Supplements For Building Muscle: The Good, the Bad, and the Worthless
Stop by your local health food store and you’ll find a bewildering array of muscle-building powders and capsules, most of them making dubious and exaggerated claims.
The truth is that no supplement can stand in for the right diet, and that even the most effective supplements hinge on a healthy diet to work. Supplements are made to supplement what you are already doing effectively–if your diet doesn’t support muscle growth and good training, then supplements won’t either! For this reason, make sure you follow the tips from the section above before going out and purchasing supplements which won’t help until you’ve dialed your diet in!
With that being said, there are definitely a handful supplements which will provide a significant boost to your goal of gaining muscle, and in fact are some of the most useful supplements to anybody seeking to improve their health!
These supplements include:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Fish Oil), Magnesium, Vitamin D, Curcumin, Probiotics, CoQ10. If you want to step up supplementation a notch with more muscle-focused nutrients, stick with the science-supported basics. There are only a handful of (legal) supplements which have been proven to be effective time and again, but of these only three have wide-ranging impact for those seeking to improve their body and performance: Creatine, Beta-Alanine, and the Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). We’ll focus on these supplements first.