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    Essential Supplimentation


    I was wondering, in addition to a quality multivitamin, what other suppliments are considered "essential" for bodybuilding. I was thinking, in addition to a vitamin, that a fatty acid complex and maybe an amino acid complex would be essential. I would be great if we could use this thread as a central posting for what is essential for optimal body building.

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    Definitely! I think that would be very helpful.
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    Protein is a no brainer. All I use most of the time is a multivitamin and some protein powder to help increase my protein intake throughout the day and I've done fine with myself. I guess EFA's would be good too. Supplements aren't really essential IMO although they can help. You can either choose to "supplement" them into your diet or not. That doesn't mean I won't try new things.
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    yes, besides protien, and also, I am not talking about things that enhance workout (stims etc..) Just to let you all know
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    calcium, magnesium, bcaa's,creatine, raw eggs, hehe
    2-3 grams vit C, lecithin
    flaxseed all the time, cla, green tea
    cleansing items such as clorophyl, hella fiber, waterX10 to the 23rd power
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    Necessary Ancillary Supplementation


    ALA
    ALCAR
    Fish Oil
    Whole food source Liquid multiple vitamin
    ZMA
    Creatine
    BCAA


    Here is a link to a thread at Avant. I don't know if this is ok to do, it's good info initially and then it turns into aspirin blah blah blah.

    http://www.avantlabs.com/main.php?pageID=97
    Last edited by gordongecko; 02-24-2005 at 11:25 AM. Reason: link
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    Protein
    BCAA
    Vitamin C
    Vitamin E
    Fish Oil, Flax oil
    Multivitamin
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    Suppliments are not essential. The only thing I consider essential is a multi-vitamin.
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    I agree with T-Bone. Supplement implies supplemental which would mean by definition they are non-essential. You don't need any supplements at all. You can get all your nutrition from food although it is difficult with the declining nutritional quality of food.
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    supplements arent essential for your average person, but for something living the bodybuilding life-style i think certain ones (that i posted) are. If i dont use EFA's my joints kill me (like right now lol). multi's and other vitamins i feel are essential for the immune system. Protein and BCAA's in my mind are the only objects on the list that could be seen as non-essential since body-builders from 30+ years ago didn't really have these and still looked great (in my opinion better than todays body builders).

    Even if something happened and i could never body-build again, I wouldn't stop using protein,flax, fish oil or a multi. There are so many health benefits to these supplements (and green tea too) that it would be stupid NOT to use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gordongecko
    ALA
    ALCAR
    Fish Oil
    Whole food source Liquid multiple vitamin
    ZMA
    Creatine
    BCAA
    BUMP for the antioxidants, excessive training and heavy lifting increases free radicals, the antioxidants would be essential IMO...not really anything you could necessarily "feel" but it's doing you right on the inside
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    I agree. Taking a good range of antioxidants and EFA's has helped my recovery time immensely. I wouldn't say it's essential for BBing but it certainly makes life easier. Humans can tough out just about any kind of deficiency but why do it when you don't have to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wedgylx
    supplements arent essential for your average person, but for something living the bodybuilding life-style i think certain ones (that i posted) are. If i dont use EFA's my joints kill me (like right now lol). multi's and other vitamins i feel are essential for the immune system. Protein and BCAA's in my mind are the only objects on the list that could be seen as non-essential since body-builders from 30+ years ago didn't really have these and still looked great (in my opinion better than todays body builders).

    Even if something happened and i could never body-build again, I wouldn't stop using protein,flax, fish oil or a multi. There are so many health benefits to these supplements (and green tea too) that it would be stupid NOT to use them.
    Well your 19 years old. Supplement companies love your section of the population because thats who they make most of their money off of!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bone
    Well your 19 years old. Supplement companies love your section of the population because thats who they make most of their money off of!.
    How do you figure that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enigma76
    How do you figure that?
    Its a fact. look it up.
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    I'm a huge proponent of sesathin. It keeps you lean(er) when bulking, helps lose fat quicker when cutting, and has a multitude of other benefits as well. It's one I take year round, along with free form aminos around workouts, and creatine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bone
    Well your 19 years old. Supplement companies love your section of the population because thats who they make most of their money off of!.
    I agree but what does that have to do with essential supplementation?
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    A short list (Im tired):

    Antioxidants- I use GXR for that and its other benifits
    EFA's
    Protien Powder
    Multi Vitamin
    Sesathin is very important IMHO also but it is not a thing I take everyday, more like a few times a week, depending on my training/eating
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    Quote Originally Posted by max silver
    I'm a huge proponent of sesathin. It keeps you lean(er) when bulking, helps lose fat quicker when cutting, and has a multitude of other benefits as well. It's one I take year round, along with free form aminos around workouts, and creatine.
    Indeed.

    And its also the aforementioned anti-oxidant, and a "good fat." Its also an anti-inflamatory, and helps other systems (like REDOX) as well.

    Which is why, to me, it is an "essential" supplement, along with fish oil, and a multi-v.
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    Another one I forgot to mention is glucosamine/chondritin. After 3-4 years now of lifting, and not always having utilized proper warmup procedures and lifting form/technique, my joints need all the help they can get in staying functional.
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    The longer I lifted weights the more supps I used and considered them "essential". I started with a multi and tried a host of others like most people. Nowadays it boils down to: Creatine, whey, glutamine, Vitamin E, Alcar, ALA, CoQ10, Flax seed oil, A multi, Maximum Prostate Formula, and a giant dose of common sense.Almost any male can benefit from this regimen.
  

  
 

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