Elemental Nutrition Reclain Review: Preface
- The Ultimate Recovery+ Muscle Building Matrix
- Over 9,000mg of Essential Branched-Chain Amino Acids
- 1,000mg of Revolutionary Anti-Catabolic Japanese L-Glutamine
- Electrolyte Matrix for Optimal Hydration with NO Sugar
- Prolongs Fatigue During Training & Improve Recovery Time
Elemental has launched their new generation of scientifically engineered supplements including the new super high stimulant Demented as well as the re-formulated HGH. In the past, Elemental offered 3 options for a BCAA, their 4:1:1 ratio, their 8:1:1 ratio and of course their BCAA+G (Glutamine.) However times have changed, & science within the sports and supplement industry has greatly improved. We know more now than we did back then and Elemental have adapted to the times. A 2:1:1 ratio (leucine:isoleucine: valine) has been proven to be the most effective form of BCAA.
Add in 1,000mg of the heavily clinically backed Japanese L-Glutamine and you’ve got yourself a perfectly dosed 2:1:1 BCAA+G. This ultra-effective intra-workout will not only ensure maximum recovery and speedier recovery time (meaning you can get back into the gym sooner) but it also works to reduce muscle fatigue during your workout meaning you can maximise the results of each individual session. Add in the Elemental Nutrition Electrolyte Matrix aiding in optimal rehydration without the need for sugar, this product will ensure that post-workout, even after a session you left everything and more of yourself in the gym, you’ll still be able to Reclaim it before you’re ready to do it all again. Read on for a more in-depth look into the ingredients utilized in Reclaim, how they work and what they will do for you.
Reclaim Formula & Dosage
7500mg BCAA Blend Elemental Reclaim has 7.5g of Branched-Chain Amino Acids at a 2:1:1 ratio. This means the amount of L-Leucine (known for being the main recovery amino acid) has 2 grams to every 1 gram of isoleucine and valine. These amino acids are 3 of 9 essential amino acids required to make a complete protein. An essential amino acid means we must acquire it through diet and/or supplementation as our body cannot produce it on its own. If you are interested in diving deeper into essential amino acids, click here for a more in-depth read. Branched-Chain Amino Acids (or BCAA’s for short) are commonly seen as the most important for recovery and muscle growth. They differ from the rest as they are the primary nitrogen source for glutamine and alanine synthesis in the muscle. Ingesting these 3 main amino acids during training has been proven to not only reduce fatigue during the workout, allowing for not just a longer session, but also the ability to maintain higher output of intensity throughout. They also aid in faster, more effective recovery post-workout. These, along with a high protein shake and a good diet will aid in the ability to get back into the gym sooner with a reduced risk of over-training which can be detrimental to gains as well as increase the risk of injury.
1,000mg of Japanese L-Glutamine
L-Glutamine, unlike the BCAAs, is what is referred to as a conditionally essential amino acid. This means that- although the body can produce the amino acid itself, which would normally make it a non-essential amino acid- it can sometimes need more through diet or supplementation. Primarily in times of stress (such as intense exercise) the body cannot make sufficient amounts for optimal health and recovery. L-Glutamine is best known for its role in intestinal health and the immune system. It is also well known for its anti-catabolic properties, meaning it prevents breakdown and loss of muscle. It has also been shown to promote an anabolic response in the body, supporting muscle growth. Elemental has spared no expense utilizing the revolutionary Japanese L-Glutamine which is unparalleled in quality as it is produced by the world leader in amino acid research and manufacturing. Ajinomoto® produces the purest and most bioavailable amino acids in the world due to their unique patented manufacturing process and 100% non-animal ingredient origin.
L-Citrulline Malate (1,500mg)
L-Citrulline Malate is best known as an amino acid found in pre-workouts. It converts to another amino acid in the body (L-arginine) which creates higher levels of nitric oxide in the body. This in turn promotes vasodilation, the widening of blood vessels allowing for easier blood flow around the body. This process, in pre-workouts, is generally known for causing what is known as “the pump.” However, it has much more to offer. Greater blood flow allows for more oxidation and nutrients to be transferred to all working muscles, further decreasing muscle fatigue and allowing for greater power output for a prolonged amount of time. This greatly compliments the effects of the above-mentioned BCAAs. Once again, for a more in-depth read on this amazing amino acid, you can click this link to see our full review for much more content regarding L-Citrulline Malate.
Rehydration Electrolyte Blend (1,500mg)
Last, but definitely not least we are going to take a look at Reclaim’s Rehydration Electrolyte Matrix. How often in the past have you heard the term “electrolyte” used by well-known sports drink companies? However, when you take a look at the label you can’t help but notice a mountain of sugar in the so-called “sports drink.” Was that their “electrolyte secret?” Is there a better way to hydrate rather than drinking a glorified bottle of cordial? Yes, there is. Using the scientifically engineered electrolyte matrix implemented by Elemental Nutrition you will take in a total of...wait for it. 0 grams of sugar. Instead, they take advantage of the rehydrating, water-retaining effects of sodium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium citrate and magnesium sulphate monohydrate (admittedly, 40g of sugar would have been way easier to read, but that’s not what we’re here for.) Ensuring an effective and tasty way to rehydrate both during and after your workout will in itself improve overall recovery. As healthy as a sweat session is, it is essential we replenish what is lost from our bodies in those pools of sweat we leave behind. Optimal hydration also reduces cramps (through increased muscle elasticity,) & muscle fatigue/soreness and improves overall feeling of well-being post-workout.
How and When To Take Reclaim
Now this isn’t as straightforward an answer as with most other supplements. The majority of supplements will generally fall into one of three categories (pre, intra and post.) However, Reclaim can be seen as somewhat of a jack of all trades. Allow me to explain.
Benefits could be reaped from taking Reclaim before a workout. Having the BCAAs already in your body when starting the workout would still create similar effects as drinking it during, however, this way is not ideal. Also, if you drink a pre-workout before training, this would mean having to ingest two different drinks one straight after the other.
As for being an intra-workout, this is where we feel this product works best. As previously mentioned, ingesting these essential amino acids during your workout will have the greatest effect on reducing muscle fatigue and maintaining power output as well as prolonging the workout allowing for a higher volume, whether it be reps or minutes completed. This will also have a positive effect on the absorption of protein from your post-workout shake.
Finally, Reclaim in some cases can be used as a post-workout. The replenishment of these essential amino acids along with hydration can make for an effective post-workout drink. However, if you do already have a high-protein shake in place for your post, we would recommend using Reclaim during your workout. For experienced trainers, there would be no harm in taking advantage of the effects of Reclaim both during and after a workout. Reclaim contains minimal calories, so it is unlikely to affect your daily calorie count. Not to mention it is not uncommon for seasoned trainers to ingest upwards of 5g of glutamine a day. Taking Reclaim twice a day would give you 2g of this important amino acid, not taking into account the amount you would get from both diet and other supplementation (usually protein shakes.)
Elemental has done a great job in ditching their 3 original BCAA formulas and going back to the drawing board to create the ultimate recovery and muscle-building formula, This product is perfect for those who train the house down and need more than just their regular diet for maximum recovery.
Reclaim is a great-tasting product that replaces the mundane taste of water between sets. Apart from the taste, it promises to increase hydration levels far beyond what water alone could do. Add in the above-mentioned amino acids have covered that we know are essential building blocks of the proteins in our muscles, along with greater blood flow, intestinal health and improved immune system as well as overall recovery you have yourself yet another possible member of your supplement stack family.
Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA):
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Electrolytes for rehydration:
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Please note these references support the general effectiveness of the mentioned ingredients & may not extend to specific therapeutic claims.