DSM, a leading health, nutrition, and materials company, is supporting its pro cycling team, currently riding in Tour de France, with innovative nutritional solutions for endurance athletes.
According to DSM, the company provides Team DSM with products and technology to help them maximize their potential across the four core areas of performance: focus, endurance, resilience, and recovery. In return, riders’ feedback, insights, and data enable DSM to improve their ingredients.
One challenge the DSM team is addressing is the digestive distress for high-performance athletes. Endurance athletes suffer more gut distress than the general population, as the extended demands of elite sport can cause stress to the gut. The extremes to which Team DSM riders push their bodies make them ideal partners to test the Human-identical Milk Oligosaccharides (HiMO). Like those found in breast milk, these carbohydrates feed good gut bacteria. Together with Team DSM’s sports nutrition partner Sanas, DSM has developed Gut Complex 5, with HiMO Blend 5 as the main ingredient.
The other challenge is to use protein as an agent for athletic recovery. Protein is the key macronutrient in muscle-building and recovery. Intense exercise causes muscle damage and muscle fatigue. The quality of a protein drives recovery, but endurance sports like cycling can compromise the digestive system, making it harder for riders to effectively digest even high-quality proteins. Sourced from canola, DSM’s CanolaPRO is a highly soluble and easy-to-digest plant protein. It is a sustainable source of protein and more amino-complete than other plant proteins. Rich in cysteine (which may help protect against exercise-induced muscle damage), the protein from CanolaPRO maximizes uptake and aids efficient muscle recovery. Together with Team DSM and their sports nutrition partner Sanas, DSM has developed a vegan protein bar with CanolaPRO as the key ingredient. CanolaPRO can also be consumed in ready-to-drink and ready-to-mix beverages.
Following the riders’ feedback and scientific data collected during the year-long collaboration, DSM aims to develop solutions that will go on to offer nutritionally effective and sustainable protein solutions for the vitality of people across the world.