Though it is rare for any "supplement" to be essential to life, the following list of supplements are the source of common nutritional deficiencies and can be used to supplement the first and most important intervention which is the client's food intake.
This list is far from comprehensive in its list of supplements, usage and dosage. It is intended to create awareness as to when and how a supplement may be used to help support a nutritional program. It is also important to note that we only recommend using pharmaceutical grade nutritional companies that can produce independent lab testing that verifies the contents of the supplement. We do not often recommend purchasing or using supplements sold "over the counter" at health food stores as they vary widely in quality and effectiveness.
A growing percentage of the edible seafood supply is contaminated with environmental toxins. In addition to consuming fresh caught ocean fish, using a pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement that has not been exposed to a hexane based solvent in final stages of skin extraction by the manufacturer is recommended with each non-seafood based meal.
Greens & Reds:
We should derive enough anti–oxidants, minerals and vitamins from our food, but when we don't consume enough organic fruits and vegetables in our diet or exposed to excessive environmental toxins (anyone living in a city) greens or reds drinks can be used to supplement the diet and aid in the reduction of inflammation.
Best used when food based protein is not available – protein drinks are a topic of hot debate in the fitness industry. Research suggest a milk protein blend is best for strength gains and fat loss, that is of course if the client can tolerate dairy – in which case a pea based protein may be a good option.
Magnesium is an important mineral that is involved in hundreds of essential biochemical reactions that keep the body functioning properly. It is one of the body's most essential minerals and plays a role in protein synthesis, cardiovascular health, immune function, blood sugar management, and happens to be one of the most common nutritional deficiencies.
Zinc is an essential trace mineral that plays a role in many biochemical reactions in the body. Zinc supports wound healing, immune function, thyroid health, taste sensitivity, and more. Zinc is a common nutritional deficiency because the body has no specialized zinc storage system requiring daily intake of zinc to maintain optimal levels.
These following list of supplements are not essential to life but can be used to expedite fat loss and improve athletic performance. This list is far from comprehensive in its list of supplements, usage and dosage. It is intended create awareness as to when and how a supplement may be used to help achieve a goal.
Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)
Are to be used during resistance training sessions or situations where there is not a whole food choice and the client needs to stabilize their blood sugar. BCAA's should be pharmaceutical grade and tested for purity and should contain Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.
R-ALA (alpha lipotic acid)
R-ALA is used to improve insulin sensitivity. It is most often recommended to individuals with a fat loss goals poor carbohydrate tolerance demonstrated by fat accumulation through the midsection (Subscap, mid ax, supra iliac region).
Caffeine can effect different people in different ways. If the client is not averse to caffeine, it can be used prior to training to improve CNS output and training drive. It is often paired with Tyrosine for a synergistic effect.
Tyrosine has been shown to reduce CNS fatigue and can enhance training drive, focus and neural output. It is recommend for use in only high volume training phases.
Beta alanine acts as a buffer to hydrogen ions and acid during training that produces high levels of lactate.
Creatine aids in the production of ATP during periods of high intensity strength training when the ATP–PC energy system is targeted. It is often combined with Beta Alanine to increase strength and work capacity during periods of high intensity training.
CLA is used to expedite fat loss. It stimulates the metabolism, down–regulates leptin helping to control appetite and induces apoptosis (cell death) of fat cells.