Supplements can give you that extra edge to accelerate your fat loss and supercharge your lean muscle gains.
Here is a list of the most popular supplements for women.
Whey Protein is one of two proteins found in milk.
What it does: Whey Protein is quickly and completely absorbed by the body. The rapid absorption of whey protein is especially beneficial to people who wants to increase muscle mass. Whey Protein promotes maintenance and growth and helps build and repair muscles.
Nitric Oxide (NO) is a gas naturally produced by the body, used for communicating between cells.
What it does: Nitric Oxide supplements doesn’t actually have nitric oxide in them, they contain arginine (or L-Arginine), an amino acid that’s naturally found in foods such as spinach, milk, cheese, salmon, tuna, sesame seed, chicken. Nitric Oxide helps support the amount of blood flow to muscle tissue, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to pass through to the working muscles. Therefore nutrients get to the muscles faster ultimately resulting in more effective recovery.
Caffeine is the most widely consumed stimulant drug.
What it does: Caffeine improves blood flow, increases your heart rate and gives you extra stamina. Caffeine is a performance enhancer, eliminates fatigue and increases the amount of adrenaline in your body.
Benefits: Increases Energy; Fat Burning
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential Fatty Acids are required within the body for good health. The two main essential fatty acids our body needs are Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
What it does: Essential Fatty Acids are not produced by the body and thus it is essential that your diet includes these building blocks to maintain your health. Essential Fatty Acids are necessary for cellular development, formation of cellular membranes and chemical messengers within your body.
Benefits: Overall Health and Well Being
Casein Protein is the other one of the two proteins found in milk.
What it does: Casein Protein is a slow digesting (slow releasing) protein with an anti-catabolic effect and high amino acid content. Casein should be taken during meals or before bedtime, when your body doesn't need immediate nutrients. Casein provides a great amount of amino acids, helping the body recover after intense workouts.
Branced Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's). These are a group of three essential amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.
What it does: BCAA's significantly reduces muscle soreness, accelerate the recovery process and are involved in the building of new muscles. Supplementing with BCAA's is a great way to ensure that your body doesn't use muscle tissue for energy.
Creatine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body.
What it does: Creatine is naturally found in meat. It helps our bodies store energy and increases the body's ability to produce energy more rapidly, so that you can train harder. Research has shown that creatine may speed up muscle recovery.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is related to the omega-6 fatty acids.
What it does: Studies have shown tha CLA supports fat loss, promoting muscle growth and strength and increases exercise endurance.
Benefits: Overall Health and Well being; Fat Burning ; Lean Muscle Growth
Pre-Workout Energy drink
Pre-Workout supplements are taken prior to workouts to increase performance.
What it does: Depending on the ingredients of the pre-workout supplement, it can increase energy, endurance and mental focus during a workout.
Benefits: Increase Energy
A Multi-Vitamin contains a variety of all the vitamins and minerals you need for good health.
What it does: A Multi-Vitamin helps to fill in all the nutritional gaps in your diet. Cutting food groups from your diet (such as when dieting) can leave you lacking in certain nutrients. When you have an active lifestyle your body has an even greater requirement for these vitamins and minerals.
Benefits: Overall Health and Well being
Green Tea Extract
Green Tea Extract is derived from green tea leaves.
What it does: Green Tea has been around for thousands of years. It helps with muscle recovery, aids in weight loss and helps the body break down fat more easily. It also contains powerful antioxidants which is good for the immune system and overall well being.
Benefits: Overall Health and Well being; Fat Burning
Thermogenic Fat Burner
Thermogenic fat burners are designed to increase your core body temperature through a process called thermogenesis. This process affects the body’s metabolism and ability to burn stubborn body fat