There is a huge amount of nutritional supplements on the market in any country in the world, but very few of these supplements actually do any good for us.
However, there are quite a few which you can add to your diet and get real benefits from!
All of the supplements listed below have lasting and useful benefits, which make them a general necessity for many athletes!
- Creatine Monohydrate: aside from whey protein, creatine monohydrate is probably the most well-known, and most tested supplement in history. Creatine is beneficial for athletes whether they are looking to build muscle, burn fat, or simply recover faster from workouts. especially as a professional basketball player, creatine is especially helpful for helping me recover in-season from the many difficult practices, games, and travels we have to deal with.
- Beta-Alanine: Beta alanine is an awesome supplement, which works even better when paired with creatine monohydrate. Beta alanine has been proven through scientific studies to improve muscle endurance. Beta alanine has been proven to be most effective when taken in dosages of 3.2g per day, spread out through multiple dosages of 500-800mg at a time. Beta alanine is responsible for the tingling feeling of many pre-workout products, but that feeling is harmless nonetheless.
- L-Carnitine: L-carnitine is an amino acid which many people believe to be an incredible fat burner. Although L-carnitine may not be a solution on its own to people looking to lose a large amount of fat, it is certainly effective in many ways. L-carnitine is responsible for transferring energy from the mitochondria of fat cells, which basically means that it moves fat out of your body. One of the most effective ways to use l-carnitine is before any type of fasted cardio. When used properly, l-carnitine can be one of the best products for helping to burn fat from your body, especially when you are already lower in body fat percentage.
- Fish Oil: Fish oil is an excellent supplement for people with joint issues, or specifically anyone who lives in the USA. Compared with the rest of the world, Americans have disproportionately higher levels of Omega 6 fatty acids in their bodies compared with Omega 3 fatty acids. This is due to our diets, and the types of fats and oils we cook with. Fish oil is excellent for helping to kill inflammation in the body, easing many causes of joint pain. Along with this, since fish oil is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, fish oil supplementation can help to balance out the ration of Omega 3: Omega 6 fatty acids in your diet. For many people, this can make a huge impact on overall health.
- Caffeine: Caffeine itself is one of the most widely consumed substances in the world. In supplement form, caffeine is very effective for athletes preparing for training, or competition. Although there are many dangers to over-consumption, moderate consumption of caffeine has proven to be very effective in improving the abilities of athletes. Use this supplement with caution, but remember it can certainly help you prepare for your next training session or match!
- Turmeric (Curcumin): Compared with the other products listed here, this is a much more ancient supplement. Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, and is now readily available in supplement form. Turmeric has literally of thousands of benefits for the human body, and science is finding more and more benefits each year. One of the strongest properties of turmeric is anti-inflammatory, making it an excellent natural replacement for many anti-inflammatory medicines that can have negative long-term side effects.
- BCAAs: BCAAs consist of Leucine, Isoleucine, and valine, and they are the 3 fastest absorbing Amino-acids in the amino-acid spectrum. Due to this, BCAAs are excellent for being ingested during your workout, or immediately after. BCAAs are easily digestible, and are great for quickly blunting the catabolic (muscle wasting) effects of overtraining, and calorie burning. BCAAs can also be used in between meals as a snack alternative, providing a quick boost of protein for your body to digest.
- Hemp Protein: If you were reading this list linearly, you probably would have guessed I was about to suggest whey protein. Well, you’re wrong! Hemp protein has all the beneficial effects of whey protein, but is normally much easier absorbed by humans. Hemp protein is a plant based protein that contains a full spectrum of amino acids. Replacing whey or other protein sources with hemp protein can help you obtain necessary amounts of hemp per day, without weighing your body down from difficult to digest products.
There are a lot of supplements on the market, and this makes it very difficult to understand which will help your body. My best advice is to stay away from synthetically produced, or artificial products, and use as many natural ingredient based supplements as possible. These 8 supplements will certainly have you on your way!
About the Author
Adam Kemp is a professional basketball player who has learned health and fitness advice from Asia, Europe, and the United States. Throughout his travels as an international basketball player, Adam had collected the knowledge he has learned to help teach others the easiest ways to improve their bodies and meet their goals in health and fitness!