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The South African supplement industry has been growing at such a rapid rate with innovative brands and products popping up out of every direction, especially in the last year. In this guide, we are going to walk you through some of the most powerful and tested supplements on the market today, that you can put to use in 2017!
Before we start, just keep in mind that everybody responds differently to supplements and what works for some might have a different result for others. The body is an experiment, and while there are a few truths that apply to everyone, you need to figure out what works the best for you. In this guide, we’ve included some of the supplements we feel will definitely help you effectively reach your health and fitness goals.
While it may seem that every supplement company is bringing out ‘the next best whey’, few ever actually live up to that promise. It’s usually the same quality, the same flavours, and the same protein content. This isn’t a bad thing, but it’s not a good thing either, because not only does it provide no variety but it also causes a lack of interest when someone does actually do something a little different.
3D Nutrition is a brand that has finally stepped up to the plate on this one, with their Whey Isocon. Whey Isocon contains a much more beneficial ratio of concentrate to isolate, to provide the benefits from both, versus most other proteins that have far too little isolate to reap any of the benefits. They have also incorporated a patented flavouring system dubbed ‘3D Taste Technology’, whereby they coat the raw ingredients 3 times with flavour, giving it a more natural flavour profile as well as reducing the artificial sweeteners and thickeners.
They are also one of the first local companies to independently test each individual batch of products, and make the results of these public, so that you can see exactly what you are getting. Couple this with the fact there is no amino acid spiking in their protein, ensuring that you get 22g of actual protein with each serving.
In short, this is a must have protein source in your pantry for 2017!
3D Nutrition Whey Isocon is a superior quality protein blend which has been developed to provide the highest possible natural rates of nitrogen retention and amino acid conversion in order to help build and repair body tissues, thereby assisting with gains in lean muscle mass.
Stressing the importance of a multivitamin might seem odd, but these essential micronutrients are so often overlooked, that they are often seen as added value rather than the foundation of your monthly stack. A multivitamin is a product that you should always have, not just in 2017, but all the time.
The benefits of a multivitamin are endless because they comprise of all the micronutrients you would usually get from veggies. Now we all know that we don’t eat nearly as much vegetables as we should, but that is why a multivitamin is so important. They provide us with the essential micronutrients that our bodies need in order to function on a daily basis.
SNP offer a potent multivitamin and mineral, but they also offer a multivitamin designed for sports. Not only does it have essential vitamins and minerals, but adaptogens as well to reduce stress induced cortisol, which can be detrimental to both physical performance and muscle growth. Both of these contribute in reducing fatigue, facilitating healthy cell function, as well as increase athletic performance and protect against damage from everyday stress.
SNP Multi Vitamin SPORT is a high potency multivitamin and mineral, formulated for athletes and individuals with fast-paced lifestyles. The vitamin and mineral profile is formulated to support the needs of avid athletes, and highly stressed individuals whose immune systems are compromised by increased stress-related cortisol.
Delivering optimal Vitamins and Mineral support SNP Multi Vitamin is a high potency multivitamin and mineral supplement that has been formulated to provide adequate quantities of important micro-nutrients the average individual struggles to obtain from diet alone, due to excessive mental and physical stress encountered daily.
If you are always feeling tired at gym because of the long and arduous hours sitting at work, then perhaps it’s time to consider adding a pre-workout into the mix. A pre-workout is a great way to give yourself a massive energy boost for your training session, and can also enhance your performance in the gym. Chronicle Nutrition SwitchON is a comprehensive pre-workout drink that includes caffeine as an energy stimulant, but also contains BCAA’s to prevent catabolism and provide muscular energy, as well as creatine and Beta-Alanine, two of the most effective compounds to increase muscle energy regeneration and muscle endurance. This means that you are able to train harder and longer, as well as enjoy extended mental focus.
They have also included a hydration matrix to prevent dehydration by replacing lost electrolytes. There are 5 delicious flavours to choose from; Ruby Mango, Crimson Pineapple, Red Lemon, Purple Punch, and Purple Raspberry.
SwitchON is jammed with 3000mg of Creatine HCL and 2000mg Betaine Anhydrous! These ingredients have shown to increase your power and strength levels! Subjects that take SwitchON on a regular basis will be able to experience an increase in strength within as little as 2 weeks.
The combination of caffeine and L-Tyrosine, works to stimulate an energy explosion while increasing dopamine, and epinephrine to enhance mental focus and combat fatigue. There is a combination of BCAA’s and Taurine to provide muscular energy and anti-catabolism, while calcium supports normal nerve and muscle function.
