First Endurance was started by two racing fanatics (a cyclist and a triathlete) with a healthy obsession for sports nutrition. The idea was simple. They wanted to give endurance athletes access to formulas that are developed for one specific reason-to maximize endurance performance. At First Endurance, their approach is different. Because of their core values and uncompromising standards, they develop the best products available. They are committed to using only the highest-quality ingredients. They employ the latest technological advancements and demand the finest packaging materials to protect the product from the elements (moisture, oxygen and uv degradation). Only when they are 100% satisfied that these standards are met, do they offer the products to you.
1st Endurance Ultragen Tropical Punch is the most advanced recovery formulation ever developed. Ultragen’s breakthrough technology is designed to work synergistically to provide the right nutrients to the right place at the right time during the 30-minute ‘Window of Opportunity’ following exercise so you can recover faster than ever before. Each serving of Ultragen delivers the levels of nutrients that have been shown in clinical research to maximize recovery and give you an extra edge over the competition.
Racing and intense training puts your body under incredible stress, depleting glycogen stores, elevating cortisol and draining essential vitamins and minerals. For endurance athletes, it's crucial to focus on recovery in order to be competitive the day after a hard workout or race. That's why the scientists at First Endurance developed Ultragen, the most advanced post-recovery formulation ever produced. Each serving of Ultragen delivers the levels of nutrients that have been shown in clinical research to maximize recovery and give you an extra edge over the competition. In other words, First Endurance does not use pixie dust levels of ingredients just to put on the label.
Ultragen’s state of the art formula contains superior proteins, a carbohydrate catalyst, glutamine, branchedchain amino acids, cortisol modulation and electrolytes. Each of these components is engineered with the highest quality ingredients and at clinically effective doses. No other formula provides a comparable option.
Research has shown there’s a critical thirty-minute glycogen window (called the “window of opportunity”) immediately following exercise when insulin sensitivity is at its highest and exhausted muscles essentially open the door to nutrients. If nutrients are not absorbed quickly enough, however, this opportunity for maximum restoration is lost. But it’s not just when nutrients are absorbed, it’s also about which nutrients are available. The body requires more than just sugar and protein to fully recover, so recovery is limited without a precise balance of nutrients. Ultragen delivers 60g of glucose, because clinical studies show that high glycemic carbohydrates taken after exercise create a catalyst, which increases the uptake of essential nutrients into exhausted muscle. In addition, Ultragen offers a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, co-factors, glutamine and BCAA’s specifically designed to modulate the damaging effects of cortisol brought on by intense endurance training. The Ultragen formula is designed to be fully absorbed within the essential thirty minute glocygen window, when the body is primed to absorb nutrients.
Ultragen contains special proteins (Whey Protein Isolate and Hydrolyzed Whey Protein) that meet the unique requirements of endurance athletes. Fast acting Whey Protein Isolate delivers high levels of anti-catabolic branch chain amino acids. Hydrolyzed Protein is enzymatically predigested in small, easy to digest, di- and tri-peptide chains that are quickly absorbed for muscular recovery. This is important because small molecule proteins are superior to the larger, hard to digest Whey Protein Concentrates that are used in most recovery products. The special proteins in Ultragen are absorbed faster and easier assuring you maximize recovery during the critical thirty-minute glycogen “window of opportunity”. The result: quicker recovery, improved endurance and the ability to race at a higher level.
First Endurance Questions & Answers
Why should I use Ultragen? Each serving of Ultragen delivers clinically effective doses of the most advanced proteins available, the fastest-acting carbohydrates, glutamine, BCAAs, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. In addition, Ultragen integrates the latest nutritional technology in order to maximize recovery and provide the right nutrients to the right place during the 30-minute ‘Window of Opportunity’ following exercise. Nothing else on the market even comes close.
How does Ultragen work? Ultragen’s many components are designed to work synergistically in order to fully maximize recovery, providing clinically effective doses of the right nutrients to the right place at the right time.
