one major part of your diet should be protein. You can always get enough protein from meats, fish and some vegetarian sources, but a protein shake is the easiest way to make sure you’re hitting that % needed for optimal growth.

People have started to shove protein in everything. From packets of sweets, to beer. But still the best and easiest way to get your protein intake is with a shake.

Protein shakes are cheap, easy to make and normally pretty tasty. Just keep an eye on the sugar content.

#2 BCAA’s

BCAAs are generally the amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine. These are essential amino acids.

Essential because unlike all other aminos your body cannot make them.

BCAA’s are used to create proteins, which are the building blocks of new muscle.

Isoleucine and valine also help to regulate blood sugar levels an can help to increase energy levels, potentially improving performance.

Generally, to get the most muscle building benefits from a BCAA supplement you want to be looking out for something that has a higher dose leucine in the blend.

A BCAA supplement should come after a well rounded whey protein on your shopping list though, as generally, whey is a complete protein and should offer a good enough amount of these amino acids than an individual supplement.

#3 Natural Test Booster

Loads of people see test boosters as scam supplements. And while a lot of the claims these companies make are pretty ridiculous (they won’t have the same effects as steroids), you can still get some products that are packed with some decent vitamins and minerals to promote muscle growth.

Most reliable ‘test boosters’ have a sizeable helping of DAA, Vitamin D, Zinc, Magnesium and Boron.

Just make sure what you’re getting is transparently labelled and avoid proprietary blends.

There are hundreds of testosterone boosters in the market, so make sure you triple check doses, servings and ingredients before you add one to your stack.

If you’re not interested in doing all the reading, some websites offer condensed lists on the best test boosters currently available.

#3 Creatine 

Creatine is a pretty wonderful supplement when it comes to bodybuilding. But frustratingly lots of people never really unlock it’s true potential.

On it’s most basic level, when you exercise your body uses stores of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate). This is sort of the energy currency you have to perform exercises with.

When this runs out, you start to slow and your body needs to produce more ATP to carry on.  Creatine helps by increasing levels of phosphocreatine in your body. Which is used to create new ATP, fuelling a higher level of endurance and even strength.

This means that gym sessions will last longer and you’ll find that you see faster increases in both strength and size.

Creatine doesn’t just work overnight though. You’ll need to supplement it every day for around 3 weeks before you unlock it’s benefits.

This is obviously dependant on the serving set by your preferred brand anyway!