The Supplement Stack that’s got Your Back!

We all like to think we get the best value for money with whatever we buy, occasionally we have to bite the bullet and accept we got a bum deal, the lookie lookie men on the Spanish beaches come to mind (fake Calvin Klein belt anyone, I’ll do you a great offer?!). However, on the rare occasion you will buy something for one reason, only to later find out that it offers you more than first thought! So to all of you that have ordered a pre-workout supplement such as BSN NO- Xplode, and a testosterone optimiser/booster and sleep enhancer such as Optimum Health’s ZMA….GOOD NEWS….what you effectively got is a Viagra like substance and a libido enhancer respectively! Bargain!!

Nitric Oxide relaxes smooth muscle tissue causing vasodilation (widening of the blood vessels). The wider the blood vessels the more blood that can reach the muscle and tissue, meaning more oxygen is delivered, significantly prolonging training.

……This isn’t the only thing that nitric oxide prolongs!

Research presented in the Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology states that nitric oxide can support erectile function in men because it increases blood flow to the corpus cavernosum in the penis….Giving a whole new meaning to the term ‘pre-workout’ supplement!

ZMA consisting of Zinc and Magnesium (as well as Vitamin B12) are key nutrients in regulating testosterone production. Those of you who train regularly and have an active sex life are more likely to be depleted in these essential minerals!

Just 2 or 3 capsules for females and males respectively before bed have been seen to maximise sexual health and performance! The combination of zinc, magnesium and Vitamin B12 has also been seen to support sleep, allowing you to refuel and replenish your muscles after training. Consider also that zinc and magnesium are key precursors to the release of testosterone….so, as Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was all too aware – which is more - you'll be a man, my son (Kreider, Wilborb, Campbell, 2010)!

Include a CLA supplement and you can increase the benefit of all this physical activity by burning body fat simultaneously! Combine this with a Co-Q10 supplement which directly stimulates the energy powerhouses within your body, and you have a supplements stack sent from heaven!

Oh, and don’t forget your Glutamine to reduce muscle soreness the day after! Glutamine is very important to our muscles, in fact, over 90% of the body’s Glutamine is stored within skeletal muscle. According to Llewellyn, (2009) the body’s Glutamine stores deplete after a heavy session (in whatever form it may be!), meaning the replenishment of the Glutamine pools can go some way to stunting catabolism (muscle breakdown) and aid recovery for the next day’s session (if you’re lucky).

After all, no one wants to be known as a one hit wonder (pun intended)!

Wash all of this down with Coconut water which has the nearest to our bodies electrolyte profile than any other natural substance on earth. Not only this, the abundance of lauric acid is converted into a fatty acid compound called monolaurin which has anti- microbial and infection fighting properties (Walling, 2009)!
Whatever way you look at it, both your training and 3rd base are sorted!!

See also our article on Energy & Endurance….I think you know the reasons why!


Kreider, R, B., Wilborb, C, D., Campbell, B., Almada, A, L., Collins, R., Cooke, M et al, (2010). ISSN exercise & Sport Nutrition Review: Research & Recommendations. Journal of the international society of sports nutrition. 7: 1550-2783.

Walling, E. (2009). Learn About the Many Benefits of Lauric Acid in Coconut Oil. Natural News. Retrieved 23rd August, 2012, from

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!


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