Top Three Supplements
The supplement industry is booming with business and is responsible for billions of dollars in revenue every year. In this episode we will discuss some of the top supplements and the thoughts behind taking them.
Protein – Protein powder is a household item and can be found in pantries, kitchens and on top of refrigerators across the nation. Protein powder is a fan favorite among workout enthusiast, gym rats, soccer moms, bodybuilders who are trying to make those massive muscle “gains” and just about anyone who has been to a GNC.
Why is protein so popular?
In 2014 protein powder sales totaled over 6 Billion dollars. Stats like this are used often so let’s take a second and break down exactly what 6 billion dollars in sales means for protein powder. The average price for a 2lb bag (30 servings) of protein is about $50. At that price you could buy 40 million pounds of protein powder and pretend you’re Scrooge McDuck and leap off a diving board to swim in a sea of potential muscles gains! Protein is one of the building blocks of muscle and has been shown in studies that increasing your protein intake while strength training can help build muscle.
Fish Oil – Fish Oil sales are on the rise and we imagine it’s because a “gym rat” was out on a hike and noticed a large grizzly bear chowing down on a freshly caught salmon, the “gym rat” then decided that if they ate the fish too they would in return see some huge gains! Spreading the findings with their friends the “gym rat” single handedly flooded the market with a need for fish oil supplements. That is one theory we are working on, the other one is that fish oil has been show in studies to be very beneficial for health reasons. Containing omega fatty acids fish oil has benefits including but not limited to being associated with healthier blood vessels, helping maintain a healthy level of triglycerides, decreasing the risk of diabetes and other benefits. Also those who currently take fish oil pills can agree that the “fish burps” are a delicious surprise throughout the day.
Multi Vitamin – Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get all of your nutrition with a simple pill? Well maybe we can’t get everything we need from a pill but multi vitamins are the next best thing and have been very popular for many years. Multi vitamins come in all shapes and sizes and there are kids out there right now getting a dose of vitamin C by biting off the head of Fred Flintstone… Poor Fred. The argument for this supplement as our number three is very simple; multi vitamins have tons of nutrients and are easy to take. However there is a new multi vitamin and it is not a pill but rather a patch, yes a patch similar to a nicotine patch that smokers wear to help wean them off of cigarettes. We imagine vegans will be using these patches soon to help wean themselves off of vegetables.
Vegan 1 says: “Would you like some broccoli?”
Vegan 2 replies: “No thanks I’m trying to quit, I’m on the patch.”
Also listen to this episode of Under Ten Fitness for a breakdown of supplements and exercise.
And as always remember – Stay Motivated!