Exercise damages the body and depletes nutrients and energy. Proper post-exercise nutrition can be restorative and supportive of energy and muscle recovery. Carbohydrates and creatine help restore energy reserves, and protein and amino acids can help the muscles adapt to mechanical damage and grow bigger. However, inflammation and oxidative damage can limit muscle adaptations, in addition to making joints sore. A lot of adaptation happens overnight, adding to the many performance reasons why sleep is restorative.
This slideshow looks at the trends and products supporting this market evolution. It was developed from the SupplySide West 2018 workshop, “Nutritional Strategies for Exercise Recovery.”