Recovery Drink

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TORQ Recovery Drink is a highly advanced post-exercise nutritional drink formulation that has been designed to Rehydrate, Refuel, Repair and Recharge your fatigued physiology after heavy exercise. Torq recommend that TORQ Recovery is consumed within 15 minutes of finishing exercise - Read more to find out why.

The research is clear, fuelling with carbohydrate and ensuring that you consume a recovery drink immediately after exercise will not only boost performance and assist in the overall recovery process, but it will also support your immune system, leaving you less vulnerable to infection.

According to research by Gleeson and Bishop (2000) carbohydrate becomes an important fuel for the immune system cells which can increase tenfold during and post exercise when compared with resting conditions. These immune system cells are boosted by the body to help immunity at this vulnerable time and Carbohydrate supports their effectiveness. Also, according to Cupps and Fauci (1982) cortisol, a stress hormone that is linked to immunosuppression, is inhibited by the presence of Carbohydrate.

TORQ Recovery Drink powder is mixed with water to form a very smooth luxurious shake – the fluid content addressing the first of the 4 R’s, ‘hydration’. Our unique matrix of Glucose Polymers, Fructose (Multiple-Transportable Carbohydrates) and Whey Protein Isolate stimulate the rapid absorption of carbohydrate to re-stock vital glycogen stores. Along with our use of high quality Whey Proteins, our active ingredients, D-Ribose, L-Glutamine and blend of carefully selected vitamins and minerals work together to repair and recharge over-stressed muscle fibres. D-Ribose in particular is unique to the TORQ brand and there is no other nutrient available on the market today that is capable of refreshing energy levels at the intra-cellular level. We consider TORQ recovery to be the most thorough and effective formulation of its kind on the market today – yet we flavour it NATURALLY and use no colours or artificial sweeteners. There is not a single ingredient within TORQ recovery’s formulation that isn’t derived from a natural source, or doesn’t naturally-occur within the human body.

TORQ recovery represents this 3:1 blend of Multiple Transportable Carbohydrates and high quality Whey Protein. Research suggests that consuming Multiple-Transportable Carbohydrates and Whey Protein at a 3:1 ratio together immediately after exercise will speed up glycogen synthesis. In other words, the multi-consumption of Whey Protein, Glucose-Derivatives and Fructose-Derivatives will help you to store carbohydrate more effectively than any other method. Research has also proven that Whey Protein is faster acting, more soluble and absorbed/synthesised more readily than any other kind of protein, thus it provides the amino acids necessary for muscle repair with little delay.

Consuming TORQ Recovery within 15 minutes of exercise completion to take advantage of the ‘glycogen storage window of opportunity’ is also essential. This is called the ‘non-insulin phase’ of carbohydrate absorption.

Hydration: It goes without saying that rehydration is an important part of the recovery process and the water you mix with the powder to make your drink will clearly help with this process. In situations where fluid losses are particularly high, your TORQ Recovery Drink will not provide sufficient fluid for comprehensive rehydration, so you should continue to drink plenty of fluids after your recovery drink has been consumed. Remember that comprehensive rehydration in exceptional circumstances also requires the replacement of lost electrolytes to restore homeostatic balance, so you may also wish to consider consuming Hydration Drink to further assist the fluid replacement process when necessary.

Refuelling/Replenishing Carbohydrate Stores: The body holds a very limited amount of stored (endogenous) carbohydrate in the muscles and liver – and this stored endogenous carbohydrate is called ‘glycogen.’ In total these stores equate to around 5% of the body’s total energy stores, however carbohydrate is the preferred fuel source and during exercise can equate to over 50% (or more) of total energy expended, depending on the intensity and duration of the exercise. These limited stores combined with a limited capacity to absorb and use carbohydrate during exercise can result in them becoming almost completely depleted during an intense endurance training session or competition.

Once depleted, the body can replenish these glycogen stores in around 24hours to full resting levels, provided sufficient carbohydrate is taken in, however this process can take much longer if inadequate carbohydrate is consumed. Due to the time it takes for the body to restock these stores during heavy bouts of training and competition, where sessions are completed with limited rest and recovery, getting sufficient fuel on board and stored as glycogen becomes critical to performance in subsequent sessions and has been shown through research to restore exercise capacity more rapidly.

