Sports Supplements Reviews
Sports Supplements are a huge multi $billion market for the nutrition industry. Many Sports Supplement manufacturers make unfounded claims about the effectiveness of particular sports supplements. But just how effective are Sports Supplements? Strength and fitness uk have reviewed many of the most popular Sports Supplements to give you impartial reviews of which sports supplements work and which don't.
List of Reviewed Sports Supplements
- Acetyl L Carnitine
Acetyl L Carnitine is believed to improve muscular endurance, mental function, alertness, memory, and to reduce the age associated decline in brain function
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
A powerful anti-oxidant that increases glucose and fat metabolism, and may help to drive glucose and creatine into muscle cells.
- American Ginseng
American ginseng is believed to enhance fatigue resistance, boost immune function, protect against muscle damage, and improving mental & physical stamina.
Arginine has anabolic (muscle building) properties, and supplementing with arginine has many benefits including increased protein synthesis, reduced muscle breakdown, elevated growth hormone levels, and increased nitric oxide production.
Beta-Alanine is a naturally occurring amino acid. Beta-Alanine supplementation is known to elevate the concentration of Carnosine which acts as a buffer of lactic acid and appears to enhance muscle fatigue resistance and work output.
- Beta Ecdysterone
Beta-ecdysterone (also known as ecdysterone) is a naturally occurring steroid like compound. Some studies have suggested that that Beta-ecdysterone is a powerful anabolic agent, that can enhance protein synthesis and increase lean muscle mass.
- Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)
BCAAs stimlate muscle building (anabolism) whilst decreasing muscle breakdown (catabolism). Increases lean muscle mass, reduces muscle damage and soreness, improves immune function, and may enhance endurance exercise performance.
Bicarbonate is often used by endurance athletes to enhance athletic ability by buffering the build-up of lactic acid in the blood.
Caffeine has long been considered an ergogenic aid that is capable of improving physical performance. It works by activating the central nervous system and sympathetic nervous system.
Carnosine may enhance exercise performance by reducing the build up of hydrogen ions (lactate) within muscle cells.
- Chondroitin Sulfate
Chondroitin helps to reduce the cause of pain associated with injury, speed the injury recovery rate and may reduce the risk of injury.
- Citrulline Malate
Citrulline Malate has many positive effects on aerobic exercise performance including: 1) increased aerobic production of energy; 2) Improved stamina and fatigue resistance, and; 3) improved recovery and energy levels.
- Conjugated Linoleic Acid
CLA is a type of fatty acid found naturally in our diet. It decreases muscle breakdown, increases lean muscle mass, and muscular strength.
Colostrum can help to increase lean muscle mass and enhance endurance performance.
- Co-Enzyme Q10
Co-Q10 is a powerful antioxidant that may enhance endurance exercise performance. It is present in particularly high levels in the heart where it is believed to enhance the function of the heart.
- Cordyceps Sinenis
Cordyceps is believed to improved fatigue and stress resistance, improved immune function, lower cholesterol levels, may possess anti-tumour properties, and appears to have anti-ageing & anti-oxidant properties.
- Creatine Monohydrate
Creatine has been demonstrated to significantly increase fat free muscle mass, muscular strength, and muscular power.
- Dimethylglycine (DMG)
DMG is an anti-oxidant that may enhance immune function and work as a detoxifier.
- Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s)
EFA’s may help to enhance fat free mass.
- Ginkgo Biloba
Gingko biloba may be of benefit in enhancing mental functioning and mental alertness.
- Glucosamine Sulfate
Glucosamine is an important building block, found in high concentrations in joints. Glucosamine is needed for the manufacture of cartilage and also plays a role in the formation of collagen. Glucosamine is usually sold as either glucosamine sulfate or glucosamine hydrochloride (HCL).
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the human body making up over 50% of the total amount of amino acids. Glutamine is essential for growth and normal immune function. It can help to increase lean muscle mass and recovery from exercise.
- Hydroxy Methyl Butyrate (HMB)
HMB (Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate) appears to have anti-catabolic properties. It appears to enhance muscle mass and muscular strength.
- Sodium Phosphate
Sodium Phosphate is believed to enhance muscular endurance and aerobic capacity. Phosphates are believed to buffer the build up of hydrogen ions.
Phosphatidylserine (PS), plays an important role in the repair of damaged cells, and is believed to aid in the growth of new muscle mass.
Pycnogenol enhances nitric oxide production which ould enhance muscle mass. It may also enhance growth hormone secretion and aid recovery from exercise.
- Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola rosea (Golden root) is an adaptogen, that may enhance the body’s ability to cope with external stresses. It is believed to stimulate the nervous system, enhance work performance, and reduce fatigue.
Ribose is a naturally occurring pentose sugar that may enhance the recovery rate by increasing re-synthesis of ATP. Following intense or prolonged exercise ATP levels within your muscles, may decrease by around 20-25%, and may take 48-72hours to fully return to normal. The idea behind ribose supplementation is that it has the potential to speed up the recovery rate.
- Siberian Ginseng
Siberian Ginseng is believed to have adaptogenic properties, in that it enhances are body’s ability to cope with external stresses (physical and mental). It has been widely studied in Russia, where it has been used extensively as an adaptogen to increase resistance to stress, fatigue, & disease.
- Vanadyl Sulfate
Vanadyl Sulfate has traditionally been used by bodybuilders to enhance muscle pumps and enhance muscle mass.
- Whey Protein
Both casein and whey protein have traditionally been used by body builders, and strength athletes to increase the rate of protein synthesis (muscle building), whilst decreasing the rate of catabolism of muscle mass (muscle breakdown), and increasing the rate of post exercise recovery.
ZMA can increase the levels of total testosterone, free testosterone, recovery and muscular endurance.
- Caffeine improves morning exercise performance
- Betaine improves sprint cycling performance
- Combination of Carbohydrate, BCAAs & Caffeine Enhances Endurance Exercise
- Creatine Monohydrates Antioxidant Properties Protect Against Oxidative Damage
- More Evidence to support the role of caffeine in enhancing endurance exercise performance
- Leucine-Protein Supplement Improves Endurance Recovery
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