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Should You Take Body Building Supplements?

There are many more of them than you might know they are quite common. You can buy them at the grocery store in the forms of powders, pills and even bars. They can be eaten plain, mixed into other food or taken orally. There is a wide variety. Each supplement is meant to help the body make more of something that it produces naturally (or that you consume naturally, like protein). Is it easy to know which ones are right for you? In this article we will discuss a few of the more popular ones and tell you a little about who should and should not take them.
ZMA is a very popular body building supplement. It is a mineral formula that contains a couple of Aspartates and the vitamin B-6. Many trained athletes use it to boost hormone production to build muscle strength. It can be used to increase testosterone levels by more than 25 percent. This is a natural substance that your body produces on it’s own in lower levels. It is formulated to enhance the body’s own production of minerals and vitamins essential for muscle use. Talk to your doctor if you think that this supplement is right for you.

Before you take any supplement discuss it with your physician. Resist the urge to take a little of every supplement out there when you are first starting out in any sport that might require stamina. Talk to your physician about which hormones and/or enzymes you need in order to get the desired results. You will be less likely to cause yourself harm with supplements if you consult a doctor. You may at some point learn how to decide for yourself but it’s always to involve your doctor.

Remember that not all supplements are equal. Every person will respond differently to each of these supplements. Cheaper of course does not always mean better. Sure you can buy cheap supplements at the pharmacy, but it is better to use the supplements that your doctor prescribes. Doc will likely be more expensive but also safer. Don’t cut corners you are only asking for trouble when you buy these cheap dollar store knock offs.

Whether or not you should take body building supplements is really up to you, your doctor and your trainer. Some sports may make you feel like you can make the right decision, resist that urge and consult your doctor. Fight this urge. You may be one of those who never really needs to take a supplement. For another, you need to know which things you need to supplement if you want to be healthy and successful. You won’t need supplements right away, but when you do it is better to err on the side of caution and only take what you need!

Author bio: Debra Hoffmann writes a blog exploring sports health products such as ZMA and creatine supplements.

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