How To Make Your Own Supplements
We’ve all seen the ads for the big supplement companies where the guys and gals in lab coats seem to be working on a top secret formula that will be the next big thing. Complex formulas and images on the label make it just about impossible for anyone to understand. I’m not going to point out any one company (Muscle Tech...) But it’s gotten to the point where it’s damn near impossible to sift through all the chemistry lingo listed on the labels.
Just what exactly are we taking?
Not only that, but given the cost of current day sports supplements, it can cost hundreds of dollars each month to put together a simple supplement schedule. A simple schedule can cost upwards of $200 per month and that’s for a basic schedule. I personally know guys who take $400 to $500 dollars worth of supplements each and every month. That’s half a months rent for most of us!
Yet each and every month we shell out our hard earned cash to the supplement retailers in the hopes of stumbling on that one magic supplement. It's that one supplement that will help add those elusive inches to our upper arms and chest. We’ve all been there, including yours truly, and I’m ashamed to say it, but I’ve spent thousands of dollars in the hopes of finding that one formula that will help build slabs of hard, dense muscle mass.
Now, I’m not against using supplements, in fact, I believe in the good ones and have come to use them. What I am against, is relying on supplements as the “magic pill” to replace hard work and proper nutrition. I’ve spent a lot of time and money sifting through sports supplements and I've found a few that work and I do use them. However, I’m very sparse when it comes to using supplement and have found that “a little goes a long way”.
Ok, so what’s one to do when it comes to sports supplements? Well, one way to go is to make your own supplements. If your thinking that making your own supplements is way too hard and confusing to do, you may want to think again.
I guess its understandable because to a lot of us, making your own sports supplements may seem like an impossible task and at the very least, a confusing one. When one thinks of supplement development and manufacturing, huge labs and manufacturing plants immediately comes to mind where large scale development in industrial parks is the norm. A place where bio chemistry PHD’s walk around in huge labs, wearing lab coats and testing chemical concoctions in test tubes, beakers, and flasks.
Well, I got news for you. Most supplement companies don’t operate in this fashion and you’d be very surprised to find out how the supplements are manufactured. In fact, what if I told you that you could make most of your favourite supplements in your kitchen, with no fancy tools at a fraction of the retail price. Yep, its true.
Now why would you want to make your own supplements in your kitchen? I’ll tell you right now, its actually very simple to do. I’ve personally done it and all you need is a place to make the supplements, some basic tools and some raw ingredients. Your also going to need a recipe but fortunately, you can get most of these online for free. Depending on what you want to make, you can generally get most of the tools and ingredients online.
Now, you may be thinking, is it actually worth it to make your own supplements? This all depends on your situation. If you have the money to spend and couldn’t be bothered to make your own supplements, than probably not. But, if you have a limited budget and want to try something a little different, you may want to investigate this a little further. There are some upsides to making your own supplements. First, the cost of retail supplements is through the roof. As I mentioned before, a simple supplement schedule can cost $200 per month. By making your own supplements, you can get a “copy” of the real supplement at a fraction of the price.
Secondly, you have the freedom to customize your supplements according to your body type, weight, age, activity levels, and goals. Why would you want to customize your own supplements? Each of use is made differently and because of this, we will respond differently to varying types of foods, exercise, and supplements. What works for one person will not necessarily work for another.
As it stands now, most supplements are a “one size fits all”designed to try and meet everyone’s needs. The truth of it is that the results will vary from person to person depending on body chemistry. Take someone who weights 125 pounds and someone who weights 225 pounds. All things being equal, each will require different amounts of active supplement ingredients and will react differently to those ingredients. This is one of the main reasons that I started to make my own supplements. I can now customize my supplement schedule that matches:
• My body weight;
Personally, my needs will be very different than someone who weights 130 pounds (I weight 240 pounds). Serving size and portions is critical and will vary from person to person.
Lets go back to cost. As I mentioned before, cost is one of the major reasons for making your own supplements. Let’s do a quick cost comparison between buying a popular muscle building supplement, Muscle Tech’s Leukic and making the exact same supplement in your home.
The retail price for Leukic is around $69.00 for a one month supply. The active ingredient in Leukic is the branch chain amino acid Leucine. The ancillary ingredients are alpha-ketoisocaproic acid and calcium. Alpha-ketoisocaproic acid has been billed as an “Anti Catabolic” agent that inhibits muscle loss and increase energy production. However, there is no scientific proof that it works. Really, Leukic is simply leucine powder.
A quick search over at www.1fast400.com and you can buy a one month supply of Leucine for just under $19.00. This is basically the same leucine powder but a lot cheaper, 50 bucks cheaper to be exact.
