Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator is part of the first all-natural, plant-based performance-enhancement system, specifically formulated to help athletes recover after intense training and competition. Its unique formulation addresses five key elements of postworkout recovery, including muscle-glycogen replenishment, muscle-tissue repair and protein synthesis; soft-tissue repair; immune system support; inflammation reduction; and rehydration.
Muscle-Glycogen Replenishment and Muscle Repair
What you eat immediately after your workout is critical for muscle recovery. Recovery Accelerator features a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein, a combination shown to increase muscle-glycogen re-synthesis — a crucial component of postworkout recovery. The carbohydrates help replace what was burned during exercise, thereby speeding recovery, while protein initiates the muscular-repair process and helps the carbohydrates enter the bloodstream more quickly.
Recovery Accelerator also incorporates glucosamine and zinc citrate to optimize soft-tissue recovery. Training creates micro-tears in muscle and other soft tissue: tendons, ligaments and connective tissue. In order for athletes to recover optimally, consideration also must be given to the often-neglected soft tissue. While protein and carbohydrates help repair muscle, the same nutrients do not affect soft tissue, like tendons, which have limited to no blood circulation. Speeding muscular recovery without addressing tendon or ligament recovery can create an imbalance and likely lead to strain and/or connective-tissue injury.
Immune System Support
Following stressful events like hard training, immune system function dramatically drops, increasing the risk of illness. Each serving of Recovery Accelerator delivers 600 milligrams of a combination of astragalus and arginine. Both are immune-boosting ingredients that can counter the immunity dip if taken immediately after training, ultimately increasing an athlete’s ability to train more before compromising immune function.
Recovery Accelerator also features 53 milligrams of turmeric, used in traditional medicine to reduce inflammation. A normal response to the stress the body endures during training, inflammation temporarily reduces the functionality of muscles and joints, limiting an athlete’s ability to train again and inhibiting training progress. Thus, effectively managing inflammation — reducing the time an athlete needs to recover between workouts — is one of the most important factors in athletic success.
Electrolytes are vital to physiologic function and athletic performance. During intense training, an athlete can easily lose a significant amount of electrolytes through sweat. Athletes rarely consume enough fluids during exercise to replace the fluids lost during sweating. Thus, you need a strategy to achieve adequate hydration before your next workout. In particular, fluids containing carbohydrates and sodium are useful postworkout to return the body to a hydrated state. Recovery Accelerator contains whole-grain brown rice syrup, a whole-food-based, high-glycemic-index carb source, as well as electrolytes, including magnesium, sodium, potassium and chloride.