Science in Sport (SiS) have launched a new product called Rego + Fruitflow, the world’s first recovery gel, designed to boost your recover from intense exercise.
Most of us are pretty familiar with the idea of getting an energy gel down periodically on the bike to keep the fuel tanks topped up, but Rego + Fruitflow is entirely different in that, although it comes as a gel, it's not designed to provide energy and you don’t take it during exercise but before you train.
According to SiS, “Fruitflow is a tomato extract containing naturally occurring tomato compounds which can beneficially interact with blood platelets. Supported by human clinical trials, Fruitflow is the first natural ingredient with a scientifically approved health claim to contribute to healthy blood flow. Its use in health care and sports nutrition is patented and Science in Sport is the only company to produce a sports recovery product with it.”
The idea is that you take one gel 1.5 to 3hrs before an intense exercise session to reduce the over-stimulation of blood platelets. This will reduce inflammation, leading to a shorter recovery time… and training effectively is all about recovery. Fruitflow, the theory goes, helps maintain normal platelet aggregation which contributes to healthy blood flow. That’s the science.
Rego + Fruitflow is available in Banana and Mango flavour. I’d have to say that it’s an acquired taste. There’s still a hint of that tomato in there which is a little odd until you get used to it.
One 60ml gel is priced at £2.29, a six-pack is £11.99, and a pack of 30 will set you back £56.99.
SiS are also launching Go Hydro electrolyte tablets in a new 10-tablet tube. As you probably know, electrolyte tablets are designed to hydrate you but they don’t provide energy: these are virtually calorie-free.
Each tab, which you dilute in 500ml of water to produce an effervescent drink, contains 0.3g of sodium plus calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
Go Hydro is available in pineapple and mango, berry, lemon and blackcurrant flavours at £6.99 per 20-tablet tube (currently reduced to £5.98). The 10-tablet tubes come in lemon and berry at a trial price of £2.99.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.