Keeping fit is no casual pastime for the growing millions of amateur athletes who today set their sights on running a marathon. Now they can stay on the move with a new whey protein hydrolysate, developed by Arla Foods Ingredients to speed up recovery after training.
Lacprodan® HYDRO.365 is an easily digested, rapidly absorbed protein source. Taken within two hours of training, a 20-50g dose may reduce muscle recovery time from days to just a few hours and, at the same time, enhance muscle building.
Suitable applications cover the full range of sports nutrition products, including clear beverages, gels, bars, powders and tablets. “Proper recovery between training sessions is essential to maintaining peak performance and preventing muscle damage, dehydration and injury,” says business development manager Peter Schouw Andersen. “Protein hydrolysates are the next innovation after the whey protein isolates and whey protein fractions that many elite athletes have used until now.”
Faster access to the blood stream
The easy absorption properties of Lacprodan® HYDRO.365 result from the hydrolysation process, where proteins are broken down into amino acids and small peptides. In this pre-digested form, proteins are documented to have faster access to the blood stream than intact proteins.
Consumed with easily absorbed carbohydrates, the whey protein hydrolysate induces a higher concentration of insulin in the blood, optimising the body’s ability to restore energy stores in tired muscles. The high content of branched chain amino acids and leucine further initiates the synthesis of new proteins. As the rate at which the body consumes these amino acids is 25% higher during exercise, prompt dietary supplementation benefits muscle growth.
Versatility with a good taste
Unlike many other protein hydrolysates, Lacprodan® HYDRO.365 has a low bitterness profile. High UHT stability and pH flexibility make it a versatile choice for the entire sports nutrition segment. “For manufacturers that wish to develop clear sports recovery beverages with a pleasant taste, Lacprodan® HYDRO.365 is particularly attractive,” Schouw Andersen adds.