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5 things you need to know about supplements!

So the vast majority of things that are going to be posted from now on are going to be drawn from one of three categories: fitness myths and other bullshit, stuff that pisses me off, or stuff that is both.

Now, we have been asked to mention some specific things, and because these are things that are both fairly common myths, and are also mostly complete bullshit that pisses me off, I’m gonna cover them.

Here we go off into supplement land again. Magical pills and powders and wallet thinners! If you didn’t read the previous articles, remember that basically: most supplements are snake oil. Some work. They’re expensive, and if they work well, they’re illegal. That’s pretty much the long and short of it.

First up: the importance of worrying about kidney and liver support supplements if you are on a high-protein diet. This is absolutely not required, at all. It’s complete bro-science, and is based off conjecture and one flawed study from the dark ages that I can’t find right now.

There is ZERO evidence that a high protein diet can in any way damage or compromise your liver or kidney function. At all, ever. Says science. As far as I am concerned from all of the things I have ever read, they’re not worth the money. If you feel like lighting your hard-earned cash on fire, feel free. But understand that if a real doctor hasn’t told you to take them for a medical condition that money could be better spent elsewhere. Like on hookers and blow. Get the hooker to dress up as a doctor if you want.

If you are using any of the illegal injectables, you should be using liver support drugs. I’m not turning this into a drug website, so go do your own research and find that info elsewhere as it has been written about ad nauseum.

The one thing that you should probably worry about if you are consuming lots of whole food protein is that you pretty much have to include some sort of fibre supplement. Don’t want to blow out an o-ring. If you are consuming lots of whey protein shakes for convenience or Dat Anabolic Window, Bro, you have three primary things you should be worried about:

  1. Your wallet getting thin faster than you are. Supps are expensive if consumed in quantity.
  2. Harming everyone around you with the gasses leaking out of your ass. Between the protein powder and the whole food diet you’re on (right?), you just might kill someone dead.
  3. Not feeling full after eating if you are working to lose fat mass. Liquid calories are just not satiating, which is why you can drink a 1500 calorie milkshake way faster and easier than eating 1500 calories of baked potato.

Moving on. Creatine.

There are a bunch of different forms of Creatine available on the market now. The traditional old school Creatine Monohydrate, Kre-Alkalyn (Buffered), Ethyl Ester, Tri- Malate, Conjugated, and I’m sure a whole bunch more I haven’t heard of and/or don’t care about.

All of the types of Creatine on this list other than Monohydrate are good for: making your wallet thinner than if you had bought mono. They all essentially turn into basic Creatine once your body absorbs it, except for CEE, which is actually complete garbage and is something like 1/10 as effective. Getting a micronized form (which basically means they made it into a finer powder than usual) is not a bad idea as it dissolves in liquid better, but none of the Creatines that I have purchased in recent years have been non-micronized, even if they didn’t claim that it was.

Hey look, our good friends (I lie – they have no idea who we are) at Examine did a post about this very subject! You can check it out to verify that I am not completely talking out my ass about this one specific subject.

A quick google search tells me that most non-mono forms of Creatine are between 4x and 20x as expensive on a per-dose basis. You should be able to get a three months’ supply of mono for under $20. I saw a few that were over $60 for one month. Math is hard, but one of those is a worse deal to me.

In summation: don’t be stupid. Thanks and have a good weekend.

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