By Brian Maslach
Most athletes know they need protein for recovery, but there's a lot of conflicting information floating around the interwebs as to exactly how much we need in order to recover from workouts, get stronger, and perform optimally.
Thankfully we have Amity Warme to help cut through the cloud of misinformation with the following simple and straightforward evidence-based recommendations.
As shown, one of the keys to optimal recovery is to consistently provide your body with protein throughout the day, including rest days, due to elevated muscle protein synthesis following both strength training and endurance exercise.
As Amity shows, whole-food protein sources should be the core of your protein intake. However, a high-quality protein supplement can help when your schedule is hectic. This is why I developed Recovery Protein. Whether I'm traveling and don't have easy access to high-grade nutrition, want a concentrated protein source for my smoothies, or simply looking for an easily digested, quickly assimilated source of amino acids to help my body bounce back from workouts, it's exactly what I am looking for in a protein power - and none of the things I don't want.
This means Recovery Protein is free of gums and other thickening agents (which are common in protein powders), very low in sugar (a cheap filler used to mask the foul flavor of inferior protein sources), mixes easily, and tastes great when mixed in water. It's also plant based (vegan) as research continues to show that plant-based proteins are every bit as effective as animal proteins when consumed in the correct ratio and quantity to provide all essential amino acids.
One more thing, I've noticed some brands pimping the Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's) in their protein in a way that causes the average consumer to think other proteins don't contain them. The truth is all complete proteins contain BCAA's since two of them (Leucine and Valine) are essential amino acids and all 8 essential amino acids must be present for a protein to be considered complete. If that sounds complicated, just remember the take home message -- BCAA's are naturally occurring in protein powders. For reference, Recovery Protein contains 3.7 grams of Branched Chain Amino Acids per serving.
If you're in the market for a premium-quality protein powder, please give Recovery Protein a try. It's the best tasting vegan protein I've tried and it's free of gimmicky and artificial ingredients. As with all of our products, we back it with a 100-percent money-back guarantee so you can try it risk free.
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