Top 6 Herbal Supplements for Body Building

Top 6 Herbal Supplements for Body Building

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 28 Jan 2016 - 10:57


Athletes frequently seek supplements that may give them an edge in the gym and in competitions.Body building is not something new to Ayurveda. Westerners and Europeans have a higher bonedensity and stronger muscles. However, among Indians the genes make a difference. As per Ayurveda, human body types are divided into three groups - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata individuals are skinny, have light body frame, tall and jittery whereas pitta body type are medium built with good metabolism. Kapha body type are muscular with heavy body frame and excessive fat deposition in their bodies.

Top Ayurvedic Herbal Supplements for Body Building include:

  • Safed Muesli: Safed muesli comprises of many steroidal glycosides and has outstanding medicinal properties.  Palmitic acid, 3-helptadecanone, methyl pentacosanoate and stearic acid are the essential components present in safed muesli that can improve the strength and physical endurance. Italso helps fight general body weakness and assist in regaining from the physical exhaustion of exercise.  Safed muesli has saponins (composed of a saccharide attached to a steroid or triterpene) that are chemically akin to testosterone hormone. This key hormone governs dozens of functions within the male body, including muscle strength and sexual health. 
  • Tribulus: According to the book - “The protocol: the best body building supplement” by Arnold Surtz – Tribulus Terrestris is a plant which is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. Tribulus promotes testosterone and lean mass and also triggers the release of nitric oxide, a gas that expands blood vessels and delivers oxygen to working muscles.A study published in the issue of the Journal of Dietary Supplements, speculates that the nitric oxide release may be useful for other physiological effects. Bodybuilders who wish to increase their performance in the gym should consume Tribulus Terestris, one hour prior to their workouts, on empty stomach.
  • Pure Shijalit: Shijalit, a black gooey mineral complex is the strength and secret weapon of Olympic athletes. Shijalit comprises of many essential minerals, vitamins and acids such as humic acid, amino acid and fluvic acid which are proved to be effective for sports and fitness freaks. To derive maximum benefits, the right and pure Shijalit of Himalya origin must be used.
  • Flaxseed: Flaxseeds have received an excellent response from the athletic and bodybuilding community. About 25 to 30 grams of protein can be obtained from 100 grams flaxseed and that is how this herb supports the muscle growth by boosting protein synthesis. Flaxseed contains calcium, vitamins, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium and that is why it is considered to be one of the best supplements for body builders.  These essential nutrients provide body builders quick recovery times, increased energy level and better oxygen utilization.
  • Tongkat Ali: A tropical aphrodisiac growing in Malaysia, Tongkat Ali is steadily gaining popularity as a supplement for ambitious body-builders. It not only encourages testosterone hormone but also increases energy levels, drives satisfaction and strength. Tongkat Ali is a natural testosterone booster that contains the effective component EurycomaLongifolia (Eurycomanone)which increasesthe strength and helps build muscle mass easily.In an animal study published in the Journal Phytomedicine, researchers found that this herb constantly improves testosterone levels and sexual health. Although this has not been examined on human subjects yet, it may help to complement the exercise regime.
  • Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha often referred as ‘Indian Ginseng’ is developed into a supplement in capsule form (available in all medical and food stores). It is traditionally used in Ayurveda medicine native to India. Ashwagandha comprises mainly of steroidal lactones and alkaloids, of which anine is the main active constituent. However, there are at least 10 other alkaloids in the roots and several steroidal lactones in the leaves. Experts at the ICMR Advanced Centre for Reverse Pharmacology in Traditional Medicine found that after two months, individuals who took Ashwangandha dose showed an increase in lean body mass (aka, muscle) of a bit less than 4.4 pounds and their fat composition reduced by more than 2 percent.

Apart from taking these above referred herbs, also taking in proper nutrition helps to achieve the desired results. Shwan Ray, an IFBB professional body builder says, “If you don’t follow a good nutritional plan, you are body building with one arm behind your back”.


Reference link: Journal "Phytomedicine"



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