The first major innovation in sports drinks in almost four decades was the introduction of a carbohydrate-protein electrolyte sports drink. The addition of carbohydrate and protein in a four-to-one ratio dramatically improved the benefits of sports drink consumption during exercise. The table below shows the impact of protein. Protein has an additive effect on hydration, an additive effect on endurance performance, and brought a unique benefit by reducing post-exercise muscle damage.
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