Serv size: 1 scoop (30g), Servings: about 12, Amount Per Serving: Calories 45, Fat Cal. 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Sat. Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. < 5mg (1% DV), Sodium 75mg (3% DV), Potassium 150mg (4% DV), Total Carb. 6g (2% DV), Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 5g, Protein 20g, Vitamin A (0% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (34% DV), Iron (0% DV), Vitamin D (0% DV), Magnesium (8% DV). Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Whey Protein Isolate, Micellar Casein, Organic Honey Crystals (Organic Sucrose, Organic Dried Honey, Organic Dried Molasses), L-Glutamine, Calcium Citrate, Potassium Citrate, Trisodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Magnesium Citrate, Organic Vanilla Bean Powder, Organic Cinnamon Powder, Green Tea Extract, Vitamin D3. CONTAINS: Milk, Soy.
Throughout the history of sports medicine research (and even primary medical research), study participants have primarily been 18- to 22-year-old men. Most of the scientific community believed that the findings from this research were applicable for women. They are not. Women have been excluded from this human performance research in the past because hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle impact performance. In short, women were considered “too difficult” to include as participants in the studies. The same fluctuations of hormones that alter physiological responses to exercise, metabolism, recovery, and training that present challenges for researchers create challenges for female athletes.
We saw these challenges as opportunities to better serve female athletes.
There is now solid research that is specific to women and their physiological differences. By knowing the differences between female and male athletes, every athlete can achieve their true potential by applying sex-specific methods and recommendations, including nutrition.
During the menstrual cycle, women have two hormone phases: high and low. During the high hormone phase, estrogen reduces the availability of carbohydrate and increases the amount of fat used for fuel; thus women have problems hitting high intensities. Elevated progesterone increases our core temperature by ~0.5’C, increases total body sodium losses, and increases muscle breakdown (and at the same time, reduces the body’s ability to rebuild muscle). If this wasn’t enough, the combination of elevated estrogen and progesterone drops available plasma volume by ~8%, which reduces heart-stroke volume, thereby reducing oxygen available for aerobic metabolism.
Based on peer-reviewed science, including research done by Dr Stacy Sims, who developed all of the Osmo products, we have developed three products to help female athletes feel and perform their best by addressing these physiological realities.
Osmo Active Hydration for Women helps female athletes increase power output, improve endurance, and avoid premenstrual performance decline.
Osmo Preload Hydration for Women counteracts hormone-induced drop in body water, increases performance during hot & intense efforts, maximizes sustained power, and improves recovery.
Osmo Acute Recovery for Women promotes muscle synthesis, reduces hormonal influences on recovery, and optimizes training adaptations.
We don’t just get stronger when we exercise. We get stronger after we exercise, when our bodies adapt to the stresses experienced during our workout. If you consume the right nutrients (included in Osmo Acute Recovery) during the 30-minute period immediately following exercise (known as the “Golden Window”), you will get stronger and more efficient while simultaneously accelerating glycogen restoration.
The three most important things to accomplish during the Golden Window are 1) stopping the body’s exercise induced catabolic (breakdown) response, 2) taking in high quality protein to facilitate muscle repair, and 3) restoring the body’s glycogen stores.
Acute Recovery is comprised of a 2:1 protein to carb ratio with 30mg of caffeine. Yes, that’s completely different than competing formulas—hold that thought! The protein (whey isolate and micellar casein) shuts down the breakdown from exercise and enables muscle repair. Carbs (dextrose from grape sugar) provide glycogen. The small amount of caffeine in conjunction with carb and protein has been shown to accelerate glycogen replacement by 66 percent over carb and protein alone.
Another important difference between Osmo Acute and other recovery products is the intentional absence of antioxidants in Acute Recovery. Research shows that consuming antioxidants within three to five hours following the end of exercise prevents you from gaining all of the physiological adaptations you worked hard for, because the antioxidants reduce the body’s ability to adapt in response to the exercise stress experienced in the mitochondria.