Boost your Supplement Stack with Antioxidants

Last week, we took a look at adding antioxidant rich foods into your daily nutritional strategy. This week, I want to share some heavy hitter antioxidant supplements that are relatively cheap, yet very effective. Incorporate some or all of these supplements and antioxidant rich foods into your pre and post nutrition, and you will have a tremendously effective supplement stack.

Beastly Basics

  • R-Alpha Lipoic Acid – keeps oxidative stress to a minimum and maintains a high level of insulin sensitivity.
  • Vitamin E – mixed tocopherols – antioxidant that closely represents whole food and may help prevent damage to the body’s cells.
  • Ceylon cinnamon – considered an insulin mimicker.
  • Raw Organic Cacao powder – cacao in the raw form is very rich in antioxidants.

Below are some of my favorite stacking strategies. Start with the foundational stack and then get creative; mix and match.

Foundational Stack

Pre Workout
  • R-Alpha Lipoic Acid – 300 mgs
  • Vitamin C with Camu, Camu – 200 mgs
  • Vitamin E, mixed tocopherols – * dosages are usually listed on the label in IU’s. Split the dosage total between pre and post.
  • 1 – 2 Teaspoons Ceylon cinnamon to your pre shake
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons Raw Organic Cacao powder to your pre shake
  • 1 – 2 cups organic coffee
  • Greens in pill or powder form.

Just like coffee, greens provides an added energy boost, plus packs in extra antioxidants.

Mix and Match

NB1

  •  1 cup Cooked oatmeal, stir in 1 – 2 scoops of protein powder.
  • 1 cup Oats and a protein shake.
  • 1 cup Oatmeal, 1 cup blueberries or strawberries with egg whites and 1 – 2 egg yolks or a protein shake.
  • 1 Apple and a protein shake
  • 1 – 2 Scoops protein, coffee and 1 cup oats.
  • 1 Scoop of greens, 1 -2 scoops protein powder, mixed in pineapple or tart cherry juice.

If you’re looking for a true bodybuilding friendly meal, prior to your workout try:
eggs or chicken and asparagus.

NB2

Black strap unsulfured molasses contains the highest amount of antioxidants compared to other sweeteners. Add 1-2 Tablespoons to your protein shake or stir it into oatmeal.

Foundational Stack

Post Workout
  • R-Alpha Lipoic Acid – 300 mgs
  • Vitamin C with Camu, Camu – 200 mgs
  • Vitamin E, mixed tocopherols – * dosages are usually listed on the label in IU’s. Split the dosage total between pre and post.
  • 1 – 2 Teaspoons Ceylon cinnamon to your pre shake
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons Raw Organic Cacao powder to your pre shake

Mix and Match

NB3

  • 1 Apple or an orange and a protein shake
  • 8 Ounces of tart cherry juice and 1 -2 scoops protein powder
  • 1 Cup cherries and 1 cup of yogurt
  • Several pieces of dark chocolate and a protein shake.
  • 1 Cup oatmeal, 1 cup berries and 1 – 2 scoops of protein powder

Bodybuilding friendly meal- both chicken and turkey slices are good sources of antioxidants and can be easily wrapped in 2 slices of bread.

Beastly Tips

  1. Pre and post mirror each other with the exception of coffee and greens.
  2. Go with organic coffee; it’s richer in antioxidants and less acidic.
  3. If you prefer a solid meal to a shake, try stirring cinnamon or cacoa into your oats.
  4. Oats have smaller amounts of antioxidants, but small doses over time have big benefits; make it more powerful, combine it with other sources such as berries.
  5. Tart cherry juice, 1 -2 scoops protein powder excellent post; full of antioxidants and cherries are known for their anti- inflammatory properties.
  6. Make sure all fruits and juices are organic and pesticide free.

NB4

For shakes, replace ice cubes with frozen fruit.

Disclaimer: Dosages will vary depending on bodyweight, tolerance and from individual to individual. Always make sure to consult with your physician before implementing any new dietary or supplemental changes.

What strategies will you be trying? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment in the section below.

If you missed last week’s article, Antioxidants: ‘Super Foods’ for Athletic Performance you can check it out here. Next week, find out why you might be doing more harm than good when it comes to your protein shake and learn how to make it safer!

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