From the Mind of Babalu #7… Supplements

With so many different types of supplements out there on the market today many beginners, scratch that even people who have trained for a long time get confused on what to take and when.  What does what for you and why you should take this or that.  Its just like everything else the industry becomes so watered down with a bunch of products, you walk into a Nutrition store and unless you exactly what you need to get you could spend hours there, not buy a thing and come out more confused than you were before you came into the store.  So I want to compile a list for you guys.  With your input I want to know what are your must have supplements for every combat athlete.  Which brands you prefer and why, taste, texture etc… I can tell you that I have tried tons of supplements, but right now I’m a little lost on few things so I come to the readers.  Not only do you I want to know what you take and why, I want to know what you think I should take.  Some of the things I have taken in the past or still take now are listed below.


Whey Protein– currently taking some samples that I have received.  I don’t remember the name of it off the top of my head but has good flavor.  In the past I have taken Muscle Milk, Universal’s Ultra Whey Protein, and some other off brand that I don’t remember the name which I only bought because of the BCAA’s it had with it.

Glutamine– Haven’t taken for a while now, but it was your basic GNC brand

Creatine– Not currently taking but it was from GNC as well.

MultiVitamin– I do take these and they are a regular one you can buy at the grocery store for men.

Pre-Workout Drinks– Not at the moment but I have taken NO Explode, Super Pump, and Bullnox.  If I’m lifting then I like these but I don’t really like them while training BJJ.  Well at least not a full serving.

Fish Oils– I have taken, before and it was from GNC as well.  I have tried to buy them again but got confused and decided it could wait.  There are alot of these to chose from as well.

Nitric Oxide– Or however you spell it.  I took this for a little while from GNC as well.

So there is mine, tell me what you like and why… I need some new supplements.

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5 Responses

  1. I train Around 5 times for a total of a week and this is what i take and why:
    Whey Protein
    Fish oil
    All is more or less natural. It greatly improve my recovery rate ( BCAA changed my life:-)) There is not side effect.
    Protein and BCAA allow your body to repair itself and recover faster. Fish oil accelerate your metabolism and therefore enhance the recovery process as well as reduce the inflammation, burn more fat, cleans your body( all this being the result of a faster metabolism).
    Those supplements + a good base of greens food make you feel better, stay lean, recover faster and train longer.
    So far this work perfectly for me.
    Hope this help.

  2. Samuel Braga says:

    Good stuff, keep it up Babalu

  3. Max says:

    When I go into the store looking for protein supplements there are a few things I keep in mind to not let me get confused on what to buy, first off I don’t use anything that has lots of sugar (I mix my protein with juices and make smithies I use the powder in to get natural sources of sugar and fiber from the fruits I use), second there are several types of protein as I’m sure you have noticed & they all have different uses for instance casein is one that is good to take later in the day as it coats your stomach and is easily digestible.

    The industry standard is whey protein and you will find it in almost all protein powders. Whey is called a thermogenic protein because it is assimilated by the body to repair muscles after strenuous exercise, I have a little problem with these kinds of labels on whey products because as I see it the biggest animals on the planet with the most muscle are vegetarian (hippos, elephants, horses, who wants to try and fight one of these guys besides a pride of lions?)

    I have used whey in the past and had it work very well for me but milk products are acid forming and result in lactic acid build up, the antithesis of ATP the body’s muscle forming chemical, not to mention rBGH that is in most milk products these days will wreak havoc on your body & possibly give you cancer.

    As a result I have switched to a product called pure green protein and feel it is doing for me everything whey protein has and more because it is strictly plant based meaning it is easier to digest and it is alkalinizing meaning it is fighting and lactic acids in my body thus I am able to produce more ATP & it has almost no sugar at all. Hope this helps.

    • Babalu says:


      Thanks for your reply!!! This is the kind of stuff that I am looking for! Very informative, I really appreciate it!

      • Garrett says:

        check out this website, very informative videos along with a lot of their supps to help you wade through the jungle of supplementing!I personally try to keep it simple and go with the supplements that are essential for muscle recovery and growth (i.e. whey protein) and essential vitamanins, minerals and lipids (i.e. multi vitamin, omega 3,6,9 fatty acids). All the pre workout supps are over hyped and uneccesary, they simply provide you with a good feeling,and tax your wallet heavily, skip ’em!

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