Saturday, February 26, 2011

New Supplements

So this month I’m trying a different protein supplement called Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey. This supplement was awarded overall supplement of the year 2009-2010 and protein powder of the year 2009-2010. I got banana cream flavour and the taste is similar to those candy banana lollies. So far I haven’t experienced any stomach problems with this supplement.

In one scoop I get:
  • 24g of protein 
  • 5.5g of BCAAs
  • 4g glutamine & precursors 
  • 73 Servings (Approximately)
I mix 31g (which has 24g of protein) with 250ml of milk and cosume before and after a workout.

I spent hours on the net researching ‘supplements’ and finally came across creatine and nitric oxide. After a lot of reading and finding out that these supplements are safe to take I decided to try out BSN CellMass which is a creatine supplement.

I mix 16g (which has 5g of creatine) with 250ml of water and consume after a workout.
So what is creatine? Creatine is an acid produced in the liver, pancreas and kidneys, and is transported to muscle cells saturating them. Creatine is 100% natural and can be found in many foods. (Herring, salmon, tuna, beef) Tests have proven that taking creatine may have a slight benefit in increasing muscle mass and enhancing physical performance. There are no serious effects to be concerned about. But some users have reported of:
  • Headaches
  • Dehydration
  • Water retention
  • Frequent urination
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Gas
Long term studies have not concluded whether or not creatine can lead to long term kidney damage.  
I have been using this supplement on cycles, which is not necessary considering this is a newly formulated creatine called creatine ethyl ester (CEE) and can be taken whenever. I don’t want my body to become used to the supplement and then end up hitting a plateau one day. So what I’ve done is take approximately 5g of creatine a day for seven days and then have a week off. Rinse and repeat. I do occasionally get dehydrated and headaches, nothing too serious, but that’s due to not drinking enough water.
If I’ve said anything that is incorrect, please let me know ASAP!
Wow. Hope you didn’t fall asleep reading this. xD
Haha, I can talk about nitric oxide later...

1 comment:

  1. Good info. I was pretty lazy to google about creatine. I was interested in muscletech's creatine actually.