Post exercise, there are two main phases to replenishing carbohydrate stores. Initially there is a very rapid phase which occurs independently of the hormone insulin and lasts around 30-60 minutes and this is followed by a much slower insulin-dependent phase which can last several hours. During this initial phase, the body is able to rapidly convert carbohydrate into glycogen thanks to the activity of the exercise-dependent Glut-4 transporter which works in a similar way to insulin. This, in combination with an increased exercise-induced insulin sensitivity, aiding the storage process further, makes it absolutely vital that the correct calories are consumed within the brief post-exercise window. Delaying carbohydrate intake by 2 hours or more has been shown to reduce the rate of carbohydrate storage (re-synthesis) by 50% which is not advisable with another competition or hard training session looming. It is therefore important to make best use of this immediately after exercise by ensuring adequate carbohydrate and this is why we recommend that TORQ Recovery is consumed within 15 minutes of finishing exercise.

So there is a well established need for carbohydrate post exercise, but how much is required and in what form? Due to the limited timeframe in which the body is able to rapidly store carbohydrate after exercise, it pays to make maximum use of this time and get carbohydrate into the body as quickly as possible. The most effective way to do this is by ingesting some fast absorbing high GI (Glycaemic Index) forms of carbohydrate to ensure that it is delivered into the system quickly. High GI carbohydrates not only cause a rapid rise in blood sugar by delivering carbohydrate quickly, but also after the initial ‘insulin independent’ stage of recovery, it provokes a rapid release of insulin (the hormone responsible for the storage of carbohydrate) which further aids in the replenishment of the body’s endogenous stores of carbohydrate. As discussed below, fructose, which although a low GI carbohydrate, also plays a part because of its unique delivery method however.

The Role of Multiple-Transportable Carbohydrates: The speed of carbohydrate absorption can also be further enhanced through the use of multiple transportable carbohydrates (i.e. two forms of carbohydrate that don’t compete for absorption in the gut) such as Maltodextrin:Fructose (as used in TORQ Recovery). Research by Wallis et al. has shown that the use of Glucose and Fructose combined can give glycogen re-synthesis rates comparable to some of the highest reported in research. Further to this Decombaz et al. recently demonstrated that using Maltodextrin and Fructose post exercise resulted in a two fold increase in the rate of carbohydrate re-synthesis in the liver, one of the major stores of carbohydrate. For short term recovery this has massive implications as a faster re-synthesis rate of carbohydrate will leave you fresher ready for the next training session/competition. 

Muscular Repair & the Role of Whey Protein: Prolonged endurance exercise not only causes a strain on the body’s carbohydrate stores, but also induces muscle damage and causes a breakdown of proteins within the body. The addition of protein to a recovery drink can not only prevent the breakdown occurring, but also increases the rate of post exercise muscle synthesis, having an anabolic effect through offering substrate for muscle repair and aiding training adaptation. Protein synthesis and oxidation rates can be further increased through the use of Whey Isolate (the protein used in TORQ Recovery), a soluble protein that has a fast intestinal absorption further speeding up the rate of recovery. Significantly also, the addition of whey protein to a carbohydrate recovery drink has also been shown to elevate the circulating insulin concentrations and aid the storage of carbohydrate in the muscle and liver further, with a comparatively lower dose of carbohydrate.

An amalgamation of literature over the past decade has highlighted the importance of nutrition on adaptations to exercise training, with key considerations surrounding type, timing and quantity of protein and carbohydrate ingestion. Protein is essential for roles such as functional (cellular adaption) and structural (muscle fibre) repair post exercise. Furthermore, the role of protein regulates the activity of enzymes, improving the efficiency of cells that allow us to produce energy powering exercise. Research has concluded that when protein and carbohydrate are co-ingested immediately post exercise, the replenishment of stored muscle glycogen content is quicker compared to high carbohydrate alone. Furthermore, the rate of replenishment remains higher for a longer period of time. This finding proposes positive implications for athletes that compete across a multi-stage events where the window for glycogen replenishment post exercise is narrow.

