Our Recovery Drip is specifically designed to give your muscles exactly what they need to recover and flush out lactic acid. This drip benefits a multitude of different athletes. From the person competing in a long endurance event where electrolyte replenishment and hydration are key to the athlete who has a bodybuilding competition and needs that extra boost to keep them going and everything in between.
BCAAs are classified separately from other amino acids. The three amino acids in this category are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. They are the major amino acids that are oxidized or broken down in skeletal tissue during ATP production.
These amino acids can then be converted into glucose (gluconeogenesis), pyruvate, or even various intermediates to produce more ATP. Even though the output of ATP is not high in regard to energy production in the muscles (3-18%), it is another avenue for energy production that can be capitalized on. BCAAs are unique partially because of their composition, but also because these amino acids are highly prominent in muscle tissue, and can account for around fourteen to eighteen percent of its amino acid make-up. For this reason, BCAAs are important for muscle protein synthesis.
BCAAs are metabolized differently than other amino acids, and can be oxidized in the muscles during exercise for energy. BCAA levels can increase the availability of carbohydrates and help protect the muscles from exercise-induced protein breakdown. Having BCAAs in your diet may help support optimal muscle size, strength, and performance.
The European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology studied the effects of BCAAs on marathon runners. A mixture of three BCAAs was given to subjects during a marathon and the effects on mental and physical performances were measured. The results of this study showed that mental performance was improved after the marathon as compared to before the race when a BCAA supplement was consumed during the race. In the placebo group, the CWT scores were similar before and after.
The running performance in the marathon was improved for the slower runners when BCAAs were taken during the race, but there was no significant effect on the performance of the faster runners (this may have to do with adaptation). The results showed that both mental and physical performance were improved by an intake of BCAAs during the event.
The Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition aimed to examine the effects of BCAA supplementation on markers of muscle damage elicited via a sport-specific bout of damaging exercise in trained volunteers. It can be inferred from the study that BCAAs administered before and after damaging resistance exercise reduce indicators of muscle damage and accelerate recovery in resistance-trained males. It seems likely that BCAAs improve protein synthesis, and thereby improve the extent of secondary muscle damage associated with strenuous resistance exercise. BCAAs decreased reductions in muscle function, reduced soreness, and decreased the plasma levels of intramuscular enzymes, such as creatine kinase.
Zinc is a nutritionally essential mineral needed for catalytic, structural, and regulatory functions in the body. Over 300 different enzymes depend on zinc for their ability to catalyze vital chemical reactions. Zinc-dependent enzymes can be found in all known classes of enzymes. Zinc plays an important role in the structure of proteins and cell membranes. A finger-like structure, known as a zinc finger motif, stabilizes the structure of a number of proteins. For example, copper provides the catalytic activity for the antioxidant enzyme copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD), while zinc plays a critical structural role. Zinc also plays a role in cell signaling and has been found to influence hormone release and nerve impulse transmission. Zinc has been found to play a role in apoptosis (gene-directed cell death), a critical cellular regulatory process with implications for growth and development, as well as a number of chronic diseases
Vitamin C is a potent reducing agent, meaning that it readily donates electrons to recipient molecules. Related to this oxidation-reduction (redox) potential, two major functions of vitamin C are as an antioxidant and as an enzyme cofactor.
Vitamin C is the primary water-soluble, non-enzymatic antioxidant in plasma and tissues. Even in small amounts vitamin C can protect indispensable molecules in the body, such as proteins, lipids (fats), carbohydrates, and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), from damage by free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are generated during normal metabolism, by active immune cells, and through exposure to toxins and pollutants (e.g., certain chemotherapy drugs and cigarette smoke). Vitamin C also participates in redox recycling of other important antioxidants; for example, vitamin C is known to regenerate vitamin E from its oxidized form.
Vitamin C’s role as a cofactor is also related to its redox potential. By maintaining enzyme-bound metals in their reduced forms, vitamin C assists mixed-function oxidases in the synthesis of several critical biomolecules. Symptoms of vitamin C deficiency, such as poor wound healing and lethargy, result from impairment of these enzymatic reactions and insufficient collagen, carnitine, and catecholamine synthesis
Glutathione (GSH) is often referred to as the body's master antioxidant. Composted of three amino acids - cysteine, glycine, and glutamate - glutathione can be found in virtually every cell of the human body. The highest concentration of glutathione is in the liver, making it critical in the body's detoxification process. Glutathione is also an essential component to the body's natural defense system. Viruses, bacteria, heavy metal toxicity, radiation, certain medications, and even the normal process of aging can all cause free-radical damage to healthy cells and deplete glutathione. Glutathione depletion has been correlated with lower immune function and increased vulnerability to infection due to the liver's reduced ability to detoxify.
Both Vitamin C and Glutathione are important compounds that are included in the recovery drip because it has been shown that stress (exercise induced, emotional and/or mental) can lead to an immunocompromised state.