Sports Nutrition Supplements

Sports nutrition supplements contribute to weight loss either by stimulating body metabolism or inhibiting uptake of carbohydrates, proteins and fats (macronutrients) or both. Check out our BMI calculator to see where you stand!

Sports nutrition supplements that improve muscle mass:

Amino Acids & Protein

Whey protein is rich in branched amino acids-leucine, valine and isoleucine. It builds muscles. Egg white protein containing lactose is also a nutritional supplement. Casein contains glutamine and casomorphin that builds muscles by sustained release of aminos

Glutamine

This nutritional supplement is available as a micronized soluble powder. It is the main amino acid in muscles. The body can replenish its own stores of glutamine.

Creatine Supplements

Commonly sold creatine supplements include Phosphagen, Creatine Monohydrate, Creatine Malate, and Creatine Ethyl Ester. Creatine is actually an organic acid that supplies blasts of energy to muscles. It causes cell voluminization making muscles larger.

Sports nutrition supplements that increase metabolic rates:

Thermogenics

Thermogenics are supplements that target the raising of metabolism in the body. This increases body temperature and burns fat and calories. These supplements earlier contained the ECA component-ephedrine, aspirin and caffeine. Since sale of ephedrine and its alkaloid forms has been banned the ‘ECA’ supplements now use bitter orange/ Citrus aurantium (containing synephrine) in place of ephedrine.

Hormone Boosters

Prohormone supplements utilize natural body enzymes to convert into testosterone hormone. A doctor’s prescription is essential to purchase them. Supplements that boost testosterone levels include Tribulus Terristris and ZMA. 6-OXO is an oestrogen blocker supplement. Anabolic steroids are also used to raise testosterone levels. This causes muscles to process proteins better, stimulating their growth.

Meal Replacement Products

These supplements may be packaged powder drink mixes or eatable bars. They are rich in proteins, minerals and vitamins, have moderate carbohydrates and are low in fat. They generally contain whey protein, egg albumin for proteins. Maltodextrin, brown rice and oat fiber provide carbohydrates. They sometimes use flax oil powder for Essential Fatty acids. Calcium Caseinate is a supplement that continuously releases protein for the body.

Potential Side Effects

Side effects are greater in case of testosterone and steroids because they change the hormonal stability of the body. If protein supplements are suddenly take by a person who has deficiency in proteins there will be effects from that. Excessive protein intake will cause side effects too. If the supplement is very potent the side effect will be more severe.

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