When Bodybuilding.com first awarded its supplement awards in 2005, it had two goals: to help customers find exceptional products and brands, and to recognize the efforts of the many great companies in the supplement industry.
The response was so great that we’ve given the Supplement Awards every year since then. Over the past 15 years they have evolved, as has the supplement industry. Certain ingredients have risen in or out of favor. Manufacturers have come and gone or created entirely new lines to help new athletes.
During this time, the supplement industry has become mainstream. In 2005, food companies were mostly looking at nutritional supplements and their manufacturers wrongly. Then they apparently discovered that more than half the US population takes dietary supplements on a regular basis. Large companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Post Holdings and Glanbia entered the market, acquiring nutritional supplement manufacturers for their product portfolios and cemented nutritional supplements in the US and global nutritional landscapes.
This is not news to us. We have believed in nutritional supplements since Bodybuilding.com was founded in 1
The key, as we have written many times, is to take the word at face value: dietary supplements are intended to complement, not replace, dietary supplements, to exercise. For the most successful fitness fanatics we know, nutritional supplements are the final piece of the puzzle – after they have found the BodyFit plan and nutrition plan that best suits them.
Top 6 reasons why supplements are important
Diet supplements are playing an important role in your fitness journey now more than ever. Here are some of the key benefits:
Advantage 1: Dietary supplements take some of the guesswork out of diet
Diet supplements aren’t just foods in a pill. Far from it. Instead, they are a convenient way of concentrating ingredients people want in one easy-to-take scoop or pill.
“In a perfect world, everyone would have a complete diet with every macro and micronutrient covered by whole foods,” said Tyler McGlasson, MK, CISSN, a senior regulatory and science specialist at Bodybuilding.com. “In the real world, because of the time, money, or the amount of food required, this is neither necessary nor realistic. Think of a multivitamin and all it contains, and then the foods an athlete would need to consume to get an equivalent diet to find value. “
And only to meet recommended nutrient intake guidelines.
“This is even more true of pre-workout ingredients,” says McGlasson. “Creatine is found in every red meat on the planet, but to consume the recommended daily allowance of 5 grams for athletes, a person would need to eat about 30 ounces of steak – even more to get the recommended amount of beta-alanine. Good.”
Benefit 2: Supplements are convenient
Douglas S. Kalman Ph.D., RD, Co-Founder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (Deerfield Beach, Florida) and Associate Professor of Sports Nutrition at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, pounds that point into the Foundations of Fitness Nutrition video series .
“Think of powders and beverages as convenience additives – and use them that way,” he says. “If a post-workout shake is the only way to get protein at this point, take the shake. If you’re trying to gain weight and you’re in a position where you either have a shake or one Would make mistakes. ” a meal whole, you have the shake. “
Think of it this way: whether your extra protein comes from wildebeest broken down in the plains of Africa or from protein powder ordered from Bodybuilding.com, it is still protein. But protein powder is definitely more convenient, and if that means you’re using it more consistently then it’s totally worth adding to your nutritional arsenal.
Benefit 3: Supplements can give you an additional benefit
“I take supplements to get that extra benefit – in training and in life – without any negative side effects,” says Heather Grant, senior content editor and personal trainer at Bodybuilding.com who has been a competitor and judge for the physique of women at various times Certified by NASM, NSCA, ACE and CrossFit. “Yes, I could probably still fall asleep without my magnesium, and I know my green tea extract has only a negligible impact on my metabolism, but both of them contribute to how I feel and function every day, and that makes it.” worth it to me. “
Benefit 4: The food you eat is no longer as nutritious as it used to be
Fruit and vegetables are no longer as rich in vitamins and minerals as they used to be, mainly due to soil depletion. When researchers at the University of Texas at the Department of Chemistry in Austin tried to measure how the nutritional levels of 43 fruits and vegetables changed from 1950 to 1999, significant decreases in protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and found vitamin C.
There is no reason to believe that the trend has reversed in the 21st century. If anything, it’s likely sped up. One way to compensate for having less nutrition in your food? Pop a daily multivitamin / mineral.
Benefit 5: Supplements make it easier to follow certain diets
Diet supplements can even support a balanced diet, but they are especially useful for people following diets that restrict certain things.
For example, on a low-carbohydrate diet, milk containing lactose can be replaced with a low-carbohydrate or low-carbohydrate protein powder. It can be difficult to hit the prescribed macros on a keto diet, but taking medium-chain triglyceride oil (MCT) and omega-3 fatty acids in supplements can help the diet work. A vegetarian or vegan diet can lead to a deficiency in vitamin B12 and iron, as these are mainly found in dairy products and red meat. When certain foods are out of the question, nutritional supplements are the best way to avoid deficiency.
And if your diet is just one where you eat in a calorie deficit – or burn more calories than you use daily – nutritional supplements like protein and caffeine have been shown time and time again to help counter cravings and control appetite.
Benefit 6: Supplements Can Save You Money
“A heterogeneous diet of very nutritious, 100 percent organic foods is ideal, but it is also expensive and not available in most markets around the world,” said Chris Lockwood, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Exercise & Sports Science at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton, Texas).
Enter additions. Back to that earlier comparison of a 5-gram daily dose of creatine versus 30 ounce steak: yes, the creatine is more convenient, but it’s also cheaper – nowhere near. A daily dose of creatine monohydrate usually costs 10-15 cents per serving. For comparison, 30 ounces of dry-aged beef costs $ 84 on a good day. There is a similar inequality between fish oil and fresh fish.
Similarly, nutritionists and researchers like Kalman, Layne Norton, Ph.D., and Brad Schoenfeld, Ph.D., have been saying for years that hard training athletes should aim for at least 0.8-1.0 grams of protein per pound to eat body weight per day. You may be able to plan as much meat and eggs into your diet for a few grocery outings, but if your goal is to exercise consistently for months or years, or for the rest of your life, shakes are your wallet as much as your muscles are.
It’s time for you to choose!
The Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards are based on votes from customers like you. So cast your vote today! There are a total of 20 categories with four nominees per category.
There is no better way to make sure the products you love get the recognition they deserve than by helping them vote. The voting will take place August 15-20 and the winners will be announced shortly afterwards!