Oxidative stress and free radical damage in muscles mean higher production of lactic acid and reduced exercise capacity, as well as the inability to recover optimally post-exercise. This is one of the biggest challenges with post-workout supplements.
Typical post-workout supplements rely on ingredients like l-glutamine powder and branched-chain amino acids to support muscle repair and growth, but very few post-workout supplements look beyond that.
When the team at PNP Supplements formulated our post-workout supplement, Recover Surge, the goal was to formulate the best recovery supplement possible. Recover Surge starts with the typical ingredients you’ll find in other post-workout supplements like l-glutamine powder, branched-chain amino acids, and creatine, but it goes well beyond these popular ingredients. One key feature that sets Recover Surge apart from other recovery supplements is its Muscle Cleanse Matrix.
Recover Surges’ Muscle Cleanse Matrix provides athletes with a unique blend of nutrients to promote muscle health by reducing muscle pain and damage, delayed onset muscle soreness, as well as improving gut and immune health to support your entire system.
In this article, we’ll cover what each ingredient in the Recover Surges’ Muscle Cleanse Matrix is and why we’ve chosen them to promote post-workout recovery.
Quercetin is a type of flavonoid, which is a color-providing pigment and compound that is linked to antioxidant, antibiotic, cancer-preventative, anti-inflammatory, and other tissues supportive and protective properties. It’s found naturally in fruits, vegetables, and grain and combats free radical damage in the body.
When it comes to quercetins, dihydrate forms have the most bioavailability and therefore enter your body systemically at a greater rate. This means higher absorption and better efficacy.
For athletes, quercetin has been shown to attenuate muscle damage and pain as well as accelerate muscle recovery. This is especially true when muscles are used in an eccentric fashion. When muscles are lengthened under tension, this is the eccentric movement of the muscle. For example, when you are slowly lowering a barbell back to the ground after any lift. Quercetin also benefits athletes by increasing peak power output and reducing oxidative stress in muscle tissues.
N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine is a form of glucosamine and simple sugar that has been shown to protect joints and cartilage, as well as a variety of other systems in the body. Of the forms of glucosamine available, N-Acetyl Glucosamine is most effective in stimulating the production of hyaluronic acid, which is a joint lubricating fluid.
N-Acetyl Glucosamine also reduces the severity and recurrence of inflammatory bowel disease by reducing inflammation on the colon. It has also been linked to reducing inflammation in the myelin sheath of nerve cells in patients with multiple sclerosis, implying that these same benefits are present for athletes to promote proper nerve function as the nervous system becomes taxed during exercise.
The L-Glutamic acid found in Recover Surge’s Muscle Cleans Matrix is the precursor to the amino acid l-glutamine. L-glutamine benefits gut and immune health and can serve as a key nutrient for healing leaky gut syndrome by tightening the junctions between villi in the small intestine. Glutamine also reduces the occurrence of delayed onset muscle soreness in athletes. These anti-inflammatory properties also increase muscle metabolism and can help increase workout volume while staving off muscle fatigue.
CORDYCEPS MUSHROOM POWDER
Cordyceps help athletes maintain healthy levels of stress management on the body during high levels of exercise. Too much stress on the body leads to higher levels of cortisol in the bloodstream, which can catabolize muscles. Cordycep mushrooms help regulate the stress response to keep athletes from remaining in a sympathetic, “fight or flight,’ state after their workout has concluded.
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is a version of the amino acid cysteine and serves to restore glutathione in the body. Glutathione is one of the most important antioxidants for repairing damage from free radicals in the body, as well as an essential nutrient for protein synthesis in muscles. NAC, therefore, serves as a vital component and precursor for building muscle size and strength.
NAC has also been shown to decrease inflammation levels to improve endurance and reduce fatigue by improving glutathione availability in muscles. Studies also show that NAC may be a useful strategy to enhance performance during short-term competitive situations.
MILK THISTLE SEED EXTRACT
The fruit of the milk thistle plants, also known as Silybum marianum, contains flavonolignans including Silymarin, which provides the benefits of the plant. Milk thistle serves to promote liver health as well as serve as an antioxidant to remove toxins from the body. The liver is one of the body’s main detoxification pathways and removes not only toxins and free radicals but excess hormones from circulation in the body. Milk thistle ensures clean blood circulation to promote oxygen and nutrient delivery to cells.
One study conducted showed that milk thistle could combat Cholestasis, a condition caused by oxidative stress that affects the blow of bile and results in hepatic cell death, fibrosis, and liver failure by promoting anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative effects in the liver.
This is also important when it comes to putting stress on the liver, as it is a vital organ for glycogen storage in the body to be used during exercise.
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is an antioxidant that functions differently than other antioxidants and vitamins which are either water-soluble or fat-soluble in that it is able to function in both environments. This means that ALA is able to benefit all cells of the body for free radical protection, including brain cells.
In athletes, ALA decreases the markers of exercise-induced oxidative stress and boost acetylcholine levels in the brain for improved cognitive function, as well as promoting glucose uptake in the brain to provide fuel for focus and concentration.
Lowering free radical damage levels in muscle cells is vital for promoting recovery and multiple ingredients in Recover Surge support this.
Stress on the body must be counteracted with healing and lowering inflammation levels to ensure athletes are able to continue regular training without injury or fatigue.
The entire body is supported to function as a whole rather than the parts to promote overall health and recovery.