The Best Supplements for Your Goals

From boosting cardio performance and accelerating strength to recharging energy, these ingredients—and the supplements you can find them in—help you get the results you want.

December 3, 2012

TO BOOST ENERGY

When it comes to energy, many people think of the jolt they get from a stimulant like caffeine in coffee or a pre-workout product like 1MR. And while we all love that pick-me-up, as well as the fat-burning benefits of stimulants, the type of energy we’re talking about here is the long- lasting, calm variety. Using the right supplements can keep you alert and focused, but calm and cool at the same time.

Green Tea Extract
Green tea is well known for its ability to enhance fat burning. This is due to the catechins, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), found in the tea leaves. This catechin inhibits an enzyme that normally breaks down norepinephrine, which is a neurotransmitter and a hormone related to adrenaline that speeds up processes in the body, providing a mild stimulant effect. However, green tea also contains the amino acid theanine. Theanine enhances relaxation and provides a calming effect. When combined with the effects of the EGCG and the small amounts of caffeine in green tea, this has been shown to provide a calm energy boost and enhanced brain function.

Take about 500mg of green tea extract standardized for EGCG two to three times per day to keep energy levels constant.

Citrulline Malate
This supplement is a combination of the amino acid citrulline and malic acid (malate). Clinical studies show that subjects taking citrulline malate report less fatigue and experience an increase in energy production in the body by about 35%.

Take 1–3g of citrulline malate two to three times per day for steady energy.

Coenzyme Q10 (coQ10)
This coenzyme assists reactions in the body that produce energy. So having ample amounts of it is critical for maintaining energy levels. Japanese researchers found that subjects supplementing with 300mg of CoQ10 per day for eight days experienced less fatigue during exercise and recovered faster between bouts of exercise.

Take 200–300mg of coQ10 with breakfast every day to keep your body proficient at producing the energy it needs.

Consider stacking these four products to get the proper combination of these energy boosters:
1. MRM Resveratrol
Active ingredients: Resveratrol (100mg), red wine extract (100mg), grape seed extract (50mg)
2. Bodybuilding.com Green Tea Extract
Active ingredient: Green tea extract (500mg per capsule)
3. PrimaForce Citrulline Malate
Active ingredient: Citrulline malate (2,000mg per scoop)
4. NOW CoQ10
Active ingredient: CoQ10 (200mg per capsule)