I'm going to share a secret with every one. Sunflower seeds... It's the Ancient Macedonian "pre-workout and intra-workout" of choice. Then just eat a nice piece of meat post-workout.. And watch as the gains commence!
I see so many people downing these chemical filled pre-workouts and intra-workout drinks in the gym. All they mostly are is just caffeine and then they're filled with other bunk junk and fillers. You should only be drinking water. And if you want, eating sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds do not fill up your stomach before or during a workout so they are nice to consume, you can even have them throughout the day, and they give so many benefits it's ridiculous.
You can't walk the streets of Macedonia or Greece without seeing sunflower seeds for sale. And not because they are tasty, ice-cream is tasty. No, because they've always been regarded as a very beneficial for centuries, and with good reason.
As you're working out you're sweating, and breaking down the muscles fibers and molecules in your body. Sunflower seeds contain poly-phenol compounds such as chlorogenic acid, quinic acid, and caffeic acids. These compounds are natural anti-oxidants, which help remove harmful oxidant molecules from the body.
Sunflower seeds are a very rich source of vitamin E; contain about 35.17 g per100 g (about 234% of RDA). Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
Sunflower seeds are one of the finest sources of B-complex vitamins. About 8.35 mg or 52% of daily-required levels of niacin is provided by just 100 g of seeds. Niacin helps reduce LDL-cholesterol levels in the blood. In addition, it enhances GABA(γ-Aminobutyric acid, the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system) activity inside the brain, which in turn helps reduce anxiety and neurosis. GABA is also directly responsible for the regulation of muscle tone. So you're going to get that strong focus and increased mind to muscle connection that you need when working out to get better results.
The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sunflower seeds. Many of these minerals play a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme secretion, hormone production, as well as in the regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities. In layman's terms, they help make sure your bones stay healthy. Help you get a better pump of blood to your muscles along with more enzymes to feed your muscles, and a better hormone production to increase a natural growth response.
So get rid of the bunk pre-workouts and the intra-workouts that are filled with unnecessary chemicals. Don't fall to marketing schemes of the supplement industry. Have some sunflower seeds and water. And blast those workouts as hard as you can. And let's get results!