While you spend hours working out in the gym, your muscles go through a great deal of wear and tear. After your workout, your body repairs those micro-tears so your muscles grow bigger and stronger than before, but it needs protein to do it. Proper nutrition after training has a huge impact on the results you see—whether you’re training for a marathon or building a more muscular body.Here’s whatSollife®’s ActivRefuel can do for you to load up on after your next sweat.
- Protein- Increase muscle growth and decrease muscle soreness
While a good source of protein, like chicken breast or eggs, provides a wide variety of amino acids, ‘branched-chain amino acids’ (BCAAs) are particularly important for post-workout muscle recovery. The BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) play a number of roles in the muscle recovery and building process; Leucine signals our muscles to begin muscle protein synthesis (the process through which they rebuild and grow), while isoleucine and valine can be used as energy sources.
One of the most popular uses of BCAAs is to increase muscle growth. In one study, people who consumed a drink with BCAAs after their resistance workout had a greater increase in muscle protein synthesis. BCAA plays an important role in building muscle. However, your muscles require all the essential amino acids for the best results. Therefore, ActivRefuel also contains whey protein and pea protein, which contains all the essential amino acids needed to build muscle.
In addition, research suggests BCAAs can help decrease muscle soreness after a workout. It is normal to feel sore a day or two after a workout, especially if your exercise routine is new. This soreness is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which develops 12 to 24 hours after exercise and can last up to 72 hours. BCAAs have been shown to decrease muscle damage, which may help reduce the length and severity of DOMS. Several studies show that BCAAs decrease protein breakdown during exercise and decrease levels of creatine kinase, which is an indicator of muscle damage.
- Marine Collagen- Support joint health
Most post workout drinks in the market only contain Whey Protein, BCAA and other amino acids for muscle recovery. Interestingly, Sollife®’s ActivRefuel is different from the rest of the post workout drink in the market. Its uniqueness comes from the added ingredient, marine collagen.
Without the hassle and to reduce on spending, ActivRefuel have the additional ingredients of marine collagen. ActivRefuel is one of the only products that contain protein source and collagen.
Research involving athletes at Penn State University revealed that collagen did indeed benefit joint health, and kept the athletes’ hard-working bones and cartilage strong. Connective tissues are made almost entirely of collagen, so supplementing marine collagen will help rebuild ligaments at the same speed muscle growth. In addition, high-intensity exercise actually places a lot of strain on your body, and can lead to uncomfortable inflammation. Taking collagen after a workout can speed up the repair of your inflamed connective tissues, which can reduce muscle soreness. Moreover, arginine, a component of collagen, is also said to improve athletic performance and restore and maintain muscle mass.
- Antioxidant- Reduce post-workout inflammation
Antioxidants are vital for exercise recovery. ActivRefuel has a combination of piperine and turmeric which are rich in polyphenols and shows high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities. Research shows that when the recovery period between competitions was short, a piperine and turmeric supplementation is an effective recovery strategy to attenuate muscle sorenessby modulating post-workout inflammation.
Most post workout drinks are packaged in the form of a large container. However, ActivRefuel is designed for convenience. It comes in a sachet of 34 grams. Individuals can simply bring along the sachet in their bags and consume immediately after workout.