The Right Supplements To Take – Individual Differences Need To Be Considered

Not all athletes want to, or do actually take sports supplements. That is for sure. As I mentioned in a previous post, my opinion is that every athlete – not only professional or world-class ones – can benefit from taking some forms of supplements. The ONE rule I have hardly ever seen fail is to first and foremost, do your best to tailor which kinds and dosages of supplements to take depending on your own individual differences.

Every person has their own individual differences that relate to their health, exercise(s) they are participating in, and environmental factors. If you do the best or a good job of taking these specific differences into account/consideration, I AM confident you can design and benefit from a supplemental plan. The two main ways any athlete – even just an amateur or recreational one – will benefit from taking certain supplements are 1) increased performance and 2) recovery time. Yet a third and very important one is protection against environmental pollution

In the remainder of this post, I will begin to examine some of the choices or possibilities you have in examining and choosing certain sports supplements.

My Sport, Environmental, and Health Factors

When anybody exercises, they hope to gain some specific benefits from the sport they are active in and enjoy. That is one of the main reasons I have started this blog. The information, suggestions, and advice I have to give in my posts are strictly for serious athletes ONLY! If you do not exercise at all, or only do so to a minimal degree, I don’t think I can or will help you. Your dietary and supplement needs will be very different than the ones for people who actually participate or do phyiscal activities on a regular basis. Please keep this in mind.

Using myself as an example, here are some pointers and reasons why I am certain there are some supplements I benefit from taking. Oh, and as far as the exercises I do on a regular basis, they are (road) bicycling, running/jogging, bodybuilding, and bowling

At over 70 years oldand in extremely poor health, it is a very big challenge for me to be able to do and enjoy the exercises I just mentioned. Except, maybe, for the bicycling and definitely the case for the remaining ones. 

First of all, even though I try to eat the healthiest diet I can, I know the quality of the food I buy in the supermarket is NOT grown or raised in optimal conditionsNo, not by a long shot.

Food that is grown in soil, water, or on trees is subject to chemical and environmental pollution and contamination. Thee is little rich, fertile, and healthy tiopsoil left anyplace in the world. The same can definitely be said for the poor quality and health of the earth;s land, water, and airMY POINT HERE IS THAT THE IDEA OR BELIEF THAT YOUR DIET ALONE IS ALL YOU NEED TO MAINTAIN YOUR HEALTH AND THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULTS FROM THE EXERCISE(S) YOU DO IN A WIDESPREAD MYTH, PERIOD!! IT MAY HAVE BEEN TRUE IN THE PAST, BUT ABSOLUTELY IS NOT TRUE NOW.

When I add in the physical health factors like my chronic GI conditions, slim and weak frame, compromised immune and nervous systems, and others, I need to give myself all the help I can to get the benefits from the sports I enjoy.

In the city I live in, the air quality in particular, is horrible. The air is barely worth breathing or trying to breathe – espeically in the summer when I am trying to bicycle or run. I already spoke about the quality of lack of quality in the supermarket food I can afford to buy. This means that there are already two factors that are working against me getting the most I can out of the sports I like/love doing. 

Last, but not least, is the bodybuilding exercise I do to try to build some (any, really) muscle mass and strength to my weak, old, and skinny frame. This is one exercise that I think shows the most promise for the careful use of supplements. Doing bodybuilding exercises also, of course, increases my ability to bicycle and run better. It’s a win-win situation all the way around, as far as I am concerned. 

Let me continue by starting to examine and share some information on a small number of the most useful and effective supplements that may benefit any athlete striving go gain more from their favorite exercise(s).


Your first consideration in choosing what kinds of supplements to take is to know what category of supplement you will be choosing from. Here are the main ones I will introduce and make some brief comments about:  multivitamin, creatine, BCAAs, whey protein, glutamine, casein protein, fish oils, magnesium, insulin fiber, and vitamin D.