What is the 30-minute glycogen window of opportunity? Research has shown that there is a critical thirty-minute glycogen window (called the “window of opportunity”) immediately following exercise when insulin sensitivity is at its highest and exhausted muscles essentially open the door to nutrients. In order to maximize this opportunity it is critical to use fast sugars like dextrose which help shuttle nutrients nutrients into the cell. It is equally important to make sure all ingredients are absorbed quickly.
When should I use take Ultragen? Immediately after a hard day of training or racing. Ultragen integrates the latest nutritional technology in order to maximize recovery and provide the right nutrients to the right place during the 30-minute ‘Window of Opportunity’ following exercise.
What kind of proteins are in Ultragen? Ultragen is formulated using a unique time-responsive protein matrix to maximize absorption through the entire spectrum of recovery time. Whey Protein Hydrolysate (WPH) is a pre-digested, small molecular weight complete protein and the fastest protein absorbed due to its small size and pre-digested peptide chains. Ion exchange Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) is also a low molecular weight protein, absorbed more slowly than WPH. Milk Protein Isolate (MPI), fully absorbable due to the unique quality of its isolate (which removes carbohydrates and fats), is absorbed more slowly than both WPH and WPI. Combining these three proteins allows the faster WPH and WPI to be absorbed during that critical first 30 minutes, and the slower MPI to remain and deliver the appropriate building blocks for slower processes.
Why don’t you use soy protein? Though Soy Protein Isolate is a high quality protein, some athletes are weary of isoflavones found in Soy. These Isoflavones have some estrogenic activity that some male athletes shy away from. Using PER and BV, two measures of a protein’s effectiveness, Whey scores higher on both marks.
What are high-glycemic carbohydrates and why are they important? Based on a 50g-portion size, the glycemic index(GI) of a carbohydrate represents the magnitude of the increase in blood sugar that occurs after ingestion of the carbohydrate. What glycemic index does not define is the portion size of the carbohydrate meal ingested (whether the portion size is 5g or 500g GI is not affected), but portion size can affect blood sugar. Carbohydrates with a higher GI cause a higher rush of sugar into your blood than carbohydrates with low GI. Elevated blood sugar causes insulin to be secreted to help modulate the sugar and subsequent sugar crash follows. Glycemic Load measures the GI multiplied by the total carbohydrate content giving a more practical and accurate determination of blood sugar response.
What does L-Glutamine do? Glutamine is an amino acid that supports glycogen and protein synthesis and increases nitrogen retention. At a clinically effective dose of 6g, Glutamine is essential for muscle tissue repair and recovery.
Why are BCAAs important for endurance athletes? BCAAs are the building blocks of the body. They are important for muscle growth & recuperation. In addition to building cells and repairing muscle tissue, BCAAs form antibodies that combat invading bacteria & viruses. Your body cannot manufacture its own BCAAs so they must be supplied through your diet and supplementation routine. BCAA’s also combat ‘central fatigue’ brought on by an imbalance of BCAA’s to Tryptophan ratio. It is this imbalance that causes you to feel tired and lethargic following long hard efforts.
I’ve heard it’s important for endurance athletes to have higher levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Is this true? Absolutely. Athletes, especially endurance athletes, need higher levels of specific vitamins, minerals and electrolytes to help restore energy levels, fight free radicals and maintain a healthy immune system. Keeping in mind that free radicals have one or more unpaired electrons, an antioxidant is a nutrient that offers an electron-rich binding site for these damaging oxidants, giving them a preferential site to bind to and pair up with missing electrons. So even though it seems like simple breathing is not healthy, the oxidation damage caused by the air we take in can be overcome with proper antioxidant protection. Supplements like vitamins C & E and selenium also offer sites for antioxidation, thereby reducing the damage from oxidative stress. You probably recognize now that oxidative stress is unavoidable as a living human, but of special concern to them as endurance athletes -- cycling on long roads, running trails and swimming in the open water - is the greater oxygen demand they face, which compounds normal cell damage.
