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A Starter Guide To Bulk Supplements

February 17, 2011 by dan

If you buy prepared supplements you know that they can be expensive. Your best option is to buy bulk supplements and mix them yourself. Unless you want to spend hours reading through supplement forums and websites you may not know how to get started. That’s where this guide comes in. We’ll show you the tools and basic info you need to get started and save Sports money.

Measure, Measure, Measure

Kitchen scale, electronic, household scale

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Before you start using bulk supplements you’ll need to buy the tools needed to properly measure everything. Some of these you may already have in your kitchen, some you’ll need to buy.

Supplements are generally measured by weight, not volume. The most important tool you need is a good, accurate scale. Depending on what you plan on measuring you’ll need one that’s accurate to at least 1 gram, but 0.1 gram accuracy is preferable. When you start measuring small increments of bulk supplements 1g accuracy just won’t cut it. A 1g accurate scale will cost $5-30, with a 0.1g scale only a little more at $10-50.

While the majority of your measurements will be in weight you’ll still want standard kitchen volume measurement tools. Measuring spoons in 1/2 increments and a liquid measuring cup with 1/4 cup increments or less are a good start. If you purchase powdered premixed supplements make sure you keep the scoops. They will indicate the volume at the bottom in cubic centimeters (cc) and can be used to scoop out your DIY supplement cheap jerseys mixes. Common sizes included with protein powder range from 60-70cc. Common smaller scoops wholesale jerseys China range from 15-25cc.

Encapsulate!

A lot of supplements taste horrible, like month-old rotten fish covered in dirt. You’ll want to put these bulk supplements into capsules so you don’t have to taste them. Capsules are also great for convenience. You won’t have to measure out your powders every time you want to use them. Encapsulating bulk supplements is easy but time consuming. It doesn’t make sense for supplements which are taken in larger volume than is practical, like creatine. 5g of creatine would take 5-10 capsules.

The empty capsules most often used for supplements come in sizes 0 and 00, with the most common being the larger 00. A 00 capsule will generally hold 450-800mg, depending on the product’s density. You’ll need a capsule filler to hold the empty capsules upright while you fill them. The most common is the Cap-M-Quik filler, which will run about $15 alone or $35-45 as a kit. When you’re done the top drops down to allow you to close the capsules. You’ll also want to spend a little extra for a tamper to pack as much as possible into the empty capsules. Without a tamper you won’t be able to pack in enough product.

Storage

Storing your bulk supplements properly will prevent them from going bad and make them easier to use. Most bulk supplements will last for years when stored in a cool, dry place in a sealed container. The main enemy is water. Once water creeps in mold and bacteria can grow. Many supplements are hygroscopic. They will pull in water from the atmosphere. This will result in clumping and in the worst cases will turn the powder into a near solid brick, making it unusable. Often supplement companies will add a “do not eat” silica packet to their products to prevent this problem. You can save silica packets from other supplements you have purchased or buy them in bulk. Just remember that eventually they will become saturated and will no longer work.

Get Shopping

While using bulk supplements requires an upfront investment in tools and products it easily pays for itself. You’ll save 20-50% and get exactly what cheap jerseys you want without junk fillers. Buy the items stores you need and get started today!

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  • Knk-out-kng

    Do you have recipies for supplent mixes?