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Suplements and prohormones

In this article we will discuss the issue of dietary supplements in relation to prohormones (the PHs). First of all, we must understand that it is not correct to combine the two categories into one unit, since each of them forms a single category. The most common problem of beginners is that they invest a lot of money in dietary supplements, while their diet is inadequate. As you can already predict from their name, supplements, or nutritional supplements, only serve to supplement your dietary plan. Expecting miracles from supplements alone is wrong. 

Why should we take PHs along with supplements?

There is one very important reason. PHs are substances which are converted in the body into actual hormones. From the available literature you can learn that hormones significantly affect protein synthesis. Realizing this fact, it is clear that the effect of PHs will not be so powerful if we do not provide the body with sufficient amount of proteins. We recommend obtaining them partially from food; however, you should get approximately a third from supplements (protein drinks, amino acids). Let's discuss some of the protein sources briefly:

Protein shakes: protein is from our point of view an essential dietary supplement that regardless of the period of preparation in your training plan should not be missed. In bulking period, it is recommended to consume protein supplements with at least 50% of protein content. If you want to define your muscles and get rid of fat, we recommend protein preparations with protein content over 70%. According to long-term scientific studies and human experience, whey protein is the most valuable source of proteins, especially in the period after training, when you will appreciate its absorption speed. At other times of the day, you can use various mixtures of protein sources (milk, egg mixtures); before going to bed, it is recommended to use micellar casein, which takes quite a long time to digest and ensures your muscles are supplied with good nutrition for several hours. 

Amino acids: are similar to proteins with the exception that they are more easily and quickly absorbed in the body. They are small particles, which, when folded together into one unit, form proteins. We do not want to exhaust you by scholarly text; to make you understand the importance of the issue you only need to know the most fundamental information. We recommend that you consume:

  • BCAAs (branched chain amino acids - valine, leucine and isoleucine). Their usefulness can be found especially in the period before the competition, when the carbohydrate intake in diet is reduced. BCAAs are used for the protection of muscle mass.
  • Complex amino acids - contain a complex spectrum of amino acids from different sources. We recommend consuming them throughout the year.
  • Glutamine  - as BCAAs, it is mainly used in the diets periods when a lot of pressure is being put on the body, whether in the form of high frequency training, or decreased caloric intake. Glutamine maintains a positive nitrogen balance and positively affects the immune system. 

 

 

You do not need to worry, supplements and PHs can be safely combined with each other and the choice is up to you. You should be cautious only if you would like to combine pre-workout supplements that contain caffeine. Too much caffeine can cause problems such as headaches, restlessness, palpitations and insomnia. In this case we recommend you always choose only one product.