Bruce Gains and Flex Luthor
Very often, people will walk into a supplement store thinking they know what they need. They believe the short road to practically impossible results is paved only with the usual suspects: pre-workouts, protein powders, and creatine. The truth is there is no “short road”, and what you want is not necessarily what you need.
Starting this week, we will go through some basic supplements required for the journey to Gains City. They may not be the sexiest items on the shelves, but they are the nutrients people tend to lack the most in their diet. Throw these essentials in the mix and you will have food work for you. So without further ado, let's talk about the first essential supplement: multivitamins.
Multivitamin supplements contain vitamins and minerals, also known as micronutrients. Contrary to macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins), micronutrients are required in small quantities (micronutrients; see what they did, there?). However without them, much of those macros you take in the service of the almighty gains will go to waste.
One of micronutrients' roles is to manage, assimilate, and transport proteins, carbs, and fats. Depending on where you live and how your food is processed and made, you might use 20%-50% of the macronutrients you take in. In other words you will absorb, manage, assimilate and transport only 20%-50% of your proteins, carbs and fats. Micronutrients help boost that percentage so stock up on those multivitamins.
Those micros also serve a multitude of other purposes including boosting your immune system (between building muscles and fighting off the enemy, your body will always pick the latter), cell growth, and fighting free radicals.
The importance of micronutrients cannot be overstated. Without them, you're basically flushing a lot of those macros (and the money you spent on them) down the toilet. So before you walk into the supplement store near you and demand those jet fuel grade pre-workouts or those mass gainers with calories per serving in the stratosphere, cover those essential micronutrients, courtesy of multivitamin supplements.
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