Supplement Articles

Worthwhile Supplements – The Brawn for Brains Recommended List

Last Updated: 4/12/17 In the past few months I've repeatedly been asked to list some of the supplements I'd recommend on this blog.  I've put this off because I want to do thorough research for each type of supplement, present my findings and then make a recommendation based on those (like I did here). However these articles take a lot ...
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The Essential Guide to Whey Protein Supplements

"Enough" Protein Protein supplements are the most commonly used supplement among athletes. The reasoning is that additional protein helps aid is muscle recovery and can lead to faster gains. Many researchers have made the distinction that a protein supplement is not needed if enough protein is consumed daily. The tricky part is figuring out how people define "enough." The American College ...
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Essential Guide to Pre-Workout Supplements

Right behind whey protein pre-workout is one off the most popular "supplements" out there.  I put "supplements" in quotations because it isn't really a nutritional supplement; it's something we take to give us an edge, a little boost when we're feeling down, or simply it's our pre-workout ritual.  It's not necessary but it helps and it's kind of fun. There ...
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Habits and Supplements to Master Your Sleep

Sleep, the often sacrificed aspect of our training regimen. Sleep is hugely important to athletes: it's a time when we recover and recharge. Additionally shorter periods of sleep are typically associated with increased levels of obesity in and adults. Honestly, it doesn't take a thesis level article to explain to you why you should be getting quality sleep, you already ...
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The Essential Guide to Multivitamins

Why write this? I am beyond confused when it comes to multivitamin supplements! And I have an extensive background in Biology, so what this tells me is that the industry has been extremely successful with blurring the lines between fact and fiction for one of the most commonly consumed supplements. I started by taking a simple one a day multivitamin, ...
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Out of the Dark – 3 Fitness myths I USED to believe

I used to believe a whole host of fitness myths. I drank more of the fitness industry koolaid then all of Jonestown. At one point I had a bar in my apartment completely stocked with different supplements from fat-burners, endurance formulas and natural testosterone boosters to 4 different kinds of multivitamins and vitamins that I still can't find any real ...
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Cutting Protein and Creatine

Thanks to the internet (and its endless source of anecdotal information) I came across a reddit user by the username of Iafn1996 whom had ceased taking protein and creatine as his own science experiment (Original Post).  I found this to be in the vein of experiments that Brawn for Brains is all about.  Below we break down and attempt to ...
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Do I Even Need Glutamine?

There you are, at your supplement station, making another post-workout shake immediately after a grueling lifting session. You only feed your muscles the best and, as you admire your pump while you manhandle little shovels and tubs of powder, you hesitate.... “Do I even need the glutamine?” At first you heard it was great for recovery, so you started taking ...
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