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Recovery Protein Supplements

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About Recovery Protein Supplements

Fortunately, Recovery Protein does not just contain 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 to this, any good Recovery Protein also contains electrolytes, helpful to assist with hydration and other key vitamins and minerals. Ideally, the formula will also be low in fat, as this delays digestion and absorption of other nutrients that we want to get to the muscle as quickly as possible, before the "window of opportunity" closes. Recovery Protein may be taken as soon as possible after exercise, or alternatively may be sipped during prolonged periods of endurance exercise in order to maintain energy levels and performance.