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What Are The Best Supplements For Increased Energy?

What are the best supplements for increased energy? With so many options out there for your energy needs, it is hard to know what to take to get the most bang for your buck. Here's a great list to support your needs!

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TOPIC: What Are The Best Supplements For Increased Energy?

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Why drag your tired body to the gym or through a day of work without the aid of an effective supplement?

What are the best supplements for increased energy?

How often should one use these supplements?

Are there any side effects to these supplements?

Which supplements would you not recommend using for increasing energy?

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Why drag your tired body to the gym or through a day of work without the aid of an effective supplement?

20 years ago bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts had to drag themselves out of bed in the morning and head to the gym, relying solely on pure willpower to make progress. However, as time as passed the fitness industry has grown and with it, the supplement industry.

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Why Drag Your Tired Body To The Gym
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This now massive industry has given us the ability to finally surpass our genetics and go that extra mile. One of the more common supplements in everyone's stack is an energy based supplement.

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Energy Supplements
What Are The Best Supplements For Increased Energy?
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With so many options out there for your energy needs, it is hard to know what to take to get the most bang for your buck. The first step to making an informed choice is knowing what ingredients work well, and which ones will take you to that next level.

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    The mainstay in the energy supplement industry, and quite possibly in popular culture as well, Caffeine is involved in nearly every energy supplement on the market today. Caffeine allows for stimulation of the Central Nervous System (CNS) by blocking the calming neurotransmitter Adenosine. This results in higher levels of adrenaline and an added level of energy and alertness.

    Some of the popular products containing caffeine:

    • Higher Power Caffeine:
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    • Supplement Direct Caffeine:
      Similar to the Higher Power product this is a simple Caffeine Anhydrous based product. However, Supplement Direct's product is powdered which allows for 1000 servings at a low cost.

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    • Gaspari Nutrition SuperPump250:
      While far from a 'caffeine only' supplement, Gaspari Nutrition's SuperPump250 earns a nod in the caffeine division as is one of the better formulated 'all-in-one' pre-workout products on the market today.

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    Cordyceps are a form a mushroom that helps to increase cellular energy metabolism, supports adrenal functions, enhances ATP production, and improves oxygen utilization.

    Cordyceps may be a new concept to the supplement industry, but they have already cemented their place in history. In the 1930s, Tibetan's used them while climbing Mt. Everest to assist in energy production and oxygen utilization. Then again in the 1993 when the Chinese Women's National track Team used Cordyceps to set NINE world records.

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In The 1930s, Tibetan's Used Cordyceps
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    Some of the popular products containing Cordyceps:

    • Millennium Sport Cordygen5:
      Quite possibly the most complete Cordyceps product on the market, Millennium Sport Cordygen5 brings together five strains and four species of Cordyceps to make the body a more efficient machine.

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    We all remember when Ephedrine products were the 'King of the Hill' when it came to fat loss and energy, however due to some negative cardiovascular side-effects it left many of us looking for an alternative.

    Synephrine raises the metabolic rate. This is achieved by only stimulating the beta-3 receptors, which in turn triggers the breakdown of lipolysis. Similar to caffeine in its stimulant effects it provides reduced appetite and increased levels of energy.

    Some of the popular products containing Synephrine:

    • PrimaForce Syneburn:
      PrimaForce SyneBurn provides 100% Synephrine HCL and even at the maximum dosage a full bottle can last over TWO full months.

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    • SNS Syn-30:
      Serious Nutrition Solutions lives up to its name by providing a Synephrine HCL product with a much higher dosage than their competitors as a very reasonable price.

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    This is where we take things to the next level folks. Geranium, or 1,3-dimethylamylamine, is a derivative of geranium oil which is similar to epinephrine.

    This allows for extreme CNS stimulation, increased energy, clarity, focus, and overall physical performance. Moreover, since it works through a similar pathway to ephedrine, it causes an increase in cAMP.

    Some of the popular products containing 1,3- dimethylamylamine:

    • ErgoPharm ErgoLean AMP 2:
      When the company producing a product is ran by supplement mastermind Patrick Arnold you know you are in for something good! This product combines Geranamine (proprietary Geranium Extract) with other proven fat loss and energy agents to provide 'the next level' of energy and fat burning.

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    • Neogenix Velocity XT:
      Taking the same Geranium and going a different route from the supporting cast, Velocity XT provides smooth energy and superior fat burning.

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    In addition to the above ingredients and products, one specific product deserves a quite honorable mention here. Too often in our supplementation we never provide our bodies a chance to 'reset' from all of stimulation and supplementation we throw at it.

    In addition, a chronic lack of proper rest plagues most of us as well. With this in mind a company, Palo Alto Labs, created Reset-A.D. Reset-A.D. is a product designed to improve the health of the adrenal system and makes the body more efficient.

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Using These Supplements
How Often Should One Use These Supplements?
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Obviously with so many different supplements listed above there is not going to be one 'catch all' for how often, or how much, to use these supplements.

