Post Workout Recovery Supplements

Arguably the most important time to take supplements is post-workout when your uptake is at its highest rate and this is the time when your muscles gobble up amino acids, vitamins and other elements to help it recover and grow definition.

This is the third and final segment in my best workout supplements series and it will definitely pack a punch in giving you the results you desire the most.

Speaking of results, with post-recovery our goal should be to replenish all the stores of energy in our muscles and make sure we have given them enough nutrients so we don’t go too far into a catabolic state (catabolic is the time when our muscle is broken down and used for energy).

Post Workout Recovery Supplements

BCAA’s: If you were to take only one supplement post-workout then I would highly recommend BCAA’s (Branch Chained Amino Acids) as they are completely natural and are proven to speed recovery and prevent fatigue. If you think you have enough protein in your diet, BCAA’s are absorbed quite differently and much more rapidly so definitely take this in addition to your protein smoothies. Without a doubt the best in the market is Scivation Xtend and I have to say the watermelon flavour is extremely tasty, sometimes I just blend it up with lots of ice as it’s a yummy zero calorie drink. Another great alternative which is getting a lot of buzz is a more simple & affordable blend called Signature BCAA Powder

Casein Protein: If you haven’t heard about casein protein, it’s very similar to whey protein but much slower to absorb and therefore can continue to feed your muscles several hours after ingestion just as much as the amount of time your muscles will need during the recovery stage post workout. Of course, casein protein is also great before bed during the time which your muscles are recovering the most and your body is in a fasting stage during sleep. One of the highest rated and most popular casein’s is  Signature Casein Slow Release Protein. 

GABA: Once again recovery during sleep is one of the most important times for your overall muscle tone to improve and GABA is an ingredient which helps calm your neves and promote deep REM sleep. So far the only supplement that I’ve come across which lives up to its claims is GABA Relax with Vitamin B6.

Zinc/Magnesium: You may have already come across Zinc and Magnesium supplements as they are proven to help with relaxation and recovery and again one which can also help with sleep. I like this particularly because getting enough magnesium in our diets is a hard one (mostly found in nuts and seeds) but the benefits are quite immense from relaxation to helping with digestive processes to even reducing migraines. One of the most affordable and highly rated is NOW ZMA.