There are many marketing terms thrown around in the supplement industry today so it is important that you stay clued up. This way, you’ll always know what you’re putting into your body and whether or not it will actually benefit you.

You may have seen or heard the terms ‘anabolic’ and/or ‘anti-catabolic’ when looking at supplements and while it may sound like they could be the same thing, they are actually very different. To help explain this, lets look at the definitions of anabolism and catabolism:

Anabolism – Anabolism is the set of metabolic pathways that build up molecules from smaller units. In other words it is the process of building muscle.

Catabolism – Catabolism is essentially the opposite of anabolism. It is the breakdown of more complex components in the body into smaller pieces. In this case it is the breakdown of the muscles. This happens when the body turns to using proteins in the muscles

Now that you know the difference between anabolism and catabolism, its clear to see that during your training you need your body to be in an anabolic state and to avoid going into a catabolic state. So how can you do this?

The answer lies in the supplements and the proteins that you take.

In supplement terms, an anabolic protein is a fast-digesting protein that is available to the muscles faster. While this may sound great, it means that although it is available to your muscles quickly, it also means they taper off quickly and can lead to catabolism rather quickly (in about 90 minutes.)

On the flip-side, an anti-catabolic protein is one which is digested much more slowly, is released more steadily, are available to your muscles for a much longer period of time and so prevent the onset of catabolism.

When we put it in black and white it’s pretty easy to see who comes out on top, right?

If you are a serious athlete and you are putting in serious training hours, then you need an anti-catabolic supplement for maximum recovery!

XSV has your answer:

Reset Rapid Recovery Drink!

Reset is an anti-catabolic recovery drink that is formulated with high quality ingredients that will optimise and assist with recovery after intense training. It does this by improving the recovery time of your connective tissue, immune strength and muscle fatigue. Already used by international cricketers and cycling champions amongst a host of other serious athletes, Reset will help you recover faster so you can get back to beating your personal best.

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