A muscle pump matrix has also been included to deliver more oxygen and increase N.O. levels and buffer lactic acid build up to prevent muscle fatigue. There is also a comprehensive B vitamin complex to assist with energy yielding metabolism. Utilising their 3D Taste Technology again to create three amazing flavours; Blue Raspberry, Cream Soda Buzz, and Fruit Punch Pop.
3D Nutrition Pre Shock XT is an explosive pre-workout formula which has been designed to increase energy, focus and muscle pump so that you can shock and amp up your muscles to power through the most brutal training sessions.Benefits:
Vitargo® is a patented high performance carbohydrate. The distinguishing factors between Vitargo® and regular carbohydrate sources is its high molecular mass (500 000 – 700 000) and low osmolality (this refers to the amount of water that is absorbed by the carbohydrate). These two significant attributes mean Vitargo® clears the gut faster and has little to no bloat factor. Its molecular profile is vastly different to regular sugars like maltodextrin and dextrose which have approximately 1 000 - 10 000 and 180 respectively.
The post training “anabolic window” has widely been publicized as the most critical time to replenish glycogen stores. This brief window of opportunity is when your body will drastically absorb nutrients - much like a sponge to water - in order to build more muscle. Vitargo® claims, after clinical data review, that it will replenish depleted reserves up to 63% faster than other regular carbohydrates.
Digestive enzymes aren’t just beneficial but essential. They break food down into amino acids, fatty acids and carbohydrates, then into simple digestible sugars. Due to poor dietary habits, there is a vast majority of people who need a full-spectrum digestive enzyme to help improve their digestion. Digestive enzymes are key to both better digestion and nutrient absorption, as well help break difficult-to-digest proteins and sugars like casein, gluten, and lactose down.
Healthy fats are necessary for daily body functions, and are extremely beneficial to losing weight, building muscle, and increasing athletic performance because they act as an anti-inflammatory, contribute to cell production, and prevent joint damage. Each Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) has its own unique function, and this one convenient stack will allow you to reap the benefits from them all.
Omega 3 is a very powerful agent in keeping osteoporosis and arthritis at bay, as well as keep your heart healthy by lowering bad cholesterol levels. They are rich in EPA (eicosapentaenoic) and DHA (docosahexaenoic) fatty acids, which are the primary agents that drive the anabolic benefits of Omega 3, as well as keep muscle tissue healthy.
Omega 369 with added Vitamin E for absorption and anti-oxidants also contributes to keeping your heart healthy but also improve cognitive function and focus, as well as assist in the production of serotonin to enhance moods, assist with menstrual problems, as well as lower high blood pressure.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is close related to the Omega 6 chain, but is more active in helping the body free fat cells for glucose, as well as prevent excess calories from being stored as adipose tissue. They are also beneficial towards muscle building as well as overall health
SNP CLA 1000 provides an adequate dosage of Conjugated Linoleic Acid needed to support the metabolism of bodyfat without the unwanted calories acquired from food sources. Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a unique fatty acid clinically shown to reduce body fat, increase lean muscle mass and promote overall health.
Supreme amino is a next dimension BCAA product due to the fact that it is scientifically formulated with some of the most powerful bodybuilding and power boosting nutritional compounds available! This amino product contains Glutamine, L-Citrulline, and Taurine for enhanced recovery and cell volumisation, along with Branched Chain Amino Acids for their anti-catabolic effects.
Supreme Amino also contains a vitamin complex to help with absorption and energy yielding metabolism, along with a hydration matrix to replace lost electrolytes to prevent dehydration and muscle cramping.
3D Nutrition Supreme Amino is a superior quality amino acid blend which has been formulated to help increase performance and lean muscle gains.Benefits:
Chronicle Nutrition Anabolic Dex is a potent post-workout recovery product. It is jammed full of powerful and clinically tested key ingredients formulated to assist your recovery from even the most insane training sessions. Anabolic Dex contains high doses Creatine HCl, Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin and other key ingredients that can help spike your anabolism post-workout.
Each serving of Anabolic Dex provides 8g of BCAAs in a 2:1:1 ratio to help surge your muscle growth! This amount of branched-chain amino acids combined with 25 grammes of quality protein increase protein synthesis and ignite the mTOR pathway to enhance recovery and spike growth in size.
Chronicle Nutrition Anabolic Dex is one of the most powerful post-workout recovery products on the market today. The advanced formula is packed with powerful, clinically and scientifically dosed key ingredients designed to help you recover from even the most grueling of training sessions. Anabolic Dex contains high doses Creatine HCl, Cyclic Dextrin and other key ingredients that can help spike your anabolic hormones after training.
