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To Take or Not To Take (Supplements)

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:49 pm
by Jungledoc
There are often discussions about various supplements. I'm curious what people on the forum do in actual practice, so I thought I'd ask. What supplements do you take?

I'll go first:
Fish Oil

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 11:05 pm
by ApolytonGP
Really nothing religiously.

Glucosamine and chondroiton because my mom bought me several jars of it and it can't hurt. Don't think it does anything, but makes sense to use it up and who knows...maybe will help my joints. Definitely don't notice a difference.

When dieting (I ran a 1500 cal/day deficit for several months), I took a multivitamin daily from caution. Should probably get back to that since it doesn't hurt.

I also had some hair loss and had very squeeky hair while on my diet and I took biotin for a little while. Don't bother now that I'm not in deficit.

I probably could take the fish oil. My mom has some she offered me. Hm...

I do try to eat a varied, clean diet. I avoid alcohol (I was close to an alcoholic before my dieting workouts are way better sans alcohol anyhow).

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 11:52 pm
by Ironman
I take a multi, fish oil, whey and creatine.

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:02 am
by jml
fish oil and whey

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:44 am
by TimD
I take a multivite/min, fish oil, and occasional some protein powder, but frankly I get enough in my diet already. My priorities have changed, but back when I was lifting heavy, I took around 10 gr creatine monohydrate daily. Unlike some of the others, I did feel/see an effect. In my case, I felt it did aid in getting a few more and heavier reps in, and I did suck up some water weight, giving the appearance of being larger. For my purposes these days, just staying fit, I'd say it's not really necessary, but I would recommend it for any serious strength training. I have tried some of the test and nandralone precursers (DHEA/Andro and Norandro) back when they were legal and over the counter and never really felt they were worth anything. Sometimes I'll substitute in Udo's choice oil for the fish oil

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:10 am
by jps
fish oil
milled flax seed
creatine mono
glyco maize
ON whey
burger king $1 double cheeseburgers

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:33 am
by pdellorto
I use a lot of them.
Just supplements and not food:

Fish oil
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Tonalin CLA
Protein powers (whey, casein, whey/casein mix, occasionally other kinds)
Greens+ (I use Amazing Grass Green Superfood and Greens+ Berry Blast, mostly; Biotest Superfood is great but way too expensive)

I take all of the vitamin-type stuff every day, the BCAAs, L-Leucine, L-Glutamine, and protein powders get used according to how and when I'm training.

This runs in the family. Everyone on my mother's side is a big vitamin user, and my grandfather was, too. Most of my vitamins are "just in case" - they ensure I've got everything covered.

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:12 am
by hoosegow
Chromium Picolinate

I occasionally buy a hops and barley smoothy.

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:35 am
by TimD
I forgot about those smoothies. I occasionally have some when I'm doing 1 arm curls with Bud over at Mr. Miller's.

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:51 pm
by pdellorto
I forgot my greens powders, actually. I'll edit them in. I use them to ensure I'm getting fruits or veggies at every meal, even the dry shakes I carry with me for eating at work - I often get less than 5 minutes between classes, so a shake and a handful of nuts is the only way to go.

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:35 pm
by Rucifer
I actually take in the minority...

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:17 pm
by hoosegow

I actually take in the minority...
and probably smarter than the rest of us that do. I'm too lazy to eat correctly.

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:46 pm
by Rucifer
hoosegow wrote:

I actually take in the minority...
and probably smarter than the rest of us that do. I'm too lazy to eat correctly.
Yea except my lifting totals definitely reflect that I'm a non-supplementer :cry: .

Actually in reality I'm more concerned with losing a little bit more fat right now anyway. Although I am upping my fish intake to three cans of tuna a day...they seem to be little creatine/protein supplements in a can...

I have taken iron supplements before, due to the fact I used to be a vegetarian and a hardcore distance runner :red: . So ashamed.

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:12 pm
by hoosegow
The first step of any recovery is to admit you have a problem. I'm so proud

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:05 pm
by Jebus
I dont take anything either, i'm going to start taking whey soon though.