Whey protein is rich in amino-acids, which are responsible for the up-regulation of muscle protein synthesis following exercise. Whey protein contains a rich source of the essential amino acid leucine, which stimulates protein synthesis better than any other protein source. Couple this with whey protein’s exceptional solubility, bioavailability and fast-acting properties, from a performance perspective, it should always be the first choice.

TORQ Recovery’s Unique Micronutrients: It is TORQ’s unique use of D-Ribose and L - Glutamine that sets it apart from other recovery products on the market. L-Glutamine helps to protect the muscles from catabolic (muscle degrading) processes after exercise and also strengthens the immune system. D-Ribose re-charges the muscle cells after exercise so that they have the energy to contract to their full potential within 24 hours, a process that would take up to 3 days without supplemental Ribose. These are particularly expensive ingredients and it is not unusual for nutrition companies to either avoid using these expensive ingredients altogether or claim that their products contain important components like these, whilst providing too small a dose to have a significant effect. We do not believe in compromise, so every serving of TORQ Recovery contains a dose of D-Ribose and L-Glutamine that has been verified by the available research.

Further Information on L-Glutamine: Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body, in a large part because it is needed a lot by the brain, intestines, kidneys, lungs and immune system and also because you can manufacture your own. It is actually termed a ‘non-essential amino acid’, but this can be misleading, because under times of high physiological stress, if you leave your body to produce its own supply, it will break down muscle tissue in order to make it available.

Logic dictates that this is not desirable when you are a training athlete. Therefore, supplementation with L-Glutamine immediately after exercise stops the body scavenging for an alternative supply and eating into your well-earned muscle. It also ensures that plenty of L-Glutamine is available to fuel the immune system. Numerous studies have considered the effects of L-Glutamine supplementation on immune function and although the findings are mixed, there appears to be enough evidence to support its worth 

Further Information on D-Ribose: Ribose is present within every living cell of the body and is used to manufacture ATP (the energy currency of the cell) from scratch. Whilst the body can manufacture its own ribose from glucose, this requires energy and is a very slow process. Research into ribose supplementation  has proven that taking as little as 3-5grams per day will return cellular levels of ATP to normal within 6-22 hours of exhaustive exercise. Without supplementation, this is likely to take between 26 and 93 hours (this represents a 340-430% improvement in cellular recovery when supplementing with ribose).

Every cell in your body contains ATP (adinosine triphosphate), an energy-rich compound that provides virtually all the energy needed to function on a second-by-second basis. When ATP is broken down into ADP + Pi (adinosine diphosphate + inorganic phosphate) energy is released and this is used to power all our bodily functions. Naturally then, it is the breakdown of ATP within the cells of the working muscles that provides the energy for exercise. Without it you wouldn’t be going anywhere!

It is through the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat and protein that ADP + Pi is reformed to make ATP. This ATP is then available to be used for muscular contraction. As the muscle uses it, once again it will break down to ADP + Pi and so it goes on. When exercising, this cycle rapidly and continually takes place in order to satisfy the substantial turnover of energy required.

Research has shown that after maximal high load exercise, the pools of ATP and ADP + Pi in skeletal muscle cells are reduced by as much as 20-28 percent. The mechanisms behind this are rather complex and involve the loss of a compound called AMP (adinosine monophosphate), however, the net effect is that the overall pools of ATP and ADP + Pi within each cell is reduced, which seriously limits their energy potential. It doesn’t matter how much carbohydrate you ram into your body, if these nucleotide levels are low, you’re not going to have the raw materials available to produce power effectively. To further compound the problem, once AMP has left the cell, there’s no getting it back and so ATP and ADP + Pi levels will remain low, perhaps sinking further if another high intensity bout of exercise is experienced.

It’s worth noting that most of the studies in the Sports Science arena have tested D-Ribose supplementation in relation to improvements in muscular power and they have drawn a blank. This is correct and there’s no evidence that D-Ribose will make you stronger. Its effects on cellular recovery (returning strength levels to normal after heavy exercise) however cannot be denied – it’s a physiological fact and it’s the inclusion of this amazing nutrient into TORQ Recovery Drink’s formulation that provides it with a very unique and valuable edge. TORQ Recovery Drink contains the full research-recommended dose of D-Ribose (3-5 grams depending on body size). 3% of TORQ Recovery’s ingredient matrix is D-Ribose. 

