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What are some good pre workout supplements for endurance training?

What are some good pre workout supplements for endurance   training?

Depends: Most endurance training workouts are best fueled by a well balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables. Having an adequate of amount of carbs is important to maximize the glycogen stores in the muscles, which provides the muscles with energy. Supplement with adequate hydration, a small of amount of protein as well. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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I'm seriously want to gain muscles on my things and calfs?What supplement and training must I apply to gain more power and endurance?

I'm seriously want to gain muscles on my things and calfs?What supplement and training must I apply to gain more power and endurance?

Legs: Let's assume you meant "thighs and calves". Your training for the lower body should focus on compound exercises. Squats and deadlifts should be your starting points. Supplements are just that, not replacements for excellent nutrition. Excellent nutrition trumps any supplement on the market every day of the week. ...Read more

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I'm a competitive swimmer aiming for the 2016 Rio Olympics. What are some medication/supplements to enhance endurance and testosterone? I train 10x/wk

I'm a competitive swimmer aiming for the 2016 Rio Olympics. What are some medication/supplements to enhance endurance and testosterone? I train 10x/wk

Natural supplements: are the best way to attempt boosting your testosterone. Medications have side effects and are illegal for the Olympics! Zinc supplementation has been shown to be of some benefit in optimizing testosterone levels Vitamin D and whey protein may also be of some benefit. The most important thing to do is train and eat right. Best of luck! :) ...Read more

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What is a good daily supplement for a cardio exercise?

What is a good daily supplement for a cardio exercise?

Balanced diet: The best supplement is to receive your nutrients through the food you eat. Try to eat foods that are closer to nature than manmade. Meaning stay away from processed food, steroid induced meat and genetically altered foot. Basically if god didn't make it you probably shouldn't eat it. ...Read more

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BP 134/94; should I be on meds or work on lowering it with supplements, diet and cardio exercise first?

BP 134/94; should I be on meds or work on lowering it with supplements, diet and cardio exercise first?

Probably: Current guideline favors a lower threshold (120 systolic) and thus you may well benefit from further lowering. If you are overweight, weight reduction and regular exercise should be the first step. Cutting down on salt intake may help some people. Else you need to consult your doctor re. what would be the best option for you. Regardless, do something about it. ...Read more

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I'm doing cardio, core for exercise, are there any dietary supplements you recommend?

I'm doing cardio, core for exercise, are there any dietary supplements you recommend?

In reality: You're best bet is just to eat a varied, healthy diet. Unless you have a deficiency that you can't correct by eating more foods that may contain that particular micronutrient, you shouldn't need supplements. Focus on a colorful diet rich in veggies and fruits. ...Read more

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Can i take a fat burner supplement or do a basic cardio while taking isotritinion?

Can i take a fat burner supplement or do a basic cardio while taking isotritinion?

Yes: I know you've got some pretty severe drug restrictions with isotretinoin--but you should not have problems with an herbal "fat burner"--although frankly, they don't do much good. I recommend Metformin, to restore insulin receptor sensitivity, to help you lose weight. Also, white kidney bean extract taken with carbohydrates (when you "fall of the wagon") acts as a "starch blocker." ...Read more

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Improving stamina: Your top five proven supplements? (Assuming normal blood tests, strict diet macros & daily cardio/resistance training at pro level)

Improving stamina: Your top five proven supplements? (Assuming normal blood tests, strict diet macros & daily cardio/resistance training at pro level)

No supplements: No supplements are needed nor would do you any good. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I'm working out in the gym. Weight training and cardio. Goal = get in shape. Want to know about protein supplements. Good n bad. What's best?

I'm working out in the gym. Weight training and cardio. Goal = get in shape. Want to know about protein supplements. Good n bad. What's best?

Get protein from foo: You sound like you are on a great program for getting in shape. I would talk with a trainer about protein supplements. I believe that if you are eating correctly, you will need need supplements. They are often recommended as meal relplacements which is not a good idea. If you are in the beginning of your diet and exercise plan,and are beginning to see results, don't change anything right now. ...Read more

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Is Hydroxycut a safe weight loss supplement? 1-2 hours of cardio 5 days/week for 3 months and haven't lost any weight. I want to try a supplement.

Is Hydroxycut a safe weight loss supplement? 1-2 hours of cardio 5 days/week for 3 months and haven't lost any weight. I want to try a supplement.

Food Diary: No. It is not safe. It will not lead to any real or lasting weight loss. If you are not losing weight then you are either not eating enough calories, or you are eating the wrong amount and kind of calories. The next indicated and most effective thing you can do is to find an online tool to help you keep a food diary for seven days that will give you the total amount of calories and the kind ...Read more

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Asian M High BP Bodybuilding/Cardio exercise take BSN NO Xplode (Caffeine+Creatine+NO) supplement.Can't workout hard without it.Can I take it safely?

