Peak Performance: Achieve Your Athletic Goals

Friday, May 30, 2014

There are six main categories of supplements:

Protein Powders

Not surprisingly, these supplements help add more protein to your diet. Proteins are crucial to grow and maintain muscle and are part of every cell, tissue, and organ. All protein powders can help you to build lean tissue as well as aid in muscle recovery. Soy protein and whey protein also aid in optimizing body composition.

Mass Builders

There are three main supplements in this category: creatine monohydrate, maltodextrin, and waxy maize. They help to store and use energy as well as supporting the increase in overall mass. Each of them can help support the building and maintenance of lean tissue, improve muscle function, and improve endurance. Creatine monohydrate also helps optimize body composition, build and maintain lean tissue, and provides cardiovascular support.

Amino Acids

This group of natural supplements helps your body to build blocks of proteins, produce neurotransmitters, synthesize enzymes, and repair tissue. There are 8 different kinds of amino acid supplements, and each has its own strengthens. Many help support endurance and muscle recovery, and several support the maintenance of lean tissue and improve immune system support.

Diet Support

Sticking with a diet isn’t easy, and these natural supplements focus on helping you achieve results from your plan. They help you achieve optimal body composition and promote the burning of fat when used in conjunction with a diet and exercise program. Some also provide secondary benefits, including mood improvement, muscle building and repair, endurance, and support for the immune or cardiovascular system.

Energy and Endurance

Need a boost? These natural supplements, which include beta-alanine, caffeine, d-ribose, and pyruvate, aid in supporting and sustaining your energy level. They help encourage repair and recovery as well as storing extra energy for exercise.

Endocrine Support

What is the endocrine system, and why is it important? It’s the series of glands that produce hormones, such as the pituitary, pancreas, thyroid, gastrointestinal tract and adrenal glands. Each of these glands help send signals that are crucial to your body’s functions, and natural supplements can help support that process for fitness enthusiasts. Since hormonal signals differ for men and women, there are also natural supplements designed to support the specific genders.