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There are several people that work out at the gym or undergo weight training, in order to build their muscle mass. In order to build their bodies, they are required to eat a good, substantial diet that is high in protein, vitamins, minerals as well as other essential nutrients. You may often notice that there are several bodybuilders, who regularly consume powdered forms of protein, which are vital and important building blocks, for their muscles. This protein powder, which generally carries some flavor or the other, is mixed with water, to take on the form of a milkshake or even a pudding at times. Such protein powders are bodybuilding supplements that should be consumed immediately before and after a person works out.

There are several bodybuilding supplements that can even be used to replace a meal. Such supplements are recommended for building and toning the body, as they contain adequate amounts of protein that is required, for the repair as well as the growth of the muscle tissues. Some common bodybuilding supplements include creatine, glutamine, BCAA, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), whey protein and glucosamine sulfate, to name a few.


The most commonly used bodybuilding supplements are whey protein bodybuilding supplements. Whey protein is absorbed by the body very easily and quickly. It is derived from milk and is the most superior form of protein sources, especially for athletes. Apart from growing and repairing muscles tissues, whey protein bodybuilding supplements have immune boosting properties, as they contain high amounts of all the essential amino acids as well as the branched chain amino acids and have the highest content of cysteine. The side effects of whey protein body building supplements are believed to be few, as compared to some of the other common supplements and steroids that are often used by bodybuilders.


There are some bodybuilders who go as far as using steroids, in order to increase their muscle mass. History shows that several athletes have used steroids to improve their performance in various fields of sport too. Anabolic steroids have been commonly used in the past, to enhance physical and athletic performance. They, are basically drugs, that mimic the effects of dihydrotestosterone as well as the testosterone (male sex hormones) in the body. They increase the synthesis of protein in the cells, which in turn leads to the build up of cellular tissue in the muscles. These steroids can increase lean mass, weight and muscular strength. Anabolic steroids are believed to increase virility-related properties, as they develop and maintain several masculine characteristics, like increase in body hair and growth of the vocal cords. These steroids are used to treat many conditions like cancer, AIDS and degenerative diseases. However, there have been a few health risks associated with excessive doses or the long-term use of anabolic steroids. These risks include liver damage, high blood pressure, severe acne and most importantly, dangerous alterations in the levels of cholesterol.


Even though you may see several bodybuilders rely mainly on protein bodybuilding supplements, the best and the most effective way of increasing muscle mass and quality is by following natural bodybuilding diets. Foods that include milk soy, fish, egg whites and hemp seed are naturally very high in protein and can be regarded as natural bodybuilding supplements because people can get the required amount of protein, by increasing their consumption of such foods, in their normal diets. The excessive use of bodybuilding supplements can lead to problems such as diarrhea, weight gain or even kidney problems. Therefore, before taking even the smallest amounts of bodybuilding supplements, it is important to consult a qualified and experienced fitness consultant, as well as a doctor. 


Submitted on January 16, 2014