Published on January 13, 2014
Elivar is one of the latest offerings in sports nutrition, bringing something a little different to the mix with a range of products aimed at the over-35s, and designed as a complete three-part system for pre-, during and post-run. The mix-yourself drinks – Prepare, Endure and Recover – employs a variety of blended carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals that have been tailored to ensure that even during intense workouts and runs the older athlete will benefit from both fortification and the use of low GI (slow release) carbs.
Prepare (taken 90minutes before a run), uses a blend of fast and slow proteins – 27g per 65g serving – for muscle mass maintenance (and, in part, to begin the recovery stage even before training), combined with an equal quantity of carbohydrates – only half of which are sugar derived – 3.1g of fibre and vitamins B6 and B12 to aid the immune system, which can be otherwise compromised by endurance exercise. The chocolate flavour is palatable if unremarkable and the mix blended, RunningMonkey found, quickly and without clumps clogging the bottle.
Endure, a slightly artificial-tasting Orange and Mango flavour, is a 45g serving, which again mixed quickly to a relatively smooth drink for use on the run. It delivers 32g of carbohydrates (13g from sugars) balanced in a 4:1 ratio with 8g of protein. The inclusion of thiamine, riboflavin, biotin, vitamin C and B12 all help to promote energy metabolism, with the addition of calcium and vitamin D for bone strength (an increased necessity for older runners) and, again, vitamins B6 and B12 for the immune system boost.
Elivar Recover, for post-run use, is a mix of whey powder and cassein (which extends the ‘recovery window’) with 27g of protein and 28g of carbs (50% sugar) per 65g of chocolate flavour serving. Again it is fortified with B6 and 12 for the immune system and calcium and vitamin D for the bones.
The RDA (Recommended Dietary/Daily Allowance) percentage of vitamins varies throughout the range but taking vitamins C, D and E as a fairly representative example they are: 21%, 47% and 30% respectively for Prepare, 21%, 35% and 26% for the Endure, and 39%, 48% and 33% for Recover. Although all three products do contain sodium it was a surprise not to find the inclusion of potassium (possibly zinc and magnesium too) to aid hydration and replace the ‘salts’ lost through sweating during the run, especially as these form part of the complete package offered by the likes of Apres and For Goodness Shakes. However as we often know little about how our food is produced, harvested, stored and transported, both food/sports nutrition fortification and vitamin supplementation can provide a sensible safety net and Elivar certainly delivers on this front.
Flavour range is currently limited (although Elivar say they are working on this) and the drinks do have a slightly gritty texture that could be improved, but otherwise Elivar brings a great deal to the table and has much to recommend it.
Elivar Prepare and Recover are available in boxes of 12 individual 65g servings at £24.99 or 900g tubs (13 servings) for £34.99 and Elivar Endure in boxes of 12 individual 45g servings at £19.99 and 900g tubs (20 servings) at £24.99. For further details on Elivar and online retail see elivar.com