Simply put, Carbon Recover gives you everything you want in a post-workout supplement: an evidence-based formula that will help you recover faster so you can work out harder and build more muscle. That’s it. No fluff, no filler, just results.
Carbon Recover doesn’t include low-dosed, throwaway ingredients with little research to back up their claims, or seemingly novel ingredients included simply to make the product appear innovative. Each ingredient serves a specific purpose, and each one is fully disclosed on the label. Nothing is hidden behind a proprietary blend.
Carbon Recover is also formulated to work synergistically with Carbon Prep. While both work well as standalone products, they work even better together due to complementary ingredients and effects.
Carbon Recover can help:
- Increase lean body mass
- Improve recovery from workouts
- Increase muscle protein synthesis and net muscle protein balance to help you build more muscle mass
- Decrease excessive muscle damage
- Reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) so you can get back in the gym
- Increase androgen receptor density in muscle cells, making your current levels of anabolic hormones like testosterone more effective
The Elements of Carbon Recover
Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) – The BCAAs–leucine, isoleucine, and valine–are unique because they can be metabolized directly within muscle for energy production (ATP)and they can stimulate muscle protein synthesis (1). BCAAs have also been demonstrated to improve recovery by reducing delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMs) and excessive muscle damage (2,3). The BCAA leucine is primarily responsible for stimulating muscle protein synthesis, but it may be less effective when taken solo because it can deplete plasma levels of isoleucine and valine (4).
Citrulline Malate – Citrulline malate is most well-known as a performance enhancer that works by improving fatigue resistance (5,6). However, it has also been demonstrated to reduce muscle soreness and improve muscle protein synthesis (6-10). It may especially be useful for maintaining elevated rates of muscle protein synthesis during a caloric restriction (10). In other words, it can you retain more muscle even while in a cutting phase. While 6g of Citrulline Malate seems to be the dose required to improve performance, the recovery/anabolic properties of Citrulline appear to be achieved at approximately 1/3-1/2 the dose needed for workout performance benefits (7,8).
Carnipure® L-Carnitine L-Tartrate – L-carnitine L-Tartrate (LCLT) is the form of carnitine typically used in research studies that demonstrate benefits from carnitine supplementation. Carnitine has been suggested to improve workout performance, but it also has recovery benefits. LCLT decreases delayed onset muscle soreness and also increases androgen receptor density in muscle cells (11,12). More androgen receptors in muscle cells may mean that your current levels of anabolic hormones like testosterone could work more efficiently, getting you more from your workouts. There is also some evidence that it may increase lean body mass in the elderly (13).
Tart Cherry (CherryPure) – Tart cherry helps improve workout recovery by reducing exercise-induced muscle pain and facilitating post-workout strength recovery (14). Packed with powerful antioxidants, tart cherries contain the highest concentrations of anthocyanins 1 and 2, which help block enzymes associated with inflammation. This means a possible reduction of muscle damage and faster recovery from intense exercise.
Soreness Does Not Equal Growth
While many people believe that muscle damage and soreness are indicators of muscle growth, that isn’t necessarily true. Soreness is simply a corollary factor of exercise, not a sign of hypertropy. For example, if you wanted to get really sore, you could go run 10 miles. Yes, you’d be sore, but do you think that’s actually making you build muscle? Of course not.
Soreness can actually restrict muscle growth by limiting the number of bouts of exercise you can do, decreasing your strength, and hampering your total lifting volume, which is actually the most dominant factor for growth. While it’s not a terrible thing to be sore every now and then, if you are sore too often, it hinders your workouts and means you aren’t adapting well to training.
The ingredients in Carbon Recover are meant to jumpstart your recovery by increasing muscle protein turnover, reducing soreness and damage, accelerating strength recovery, and getting you back in the gym even faster to dominate your next session.
Bottom line: Carbon Recover can help you have more effective workouts and build more muscle, but it only works well if you work hard.
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