Best Bodybuilding Supplements

Best Supplements

The Truth About Bodybuilding Supplements - Full Guide

I made this review for those who keep asking me about my supplementing usage and those who wonder what kind of supplements they should take. With all the different supplements on the market, you must be asking yourself what are the best ones. In the product tabs I have given a short explanation about the products and my personal review and experience along with the benefits of each product and how/when to use it.


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Optimum 100% Whey Protein (Protein Powder)

Whey Protein
  • Product Info
  • Suggested Use
  • Ingredients
  • My Review

Award winning 7 years in a row as the best overall supplement and best protein powder of the year. Read the full review on bodybuilding.com.

Perfect protein for cutting or building muscle while maintaining low body fat as it is low in carbohydrates.

Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard is made of an exclusive blend of the purest form of protein that exists. It contains a high percentage of microfiltered whey protein isolates (24 grams of protein per servings, which contains over 80% of pure fast acting protein) along with digestive enzymes such as lactase and aminogen to enhance utilization as well as glutamine and more than 5 grams of important BCAA (isoleucin, leucine, valine) per serving!

When it comes to protein, Optimum Nutrition is clearly the true leader. It is a killer protein in every aspect; Quality, value, quantity, Amino Acid Profile (BCAA - EAA ratio), WPI:WPC ratio, digestibility, blend-ability, and taste.

You can use it multiple times during the day. Keep in mind that you need other high protein food sources as this is NOT a protein food replacement.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 30.4 grams
Servings per Container: 149
IngredientAmount% Daily Value**
Calories120 
Caloried from Fat10 
Total Fat1g2
Saturated Fat0.5g3
Cholesterol30mg10
Total Carbohydrate3g1
Sugars1g
Protein24g48
Sodium60mg3
** Percent Daily Value is based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
† Daily Value not established.

Ingredients:
Protein Blend(Whey Protein Isolates, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Peptides), Natural & Artificial Flavors, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Lecithin, Salt, Creamer(Sunflower Oil, Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Tocopherols), Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Aminogen®, Lactase

Allergen Information:
Contains Milk and Soy (Lecithin) Ingreidents.

I take this whey protein it in the morning with my muesli and right after my workouts. I have used it for several years now and it works the best for me. It has a great taste, excellent pricing, and most importantly, it's the highest quality protein you can get. It also has glutamine and BCAA's in it, which is a great bonus to have.

This product is mostly for people like me wanting to gain lean mass or maintain their gains while losing fat. However, I am a "hard gainer", which means I have had troubles gaining weight all my life, so for the first few years of working out, I actually used Serious Mass ( Weight gainer - see product below) and now I just want to maintain what I have and build lean muscle as I continue towards my peak potential as a natural bodybuilder.

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Optimum Serious Mass (Weight Gainer)

Weight Gainer
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  • Suggested Use
  • Ingredients
  • My Review

For those who have a hard time and difficulty putting on weight because of high metabolism, or those who just want to gain some mass.

Serious Mass is designed mostly for skinny people who keep staying skinny regardless from how much they eat.

Serious Mass contains high quality protein as it is also made by Optimum Nutrition, but packed as a calorie bomb along with some creatine and glutamine and over 25 important vitamins and minerals with an emphasis on B-vitamins and antioxidants.

One serving of Serious Mass with water has 1,250 calories, and over 1600 calories if made with low fat milk!

Add two full scoops of Serious Mass to a blender/shaker filled with water or low-fat milk. Take with water after workouts or with milk anytime during the day. You can take two shakes or more per day depending on your desired calorie intake per day.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 334 g
Servings per Container: 8
IngredientAmount% Daily Value**
Calories1250 
Calories From Fat35 
Total Fat4g6**
Saturated Fat2.5g13**
Cholesterol80mg27**
Total Carbohydrates252g85**
Sugars21g
Protein50g100**
** Percent Daily Value is based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
† Daily Value not established.

Ingredients:
Maltodextrin, Protein Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate, Calcium Caseinate, Egg Albumin, Sweet Dairy Whey), Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Natural And Artificial Flavor, Vitamin And Mineral Blend (DiPotassium Phosphate, Magnesium Aspartate, DiCalcium Phosphate, Calcium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide, Zinc Citrate, Beta Carotene, D-Calcium Pantothenate, D-Alpha Tocopheryl Succinate, Selenomethionine, Copper Gluconate, Ferrous Fumarate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Chromium Polynicotinate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Molybdenum Amino Acid Chelate, Cholecalciferol, Potassium Iodide, Cyanocobalamin), Acesulfame Potassium, Lecithin, Medium Chain Triglycerides.

Allergen Information:
Contains Milk, Egg, Wheat (Glutamine Peptides) And Soy (Lecithin) Ingredients.

