In stores, there are shelves and shelves stocked with nutritional products all claiming to be the #1 supplement, diet pills, protein shakes, and more things that I can’t even begin to list. Entire stores are dedicated to bringing you these types of products, and online? It’s even more saturated with different brands and products, each with their own benefit – or claim of benefit.
While there are many natural, trusted supplements to be found, which ones do you really need, and which ones aren’t entirely necessary for you to take? We asked FitFluential Ambassador, author of the Protein-Packed Breakfast Club, and Registered Dietitian Lauren Pincus to let us know which #1 supplement not to spend your money on.
When talking to fitness enthusiasts, I would say creatine is a supplement you don’t need. It’s readily available in meat and seafood and your muscles can only hold a certain amount, so going higher won’t yield any additional benefit. It’s been shown to possibly improve athletic performance in short, high-intensity activity such as sprinting. Vegetarians are shown to have the most benefit because of the lack of creatine in their diets but after a short leading dose, no additional benefit is likely. Save your money.
There you have it, folks. When looking through supplements, you don’t need to be taking anything and everything. Each person is unique, so your nutritional and supplementation needs are unique, too. Ask you friendly neighborhood RD for assistance!