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ULTRAGEN RECOVERY DRINK

RECOVER FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE

Ultragen is the most advanced recovery formulation ever developed. 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.

KEY BENEFITS
✓ Maximizes Recovery
✓ Refuels Exhausted Muscles & Restores Energy Levels
✓ Improves The Ability to Train and Race on Consecutive Days

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Joey Mantia 228/08/2019 17/08/201917:31
  • more than 1 month(s)
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DO YOURSELF A FAVOR...
NOT JUST FOR ENDURANCE ATHLETES

I'm a power guy (long track speed skating), high intensity efforts for no longer than 10 minutes at a time. Even though I'm not spending 5 hours on the bike, glycogen stores still take a hit and the need to put in aminos that promote effective protein synthesis are an inescapable necessity almost every day.

If you take your training seriously then you probably need all the help you can get to recover and be ready to go for the next workout. It's no mystery that the body becomes depleted of several key nutrients when you push past your comfort zone and it's also no mystery that most of those key ingredients are essential for the body to be able to put itself back together efficiently, and most importantly stronger than before. Ultragen has been the holy grail for me when it comes to effectively giving my body what it wants to bounce back.

It's quick. 12 ounces down the hatch and you've just kick started the glycogen replacement as well as muscle regrowth.

It's delicious. I recommend the vanilla or chocolate flavor if this is your first go. It's very sweet (dextrose is necessary to get the sugars back in), but I still find it enjoyable. I actually look forward to the taste after a hard workout.

It's complete. Not just protein. Not just glycogen replacement. Not just general nutrition. This canister has an incredible list of ingredients all under one lid.

It's smart. FE has done the research and it shows. Everything is calculated for a reason, there's no guess work to their method.

It's easy on the stomach. For being on the sweeter side, it sits just fine, even after really intense workouts.

At 33 years old, I'm confident I couldn't maintain the intensity I do week in and week out without Ultragen. Do yourself a favor and try it.
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TimTT 358/12/2018 25/12/201801:06
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Ultragen is the best
It's not overly sweet and easy on the stomach. I also like that it comes in a reasonably sized container that fits in my cabinet unlike a number of other brands that have a ton of empty space.
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Kelly 284/10/2018 12/10/201817:47
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Best recovery mix out there
I have tried several recovery drink mixes and none have compared to the results and quality of Ultragen. I use this product within 15 minutes of a race or hard workout and my body feels significantly more rested and recovered than if I don't use it. I love the Chocolate flavor. It's not chalky like some recovery products on the market and it actually does taste like chocolate!.
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Natalia 162/06/2018 12/06/201819:33
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Recover faster!!
For me there's nothing better than coming home from a hard workout and drinking an Ultragen recovery shake!! Sometimes i like to add fruit and ice cream or sometimes I love to drink them plain since the flavors are so good!! Since I have been drinking Ultragen, I feel I recover faster!
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Porter 283/10/2018 11/10/201815:38
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G O A T
This is the G.O.A.T of recovery drinks!! Chocolate is my favorite .
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    SUPERIOR RECOVERY = SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE


    The great-tasting Ultragen formulas are designed to give you everything you need to maximize recovery so you can be at your best for the next day of training or racing.

    Features include 20 grams of the highest quality protein available to rebuild and refuel exhausted muscles, 6 grams of glutamine to improve glycogen resynthesis and prevent overtraining and 4.5 grams of branched-chain amino acids to help decrease muscle damage, speed up recovery and reduce fatigue.

    SUPERIOR PROTEIN = FASTER RECOVERY
    Ultragen contains special proteins (Whey Protein Isolate and Hydrolyzed Whey Protein) that meet the unique requirements of endurance athletes. Fast acting Whey Protein Isolate delivers high levels of anti-catabolic branch chain amino acids.

