The Top 3 Best Muscle Building Supplements

by Primeval Labs on May 24, 2019

Building muscle is a relatively straightforward process. To build muscle, all you need to do is:

  • Consume a sufficient amount of protein

  • Eat a small surplus of calories

  • Lift heavy weights a few times a week

But, if you were like most people when you started training regularly, you invested a mini-fortune on all kinds of supplements, especially ones touted as “muscle builders”, under the guise that they were the secret to making gains.

Unfortunately, you were told a big sack of lies.

Diet, training and sleep have a far greater impact on your ability to build muscle as quickly as possible than any supplement claiming to be a “natural muscle builder” ever could hope.

Now, don’t get us wrong, supplements can (and do) work for improving performance, recovery, and muscle growth. It’s just that the vast majority of the products advertised as “muscle builders” do absolutely jack squat.

Ahead, we’re going to tell you the top 3 best supplements to help build muscle.

Let’s get right to it! 

 

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Top 3 Best Supplements to Build Muscle

Creatine

No surprise here.

If there is one and only one supplement you could buy to help build more muscle as fast as possible, it’s creatine. Period. End of story.

Simply put, creatine is the most well-researched molecule in all of sports nutrition with hundreds upon hundreds of studies documenting its safety and efficacy[37] across a wide range of populations (including children and the elderly).

Various studies have clearly shown that creatine supplements help: 

  • Build muscle faster[33]

  • Enhance strength[34]

  • Improve anaerobic exercise performance[35]

  • Boost muscle recovery[36]

So, what is creatine and what does it do exactly?

Well, creatine is a chemical produced in the body and found in foods such as red meat, fish, and eggs. It is composed of the amino acids L-arginine, glycine, and L-methionine, and can be found in just about every cell of your body, where it acts as an energy “backup” of sorts.[38,39]

Supplementing with creatine increases the amount of creatine stored in your muscles.[40]

This, in turn, increases the amount of readily available energy in your muscle cells, and as you would expect, with greater energy, comes greater performance, endurance, strength, and power.

Essentially, creatine helps you lift more weight for more reps with greater recovery. This culminates in better workouts, bigger gains, and more muscle growth.

But, that’s not all.

Creatine also acts as an osmolyte, meaning it increases the amount of water your muscles store.[41] This cell-saturating effect helps improve hydration, stamina, and muscle fullness as well as influencing several factors that impact hypertrophy, including gene expression and nitrogen balance.[42]

Some other research also indicates creatine may exert anti-catabolic effects in the body.[43]

As you know muscle growth comes down to increasing protein synthesis and limiting protein breakdown. So, anything that boots the amount of protein built, or reduces the amount of protein broken down helps build muscle. 

With creatine, you get the best of both worlds along with greater performance. Due to the myriad of benefits creatine offers, we’ve included the full 5 gram serving of creatine in every serving of Prim-ATP.


Prim-ATP is an all-natural muscle builder supplying 5g creating anhydrous and 150mg elevATP to support energy production and performance.

Whey Protein

Chances are when you started training regularly, you were told that protein powder was essential to building muscle.

Well, we hate to break it to you, but protein powder is NOT essential for muscle growth -- consuming enough protein each day is though, and you can get all the protein needed to build muscle from whole food.

But, getting all of your protein from whole food sources (beef, chicken, pork) isn’t always easy, especially if you’re someone who suffers from a poor or low appetite or limited on time.

In these cases, protein powder can be a godsend, as it provides a quick, easy, and delicious way to ensure you get in enough protein each and every day, no matter how short on time you are or how bad of a cook you may be.

Protein powder is also extremely affordable when you factor its price per gram of protein. It’s also low in carbs and fats, which means it can be worked into any meal plan (this becomes increasingly more important when dieting and trying to lose stubborn belly fat).

Thus, it comes as no surprise that people who like to work out regularly use protein powder daily.

Now, there are a lot of options from which to choose when trying to find the “best” protein powder, but the one we’re partial to, hear at Primeval Labs, is whey protein isolate.

We’ve expounded on why whey protein isolate is superior before, but to briefly recap:

Whey protein isolate contains a minimum 90% protein by mass,[44] which is considerably more than whey concentrate given the fact that whey protein concentrate isn’t standardized. In fact, it can vary anywhere from 35-80% protein by mass.