If you are in a bulking phase (gaining weight and muscle mass) and consider yourself skinny with a high metabolism, you should use a weight gainer instead of a simple protein powder like the above.

A weight gainer will make it easier for you to gain weight and reach the daily calorie intake you need.

Serious Mass has a high amount of protein per serving (50 grams) and over 1,250 nutrient-packed calories. The protein source is also whey, same as the 100% whey Optimum Nutrition.

I recommend this product for anyone that can't gain weight even when eating a lot of food.

Note that this is not a replacement for real food - you should eat a good amount of food along with taking Serious Mass or else you won't get the desired results. I gained a lot of my weight during the first few years using this product and it helped me a lot.

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ProMera Sports CON-CRET (Creatine)

Concret Creatine
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  • Ingredients
  • My Review

I do belive that Creatine Monohydrate is the most cost effective on the market, and this is what you should start with. But out of all the different creatine formulas that I have tested this was by far the best I ever tried.

This creatine gave mestrength, endurance and it felt like my recovery process became faster. Although I could not see a big difference to the simple and cheapest creatine monohydrate. But if you feel to test something new go for it

Pro-Mera Con-Cret Creatine does not need to be cycled, loaded, and has no side effects (water retention, cramping, bloating and diarrhea)

Creatine is an essential molecule for the body's process of making functional energy. It enhances every cell in the body with energy. Con-Cret Creatine has maximized bio-availability.



POWDER: Take 45 minutes before workouts. Make sure to drink plenty of water. Mix with a lot of water/protein. You can take it with food or on an empty stomach.

Take 2 scoops per 100lbs/50kg of body weight.

No loading or cycling required.

Take 1 scoop per 100lbs/50kg of body weight on off days.

PILL: Take 30 to 45 minutes before workouts with a lot of water/protein/coffee/juice. You can take it on an empty stomach or with food.

Take 2 servings per 100lbs/50kg of body weight. Take 1 serving per 100lbs/50kg on off days.

No loading or cycling required.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 scoop
Servings per Container: 48
IngredientAmount% Daily Value**
Creatine HCl750mg 
** Percent Daily Value is based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
† Daily Value not established

Ingredients:
Natural Flavoring, Pineapple Flavor N&A, Maltodextrin, Sucralose, Vanilla Flavor N&A, Silicon Dioxide And FD&C Yellow No. 5

Warnings:
Consult a physician or healthcare provider before using this or any other dietary supplement or starting any exercise program. Do not exceed recommended dose. Maintain adequate hydration when using. CON-CRET is not a steriod. It is safe and legal. Exposure to moisture and humidity may cause clumping but will not affect the product. Stirring is suggested prior to use.

It is always good to have some creatine on hand.

Creatine is the most studied product in the history of dietary supplements for bodybuilders and has been proven multiple times as being effective in terms of muscle and strength gains and recovery.

It is clearly one of the best out of the different "advance" creatine products I have ever used.

Overall I love the fullness that creatine provides and the strength boost which leads to harder wokrouts in the gym which leads to a gain in muscle mass. Also I did not see any bloating or water retention from this creatine. This is important for me as I want to look lean all year long for my photoshoots and events.

Con-Cret is offered in pill or powder form. Make sure to drink a lot of water throughout the day. If you are not sure and want to learn more about the different types of creatines and their benefits, check out the full article about creatine to learn about the different types.

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Universal Animal Pak (Multivitamin)

Multivitamin
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  • Ingredients
  • My Review

If you pay attention to your diet and consider yourself an athlete, bodybuilder, or a dedicated fitness lover, then you know how important it is to have a good multivitamin within your diet. People that have an active lifestyle need more nutrients than average people that are non active. A multivitamin also helps other supplements to be absorbed better and be more effective.

Getting the right multivitamin is not easy, as not many know how to read the label on the back and actually understand what the right amounts and different ingredients are.

Animal Pak is a complete blend of essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that the body needs.

Take one packet thirty minutes after the meal prior to your workout. For competitions and intense training sessions take two packets daily. Take with plenty of water.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 paks
Servings per Container: 22
IngredientAmount% Daily Value**
Calories16 
Total Carbohydrates1g<1
Protein3g6
Vitamin A9900IU198
Vitamin C1g1667
Vitamin D680IU170
Vitamin E300IU1000
Thiamin76mg5067
Riboflavin76mg4471
Niacin82mg410
Vitamin B672mg3600
Folic Acid400mcg100
Vitamin B126mcg100
Biotin300mcg100
Pantothenic Acid76mg760
Calcium2g200
Phosphorus228mg23
Iodine150mcg100
Magnesium133mg33
Zinc30mg200
Selenium50mcg71
Copper600mcg30
Manganese11mg550
Chromium6mcg5
Potassium200mg6
Lysine300mg
Methionine500mg
Leucine100mg
Valine760mg
Threonine48mg
Glutamic Acid700mg
Phenylalanine560mg
Arginine2g
Siberian Ginseng2g
Oriental Ginseng250mg
Smilax officinalis500mg
Protogen A200mcg
Inosine500mg
Pyridoxine200mg
Carnitine25mg
** Percent Daily Value is based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
† Daily Value not established.

