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Old 10-21-2009, 07:11 PM
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My supplement stash thread...

Where would a health-freak be without his precious supplements? If I did not eat these, I'd probably wither away and die in a matter of minutes.

...anywho. I'm not a bodybuilder. Just a guy that likes to keep fit. Sometimes certain products can help with achieving this goal...

Thus, my stash. It's gotten friggin huge.

Onwards to mayhem!



Ah, the daily regimen. Omega 3's - good for heart, good for cholesterol levels. Two of those a day, one morning one night.

Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men multivitamin. Fills any potential deficiencies. Three a day, breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Ginko Biloba! Good for memory. I think. Is this the one that's good for memory? Shoot, where did I put my keys...

Coenzyme Q10. Anti-oxidant. Lots of hocus pocus and witchcraft with this one.

Alpha Lipoic Acid. Anti-oxidant. See above.

B-complex. Good for dealing with stress. Because I have serious issues with chilling out and need all the chill pills I can get!




GNC Chocolate Caramel whey protein. This stuff tastes a little gross and is gritty as hell. The family that I work for bought a jug of this stuff for their kids, as they're teenagers and tennis players, and the kids HATED the stuff. So I gave them two pounds of scivation Whey from my 10 pound bag, and took the icky whey. Everybody's happy, I can choke down a little less-than-tasty whey with some oatmeal after a workout, no problem.

Next, Optimum Casein protein in chocolate peanut butter. Not too shabby. Not excellent, but not bad either. Slow-digesting protein, good for having a scoop right before bed.

Onwards, Syntrax matrix. Blend of Casein, Egg, and Whey proteins. Supposed to be "time released" blah blah blah blah, I get it cause it tastes REALLY good and is cheap.

All The Whey Fat Free Whey Protein Isolate. Incredible profile, great taste, maybe a little gritty. Best shaken, not stirred. Got both Vanilla and Cinnamon bun. I've already been through 2 jugs of vanilla and 2 jugs of Cinnamon bun so far...got em both during a buy two get one free thing.

last, Scivation Chocolate Whey. Cheap, 65 dollars for 10 pounds. This is the last of it...probably two pounds or so. Threw it in an old Optimum Nutrition Casein jug cause I hated dealing with the bag that it was in before.



Beta-alanine! Some sort of amino acid. I don't really know why I got it. Supposed to help with muscle fatigue or something. I'm a fool, somebody take my money.

Free form BCAA powder! Stands for Branched-Chain Amino Acids. The good old homies L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine. Three of the most important essential amino acids as far as muscle growth and repair is concerned.

Free Form L-Glutamine powder! Another amino acid. This one is a non-essential amino acid, as your body can make plenty on its own, but a very good supplement for people who do strength training...as it's a good guard against catabolism (yer body eating yer muscles, in laymans terms). I mix some of this with the above two, throw in some propel powder, and BAM! awesome intra-workout drink, and pretty cheap too (compared to stuff like Purple Wraath, et cetra).

Creatine. I've got a bunch of it. I'm not using it at the moment, though, because I'm not on a lifting regiment. Yoga and Pilates, lifting one day a week. Would be a bit of a waste.

The last two...nitric oxide/creatine/CAFFEINE and a bunch of other stuffs pre-workout supplements. I've had a bunch of free samples of these sorts of things, and they seem to work pretty decently, so I decided to pick some up. Gives me a bit more energy and focus in the gym...makes me less likely to go home early when I know that what I've taken cost about 66 cents a serving too. Waste not, lest ye be wasted.

They're MRI Black Powder and No-Xplode. The NO-Xplode is friggin great., though part of it could be placebo effect. Haven't made up my mind yet. Haven't tried the black powder yet. Will do this Friday when I hit the gym.



Free samples! I'm SO not going to name all of these!

A'ite, I'm a freak. Of nature. Yeahhhh, I'm a freakkkkk.

If only I could be as cool as you.

