Top 25 Muscle-Building Drinks & Pills

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The top 25 muscle-building drinks and pills provide essential nutrients that promote healthy body functions to build lean muscle. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Dietary supplements designed for bodybuilding or building muscle are available in thousands of brands, flavors and ingredients. As a result, it can be difficult to choose the best supplements to meet your muscle building goals. The top supplements for drinks and pills, however, complement a balanced nutrition plan and training program by providing essential nutrients that promotes healthy body functions and muscle development.

Types

The top 25 muscle-building drinks and pills are designed with different ingredients for different functions on how they build muscle. Every supplement is also designed to complement a nutrition plan and training program. The best muscle-building supplements include creatine, protein shakes and glutamine pills along with multi-vitamins and essential fatty acids, or EFAs. The Gain Muscle and Gain Weight Fast Guide suggest ZMA, fiber drinks and nitric oxide. Additional top muscle-building supplements include HMB, thermogenics, weight gainer shakes, conjugated linoleic acid or CLA and pro-hormones.

Nutrients

Every top muscle-building drink or pill contains a specific list of essential nutrients that promote muscular development. The nutrients vary from macronutrients such as carbohydrates, protein and fat or micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. For example, essential fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid provide healthy fats that support tissue repair and regeneration. Protein and weight gain shakes, however, primarily contain a blend of essential amino acids and protein that promotes lean tissue development.

Features

The features of the top 25 muscle-building supplements contain specific instructions on dosage and timing requirements. Some drinks and pills are designed to be used during a specific time of day. For example, ZMA is recommended as an evening supplement before going to bed while creatine is typically taken before and after a workout. Some supplements, however, such as weight gain shakes, essential fatty acids and protein shakes can be taken throughout the day. The top supplements will also contain dosage instructions on certain characteristics such as body size and sex.

Considerations

While the top 25 muscle-building drinks and pills have the potential for healthy muscle development, they also have the potential for producing negative side effects. As a result, consult a doctor or dietitian before using dietary supplement. The professional advice can be used to find a personalized supplement that complements your individual dietary requirements and training program.

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