Granite Supplements - "Recovery Factor" Intra workout - With Carbs
Activate.. Recovery Factor X ™!
The recovery process begins from the moment you end the last set of your workout, and it is not the workout itself but rather the recovery that is vital for making progress. Training multiple muscle groups in one workout will actually mean that the muscle will start recovery when you transition from one muscle group to another. To put things in complete facts, recovering between sets is what dictates the nature of training stimulus, meaning that recovery actually begins after the very first set of the workout.
Any good warrior is going to arm himself before he steps onto the battlefield. With that said, it is recommended that you actually start consuming “Recovery Factor X™” 10-15 minutes pre- as well as intra-workout in order to enhance recovery to the max from start to finish. Considering how brutal and long these training session can be, Granite Supplements have added the major electrolytes that are lost when breaking a sweat, in order to help you stay hydrated. These electrolytes are also going to help with taste, and Granite Supplements have balanced their flavoring system with a variety of mineral salts to make sure that “Recovery Factor X™” tastes absolutely fantastic.
If you think “Recovery Factor X™” by Granite Supplements is just another fruity drink that you could order on the beach with a cocktail umbrella in it, you are very wrong indeed. The basic components of the product triage recovery and anabolism with very carefully chosen ingredients for carbohydrates, EAAs and pump-enhancement:
Performance Carbohydrate and Neurogenic Fuel Blend
Essential Amino Acid Myotropic Matrix
Vasoactive Pump Matrix
First off, it is important to undersand the “Recovery Factor X™” supplement synergy strategy. Actually, we should address the bottom line of things first: recovery is the absolute most important factor when it comes to making muscle gains. To build up muscle size from day to day and inch to inch, a net positive effect on muscle protein balance is required. Reducing muscle breakdown (most probably by increasing the levels of insulin) is one way that having carbohydrates in your peri-workout recovery drink gets this done. Ingesting carbohydrates intra-workout also help reduce post-workout levels of cortisol; an important predicator of muscle growth over the long term. Even though the scientific evidence is not completely certain as to the acute and long-term benefits of peri-workout carbohydrates for building muscle size, including carbohydrates in a recovery drink is going to prime your muscles for restoring glycogen, and there is most certainly not any disadvantage to ingesting carbohydrates intra-workout what so ever.
Now, before getting into the science of “Recovery Factor X™”, it is crucial that you do not lose sight of the bigger picture when you plan out your intra- and post-workout strategy. Intra-workout nutrition is simply one of the many important components: substantial muscle gains may very well require you to consume more carbohydrates and/or protein (simply put: overall more calories) in your diet than subjects following most research protocols. To give an example, upping your post-workout carbohydrate intake (e.g, with 90-100 grams) may or may not inhibit protein breakdown. However, a muscle cell that is filled with glycogen will generally be a more anabolic, and a brutal training session is going to dramatically elevate metabolic rate and can even temporarily prohibit the replenishment of glycogen despite eating a high carbohydrate diet. This may very well be the cause why one study found that hard training plus a very high (> 350 grams) carbohydrate supplementation, produces substantial increases in lean muscle mass without increased levels of body fat - even without additional protein intake. Obviously, protein has its’ role too. While ingesting over 40 grams of protein after a workout may not increase protein synthesis furtherly, doubling this amount creates the very positive protein balance that we desire by blunting protein breakdown. Remember, adding in more and more protein to your diet beyond a certain point is not going to serve as a magic solution for building more muscle mass, there is also very little risk of experiencing any adverse health effects or gaining body fat from eating a high protein diet.
“Recovery Factor X™” is a very potent and convenient way to jumpstart a recovery strategy based on a sound diet replete with carbohydrates, protein and calories.
The Performance Carbohydrate and Neurogenic Fuel Blend of “Recovery Factor X™” contains only the best sources of energy for grueling training regimes. The first ingredient to have a look at is highly branched cyclic dextrin (as Cyclic Dextrin®), a new type of dextrin that is produced from amylopectin via cyclization of a certain branched enzyme. It enhances gastric emptying and minimizes gastrointestinal discomfort during vigorous exercise (this includes gas and feeling of bloat). Cluster Dextrin® ushers glucose more rapidly from the stomach to the small intestine and the blood stream, and can improve physical performance and maintain higher glycogen levels, which is going to kick start the recovery for your next workout.