Multivitamin – even non-athletes need to take a good multivitamin supplement. As already mentioned, it is foolish and inaccurate to think that the typical American diet is sufficient to supply anybody with enough vitamins (and minerals) to maintain good health. In addition, the number of chemical ingredients polluting our food supply has grown enormously. This dual  blow of environmental degradation and destructionalong with the poisoning of our food supplymakes taking a good mutlivitamin supplement necessary and not optional. Finally, athletes, due to the increased demand their exercise places on their bodies in different ways, also have increased needs of certain vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional substances.

Creatine – made up of amino acids for an athlete’s body to satisfy the increased need for power the particular sport places on him/her. Although your body produces its own supply, supplements are available in many forms such as bars, sharkes, and pills.

BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids) – especially with athletes who are bodybuilders, this kind of supplement is very important. They are made of a carbon atom plus certain key amino acids that help muscles that have been broken down during exercise. A popular option among athletes lifting (heavier) weights and doing high-interval cardio training.Again, as with BCAAs, these type of supplements come in more than one form. 

Whey Protein – for many years, this kind of supplement has been very popular with many athletes. They use this type of supplement to recover after their sport/exercise and help their protein synthesis. Another important use of the supplement is to aid your body’s metabolism and it comes in a wide variety of very good-tasting flavors.

Glutamine – useful as a post-workout snack in place of whey protein. It helps fight your body’s breakdown of complex molecules in its muscles. Helpful in athletes who are trying to incrrease the amount of weight they are able to lift.

Casein Protein – yet another protein that is released more slowly which helps them last longer in the body. It also helps your body’s matabolic rate, so it helps your body burn fat and build muscle at the same time.Once again, available as bars, powders, and drinks.

Fish Oils – fuel your muscles and essential for your cardiovascular health. In additon to the many kinds of fish oil tablets and capsules available on the market, you can also supply your body with these oils by eating some halibut, salmon, trout, or mackeral. 

Magnesium – key to prevent muscle weakness and fatigue. Magnesium’s ability to do these things helps an athlete prevent injury during the sport or exercise. Also useful in helping you mainttain good mental health. Dark chocolate and avocados can supply this critical mineral.

Insulin Fiber –a soluble plant fiber that helps both your gut and heart healthy. It comes from onions, asparagus, and garlic. 

Vitamin D – the “sunshine” vitamin that many people suffer from a lack of during wintertime. Necessary for building and maintaining healthy bones, as well as strong muscles. Easily available by drinking milk, in addition to getting enough sunshine.

Diet, Exercise, and Supplements All Help!

As I have tried to show in this post, it is extremely important to choose the approprite supplements if you are an athlete. In an ideal or perfect world, supplements might not be necessary, but this is simply not the case! We all live in a very toxic, fast-paced, and stressful world that significantly increases an athlete’s need to assist their body and mind’s abilities to gain the maximum benefits they are trying to achieve through their exercise. 

A good – or even better – diet IS something every athlete and even those who aren’t should aim for. Likewise, regular exercise plays a major role in a person being as healthy as they can. 

Supplements can fill in the gap that a poor diet and lack of (enough) exercise can cause. It is even more important for people who are athletes to supplement their diets and exercise. Much more so, as I said, in my individual case considering my poor physical/mental health, age, and environmental factors.

So, Where Can I Go To Get Safe and High-Quality Supplements?

The most obvious answer is a healh-food or vitamin store. What you might want to consider is the savings and convenience of buying your supplements online and that is where I come in.

I can and will do my best to provide readers with the most accurate, reliable, and timely information I can to help you choose whatever supplements you decide to use. You can be sure this will remain my goal.

Let me help you achieve the best results you can.


What Type Of Supplement Should I Take?

When choosing a supplement to take, it is important to know the differences between different forms of supplements. As with general supplements like vitamins and minerals for people who aren’t active athletes, each type of supplement has its own unique characteristics that are important for you to know. So, let’s get right into it and see what kind of supplement(s) make the most sense for you.

Are Supplements Necessary?

