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dd2000
09-24-2007, 06:45 PM
Hi all,

Other than eat eat eat (healthy food). What types of food and supplements should a bodybuilder focus on and why? Other than protein shakes and vitamins, what other supplements are crucial? I heard of glutamine for recovery (is this true?)...flax seed oil (not sure what this is and what it does)...what other things are good and why?

Any help or links woud be appreciated.

thx

Outshine
09-24-2007, 07:06 PM
http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=46565

dscarth
09-24-2007, 08:01 PM
The above list that outshine linked is great. Highly reccomended.

For basic 'supplements': a good multivitamin, fish oil caplets. I think those are the two things that virtually nobody can argue about as being good.

I'd personally stay away from multivitamins with megadoses of like everything. Maybe alot of B12 or C is fine (300%DV or less), but if a vitamin has alot of stuff over 100%DV, especially anything fat soluble, I'll stay away. Also for men, make sure the multivitamin has no iron. I take a daily One-a-day Men's Multivitamin (http://www.one-a-day.com/mens.html).

For fish oil, I hashed out my thoughts in a now deleted thread. I'd get something USP certified if possible (Nature Made Fish Oil Caplets (http://www.naturemade.com/ProductDatabase/prd_prod.asp?productid=127), for example, which is what I use).

As for more advanced supplements like protein, creatine, or thermogenics, I'd stick with At Large Nutrition (http://www.atlargenutrition.com/) products because I've been really happy with them and they appear to be of high quality. I use personally both Nitrean and Opticen.

Other than that, its up to you.

Con
09-24-2007, 08:41 PM
Essential for bodybuilding? Food

Good to add? Fish oil, Protein powder, Creatine.

Btw dont agree with this:


advanced supplements like protein, creatine, or thermogenics

Most dont consider PP advanced. ITs just food, and a convenient and inepensive way to hit Protein Goals for the day. Also creatine is found in red meat, so arguably not very advanced.

dscarth
09-24-2007, 08:48 PM
Most dont consider PP advanced. ITs just food, and a convenient and inepensive way to hit Protein Goals for the day. Also creatine is found in red meat, so arguably not very advanced.

Poor choice of words on my part... "extras" maybe?

Rusty
09-25-2007, 04:38 AM
Also for men, make sure the multivitamin has no iron.

Why is that?

AKMass
09-25-2007, 06:14 AM
Iron in multi + Iron in gym = Iron overdose. :zipit:

Con
09-25-2007, 07:29 AM
Poor choice of words on my part... "extras" maybe?

Yea. No big deal, just pointing it out.

I dislike when people see me drink a shake and they are like "Oh my god! What's that STUFF you put in water and are now drinking and it looks good..."

dscarth
09-25-2007, 08:12 AM
Why is that?

"Dietary iron intake and risk of coronary disease among men."
http://grande.nal.usda.gov/ibids/index.php?mode2=detail&origin=ibids_references&therow=93675

"High stored iron levels are associated with excess risk of myocardial infarction in eastern Finnish men."
http://grande.nal.usda.gov/ibids/index.php?mode2=detail&origin=ibids_references&therow=290303

It was my understanding that it is generally accepted that men who eat meat tend to get plenty of iron already, and iron supplementation may increase the risk of heart disease.

Stumprrp
09-25-2007, 08:19 AM
Meat, Fish, Eggs, Milk, Nuts, Cheese, Fruits, Veggies

theravingphycho
09-25-2007, 10:17 AM
BB'ing essentials for the bod of your dreams

Eat
Lift
Rest

In that order. Neglect one of them and you dont see the dream come true

optional extras later on down the line