Workout Supplements – Proteins & Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Proper nutrition can never be replaced by supplements, but these products can surely help people hit their fitness goals faster. In general, supplements complement healthy diet to cover possible nutrient gaps and ensure the body gets everything it needs for peak performance. It doesn’t matter what training goals you’ve set, the right supplements can help improve your performance, health and overall physical appearance. However, you mustn’t use anything you don’t understand. If you already use multivitamins, what else should be on your supplement shopping list?
Protein – After extensive testing and study, it is thought that the human body needs 20 to 30% of its daily caloric intake from proteins, especially for weekend warriors and hard-training athletes. Although it would be best to get enough daily protein through food, it’s expensive and time-consuming. For many people, it’s impossible to eat foods high in proteins every 2 to 3 hours and therefore they opt for using protein supplements. Simply put, protein supplements are affordable and comfortable way to meet your daily protein goals. The ideal post-workout protein source is, of course, whey protein, because it can be digested easily and quickly.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Fish oil supports joint health, healthy skin, healthy heart, normal immune system function, cognitive function and vision. Its numerous advantages come from its high levels of omega 3 fatty acids, especially DHA and EPA, which are also called “essential fatty acids” – necessary for human health, yet they cannot be made by the body itself. These nutrients can be found abundantly in oily fish, grass-fed beef, wild animals, eggs, but also in non-animal products such as flaxseeds, walnuts and Brazil nuts. If we can find it in foods, why should we buy supplements containing Omega-3 fatty acids? Due to modern preservation methods, industrial farming and reduced quality of soil, animal products nowadays contain fewer total omega-3 fatty acids compared to Paleolithic times. Whether you are trying to boost health, burn fat and/or build muscles, opt for products rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish oil supplements.
In addition to whey protein and fish oil supplements, you should look for the products that contain glutamine, creatine and branched amino acids.