We’ve taken a look at some of the best protein powders on the market to help you make a more informed choice about which supplement to spend your hard earned cash on.
The line up focuses primarily on the UK market, however, it is worth noting that you can buy supplements from almost any country, provided they ship to your location.
The UK market has some key brand players such as Optimum Nutrition, USN, BSN, PhD Nutrition and more recently some US brands such as MusclePharm, Quest Nutrition, Cobra Labs and so forth.
First up is the ever popular phd pharma whey ht from PhD Nutrition. This protein supplement has been one of their core products since launch. Granted it has evolved over the years to keep up with changing demands, competition and also legislation.
We all know that when we go to work out we want the absolute most we can get out of exercising, that is the most benefit, whether it is cardiovascular or muscle breakdown/building. Pre-workout supplements claim to be able to help you do just that, help achieve better more intense workouts. It might be tempting for many of us to try one of these pre-workout supplements prior to going to the gym or go out for a run, with the thought that you will have more energy, strength or endurance.
Preworkout supplements often do have listed as one of the ingredients – proprietary blend. This mysterious mix of ingredients usually contains the likes of caffeine to creatine to guarana. The question being, do these ingredients actually work, and are the safe to ingest?
Pre-workout supplements have been around for many years now and sell extremely well. That is due to the fact that many of them do actually work and do have an effect on the way you feel during your work out. Ingredients contained within are intended to make you feel like your workout is supercharged or similar. They contain ingredients that increase blood flow, increase heart rate and in turn increase mental focus. Many also contain beta alanine that provides increased blood flow to the skin which results in a tingling sensation. One of the preworkout supplements we looked into was Cobra Shadow X which we will detail our findings soon.
However, it is worth noting that the above physical effects of the ingredients within do not make you stronger, faster or bigger as most people often think.
And it is also worth mentioning that even though some of the preworkout supplements contain ingredients like caffeine, beta alanine and creatine, the studying available show that these ingredients on give bodybuilders and extreme athletes an edge when they are pushing themselves to the maximum.
Some time ago, many of the popular pre-workout supplements contained illegal and dangerous ingredients, mostly amphetamine like substances, which are stimulants. We recommend that you read the ingredients list as many of the supplements that contain completely legal ingredients can still have exceptionally high levels of caffeine, which can have negative effects.