Racing and intense training puts your body under incredible stress, depleting glycogen stores, elevating cortisol and draining essential vitamins and minerals. For endurance athletes, it's crucial to focus on recovery in order to be competitive the day after a hard workout or race. That's why the scientists at First Endurance developed Ultragen, the most advanced post-recovery formulation ever produced. Each serving of Ultragen delivers the levels of nutrients that have been shown in clinical research to maximize recovery and give you an extra edge over the competition. In other words, First Endurance does not use "pixie dust" levels of ingredients just to put on the label.
Research has shown that there is a critical thirty-minute glycogen window (called the "window of opportunity") immediately following exercise when insulin sensitivity is at its highest and exhausted muscles essentially open the door to nutrients. If nutrients are not absorbed quickly enough, however, this opportunity for maximum restoration is lost. But it's not just when nutrients are absorbed, it's also about which nutrients are available. The body is extremely complex, requiring more than sugar and protein to fully recover, so recovery is limited without a precise balance of nutrients entering the cell. Ultragen's many components are designed to work synergistically in order to fully maximize recovery, providing the right nutrients to the right place at the right time.
Time-Response protein complex: All proteins are not equal. Ultragen utilizes a special combination of the most advanced proteins available, each one offering unique recovery attributes. For example, Ultragen includes hydrolyzed protein because it is enzymatically predigested in small, easy to digest di- and tri-peptide chains that are quickly absorbed and digested within the critical glycogen window. Fast acting, Whey protein isolate delivers high levels of anti-catabolic branch chain amino acids. Milk Protein Isolate is a high biological value protein which takes longer to fully absorb.
Carbohydrate Catalyst:High glycemic carbohydrates (sugars) are rapidly absorbed by the body and are easy to digest. Glucose, which has a glycemic index of over 100, is absorbed faster than any other sugar available. Ultragen contains 60g of glucose because studies show that high glycemic carbohydrates taken after exercise create a catalyst, which increases the uptake of glutamine, branched-chain amino acids, vitamins and minerals into exhausted muscle.
Cortisol Modulation: Excess cortisol levels have been shown to suppress the immune system, increase the risk of upper respiratory infections and depress levels of testosterone. In addition, excessive cortisol levels can put the body in a catabolic state- where it breaks down muscle and store fat. Ultragen offers a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, co-factors, glutamine and BCAA's specifically designed to modulate the damaging effects of cortisol brought on by intense endurance training.
L-Glutamine: Intense physical exercise drains Glutamine stores faster than the body can replenish them. When this occurs, the body breaks down muscles and becomes catabolic. Ultragen is formulated with a 6 grams of Glutamine for its anabolic and anticatabolic properties. Research has shown Glutamine supports glycogen and protein synthesis and increases nitrogen retention, which means it's essential for muscle tissue repair and recovery.
Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAAs): Considered the building blocks of the body, BCAAs are important for muscle growth & recuperation. In addition to building cells and repairing muscle tissue, BCAAs form antibodies that combat invading bacteria & viruses. Your body cannot manufacture its own BCAAs so they must be supplied through your diet and supplementation routine.
Essential vitamins, minerals and electrolytes: Athletes, especially endurance athletes, need higher levels of specific vitamins minerals and electrolytes to help restore energy levels, fight free-radicals and maintain a healthy immune system. Ultragen provides the high-potency vitamins, minerals and electrolytes your body requires to maximize recovery.
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This is a great product - provides electrolytes and protein for a post ride recovery powerhouse. It taste great too, not too strong, not too weak. Its actually a great value too. My review would have been expanded upon, but Backcountry pesters customers with emails about reviewing products - not good.
This recovery drink was essential to me as I was training for a half marathon. I drank it after all of my long runs. Not only did it taste great but it was filling enough to not leave me searching for carbs. It also left my body feeling great after the runs where I couldn't even tell that I had just pushed my body the day before. It definitely helped with muscle recovery. I have the orange creamsicle and it was very good flavored. I like to call it my dreamsicle drink. :)
After a big run anyone needs to get some good stuff to help recovery. First, this stuff has all great ingredients in terms of carbo/protein mix. Second, it tastes great (I like the cream sickle) - specially when ice cold. You almost feel it flow through your veins. I honestly feel this does great good. And if I have a big glass of this after a long run, I don't feel the need to binge on useless calories or other junk. I gotta get me some more! I also have this ready for me at aid stations in long races. Good way to get a quick 200 or more calories while hydrating. I have never NOT wanted to pound this at any aid station no mater how I feel - as long as it is ice cold!
I have been using Ultragen after workouts for about a year. I used to drink an Ensure after workouts, found this is easier to digest. The tropical punch flavor is resfreshing especially after a hot run here in Phoenix. At 52 years old, I honestly think it helps my recovery. (need all the help I can get:)
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I've been using the 1st Endurance Ultragen for a couple of years now. I typically will use it within the first 30 minutes of a hard workout as a recovery drink. I do think it helps me to recover a little quicker than if I hadn't used it. Downside is that it's a little on the pricey side.
I started using Ultragen after my skate skiing training sessions and continued to use it for cycling. The biggest benefit is the minimized muscle soreness the next day after a hard ride. I drink it immediately after my ride to maximize the recovery benefits. All of the flavors are very good in my opinion so I like to have one of each for variety. I always look forward to my Ultragen recovery drink after every ride.