Let’s do another comparison between Muscle Tech’s popular supplement, Gakic and your own “Knock off” brand. Gakic is basically made up of L-glycine (7 grams per serving) and L-arginine (4 grams per serving). For a one month supply, Gakic costs approximately $60.00 CAN.
A quick check over at http://purebulk.com reveals the following costs:
• L-glycine - 7 grams per serving for a 35 day supply: $12.00
Total cost for a one month supply is $23.00. Total difference between the two is $37.00.
MRI’s “Black Powder” goes for about $85 CAN. The active ingredients are:
• Arginine a-ketoglutarate (AAKG) - 30 day supply
A quick check over at http://purebulk.com reveals the following costs:
• Arginine a-ketoglutarate (AAKG) - 33 day supply $10
Total cost is $20 for a 30 day supply. Difference between the brand MRI label and your own knock off supplement is $65.00. Let’s see, a 3 month supply of MRI Black Powder will cost you $255 and the knock off will cost you $60!!
I think you can see there is quite a price difference between buying brand name supplements and making your own. Are they the exact same supplement? No, they’re not. Do they taste the same? Close but not exactly. However, they contain the exact same ingredients and do the same thing, and this is the most important element. The only difference is the price.
Ok, so how do you make your own sports supplements?
The first thing you have to do is ask yourself what it is you want to make. Are you interested in making:
• Energy/Pre Workout Aids;
You can generally get a half decent supplement recipe online. If you want to make a knock off of BSN’s NO Xplode, simply type in “how to make no xplode” and you’ll find a pretty good recipe or two. However, you may also want to get Jeff Anderson’s book “Home Made Supplements Secrets”. It’s got over 27 supplement recipe knock off’s from some the following brands:
• Muscle Milk by Cytosport;
There’s a bunch more recipes that you can choose from. I’ve purchased his book for $27 and it’s a fantastic resource. The recipe knock offs are dead on and come pretty close to the original. Jeff also has a list of bulk supplement suppliers as well as where to look for the ingredients. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars using his book and have customized some of his recipes to match my own. I highly suggest you take a look at his book. Check it out here.
Once you know what it is you want to make and have the necessary recipe, you need to ask yourself what it is you need in order to make your supplement / s. This will involve the raw ingredients and necessary tools needed to complete the job. You can generally find the raw ingredients at bulk supplement stores. I generally use a couple of online stores that have unbeatable prices and delivery times. These companies will have most of the ingredients for your home made supplements. These companies are:
• www.myprotein.co.uk (If you live in the UK)
Remember, these companies offer bulk supplement ingredients at discount supplements so the packaging is bare bones but the quality is great. For example, at purebulk.com you can get an 80 serving supply of Creatine Ethyl Ester for 10 bucks!! Or how about an 80 day serving of Creatine Gluconate (Main ingredient in Gaspari’s Size On) for only 9 bucks!! You simply can’t beat the prices.
Once you know the types of ingredients you need to make your supplement /s, you need the necessary tools to make your recipe. Now, you may have to dish out some cash for the tools but remember, this is a one time cost and over the long term, you will save a lot of money. Who knows, you probably have some of these tools in your kitchen. Here’s a sample of what you may need:
• Measuring spoons - Needed to measure the amount of ingredient needed. Nothing too fancy here and you can generally find this item at Walmarts or grocery store.
• Measuring cups - Needed to measure the correct amount of ingredients. You can either go with plastic or glass cups. I personally prefer the glass measuring cups because you can see the amount of ingredient. You can find this item at Walmarts or grocery store
• Hand sifter - Needed to evenly mix up your ingredients. There are a variety of sizes and I personally prefer the smaller sizes. You can generally find a hand sifter at Walmart or grocery store.
• Wire whisk - This item is used to mix up all your ingredients evenly.
• Funnels - Needed to fill up your containers. This is needed so you don’t make a huge mess trying to get your supplement powders in the containers.
• Small tupperware / plastic containers or zip lock bags - The tupperware can be used as supplement containers or “on the go” supplement storage. Now, you can use larger tupperware for supplement storage, provided they are air tight. I personally use old protein powder containers as my supplement storage. I also use small zip lock bags for individual servings and store them in tupperware containers.
• Small blender - Nothing fancy here. A small, cheap blender is all that’s needed to mix up your drinks.
• Drink containers/Shaker bottle - These are used for storing your “ready made drinks”. You can get these at the same place you find your tupperware containers. Just look for a drink container with a screw on lid.
• Simple food scale - This item is used to weight your supplement ingredients. You can find this item at any kitchen and home store. You can also find this item at any Walmart.
These are just some of the tools you will need to make a knock off supplement such as a protein powder or meal replacement. Alright, let’s move on to making a knock off supplement.