Extra bonus points to whoever recognizes the reference. Anybody else got happy stash pictures?
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:25 PM
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That is quite a stash.

I have 2 shelves full of stuff + an entire draw in the fridge filled w/ Mass Recovery.
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:41 PM
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I love all my supplements, too. Well worth the money I spend on them.

Omega 3 also good for us gals and our hair, skin and nails.
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:37 PM
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I love all my supplements, too. Well worth the money I spend on them.

Omega 3 also good for us gals and our hair, skin and nails.
Some guys like to take care of their hair, skin, and nails too, you know...

OK, so maybe not the nails bit. I have a tendency of biting mine. Same with my hair when I had it long. Dunno where I was going with this.

I <3 free samples though. Some of 'em are "fat burners". I.E. Mostly caffeine. Here I am, thinkin "meh, don't need that!".

But, they work surprisingly well as pre-workout supplements sometimes. I'll grab one of those in a pinch if I'm feeling a little sluggish. They also make great gag gifts, with names like "lipo".
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:00 PM
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Hmmm, I only take vitamins and magnesium. Apparently, I am severely lacking.
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:24 PM
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Me too; I only take a prenatal vitamin. I've continued it because I'm still nursing. Lacking hugely compared to you guys.
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:27 PM
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^Same here. All I take are prenatals.
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Old 10-26-2009, 04:40 PM
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^^

Listen to me...your health is in danger. You must go out and buy a 5 pound jug of milk thistle or your liver may NOT BE AS HEALTHY AS IT MIGHT BE WITH THE MILK THISTLE*!!!!

*these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA
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Old 01-28-2010, 11:04 PM
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Wow that is a lot of processed crap to be putting into your body.

But at least you have discipline and motivation, whatever gets you through your day.

Only things I would take in your series of pictures would be the first.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:55 AM
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Fair doos. Whey's just a component of milk though. Sure, it's broken down and processed into a relatively pure form, but then again, so is plain, old-fashioned oatmeal.

Processed doesn't necessarily mean "bad". Purified protein powder is a great way to increase protein intake without simultaneously increasing fat intake. Cheap too, as long as one goes with the cheaper brands or shops the sales.

This is the cheapest per serving whey that I've found so far (37 cents a serving, 22 grams of protein), and it doesn't taste too bad either:

Bodybuilding.com - Muscle Gauge Nutrition Premium Blend Whey Protein - 22g Protein! On sale now!

Well, cheapest per serving except for the pure, unflavored stuff. Like this:

Bulkfoods.com Whey Protein Concentrate 12 ounces Fast Online ordering with $5 Shipping on $75+ order.

For the purists ;).

The pre-workout stuff...yeah. Its poison. But it's good, placebo-effect-gets-me-to-the-gym poison. And it hasn't killed me yet.
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The pre-workout stuff...yeah. Its poison. But it's good, placebo-effect-gets-me-to-the-gym poison. And it hasn't killed me yet.

Son, when you're young your body takes a lot of beatings and don't say much. I tell my clients, wait for about 10 years and then you'll feel the effect of all those beatings.


I know you never asked for my professional advice but here it is anyway. You could do without pretty much all those supplements and, good gawd, they can be soooo expensive; you could buy yourself lotsa food with those moneys. I would throw everything away (or stop buying) with the exception of omega-3 and MVIs.

Oh, and MVIs bought from CVS or from GNC? Just the price difference.
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:17 PM
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Duly noted. But here's my policy on advice: see my signature. I don't like advice. I much prefer facts, so I can make my own decision.

"You'll feel it in 10 years", even as a professional opinion is not enough to convince me to change my ways. It's too vague: I need something more specific than that if I'm going to change. I *wholeheartedly* accept any useful information leading to ways I can make a healthier lifestyle for myself.

Anyways, I'll make a case for the whey.

