Recently, a friend of mine asked me what supplements I take, so I figured I’d share my experience with supplements.

I am currently taking digestive enzymes, B-100 complex, CLA, L-carnitine, and C4 Pre-Workout by Cellucor. I know this seems like a lot, but trust me I’ve taken more than this. There was a point that I had to take 9 tablets/capsules per meal. I was taking glucosamine chondroitin tablets, BCAAs, and multivitamins on top of what is listed above. My stomach didn’t handle that very well, honestly. I’m not sure if other supplement crazy people have experienced similar issues or not, but I learned my lesson.

Let me delve into WHY I take each of these supplements. The digestive enzymes support healthy digestion so that my body can more efficiently and quickly absorb and use the nutrients that the enzymes break the food I consume down into.

Mega B-100
Mega B-100

The B-100 complex is a personal choice; I have very brittle nails and regularly low energy. These tablets help my nails grow longer, faster, and stronger. I can’t actually tell a difference in my energy level with or without the B-100, but I can definitely tell a difference in my nails.

CLA from Vitamin World
CLA from Vitamin World

My conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and L-carnitine work best together. L-carnitine is naturally produced by the body for brain and heart function and energy; CLA is commonly found in red meat and dairy (so, vegetarians and vegans are missing out!), and when used in conjunction with fish oil it induces an anti-inflammatory response in the gastrointestinal systems of pigs. However, the effects of CLA in the human body are debatable in comparison to their effects in animals.

C4 by Cellucor
C4 by Cellucor

Ahhhh, C4. My baby! I cycle through periods of pre-workout fanaticism and indifference. Out of all the brands of pre-workout I’ve tried, C4 by Cellucor is BY FAR my favorite! Warning: It makes me insanely itchy if I take 1-2 scoops more than 10 minutes before my workout because of the beta alanine in it. I’m not 100% positive, but I’m pretty sure it has a similar affect on most people. I get a great pump out of it though! My MAIN purpose for taking C4 (or any pre-workout for that matter) is to increase my blood pressure prior to lifting. I’ve experienced some interesting and concerning brief loss of sight in my right right eye, possibly associated with my already low blood pressure. Usually when I go to the doctor, my BP is about 110-115/70-75; for those of you that don’t know, normal is 120/80. It is with high hopes that my pre-workout will prevent any more of these occurrences. C4 does contain caffeine and creatine nitrate. *Hops on soapbox*: Creatine and creatine nitrate is dangerous if you have medical conditions; however, if you take the supplement as directed either by the directions for use OR your doctor, the likelihood of injury is greatly decreased. Just don’t be stupid with your supplements, ok? *steps off soapbox*

If you have any questions about other supplements I’ve taken or my experiences with other supplements, leave a comment!

Happy lifting!

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