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What is your oppinion about taking food supplements while exercising, in order to get a bigger mass of muscles?i reffer to pills or something

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Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine 43 years experience
Don't: It just does not make any sense to be taking pills while you are working out. There is no upside that i can think of. From a clinical point there is nothing to gain. I see quite a few young patients taking creatine before they work out as it is supposed to allow a more intense workout. I would recoommend a protein drink post workout. Think 2 grams protein per pound/day to build muscle mass.
Dr. Ty Endean
Dr. Ty Endean commented
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
I would also add that by taking pills prior to a workout will also cause more acid activity in your stomach which can be quite uncomfortable when trying to focus on lifting weights.
Mar 13, 2012
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Caution: Nutritional supplements for muscle development can be dangerous if the kidneys are overloaded with too much protein. Most people can achieve adequate results by dietary modification, without the extra expense and risk.

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