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Best Recovery Drink: Gu Brew, Hammer Recoverite, Fluid Recovery, 1st Endurance Ultragen

Updated on December 2, 2013

Recovery Drinks

Food no longer cuts it in the world of muscle recovery. You can get by in the world just eating the right food after exercise, but you won't break into any sort of competitive level by drinking chocolate milk. Milk is slow to digest, and in the world of digestive recovery you have to make sure you are not wasting any second. Pure whey or casein protein won't cut it, your body is depleted of precious glycogen and your blood sugar is low, that protein won't even be turned in to muscle until your blood sugar rises and your glycogen levels are restored. You need the best recovery drink you can get.

The good news is, many companies have stepped up to fill in the void of normal food and what the human body needs to recover the fastest and make more gains. With so many to choose from it is hard to decide which one to pick. Where do you even start to figuring out which one is the best for you? Right Here.

Fluid Recovery Drink


Fluid has a very low taste, there is flavor in their drink mix, but it is far from full bodied. This is actually a positive thing for fluid. There is just enough flavor for you to enjoy drinking it but not to much that you can get sick from how intense it is after a ride. Flavors include Chocolate Wave(favorite), Berry Treasure and Tropical Escape.


Fluid mixes very well. You can use a spoon and stir it a few times and a majority of it will mix through the water. Of all the recovery drink's I have tested Fluid by far beats the rest in this department. If you mix it while shaking it in the bottle it works ever better.

Nutritional Composition Thoughts:

Fluid is an easy recovery drink to fill in to your routine. It's light and easy to drink. The creators have specifically designed their mix to even contain whey isolate and extra l-glutamine for an easy surge for recovery. 25 grams of carbohydrates and only 8 grams of that is sugar. That sugar is Fructose, not sucrose or lactose. It's fruit, and protein. Drink Up and enjoy.


$31.99 (16 servings) $1.99/serving.

GU Brew Recovery Drink


GU Does a great job of delivering great flavor in their products. GU Recovery is no exception to that. The flavor's full, not over powering to the palette. Even on a sweaty hot July you should still be able to chug this drink down.


GU Recovery mixes very well. There are some small chunks left in the bottom but nothing you can swish down with a splash of water if you want to drink all of it.

Nutritional Composition Thoughts:

GU has a good balance of 46 grams of carbohydrates and 8 grams of protein. This is a 5.72:1 ratio though. This puts GU Brew Recovery exclusively for long endurance sessions. Plain and simple it's just to much carbohydrates. GU Does add L-glutamine and L-arganine, which should help aid your blood flow. GU also uses fructose as a sweetener.


$32.40 (13 serving) $2.41/serving

Hammer Recoverite


Hammer has almost no flavor in their drink products. I don't know why they do it, but the good news for diabetics is that hammer won't spike your blood to fast. It's also going to taste like plain pancake batter with a hint of what ever flavor you chose.


Recoverite will mix sufficiently enough to swallow it down. It's nothing special and sometimes is prone to air bubbles encasing the powder and making small dry pods. Not as bad as plain protein but, not perfect or as good as the other drinks.

Nutritional Composition Thoughts:

Hammer has the nutritional aspect down perfectly. Some of the nutrients could be increased here or there, but it's all there. 31 grams of carbohydrates and 10 grams of protein give us a near perfect 3:1 ratio. To top it off there is no sugar, a measly 3 grams. Recoverite also has Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Chromium, Chloride, Glycine, L-Carnosine, L-Glutamine and Tyrosine. It's an endurance supplement bomb when it comes to recovery drinks.


$54.95(32 Servings) $1.71/serving

1st Endurance Ultragen Recovery


Ultragen is full bodied and full of flavor. This can be extremely hard to drink after a hard ride or even a gym session. Drinking it even several hours after exercise still yielded a very sharp punch of flavor. This is surprising to, as Ultragen also has 20 grams of protein, and should lose some of the strong flavor from it.


Aside from a few spec, of what look like little pieces of pure flavor floating around it in, there were no noticeable clumps of anything. Almost to perfect.

Nutritional Composition Thoughts:

Ultragen is so clouded full of supplements it's impossible to even consider it a recovery drink. There are to many to even list. The impression here is their thought was to put a little bit of everything, and something will help the person drinking it. Almost like using a shotgun to shoot a target. 60 grams of carbohydrates to 20 grams of protein is great, a 3:1 ratio. The downside to this is the 60 grams of carbohydrates are all sugar! Diabetics beware, this one will kill you. Ultragen loses in the nutritional department because of the shotgun approach and that the drink is just sugar.


$44.95(15 serving) $2.99/serving

So which one do you Chose?

It's hard to pick which one is the over all best. Each one has a few qualities that make it stand out for certain people.

When it comes to anyone with any sort of Hypo or Hyper glycemic conditions, it would be extremely advisable for that person to avoid Ultragen. Hammer Recoverite may be the best choice for anyone whose blood sugar spikes.

On pure simplicity and flavor, Fluid is the leader, and my personal winner after trying all of these. GU though is also very similar, GU mixes on slightly worse and I prefer less flavor but still find GU's flavor to be with in my range. I would recommend trying either of these brands and seeing which one you'd prefer.

Of all these 4 drink mixes, we feel Fluid makes the best recovery drink for your money.

Which Recovery Drink do you Drink?

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    • Paul Rinkenberg profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Rinkenberg 

      6 years ago from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

      Absolutely, real fruit and whey isolate is the best post exercise. One of the great things about powder mixes is they use maltodextrin which is a quick absorbing carb that is not as harsh on the body like sugars are, yet still allow for fast energy absorption.

    • CyclingFitness profile image

      Liam Hallam 

      6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      I love Science in Sport's Rego recovery drink which I find is great for recovery but in reality I can't feel a significant difference between that and making a fantastic healthy fruit smoothie to which I'll usually add a scoop of quality Whey protein for muscle recovery. This option seems to also provide a better value alternative to many of the somewhat overpriced recovery drinks which claim to offer the optimal recovery post-exercise. I stick to tried and tested Optimum Nutrition's Whey protein in vanilla and can add it to almost anything.

      Nice insight into recovery drinks. Liam


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