If you're one of the hundreds and thousands of gym-goers returning to the gym this week, or simply working on a new at-home workout plan, then you might be wondering if there are certain supplements that can help enhance and support both your training regime and overall wellbeing.
As someone who regularly goes to the gym, I understand how frustrating it can be when you're suddenly hit with a wave of fatigue, increased muscle soreness and inflammation. While it's always a good idea to contact your local GP for ongoing symptoms like these, many people rarely consider if their daily diet could be to blame, or even if there could be a nutritional deficiency.
Unless you're taking care of your gut, supporting your hormones, nourishing your body with real food, consuming plenty of vegetables (especially the green kind) and recovering with 7+ hours of sleep per night, then a vitamin and mineral deficiency can be a common issue for many.
In order to maintain your athletic health and pursue your fitness journey, it's essential the you replenish what you lose. And while we always promote nourishing your body with real food first, we also understand how tough it can be to do so in our modern world.
For those who are regular gym-goers & for those who are just starting out, here are our top 6 supplements to help support your fitness journey...
Magnesium can be found in many foods, but still so many of us struggle to consume enough of it. Signs of deficiency can include poor sleep, a lack of energy, brain fog and even muscle contractions.
Magnesium helps regulate muscle and nerve function. Without it, gym goers may experience 2am wake up calls, muscle twitching, cramping and spasming. Cramp, anyone?
But that's not just it! Magnesium is wonderful for its ability to help boost and support sleep quality, which is crucial for recovery when it comes to muscle and cell rejuvenation.
Most people link collagen to its beauty benefits, but little do they know collagen is incredibly important for athletic performance too.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and acts as a scaffolding for the soft tissue in our bodies. When it comes to regular exercise, collagen can help by protecting both the soft tissues and joints. Not only that, but it can also help enhance your recovery.
Our Collagen range contains Verisol® - a source of natural bioactive collagen peptides - and is made right here in the UK.
Slowly becoming well-known in the supplement industry, turmeric, the ancient spice that many people love to put in their curries, is also known as the wonder spice.
You see, Turmeric contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound, and can play an important role in recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage.
When it comes to our joints, turmeric is well-know for its anti-inflammatory properties too. For those who love cardio and HIIT in particular, turmeric can help with the acute—or short-term—inflammation in the joints post-workout. A 2017 study found that those who supplemented with curcumin had less overall muscle soreness than those who did not.
Find out more about our best-selling Turmeric Curcumin supplement.
A lack of vitamin D can cause bones to weaken, which can lead to bone deformities and put gym-goers at risk of stress fractures. Bone pain and tenderness is often the most well-known consequence of osteomalacia in adults. If left unchecked, vitamin D deficiency can also cause osteoporosis, stress-related fractures, skeletal diseases, metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disease and more.
Of course, the most obvious way to get more vitamin D is from the glorious sunshine, but seeing as we live in the UK, it's not always easy for us Brits, is it?
If you're not getting enough Vitamin D in your diet from food alone, a high-strength vitamin D supplement is your next best bet.
Take a look at our Vitamin D range, here.
Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins when it comes to immune health, but did you know it's also really important for gym-goers too? How? It helps aid the repair and growth of the tissues in our body.
Because Vitamin C isn't stored in our body, we have to consume it in our diet every single day in order to keep our levels topped up. If you go to the gym regularly and often participate in strenuous training for extensive periods of time, you may have increased needs for vitamin C (as well as other micronutrients) compared to sedentary individuals.
We're pretty serious about Vitamin C at Primal and we suggest an intake of at least 1000mg a day.
To browse our high-strength Vitamin C range, click here.
When it comes to your workout, making sure you're fuelled before and during is important for performance goals. Many people often rely on energy drinks packed with sugar and chemicals, which is why we created our natural energy drink, Noggin.
Noggin has been carefully formulated to help provide your body with a natural boost of energy, along with the benefits of vitamins and minerals such as Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Vitamin B6 and Iron.
Noggin is also flavoured with natural apple and contains natural plant extracts such as L-Theanine and Korean Ginseng - both of which have their own wonderful health benefits which boost its efficacy.
Most importantly though, Noggin contains natural caffeine and only 9 calories per serving.
Find out more about Noggin, our natural energy drink, here.
Please seek professional guidance/consult your local GP before taking any new or additional supplements.