Best Post Ride Nutrition Supplements

(Last Updated On: April 28, 2022)

post mtb ride health, stopping DOMS

If you are a mountain bike junkie and doing hard rides, post ride nutrition supplements could be for you.  We guide you through the best nutrition supplements for post ride recovery which will prevent muscle soreness and dehydration.

Whey Protein

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder, Double Rich Chocolate, 5 Pound (Packaging May Vary)
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Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder, Double Rich Chocolate, 5 Pound (Packaging May Vary)
  • Packaging May Vary - New look, with the same trusted quality
  • GOLD STANDARD 100% WHEY BLEND – 24g blended protein consisting of whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, and whey peptides to support lean muscle mass – they don't call it the GOLD STANDARD of quality for nothing
  • OVER 5G OF BCAAS – help build lean and strong muscles with naturally occurring BCAAs
  • 3-4G CARBS, 1-3G SUGAR, AND 1-1.5G FAT, GLUTEN FREE, No Sucralose in Double Rich Chocolate Flavor
  • INSTANTIZED – improves mixability to prevent lumps and clumps

Whey protein is currently all the rage, especially for gym bunnies, but they are excellent for mountain bike riders too.

What is Whey protein?

Whey protein is a dairy based protein which has the essential amino acids for muscle building.

Benefits of whey protein for post MTB rides

When you do a heavy ride, your muscles break down essential proteins in your muscles and uses them for fuel. These proteins need to be replaced to help muscle recovery. You can get these from protein rich foods like steak and salmon, but Whey powders provide a quick and easy hit with out the cholesterol.  Whey Protein will also help with post ride leg pains.

 

Creatine

Optimum Nutrition Micronized Creatine Monohydrate Capsules, Keto Friendly, 2500mg, 300 Capsules (Packaging May Vary)
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Optimum Nutrition Micronized Creatine Monohydrate Capsules, Keto Friendly, 2500mg, 300 Capsules (Packaging May Vary)
  • 2.5g pure creatine monohydrate per serving
  • Supports muscle size, strength, and power when combined with high intensity activities
  • Convenient capsules 2 cap serving size makes taking creatine quick and easy without the need to mix a powder into a liquid
  • Easy to swallow capsules. Can be used for pre and post workouts
  • Available in 100, 200, 300 capsule bottles

What is creatine?

Creatine is produced naturally by your body from protein rich foods like chicken and fish and stored in the form of creatine phosphate (CP).  CP will increase energy levels for short bursts of exercise.

Why use creatine for post mountain bike rides?

Along with it’s energy producing effects, creatine is also proven to speed up muscle recovery after intense mountain bike rides.

Creatine can be purchased in powders, drinks but capsules are considered the best form.

 

BCCA Capsules

Optimum Nutrition Instantized BCAA Capsules, Keto Friendly Branched Chain Essential Amino Acids, 1000mg, 400 Count
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Optimum Nutrition Instantized BCAA Capsules, Keto Friendly Branched Chain Essential Amino Acids, 1000mg, 400 Count
  • BCAAs 2:1:1 ratio of leucine, isoleucine, valine
  • RECOVERY take your training efforts to the next level by supporting endurance and recovery
  • ACTIVE LIFESTYLE help your active lifestyle by supplementing with ON BCAA capsules
  • EASY TO SWALLOW CAPSULES
  • AVAILABLE IN 60 count, 200 count, 400 count BOTTLES

What is BCCA?

BCCA stands for ‘branded chain amino acids‘. They comprise of the main three amino acids in your body’s muscles. Loved by athletes for years, they have been pushed aside by popular whey proteins, but they are all the rage again.

What does BCCA do?

Along with aiding muscle growth, they also provide ‘muscle fuel’ to help with hard hill MTB climbs.  They also decrease the amount of muscle soreness and aid muscle recovery.

Note: best to be taken prior to MTB rides to get the benefit during and after

Taurine Capsules

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NOW Supplements, Taurine 1,000 mg, Double Strength, Nervous System Health*, 250 Veg Capsules
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NOW Supplements, Taurine 1,000 mg, Double Strength, Nervous System Health*, 250 Veg Capsules
  • DOUBLE STRENGTH VEGAN CAPSULES: This product has twice the taurine (1,000 mg) as in our regular strength product (500 mg).
  • NERVOUS SYSTEM HEALTH*/HEALTHY VISUAL FUNCTION*: Taurine helps to generate and regulate nerve impulses and aids in the maintenance of fluid balance; it is also used by the body in visual pathways, as well as in the brain and nervous system, where it works together with glycine and GABA as a neurotransmitter.*
  • CERTIFICATIONS/CLASSIFICATIONS: Dairy Free, Egg Free, Kosher, Made without Gluten, Non-GMO, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan/Vegetarian
  • GMP Quality Assured: NPA A-rated GMP certification means that every aspect of the NOW manufacturing process has been examined, including our laboratory/testing methods (for stability, potency, and product formulation).
  • Packaged in the USA by a family owned and operated company since 1968

Taurine is actually an Amino acid essential to the muscles. Research has shown that taurine helps fighting delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) as it acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Now Taurine (1000mg) is Amazon’s best seller with lots of good reviews and positive stories.

Electrolytes

Nuun: Past Formula Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs, Citrus Berry Mix, Box of 4 Tubes
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Nuun: Past Formula Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs, Citrus Berry Mix, Box of 4 Tubes
  • Variety 4-pack contains one tube of each flavor: Orange, Tri-Berry, Citrus Fruit, Lemon Lime
  • Packed with an optimal blend of 4 key electrolytes to replenish those lost during activities (running, biking, swimming, skiing, etc.)
  • Helps alleviate cramps and improve muscle function
  • Low sugar, low calorie, less than one carb. The perfect sports drink!
  • Refreshingly light flavor, no high-fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors or flavors

Drop one these in your MTB water bottle and you are good to go

What are electrolytes?

Electrolytes are naturally occurring  compounds that are essential for our survival.  They help regulate numerous functions in our body including muscle function, hydration and rebuilding of damaged tissues. Electrolytes include calcium and potassium.

Why are they good for mountain bikers (MTBR)?

If you are doing very active rides, you will lose a lot of water, via sweating, and essential electrolytes. These need to be replaced to aid health and recovery.  Electrolyte drinks will also help hydration by helping you retain water (instead of pissing it out!).

Multi Vitamins

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Centrum Chewable Multivitamin for Adults, Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement with Vitamin C, D3, E and Antioxidants, Orange Burst Flavor - 100 Count
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Centrum Chewable Multivitamin for Adults, Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement with Vitamin C, D3, E and Antioxidants, Orange Burst Flavor - 100 Count
  • 100 count bottle of orange burst flavored Centrum Chewable Multivitamin for Adults, Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement with Vitamin C, D3, E and Antioxidants
  • Chewable vitamin tablets with key nutrients to support energy, immunity and metabolism
  • Iron supplement and zinc supplement with B vitamins and other aminoacids to help support daily energy needs and normal immune function
  • Energy, metabolism and immune support supplement formulated with iron, zinc, vitamins B and E, and other key nutrients
  • Available in chewable tablet form that is perfect for people who have difficulty swallowing tablets

We all know we need vitamins for good heath, but are you actually getting enough. If you live a hectic life and out on your MTB 24/7 it can be time consuming shopping and cooking healthy meals all the time. A decent multi vitamin pill will stop you getting run down, especially if you participate in riding during the cold and wet winter months.

Centrum are the leaders in vitamins and these chewable pills above are quick and easy to digest. They offer 100% RDA for 14 essential vitamins and have very good customer reviews.

 

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