Top 10 Pre-Workout Supplement Ingredients To Look Out

Pre-Workout Supplements: Top 10 Ingredients to Look Out
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The pre-workout supplement is the supplement that is consumed by the people before getting involved in workouts. Some pre-workout supplements are of superior quality, and some pre-workout supplements are of inferior quality. There are various ways to find out the quality of the supplement. One of the best ways to judge the quality of the supplement is by checking out its ingredients.

Top 10 Pre-Workout Supplement Ingredients

There are many ingredients that are used to manufacture pre-workout supplements till now. However, some ingredients have stood out as the best among the rest. Here are those top 10 pre-workout supplement ingredients.

1. Beta-Alanine

Beta-Alanine is scientifically known as 3-aminopropic acid. This ingredient is being increasingly popular among athletes and bodybuilders. It helps to boost* intramuscular Carnosine levels. It helps in improving* your performance, power output, endurance, and it also decreases* workout-related fatigue. The effective dose of Beta-Alanine falls in between 2.6-6.4 grams.

2. Betaine

The second one on the list is betaine. This ingredient is naturally found in various foods like shellfish, beets, and wheat. Betaine is found to increase* muscle mass, according to the study. The consumption of betaine leads to an increased strength, muscular endurance, improved* sports performance, and more. Its optimum dose ranges between 1.25-2.5 grams.

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3. Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAS)

BCAAS mainly consists of three acids in 2:1:1 ration. Those three acids are as follows:

  • Leucine
  • Isoleucine
  • Valine

Leucine is the most anabolic amino acid, which helps in promoting protein synthesis. Isoleucine boosts* metabolism during workouts and it also promotes* muscle growth. Valine plays a crucial role in the reduction* of tryptophan build up, which enhances* the level of energy and endurance. The recommended dose of BCAAS is 3-9 grams.

4. Citrulline Malate

This is another amino acid that is gaining popularity in the recent times. It has similar impacts as L-arginine. Its consumption can help in reducing* muscle soreness, enhancing* aerobic performance, increasing* ATP production, and more. Its recommended dose is around 6-8 grams.

5. Bioperine

Bioperine is the patented ingredient that is derived from a black pepper. Its consumption increases* bioavailability and absorption. With this ingredient in a supplement, you can expect a better absorption of other ingredients by your body. The Bioperine’s clinically effective dose is about 5 mg.

6. Creatine Monohydrate

This is an ingredient you would love to see in a pre-workout supplement. This ingredient has been used by many bodybuilders for decades. It helps in enhancing* the level of ATP generation, which leads to a better performance and more workout before you hit the fatigue point. Its consumption can improve* your lean body composition, muscle fatigue resistance, strength level and more. The recommended dose of this ingredient is 3 grams.

7. Alpha GPC

It’s a neurotransmitter in a human body that is responsible for cognitive function, learning, focus, and memory. This helps to increase* acetylcholine in your body, and its consumption can also increase* human growth hormone. Consumption of this ingredient can help you improve* your mental drive and increase* your focus during workouts.

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8. Caffeine

I’m sure most of you love to have a cup of coffee at least once in a day to keep you awake in a boring day. The ingredient that helps to keep you going after drinking a coffee is caffeine. The consumption of caffeine can increase* your muscular endurance, improve* mental focus, increase* resistance to fatigue, improves* fat burning, and more. The recommended dose of caffeine is over 200 mg per serving.

9. Vitamin B12

It’s a natural vitamin that is produced by your body, which plays a crucial role in the formation of red blood cells, proper metabolic function, and in the maintenance of a nervous system. The optimum consumption of vitamin B12 can help in improved* cognitive function, lower fatigue response, increased energy level; faster recovery because it boosts* the immune system. Vitamin B12 comes up in two different forms in which cyanocobalamin (also contains a cyanide molecule) is a cost-effective form that is used in most of the supplement.

The next form of vitamin B12 is methylcobalamin, which is a powerful version that has a stronger impact.

10. Tyrosine

The final ingredient on the list is tyrosine, which is an amino acid. It enhances* the production of hormones and neurotransmitters in your body, which leads to improved* energy level, mood, and mental focus. It will help you in improving* your intensity during workouts.

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Conclusion

After having knowledge of these top 10 best pre-workout ingredients, it will be easier for you to choose the right pre-workout supplement for you. However, you should also conduct a brief research on other factors, such as reviews, company’s history, and more before choosing a pre-workout supplement. It’s also necessary to consult with a doctor before consuming a supplement even if you’ve chosen the best supplement.

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Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.