Ingredients:
Dicalcium Phosphate, Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk), Glucose Polymers, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Arginine Α-Ketoglutarate, Dessicated Argentine Liver (Bovine), Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Choline Bitartrate, Calcium Carbonate, Silicon Dioxide, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Lecithin (Soy), Carnitine Fumarate, Calcium Citrate, Alfalfa, Rose Hips, Rice Bran, Parsley, Burdock, Pharmaceutical Glaze. Made In A GMP Facility That Uses Milk, Soy, Egg, Peanuts.

Ingredient Notes:
VegPeptase 2000™ Is An Acid Stable Protease Enzyme Blend Derived From The Fermentation Of Non-GMO, Nature-Identical Strains Of Aspergillus Niger And Bacillus Subtilis.

Warnings:
Pregnant or lactating women should avoid use of this product. Please consult your physician prior to starting any exercise or nutrition program.

Animal Pak is probably the best multivitamin out there for competitive Pro bodybuilders, elite powerlifters and world-class athletes since 1983.

This multivitamin provides all nutrients that the body needs for recovery and maintenance.

Animal Pak is more than just a normal multivitamin. It is a nutritional weapon to fuel intense workouts and to protect your imune system. It also contains a combination of vital mineral complexes, digestive enzymes, BCAA's, essential fatty acids, lipotropics, and a high potency pre workout formula. All this is compressed in eleven (big) tablets pro packs. They are a little hard to swallow if you're not a "pill lover" but highly effective.

Keep in mind that no regular multivitamin will provide you with such a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals profile that are hard to find in our daily diet. You can take 1 pack a day, or two if you're a heavy lifter.

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Controlled Labs OxiMega Fish Oil (Omega 3)

Omega 3
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  • Ingredients
  • My Review

Omega 3 are essential fatty acids that the body needs and are often neglected in our diets and supplementation, but are extremely important. Omega 3 has a huge amount of benefits, for example, they help relieve pain by reducing inflammation and supporting the joints. They also help improve cognitive functioning and help with fat burning, while also promoting emotional and mental health. Omega 3 is also great for the general health of your skin and fighting against heart disease.

Orange OxiMega is a very high potency Nordic fish oil product that is 60% DHA/EPA. This allows for the overall consumption of less fat and cholesterol from your omega intake. Nordic fish oil is considered to be the best omega 3 fish oil source. The OxiMega fish oil softgels are enteric coated and citrus flavored so they smell and taste good and this prevents side effects like burping and unpleasant taste/smell. Which are otherwise common side effects with many omega 3 fish oil products.

OxiMega Fish Oil is molecularly protected with the inclusion of vitamin E, and this ensures the best quality fish oil!

Take 2 softgels once or twice per day with meals and a lot of water.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 softgels
Servings per Container: 60
IngredientAmount% Daily Value**
Calories18 
Calories from fat18 
Total Fat2g3
Saturated Fat0g0
Monounsaturated Fat0g0
Polyunsaturated Fat2g 
Cholesterol4mg1
Vitamin E20IU67
Total Omega-3 Fatty Acids2000mg 
-EPA800mg 
-DHA400mg 
-Mixed Fatty Acids800mg 
** Percent Daily Value is based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
† Daily Value not established.

Ingredients:
Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Citrus Flavor, Gelatin, Glycerin, And Water.

Warnings:
You should not take this product if you have any prior medical condition, including diabetes or high blood pressure, or are not in top physical condition. Do not take this product if you are on ANY prescription drugs without consulting your doctor first. Please consult your doctor before using this product. Keep Out Of Reach Of Children.

OxiMega Fish Oil has one of the strongest EPA/DHA profiles which makes it a solid product if you ask me (and many others on the bodybuilding forums). I take it daily regardless of any diet I am on as it is a must-have supplement! BOOM!

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I like to buy through bodybuilding.com because they have the best prices and customer service. I usually get my order within a few days (usually 2). Don't forget to visit the page about bodybuilding coupons to look for a possible discount for your order. Hopefully I helped you with your choice of the right supplements. I have used some other products, but these are the top 5 products that I recommend, use, and like the most. Also check my Fitness Articles section for more general information about training, nutrition, and supplements.

These statements only represent my personal opinion and do not represent any scientific studies conducted. Please ask your MD before using any of these products. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.