This is a controversial subject amongst those in the Health and Fitness Industry. On one side you have people who believe you can get all the nutrients you need from your diet. Others say you need additional supplementation to ensure you are getting the nutrients you need due to the poor quality of food in today’s world. I am of the opinion that you should take supplements to help you get the nutrients you need. However, I do not believe that everybody should start taking supplements.
If you are not willing to commit to changing your diet and living a healthier lifestyle, you should not buy supplements because chances are you will not take them consistently and you will end up wasting your money Private label tinctures. For supplements to be effective they must be taken consistently and you must eat a healthy, balanced diet. Supplements are just as the name implies- a supplement, not a replacement for healthy eating and an active lifestyle.
With that said, if you are ready to take that next step you need to know which ones to take. First off, the staple of any supplement program is a good multivitamin and fish oil. A good multivitamin will not only make sure that you get all the nutrients you need to prevent you from getting sick, but it will contain the right amount of nutrients to help your body function optimally. Other supplements that will benefit your body include Calcium, Glucosamine, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D. If you are currently taking any medication, always be sure to talk with your doctor before taking any supplements. If you are not careful, the supplement could interfere with your medications.
You will also need to research the company from which you are purchasing the supplements. A good supplement company will be NSF certified. An NSF certification provides all stakeholders – industry, regulators, users and the general public – assurance that a certified product, material, component or service complies with the technical requirements of the referenced standard (visit nsf.org for more details). With seemingly more supplement companies coming under fire for selling fake supplements, doing your research is imperative to ensure you are getting a quality product. The supplement industry is not regulated and most companies do not have to be 100% honest on their nutrition label. Do not just buy the cheapest supplement you see, you could do your body more harm than good!
Bodybuilders and other athletes rely on every possible advantage to get the most out of their workouts. This includes doing things that might seem extreme to the average person, such as keeping special restrictive diets and maintaining complex exercise rotation schedules. Some of a bodybuilder’s greatest advantages can be gained from the use of vitamins, proteins and other dietary supplements. Designed to give you nutrients that your body might be missing, the increased nutritional benefits offered by supplements help push you to faster speeds, bigger gains and better athletic performance.
The high cost of many supplements keeps some bodybuilders from ever reaching their body’s full potential, since there’s only so far the human body can go without help. What these guys don’t realize is that there are plenty of ways to get cheap supplements. In many cases, these are the very same supplements others are paying more for. Here are a few tips on finding cheap bodybuilding supplements:
First of all, don’t make the mistake of shopping for supplements at your gym. Since many gyms are small and privately owned or franchised, they often aren’t ordering enough of any given product to qualify for wholesale rates. This means that the gym is buying them at regular price and then selling them at a markup. Even if you do visit a gym that’s owned by a large chain capable of buying wholesale, they’re probably still charging you retail prices. You’re very unlikely to see any cheap supplements behind the counter at your gym.
Sporting goods stores and vitamin or nutrition shops (such as GNC) are more likely to give you a good deal on supplements. Though these stores are considered retail outlets, buying in bulk allows them to pass savings along to the customer and compete with each other for lower prices. When you can find them, Wal-Mart, Costco and other discount stores offer competitive deals on cheap supplements from time to time. GNC and some similar shops also manufacture their own brand of supplements, which are naturally cheaper than name-brand competitors.
Shopping online is considered the best way to find cheap supplements, since you can often order direct from a wholesaler or distributor. Auction sites like eBay can help you find imported supplements at a discount, while using features like Google’s Shopping page can help you find the cheapest prices. Online shopping can also help you learn the ingredient lists of supplements you use, and then find cheaper versions from generic brands.