Should I be taking any sports supplements as an active or serious athlete, even if I am just at an amateur level currently?

The honest answer is “It depends.” There are (at least) several factors that will help you arrive at an informed and wise decision about this.

First of all, consider the wisdom of taking certain vitamins and minerals for your overall health and general athletic performance. There are at least a few excellent and well-documented reasons for this advice.

The typical American diet is inadequate in more than one key nutrient. Some of the most crucial deficiencies are calcium, potassium, fiber, Vitamin A and Folic Acid. One main reason causing the need for supplementation is the severe worsening of soil health in the United States.

Stress, caused by work and lifestyle issues, can dramatically increase the need to take certain vitamins and minerals – even if you are getting an adequate level through your diet – which has almost become rare for the majority of people. Another words, if even you’re adequate or good diet isn’t giving your body and mind the key vitamins and minerals it needs to function well, the answer is definitely to supplement.

Last, even if you are not a world-class or Olympic-level athlete, certain supplements can and will probably still help you improve your athletic performance in more than one way. My favorite example are some of the specific bodybuilding supplements used by active or serious athletes. At least one or more of these are worth your consideration, in my opinion. Some examples would include the following: creatine, whey (and some other types of) protein, and BCAAs or Branched-Chain Amino Acids and Glutamine. Please keep in mind that this is by no means an all-inclusive or complete list.

In future posts on this site, I will provide more information of a general nature for the great majority of athletes (even amateur ones) as well as athletes who are specifically using weights and other bodybuilding equipment and exercises to supplement their performance in their chosen sports.

About My Supplement Information

Are you active in one or more sports? Have you ever considered or realized the important role sports supplements can play in how well you are able to enjoy and benefit from the sports activities you participate in?

If your answer is no, then welcome to a stie where you can find honest, accurate, dependable and timely information on the most useful and effective supplements you can take to get MORE of your favorite sports!


I am a baby-boomer and disabled, Vietnam veteran who grew up in New York City to a mother and father that probably shouldn’t have had any children (I have or had a three-year younger sister). My home environment was extremely difficult to deal with, mainly due to the constant violence, stress, and hostility between myself and my parents. Yet, somehow, one lesson my father taught me through his rage has proved invaluable as the years and now decades have passed more and more quickly.

“If you want a job done rightdo it yourself and do it right the first time.” This is especially true when the job is (very) important to you. NOBODY else will care as much as you do – and should – about how well the work is done.

Many people have learned and know all the significant benefits that regular physical activity offers them. In order to maximize the results you can achieve, it is wise to consider starting and maintaining an indiividually tailored plan for yourself.

I can and will save you valuable time, effort, and money in learning what specific supplements are the wisest choices for you to consider. You will not find anybody else who will work with the same dedication and attention-to-detail that I have.


Do you like or want to do business with a company that leaves you with the distinct impression that you don’t matter to them as a person and valued customer? I hope your answer isn’t yes. I personally may make the mistake of doing business with such a company once, but learn from my mistake and don’t repeat it!

As I already stated above, there is NO substitute for doing a job right the first time. Your customer(s) need to know you have their best interests at heart. Not your own.

I will always do my very best to give you the most accurate, helpful, and timely information about sports supplements that can help you achieve more from your activities. Why not add a sensible and effective supplement plan to boost the benefits you receive from regular exercise and sound nutrition (remember that supplements – no matter what kind – are exactly that, just supplements and not food)?

You have my personal pledge to always strive to help you achieve the best results from you can from the supplements I recommend based upon my careful and thorough research. Don’t settle for anything less.


  • To help you learn what sports supplements are appropriate for you to consider taking
  • To maximize the positive results you can achieve through your exercises and good nutrition
  • To save you time and money when purchasing the best quality supplements available
  • To keep you up-to-date with the most current information about the supplements you are taking

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to ask me and I will do my best to answer you. Even if I don’t know the best answer(s) myself, I will gladly point you in the right direction to somebody who does. Thank you and here’s to you achieving your personal best!