Staying fit is on everyone’s mind at the beginning of the year. Getting results provides motivation to stick with your routine long after the month of January has come and gone. In addition to making lifestyle changes, there are supplements that can help you on the path to meeting your workout goals. Take a look at this week’s article on nutrients that help support physical fitness.
Build Muscle and Enhance Endurance with Tribulus Terrestris
Muscle building is not just for guys. Increasing muscle helps you burn more calories at rest which improves your metabolism. It also helps in managing pain as well as promoting greater bone density. Even if you don’t have dumbbells or access to a gym, you can build muscle with simple body weight bearing exercises like push ups and planks. If you want to add additional support to your muscle-strengthening workout routine, try tribulus terrestris.* This botanical herb is a favorite among bodybuilders, but they aren’t the only ones that can benefit from its effects. Tribulus terrestris possesses plant compounds like alkaloids, flavonoids and saponins that reduce inflammation-- which is always an issue when someone embarks upon an intense workout regimen.* This herb may support the production of hormonal precursors to testosterone.* Testosterone is a hormone that influences the creation of muscle mass. We include tribulus terrestris in our Tribulux Max formula which provides 1500 mg of tribulus terrestris extract in a 2-capsule serving.
Tart Cherry for Inflammation and Recovery
Tart Cherry is a supplement that is packed with anthocyanins and other inflammation-fighting polyphenols.* A recent trial showed that long distance runners who drank tart cherry juice 5 days before a marathon and up to two days afterward showed lower levels of inflammation and better muscle recovery than those who did not consume tart cherry juice. Nature’s Lab Tart Cherry is a great option if you want the benefits of tart cherries without the additional sugar and calories that come with consuming it in juice form.* This supplement contains 500 mg of Montmorency cherry powder from cherries harvested in the USA.
Support Your Exercise Routine with Collagen
As you get fit, your body will need to take in more protein to support muscle and tendon strength. To promote muscle growth after working out your muscles need protein to start repairing those muscle fibers you just worked out. Experts recommend getting 10-20 grams of protein within one hour of completing your exercise routine. One of the most abundant proteins in the body is collagen protein. Collagen makes up nearly one-third of all types of protein found in the body and is concentrated in the skin, muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues. Aging increases the rate at which collagen breaks down. We can’t simply consume whole collagen because the molecule is so large it is difficult for the body to digest it. A supplement with hydrolyzed collagen, such as Nature's Lab Hyaluronic Acid with BioCell Collagen® & MSM, or Turmeric + Joint Complex provides high quality type II collagen that is bioavailable for the digestive system.* These formulas also include hyaluronic acid to help lubricate the joints and MSM for reducing inflammation.*
Eating a balanced diet and consuming plenty of water should be the foundation of your wellness journey. From there, you can add in supplements to address specific health goals and nutrient gaps. No matter what your fitness level, you can take advantage of these tips to make the most of your efforts.
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