Here you can find answers to all your supplement questions…
ARE SUPPLEMENTS REALLY NEEDED?
No, hence the name supplement, they should never replace a good diet and aren't necessarily needed. However, they can be beneficial in many ways for people looking to optimise their diet and performance, so the key question you should be asking isn’t “Should I take supplements, are they needed”, it’s “Should I be taking supplements for what I do and what goals I have”.
For example, protein supplements are good for people that want flexibility with their diet and their protein intake or want to easily and cheaply boost their overall protein intake to support their goals. Vitamins, minerals and omega 3 supplements are good supplements to take as many people are deficient in these compounds or are highly active and want to support those goals. Many performance supplements are proven to work as you cannot get such compounds in the diet naturally in high amounts so supplementing with them is essential if you want those benefits. People exercise in heat, sweat a lot or simply want to optimise performance so electrolyte supplements can be very beneficial.
So it’s not a case of “Are supplements needed”, it’s a case of seeing if supplements could be beneficial to you and your goals, context is always key as everyone is different. And if you’re unsure just drop us a message, we’ll help, always.
WHY WE USE PLASTIC TUBS
For some time now we have been exploring new packaging options for our products; pouches, biodegradable options and re-fill options. However, all of the technology in the reusable or biodegradable space is still very young and there are actually very limited options for manufacturers to currently use. This is due to limited size options, half-truths as to whether a product is actually recyclable, and issues around storage and shelf life.
Pouches are an option, but are mostly non-recyclable due to the foil in them. Biodegradable options reduce our shelf life and also tear very easily. The other option of sending tubs back to us for refilling is not yet viable due to the amount of travelling the tub would need to do for this. So, for now we are sticking to our white tubs which are 100% recyclable and thus would encourage you to recycle them and not put your plastic in the normal bins.
DO YOU NEED PROTEIN SHAKES IF YOU WANT TO BUILD MUSCLE?
Maybe. A few key questions are important here, such as do you have enough protein in your diet already? Could a protein shake help you meet your needs, or tie you over at breakfast time when you want something quick or after the gym so you don’t crack and recovery quicker? Do you want a protein shake because it’s cheaper than whole food protein and cost is an issue for you? All plausible reasons to choose a shake and have it handy for when its needed/wanted. So it’s like the above scenario, it’s not that anything is needed per se, it’s a case of can it be beneficial for you and your goals. And weighing up your options and situation only you will be able to answer that. But if not we’ll help. If you’re unsure reach out to us and we’ll help.
P.S. A good protein target to aim for when building muscle is 2g per KG of body weight, so if you were 80kg and looking to build muscle aim for 160g of protein per day split up into your meals and snacks.
IS CREATINE WORTH TRYING FOR HYPERTROPHY TRAINING?
Creatine is the world’s #1 most researched performance enhancing aid, so it is likely the answer is yes, both for hypertrophy training and for sports and fitness training in general. It’s even got positive data on it for elderly people maintaining muscle mass and cognitive function as they age. So if you are training hard in the gym, you are looking to push and progress your body, then yes, creatine is a very cost effective and well researched performance aid.
ZMA - IS THERE A RIGHT TYPE OF ZINC & MAGNESIUM OR IS IT ALL THE SAME?
Yes 100%, when supplementing with magnesium NOT taking oxide or stearate is key, magnesium citrate or (bi)glycinate have higher absorption rates, so they are a little more money but you are absorbing more of it. Do you need magnesium, maybe. it is something that people are commonly deficient in so there is often benefit, this saw a steep rise in the popularity of ZMA supplements in the 80s, a lot of people seemed to be deficient which is why they saw benefit (taking ZMA brought their levels to optimal).
You could be deficient due to your diet, or due to the extra stress in your life (including training), so it might be worth it. Look out for those chelates when it comes to choosing your type of magnesium/zinc, quality counts here as the cheaper product might seem better, but you'll just need more to get the same effect. We put high quality magnesium and zinc in all our products, so we can guarantee you the best, because we take these supplements ourselves!
WHAT SUPPLEMENTS WOULD YOU SUGGEST FOR ENDURANCE TRAINING?? FOCUSING ON DISTANCE RUNNING...
Supporting the training load with your calorie intake is always key, then good sleep, then looking at micronutrient support, thus an omega 3 and multi-vitamin might help. Couple this with an electrolyte + carb supplement while you exercise (if you train for one hour plus). Also see our diet, training and supplement book that's free, which you can find HERE, for a detailed idea on what to take and why.
DO MULTIVITAMINS ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND DO I HAVE TO TAKE THEM?
If you are eating a well-balanced diet with a wide variety of foods and not in an energy deficit then you don't HAVE to take a multi-vitamin, no, but you could find they help, this is often due to people being deficient in key nutrients. We always recommend customers try it for 1-2 months and see how they feel, the proof is always in the pudding. People will often experience an improvement in sleep quality, overall daily energy and a stronger immune system. Give it a go, try Awesome Daily Dose and see how your overall health fairs over the coming months.
WHAT ARE THE BEST PROVEN SUPPLEMENTS FOR MENTAL PERFORMANCE AND REDUCTION OF PHYSICAL FATIGUE?
Sleep is #1, always. then caffeine and l-tyrosine, which both form part of our Awesome Pre-Workout stack. After this ensure you are eating enough, not training too hard, stress isn’t too high, and you are eating sufficient carbohydrates to fuel training. Its very hard to improve physical and mental performance when you are not getting the basics right, so do put a key focus on sleep, calories, training volume and stress reduction.
HOW MANY OF YOUR PRODUCTS ARE VEGAN FRIENDLY?
All our products are vegan friendly apart from Awesome Whey protein and Awesome Fish oil.
I’VE TRIED MANY VEGAN PROTEIN POWDERS BEFORE AND THEY WERE ALL GRAINY AND DIDN’T TASTE GREAT, WHY SHOULD I TRY YOURS?
This is the exact reason we developed Awesome Vegan Protein: because there were no options that tasted nice, and we believed it didn’t have to be this way. We worked hard to get rid of the grainy pea texture and made them taste awesome, and we think we really nailed it. Check out our customer reviews to see what other customers think!
IS THE SWEETENER SUCRALOSE SAFE?
Currently the full body of evidence for the safety of sucralose indicates that it is perfectly safe to consume. Customers regularly ask why not use stevia? This is because stevia, in our opinion, tastes awful, and that’s not what we want! Some individuals with IBS can get irritation from some sweeteners, so be mindful if this is you. Click the following link to read the most up to date research on sucralose.
IS CREATINE HARMFUL TO THE KIDNEYS?
While it will increase load on the kidneys, this additional load is well within their capability unless you have renal issues already. There is no evidence that creatine use in healthy people causes kidney issues.
IS IT OK TO TAKE AWESOME PERFORMANCE BLEND ALONGSIDE AWESOME PRE-WORKOUT, OR SHOULD I TAKE ONE OVER ANOTHER?
If you could only take one product due to cost, take Awesome Performance Blend. If you can afford both, and there is a benefit to taking both, then read on.. Performance Blend acts as a baseline amount of creatine and beta alanine, two compounds that need to be taken daily but are also in pre-workout. The other ingredients in Awesome Pre-Workout don’t need to be taken daily and have an acute (short-term) effect. So ideally take Awesome Performance Blend daily, and Awesome Pre-workout on days that you exercise 15-30 minutes pre exercise, in place of a performance blend serving.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF VEGAN PROTEIN OVER WHEY PROTEIN?
While there is no general benefit over whey protein which will apply to everyone, Awesome Vegan Protein offers an additional choice without compromising quality. This means that those sensitive to dairy, or those following a plant-based diet which excludes dairy, can enjoy a great product with awesome flavour and a complete amino acid profile.
CAN I COOK WITH YOUR PROTEIN POWDERS?
Awesome Vegan Protein and Awesome Whey Protein is perfectly safe for cooking. Neither the protein content or the flavour will be negatively affected and we actually have a ton of awesome recipes to help use them in cooking, after all variety is the spice of life!
DO I USE MILK OR WATER IN SHAKES AND HOW MUCH?
Your use of milk, milk substitute, or water, and the precise amount, is individual. We recommend you stick to 200-400ml of liquid per serving (apart from Awesome Mixed Berry vegan protein, we made this thicker), and do pay attention to the additional calories if you opt for something other than water. Milk or milk substitute will provide an improved flavour, water will reduce calories – the decision is yours, but we designed ALL of our protein powders to taste awesome with water, so don’t think you need to use milk to make our products taste good, you don’t. When we designed and tested our flavours our aim was always to make it taste awesome with water.
