Athletes Need Complete Protein

By Art Zemach, M.D.

What is complete protein?

Only complete protein actually rebuilds muscle.

A complete protein is made up of all nine essential amino acids. Similar to baking a cake, in order to make a complete protein, you need the correct amount of each ingredient (in this case the ingredients are amino acids).

Most natural foods that contain protein have at least some complete protein. Natural foods are rarely “perfectly complete” or “not complete” - more often they are “somewhat complete”.

Soy protein, for example, is 30% complete. Whey protein is 24% complete. This means that the same amount of muscle can be built by either 25 grams of soy protein, or 31 grams of whey protein. Soy protein, gram for gram, will build a little more muscle than whey protein.

Recovery Mix Delivers Quality Protein

At Tailwind Nutrition, we did the science for you, so you can simplify your nutrition. When we designed Recovery Mix, we wanted to use the best protein possible for rebuilding muscle after a workout. We took rice protein, which is easy for many people to digest, and augmented it with the nine essential amino acids to make it as close to a perfectly complete protein as possible. Our protein is 76% complete!

This explains why the 10 grams of high-quality protein in a serving of Recovery Mix will build as much muscle as 25 grams of soy protein or 31 grams of whey protein.

The Importance of Timing

For athletes, timing is important. Complete protein is most effective when consumed immediately after a workout. Most people get complete protein in a normal diet through a combination of various foods, but the beauty of Recovery Mix is the efficiency and convenience of one bottle with the exact protein you need to recover.

If you’re baking a cake, you don’t bake flour and eggs first and then bake butter and sugar later. The cake needs all the ingredients in the correct quantities at the same time to be effective. It’s the same thing with building muscle and the nine essential amino acids. Recovery Mix gives your body exactly what it needs, when you need it.

If you drink a serving in the first hour after a workout (commonly referred to as the “golden hour”), your body gets the right amount of complete protein at just the right time. It’s a game changer!

When to Use Recovery Mix

If you’ve worked hard - make it count! Whether it was running, cycling, weight training, CrossFit, or power yoga, Recovery Mix will maximize any exercise session that leaves you tired or sore. You will feel better sooner and be more ready for your next workout.

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1 comment

do you have rice protein? and did you make any reaseaches on rice protein?


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