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Racing and intense training puts your body under incredible stress, depleting
glycogen stores, elevating cortisol and draining essential vitamins and minerals
(1,2,3,4,5,6,7). For endurance athletes, it's crucial to focus on recovery in
order to be competitive the day after a hard workout or race. That's why the
scientists at First Endurance developed Ultragen, the most advanced
post-recovery formulation ever produced. 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 (2,3,4,6,7). In other
words, First Endurance does not use "pixie dust" levels of ingredients just to
put on the label.
Research has shown that there is a critical thirty-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. If nutrients are not absorbed quickly enough, however, this
opportunity for maximum restoration is lost. But itís not just when nutrients
are absorbed, itís also about which nutrients are available. The body is
extremely complex, requiring more than sugar and protein to fully recover, so
recovery is limited without a precise balance of nutrients entering the cell.
Ultragenís many components are designed to work synergistically in order to
fully maximize recovery, providing the right nutrients to the right place at the
Time-Response protein complex: All proteins are not equal. Ultragen utilizes a
special combination of the most advanced proteins available, each one offering
unique recovery attributes. For example, Ultragen includes hydrolyzed protein
because it is enzymatically predigested in small, easy to digest di- and
tri-peptide chains that are quickly absorbed and digested within the critical
glycogen window. Fast acting, Whey protein isolate delivers high levels of
anti-catabolic branch chain amino acids. Milk Protein Isolate is a high
biological value protein which takes longer to fully absorb.
Carbohydrate Catalyst:: High glycemic carbohydrates (sugars) are rapidly
absorbed by the body and are easy to digest. Glucose, which has a glycemic index
of over 100, is absorbed faster than any other sugar available. Ultragen
contains 60g of glucose because studies show that high glycemic carbohydrates
taken after exercise create a catalyst, which increases the uptake of glutamine,
branched-chain amino acids, vitamins and minerals into exhausted muscle.
Cortisol Modulation: Excess cortisol levels have been shown to suppress the
immune system, increase the risk of upper respiratory infections and depress
levels of testosterone. In addition, excessive cortisol levels can put the body
in a catabolic state- where it breaks down muscle and store fat. Ultragen offers
a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, co-factors, glutamine and BCAA's
specifically designed to modulate the damaging effects of cortisol brought on by
intense endurance training (1,3,4,5,6).
L-Glutamine: Intense physical exercise drains Glutamine stores faster than the
body can replenish them. When this occurs, the body breaks down muscles and
becomes catabolic. Ultragen is formulated with a 6 grams of Glutamine for its
anabolic and anticatabolic properties. Research has shown Glutamine supports
glycogen and protein synthesis and increases nitrogen retention, which means
it's essential for muscle tissue repair and recovery (2,6).
Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAAs): Considered the building blocks of the body,
BCAAs are important for muscle growth & recuperation. In addition to building
cells and repairing muscle tissue, BCAAs form antibodies that combat invading
bacteria & viruses. Your body cannot manufacture its own BCAAs so they must be
supplied through your diet and supplementation routine (3,4).
Essential vitamins, minerals and electrolytes: Athletes, especially endurance
athletes, need higher levels of specific vitamins minerals and electrolytes to
help restore energy levels, fight free-radicals and maintain a healthy immune
system. Ultragen provides the high-potency vitamins, minerals and electrolytes
your body requires to maximize recovery (7).
15 Servings Per Container
3 lb container