Continued Carbohydrate Consumption: In order to ensure maximum re-synthesis (storage) rates, research has pointed towards consuming around 1-1.2grams per kg body weight immediately after exercise. Anymore is unlikely to offer any further benefit and any less and it will potentially compromise the effectiveness of your recovery. This initial feed should then be followed up with regular carbohydrate feeding in frequent doses afterwards. There are a variety of regular low fat, high carbohydrate food choices that will enable you to achieve the desired amount of carbohydrate, but we do have a few products in our portfolio that will give you a helping hand. Use these products for pure convenience, or in situations where your exercise load is particularly high and you need specific tools to assist with the recovery process.

After consuming your recovery drink, aim to consume between 1-1.2grams of carbohydrate per hour for 3-4 hours. Research has also shown frequent (every 15-30minutes) provision of carbohydrate after exercise further stimulates the re-synthesis of the body’s stores of carbohydrate better than at longer intervals, so little and often will help aid the recovery process.

Gluten Free Formulation: TORQ Recovery Drink is a gluten-free product.

Natural Flavours and No Colours: Under exercise stress, digestion is affected as blood is diverted to the working muscles and any solutes added to a product will raise its osmolality unnecessarily making it harder to digest, so irrespective of the health debate surrounding the consumption of artificial ingredients, during and immediately after exercise is certainly not the time to take them. Therefore, we only use natural flavours that the body can recognise and break down easily and we don’t use colours (artificial or natural), because they simply don’t need to be in the product.

No Artificial Sweeteners: For the same reasons as highlighted above, we don’t believe in the use of artificial sweeteners like Aspatame, Acsulfame-K, Saccharine and Sucralose. These artificial sweeteners are 100’s of times sweeter than sugar and Aspartame/Acsulfame-K are particularly controversial with regard to long-term health. They offer no performance benefit at all and our stance is the same with these as with colours and preservatives – if they don’t need to be included in our formulations for functional reasons, why include them?

Chocolate Mint

Ingredients: Skimmed Milk Powder (Milk), Maltodextrin (Glucose Polymers 28%), Fructose (20%), L-Glutamine (6%), Cocoa Powder, Whey Protein Isolate (Milk) (4%), D-Ribose (3%), Thickener (Tara Gum), Natural Flavours (2%), Vitamin & Mineral Mix (0.1%)

per 100g serving per 75g serving per 50g serving
Energy(kJ) 1439 1079 720
Energy(Kcal) 339 254 170
Fat(g) 0.8 0.4 0.6
of which saturates(g) 0.5 0.4 0.3
Carbohydrates(g) 65 48 32
of which sugars(g) 38 28 19
Fibre (g) 3.9 2.9 2.0
Protein (g) 17 12 8.3
Total Protein (g)* 23 17.2 11.5
Salt (g) 0 0 0
Sodium (g) 0.1 0.15 0.2
D-Ribose (g) 3.0 2.3 1.5
L-Glutamine (g) 6.0 4.5 3.0
Zinc (mg) 1.9 1.4 0.1
Iron (mg) 1.9 1.4 1.0
Niacin (mg) 1.6 1.2 0.8
Vitamin E (mg) 1.0 0.8 0.5
Pantothenic Acid (mg) 0.6 0.5 0.3
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.3 0.2 0.2
Riboflavin (mg) 0.2 0.2 0.1
Thiamine (mg) 0.2 0.2 0.1
Vitamin A (mcg) 100 75 50
Folacin (mcg) 25 18.7 13
Biotin (mcg) 19 14.2 9.5
Vitamin D (mg) 0.4 0.3 0.2
Vitamin B12 (mg) 0.2 0.2 0.1
per 100g serving per 75g serving per 50g serving
Total BCAA (g) 3.8 6.3 1.9
Leucine (g) 1.6 1.2 0.8

*The Total Protein figure indicates the sum of protein + glutamine, which is representative of the overall protein content of this product.

Allergy Information: For allergens, see ingredients in bold. Contains Milk. No gluten containing ingredients used.

