What a subject, sure to ruffle some feathers! Most respected fitness, exercise, bodybuilder and nutrition experts have one thing in common, they disagree with each other on the subject. Are supplements worthwhile, useful or even necessary at all. Some think that as long as you follow a healthy diet, vitamins and other healthy supplements are not necessary. Others see vitamins and the like as kind of an insurance policy for your health. And then there are the advocates of mega-vitamin supplementation.
My personal “opinion”, “attitude”, and “research” on this subject is that a healthy diet is always number #1 before any supplementation should be considered. And, your training program “intensity” can play a major role in your decision. Speaking from a personal point of view after 37 years of research, study, self experimentation Mellitox on myself as well as clients and my personal need to “find the most effective” way to build muscle that will last a life-time have brought me to this conclusion. I do believe that at certain times in a person’s life-cycle, supplements can have considerable value to their overall health and well being. In fact, supplements are now taking the place of drugs in medical therapy and sometimes with greater effectiveness. But I have to be careful of how I say this because I don’t want to mislead you. Many “supplement-hucksters” are making claims that their “steroid replacers” are as effective as drugs (steroids) and that is not true. The product may help or it may not, it depends on many factors. The one point I want to make clear is that NO legal supplement will produce the same results as a DRUG or steroid. But… remember every drug has a know or unknown reaction to the body that is unhealthy. Even aspirin can upset and eventually cause damage to the stomach.!
Sure, some “nutraceauticals” are finding their place in medical circles. Niacin, Tryptophan and other amino acids as well as select herbal supplements and minerals are being prescribed. It’s also true that if your diet is not in order and you are deficient in some essential vitamin or mineral, the right supplement will produce and amazing change in your health. It has in mine. But again, I want to remind you that some of the marketing and down-right lies surrounding the supplement advertising make it confusing, hard to understand and costly for the average person.
However, there are a few basic benefits that almost everyone will experience with some of the old tried-and-true products. Sometimes the benefits cannot be felt as immediate as a drug but the health benefit is there if the supplement is natural and helping to build the body in a “healthy” process.
I am moderate in my supplementation and have experimented with a LOT of supplements throughout my training career. I follow a healthy diet that has changed in the ratio of macro and micro nutrients as I age, and that is the way it should be. A person’s ability to assimilate and digest certain foods change as they age. I’ve experienced some amazing changes in my muscle building and strength performance with the use of specific healthy supplements. I’ve seen measurable increases in strength, muscle mass, muscle tone and recuperation time when I use specific supplements.
Supplement #1 Multi-Vitamin & Mineral tablet.
I could go on and on about the current commercial farming methods of crop fertilization, GMO’s and even what country the fruits and vegetables are be produced in and their methods of farming, but I will spare you. Just know this, unless you are eating certified organically grown fruits and vegetables, the vitamin & mineral content of the produce is very low. If the vitamins and minerals are NOT in the soil then they are NOT in the produce! Crop rotation is no longer followed and the soil is nutrient depleted. GMO’s and man-made fertilizers are what feed the industry. Do yourself a favor and take a quality multi-vitamin & mineral tablet at least once a day.