Here’s a fact about exercise and conditioning that many athletes fail to consider: You work out in order to recover. It’s after a workout is finished that your body does its biggest job – adapting to the healthy stress of exercise by making metabolic changes over time as improved performance and increased lean muscle mass.
It follows then, that fine tuning a workout can’t provide its maximum results if you are careless about your recovery. If you don’t give your body what it needs to recover – adequate sleep, enough downtime after exercise, and the proper nutrition – then all the workout tips, tricks, and trends in the world won’t get you where you want to be.
Literally, the first hour after you finish working out is particularly important.
It’s a window of opportunity to kick-start recovery by giving your body the nutrition it needs to begin rebuilding and reenergizing. Because busy schedules often make it impractical or impossible to consume those nutrients as food, the best answer is supplementation.
The importance of replenishing amino acids
Amino acids – nutrients that build cells, support muscles, decrease fat synthesis, improve redox state, and promote energy production – are essential for post-workout recovery. But our bodies only naturally produce 11 of the 20 amino acids it needs. That’s where Thorne’s Amino Complex comes in.
Amino Complex is a comprehensive formula that enhances recovery by providing amino acids – including all nine your body doesn’t make. Amino Complex, which is high in branched-chain amino acids, has been validated through extensive clinical trials for promoting lean muscle mass and muscle strength.*
The active ingredients in Amino Complex increase muscle mass by stimulating muscle fiber hypertrophy and improving strength.*
This formula is backed by two decades of scientific and clinical research.*
Research indicates that one month of supplementation with the active ingredients in Amino Complex improves exercise capacity, oxygen utilization, and muscle function.* Supplementation for three months with these active ingredients increases blood oxygen levels, general health status, and muscle energy metabolism.*
Substitute for a protein supplement in a pinch
Whole food proteins are great natural sources for amino acids. But if getting them from a post-workout meal or a protein shake isn’t an option for you, then Amino Complex is a great stand-in.
NSF Certified for Sport®
If you’re competing at a high level, then it’s imperative to know your nutritional supplements are on the up-and-up. Thorne’s Amino Complex is NSF Certified for Sport®.
NSF Certified for Sport® means every batch is tested for compliance with label claims and to ensure the absence of more than 200 substances banned by many major athletic organizations, including stimulants, narcotics, steroids, diuretics, beta-2 agents, and masking agents.
Even if you’re a casual competitor or a fitness enthusiast, it’s still good to know you’re taking the purest and highest quality amino acid formula available.
Two flavors: lemon and berry
You can fine-tune your recovery by making Thorne’s Amino Complex a regular part of your recovery routine. It’s convenient to use. Just combine one scoop with water, mix, and drink. It’s lightly sweetened, but includes no artificial sweeteners, and its flavors are derived from natural sources. Since it comes in two great tasting flavors, lemon and berry, kick-starting your recovery isn’t only good for you – it tastes good, too.
※ This article is transplanted from Thorne's website and partially edited for Asian region. Original one is here.