No Preservatives // No Colours // No Artificial Sweeteners // Suitable for Vegetarians // Wheat Free

Cookies & Cream

Ingredients: Skimmed Milk Powder (Milk), Maltodextrin (Glucose Polymers 28%), Fructose (19%), L-Glutamine (6%), Whey Protein Isolate (Milk) (4%), D-Ribose (3%), Thickener (Tara Gum), Natural Flavours (1%), Vitamin & Mineral Mix (0.1%)

per 100g serving per 75g serving per 50g serving
Energy(kJ) 1461 1096 731
Energy(Kcal) 344 258 172
Fat(g) 0.2 0.2 0.1
of which saturates(g) 0.2 0.15 0.1
Carbohydrates(g) 67 50 34
of which sugars(g) 41 31 21
Fibre (g) 2.0 1.5 1.0
Protein (g) 17 13 8.6
Total Protein (g)* 23 17.2 11.5
Salt (g) 0 0 0
Sodium (g) 0.1 0.15 0.2
D-Ribose (g) 3.0 2.3 1.5
L-Glutamine (g) 6.0 4.5 3.0
Zinc (mg) 1.9 1.4 0.1
Iron (mg) 1.9 1.4 1.0
Niacin (mg) 1.6 1.2 0.8
Vitamin E (mg) 1.0 0.8 0.5
Pantothenic Acid (mg) 0.6 0.5 0.3
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.3 0.2 0.2
Riboflavin (mg) 0.2 0.2 0.1
Thiamine (mg) 0.2 0.2 0.1
Vitamin A (mcg) 100 75 50
Folacin (mcg) 25 18.7 13
Biotin (mcg) 19 14.2 9.5
Vitamin D (mg) 0.4 0.3 0.2
Vitamin B12 (mg) 0.2 0.2 0.1
per 100g serving per 75g serving per 50g serving
Total BCAA (g) 3.8 6.3 1.9
Leucine (g) 1.6 1.2 0.8

*The Total Protein figure indicates the sum of protein + glutamine, which is representative of the overall protein content of this product.

Allergy Information: For allergens, see ingredients in bold. Contains Milk. No gluten containing ingredients used.

No Preservatives // No Colours // No Artificial Sweeteners // Suitable for Vegetarians // Wheat Free

Strawberries & Cream

Ingredients: Skimmed Milk Powder (Milk), Maltodextrin (Glucose Polymers 28%), Fructose (19%), L-Glutamine (6%), Whey Protein Isolate (Milk) (4%), D-Ribose (3%), Thickener (Tara Gum), Natural Flavours (1%), Vitamin & Mineral Mix (0.1%)

per 100g serving per 75g serving per 50g serving
Energy(kJ) 1462 1097 731
Energy(Kcal) 344 258 172
Fat(g) 0.2 0.2 0.1
of which saturates(g) 0.2 0.1 0.1
Carbohydrates(g) 67 51 34
of which sugars(g) 41 31 21
Fibre (g) 2.0 1.5 1.0
Protein (g) 17 13 8.6
Total Protein (g)* 23 17.2 11.5
Salt (g) 0 0 0
Sodium (g) 0.1 0.15 0.2
D-Ribose (g) 3.0 2.3 1.5
L-Glutamine (g) 6.0 4.5 3.0
Zinc (mg) 1.9 1.4 0.1
Iron (mg) 1.9 1.4 1.0
Niacin (mg) 1.6 1.2 0.8
Vitamin E (mg) 1.0 0.8 0.5
Pantothenic Acid (mg) 0.6 0.5 0.3
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.3 0.2 0.2
Riboflavin (mg) 0.2 0.2 0.1
Thiamine (mg) 0.2 0.2 0.1
Vitamin A (mcg) 100 75 50
Folacin (mcg) 25 18.7 13
Biotin (mcg) 19 14.2 9.5
Vitamin D (mg) 0.4 0.3 0.2
Vitamin B12 (mg) 0.2 0.2 0.1
per 100g serving per 75g serving per 50g serving
Total BCAA (g) 3.8 6.3 1.9
Leucine (g) 1.6 1.2 0.8

*The Total Protein figure indicates the sum of protein + glutamine, which is representative of the overall protein content of this product.

Allergy Information: For allergens, see ingredients in bold. Contains Milk. No gluten containing ingredients used.

No Preservatives // No Colours // No Artificial Sweeteners // Suitable for Vegetarians // Wheat Free