Although I will put a disclaimer out that First Endurance is one of the team sponsors for Trakkers, I am not afraid to take an open look at a product and let you know how it worked for me. I am a firm believer that just because just because a product is good for one does not make it good for everyone. This is my first experience with First Endurance products, so look forward to more reviews of some others in the future as I work them into my training regiment.
I had heard stories, read reviews and tweets, everything except actually trying Ultragen. My typical recovery drink has been about 12oz of Skim Milk mixed with Hersey's Chocolate Syrup. It is a good treat after a workout, not too expensive to make, and we typically have milk in the house. Recently, I have not been terribly sore, maybe because many of my base workouts are not super high intensity, but my volumes have been higher than normal so I do find a need to recover properly, especially after a longer run. This seems to be my nemesis and takes the longest to recover from, especially if the pace is slightly hot.
About the Product:
Here is the snippet from First Endurance about the product:
| Supplement Facts|
Serving Size: 2 Scoops (91g) makes 12 fluid ounces
|Amount Per Serving||%DV|
|Calories from fat||0|
|Total fat||0 g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate (100% from Dextrose)||60g||20%|
|Protein (from Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate, Hydrolyzed Whey Protein)||20 g||40%|
|Vitamin A (as beta-carotene)||2,500 IU||50%|
|Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid and calcium ascorbate)||400mg||670%|
|Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol)||200 IU||50%|
|Vitamin E (as natural d-alpha tocopherol)||400 IU||1250%|
|Vitamin B1 (as thiamin mononitrate)||8 mg||500%|
|Vitamin B2 (as riboflavin)||8.5 mg||500%|
|Niacin (as niacinimide)||20 mg||100%|
|Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride)||8 mg||500%|
|Folate (as folic acid)||200 mcg||50%|
|Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)||6 mcg||100%|
|Pantothenic Acid (as d-calcium pantothenate)||20mg||200%|
|Calcium (as Calcium carbonate, calcium ascorbate and from Whey Isolate and Milk Isolate )||500mg||50%|
|Phosphorous (from Milk Isolate)||105mg||11%|
|Magnesium (as magnesium oxide)||250mg||65%|
|Zinc (as zinc oxide)||7.5mg||50%|
|Chloride (as sodium and potassium chloride)||150mg||4%|
|Sodium (as sodium chloride and from Milk Isolate and Whey Isolate)||350mg||15%|
|Potassium (as potassium chloride and from Whey Isolate and Milk Isolate)||200mg||6%|
|BCAA's† (Leucine, Valine, Iso-Leucine)||4.5g||*|
| *Daily Value Not Established|
**Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
|† Typical Amino Acid profile|
In a nutshell, Ultragen is packed full of nutrients to help your body recover properly. A 3 to 1 ratio of Carbs to Protein makes sure you are refueling your muscle stores and are giving them the right amount to rebuild for the next workout.
Why I Am Hooked:
The second thing that I really like about Ultragen is that it mixes well with water. Chocolate Milk requires lets see.... milk, and leaving that out in the warm weather at a race is not recommended. Protein powder always seems to work better when mixed with milk and not water, or tastes better at least, here again the same issue. Ultragen is great because you could pop a scoop into a water bottle, then post race fill it up with water and be ready to go without worrying about getting ill from spoiled milk. The critical time to consume the recovery drink is within 15-30 minutes post-workout. Unless you are racing in your backyard, you will probably be able to find water more easily than milk in that time frame, especially when you are waiting for the awards ceremony!
I am glad to have tried Ultragen and will continue to purchase and use the product. I have seen how well my muscles are able to recover and be prepared for the next workout. I am glad to see products being developed that stick to their claim and perform! Looking forward to trying some of the other flavors in future orders! This stuff is tasty!