 And to make matter worse, supplement companies and manufacturers aren’t required to list which grade of whey concentrate they include in the protein powder.

By choosing a whey isolate protein, such as Primeval Labs ISOLIT, you’re guaranteed to get a high amount of protein in each serving, without wasting a bunch of unnecessary calories on carbohydrates, lactose or milk fat.

Another reason to consider whey protein isolate as your go-to protein powder is that it is rapid digesting, easy on the stomach, and high in leucine -- the “anabolic” trigger that ignites protein synthesis.

While there may be nothing “magical” about protein powder, it is cost-effective, high in protein, easy to prepare/clean, and requires no refrigeration. And, if you choose ISOLIT as your protein powder of choice, you’re guaranteed to have the best tasting whey protein powder on the market, bar none.

Primeval Labs ISOLIT contains 25 grams of high-quality whey protein isolate in every serving.

Phosphatidic Acid

By now, you know that leucine is important not only for its anti-catabolic properties, but also its ability to stimulate mTOR and drive muscle protein synthesis. Supplementing with EAAs and whey protein provides two ways to get enough leucine to activate mTOR.

But, leucine isn’t the only thing that stimulates mTOR. Yes, isoleucine can stimulate it somewhat, but, there’s yet another way to activate the muscle-building pathways of the body -- phosphatidic acid.

What is Phosphatidic Acid?

One of the newer compounds on the market, phosphatidic acid is an all-natural phospholipid produced in your body during high-intensity exercise, especially eccentric training.

What is a phospholipid?

A phospholipid is a compound comprised of a molecule of glycerol bonded to two fatty acids and a single phosphate group. Phospholipids function as important signaling messengers inside of the cell. And, they also help make up cell membranes.

In fact, the membranes of your muscle cells as well as the organelles inside those cells (i.e. ribosome, mitochondria, etc.) contain phospholipids.

What does any of this have to do with building muscle?

Well, when you lift heavy weights, muscle fibers become damaged. In response to this damage, an enzyme known as phospholipase D generates phosphatidic acid, which signals to your muscles that it’s time to “batten down the hatches”, fortify, and grow.

When phospholipase D is released, it is broken down into phosphatidylcholine (another vital component of cells) into choline and phosphatidic acid.

Researchers who devote their careers to studying cellular biology and physiology discovered that phosphatidic acid leads to muscle growth by directly activating mTOR![45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52]

In other words, phosphatidic acid is to fatty acids (lipids) what leucine is to protein -- an anabolic trigger that sparks protein synthesis and muscle growth. 

Upon discovering this sports scientists set out to determine if supplementing with phosphatidic acid could stimulate mTOR, and indeed it does!

In fact, several clinical trials conducted in resistance-trained humans has demonstrated that supplementing with phosphatidic acid leads to significant increases in strength, muscle mass, and recovery.[53,54,55]

There’s also some evidence to suggest that phosphatidic may also help with fat loss and body recomposition, too.

How much phosphatidic acid do you need to take?

Based on the research, an individual needs to supplement with 750mg phosphatidic acid to obtain the benefits outlined in the research.

Now, it’s important to note that not all forms of phosphatidic acid supplements are created equal. In fact, some are just downright awful when it comes to quality.

That’s why we recommend sticking with Mediator Phosphatidic Acid. It’s the only form backed by several clinical trials denoting improvements in lean mass, strength, and body composition.

Mediator phosphatidic acid is derived from soy, which has been found in research to lead to the greatest increases in mTOR signaling.[54]

The Truth About the Best Muscle Building Supplements

Supplements are not repsonsible for building muscle. Even the best muscle building supplements won’t do a lick of good if you’re diet, training, and sleep aren’t in order. 

That being said, if you already train consistently (utilizing the principles of progressive overload), consume enough protein, and eat a small surplus of calories, but want to further enhance your results, muscle building supplements can help.

The list of effective supplements (backed by human research) is limited, but there certainly are ones that work and may help you build muscle faster. After you’ve got all your bases covered (diet, training, and sleep), then consider trying any or all of the best muscle building supplements outlined above!

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