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If you are a physically active individual, you have probably pondered what kind of supplements you should be taking. Here are 4 tips from the experts that should get you started out in the right direction.

1.  Liquid Multi-Vitamin Such As VEMMA

Vemma is a highly bioavailable nutrition formula that contains 12 full-spectrum vitamins, over 65 plant-sourced minerals, wildcrafted mangosteen superfruit, organic aloe vera and organic decaffeinated green tea for the ultimate nutritional foundation. To Order

2.  Branched Chain Amino Acids – (leucine, isoleucine and valine)

These are essential amino acids which are not produced by the body.

Consuming BCAA’s during or after physical activity will decrease muscle catabolism (muscle breakdown), promote muscle anabolism (muscle repair), reduce muscle soreness, and increase recovery time.

USP Labs Modern BCAA and Scivation Xtend are examples of good BCAA supplements.

3.  Vitamin D3 – (Cholecalciferol) (Also found in VEMMA)

Most Americans are deficient in this very important nutrient mostly because we do not get sufficient sun exposure. In this case a supplement form is needed.

Having sufficient Vitamin D has been shown to aid in preventing some cancers, prevent hypocalcemia, aid in hypertension and cardiovascular disease, aid in preventing type II diabetes, depression, Multiple Sclerosis, and may improve physical performance.

How much Vitamin D we should get is in much debate and varies greatly depending on the source of the research. For now, shoot for 1000IU daily or 15-20 min sun exposure to at least 1/3 of the body everyday.

4.  Omega 3’s

This is an essential fatty acid which our bodies cannot synthesize and is necessary for a variety of bodily and cellular functions.

Consuming sufficient amounts of omega 3 to omega 6 and 9 in a 2:1:1 Ratio greatly improves the health of the body and its many processes.

Some of the many benefits are: helps to balance cholesterol, improves hormone regulation and function, has shown some anti-cancer properties, helps to improve eye health, softer/stronger hair, nails, and skin, improve sexual function, decrease inflammation within the body, may reduce pain in joints, lower risk for heart disease, improve cognitive function, and aid in depression.

Udo’s oil, flax oil, krill oil, flax seeds, wild salmon, sardines, and walnuts are some of the best sources.

About the Author
Chris Smith Chris Smith is one of Pulse Fitness’s expert personal trainers; he has 7 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is ISSA, TRX and Perform Better certified and continues industry specific education regularly. Chris enjoys working for a gym that has positioned itself as one of the few leading training studios in the industry and where he can pursue his passion for fitness and helping people. His clients call him The Monkey for his love of gymnast style exercise and how he can often be found hanging on the monkey bars.

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