4 Things ENHANCED RECOVERY™ Does For The Athlete’s Body

Athletes push themselves hard in competition and training. Tired, sore muscles are depleted of energy and have microscopic damage that takes time and the right nutrition to repair and remodel. 

ENHANCED RECOVERY™ is specifically formulated to provide the nutrients required for more rapid and complete recovery. Check out the 4 areas where ENHANCED RECOVERY™ supports the athlete’s body to achieve more complete recovery, as well as promote the cellular adaptations essential for improved performance.

Stimulate muscle protein synthesis

All of the benefits of hard training — for example, increased strength, speed and stamina — result from the production of new functional proteins inside muscle cells.

The production of new proteins requires a sustained increase in muscle protein synthesis (MPS). MPS is the process where damaged muscle proteins are repaired with the help of proteins consumed in the diet. New muscle proteins are added whenever MPS is consistently greater than muscle protein breakdown (MPB).

ENHANCED RECOVERY™ is specifically formulated with high-quality proteins and omega-3 fatty acids to synergistically maximize MPS. For example, the combination of omega-3s and protein has been shown to result in greater MPS and gains in muscle mass than if the ingredients are taken separately.

ENHANCED RECOVERY™ supplies a mix of nutrients known to stimulate muscle protein synthesis: omega-3 fatty acids, whey protein (including 2 grams of leucine, the amino acid that initiates MPS), collagen peptides and carnitine. These ingredients were chosen because research shows their benefits to MPS, lean body mass, muscle strength, bone strength and certain motor skills associated with sports.

Support a healthy inflammatory and antioxidant response

Inflammation and oxidation are unavoidable cellular responses to hard training, in part due to the damage that muscle cells experience. Some inflammation and oxidation are actually beneficial because they serve as important signals for the adaptations that improve fitness and performance.

However, too much inflammation and oxidation results in a failure to properly adapt to training. The natural antioxidants in ENHANCED RECOVERY™ help keep inflammation and oxidation from getting out of control. The fruit polyphenols in the apple, pear and blackcurrant juice blend, along with low levels of vitamins D and E, also help support immunity and overall muscle health.

Reduce muscle damage and soreness

Hard training inevitably causes some muscle damage and resulting stiffness, soreness and a temporary loss in strength and functional capacity. The omega-3 fatty acids, carnitine and fruit polyphenols in ENHANCED RECOVERY™ are known to speed the return to intense training by reducing muscle damage and soreness, and speeding the return of muscle strength.

Begin to replenish muscle glycogen stores

ENHANCED RECOVERY™ provides enough carbohydrates to support the early stages of glycogen resynthesis. The fruit-based carbs — sucrose, glucose and fructose — are quickly absorbed, transported and taken up as glucose by muscles that are in need of refueling. 

Want to see more on the science behind the omega-3 sports drink? You can find out more on The Science and Ingredients pages.

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