Over the years I’ve been up and down and back and forth with supplements. At the end of the day, though, I’ve come to realize that I require very few to get the results I need to 1) support my lifting efforts and 2) provide general health benefits that I hope will help keep me spunky in the nursing home. I have reviewed almost every supplement in my arsenal before, and I thought this post would be a convenient way to provide a single source to discuss the handful that I actually take and recommend to my clients when they ask me.
I have reviewed many up to this point, and I feel like there are several good options out there. My main goal with protein is convenience and macro profile. Beyond that, ingredients and taste are important as well. I currently use Orgain, Arbonne and Natural Grocer’s unflavored whey protein concentrate as my main protein powders at this time. I have reviewed a few others that I find to be satisfactory as well – Trader Joe’s, MRM and Labrada.
If there is one catch-all supplement I recommend it’s this one. Fish oil benefits you from head to toe, including brain function, eyes, skin, blood vessels, heart, joints and mood.
Here’s one for the ladies. I highly recommend it for mood stabilization, and to keep your family safe from your wrath.
I have touted this supplement despite the myths around use for women. I rely on it to perform my best in the gym (and in life).
I have yet to review this one in detail because I’m not able to physically or even psychologically feel the benefits, though I know they’re important. Vitamin D plays a key role in absorption of other vitamins, minerals, and even hormones (like progesterone), and is especially important for bone health.
I have to admit that I’m bad at taking these. Though I do feel I eat a pretty balanced diet, I am certain a good multi would fill in the gaps nicely. Even the most conscientious eater has a few holes in their plan due to hormone fluctuations, environmental elements and stress levels. Here’s a good one I’ve tried in the past.
So there it is. A pretty short list picked from an absolutely gargantuan list of available options out there. Truth be told, you really don’t NEED any of these, provided you’re mixing it up on a regular basis with all your whole foods. (you ARE eating whole foods every day, right?!?)
The fitness and nutrition landscape is always changing, so I’ll do my best to keep you updated on any changes. What is your favorite supplement?
Before we part, I must remind you that I am in no way, shape or form a medical anybody. Please consult with your doctor before adding this or any other supplement to your daily program. Additionally, I receive zero compensation for endorsing or mentioning specific brands of supplements here.