Science & Innovation

How can plants enhance physical and mental performance?


Specific plants, such as Rhodiola and Korean ginseng possess adaptive mechanisms which allow them to survive intense and prolonged periods of stress and thrive in harsh environments, facilitated by particular phytonutrients and bioactive constituents.

These plants and their constituents have since demonstrated the ability to equip humans with the same benefits when consumed, improving our capacity for physical and mental work.

We use many of these unique powerful plants in our Energy Formula to help promote sustained energy production and support physical and mental performance.


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How can your gut microbiome improve muscle recovery time?

The gut microbiota is the complex ecosystem of microorganisms, including bacteria, that live inside the human gut. Recent advances in our understanding of the gut microbiota have revealed just how important these microorganisms are for maintaining all aspects of our health- and now, how they can influence athletic performance.

More recently, particular probiotic strains have demonstrated the ability to reduce muscle inflammation and accelerate muscle repair during recovery from exercise by controlling the immune system’s inflammatory response to exercise-induced muscle damage.

AXP Recovery Probiotic™ contains these two particular probiotic strains, Bifidobacterium breve BR03 (DSM 16604) and Streptococcus thermophilus FP4 (DSM 18616), which were clinically trialled for their role in modulating muscular inflammation and improving measures of back-to-back physical performance.


  • Jäger R, Mohr AE, Carpenter KC, Kerksick CM, Purpura M, Moussa A, et al. International Society of Sports Nutrition Position Stand: Probiotics. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2019;16(1):1–44.
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Clinical A4 & Clinical Trial

How can plant-based protein enhance tissue and muscle repair?

The inclusion of organic golden pea protein alongside sacha inchi protein combines the complementary amino acid profiles naturally found in legumes and seeds.

Through this combination, we have created a plant-based protein powder that provides a complete amino acid profile with all of the essential, non-essential and branched-chain amino acids needed for muscle growth and repair.

While branched-chain amino acids are concentrated in muscle tissue and are often supplemented in isolation for muscle growth and repair, all essential and non-essential amino acids must be present in sufficient amounts in order to drive synthesis of new muscle protein.

The inclusion of plant-derived enzymes alongside sprouted and fermented ingredients is also designed to enhance protein digestion, which may help to improve amino acid absorption and utilisation by the body.


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