In a clinical trial For Goodness Shakes has claimed to help athletes recover more power and do up to 40% more at their next session than those that used an isotonic sports drink or water to recover.
In the test to determine these results, three sets of athletes were forced to battle against a Cybex leg press – which has the sole objective of breaking muscle fibre by doing the exact opposite of what you want it to do. The athletes were tasked to try and stop the machine pulling their leg straight, using only their hamstring to resist it. The exercise continued over three days with each group prescribed a single, specific drink to take post exercise: water; a leading isotonic sports drink; and For Goodness Shakes.
On day three, when muscle damage and soreness is usually at its highest, the athletes drinking water or the isotonic sports drink completed 43% and 45% less work respectively than on day one. Those drinking For Goodness Shakes completed just 17% less on day three compared to day one, which equals 40% more work than the athletes using water or an isotonic sports drink.
So, the athletes drinking For Goodness Shakes recovered more power than the athletes consuming water or the isotonic sports drink – enabling them to do 40% more work on day three. These results suggest that the combination of protein and carbohydrate in For Goodness Shakes reduces muscle damage by providing protein for muscle regeneration. The protein-carbohydrate complex can help re-energise the body by increasing the uptake and storage of carbohydrate by creating a stronger insulin reaction than carbohydrate on its own.
For Goodness Shakes brand Manager and GB Triathlete Alex Brooks says: “The days of an isotonic sports drink being good for all occasions – before, during and after sport – are over. It’s old science. These results confirm that athletes’ nutritional needs are very different after sport compared to what they require before and during sport. Protein – added at the perfect ratio of protein to carbohydrate – provides the essential ingredient to help the body repair, rebuild and recover power. Too little protein and the body is unable to repair adequately; too much protein and the body can turn sluggish and hydration becomes less efficient.”