Everybody can benefit from the right supplements. That doesn’t mean you need a pharmacy in your cupboard to be healthy, but there are a few that are necessary due to the changing of the molecular make-up of our food these days. If you only take 1 supplement, take fish oil, and make sure it is omega 3 not omega 6 or 9 (humans get plenty of 6 and 9 but most have very low levels of omega 3 fats). Fish oil has been shown to improve brain function, prevents cancer, reduces inflammation in the body, improves heart and cardiovascular health, improve cholesterol levels and prevent heart attack, and has been shown to decrease development of mental illnesses. We recommend and sell fish oil supplements from Stronger Faster Healthier (SFH) Nutrition. It is as pure as any other brands we have found, and is a affordable as most cheap fish oil supplements from costco or wal-mart (which are garbage).
Other supplements we sell and endorse are whey protein supplements. Whey protein is not necessary for everyone, but for people who workout intensely 3-5 times per week it can be hard to get enough protein in the diet to “feed the machine.” A good whey protein can be an easy way to fix that problem. We make protein shakes/smoothies, homemade protein muffins, and also sprinkle it over oatmeal in the mornings. A very easy protein shake is 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 banana, 1/2 cup water, and ice. We get our protein from SFH nutrition for two reasons. One is that it is guaranteed to come from grass fed beef, which means that the cows who produce are healthy and are not eating a steady diet of corn. The other reason is that we don’t like to eat foods with a ton of preservatives or additives. SFH’s Pure Whey has about 4 ingredients in it and they use Stevia as a sweetener which is the best non glycemic sweetener we’ve seen up to this point. If we can count the ingredients in a protein powder on one hand that’s pretty darn good.
Some other supplements that can be beneficial to athletes (*this is our list, there are many other opinions out there and we are not doctors, take this for what it is…an opinion) are: magnesium (balance out calcium magnesium and helps with sleep), vitamin D (unless you live near the equator you are probably deficient at least part of the year), vitamin B12 (combat adrenal fatigue. most pill forms don’t get absorbed very well however), and for people looking to put on size and get much stronger creatine and beta alanine combined are quite effective (although we don’t take either because it isn’t necessary for our training goals).
For more information on SFH read the following:
SFH (Stronger Faster Healthier) was founded in March 2010 as a separate division of the Maine Natural Health Co and is dedicated to developing products that allow athletes to be stronger, faster and healthier. Maine Natural Health was founded in 2006 by Jeff Leighton who has decades of experience in the study of chronic disease. We have used his knowledge to design and develop natural products that have a positive effect on your health and well being.
Our key products are: Omega-3 Oil + Whey Protein
Our clinical grade liquid Omega-3 Oils comes in five flavors (4 grams of EPA/DHA per 2 teaspoons) and we have seven different High-Grade, Low-Glycemic Whey Protein formulas for all ages and athletic abilities. Both products are from natural sources; our omega-3 oil comes from finely processed fish oil from Scandinavia, which is 3rd party tested and free of PCBs and our whey protein is derived from grass-fed cattle. Used together, these products will contribute to your overall health by reducing inflammation and increasing muscle mass.
The rigors of athletic training quite naturally induce inflammation and affect the health of every cell in the body. Inflammation actually decreases muscle mass/strength and can induce chronic pain. Furthermore, intense workouts can make your cell’s energy starved and this is where supplements play a role in your recovery. Our bodies cannot keep up with energy production during intense exercise periods. Recovery from exercise takes longer than just feeling rested. A sense of being rested occurs hours to days before our cells have recovered. A good supplement must bring our cells back to normal quickly and restore cellular energy. This is why SFH designed our Post Work Out Formula. Further, to function optimally we must develop and maintain strong, lean muscles without fatty deposits. Not everyone can eat lean protein every meal therefore we developed a range of clean protein supplements that do not increase fatty deposits in your muscles.
High dose liquid fish oil is a natural anti-inflammatory. SFH fish oil has now been proven through clinical studies to reduce pain and inflammation as well as a host of disease related problems from high triglycerides to cardiac arrhythmia, asthma and certain brain related disorders such as bipolar disease, depression and ADHD. Our Oils only come in liquid form for rapid absorption and we recommend that everyone take a minimum of 4 grams per day.
Our core products emphasize the treatment of “silent” and established inflammation and on muscle development to enhance metabolic rate, increase energy, manage weight and improve recovery rates from exercised induced activities. The Mission of the SFH (Stronger Faster Healthier) / Maine Natural Health is to apply science to the design, clinical testing, and commercialization of natural products that benefit wellness, fitness and treat established disease. This is our core competency and distinguishes us from other nutrition companies that are based almost exclusively on marketing products with unsubstantiated claims.