Three non-magical substances help make athletes strong and lean

Ever wish you could swallow a pill, capsule or some powder that would make you stronger and more athletic? If it sounds too good to be true, scientific research demonstrated more than a decade ago that pre-workout supplements can do exactly that.

Combining the supplements with high-intensity interval training—short bursts of vigorous exercise broken up with periods of rest—can boost oxygen uptake, increase training volume and shed body fat, according to a 2010 University of Oklahoma study reviewed in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

A solid supplement starter pack for overall health should include a good fish oil, plenty of vitamin D...

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