The Best Supplements to Tone Up and Get Muscle
Exercise and diet are a potent combination when it comes to reshaping your body. However, sometimes the two aren't enough to make the changes you'd like to see in your physique. Using scientifically designed supplements can help rapidly boost your strength and muscle size and help you get lean.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, is a special type of fatty acid that is used by many strength-training athletes. A study published in 2009 by "Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism" found that CLA can reduce body fat and increase fat-free mass.
MHP T-Bomb is a testosterone-boosting supplement that not only increases testosterone levels but also prevents your body from converting testosterone to estrogen. Testosterone is a powerful ally in building muscle and losing fat. A study published in 2005 by "Clinical Endocrinology" found that the hormone increases strength and lean mass and helps reduce body fat.
Gaspari Myofusion is a distinctive protein powder. Unlike many powders, it contains a blend of protein sources that provide a time-released stream of amino acids. A study from the 2006 "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" found that this protein powder is superior for muscle-building. In addition, Myofusion contains CLA to fight off unwanted body fat.
Leucine is an amino acid and is found in some protein sources. In addition to being a muscular building block like the other amino acids, leucine has some other benefits. In 2005, the "International Journal of Applied and Basic Nutritional Sciences" published a study that showed supplemental leucine reduced body fat in rats.
Creatine is a widely used supplement in many sports, and it has a number of benefits. A study published in "Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise" in 2006 found that creatine can significantly increase strength and improve body composition. Creatine is also generally inexpensive.
- Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism: A Meta-analysis of the Effects of Conjugated Linoleic Acid on Fat-free Mass in Humans
- Clinical Endocrinology: Effects of Testosterone on Body Composition, Bone Metabolism and Serum Lipid Profile in Middle-aged Men
- Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: Low-dose Creatine Combined with Protein During Resistance Training in Older Men
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