Product Spotlight: myrecovery

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Our aim at My Pinnacle Nutrition is to provide you with a range of natural sports nutrition supplements, uniquely formulated to enhance both performance and health.

All of our products are formulated using the latest scientific research in order to provide you with only what you need, and nothing that you don’t.

 

 

Post exercise recovery strategies are a vital component of performance and health that many seem to ignore. myrecovery has been uniquely formulated to kick start the repair and repletion process, making sure you are ready for your next event or training session.

Remember, at MPN, we aim to cover you from start to finish during your sport and exercise. 

Below is a 5 minute read about what goes into myrecovery and how it enhances your recovery, improving your sporting performance.

Karbo-Lyn™ 

What?

Unlike other simple carbohydrates, Karbo-Lyn™ is a complex (starch) carbohydrate (CHO) that is absorbed very quickly without any side effects, stomach bloating or discomfort. Karbo-Lyn™ is the only CHO source we use in our products here at MPN.

Why?

After exercise, our bodies are in a depleted state and require the ingestion of several nutrients in order to begin the repair and regeneration process. Endurance sport requires energy, and this energy primarily comes from carbohydrates. During prolonged endurance sport, muscle and liver glycogen (stored carbohydrates) levels begin to drop, and may even deplete fully depending on your ‘before and during’ exercise nutrition strategy.

How?

Post exercise, our cells have an increased ‘sensitivity’ to hormones such as insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar. Research highlights the need to take advantage of this sensitive state, and ingest carbohydrates to restore muscle and liver glycogen levels. Evidence also suggests however that in order to maximise glycogen synthesis, the ingestion of a fast acting (high glycemic index) CHO such as Karbo-Lyn™, is vital, immediately post exercise in order to restore muscle and liver glycogen levels. If CHO ingestion is delayed after exercise, the rate of muscle glycogen replenishment could be up to 50% less!

Amount in myrecovery (100 g serving): 60 g

Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) 

One of two proteins found in dairy products, with the other being casein protein.

What?

WPI describes whey protein that contains 90% or more protein by weight. The WPI in myrecoverycontains a minimum of 92% protein. WPI is an excellent source of all the essential amino acids* and contains just 0.5% lactose and 0.3% fat, meaning it has minimal, if any, effects on digestive sensitivities.

Why?

Strenuous prolonged activity causes damage to muscle fibres. Evidence suggests our cells have an increased sensitivity for protein post exercise, specifically amino acids (which make up a whole protein) which are required to repair these fibres. It is thought that the ingestion of a protein such as WPI can increase cellular protein uptake by up to 100% following prolonged endurance activity.

Leucine, an essential and branched chain amino acid (BCAA), is largely responsible for promoting muscle protein synthesis. The WPI in myrecovery is approximately 12% Leucine by weight, and is a superior choice of protein compared to other sources such as casein and soy when assessing Leucine content. WPI also benefits from having a superior bioavailability compared with other protein sources**.

How?

Evidence highlights an increased rate of protein synthesis; muscle fibre repair and growth, when WPIis ingested alongside a fast acting CHO, such as Karbo-Lyn™, versus when ingested alone. It is also suggested that this combination can aid in increasing CHO uptake by our cells. It is thought these phenomena are caused by a greater blood insulin spike when Karbo-Lyn™ and WPI are ingested together, rather than separately.

Amount in myrecovery (100 g serving): 18.4 g

 

 

The Reds Blend in myrecovery consists of thirteen of the most beneficial berry and fruit powders.

What?

Fruits such as Baobab Fruit Powder, Goji Berry Powder, Blueberry Juice Powder, Cherry Powder, Acai Powder, Raspberry Fruit Powder and Strawberry Fruit Powder make up part of the uniquely formulated Reds Blend within myrecovery.

Why?

The berry and fruit powders in the Reds Blend are well known for their antioxidant purposes. Specifically, the Vitamin C content of these berry and fruit powders is significant, enhancing protection from excessive free radical production following prolonged endurance activity.

How?

During normal energy metabolism, free radical production is managed by our antioxidant system. However, during periods of prolonged intense exercise, free radical production begins to exceed the amount being metabolized, thereby increasing the risk of cellular damage and disrupting normal physiological processes.

It is important to note that free radical production is a vital function that we must experience in order for our bodies to adapt to exercise induced stressors. However, ingestion of a Vitamin C source such as the Reds Blend following exercise can provide the ‘sacrificial’ antioxidants required to assist in maintaining the optimum balance between production and abolishment in terms of free radicals, therefore promoting the adaptive benefits to prolonged endurance activity, rather than maladaptive.

