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When bodybuilding it is important to have the right supplements to support your workouts. In this article, we describe the 4 most effective bodybuilding supplements.

Protein Powders
Protein powders can help you achieve positive caloric intake and feed more protein to your muscle. It is also a cost-effective method to eat more protein after workout (costs less than chicken breast). Make sure to buy only protein powder of hydrolized whey as it is the highest quality protein and is absorbed much quicker in the body than other kinds of protein.

Creatine (a.k.a. Creatine Monohydrate) is a supplement that is used by the body to generate short-term force. Taking Creatine on a daily basis and before a workout will make you stronger and allow you to lift heavier weights, so your workouts become much more effective. Creatine is said to have other health benefits as well, however make sure not to take it more than 1-2 months consecutively. Take a month off after each 1 month you use it, so your body continues to produce Creatine on its own.

Mass Gainers
Mass gainers are powders that contain all the nutrients required for muscle growth: from protein, carbohydrates, vitamin and minerals. You get one shake with complex carbohydrates, blend of several kinds of protein and vitamins that make your body grow faster. Make sure to check that the ratio of protein-to-carbs is not higher than 1:1, as you don’t want to spend your hard earned money on carbs.

L-Carnitine is a powerful acid that the body uses to transform fat into energy. Taking 5g of L-Carnitine 1 hour before a workout will enhance your body’s capacity for fat burning, and will cause you to lose weight much quicker.