Let’s try making BSN’s Cell Mass. Cell Mass is a very popular post workout supplement that has taken the fitness world by storm. It’s a flagship product of the BSN empire and is one of their best sellers (Other than NO Xplode). Cell Mass is marketed as “Post-workout and nighttime mass, recovery and performance activator.” and “A proprietary blend of four advanced creatine analogs designed to increase creatine transport, uptake and effectiveness, leading to accelerated muscle recovery and hydrogen ion buffering”.
Cell Mass is supposed to saturate muscles with creatine, that was lost during intense training, as quickly as possible after training. This supplement is best taken immediately after your workout and results can be seen after one week.
The active ingredients in Cell Mass are:
• Creatine Ethyl Ester Malate 4.2 grams per serving
The cost for a one month supply of Cell Mass is about $65.00 CAN (GNC).We’re going make a knock off of Cell Mass but in a much cheaper manner. Here’s what were going to use and where to get the ingredients:
• Creatine Ethyl Ester 4 grams per serving
You can get this ingredient at: http://purebulk.com/creatine-ethyl-ester-hcl-cee for about $11 for a 60 day supply.
• Glutamine AKG 2 grams per serving
You can get this ingredient at: http://purebulk.com/l-glutamine-alpha-ketoglutarate for about $10 for a 50 day supply.
• Cinnamon Extract 300 to 500 mgs per serving
You can get this ingredient at: http://purebulk.com/cinnamon-bark-powder-extract for about $12 for a hundred day supply.
• Maltodextrin 8 to 10 g per serving
This ingredient can be purchased at your local bulk health food store. If you don’t have access to a bulk food store, you can by it online at:
The cost is about $4.00 for a one pound bag. At 10 grams per serving, this close to a 50 day supply.
• Potassium Bi Carbonate 400 to 500 mgs per serving
You can find this ingredient at the following online store:
Simply search for potassium and you will be taken to the correct page. The cost is about $6.00 for a two month supply.
• Packs of Kool Aid - This is added for taste.
I personally make individual packs so I know exactly how much of each ingredient I’m consuming and plus, it’s a little more convenient. This takes a little more time but it will allow you to play around with the taste until you get it just right. I’ll be honest with you, it may take a few tries until you get the texture and taste to match that of your own preference. The first few tries are probably going to be tests so be prepared to play around with the recipe. This way, you don’t make a big batch and find out it tastes horrible (Which I did the first time).
You can measure each ingredient either by measuring spoon or weight scale. I personally prefer a weight scale but if you don’t have one, you can use the following guidelines for a single serving:
• 4 grams or 3/4 teaspoon of creatine ethyl ester
• 2 grams or ½ teaspoon of glutamine
• 300 to 500 milligrams of cinnamon extract
• 8 to 10 grams or 2 teaspoons of maltodextrin
• 300 to 500 milligrams of potassium bicarbonate
• Kool Aid as flavouring (As needed)
With the exception of the Kool Aid, add each of the ingredients to a medium sized bowl and mix thoroughly with a wire whisk. Once completely mixed, add a tablespoon of Kool Aid. At this point, you will want to “test” your mixture and see if the taste is suitable. Using a funnel, pour the mixture into a shaker bottle and add about 8 to 12 ounces of water. Shake for about 25 seconds.
Taste and make sure it’s to your liking. Simply note the amount of Kool Aid that was added and make more. I usually make another 20 or so servings and store them in small zip lock bags, putting all the bags in a small box.
Congratulations, you’ve just made your very own Cell Mass knock off drink. I’ll be honest with you, it’s not going to taste exactly the same as Cell Mass but your going to save money in the long run. You can generally get a two month supply for half the normal cost of a one month supply of the real Cell Mass.
Once you get the hang of making your own Cell Mass, you may want to look into making other supplements such as a meal replacement. You can generally find half decent “knock off” recipes online. However, I highly recommend you purchase Jeff Anderson’s E-book called “Home Made Supplement Secrets”. Jeff has about 27 knock off recipes from some of the following brands:
There’s a bunch more. Jeff also breaks the supplements down into 8 categories as follows:
• Energy/Pre Workout Aids;
I’ve purchased the book and am very pleased with the recipes. I’ve made pre and post workout drinks, meal replacements, and my own special mass building blends. If you want to save a bundle on supplements, try making your own - You will never look at retail brands the same way. There are the supplement recipes as well as insider secrets that include what you need to make the supplements including step by step instructions. You also get his personal supplement suppliers list.
I’ve actually written a review about the book and you can read it at the following address:
The cost for the book is about $27 and it’s an instant download. Click here to buy the book.
Good luck and all the best,
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