MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is a combat sport which allows striking, grappling, both standing and on the ground using techniques from martial arts as well as combat sports. Proper physical training, sport technique, skills, and optimum nutrition along with hard work and consistency is the key to out-stand in the field of sports. Nutritional needs of Combat athletes like MMA, boxing, judo, professional wrestling, etc. is of utmost importance as such sports require a tremendous amount of stamina, endurance, strength, and power. Also, combat sports rely more on skill than conditioning as compared to non-combat sports. The Macronutrient energy and protein needs during the training session and the main event depends upon certain factors like the calories burned, body weight, injury recovery, muscle mass, and other special nutrient requirements.
Protein is the most integral nutrient as it helps in the overall recovery of muscles from wear and tear and synthesis of muscles as well. The protein requirements of strength athletes are more than the normal requirements and to fulfill it, protein supplements undoubtedly play a major role! Positive protein turnover ratio can only be achieved when protein synthesis is higher than breakdown resulting in muscle mass gain. (Elsevier, 2013).
The competition in combat sports is disputed in weight divisions. As even matches are distributed in terms of body size, strength, speed, and agility. So most athletes tend to reduce significant amounts of body weight in a short period to qualify for a lighter weight division. This again can be achieved by having an ample amount of protein in the diet. (Artioli et al,2009).
In brief, a quality protein supplement should be able to provide a combination of slow and fast release proteins for instant and sustained supply of amino acids, essential amino acids and Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). These are a group of three essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine and are essential, meaning they can't be produced by your body and must be obtained from food or supplements. According to many studies it has shown to boost muscle growth, decrease muscle fatigue and alleviate muscle soreness, which ultimately helps improve performance. Besides, it can be taken up by your muscles directly rather than first being metabolised by the liver and have a faster effect. Hence, the advantage of having rapid and direct absorption.
Steadfast Nutrition Power protein aids provide high-quality protein from sources like Whey Protein Concentrate, Wheat Protein, Calcium Caseinate, and Natural Cocoa Powder. One serve ie 40 g provides you with 29.2 g protein! It is a complete recovery blend, specially formulated and designed as per the Indian dietary regulatory standards and latest FSSAI guidelines to suit the Indian dietary habits. The best time to consume is within 30 minutes of post-MMA training or event session. It also comprises of electrolytes like sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, and phosphorus that work to replenish water balance and electrolytic functions along with preventing muscle cramps too. The compound “phenethylamine” in cocoa powder works amazingly to elevate the mood and as an antidepressant which ultimately helps combat fighters to calm down a little during aggressive fights. On the other hand, it also gives cardiovascular benefits. Furthermore, it is free from preservatives, fillers, heavy metals, steroids which assures health and safety.
In conclusion, good training, consistency in following good dietary habits and fulfilling your protein requirements can help improve the performance of combat MMA fighters. Also, help them recover from injury as not recovered muscles and compromised a percentage of muscle mass makes you more prone to injury and more muscle fatigue. Hence, Power protein can help combat these negative attributes and improve overall athletic performance.
Artioli G, Scagliusi F, Kashiwagura D, et al. Development, validity and reliability of a questionnaire designed to evaluate rapid weight loss patterns in judo players. Scand J Med Sci Sports 2009 Sep 28.
Bagchi etal. Nutrition and Enhanced sports performance.(2013). Elsevier Inc.USA.