    Hydrolyzed Protein is enzymatically predigested in small, easy to digest, di- and tri-peptide chains that are quickly absorbed for muscular recovery. This is important because small molecule proteins are superior to the larger, hard to digest Whey Protein Concentrates that are used in most recovery products.

    REFUELS EXHAUSTED MUSCLES
    The nutrient delivery system technology used in Ultragen is designed to provide the right nutrients to the right place at the right time so you can recover faster than ever before. Glucose, which has a glycemic index over 100, is the fastest absorbed sugar available and accounts for all of the carbohydrates in Ultragen. This fast absorption is critical to delivering nutrients to exhausted muscles during the well-documented 30-minute window of opportunity following exercise. Slower sugars like sucrose, maltodextrin, galactose and fructose take longer to digest and hence are not as effective.

    RESTORES ENERGY LEVELS QUICKLY
    Ultragen’s 60g of fast-absorbing glucose also creates a catalyst which drives other recovery nutrients like protein, glutamine, branched-chain amino acids, vitamins and minerals into the exhausted muscle.

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    RESEARCH


    MODULATES CORTISOL FOR MAXIMUM RECOVERY

    Cortisol, known as the regulator of immune response, is a hormone controlled by the adrenal cortex. This powerful hormone is also known as an adrenalcorticol hormone, a glucocorticoid and hydrocortisone or simply cortisone. Cortisol has a catabolic (muscle breakdown) effect on tissue and is associated with a decrease in anabolic (muscle growth) hormones like IGF-1 and GH. Thus reducing levels of cortisol is ideal for an athlete to achieve tissue growth and positive adaptations to exercise training. Playing many different roles in the body, cortisol can have a negative impact on sleep, mood, sex drive, bone health, ligament health, cardiovascular health and athletic performance, potentially causing fatigue and inflammation. Its primary functions are to increase protein breakdown, inhibit glucose uptake and increase lipolysis (the breakdown of fats).

    While cortisol in normal amounts is necessary for proper metabolic function, a chronically elevated cortisol level has adverse effects on health, mood, body composition, and performance. Elevated cortisol secretion from physical or mental stress causes fat, protein, and carbohydrates to be rapidly mobilized in order for the body to take action against the stressor. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘fight or flight’ response. The mobilization of these nutrients in addition to epinephrine and a number of other endocrine hormones allows the body to take quick action when presented with stress. During this mobilization, cortisol and adrenaline increase while DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) and testosterone decrease. Chronically elevated cortisol levels cause the body to enter a state of constant muscle breakdown and suppressed immune function, increasing the risk of injury while reducing muscle.

    It is only with chronically elevated cortisol levels that performance will suffer, but the effect is dramatic. Excess cortisol suppresses the immune system, producing a greater risk of upper respiratory infections and depressed levels of testosterone. On top of that, the body will be in a catabolic state — breaking down muscle and storing fat. In addition to reducing muscle and getting sick, suppressed testosterone means suppressed recovery. Aerobic and anaerobic muscle fibers need time to repair and recover from hard workouts to improve their capacity to exercise. Elevated cortisol and suppressed testosterone do not allow maximized recovery, leading to slower performance gains. A Swiss study of elite male cyclists suggested that ratios of anabolic to catabolic hormones (ie. testosterone/cortisol or IGF-1/cortisol) may be useful markers for the detection of overtraining (Hug et al. 2003). In fact, scientists use this Free Testosterone/Cortisol ratio to evaluate an athlete’s training state. A ratio where cortisol is elevated indicates overtraining, so the modulation of this ratio can be key for those athletes who are susceptible to overtraining.

    A literature review of hormonal responses to exercise by Steinacker et al. (2003) suggested that with glycogen deficiency, cortisol levels are elevated and induce a “myopathy-like state” in skeletal muscle. And it’s not only what is eaten but when. Breakfast is a necessity, which will help regulate blood sugar and cortisol prior to workouts. In a recent paper by Dr. Mark Davis and Dr. Adrienne Brown, it was clearly demonstrated that ingesting carbohydrates during exercise modulates many of the endocrine hormones, including cortisol. To ensure that glycogen stores are not depleted, carbohydrates should be ingested while exercising along with a high-quality recovery drink with high levels of carbohydrates immediately following exhaustive exercise. The bottom line: endurance training should not be attempted on a high protein, low carbohydrate diet.

