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Creatine 101

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Most people will say that bodybuilding supplements are vital to any bodybuilder's training program. Among the top of the bodybuilding supplements is creatine. Bodybuilder's believe that supplementing creatine into their diet helps them achieve bigger strength gains. Creatine is one of the most widely used and sought after bodybuilding supplements. As a bodybuilder I consistently interact with people supplementing their diet with creatine.

So what is creatine anyway?

Creatine is already inside each of us. Creatine is produced by the liver, kidneys and pancreas. Creatine is responsible for the energy inside the muscles. Once inside the muscles it is converted to creatine phosphate and eventually in to adenosine triphosphate (more commonly referred to as ATP). ATP is the muscle's energy source and is responsible for the contraction of the muscle. Once this energy has been exerted (muscle contraction) then ATP becomes ADP. This is when creatine phosphate and ADP create ATP and the cycle begins again.
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Omega 3 - Natural Bodybuilding

Omega 3

Why should anyone bother with omega 3? Well there are several reasons. Omega 3 is called an essential fatty acid for a reason- it's essential. Omega 3 is thought to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and keep you heart beat regular. Studies also suggest that omega 3 can help prevent cancer. If this isn't enough incentive it can also improve your mood; it is thought that it can improve brain cell receptors.


Rather than a strict dosage amount Omega 3 oils are ultimately about balance. Ideally you need to balance your Omega 3 oils with the omega 6 oils. As a simple guide a 1:5 (omega 3, omega 6, respectively) ratio can be applied. Omega 6 oils are commonly found in such foods as whole grains, fried foods, etc. The typical diet will contain more whole grains (omega 6) than fish (and other omega 3 rich foods), therefore you will lack the necessary balance between this two essential oils- omega 3 and omega 6.
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Ephedrine - Bodybuilding Supplements

Ephedrine comes from the plant Ephedra. It boosts activity in the central nervous system. Many use ephedrine as an energy booster, as an aid for weight loss and also to help one’s athletic performance. When combined with caffeine, ephedrine’s effects are increased. Caffeine increases both positive effects such as increased athletic performance and the negative side effects of ephedrine use.

There is some controversy surrounding the use of ephedrine. Some of the risks involved in taking ephedrine could be potentially life-threatening. Supplements containing ephedrine are banned by the NFL, International Olympic Committee and NCAA but are still used by widely by the general public.
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