Although we're a nutrition coaching and certification company, we get a lot of questions about supplements. So, on this page, we'll outline some of our favorites.
First things first: it's important to know that we don't sell supplements here at Precision Nutrition.
However, since a great deal of our time is spent answering questions about them, we created this resource to help you locate some brands we've had success with.
And for more information about how to purchase these supplements, please contact the manufacturer or distributor directly by clicking any of the links below.
We use the products below with our clients and don’t hesitate to say that they come from reputable companies and taste great. If you’re going to use a protein supplement, 40g/day is a good amount while 80g/day should represent an upper limit of supplemental protein intake. Of course, protein supplements should never be used as one’s exclusive protein source.
|Low Carb by BioTRUST
This is an all-natural, hormone-free, milk protein blend that tastes really good. It's one of our favorites.
|proteins+ by Genuine Health
An excellent, high quality whey isolate protein supplement with digestive enzymes and no artificial ingredients, from Canada's most trusted nutritional supplement company.
|Vegan proteins+ by Genuine Health
Another excellent protein blend from Genuine Health. Contains 5 veggie protein sources, 8 essential amino acids, vitamins & minerals, and no animal products whatsoever.
While greens can't replace a diet sufficient in vegetables, the blend of antioxidants, enzymes, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals in these products can be extremely helpful. Adding a serving of greens to every protein shake you drink is a good strategy. Further, when on the road, greens can really come in handy.
|greens+ by Genuine Health
The best, most research proven greens product on the market today.
If exercise performance is important to you, workout supplements can help by providing amino acids, carbohydrates, and/or other ingredients – during the workout itself – to enhance blood flow, to boost oxygen delivery to working muscles, and to kick-start recovery.
Activfuel+ (whey protein) by Genuine Health
Our favorite whey-based workout supplement, containing protein and carbs, as well as other exercise enhancing ingredients: taurine, coconut water, creatine, rhodiola, and appleboost. Comes either caffeinated or caffeine-free.
|Activfuel+ (plant-based) by Genuine Health
Our favorite plant-based workout supplement, containing protein and carbs, as well as other exercise enhancing ingredients: taurine, coconut water, creatine, rhodiola, and appleboost. Comes either caffeinated or caffeine-free.
|Fast Recovery BCAA + Creatine
This is our favorite BCAA product in powdered form. As a bonus, it contains creatine too. Great for when following a lower-carbohydrate diet or when extra carbohydrates aren't required during or after training.
|BCAA Matrix by BioTRUST
This is our favorite BCAA product in capsule form. Great for when following a lower-carbohydrate diet or when extra carbohydrates aren't required during or after training.
While strength and endurance training and competition promote a host of physiological benefits, both types of exercise stress the body. Fortunately, the body is designed to respond to this stress by providing a short post exercise period designed for recovery. Well designed post-exercise carbohydrate – protein supplements can help both support training as well as accelerate this recovery process.
|Surge Recovery Fuel by Biotest
This is a carbohydrate + protein recovery product Dr Berardi designed based on the most recent research and on his own dissertation work.
|ActivRecover+ (whey protein) by Genuine Health
An excellent whey-based recovery product containing fast-digesting protein and carbs, and as other unique ingredients: tart cherry and lemon verbena extracts. Free of artificial colors, sweeteners, or flavors.
|ActivRecover+ (plant-based) by Genuine Health
An excellent plant-based recovery product containing fast-digesting protein and carbs, and as other unique ingredients: tart cherry and lemon verbena extracts. Free of artificial colors, sweeteners, or flavors.
We believe continual, low dose, creatine supplementation is essential for good health as well as athletic performance. While creatine has been discussed in the athletic context quite extensively, it has some amazing regenerative effects on all tissues of the body including brain. 3-5g per day is recommended.
|Creatine by Biotest
Top-notch creatine from Biotest. The highest purity of creatine available.
Fish oil supplements
Fish oil is rich in DHA and EPA, two powerful fats responsible for things like: increased metabolic rate, improved fat burning, and reducing our risk for a host of diseases (cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes). For coaching clients, we generally recommend 1g of total fish oil per % body fat for 2 weeks. Then we have them cut back to ½ g total fish oil per % body fat.
|o3mega by Genuine Health
Our favorite liquid fish oil product that contains the best source of EPA and DHA; we prefer liquid as it's easier to get higher doses of fish oil in liquid form vs. capsules.
|Flameout by Biotest
Flameout is an encapsulated fish oil supplement designed for men; it has a high percentage of DHA relative to EPA and includes CLA as well.
Multi-vitamin supplements have been endorsed by the most respected medical organizations in the world for their ability to help reduce the risk of nutrient deficiency. Excessive vitamin supplementation isn't necessary. However, having a daily multi very well might be.
|multi+ complete by Genuine Health
multi+ is a convenient daily multi-vitamin with a full array of high quality and easy-to-absorb vitamins and minerals.
|activ-X by Platinum Naturals
active X for men and for women is a high quality daily multi-vitamin product that also represents the only multi-vitamin in Canada certified safe for sport by the rigorous NSF program.
Probiotic and digestive enzyme supplements
Probiotics and digestive enzymes act as a powerful one-two punch for folks with digestive complaints and inadequate gut health. (Note: if you haven't been exercising regularly or paying attention to good nutrition, then that's probably you).
|Pro-X10 by BioTRUST
Pro-X10 is an advanced probiotic formula that helps reduce bowel inflammation, promote regularity, boost immune health, and restore a healthy intestinal lining.
|liveprobio+ o3mega by Genuine Health
liveprobio+ o3mega provides an excellent combination of a research-proven, shelf, gut and temperature stable probiotics. It's synergistic, symbiotic, stable, and effective.
|AbsorbMax by BioTRUST
The AbsorbMax digestive enzyme formula supports nutrient breakdown and absorption, boosts digestive and immune health, and combats food intolerances.
Please keep in mind that we have nothing to do with the ordering, shipping or delivery of these items.
If you're looking for product-specific information or information about ordering these products, please contact the manufacturers or distributors directly by clicking any of the links above.
A few notes
Your favorite supplements or brands might not be on the list.
It’s inevitable that among the thousands of supplements and hundreds of companies that make each one, our lists may not overlap. Don’t send us hate mail. This article is not an indictment of your favorite brand. Rather this is our preferred list of supplements and manufacturers, a list of supplements that we’ve personally had success with.
We’ve chosen these because we like the ingredient lists, we like the quality control, and we like the prices. There could be other products out there that meet our standards that we simply haven’t used. Besides, it'd be impossible to review every single product on the market.
This list represents the supplements we MAY use in certain circumstances.
It's important to know that each supplement or grouping is used for specific circumstances. In other words, few of our clients will ever be on all of them at once! So don’t think that we’re suggesting you should be taking all of these. Rather, this is a list of supplements that we draw from when considering what one of our clients might need.
If a supplement category isn’t on the list, we probably only use them in special situations.
For example, we do recommend some sports supplements - like glutamine, beta alanine, or HMB - for some of our athletes in specific situations. However, these are needs-based and that's why they're not listed here.
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