    A high dose of B vitamins and calcium can help regulate the endocrine hormones necessary for proper cortisol control. Supplementing with 4+ grams of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and 6+ grams glutamine following exhaustive exercise can have a dramatic effect on cortisol. In fact, in a 25-week study of intercollegiate swimmers, the group supplementing with BCAAs and glutamine showed a significant decrease in serum cortisol. A study done by Stone entitled “Effects of Vitamin C on cortisol and the Testosterone: cortisol ratio” showed a decrease in cortisol levels in 17 junior elite weight lifters. This study also showed that the individuals taking vitamin C (an extra gram a day) improved their testosterone to cortisol ratio by over 20%. This type of decrease in cortisol can lead to increased muscle and connective tissue hypertrophy and enhanced recovery from training. Since vitamin C also decreases the chance of suffering from a cold or flu infection by 30% and may aid in collagen synthesis, it would be wise to take some extra vitamin C when involved in an intense training program. Beta-Carotene, which is often times used for healthy skin function, may also minimize cortisol levels according to Dr. Sapse. He suggested this in an abstract he presented at the 1997 conference on cortisol and anti-cortisols.

    CONTAINS GLUTAMINE TO PREVENT OVERTRAINING

    Intense physical exercise drains glutamine stores faster than the body can replenish them. When this occurs, the body breaks down muscles and becomes catabolic. There is evidence that supports glutamine supplementation for recovery, glycogen storage, synthesis of other amino acids and reduction of the catabolic effects of over-training.

    With reduced glutamine levels, performance and recovery are also compromised. It’s been proven that glutamine levels in the serum are dramatically reduced following exhaustive exercise.

    Glutamine has also been shown to aid in recovery and recuperation in addition to boosting immune function. It accomplishes this as one of the building blocks for the body’s most powerful antioxidant, glutathione, and may possibly cause extra growth hormone release with just a 4-gram oral dosage.

    A strict and strenuous training program, which does not allow for enough recovery time, may cause an athlete to experience over-training syndrome (OTS). Researchers have effectively correlated OTS to amino acid imbalances. Decreased performance, decreased mood, and increased incidence of infections characterize these amino acid imbalances caused by OTS.

    Athletes who exercise extensively and are suffering from OTS may become immuno-suppressed. This can lead to increased infection and upper respiratory illness. In addition, recent clinical trials have shown that overtrained endurance athletes suffer from chronic low plasma glutamine levels. Maintaining normal levels of intramuscular glutamine is critical in preventing the breakdown of skeletal muscle and catabolism (the breakdown of muscle).

    There is also strong evidence that glutamine acts as an immuno-stimulant, which reduces the incidence of infection during training and racing.  The best time to take a glutamine or glutamine peptide supplement is right after a hard exercise session since glutamine stores in muscle can be depleted up to 40% after exhaustive exercise.

    INCLUDES BCAAs TO PREVENT CENTRAL FATIGUE

    Branched Chain Amino Acids are also associated with a syndrome termed central fatigue. Following exhaustive exercise, BCAAs are depleted from the working muscle and from the circulating pool of amino acids. This depleted state causes an imbalance of the BCAA to Tryptophan (another amino acid) ratio.  

    When BCAAs are low, Tryptophan (a precursor to serotonin) is more readily available and can cause increases in serotonin. Low levels of BCAAs cause an increase in serotonin, which causes a feeling of sleepiness and lethargy It is this imbalance that can cause an athlete to become lethargic and almost sleepy. Supplementing with higher levels of BCAAs will help stop the Tryptophan/serotonin mechanism.

