The Smartfish Recharge series is a product range designed to ensure speedy and effective recovery after exercise. Recharge is clinically proven to improve performance [1-3] through well-understood mechanisms, and it is currently used by top athletes across the professional and amateur spheres.
Training and competing strain the muscles in the body and break them down. In order to avoid damage and injury, the muscles must recover between workouts. With careful management of food, drink, sleep and rest, the muscles will need less time to recover.
About sports nutrition
The Smartfish Recharge series is a product range designed to ensure speedy and effective recovery after exercise. Recharge is clinically proven to improve performance[1-3] through well-understood mechanisms, and it is currently used by top athletes across the professional and amateur spheres. It is based on Smartfish’s proprietary juice-based emulsion technology. All Smartfish sports products are Informed Sports® certified and guaranteed free from substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Training and competing strain the muscles in the body and break them down. In order to avoid damage and injury, the muscles must recover between workouts. During the recovery phase, the muscles are rebuilt, they grow and are made ready for new challenges. When muscles are particularly strained, they may need three to four days to fully recover. With careful management of food, drink, sleep and rest, the muscles will need less time to recover.
Marine omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA increase cellular membrane elasticity  and produce an anti-inflammatory effect on the body[5-9]. Increased levels of DHA and EPA in the blood may induce improved muscle recovery by enhancing the body’s management of inflammation.
Smartfish has developed a range of sports nutrition products with documented effects:
- RECHARGE HIGH PROTEIN: a juice-based whey protein and DHA and EPA fatty acid recovery drink for post-training and post-competition ingestion. Studies have shown superior muscle recovery when compared with whey protein [1, 2].
- RECHARGE FUEL: a juice-based high-dose omega-3 fatty acid drink for supplementation of DHA and EPA fatty acids. Studies have shown benefits for endurance sports and reduced symptom days for upper respiratory tract infection .
- RECHARGE OMEGA-3: a juice-based nutritional drink with oxidation-protected marine omega-3 DHA and EPA fatty acids. Benefits active people of all ages.
Studies – Recharge
Three sports-specific clinical studies have been conducted on Recharge products. In one study Smartfish Recharge High Protein demonstrated improved muscle recovery after strenuous exercise. The study documents that Smartfish Recharge High Protein stimulates muscle recovery more effectively than a drink with identical protein content, and a carbohydrate control drink (placebo). The study was conducted by the University of Stirling. The researchers measured the effects of Smartfish Recharge High Protein on speed, flexibility, mobility, endurance and stress indicators in football players.
A recent study confirmed earlier results from the football study at the University of Stirling. The study was conducted on 20 professional rugby players, randomised to receive either Recharge High Protein or a protein-based placebo twice daily for five weeks. The effect of the product was measured by muscle soreness, countermovement jump (CMJ) and mental well-being. After five weeks, a positive effect of Recharge High Protein was observed in terms of muscle soreness, CMJ performance and fatigue compared to day zero. The results show that Recharge High Protein can reduce muscle soreness and maintain muscle function and explosive power after hard exercise
There has also been conducted a study involving a product similar to Recharge Fuel. 21 male cyclists and triathletes were included in the study and randomized to two groups supplemented twice daily with either Recharge Fuel or a control. Expired gas was collected at rest and during 60 minutes of cycling at 85% of the individual lactate threshold. After 4 weeks of supplementing with Recharge Fuel, the respiratory exchange ratio and carbohydrate oxidation increased during steady-state cycling. Fat oxidation, however, decreased during the exercise.
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