What are supplements. Who needs it?Despite sport and healthy nutrition you do not feel really efficient? Your performance is stagnant, but you don't quite know what the problem is?
Maybe you simply lack important nutrients that get your metabolism going. The right supplement can compensate for a deficiency in the cells – your performance will also benefit from this!
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1. Healthy nutrition is the basis
Rarely do we use our full potential, a few percent are still in there. For this there are means that help you get everything out of you: supplements – or in German: Nahrungserganzungmittel.
However, it cannot be emphasized enough: All the benefits of supplementation are just the icing on the cake. As the name suggests, supplements should only complement your diet, not replace it.
Especially very active people, such as competitive athletes, have a higher need for certain vitamins and substances, for example to regenerate better or to accelerate muscle building.
The basis is and remains a healthy diet for body and mind, which includes brain food such as nuts and fish, but also other foods that contain all the important micronutrients for top performance.
Take-Home Message #1: Supplements are means that are taken in addition to a healthy diet to ensure the right daily dose and support performance.
2. The most important ingredients of supplements at a glance
Not all supplements available on the market deliver what they promise. However, some have been scientifically studied. Have been clearly confirmed as effective.
Here's how to find out which supplements are useful and in which areas they are particularly effective. Here we give you an overview of the most important nutrients for dietary supplementation:
Vitamin D: Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D can be obtained from food as well as from sunlight on the skin. To cover vitamin D through the diet is difficult with a stressful life and an unbalanced diet. Supplements can help you here, especially in fall and winter. Since vitamin D is one of the fat-soluble vitamins, it is recommended to take it in combination with a fat component.
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Trace element Zinc is a particularly useful supplement for athletes, as zinc is excreted through sweat during strenuous activity. A filling up of the zinc reserves is therefore important, since it supports among other things the immune system. BRAINEFFECT HACKWhen you sweat a lot during exercise or physical work, you lose a lot of minerals at the same time. With our MINERALS provide your body with magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium quickly and easily.
Here a food supplementation by Melatonin can lead to faster falling asleep and thus also to the increase of the energy. For those who have slept well can, as is well known, pull up trees. Supplements like SLEEPwith melatonin can be supportive. BRAINEFFECT HACK: With us you get Melatonin in the practical capsule form SLEEP or as SLEEP SPRAY. Just before going to bed, both products will help you shorten your sleep time.
In addition, the Asian medicinal plant stimulates the production of ATP, helping to promote blood flow, protect cells, boost mental performance, and counteract neurological disorders such as dementia.
Its effectiveness against chronic fatigue is proven by a 2013 study. After taking a ginseng supplement for four weeks, test subjects actually experienced a reduction in permanent fatigue. 
As a pre-workout supplement, caffeine gives you an energy boost that helps you better realize your potential during workouts. This is proven by a study from 2013, in which the test subjects took caffeine one hour before training. 
CDP choline is one of the best-known agents on the market for improving cognitive abilities and better concentration. Citicoline is converted in the body into acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that can cross the blood-brain barrier to increase the reaction speed of the synapses. The result: faster thinking. Improved recall of information is made possible. Take-home message #2: Depending on what your goals are, you can choose a suitable supplement. You are tired? Then reach for vitamin B6. You need energy? Then a MCT oil help you.
You need something for concentration? Then citicoline is your drug of choice. You want to fall asleep faster? Then reach for melatonin. You want to feel better? Then fill up your serotonin stores.
3. More energy for your goals through supplements
Especially when it is not about compensating for a nutrient deficiency, but about achieving a goal, supplements with mixed ingredients are used.
For example, there are ingredients that complement each other in their effect together and enhance the effect. That's why we've compiled all the important supplements below that will get you to a goal together:
1. Supplements for muscle building
Your goal is to build even more muscles or to increase your endurance during strength training? Then you should stick to the following supplements:
– vitamin D – omega-3 fatty acids – magnesium – zinc – caffeine / green tea extract – coenzyme Q10 – whey protein – creatine – BCAAs
Creatine acts as a turbo, so to speak, and provides the muscles with quick energy they need during training. Whey protein supports the muscle build-up and at the same time the fat reduction, in addition it promotes the regeneration of the muscles.
The branched-chain amino acids BCAA are contained in protein-rich foods. If the daily protein requirement is not covered by food, supplementation is a good option.
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2. Supplements for regeneration
For better regeneration of muscles and brain these supplements will help you:
– Vitamin D – Omega-3 fatty acids – Magnesium – Zinc – Melatonin
If you want to perform better, you have to give your body enough time for regeneration in addition to intensive training. If you push yourself to your performance limits non-stop, success will soon stagnate.
Because the most important thing are the rest phases, in which body and mind can build up new strength. Restful sleep is essential for optimal recovery. Those who sleep poorly, wake up often or can't fall asleep at all should consider supplementing melatonin.
By taking the hormone that is converted from serotonin in the body, many can sleep better and feel rested and mentally fit for new tasks the next morning.
3. Supplements for better concentration
To improve your concentration, keep yourself going:
– MCT oil – caffeine – green tea extract – acetyl-L-carnitine – ginkgo biloba – ginseng – citicoline – brahmi
Among the best known Nootropics, supplements with a positive effect on mental performance include green tea, ginseng and ginkgo biloba. The medicinal plants from Asia have long since found their place in Western medicine. Citicoline is also very effective. Brahmi on the memory. An additional boost for mental fitness is also cold thermogenesis.
The daily cold shower works wonders on brain power and makes the mind wide awake in the morning. Voluntarily putting yourself under cold water proves willpower alone, which will also help you in everyday life and training.
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4. Supplements for fat burning
The following supplements promote weight loss:
– Omega-3 – MCT Oil – Caffeine – Green Tea Extract – Coenzyme Q10
To reduce your weight or simply get rid of some fat deposits, you should boost your metabolism. In addition to exercise and an adjusted diet, sometimes you need a little booster to get rid of those fat reserves.
MCTs and omega-3s play an important role in this process, because although they belong to the category of fats, they are not deposited in the cells, but stimulate fat burning.