Asian M High BP Bodybuilding/Cardio exercise take BSN NO Xplode (Caffeine+Creatine+NO) supplement.Can't workout hard without it.Can I take it safely?

Difficult Quetion: It will be very hard to get a 'good' or even correct answer to this. The problem is that supplement companies are not subject to inspection/regulation by the FDA, and there are very few independent studies that are ever done on their products. So... it's difficult to know the compounds that are actually in the substance - as well as their amounts. Buyer beware... ...Read more

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Im Thal Major. I have improve my cardio a lot doing bicycle almost a year now. Can i go to gym and take all those supplements (whey protein/BCAA/etc?

Im Thal Major. I have improve my cardio a lot doing bicycle almost a year now. Can i go to gym and take all those supplements (whey protein/BCAA/etc?

No to supplements: Thalassemia is a group of blood disorders. Thalassemia major can lead to life threatening heart or liver problems and infections. It may sometimes lead to dangerously high iron level. Supplements, multivitamins, whey protein products contain a lot of substances that may not be listed as active ingredients, but may be harmful to someone like yourself. Go to the gym but keep away from supplements ...Read more

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Have benign pvcs. (Cardio confirmed) Don't smoke/drink. Supplement w/ K & Mg. Do everything right and still have... Can Gerd or adrenaline cause?

Have benign pvcs. (Cardio confirmed)  Don't smoke/drink.  Supplement w/ K & Mg.  Do everything right and still have...  Can Gerd or adrenaline cause?

GERD,no;Adren,yes: Benign PVCs have a mind of their own. There's often no explanation. If you don't have any evidence of structural heart disease, medications are available to simply make you feel better. A beta blocker is the first line and if that's insufficient, an anti-arrhythmic drug like flecainide is usually highly effective. Discuss this with your cardio - he needs to know if you're feeling troubled by them ...Read more

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I lift weights 5/week cardio 3/week. high fat high protein low carb diet, will soy supplement significantly affect my muscle growth (testosterone)?

I lift weights 5/week cardio 3/week. high fat high protein low carb diet,  will soy supplement significantly affect my muscle growth (testosterone)?

Soy supplementation: Soy has high phytoestrogens which mimic estrogen qualities. However there is contradictory evidence whether eating lots of soy will decrease testosterone levels. If you are trying to build mass then maybe use another protein source. ...Read more

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What vitamins and/or supplements would be most recommended for someone in their 40's?

What vitamins and/or supplements would be most recommended for someone in their 40's?

Few, Food Better: Vitamins is a big market, very inexpensive, derived from all sorts of otherwise food waste ; non food materials, big business, dependent on public ignorance/fear. Outside of vitamin d3 (not d), which I have found to be low for many people, or other specific deficiencies, possibly omega 3's from phytoplankton, best eat minimally processed foods from nature, avoid center isles with processed foods. ...Read more

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Supplements to gain weight?

Supplements to gain weight?

See below: If you want to gain weight start by changing your diet and exercise plan. You'll gain weight if you're consuming more calories than you're burning. Do not choose junk food. Make sure you're getting all your necessary nutrients in calorie rich food. Also, by weight lifting you can increase your muscle mass. If these changes aren't working after several weeks, see your doctor for a specialized plan. ...Read more

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What are suma supplements for?

What are suma supplements for?

Ginseng: Suma is ginseng- it is used to help the body adapt to stress by iimproving the immune system. It also has been used in cancer and tumors, diabetes, wound healing, and other skin problems, more evidnce is needed to rate the effectiveness of suma for these uses. ...Read more

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Are P90X supplements effective?

Are P90X supplements effective?

Which ones?: There are multiple p90x supplements -- from multivitamin to other products. From a scan of the multivitamin label, it looks like a decent product but does not provide enough vit d, and does not specify on the vit a how much is pre-formed and how much is in the form of beta-carotene. Whether the rest of their offerings are "effective" depends on what you're seeking & which products you mean. ...Read more

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What are neem supplements role?

What are neem supplements role?

Neem supplements: Neem is a tree, and the bark, leaves, and seeds are used to make medicines. Some research indicates it can help with gingivitis (gum inflammation), and stomach & intestinal ulcers. There are other uses that need more research -- such as for malaria, worms, head lice, birth control, etc. ...Read more

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What supplements should I take?

What supplements should I take?

It depends: It depends on your needs and goals -- which you have not supplied here. For a personalized consultation, you could see a physician familiar with nutrition and integrative medicine. http://www.abihm.org/. ...Read more