Everyone is trying to get healthy and fit and while doing so, your body needs extra vitamins and nutrients. It is simple really, you can’t deplete something without having to replenish it. The same goes for your body. Sometimes our bodies aren’t getting enough of what it needs to begin with, and that could start the “get fit” process off on the wrong foot.
1) Branched Chain Amino Acids that have anabolic effects on protein metabolism by raising the rate of protein synthesis and lowering the rate of protein degradation in resting human muscle. Also, during recovery from endurance exercise, BCAAs were found to have anabolic effects in human muscle.
A study published in the National Institute of Health showed “When BCAAs were supplied to subjects during and after one session of quadriceps muscle resistance exercise, an increase in mTOR, p70 S6 kinase, and S6 phosphorylation was found in the recovery period after the exercise with no effect of BCAAs on Akt or glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK-3) phosphorylation. Exercise without BCAA intake led to a partial phosphorylation of p70 S6 kinase without activating the enzyme, a decrease in Akt phosphorylation, and no change in GSK-3.”These findings show that the Branched Chain Amino Acids help with the recovery of the human muscle after a workout
2) Pine Bark, also known as Pycnogenol, has been shown to help with cramps and muscle pain before during and after a workout. A study found in the U.S. National Medical Librarywas done to assess the prevention of cramps and muscular pain with the use of Pycnogenol. The study was done over a 9 week period (5 weeks of activity with Pycnogenol and 4 without) to study the effects Pycnogenol plays on the body. Research suggests that the use of Pycnogenol prevents cramps, muscular pain at rest, as well as pain after or during exercise.
Stated in the report, “The difference is statistically significant considering objective observations (cramps episodes) and evaluating more subjective aspects (score). This indicates that Pycnogenol is effective in reducing pain and cramps during retraining and rehabilitation increasing its efficiency. In starting any physical rehabilitation program, particularly in vascular subjects, the limitation in mobility associated with muscular pain and with cramps tends to be relevant, and controlling these symptoms is useful to speed up the retraining process.”
3) While trying to achieve the most from your work out you can add activated B vitamins to help give you the energy you need. By using these advanced forms, the body has to work less for utilization and effectiveness is increased. Folinic acid, 5-MTHF, methylcobalamin (B12) and pyridoxal 5’ phosphate (B6) is known to promote cardiovascular health. Additional B vitamins such as B1, B5, niacin and biotin support many processes allowing this product to work via several mechanisms to increase energy, promote cardiovascular health, decrease stress and improve mood while helping to maintain normal serotonin levels.
Vitamin B12 also takes part in metabolism, along with the other B vitamins. The vitamin helps our bodies convert the food we eat and turn it into the energy we need. The B vitamins also help the body digest proteins and fats. This helps your body use the food you eat more efficiently as fuel.
4) While working out is great if your bones can’t handle the activity, you won’t get very far. Vitamin D promotes the efficient intestinal absorption of calcium, by supporting the synthesis of calcium-binding proteins to promote normal calcium absorption and retention. Vitamin D also promotes the normal formation of bone and normal bone growth, and bone remodeling by osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Daily supplements of vitamin D3 may improve certain markers of heart health like HDL cholesterol, and lead to significant reductions in body fat mass in overweight and obese people, says a new study posted in the British Journal of Nutrition.