Vegan athletes get a bad rap from some carnivores who believe that you can only grow muscle if you consume dairy products and meat. But there is a small but growing category of specially formulated vegan products that can be just as beneficial for performance and adding muscle mass as whey. When you want a vegan product to boost your performance at the gym, look for supplements with the following ingredients:
Green Tea: Packed with powerful antioxidants that help improve immune function, green tea is also a natural source of caffeine, which of course stimulates the central nervous system, increasing mental focus, muscle strength and endurance. Green tea also helps boost fat burning and aids muscle and joint recovery,
Rhodiola Rosea: Proven to improve mood and physical and mental performance, Rhodiola helps dilate blood vessels, allowing greater blood flow to muscles for better workouts. Rhodiola helps boost testosterone, growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor-1, dopamine and thyroid hormone levels. It also can blunt the catabolic hormone cortisol.
Ginseng: A powerful adaptogen, ginseng strengthens the immune system and helps reduce stress and cortisol levels. Taking it before workouts will allow you to push your body further by delaying muscle fatigue. Ginseng also helps reduce recovery time, making your next training session better, too.
Coconut Oil: Prized as a source of medium-chain triglycerides, which are healthy fats that are used by the body as an energy source and it not readily stored as body fat, coconut oil boosts metabolic rate, immune function and muscle recovery.
All-in-One: Vega Sport Performance Optimizer contains all these ingredients in efficacious doses.