Core 4: Essential Supplements for Student Athletes

Core 4: Essential Supplements for Student Athletes

What supplements are safe and effective for kids to take? It is a question we hear parents ask all of the time at Max Muscle Sports Nutrition. It can be very difficult to differentiate between supplements that are essential and supplements that are nonessential. It all comes down to the basics. Max Muscle has developed The Core 4 system. The Core 4 consists of: Protein, Glutamine, Multivitamins and EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids). Starting simple is always the best way to establish a healthy supplementation regimen.

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Protein: One of the primary benefits of Protein is muscle building, but the average person doesn’t consume enough protein to build considerable muscle mass. Unless you plan on spending a lot of time and money into eating chicken breasts, you’ll need to enhance your diet with protein shakes. 

Protein shakes are popular with athletes and anyone looking to increase muscle mass. One of its key benefits is that it helps fuel your muscles with the extra protein that you can’t get from food alone. Protein has amino acids that are important for building and keeping muscle.

There are some amino acids that cannot be produced within the body. Ingested protein, either food or supplement, is the only way to get these amino acids that your body needs. If the amount of protein taken in is too low, your body will rob your muscles to get the amino acids it needs. This can be a frustrating cycle for people who are working hard to build muscle but not getting enough protein. Their body is using up the muscle they are building in order to have enough energy for hard workouts.

Protein shakes are typically consumed right before or after exercising, or in place of a meal. It can be mixed with water, juice or milk, and it can also be sprinkled over top of a bowl of cereal or oatmeal. Keep in mind that protein shakes are supplements and are not a substitute for a healthy diet of whole foods. Protein powders cannot give you other nutrients that whole foods can, so make sure you use shakes only as a supplement. Most of your daily protein intake should come from meats, poultry, fish and eggs.

Beware of protein shakes that contain aspartame, fructose and artificial colors. Some lower quality products contain fillers that can cause bloating, cramps and gas. Some protein supplements are not very appetizing because of graininess or thickness. MaxPro is Max Muscle’s highest concentrated protein. It contains over 300% more bio-available protein than regular whey protein. More bio-available protein means higher nitrogen retention resulting in faster recovery and increased muscle growth. MaxPro tastes fantastic and has no chalky aftertaste.

Glutamine: This is the most abundant amino acid in skeletal muscle and is often depleted due to training, stress, and poor diet. After as little as 30 minutes of strenuous exercise, 50% of your glutamine levels can be depleted. Research indicates that bodybuilders, athletes, and active people often do not produce enough Glutamine in their liver to restore levels fast enough. It takes your liver approximately 72 hours to bring your levels back to normal. If you are working out or training every day, adding glutamine to your protein shakes can help with muscle soreness and immune boosting to help you get the most out of your workouts day in and day out.

Vitamins: At Max Muscle, we recommend liquid multivitamins. They are convenient to use and easy to swallow. Liquid nutrition absorbs rapidly and efficiently. It has been shown that a liquid vitamin absorbs up to 90% better than a tablet or capsule. You can also mix it right in with your protein shake without really tasting it. Max Muscle Vitacell provides 100% or more of the Daily Value of 13 essential vitamins, over 60 major trace and ultra-trace minerals, beneficial anti-oxidants and other key nutraceuticals. This formula provides everything you need to support athletic performance, muscle growth and recovery, as well as great overall health.

Essential Fatty Acids: “The good fats”, are necessary fats that humans cannot synthesize, and must be obtained through diet. The benefits we get from EFA’s are huge. Max Muscle Essential Omega supports healthy cardiovascular health, reduces inflammation, improves brain function, provides immune support, and aids with fat burning. Fish oil has even been suggested for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Incorporating the Core 4 is a great way to insure that you child will remain healthy and perform at their full potential.

Article Written by Sports Spotlight

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