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Training for your next marathon? Or maybe a triathlon or road race? As an endurance athlete, high–quality, complete protein is an essential component to crossing the finish line healthy.
Protein connection to strength and endurance
As I discussed in a previous blog post, improving overall muscle strength can significantly enhance endurance. The greater your strength, the less your muscles have to work to achieve movement. It is important to understand the role of protein in conjunction with physical strength and endurance.
Quality vs. quantity
I am often asked what the secret serving equation should be of protein for optimal athletic performance, and my answer to this is simple. The concern should not be about quantity, but rather quality. Conventional sports training and nutrition books advise taking 1 gram of protein for every pound of body weight, which for me would be about double the quantity of what I take now. High-quality, multisource protein that is alkaline-forming and easy to digest will help you reach your peak performance. The question of serving depends on the individual.
Top of mind for most endurance athletes is your body’s strength to weight ratio. High-quality, complete protein will help improve this and assist in the maintenance of strong, lean muscles.
Plant protein for recovery = best performance
The most important consideration for improving athletic performance is your speed of recovery. This is true for athletes or those who work physical jobs. Reducing the time and energy spent between workouts or periods of higher athletic stress will increase your performance gain. Alkaline-forming, plant protein will reduce muscle inflammation and help speed this recovery process.
Key recovery aids
Two important recovery aids that most athletes are familiar with include branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) and glutamine. BCAAs are commonly known as the “building blocks” of the body as they are essential to muscle growth and retention. Glutamine is stored in muscle tissue and used as cellular fuel for the immune system. When the body experiences physical stress, glutamine levels are reduced, contributing to the break down of muscle. To stay in a muscle regenerating state, a boost of BCAAs and glutamine before and after training periods will help prevent overtraining and improve your strength to weight ratio.
Vega formulation and timing
As a pro endurance athlete, I formulated Vega Sport Performance Protein with only purpose driven ingredients to work together for performance-enhancing results. Vega Sport Protein is alkaline and has digestive enzymes, BCAAs and glutamine to help you build and retain your desired functional strength.
You will find this multisource protein improves digestion and helps with soft-tissue repair for minor athletic injuries and ailments (such as ankle sprains or sore knees). I have found it to improve my overall flexibility and allow me to move more fluently when running.
What benefits has protein had on your athletic performance?