Supplements are a “mystery” to a lot of people.
Supplements are NOT steroids.
I’ve dedicated a post to the supplements I take in the past, but wanted to do a quick update today. Warning: this Work It Out is largely educational/exploration. If that bores you, check out this past post on The Gun Show. Biceps are my favorite thing to work out. 🙂
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of SD Pharmaceuticals.
In my previous supplements post I shared my reasons for taking the following. I still take each of these daily* (though I took a break while I was recovering from surgery since I wasn’t using my body in a way that needed them).
*Note: I’ve since switched Amino brands.
You guys know by know that I don’t shy away from experimenting with my diet and routines. When I was given the opportunity to try out some supplements from SD Pharmaceuticals, I was intrigued.
Some of the language used to describe the benefits gave me pause because I’m not on a weight loss mission. However, they have done some fantastic in-depth research and use the highest quality plant-based ingredients. The research on added benefits of these supplements to bodybuilders made me decide to give it a go.
Here’s what I was sent:
- Dendrobium 600 – Derived from orchids; used in Chinese medicine as a tonic and strengthener; may increase congition, and promotes the health of the stomach, kidney, and lungs
- Diindolylmethane – In the genus of plants that includes broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kale; supports healthy estrogen metabolism and hormonal balance
- Garcinia Cambogia – Comes from a pumpkin-shaped fruit (yay pumpkin!); supports healthy serotonin levels and help reduce appetite; may impact enzymes related to fat metabolism
- Green Coffee Bean – Green coffee beans (recently made famous by Dr. Oz) are coffee beans that have not yet been roasted, thus having higher chlorogenic acid levels; that component is thought to be responsible for inhibiting fat accumulation and assisting weight loss, as well as providing healthy antioxidants
- Raspberry Ketone – From red raspberries (obv); antioxidant, may reduce fat absorption, increase calorie expenditure, and enhance fat breakdown
Supplements CAN be confusing. What to take, when to take it, how to combined it… that’s why I love that the company provides a downloadable stacking guide.
I need to be hand-held sometimes.
So does it work?
I don’t think I’ve been on them long enough to have major strength gains. I haven’t noticed a weight loss or a reduction in appetite. Again, that’s not my goal. I am extremely active and don’t have weight to lose, so I think my body overrides that effect. (Others have noticed bigger changes in terms of weight loss; check out this review.)
I HAVE noticed a general mood lift, which I attribute to the Dendrobium and Garcinia. I have more energy, but not in a caffeinated-I have-the-shakes-and-need-to-do-all-the-things way. I also didn’t have any trouble falling asleep after beginning these. Energy + sleep = awesome.
There is NO magic pill. These things may assist you in reaching goals, but the only sure-fire way to get/stay fit is to eat right and exercise.
Do you take vitamins/supplements?
Would you be curious to try any of these?