Since starting BJJ, which seriously demolishes me every session, I've gone searching for something to help improve my ability to heal/recover. Since September, I don't think I've had a week where I wasn't bruised (all over my body, sometimes my face), sore as shit, and to the point where I have trouble walking for the few days after class.
until I started taking supplements
Multivitamin taken with a protein shake (35g).
I use Nature's Plus "Source of Life Gold". Advertised as being easy to digest (no nausea) and a vitamin that gives you more energy throughout the day
I find that they're easy to digest (though they are pretty big pills), but no distinct difference in energy. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Nature Made Burpless Fish Oil
Now this stuff is a f**king miracle. After taking it for a couple of weeks, the soreness I was getting from BJJ practically disappeared. I woke up the morning after my most recent class, and was moving around normally, when my wife said "you look like you're not sore at all", and then I realized that I wasn't. Seems like it takes some time to build up in your system, but once it does, it's one of the best supplements I've ever taken.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Muscle Pharm ZMA Max
This is a strange supplement. I was looking for some zinc supplementation as it has anti-inflammatory properties and acts as an immune system booster. This has a combination of zinc, B6, Magnesium/Copper (two things you need to accentuate zinc), and melatonin
that's right, melatonin
this supplement is awesome
30 minutes after taking it, you're ready for bed, whether you like it or not
Knocks me out cold, and since starting to take it, I've slept the best that I've slept in YEARS. I have no idea if any of the other ingredients in it are doing anything at all, but the sleep makes it worth it (and is highly beneficial to recovery). It's supposed to be a libido/testosterone increasing agent, but I'd have no idea since I want to have sex all the time anyway. "Hey, guy who wants to f**k all day long, does this help libido?"
The only thing you have to watch out for, is how much zinc you're getting in one day. 7.5 mg per pill (I take two), that's 15 mg, and the upper limit for men is 40 mg of Zinc per day. So if you take this, you need to take two precautions:
1. Calculate your daily supplemental zinc intake (keep it at 40 mg or under, zinc poisoning sucks)
2. Take it on an empty stomach 20-40 minutes before you're ready to go to bed (food and calcium foods especially, will interfere with absorption)[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]