Supplements I have previously taken and have now ditched:
ALCAR – Fat Metabolizer
I really like ALCAR. It’s taste is horrendously bitter, so I always mixed with a strong dash of no added sugar cordial. But I honestly felt like it worked.
Quote: “Acetyl L Carnitine (ALCAR) is an amino acid which the body uses to convert fat into energy production. AlCAR is a natural super antioxidant, and can help to facilitate fat metabolism.
Helps improve energy production
Can help aid weight loss
Helps to increase metabolism
Helps to improve mental performance”.
Yohimbine – Stimulant/Fat Burner
When I was on ultra low cals and hours of cardio, this definitely gave me a boost for morning cardio.
Quote: “Yohimbe supports/allows more blood and oxygen to pass through all the tissues/muscle. This oxygen flow can be good for exercise endurance.
Yohimbe is also a great supplement to take if you’re on a fat loss plan, because it supports your body’s metabolism and fights the storage of unwanted fat. Yohimbe may also play a supporting role in fighting free radicalswith other anti-oxidants”.
I previously used, on recommendation; Yohimbe HCl by PrimaForce, but a visit to BBing.com just informed that this product is discontinued!
CNP ProLean – Stimulant/Fat Burner
Mmm, not sure whether this one did anything or not. More psychological that I was doing everything I poss could at that point to help.
Quote: “Pro Lean is a thermogenic fat burner that can assist in the quest for a leaner appearance. It contains a powerful blend of active natural ingredients that may support the optimal metabolic rate and energy levels necessary to achieve this goal. It may also control cravings and encourage a regular eating pattern”.
ProRecover – Post WO Protein Shake
Post WO on the new programme I have whey protein and Glycine – see below.
But the glucose in this formula is a no-no.
However, I can’t recommend it enough! It’s soOo malty chocolately, delicious!
Quote: “CNP Pro Recover is an advanced recovery formula containing a blend of fast acting carbohydrates and proteins, antioxidants, and vitamins which all work in synergy to provide the complete post-workout solution.
The fast acting carbohydrates come in the form of glucose. This increases blood sugar levels very quickly and causes the pancreas to release the hormone insulin. Insulin regulates blood sugar levels and will aid absorption of the protein from into the muscles where required.
The proteins included in Pro Recover are Hydrolysed Whey and Whey Isolate, both of these are fast releasing proteins which means they are quickly absorbed and therefore perfect for a post workout supplement.
Anti oxidants have all be added to help reduce the amount of damage that is caused to the muscle tissue after taking part in intense activity. These are in the form of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) and Vitamin E (Tocopherol)”.
Supplements still in the programme:
Morning health tonic of; Tsp Green Powder, Tsp Psyllium Husk, 60ml Aloe.
Evening health tonic of; Tsp CalMag
Udos – BeyondGreens (multi vitamin)
Quote: “Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens brings together the finest green foods, essential fatty acids, fibre, whole food concentrates, phytonutrients and digestive enzymes in one formula. Beyond Greens can help support healthy balance; aiding digestion and elimination, as well as the immune system”.
Pukka – Clean Greens
Quote: “Clean Greens contains; chlorophyll, vitamins, trace minerals and enzymes, all of which can help our bodys cope with our polluted environment and diet. It contains 12 chlorophyll-rich green foods inculding organic spirulina, chlorella, kale sprouts, wheat grass juice, nettles and arctic fresh seaweed. 100% organic and ethically sourced, suitable for vegetarians and vegans”.
I use a Tsp of this with each meal at moment.
Quote: “Udo spent considerable time creating Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend, tweaking the ingredients to give the right profile. In every drop of Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend you will find; Flax seed oil*, sunflower seed oil*, sesame seed oil*, coconut oil*, evening primrose oil* (13 mg gla/15 ml), soy lecithin, rice bran and rice germ oils, oat bran and oat germ* oils, mixed tocopherols: the oils in this blend supply a range of fatty acids including 2:1:1 ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9. (* certified organic).
Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend contains no animal derived products, is certified Vegan and Vegetarian and Udo’s Choice capsules do contain animal gelatine”.
Psyllium Husk – Fibre Supplement (powder)
“Great source of natural dietary fibre
Benefits the heart & digestive health
May be beneficial in lowering cholesterol”
Aloe Vera Juice (multi vitamin +)
I drink a health tonic dose of Alow Vera Juice daily. As like anything, not all Brands (of Aloe Vera Juice) are of the same quality, and in Aloe’s case the purer the leaves, the better the results.I get mine from friends back up in the North East of England who run a health supplement store with Aloe based beauty products and treatments also. They produce their own Aloe which:
Has a short shelf life – this is good! Some Aloe’s have shelf lives of well over 4yrs! It’s bound to take more than a few added preservative to get that long!?
Has no bitter taste – A substance called Aloin sits between the Aloe gel fillet and the skin of the plant. It is quite bitter to taste and has quite a powerful laxative effect! Not something you want in your Aloe Vera juice.
This juice is manufactured by two of the world leading specialists in Aloe Vera, Dr Bill Cotes and in association with Dr Ivan Danhof. It is a high grade organic natural safe vegetable drink, its active vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, natural anti-inflammatory, and anti-histamine properties, make this an excellent daily tonic.
L-Glutamine – Recovery
There is to-be-fair a lot of mixed views surrounding Glutamine’s effectiveness. Some don’t rate it, some, like myself swear by it. Personally I think it absolutely helps me recover from training better/quicker. I will be mixing this in post WO shake.
Quote: “Glutamine is the most prevalent amino acid found in the muscles of the body. It is key in promoting muscle growth and improving post-workout recovery. It is also important in ensuring the immune system runs effectively and helps regulate blood sugar levels for optimal performance.
Promotes muscle tissue growth
Helps restore glycogen levels
Aids faster post-workout recovery”.
Calcium-Magnesium – Recovery
VERY funky taste, but I honestly think it helps recovery.
Quote: “Cal-M is a powder that provides traces of potassium, phosphorous, zinc and iron.
The Cider Vinegar is there to give the correct alkalinity.
Some alternative practitioners recommend using apple cider vinegar to restore alkaline acid balance. The theory being that our blood is slightly alkaline (with a normal pH level of between 7.35 and 7.45) and that our diet should reflect this pH level. Proponents of the alkaline-acid theory believe that a diet high in acid-producing foods leads to lack of energy, excessive mucous production, infections, anxiety, irritability, headache, sore throat, nasal and sinus congestion, allergic reactions, and increased risk of conditions such as arthritis and gout.
Despite being an acidic solution, alternative practitioners believe it has an alkalinizing effect on the body. Although a popular remedy, its effectiveness hasn’t been researched”.
Isolate Whey Protein
I use Isolate as concentrate gives me VERY bad gas!
Glycine – Recovery
I think Glycine is supposed to help encourage the protein absorption/synthesis without spiking blood sugar/insulin.
Quote: “Boosts creatine levels and maintains healthy body systems.
Boosts creatine levels and absorption rates
Maintains healthy central nervous and digestive systems
Prevents muscle breakdown
Glycine is one of the non-essential amino acids which is found in protein rich food like meat, fish and dairy. It is used to help build muscle tissue and convert glucose into energy. It is also essential to maintaining healthy central nervous and digestive systems.
Glycine helps prevent the breakdown of muscle by boosting the body’s levels of creatine, a compound that helps build muscle mass. High concentrations of glycine are found not only in the muscles, but in the skin and other connective tissues as well. Almost a third of collagen, which keeps the skin and connective tissue firm and flexible, is made up of glycine”.
Coffee – Stimulant
I LOVE coffee! On new programme I’m allowed one of each a day before 2pm, black. Just trying to cut down on the stimulants
A few of my favourites:
A Hardcore treat:
Fantastic value for money:
Best tasting instant I’ve found: