One of the most common types of supplements, and a staple everyone (athlete or not) should have in their diet, is a multi-vitamin. There are plenty of options available to everyone; actually, it would be more accurate to say that the market is over-saturated...extremely. You'll find multi-vitamins for men, women, older men, older women, athletes, etc., etc.
So, which ones should you use?
Controlled Labs' Orange Triad is one of our top two favorite multivitamin supplements.
What can I say? There's multiple vitamins in Orange Triad.
In all seriousness I find the profile to be about the same if not better than Animal Pak (which I would consider my second top multi-vitamin). I'm not here to debate which one is better, however.
One thing you should consider is the high amount of B vitamins. These are attributed to increased energy, but an excess amount will cause your urine to look like it came out of a Dr. Seuss book. This is one reason I halved the recommended dosage on my first cycle (more on that below).
Two of the most popular joint supplements you'll find is Glucosamine Sulfate and Chondroitin Sulfate. Orange Triad's "joint complex" contains 2g of these. Both of these ingredients are found naturally in the body, so any time you find these in a supplement they are derived from animal product.
The reason they're so popular is because they go hand-in-hand in repairing and preventing the loss of cartilage. This occurs in athletes due to high amounts of stress put on the body during athletic training and performance. While Glucosamine rebuilds articular cartilage, Chondroitin prevents enzymes in the body from breaking down joint cartilage. Furthermore, these two supplements have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, which help alleviate joint pain.
*Note: the effects of Glucosamine and Chondroitin are not substantiated. It's been debated whether or not their effectiveness at repairing/preventing joint damage isn't mistaken as the pain relief felt due to the anti-inflammatory properties.
Another ingredient that is found in Orange Triad is MSM, another supplement on the rise in the field of joint health. MSM is another chemical that can be found in humans, and has a long list of effects. For joint health, it mainly alleviates joint and muscular soreness due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Digestion and Immune Complex
The top five ingredients in this "complex" includes echinacea, ginger extract, quercetin, R-alpha lipoic acid, and great knotweed. If you're like me you're probably wondering what the hell half that stuff is! Lets make this easy.
If I only have one supplement in my drawer, this is it.
Although you don't usually feel the effects of a multi-vitamin, I can say that I've noticed "slight" increases in energy that may or may not be attributed to the consumption of this supplement. I found the pills easy to take, although they may be considered too large for some people (Animal Pak still takes the crown for largest multivitamin(s) ever).
While I'm not one to get sick while those around me seem to be contracting Ebola, I will say that I am confident that my immune system is superior due to this product. As far as my joints, it would be unfair to give all the credit to Orange Triad, because I put extra Glucosamine and Chondroitin in my post workout drink, but my joints do feel better than before I started using it.
It's recommended that you take three tablets twice a day for a total of six per day. For around $30 you get a 45 days supply, which is a great value compared to other multi-vitamins geared towards athletes.
Personally, I take two in the morning, two after training (or after lunch on resting days), and two before bed. On non-training days I'll just take two in the morning and at night. For my first cycle I even halved the dose and made my first bottle last 90 days. I recommend you experiment, as everybody will digest and tolerate the ingredients differently.
Overall Recommendation: 9/10
Value: $0.66/serving (6 tablets)
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About the Author
Jesse Seal is the assistance Combatives Instructor, and has been training in Combative Sciences since 2008. He has also been training and learning through Bullock's Irondom Performance Systems since 2010.