Amount in myrecovery (100 g serving): 7.5 g

Creatine

Creatine is a molecule that exists within the body as Creatine Phosphate, and is a source of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the fuel for our cells.

What?

Creatine Phosphate is a molecule used primarily during anaerobic energy production where energy demand is high and needed rapidly; the phosphocreatine energy system.

Why?

Research suggests Creatine supplementation is a significant method to improve power output, a vital element of endurance sport. It is also suggested that Creatine ingestion could further assist in increasing the rate of glycogen synthesis; increasing the levels of CHO storage from the ingestion of the Karbo-Lyn™ in myrecovery. Further evidence also exists to suggest Creatine supplementation may have a role in reducing the risk of dehydration, due to its water retaining properties.

How?

Evidence suggests that supplementation closer to the activity of choice; either before or after, has greater benefit of promoting Creatine storage within the muscle. It is thought that Creatinetransportation is increased in response to repeated muscular contractions.

Combining Creatine with a fast acting CHO will help replenish cellular levels of this molecule as well as promote greater glycogen accumulation within the muscle, better preparing athletes for their next exercise or competition.

Amount in myrecovery (100 g serving): 5 g

Himalayan Fine Salts

Himalayan Fine Salts originate from Pakistan, where they are mined in the Punjab region of Pakistan, near the Himalayan Mountains.

What?

Himalayan Fine Salts contain all the necessary minerals needed by the body to maintain and replenish electrolyte balance, and therefore muscular contraction. They are an unrefined salt, which causes their sometimes pink appearance.

Why?

Himalayan Fine Salts are for the majority sodium chloride, however they do also contain the vital minerals potassium, magnesium and calcium. These minerals play a pivotal role in maintaining the regulation of muscular contraction. Fortunately, the percentages of minerals contained with Himalayan Fine Salts are near identical to how they occur within the human body, making them a natural choice as our electrolyte replenishment within myrecovery.

How?

Sufficient levels of the key minerals sodium, potassium and calcium must be present within the muscle to allow for contraction to occur. During prolonged endurance activity, levels of these minerals gradually diminish for many reasons, including heavy sweating, which will eventually lead to dehydration. As a result of this imbalance, muscular weakness and severe muscular contractions, otherwise known as cramping, will occur. It is therefore imperative to ingest these minerals during and following prolonged activity; to maintain electrolyte balance within skeletal muscle. The Himalayan Fine Salts contained within myrecovery do just that, naturally.

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there at some point, and we don’t want to be the one who can’t undress ourselves or jump off the bike following exercise from excessive cramping!

Amount in myrecovery (100 g serving): 500 mg

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a fatty acid which can be found in our mitochondria: our energy powerhouses!

What?

ALA is a very potent ‘multi – modal’ antioxidant compound, much like Vitamin C. There are several ways that it can directly and indirectly provide protective benefits against cellular damage following prolonged endurance activity.

Why?

Free radical production is a required phenomenon for the human body to experience and combat in order to adapt and prevent excessive cellular damage. However, it is vital to ingest several antioxidant compounds in order to provide our anti oxidation systems with the natural defence’s required to prevent this cellular damage and destruction, which can lead to serious inflammatory conditions and illness.

How?

ALA, alongside the co – ingestion of WPI, has been proven to increase circulating levels of glutathione, the body’s most powerful antioxidant system. Evidence also highlights the benefits of supplementing ALA together with a Vitamin C source.

ALA has been proven to increase Vitamin C uptake into the mitochondria, where energy metabolism occurs and thus free radical production occurs. It is thought as well as increasing uptake, ALA can help to conserve Vitamin C levels, prolonging the effectiveness of the vitamin in reducing free radical formation and damage.

We will talk in more detail about free radical production, and the importance of consuming antioxidants like ALA in a separate article. Keep checking back to our ‘blog’ page.

Amount in myrecovery (100 g serving): 300 mg

Stevia

Stevia is the only sweetener we will use in our products to help make them taste great. To find out why we only use Stevia, please see this separate article here.

Thanks for reading! 

Team MPN

* an essential amino acid is one that cannot be synthesized by the human body; it must be provided exogenously (from our diets).

** the bioavailability of WPI is defined as the amount ingested capable of being absorbed and available for use or storage.

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