Pre-Work Supplements: Are they good for you, and do you really need them?

Updated: Dec 12, 2020

“Pre-workout supplements are powders that get added to water and are consumed before a workout. They provide extra energy and supposed nutritional benefits. But are these powders actually healthy for you? Some brands claim to give you “immediate energy, focus, and strength,” others “advanced strength” and some even “explosive energy.” Putting something into your body that claims to be “explosive” certainly doesn’t seem healthy. It turns out that this so-called “health” products might actually be dangerous for you.” (Milholland, 2014)


Common Ingredients:

  • DMBA: (similar to DMAA; banded by FDA; avoid at all cost)

  • Caffeine: 2-3 x found in cup of coffee; Restricts blood vessels. potential excess strain on the heart.

  • Artificial Sweeteners and Dyes: disrupt body’s ability to regulate blood sugar

  • Emulsifiers: Side effects like diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and potential negative effects on fertility

  • Arginine: potentials raises Nitric Oxide, isn’t absorbed by intestines (waste of time), but not actively harmful

  • Niacin (B3): thought to dilate blood vessels, no evidence, not harmful though

  • Theanine: raises nitric oxide, improved focus and alertness, might be helpful

  • Beta Creatine: Dilates blood vessels, may be helpful, no know negative side effects


Conclusion: The risks probably out weigh the benefits.


Recommended: Have a handful of Grapes prior to working out!


Read the Article here:

Milholland, Agatha. n.d. “Why Taking Pre-Workout Supplements Might Be a Bad Idea.pdf.” https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/why-taking-pre-workout-supplements-might-be-a-bad-idea.




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