My Complete Experience With Supplements: What Works And What Doesn't!

The secret to reaping the rewards of the good supplements is simple: learn about them before you buy them.
Nutrition, as I have stated before, is by far the most important thing when it comes to better health and a better physique. Throughout the articles on this site you can find diets for gaining mass, losing unwanted body fat, or a diet for just about any goal you have. None of these diets however are 100% perfect. Every diet out there has some deficiency, or something that could be added to it to make it work better. This is where supplementing comes into play.

Dietary supplements have been popular for awhile, and there are literally thousands of products and brands storming the market today. Everywhere you turn today you can find some company claiming they have a supplement that will do magic to your body. Truth is that most every supplement out there is not going to work for you. There are many low rank supplement companies out in the world that, with good marketing skills, can sell you something that will do you absolutely no good.

The secret to reaping the rewards of the good supplements is simple: learn about them before you buy them. I too failed to do this, but it is now giving me the opportunity to talk to you and let everyone know what worked for me and what was a waste of money. You have to ask yourself questions like, have there been studies done on the particular supplement, or how reputable is the company selling the product?

Knowledge can come cheap in the right places, such as the articles on this web site. On this site you can find numerous articles on supplementing advice. In this article I plan to talk about everything I have taken, and I have tried many different supplements, which has really helped me learn a lot over the past few years.

First, here is my pick for the top 5 best supplement companies around: for the most part, you can trust them to put out good products, however, never expect them to work as well as they say.

Now that we understand about quality brands, let's get into price. This is how the low-grade supplement companies stay in business. They can sell their products cheap, because they are made cheap. The key is knowing where to buy your supplements. I used to buy everything at GNC when I first started working out, and I realize now how many hundreds of dollars I wasted. And then one day I discovered the internet and Bodybuilding.com, and I haven't stepped foot inside GNC since. The stuff here is 30-40% cheaper.

Here is a guide that I have put together of what I have taken and my opinion on the particular supplement.

  • Phospagen HP- The first supplement I ever took, and in my opinion, the best creatine out there. An EAS product, it combines 5 grams of creatine with 34 grams of simple sugar, to help with creatine transport into the muscle cells. My strength went up quick. I would recommend this to anyone looking for extra strength and mass.
  • Nitro-Tech- This is Muscletech's hyped up protein supplement. There are articles all over the magazines promoting Muscletech, and so I had to give it a try. I have been taking this supplement for a while, because it's good whey protein to add to your diet, and it actually tastes good. Each serving has 20 grams of protein, with little carbs or fat.
  • Hydroxycut- I only took one bottle of this, and I lost a few pounds. It is made by Muscletech, and can be pricey. A very potent thermogenic blend, which killed my appetite, but if you are looking to lose weight, here you go.
  • Creatine 6000ES- Another Muscletech product, which didn't do anything for me. Just regular creatine monohydrate. I failed to notice any gains.
  • Methoxy-Pro- This is Cytodyne's big protein formula, combined with methoxyisoflavones and one big gurantee: Gain ten pounds of rock hard mass in 30 days, or you can return the empty bottle to the manufacturer for a full refund. So of course I went out to buy a bottle. I could only afford one bottle, and I took it in 2 weeks times, and gained seven pounds. Sounds good, so I now recommend this to people as well.
  • ZMASS PM- Another Cytodyne product, it is a night time prohormone free testosterone booster that combines zinc, magnesium, and aspartame (ZMA) along with Vitamin B-6. Take 4 pills before bedtime, and you are on a way to a bigger, better you. I have taken this twice, but with moderate positive results.
  • Ripped Fuel- As with all thermogenic supplements, only take when you are trying to loss weight, not when you are trying to put on more muscle. Twinlab makes this product, and it is fairly cheap and can produce pretty good results. The bottle says to take 2 pills, 3 times per day, but I generally take 1-2 in the morning, and 1-2 before I workout when I want to lose a little bit of body fat.
  • Designer Protein- This one has been around for a while, and is supposed to be the old school good whey protein. It is cheap, it taste good, and I recommend it for anyone who needs more protein intake in their diets.
  • Pure Protein Bars- Worldwide Nutrition has made my favorite protein bar for a while now, with many different tasty flavors. Each bar has about 30 grams of protein, and I generally just take one when I need some quick protein.
  • Glutamine- Almost every company out there makes some type of glutamine supplement, and glutamine is really helpful in building muscle, and preventing muscle wasting during fat loss diets. If you can afford to, take EAS's L-Glutamine powder. It has produced some good results for me.
  • Lean Body Packets- This is the best MRP on the market today, with 45 grams of high quality protein. Anytime you need some quick protein to add to your diet, mix a packet of this in some milk and water.
  • Vitamins- These I just pickup at the local grocery store. I take Vitamin A, B-Complex, C, E, Zinc, Potassium, and a multi-vitamin daily to make sure my body gets all of the nutrients it needs. These aren't going to make you leaner or bigger, but they keep me healthy and allow me to workout hard day after day.
Well, there you have it. I hope I have been helpful in giving you some advice on some new supplements to try out. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at twoods230@aol.com. Until then, keep training hard, and reading the articles on this site, because knowledge is power.