The best legal bodybuilding supplements

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The best legal bodybuilding supplements
Legal bodybuilding supplements can help with muscle growth. (muskelmannybbs image by fotofrank from Fotolia.com)

There are plenty of bodybuilding supplements used to facilitate muscle growth on the market today that are legal and safe. These products all advertise accelerated repair, recovery and growth of muscle tissue. However, not all of these products are safe and some can be detrimental to your health, e.g., steroids. You can avoid adverse health effects by sticking to safe, natural and legally approved bodybuilding supplements such as creatine, branched-chain amino acids, natural testosterone boosters, and a good protein source.

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Creatine

Creatine monohydrate is a natural component of skeletal muscle; sources include meat and fish. Your body can also synthesise protein through basic, naturally components such as amino acids. Creatine increases muscle energy availability, which improves physical performance. The creatine supplement can help improve your ability to continue near maximal force generation during repeated muscle exercises and lifts, which in the long-term can increase the production of new muscle tissue.

Branched-chain Amino Acids

Branched-chain amino acids, or BCAAs, are names given to three of the essential amino acids obtained from protein: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Athletes use BCAAs to improve exercise performance and reduce muscle and protein breakdown resulting from intense exercise bouts. BCAAs can be used to prevent fatigue and improve concentration as well. BCAAs work by stimulating the building of protein in muscle while reducing muscle breakdown. Therefore, BCAAs are a natural and highly beneficial option for bodybuilding.

Natural Testosterone Boosters

There are natural testosterone boosters available to help the bodybuilding population. These boosters come from herbs that naturally cause the body to produce testosterone. Tribulus terrestris is a natural booster obtained from a vine grown in tropical climates that can increase muscle tone and promote healthy hormone function. Tongkat Ali is another herb that raises your body's level of free testosterone naturally, which can improve muscle mass and strength.

Protein

Consuming enough protein is vital for muscle growth. Protein is important for not only muscle but for bones, ligaments, skin, cartilage and hair. In order to produce muscle repair and growth following a workout, a protein shake is recommended for not only its protein content, but its inclusion of BCAAs. Some people include creatine along with their protein shakes to maximise muscle growth.

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