It seems like the trend these days for ¨during¨ drinks is low-glycemic is that just hype or what? By definition, low glycemic means there is not a rush of sugar into the blood stream. Low- glycemic foods may work well during a ride if you are well below your threshold. This steady slow release of sugar into the blood stream may actually slow gastric emptying and cause both gastric distress AND dehydration. As your HR increases and you get further into your ride, your body needs glucose (normally it will take this glucose from stored glycogen). As your glycogen is depleted, you either feed the working muscles glucose directly from what’s in your blood. Or your body starts burning stored protein and fat. If you force your body to burn stored protein and fat, you will quickly diminish your exercise capacity and increase your lactic acid accumulation. You must feed your body glucose so it is quickly absorbed and quickly available in your blood stream to use as fuel. This is why they don’t recommend Ultragen early in your ride OR on long easy rides where your HR is well below threshold. In the latter part of a ride or an hour before a sprint finish or hill finish, Ultragen works like a dream. Not only is 100% of the sugar from glucose (dextrose), all the other ingredients including their low molecular weight proteins, glutamine, BCAA’s and electrolytes are designed to be digested very fast. So, not only are you getting the glucose you need, you are also replenishing all the other key nutrients that can diminish your capacity to exercise. And, because everything is digested so easily and quickly you don’t get gastric distress or that heavy feeling in your gut. Try a serving of Ultragen with an hour to go on your next long ride and see how you feel on the home stretch.
Do I need to use a shaker to mix Ultragen? Ultragen is engineered using agglomeration technology making it spoon-mixable. The fact that Ultragen mixes so easily is a direct indication of absorption and digestibility. Basically it does the same thing in your stomach. Products that clump when mixing don’t digest well and can hinder both water and nutrient digestion.
Is there a time when I should consume low-glycemic food? Low glycemic is great as a pre-exercise meal, since it has the ability to stabilize blood sugar.
What flavors are available? Ultragen is available in Tropical Punch.
Is Ultragen legal? First Endurance is committed to developing the most advanced endurance supplements on the market. First Endurance has taken additional measures to assure that their products are safe legal and stimulant free. First Endurance supplements are legal to use in any sporting event governed by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA), the US anti-doping association (USADA) and by the UCI (Union Cycliste International). One or more of the aforementioned governing bodies govern all US Cycling, International Cycling, US Triathlon and International Triathlon.
How many servings are there in a container of Ultragen? There are 15 servings in each container of Ultragen
Can I take Ultragen during racing and training? The proteins, glutamine, BCAA’s and electrolytes in Ultragen will fuel your body with what it needs so you can finish strong in long races. The high calories, high glycemic carbs, fast proteins and high levels of all 5 electrolytes make Ultragen the best ‘during’ drink on the market, even though it's designed for post-recovery applications. Everything in Ultragen is absorbed super fast and hence very easily digested. Too many competitors try and develop complex carbohydrate mixes that have a number of different sugars and hence absorbed at different rates. Dextrose is the fastest absorbing sugar available. Ultragen has 100% dextrose as the carbohydrate source. You can drink the entire 12 ounces and not feel full during your ride.
They recommend you try taking a serving of Ultragen during the second half of your long workouts before using it in a race. I am confident you will be amazed at how much better you feel towards the end.
About 1st Endurance
First Endurance was started by two racing fanatics (a cyclist and a triathlete) with a healthy obsession for sports nutrition. The idea was simple. They wanted to give endurance athletes access to formulas that are developed for one specific reason-to maximize endurance performance. At First Endurance, their approach is different. Because of their core values and uncompromising standards, they develop the best products available. They are committed to using only the highest-quality ingredients. They employ the latest technological advancements and demand the finest packaging materials to protect the product from the elements (moisture, oxygen and UV degradation). Only when they are 100% satisfied that these standards are met, do they offer the products to you.
Their Mission Integrate their passion for racing, knowledge of sports nutrition, integrity, and values to provide endurance athletes with the ultimate, scientifically validated, high-performance racing formulations.
Commitment to Research
Commitment to Quality
Active in the Racing Community
Commitment to Racing
Commitment to Research Research is their most important value at First Endurance. They are driven by a desire to ensure their products are proven to enhance endurance performance and have scientific validation. At First Endurance, they refuse to reduce costs by using “pixie dust” amounts of ingredients just to dress up the label. Their formulations utilize the same levels (sometimes more) of the active ingredients that were used in the actual human scientific research. They are meticulous about research and go out of their way to make sure they have addressed each of their stringent requirements. All products that First Endurance develops are based on human scientific research.
