I have always been rubbish at taking any tablets, even if I have a splitting headache I wait until it is unbearable before taking paracetamol. I don’t know why I do this I guess I just don’t believe that they actually do anything!
So I wasn’t overly keen to hear about and see the range of supplements that many crossfit athletes take.
I didn’t know where to start and didn’t really understand what each product did or how it would benefit me.
However, I have now completed lots of reading, spoken to nutritionalists and coaches and can say that I’m a convert!
Recently I began taking Super Omega 3 tablets and Vitamin D3 in the morning. I generally get sick a lot, especially because I work with children so I’m hoping these help me to fend off the germs!
I’ve also began taking BCAA tablets before, during and after my training sessions. I find the tablets pretty large to swallow so I have just ordered the powder form which I’m hoping will make this easier.
Other supplements that I take are L Cartinine and L Glutamine. I also take ZMA which I have written about before and I really like these because they give me a really deep sleep and I wake up feeling refreshed.
Of course in addition to all of these I take whey protein after each session! Sometimes I do feel like I could possible rattle with all of the tablets that I’m taking but I am really feeling the benefits. I feel like I have more energy, I recover quicker and can train longer, my skin is better and I’m also sleeping well.
Pure pharma do a pack where you can get Omega 3, D3 and Minerals in handy daily packs for £48.
I get my products from MyProtein which is great value!
So what do all of these products actually do and how do they benefit?
Vitamin D3- including; contributing to the normal absorption and utilisation of calcium and phosphorus, contributing to normal calcium levels, contributing to the maintenance of normal bone and muscle function, and contributing to the normal function of the immune system and cell division.
ZMA– Zinc and Magnesium has a number of benefits to the body and its functionality. Magnesium contributes to electrolyte balance and the maintenance of normal bones and teeth. The Zinc component contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
Omega 3- When combined, EPA and DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart. DHA also contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function and vision.
BCAA- During exercise amino acids become more important as it is difficult to maintain the desired levels from food alone. With this powder you can reach optimum levels of branch chain amino acids in a quick and easy way.