No one likes having a good 15-20 minutes of training with high intensity and laser focus, just to start sweating profusely and experience a massive drop in blood sugar levels during their workout. To combat this, Granite Supplements have included a 6 grams dosage of Isomaltulose (as Palatinose®), which is a disaccharide that produces a steady blood glucose, much lower than even table sugar.
In order to ensure that you are in full battle mode and have that laser focus during your workouts, “Recovery Factor X™” contains a soluble source of L-Tyrosine, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, which is a precursor for catecholamine synthesis (i.e. noradrenaline and dopamine), meaning that it supports neurotransmitter levels within the brain as well as cognitive performance. When under pressure, an intense workout for example, supplementing with tyrosine may in fact promote an aggressive mentality that you need for progressing from previous physical performance barriers.
The Essential Amino Acid Myotropic Matrix is included for triggering muscle protein synthesis. As the name indicates, this supplement blend contains the nine essential amino acids that primarily trigger protein anabolism. Granite Supplements also focused on the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), since they are known to reduce muscle breakdown as well as post-workout soreness and damage. This entire blend of amino acids are based on the anabolic EAA mixture that has been used extensively in research and has also been slightly adjusted to take full advantage of the anabolic signaling/insulin-releasing effects of L-Lysine and L-Phenylalanine.
Finally, the Vasoactive Pump Matrix contains a whopping 3 grams of pure L-Citrulline, providing an adequate dosage to support nitric oxide synthesis (elevating both arginine and nitrite), open up blood vessels, drive more blood into the muscles, improve physical performance and perhaps even reduce post-workout muscle soreness as well. L-Citrulline is a potent ingredient for providing muscle pumps, enhancing performance and aid in recovery.
Taurine is a ß-amino acid and an organic compound that is vital for multiple cellular processes, i.e. maintaining cell volume. Sufficient stores of taurine are important for optimal production of muscle force and also useful when wanting to prevent muscle cramps. Daily supplementation with taurine and branched chain amino acids (both found in “Recovery Factor X™”) can enhance recovery speed by reducing post-workout muscle damage and soreness as well as oxidative stress, without sacrificing the regular adaptive free-radical quenching adaptations that are sent into motion by exercise.
The tripeptides found in VasoDrive-AP™ are derived from casein and have been shown to normalize blood pressure by inhibiting angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). This and/or blocking the angiotensin II receptor also supports improved insulin sensitivity, which is vital for muscle blood flow and a good muscle pump as well. Furthermore, it protects muscle cells and their mitochondria against age and dysfunction related to free-radicals. However, it is necessary to mention that the potential performance enhancing effects of lowering the activity of ACE have prompted the suggestions that ACE inhibitors should be scrutinized as doping agents.
Capros® is a concentrated extract from Indian gooseberry, also known as amla, and has powerful antioxidant properties. It has been shown to improve markers of cardiovascular risk (i.e. C-protein levels) and blood vessel function, which is important for good muscle pumps during training sessions. Another thing that is necessary to mention here is the fact that Granite Supplements intentionally limited the dose of Capros® to make sure that its’ antioxidant quenching power (ORAC value) is roughly the same as a few oranges for example, and thus far less than what could put your muscle gains in danger.
Disclaimer: L-Tyrosine can potentially interact with certain medicaments (such as MAO-inhibitors, Levodopa and certain thyroid medications).
For study references, please visit the manufacturer’s website.
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Take one (1) scoop 10-15 minutes prior to exercising and consume both pre- and intra-workout.
Contains ingredients derived from hydrolyzed milk casein.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets. This product should not serve as a substitute for food but should be consumed as part of a balanced, healthy diet. Dietary supplements are intended for healthy people over the age of 18. Always consult with your general practitioner if you are pregnant or nursing, or suffer from one or more medical conditions and/or are in treatment with one or more medicaments. This product contains ingredients derived from hydrolyzed milk casein. L-Tyrosine can potentially interact with certain drugs (i.e. MAO-inhibitors, Levodopa and certain thyroid medications).