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Recovery Protein Supplements

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About Recovery Protein Supplements

This range of Recovery Protein options delivers more than just protein. These powders are typically blends of carbohydrates and proteins, with the emphasis on the former. The carbohydrate portion is helpful for replenishing the glycogen stores that can become quite heavily depleted during aerobic exercise, particularly long-duration. In fact, glycogen, composed of long chains of glucose, is the preferred fuel source of the body. The protein portion contained within Recovery Proteins provides important essential amino acids, which are required to heal and rebuild soft tissues and muscle tissue. Endurance exercise creates less muscle damage than shorter-duration higher-intensity forms of exercise, such as weight-lifting. Therefore, the protein demands created by aerobic exercise are a great deal less. 

 

Endurance athletes power through muscle glycogen as a major fuel source, which is used for glycolysis, and the generation of ATP or energy. In addition, beta-oxidation is also a major driver of energy during endurance exercise, powered by body-fat stores, once glycogen stores become depleted. Glycogen synthase, an enzyme responsible for the synthesis of glycogen, is most active immediately after exercise, and becomes less and less active in time. Therefore, it is helpful for recovery to supply adequate amounts of this macronutrient after exercise, as well as a small amount of high quality protein to assist with tissue repair. 

 

In addition, any good Recovery Protein contains electrolytes. There are five key electrolytes, which are sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium and calcium, which are required for maintaining adequate hydration. However, the electrolytes have countless other important roles in the human body. For instance, potassium is essential for regulating blood pressure, ensuring it does not become to high, and also plays a role in insulin sensitisation, therefore supporting blood sugar. Just magnesium alone has over 300 identified roles, such as supporting muscular and mental relaxation, and keeping bones and teeth healthy.

 

Ideally, a Recovery Protein formula will be low in fat, as fat slows digestion and absorption of nutrients. After exercise, as can probably imagine, the body is quite primed for nourishment, so we want to get nutrients to the muscle as quickly as possible. You could say that the window of opportunity is slowly closing after exercise, meaning that our body will recovery faster with quality nutrition sooner. Recovery Protein may be taken as soon as possible after exercise, or sipped during prolonged periods of endurance exercise to maintain energy levels and performance.

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