As I get more knowledgeable about nutrition in terms of athletics and performance the more I’m turning to simple plant foods and less processed foods to maximize the benefits of my hard day’s work on the mats. That being said I think there is still a good place for supplements in the daily training regiment. I think what is so helpful is that once you’re finished working out for the day, the anabolic window is really only open for 30-60 minutes prior to training so it’s so great to have something there on the spot to make sure your getting nutrition in while your body needs it most. The nice guys over at C12 asked me to try out and review their recovery supplement to see what I though about it.
C12 Recovery is 4:1 powdered mix ratio of carbohydrate to protein that if taken immediately after working out will take advantage of the bodies anabolic window. Your muscle’s can rapidly absorb C12 before your liver or fat cells can and will reduce muscle soreness. We all talk about recovery being one of the most important factors in high quality training and supplementation can be a big factor in assisting this.
I usually will teach 4 hours then eat and finish the day by training 4 more hours. This type of schedule can be very taxing on my body so I was interested to test out C12 to see if it could help me. After a few times of drinking the supplement I started to notice it, but in a really interesting way. It wasn’t like I got this strange unnatural spike in energy or anything like that but I just felt refueled, strong again. It was really great to have this opportunity to take something in between training and getting home and eating.
One of my biggest obstacles in being as healthy as possible is my post training hunger. I would be so tired and hungry from the days work out that the thought of walking to the market then home and preparing an entire meal seemed too tall of an order so I would sometime’s just pick up something on my way home, usually not the best idea for an athlete looking to preform his best. After taking C12 it would give me just enough nutrition that I could easily take on making a home cooked meal.
When I first looked at the serving size I was a little taken back, about 4-6 scoops, thinking once I add water this will be pretty chalky and difficult to chug down but it was surprisingly smooth and the chocolate flavor (they use real organic cocoa and palm sugar) wasn’t overly sweet. As for serving’s it comes out to about $3.28 per serving in the 1.2 lbs. container, not too bad considering the use all organic, non-GMO ingredients (Just 5 vegan ingredients) and is produced here in the USA makes this even more attractive.
I really like C12, I know that because the second the last round of sparring was over I would run to my gym bag and start slurping down this awesome mix, it helped and its a much “cleaner” option than most of those out there on the market today. I hope you guys try them out, they’re a small company trying to put out good stuff out there. Be sure to follow them on Twitter to see keep up to date on news and product releases!