However, below are some recommendations for each main ingredient:

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    The dosage on a Cordyceps based product is going to vary depending on which strain and species are involved. The recommendation here would be to follow the product labeling instructions in regards to dosage.

    The product can be taken 45 minutes to an hour before any required physical activity. This is going to shine specifically in endurance based activities, but is also great for weightlifting as well.

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    The standard dosage of Synephrine is only 10-20mg on a daily basis. However, experienced supplement users have gone with higher dosages, but it is recommend to start lower and taper up. Synephrine is best used prior to meals for the appetite suppression and increase to metabolic rate.

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    I strongly recommend the beginner users stick with a product that already as 1,3-dimethylamylamine dosed for them, as this is an ingredient which does not require a 'lot' to achieve desired results.

    If you have a product which contains Geranium, follow labeling directions. However, for educational purposes, an effective dose of Geranium is 25 milligrams taken 1-3 times daily. Due to the smaller dosage size, a scale should be used for accurate measurement.

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Side Effects
Are There Any Side Effects To These Supplements?
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Any supplement has a risk of side effects, but by following labeling and dosage directions we can limit the potential side effects. In addition, I have chosen the most efficient energy enhancers on the market and part of being efficient is a limited number of side effects.

The main side effect of note is that since these are stimulants they may lax the Central Nervous System and as such should be cycled off of occasionally. In addition, Caffeine can act as a mild diuretic so proper hydration is essential.

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Not Recommended
Which Supplements Would You Not Recommend Using For Increasing Energy?
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When seeking an efficient energy supplement we need to avoid ingredients that are too 'harsh' or may cause negative side effects. The main ingredients which I would avoid for energy purposes are:

  • Yohimbine HCI
    Yohimbine HCI is a great tool for fat burning, but many users report negative side effects which can interfere with workouts.

  • Guggulsterones
    Another fat loss agent often found in various energy or fat-loss based products. Guggul users have reported various sides ranging from gastrointestinal problems to muscle catabolism.

Aside from the above-listed products, let your intelligence be your guide. If you question an ingredient or supplement, research it! If you can't find the answers you are looking for, then find another product.

References:

  1. http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/caffeine.html
  2. http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/syn.html
  3. http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/ergo/amp2.html
  4. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NAH/is_6_32/ai_89812948
  5. http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/ms/cord.html
  6. http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/palo/reset.html


2nd Place - Emil_Hudson
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Why drag your tired body to the gym or through a day of work without the aid of an effective supplement?

There is absolutely no reason to step into the gym without taking an energy enhancing supplement. Stimulants allow you to train at a higher intensity, thus assuring that your time spent in the gym is used in the most effective manner possible. If you are not training at optimal exertion then you are cheating yourself by reducing the rate of your athletic progression.

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Supplements
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    Caffeine is the most proven and effective energy enhancing supplement in use today. Nearly all of the most popular energy supplements contain caffeine in some form, and this comes as no surprise when you consider the extensive list of benefits associated with its use.

    Some of these benefits include reduced perceived exertion, and increased cognitive function. Given the proven effectiveness of caffeine and the widespread use of it in supplements, this should be your first choice when looking for a boost in energy.

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    This refers to the B-vitamins, ginseng, green tea extract, chocamine, and synephrine. I group these supplements together because they all have the distinction of having a minimal perceived effect on energy levels when used alone.

    However, when you combine these supplements with caffeine their effects are significant. Chocamine is of particular interest because of the positive effect it has on one's mood. Do note that some of these supplements, namely chocamine and green tea extract, do contain some level of caffeine.

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Using These Supplements
How Often Should One Use These Supplements?
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Stimulants are best used in a cyclical fashion. Tolerance greatly varies between individuals though, so it is best that one observes their own response over time. However, some may not find it necessary to stop taking their supplements at any point.

As a general rule if you ever find that the suggested dose has no perceived effect on you then it is probably a good idea to stop use for one to two weeks.

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Side Effects
Are There Any Side Effects To These Supplements?
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Some users may notice rapid heartbeat and an increase in perceived body temperature. Increased sweating is noted by some when they use thermogenic stimulants. These supplements will likely make it more difficult to fall asleep, and will diminish sleep quality when used late in the day. Especially sensitive individuals should limit use to the first half of the day.

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Not Recommended
Which Supplements Would You Not Recommend Using For Increasing Energy?
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I would advise against using any of the beverages currently marketed as energy drinks. They contain excessive amounts of sugar and only a token amount of vitamins.


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My favorite source of caffeine is Yerba Mate!

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where can I find this Yerba Mate ?

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I have pretty much tried every energy supplement over the last 20 years and my two absolute favorites are based on what activity I am doing. If I am working out or exercising I like Cellucor's Super HD, which really gets my system amped up (but it can be too strong for my regular daily use.) When I am at work or doing something that needs a calmer clarity and focus, I love Jumpstart EX from 4 Organics because it gives me a perfect, smooth energy boost that helps me function at peak level but doesn't overwhelm me or make me wired or nervous (which is my biggest issue with most products.)

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