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The 5 Easiest Supplements to Take When Building Muscle for Beginners

Updated on May 23, 2020
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David is a college student and active musician. He enjoys working out on a daily basis and doing research on fitness.

Supplements

Let me make this clear. Supplements should not be consumed if you are not consistent with your training and eating regimen. You will waste your money and time. Supplements are your boosts and supporters that will help you reach your maximum potential. It is very imperative that you only rely on your supplements to "supplement" your body when lifting or playing a sport.

Once again you must have your fitness priorities (foods and workouts) established before deciding to consume any of the products that I will list below. There are hundreds of supplements to choose from, but I chose some that I have used personally and are the simplest to take. These 5 supplements by far are the easiest to take. They will provide you the energy you need to grow and recover quicker than you did before.

The following 5 supplements will help you gain muscle and/or lose fat.



1. Protein powder (preferably infused with BCAAs or Branched Chain Amino Acids)

Some taste great and some do not. The one supplement that I have taken since day one is protein powder. It is a very easy way to consume protein and help recover your body with the infused bcaas. Branch chain amino acids are recovery supplements that you can buy separately if you do not want to use protein powder. Protein is used to build muscle and essential for muscle growth. If your not able to consume enough protein by food then you should take this supplement. Protein and the branch chain amino acids will be used by the body and will help your body recover and sustain muscle.

Benefits of protein powder:

  • Can replace a meal for the day

  • Suppresses your appetite to avoid unhealthy foods

  • Easy source of protein to help with recovery

2. Creatine

Creatine is a supplement made to help you boost your strength and endurance. It is the only supplement compared to steroids, but is safer and a natural supplement that is actually consumed in a meat that most of us eat. It is in beef. Creatine is in beef and other red meats, but at very low amounts.You would have to eat about two pounds of beef to consume 5 grams of creatine. So this supplement will save you from all that eating. Some protein powders (like I mentioned before) already have creatine in them, but taking creatine separately and in moderation will not be harmful to your body. Creatine is also the most tested supplement in the fitness industry.

Benefits of Creatine:

  • Increased strength

  • Increase endurance

  • Accelerates muscle growth

3. Multivitamins

Multivitamin This supplement I would recommend is a multivitamin. If you are getting started and want to create lean muscle a multivitamin is essential for your health. Working out can be hard on your body and sometimes make you feel sluggish or fatigued. A multivitamin can help you recover, help energize, and help you get ready for your workout.

Benefits of a Multivitamin

  • Can reduce stress and anxiety
  • The body will use the B vitamins as energy
  • Helps keep your nervous system in check


4. Zinc

This supplement should not be overlooked. This supplement has so many benefits. For one it helps significantly boost your immune system. I had a fever for two days and on the third day I took zinc and slowly my fever dropped to the point where the next day I did not feel sick at all. This supplement is also a testosterone booster. Zinc is also the main ingredient in semen so it improves the quality of a males sperm as well. It also helps women with fertility and reproductive issues.

Benefits of Zinc:

  • Testosterone booster

  • Improve Semen quality and helps with reproductive issues for men and women

  • It improves skin quality and hastens wound healing

  • Improves strength and performance in athletes

    Only consume this supplement after eating. Otherwise you will have an upset stomach!

5. Fish Oil

Fish oil is a supplement I would recommend for people trying to build muscle. This supplement is a heart helper and is also very beneficial for the skin. I find that fish oil helps with lubricating my joints. Especially when I used to have growing pains when I was around 16 years old. I would take two fish oil every other night and it would help with pains in my elbows and knees.

Benefits of Fish Oil:

  • Lubricates the joints

  • Benefits the skin

  • Helps with vision

  • Boosts the immune system

Tips and When To Take

I would take the multivitamin every morning to start the day. Followed by the creatine before your workout, so it is coursing through your veins during the workout. Take the protein shake after the workout or an hour or two before bed. Consume the zinc and fish oil right after you eat dinner to avoid an upset stomach. Follow the amount recommended on the back of the products you decide to buy.

Truth

On the contrary you do not need supplements. Eating real food (I always think) is better than taking supplements, but sometimes it is nice to have a bit of an edge. I now take more advanced supplements after doing lots of research on them and reading articles like these. If you're looking for some advice something better such as pre-workouts and other recovery formulas comment below.

Summary

These are supplements that worked for me and the people I have helped build muscle. I am just sharing what I wish I could have read when I first started. I had help from my father and the internet and I would not suggest these things supplements if I didn’t take them myself.

If you have any questions about workout regimes diet or anything else comment below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 David Lewis Jr

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