    All whey protein supplements contain Tryptophan, however, only some will actually disclose an amount on the label. An effective supplement should contain at least three grams of BCAAs and minimal levels of tryptophan.

    Q&A


    Q: How does Ultragen work?

    A: Ultragen’s many components are designed to work synergistically in order to fully maximize recovery, providing clinically effective doses of the right nutrients to the right place at the right time. Each serving of Ultragen delivers clinically effective doses of the most advanced proteins available, the fastest-acting carbohydrates, glutamine, BCAAs, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. In addition, Ultragen integrates the latest nutritional technology in order to maximize recovery and provide the right nutrients to the right place during the 30-minute “window of opportunity” following exercise.



    Q: What is the 30-minute glycogen “window of opportunity?”

    A: Research has shown that there is a critical 30-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. In order to maximize this opportunity, it is critical to use fast sugars like dextrose which help shuttle nutrients into the cell. It is equally important to make sure all ingredients are absorbed quickly.

    A: Research has shown that there is a critical 30-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. In order to maximize this opportunity, it is critical to use fast sugars like dextrose which help shuttle nutrients into the cell. It is equally important to make sure all ingredients are absorbed quickly.



    Q: Can I take Ultragen during racing and training?

    A: The proteins, glutamine, BCAAs, and electrolytes in Ultragen will fuel the body with what it needs to finish strong in long races. The high calories, high glycemic carbs, fast proteins and high levels of all 5 electrolytes make Ultragen the best “during” drink on the market, even though it’s designed for post-recovery applications. Everything in Ultragen is absorbed super fast and hence is very easily digested. Too many other drinks are developed as complex carbohydrate mixes that have a number of different sugars and hence are absorbed in different rates. Dextrose is the fastest absorbing sugar available and Ultragen has 100% dextrose as the carbohydrate source. An entire 12-ounce serving can be ingested during a race without resulting in a feeling of fullness during the ride. However, it is recommended that a serving of Ultragen be taken during the second half of a long workout before using it in a race.

    Q: Why does Ultragen mix so well compared to other recovery drinks?

    A: Ultragen is an advanced formulation with technically superior ingredients. The low molecular weight proteins are engineered using cross-flow microfiltration, a process that retains all the protein and beneficial micro-fractions and minimizes any fats and carbohydrates. This technology results in a protein which dissolves better in water. The entire Ultragen formula is manufactured using a process called agglomeration, a process which improves each molecule’s ability to dissolve in water, making the powder spoon-mixable.   The most important thing to note is that a powder’s dissolvability is directly proportional to its ability to be absorbed by the stomach.  If it clumps in a glass it will also clump in your stomach.   Clumps in the stomach slow down absorption and cause gastric distress. Drinks which are already fully dissolved in a liquid will be more completely absorbed and will minimize any gastric distress.


    Q: What kind of proteins are in Ultragen?

    A: Ultragen is formulated using a unique time-responsive protein matrix to maximize absorption through the entire spectrum of recovery time. Whey Protein Hydrolysate (WPH) is a pre-digested, small molecular weight complete protein and the fastest protein absorbed due to its small size and pre-digested peptide chains. Ion exchange Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) is also a low molecular weight protein, absorbed more slowly than WPH. Milk Protein Isolate (MPI), fully absorbable due to the unique quality of its isolate (which removes carbohydrates and fats), is absorbed more slowly than both WPH and WPI. Combining these three proteins allows the faster WPH and WPI to be absorbed during that critical first 30 minutes, and the slower MPI to remain and deliver the appropriate building blocks for slower processes.



    Q: When should I use Ultragen?

    A: During the last hour of a workout or race to ensure maximum performance with minimal damage; immediately following a 1-2 hour workout for maximum recovery (provided the body has been properly fueled during the workout); and during the last hour as well as immediately following a workout longer than three hours to ensure a strong finish and solid recovery.

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