Commitment to Quality First Endurance uses only the finest ingredients and follows stringent quality control. Supplements can be easily ruined. Even if you buy the right ingredients, they can degrade quickly and loose their efficacy if they aren’t handled under the most stringent controls. They are determined to ensure nothing goes wrong with any step of the way. For example, OPTYGEN is packaged in an amber glass bottle and utilizes colored capsules to reduce UV light, oxygen and moisture degradation, ensuring the highest quality, potency, and purity.
Focus At First Endurance, they are centered on endurance performance. Because they only focus on developing high-performance endurance formulations, they are the best at what they do.
Innovation First Endurance is committed to advancing the state of the art. First Endurance’s competitive strategy is based on having the best, patentable, formulations, technologies and delivery systems available.
Active in the Racing Community First Endurance proudly supports the racing community. They sponsor five professional teams, and a number of other elite endurance athletes. They have a dynamic relationship with the First Endurance athletes. This collaboration allows their Research and Development team to continue to push the limits of endurance performance.
Commitment to Racing Everyone who works at First Endurance races. Not just occasionally either, every week. They spend a lot of time packed in a car driving to early-season races (hopefully in warmer climates) and have stayed in more grungy hotels than they care to remember. They race when it is below freezing or raining sideways. They hang around the hotel after a race wondering when they’ll get the feeling back in their feet. They know what it’s like to chase a breakaway for an hour just to get a flat once they finally bridge the gap. Most importantly – they know what it takes to win races, when everything works out just right. They understand the work ethic, sacrifices, dedication and satisfaction that goes into every victory.
Ultragen is designed to be absorbed quickly. For maximum recovery, mix 2 scoops of Ultragen with water and consume immediately after exercise. Mixing Ultragen with anything besides water and/or consuming other foods during the first thirty minutes after exercise will slow down absorption. Thirty minutes after using Ultragen you should drink and/or eat something else.
Protein (from Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate, Hydrolyzed Whey Protein)
Vitamin A (as beta-carotene)
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid and calcium ascorbate)
Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol)
Vitamin E (as natural d-alpha tocopherol)
Vitamin B1 (as thiamin mononitrate)
Vitamin B2 (as riboflavin)
Niacin (as niacinimide)
Vitamn B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride)
Folate (as folic acid)
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)
Pantothenic Acid (as d-calcium pantothenate)
Calcium (as Calcium carbonate, calcium ascorbate and from Whey Isolate and Milk Isolate)
Phosphorus (from Milk Isolate)
Magnesium (as magnesium oxide)
Zinc (as zinc oxide)
Chloride (as sodium and potassium chloride)
Sodium (as sodium chloride and from Milk Isolate and Whey Isolate)
Potassium (as potassium chloride and from Whey Isolate and Milk Isolate)
BCAA's (Leucine, Valine, Iso-Leucine)
*Daily Value Not Established. †Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients: No processing ingredients included
About 1st Endurance
First Endurance was started by two racing fanatics (a cyclist and a triathlete) with a healthy obsession for sports nutrition. The idea was simple. They wanted to give endurance athletes access to formulas that are developed for one specific reason-to maximize endurance performance. At First Endurance, their approach is different. Because of their core values and uncompromising standards, they develop the best products available. They are committed to using only the highest-quality ingredients. They employ the latest technological advancements and demand the finest packaging materials to protect the product from the elements (moisture, oxygen and uv degradation). Only when they are 100% satisfied that these standards are met, do they offer the products to you. P.O. Box 71661 Sandy,
84171 Phone: 8663477811 Fax: 8663477811 http://www.firstendurance.com
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3/23/2010 1:29:47 AM
I recommend this product!
Great product. I use it for recovery from mountain bike races and hard training sessions, including weight training. Tropical punch is my favorite, but orange creamsicle is also pretty good. After a hard session, I need something that will go down easily and not feel like a rock in my gut. This is perfect. My wife also uses it half strength for post workout recovery and likes it as well. She also uses EFS sometimes as recovery too.
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