Dr. Dwayne Jackson

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Try these supplements to fuel your workouts in four different ways. 


When it comes to fueling your car, you’re really conscious about how much gas you have in the tank. But you probably don’t think much about the level of oil until the warning light comes on, or about the level of water in your radiator. But these are all types of “fuel” that your car can’t run without. The same is true when it comes to your body: You need different forms of energy if you want to perform in top gear at the gym. Here are four supplements you should try for fully fueled workouts: 


* Caffeine anhydrous: This supplements effects on the central nervous system effects are immediately noticeable when you take it. You feel jazzed up, and your heart beats a little faster. Caffeine is well-studied, and the benefits are pretty amazing. First, caffeine boosts strength, allowing you to lift more weight. Next, caffeine helps you feel less pain from your efforts, allowing you to push through this limiting factor. Finally, caffeine provides fuel by encouraging your body to release stored fat that it then uses to fuel workouts. 


* Creatine nitrate: Perhaps the most popular sports supplement of all time, creatine delivers results that are nearly as instantly recognizable as those of caffeine. When you take creatine, your muscles engorge with blood and other nutrients. These muscle pumps are motivating, helping you complete more reps. But creatine’s real fuel comes from its ability to donate phosphate to your adenosine triphosphate (ATP) cycle. This leads to nearly immediate energy that allows your muscles to contract more intensely for better workouts and results. Creatine nitrate is (as you likely guessed) creatine bound to nitrate, and this compound gives you all the benefits of creatine supplementation, but is more soluble in water. 


* Citrus aurantium: Also known as bitter orange or synephrine, this supplement is a key fat mobilizer. It works by stimulating the receptors on your fat cells to release stored fat so that you can burn it as energy. Not only does it power you through challenging workouts but it does so as it reduces body fat. In addition, Citrus aurantium also increases your metabolic rate, the number of calories you naturally burn per day. So, not only does it provide you with more energy, but it uses up a source you want to reduce.


* Arginine AKG: Arginine is an amino acid that readily converts in the body to nitric oxide (NO). This gas molecule allows blood vessels to relax so that they deliver more blood, oxygen and nutrients to your muscles while you’re training them. This tri-fold form of energy is crucial for helping you maximize your workouts. Afterwards, arginine AKG helps support recovery by continuing to deliver these nutrients to your tired muscles. In addition arginine AKG has been reported to decrease perceived exertion during increases in workload. 


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