Increasing free testosterone levels is always a priority when it comes to building muscle. Test XT works to increase free flowing testosterone with a number of clinically proven compounds. D-Aspartic Acid releases luteinizing hormone (LH) which is responsible for protein synthesis as well as increase test levels. Eurycoma Longifolia Extract 100:1 works as an anti-oestrogen which prevents the conversion of test to oestrogen. Zinc is involved in a host of different processes, including the repair and production of DNA, enhanced immunity, and optimising natural test production.
Boron – has been shown to increase free circulating testosterone and serum DHT levels. It also acts as an anti-oestrogen and helps to lower SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) levels. SHBG prevents free testosterone from acting as an androgen by immobilising it. Vitamin D3 – helps with the absorption of nutrients and has been shown to increase testosterone. According to a recent study, vitamin D3 can help boost testosterone by up to 25%.
The legend itself, we definitely recommend that you try this extremely explosive pre-workout from ProSupps. Mr Hyde will shatter your training plateaus, and take your workouts to a whole new level. Mr Hyde includes a potent strength matrix, comprising of Beta-Alanine to buffer lactic acid build up, NO3-T® (Creatine Nitrate) to not only replenish ATP levels but increase nitric oxide levels as well. There is Nitrosigine® to provide a stabilised arginine silicate and L-Citrulline to surge nitric oxide levels in the blood, providing more oxygen to muscles and increase pumps.
They have added a big stimulant blend as well, delivering 410mgs of caffeine! With this dump of extra energy there is also an intensity and focus matrix to assist with cognitive focus and help put that energy to use. ProSupps are known for creating incredible tasting products, and offer Mr Hyde in two mouth-watering flavours; Fruit Punch, and Watermelon.
There is also Mr Hyde Zero for those who are looking for this strong pre-workout but with no artificial sweeteners or colourants. This is a great product to combine with ProSupps Dr Jekyll for an insane, intense, pump-fuelled workout.
Shred XT is a highly advanced fat burner. 3D Shred XT triggers thermogenesis to help you burn more calories throughout the day. It assists with fat burning through a potent combination of cayenne pepper extract and green tea. 3D Shred XT also helps to control blood sugar levels which is the key to healthy weight loss.
Shred XT combines caffeine and white willow bark to increase metabolic function, Dandelion Root works to help flush out excess water and fluids, acting as a diuretic. Green Tea and Cayenne Pepper are two of the most powerful fat burning compounds, providing anti-oxidants, increase fat oxidation, and increase thermogenesis. There is also added Chromium Picolinate and Alpha lipoic acid to enhance insulin sensitivity, and control blood glucose levels.
Of course, it will. Shred SF still contains the most effective fat burning compounds on the market today, just in a stimulant free formula. The combination of L-Carnitine, Green Tea Extract, Cayenne Pepper, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), and Phaseolus Vulgaris all work synergistically to burn actual fat, provide anti-oxidants, body toners, and assist with blocking excess carbohydrates from being stored.
Not as famous as Mr Hyde but just as legendary. Dr Jekyll is all about chasing those massive pumps and road-map-like veins. Not as heavy in its stimulants, only 100mgs of caffeine, but will swell you up like you’ve been inflated with a bicycle pump. Dr Jekyll also focuses on the anabolic systems during training by including Leucine and HMB to promote protein synthesis and nutrient uptake. There is still a comprehensive strength matrix as well, together with GABA to help you focus during training. If pumps are more what you are after, this is definitely a must-have.
This is a great product to combine with ProSupps Mr Hyde for an insane, intense, pump-fuelled workout. There are two amazing flavours; Blue Raspberry, and Fruit Punch.
Monstrous Mass has been formulated using a blend of high-quality protein, carbs that release at varying times, along with creatine, L-glutamine, and a testosterone boosting complex of magnesium and zinc to optimise gains in muscle mass.
It includes 46g of protein from ultra-filtered whey and micellar casein, providing fast and slow digestion for optimal protein synthesis. This has been added with a 1:2.8 ratio of carbs to increase insulin but not too much so that you will put on fat. To fortify this, they have added creatine and L-Glutamine, increasing strength and replenishing ATP levels as well as aiding in recovery and immune support.
On top of these there is also a test amplifying matrix of zinc and magnesium in the form of chelate to further enhance absorption. A truly innovative mass gainer that should definitely be in your pantry for this upcoming bulking season.
3D Nutrition Monstrous Mass has been scientifically developed to be the ultimate weight and muscle gain blend. Monstrous Mass has been formulated using a blend of high quality protein and time-released carbs along with a muscle building matrix of creatine and L-glutamine and a testosterone amplifying matrix of magnesium and zinc to optimize gains in muscle mass.