6 Supplements You Need For Explosiv

Miles Johnson

6 Supplements You Need for Explosive Growth This Summer

David Robson. March 10, 2016. Bodybuilding.com.


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Anyone that has ever taken their fitness seriously has probably ventured over to

bodybuilding.com, one of the largest online retailers for nutritional supplements in the US.

Not only does the retailer provide supplements, but it is a great resource for fitness tips and workouts. This community has plenty of forums where people go to chat about their gains or look for support. However, this mega-retailer makes the majority of its money through selling supplements. Are supplements necessary for improved nutrition?


Using terms like explosive growth, hardcore weight loss, and extreme energy, companies are able to grab the attention of potential customers that are looking for that extra something to get them through their next goal. The top selling product currently on bodybuilding.com is Optimum Nutrition's Whey Protein. This has been the staple supplement protein product on the market for decades. Consumers are trying to squeeze every ounce of protein that their body can handle in order to build and repair muscles as they are stressed. This seems like a great idea for those who may lack the appropriate knowledge about protein needs. Companies bank of this lack of knowledge to ensure profit growth.


Let's take this article for example. The first line already starts off using special terms to sell this product. The author, David Robson, states: "You want it all: greater performance, greater fat loss, and explosive growth. Supplements are the answer!" (2016). This article then describes the six most necessary supplements for growth and supplemental nutrition. The products are: whey protein, branch chain amino acids (BCAAs), L-Glutamine, creatine, omega-3 fish oil, and vitamin/mineral supplement. Each of these products are described in detail as to why it is necessary to include these supplements in your diet.


Robson states that he takes whey protein twice a day, once upon waking up and the other post-workout. He claims that "as a foundation for muscle gains, quality protein supplementation is without equal" (2016). Interestingly, he admits that protein obtained from food sources provides more sustained protein levels. The RDA of protein for the healthy adult is 10-35% of kcalories (DeBruyne, p. 131). This means that a third or less of the entire day's worth of food should contain protein. Otherwise, your body will convert the extra, leftover protein into fat. Protein deficiency is very rare in developed countries. In fact, it is difficult to even locate protein deficiency stats in the US through the Internet. This suggests that healthy adults are getting enough proteins through their diet alone.


Branch chain amino acids are another popular supplement. Amino acids are necessary for a healthy life and there are nine amino acids that have to be obtained through diet alone. These are called essential amino acids. The rest of the amino acids are called nonessential amino acids. They are so called because the body produces these amino acids internally. Robson claims that since taking BCAAs, he had noticed an improvement in muscle density and his recovery rate has also increased exponentially (2016). Amazing! That is quite a statement to really sell this product. Unfortunately, there is no way to prove this product has effected his recovery rate or muscle density. It is more likely that his muscle density improvement is simply based on his continued rigorous exercises and healthy diet. According to Robson, the three essential amino acids that are in BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine, and valine (2016). Incredibly, each of these essential amino acids are found in every major diet. These amino acids are all found in chicken, soy products, cheese, nuts, and fish. That means vegetarians and vegans are also able to obtain these amino acids without supplementation. DeBruyne destroys the concept of taking amino acid supplements with this statement: "An excess of one amino acid can produce such a demand for a carrier that it limits the absorption of another amino acid, creating a temporary imbalance" (p. 130). The main problem with taking amino acids is that unless you are tracking every milligram of leucine from foods, it is difficult to tell how much of this amino acid you are getting. The casual consumer looking for improvements in fitness is most likely not concerned with tracking this. They may be overdosing a certain amino acid, leading to the lack of absorption of another.


Taking all of these supplements with an already healthy, nutrient based diet may have some serious side effects. At a minimum, these supplements are adversely affecting your health and goals. Bodybuilding.com is a great resource for workout tips and advice for fitness. However, do not believe every "fitness guru" that comes out supporting a certain product because they claim it made them stronger. Many of these people are getting paid to promote these products through a sponsorship. David Robson is no doubt in incredible shape, which makes it difficult to say he is lying. He is misleading consumers. The article itself lacks any scientific support or numbers as evidence of his proposals. If a disease or condition affects the intake of a certain part of your diet, then it may be beneficial to take supplements for health. Otherwise, the entirety of bodily needs can be found in a healthy diet.

Works Cited

DeBruyne, L.K., & Pinna, K. (2014). Nutrition for health and health care (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.


Robson, D. "6 Supplements You Need for Explosive Growth this Summer." March 10, 2016. Retrieved on April 6, 2016 at http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/explosive-growth-your-summer-supplement-strategy.htm.