The Best Supplements for Teenagers!

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There is an ever-growing trend among teenagers today when it comes to supplements. I get so questions from thousands of teenagers all the time, asking what supplements they should be taking and how they can either bulk up or gain an edge. Teenagers are wanting to change their bodies or get an advantage on the field.

Because I do have so many teenagers that follow me, I want to try and give some advice to make sure that they stay healthy.

One example would be a young kid, only 15 years old, who reached out to me for advice. This kid was on 7 different things, such as a mass gainer, BCAAs, fat burner, glutamine, L-carnitine, and casein. It is teens like this that make me feel like I need to reach out and give my opinion on teenagers and supplements, kids who are 14, 15, and 16 years old, who are trying to take anything and everything there is out there.

The great thing about these teens is they are heading towards the right path, meaning they are concerned with exercise and nutrition, but perhaps have been misguided and could actually be doing more harm to themselves than good.

SHOULD TEENS TAKE SUPPLEMENTS?

If you are a teenager and you are taking supplements, my advice is to stop taking everything under the sun. At this point, you are just too young.

I am in the supplement business and I make a living off of selling supplements, but I will be the first one to tell you not to buy them if it could be harmful or unnecessary. If you are a teen who is 15, you are too young to be concerned with taking protein, BCAAs, and other supplements. You simply do not need them. I would rather not sell my product than to sell it to someone who doesn’t need it or will end up doing more harm than good.

I do not believe that at 15 years old, you need to be taking supplements, and certainly not a mass gainer.

Instead, what you should be doing is spending your parent’s money on whole foods. This means food that you can get as close to nature as possible.

If you want to put on mass and start to bulk up, then eat. Eat meat, potatoes, and vegetables. Have your parents go out and buy groceries, and eat as much as you can. The go to the gym and train.

I understand what it is like to be young. Society is pulling you in so many different directions, telling you to need to be a specific way and do specific things to get there. I understand the type of lifestyle you see on social media, but you are doing more harm than good. Don’t try and go too fast.

Until you are 18, you should be taking minimal supplements and by that. Too often, and one of the reasons trying to supplement can be so dangerous as a teen, is so many try to do meal replacements. You should never try to replace a meal with supplement. There is no such thing as a meal replacement. If this is what you are doing, then your diet isn’t dialed in, to begin with.

If your diet isn’t dialed in, you have absolutely no business trying to take a supplement. It defeats the entire purpose.

My advice to any teenager out there trying to use all these supplements is to slow down and just enjoy your journey. Be present. Be excited to get to the gym and train hard. Eat your parent’s food for as long as you can.

As someone in their 30’s, I wish I had mom and dad’s money to eat as much as I wanted. Start there and bust your butt until you are about 17 or 18 years old, then you can begin to look for various supplements. Then use these supplements in conjunction with your whole food diet.

Don’t reach for everything out there just because you saw it in a magazine or your favorite bodybuilder told you to take it. These people have been doing this for a lot longer and are in an entirely different place in their journey than you are.

The reason I created my supplements was to fill a gap because I know what kind of garbage is out there. For me, it is about getting the young guys, and I am not talking about the teens who are 14 and 15 years old, but those who are 18, 19, and 20-year-olds, who take protein with a laundry list of ingredients in them, including artificial flavors and sweeteners.

If you are in the age group where you can start considering supplements, such as a Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate and BCAAs, then that is what I am here for. I am here to make sure you are on the cleanest supplements you can be so you can stay healthy.

It is my job to help educate and bring awareness to others. That means telling you when you shouldn’t supplement and how to supplement once you are ready. I hope this advice serves you. If you found this useful, as a teenager or adult, please let us know.

Also, if you are of age and are considering taking a supplement like a BCAA, check out our blog on our Top 6 Benefits of BCAAs and the Optimal Time to Drink Them. 

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