Probably the most controversial subject in the world of bodybuilding, is the use of supplements. Should they be used as part of a muscle building diet? The only person who can answer that question is you. You should do your research, check out the pros and cons, and make your decision as to what supplements (if any) you use.

What about vitamins? Are they essential? Or are they a waste of money? Let`s look.

Everybody needs vitamins to keep the body working efficiently and help optomize the metabolism. Vitamins work together with enzymes within our bodies to spark chemical reactions, which is basically what our body is – a whole heap of chemical reactions.

Here are some of the more important vitamins, and what they do;

Vitamin A

This helps to combine amino acids, which help with muscle tissue formation, which is needed for muscle growth. It also helps with glycogen storage.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Encourages the growth of hemogloben, to carry oxygen around the body.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

This is a very good assistant with fat burning, and helps to get energy from carbohydrates.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Helps the muscles look fuller and vascular, through vasodilation.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

Aids protein digestion, your muscle building diet will have a higher intake of protein than normal diets, therefore a larger amount of B6 is needed.

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)

Has an effect on the growth of muscles, also aids co-ordination and communication between brain and muscle.

Vitamin C

You could probably write a book about the benefits of vitamin C, but I`ll be brief and just list the main advantages;- production of hormonal steroids, improves iron absorption, aids formation of collagen, anti-oxidant to rid body of free radicals, and , as we all know , it is a good anti viral – protecting against colds and flu.

Vitamin D

Good for calcium absorption – for strong bones and joints. Good for phospherous absorption – improves energy levels.

Vitamin E

As antioxidants go, this is probably the most powerful, it`s the Royal Flush………literally. It flushes out the body`s natural waste products.

From this, we can see that vitamins are essential in your muscle building diet. They are needed to replete those burned-up by intense work-outs. They are also essential to aid digestion in a high calorie, bodybuilding diet.

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