We cannot dispute the efficiency of supplements to meet some needs that the diet is not capable of, in addition to their practicality and their ability to provide compounds which can optimize some process and improve the performance in general. But is that why all supplements are necessary for everyone?
Roughly speaking, let's say that there is no supplement that can be considered made for men or women specifically. Although there are DEDICATED supplements for one sex or the other today, the fact that the opposite sex uses it cannot be considered a mistake.
However, there are some supplements that should be avoided by women, as they become unnecessary or very likely to hinder development, rather than helping.
So in this article, I want to talk a little more with you about them so that you women can understand a little more about why not use these supplements.
1- Hypercaloric (Gainers)
It is normal to see women who have difficulties in developing muscle mass and gaining body weight looking for hypercalorics. Normally, concerned with “getting the weight up”, people think that just being clogged with calories will solve the problem, when, in fact, they won't.
First, we have to understand that to increase muscle mass, a combination of factors must be considered: Training (stimulus), adequate rest, food capable of supplying the macronutrients and micronutrients in the appropriate portions and moments, the energy balance, the training periodization and etc.. In this way, simply bothering to supply calories can harm you, as women have a much easier time gaining body fat for hormonal and physical reasons as well. Especially under the supply of high amounts of calories from simple carbohydrates, fat gain occurs very easily.
Normally hypercalorics are loaded with calories from simple and / or easily digestible carbohydrates, such as maltodextrin, dextrose, glucose, fructose, lactose or even sucrose. Therefore, these carbohydrates have very large impacts and can cause it to gain fat (especially in the abdominal region and in the breeches), can impair training by hyperinsulimies and, in the long run, can cause insulin resistance.
Also consider that a woman has a much lower caloric requirement than men, except under rare exceptions, and the diet alone is able to meet these demands with much more quality, after all, we are able to better handle macronutrients, we are able to provide more adequate micronutrients and promote a metabolic response that suits us at that moment.
Adequately adjusting the diet, hypercalorics are certainly not necessary for women and become more valid alternatives in very specific cases and more focused on the male audience.
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Prohormones are substances that are converted into hormones in the body. Thus, most of them convert to androgens, that is, testosterone derivatives.
We know that testosterone is indispensable for men and responsible for its main masculine characteristics. However, it is also present (in much smaller quantities) in women and plays key roles. Thus, testosterone must also be at adequate levels in women.
However, the increase in these levels in women has serious consequences, especially with regard to androgenicity and virilization (which is the adherence of male characteristics). Therefore, effects such as: increased body hair, thickening of the voice, hair loss, acne, oily skin, deformation of the genitals, shrinking of the breasts, among others, occur very easily.
Prohormones should not be used by women precisely for this reason.
Furthermore, prohormones can be responsible for infertility and this can be a reversible condition or not. This, in addition to its degree of hepatotoxicity and damage to the body as a whole.
It is true that today there are prohormones focused on women, but these supplements are still being studied and there is nothing to indicate that they are 100% safe. So be very careful with that!
Opt for a good diet, good training and use supplements which can improve your NATURAL levels of TESOTSOTHERONE such as those mentioned pre-hormonal, which will not bring these side effects of pro-hormonal supplements.
3- Pre-workout supplements
Perhaps the class of supplements that most developed and grew the most in recent years was that of pre-workouts, supplements that should be used before training and have the ability to increase the performance of the training, reduce fatigue or promote some catabolism and / or anabolic reducing effect.
Especially for women, pre-workout supplements are dispensable because stimulants, especially used for large groups with many muscles (such as the thighs) cause considerable vasoconstriction and, thus, impair blood flow to that region, causing oxygenation and the arrival of nutrients becomes impaired. Due to this vasoconstriction, breathing is also impaired and training, although it seems more intense, is not.
Good training requires control, not trembling. It requires good breathing and not tachycardia. It requires principles of stimuli and not "stack".
So there’s nothing wrong with using a little stimulant, like caffeine before your workout. But, pre-workouts can be totally inconsiderable in these cases, except for those who really have training improvement principles and / or anabolic compounds.
Collagen is among the top supplements used by women, especially with a view to improving skin health, improving aspects such as sagging or even cellulite. In addition, many of them believe that supplementation with collagen can help muscles and their density.
However, let's understand one thing: Your body does NOT absorb proteins, but amino acids, dipeptides and a few tripeptides. This means that collagen (a protein of low biological value) is not absorbed. It must first be broken (hydrolyzed) in the intestine to have its amino acids absorbed. Even hydrolyzed collagen, which is nothing more than the main amino acids present in collagen, has no function, as we cannot guarantee that the body will use those absorbed amino acids for the synthesis of endogenous collagen.
In fact, each collagen is individual to each person, that is, each collagen is formed through the individual genes of each one. Even then, if the collagen could be absorbed, it would not be used efficiently since it would depend on our genetic code to be formed and used in our body.
Supplementing with collagen is something that will only make you spend money and will not bring benefits. Otherwise, if you really want to stimulate collagen production in your body, use proteins of high biological value (meat, eggs, milk and dairy products, etc.) and focus on proper consumption of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) which is the main cofactor in endogenous collagen synthesis. Attention also to the food as a whole, as a good general functioning of the body will help and guarantee a good collagen production.
Remember: there is a form of collagen associated with joint improvement, which is known UC-II collagen. This is an efficient supplement, but it will have nothing to do directly with the increase in performance or with the aesthetic changes.
5- Textured soy protein
Until a long time ago, much was said about soy and its benefits, and we cannot deny that it has some health benefits. However, for some years now some studies have been done (and still are) on the consumption of soy protein, especially textured soy protein, and with that some points should be mentioned and highlighted, especially with regard to soy consumption by women.
Soy is known to have benefits such as: the aid in the control of hypercholesterolemia, the supply of proteins of high biological value (soy has all the essential amino acids), among others. In fact, it is no accident that this food has been the basis for the diet of many vegetarian individuals, whether women or men. However, it also has isoflavones that roughly “simulate” estrogen in the body.
You should think that this is fine for women, but we know that estrogen when imbalanced can contribute to loss of calcium in bones (especially in menopausal women), can become cancerous, disrupt the menstrual cycle, increase water retention, increase body fat gain, among others. So, without a doubt, Excess isoflavones can greatly harm a woman.
It is important to make these considerations, as there are many supplements for women that contain textured soy protein in large amounts in their composition. Obviously, MODERATE levels of soy will not cause harm and these considerations DO NOT VALUE for compounds, such as soy lectin (which only has functions related to the solubilization of supplements) that is in most hyperproteins, for example. In addition, we do not consider these points for ISOLATED soy protein, but only for the textured version (which is less noble).
Thus, if you are not a vegetarian, try to use as little soy as possible and, if you are a vegetarian, try to give preference to the use of isolated soy protein or other high quality vegetable proteins, such as pea protein, of rice etc.
Some supplements that are well known today have great efficiency in helping results and women's health, as we know that in some points they have specific particularities. However, others are not only a waste of time, but can also impair your development and your health.
Therefore, it is important to know them and know which ones to use or not to save money, time, health and optimize your results as much as possible.