WHY NOT JUST DRINK WATER WHILE EXERCISING?
Water is fine while you exercise, especially if it’s light exercise. But as soon as exercise becomes quite intense, is in hot conditions, for a prolonged period of time, or you’re someone looking to push themselves (sweet drinks may improve performance) then it is beneficial to support training with electrolytes, or electrolytes and carbs. Electrolytes have been shown to hydrate you more effectively than water alone, and hydration is paramount to performance. Check out Awesome Electrolytes for a cost effective way to support exercise.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS HEAVY METAL FREE?
Yes, all our products have a confirmed heavy metal free safety rating, rest assured.
WILL YOUR PRE-WORKOUT HELP MY PARTICULAR SPORT OR IN THE GYM, AND HOW?
Thanks to the inclusion of creatine (which will help just about everyone with the possible exception of endurance runners) and beta alanine (that will help just about everyone with the possible exception of weight lifters and powerlifters who don’t do cardio) we can safely say that this product will help anyone who performs at a high intensity. Adding l-carnitine, l-tartrate and l-tyrosine to improve your volume tolerance, recovery and focus only makes it even more beneficial, and the citrulline malate will improve blood flow – potentially helping aerobic performance and giving you a great pump!
WHY DOES YOUR PRE-WORKOUT & PERFORMANCE BLEND MAKE ME TINGLE?
Beta Alanine activates something known as a Mas-related G-protein coupled receptor member D in your skin. This is a histamine-independent response that results in the feeling of itching that’s harmless, but we appreciate it’s sometimes unpleasant! To minimise this take the product as advised and get moving, movement will dissipate the tingles.
HOW MUCH CAFFEINE SHOULD I TAKE PRE EXERCISE?
Your dose is always going to be individual. We recommend you only increase one Awesome Caffeine Tab at a time and be sure to leave around 30 minutes between taking caffeine and exercising so it has time to ‘kick in’. Most will want to take between 2-5 capsules depending on your body weight, time of day and sensitivity to caffeine. But to give you an idea in terms of mg take 2-4mg per KG body weight pre-exercise.
ARE AWESOME CAFFEINE TABS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN COFFEE?
Yes, for two reasons. Research indicates that the pure pharmaceutical nature of caffeine powder is slightly more ergogenic than the caffeine found in coffee, so it has a small edge for that reason. Secondly, pure and exact doses of caffeine also have the advantage of being precisely dosed. If you have a coffee do you know how much caffeine you are getting? Often not. Using a capsule method allows you to ensure you are getting the ergogenic (performance enhancing) dose you are wanting.
SHOULD I ADD THE AWESOME CAFFEINE TABS TO AWESOME PRE-WORKOUT?
You can either open the capsules and add your Awesome Caffeine Tabs to Awesome Pre-Workout if you want to simply mix it altogether. Or simply use Awesome Pre-Workout to wash your desired amount of Awesome Caffeine Tabs down. Either way the effect is the same. Feel free to take Awesome Pre-Workout without caffeine if you want a caffeine free pre-workout.
IF I TRAIN FOR AN EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME, HOW MANY GRAMS OF CARBOHYDRATE DO YOU RECOMMEND PER HOUR OF TRAINING?
The ISSN recommends 30-60g of carbohydrate per hour of continuous exercise that will last over 60 minutes in total duration.
AWESOME RECOVERY SPRAY, DO I HAVE TO LEAVE IT ON FOR AGES?
After 5 minutes or so the ingredients will have been absorbed, so if you would like to wash it off, you can, we do. If you would like to leave it on, you also can. Some people don’t like the feeling of things on their skin long term, so if this is you, apply, wait 5 minutes, then wash off. Ideally spray it on and run it in soon after exercise, wait a few minutes, then dive in the shower.
DOES AWESOME RECOVERY SPRAY BENEFIT SLEEP?
Awesome Recovery Spray contains magnesium, which is a relaxant. So using it in general should support sleep, but trying some before bed should help yet again. Experiment with using it and see what the results are like. Our Awesome Daily Dose also contains magnesium and thus will also support sleep.