Bodybuilding Supplements

by john on February 7, 2009

This is a guest post by David Stanhope from Whey Protein King.

Supplementation to a Bodybuilding regime is very important. To get the required intake of daily calories, bodybuilders eat about five to six times per day. Supplements can provide part of this intake, as well as vital sources for muscle growth, repair and recovery from training. This is particularly important considering the grueling training schedule. But what supplements are available? Also, what exactly do they do? You do not have to be a professional bodybuilder to want to use supplements to enhance training results but having a good understanding of them is key as the market is large, competitive and can be confusing.

Whey Protein

Whey protein is the most commonly sold supplement. Whey protein is a natural product, a byproduct of the cheese manufacturing process. Whey has the highest biological value of any known protein source. It is quickly and easily digestible and when taken after training, it helps muscle repair and growth. Whey has many medicinal benefits also, including assisting in weight loss, diabetes and wound healing. Whey is also full of essential amino acids, vital for muscle growth. The Whey protein market is becoming increasingly competitive, with new flavors, higher protein contents and in the last few years introductions of liquid whey protein, eliminating the need for any preparation before taking. To see some of the best brands available, check out these whey protein reviews.

Casein Protein

Casein protein is another dairy sourced protein like whey. Casein makes up around 4/5 of the protein content in milk and is also found in products like cottage cheese. Casein Protein is a slower release protein source. It is absorbed and released into the body at a slower rate than whey but this can be beneficial in some instances. It is a good source of protein to take before you sleep, particularly after a training day. In the hours you are asleep, the Casein is being released and providing amino acids for your craving muscles. It also ensures vital protein won’t be burnt by the body as a fuel source overnight, as it may be seeking an alternative source after its Glycogen stores will have been used up training.


Creatine’s main advantage in bodybuilding is its ability to enhance to production of ATP. ATP stands for Adenosine Tri Phosphate and is essentially the energy source for your muscles in contraction. Creatine supplementation allows for longer periods of workout and training by providing the Creatine Phosphate system used in this type of training with more Creatine. More Creatine equals more ATP. This allows more of an energy release and sustained use of the muscle. (ATP is converted into ADP (Adenosine Diphosphate) and it is this that allows the energy release for the muscle.) Creatine is stored within the body in muscles.

Nitric Oxide (NO2)

Nitric oxide is a gas present in the body that is able to work in a multitude of the body’s cells. Nitric Oxide has many benefits for bodybuilding. These include vascular dilation, which allows more blood flow to the muscle and in turn a better muscle pump, better transfer of nutrients and quick recovery. Some Nitric Oxide supplements can be high in caffeine, so check labels; especially if you suffer from tachycardia (fast heart beat.)

These examples are just some of the supplements available. I hope that I have given you an insight into them and some better clarification. Supplements are just that. They supplement training to enhance results but they should never take the place of ordinary diets or natural food sources. Also, if you are taking any medication or suffer a medical condition, please contact a medical practitioner before use.

Many thanks for your time.

David Stanhope

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Health Executive February 11, 2009 at 8:17 pm

There is no other bodybuilding supplement I’ve used with near the regularity that I’ve used creatine. While most supplements in the bodybuilding industry hardly seem worthy of any use beyond a trial (some even earning disdain beyond that point), creatine has earned my personal endorsement through weekly cycles too numerous for me to recount. And, of course – I’m not alone; this workout performance enhancer is by far the most popular supplement in bodybuilding history.

logtar February 17, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Are you at least getting some free supplements?

I have used Whey Protein after work out and it worked wonderful. I might actually start using it soon.

bodybuilders June 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Supplements are very helpful in attaining the desired muscle mass for every person who wants to engage in bodybuilding. However, supplements are not enough, since a well balanced diet should also be practiced in order to reach full potentials of gaining muscle mass.

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