Whey is food. It's cheap food...maybe not *packed* with vitamins and minerals, but it's still a clean source of calories. The whey I buy is 37 cents a serving. Gives me 22 grams of protein, at around a hundred calories. Thats *damn* cheap for a very pure source of calories from protein

Even if it wasn't useful for workout recovery...(and, just from my own experience, I can tell the difference the next day if I've had a good amount of protein after a workout or not), it makes an excellent on-the-go snack.

Two scoops of whey, a half a cup of oatmeal, and a tablespoon of flax seed. Put it in a shaker bottle. Add water whenever needed, makes a very cheap, very satiating, relatively tasty, and very effective meal replacement. Protein, carbs, and fats...all for under a dollar. I could choose that, or McDonalds. But I have a little saying about McDonalds: "fuck McDonalds".

I don't buy my Multi-vitamins from GNC either. Hell, I don't buy practically anything from GNC, unless I'm in there once in a blue moon and they've got something useful for dirt cheap. I shop the deals when I buy supplements...just like everything else. Yes, they can be expensive. But I don't buy the expensive ones .
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Great signature.

Enjoy the supplements, then! I'd love to have time to talk/write about each one of them.
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What is a good place to get B vitamins? I never know the specific right kind to buy, or where from. I want them for energy, stress and mood ;)
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What is a good place to get B vitamins? I never know the specific right kind to buy, or where from. I want them for energy, stress and mood ;)
I'm not sure if you're talking about one vit. B in particular or about the whole complex. Anyway, there's no "good" or "bad" vitamin B; they're just... vitamins, different brands.
Vitamins themselves DO NOT give you energy, some of them are involved in the energy production pathways of the cell but you are NOT going to feel a sudden burst of energy after taking a pill or getting a shot.

You might want to double check your diet, medicine list, present medical conditions, etc. Maybe there's something else going on that affects your energy, stress, and your mood.
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I can tell you order from bodybuilding.com

DH does too. Do they always send you free stuff?
Have you tried the supreme protein bars?? OMG so good! When I couldn't meet my pregnancy protein requirement I was all over those.
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Ummmm, hopefully you like eating fruits and veggies with all of that stuff. I personally dont care about your health, just saying in general it has more overall health benefits than the other stuffs. I can get you publications to back that up... but really, you dont want to change your habits. thats fine.
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Ummmm, hopefully you like eating fruits and veggies with all of that stuff. I personally dont care about your health, just saying in general it has more overall health benefits than the other stuffs. I can get you publications to back that up... but really, you dont want to change your habits. thats fine.
Yea, I'm on your side. I try my best not to consume processed foods, especially products with ingredients that my little cousins can't even read.

I think it is best to go with what mother nature provides, it got mankind this far, but with the introduction of synthetic and genetically modified foods, global conglomerates digging their dirty nails in everything we consume and come in contact with, no wonder everyone is so messed up these days.
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Ummmm, hopefully you like eating fruits and veggies with all of that stuff. I personally dont care about your health, just saying in general it has more overall health benefits than the other stuffs. I can get you publications to back that up... but really, you dont want to change your habits. thats fine.
Loving this attitude . Really.

Check it out:

These are supplements. Supplemental nutrition. I've got plenty of fruits, veggies, lean meats, healthy fats, blah blah blah blah blah in my diet. Chicken, broccoli, almonds, olive oil, asparagus, legumes, tuna, salmon, brown rice, whole wheat bread, apples, bananas, blueberries, plain oatmeal, low fat cottage cheese, reduced fat milk, eggs... shall I continue? I *don't* eat trash-food.

So what about my health? Cholesterol, blood pressure, resting heart rate, hemoglobin count, body fat percentage, etc are all in desirable ranges. I'm not *simply* bullshitting here either: I donate blood every three months, and they track my vital stats every time I go in. That's how I know this shit.

So I'd say I've done pretty damn well for myself. And while that's *really* the only opinion that matters to me, my stats back me up. So save the snarky lecture for somebody who needs it.

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I like to know that which one supplement is more better to take to reduce weight, whey protein or soy protein?
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Well, since this year old thread has been bumped anyway... Dan, where are youuuu?
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