Sports Performance and Recovery

Sports Performance and Recovery

Recovery. Is it just as important as your workout?

People are often concerned with what they put into their bodies before a workout, but forget that post-workout fuel and recovery can be just as important as the workout itself. If you provide your body with the correct vitamins and nutrients after an intense workout, you’ll help your body to recover quicker, giving you better results the next time you exercise!

Matakana SuperFoods has created a tailor-made Recovery Formula to help aid in your post-workout recovery, naturally.

This delicious blend contains amazing superfoods which have been handpicked due to their ability to help your body recover from the stress of exercise. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, adding a teaspoon of Matakana SuperFoods’ Recovery Formula to your post-workout drink or smoothie, will help aid your recovery and reduce muscle soreness.


What is in our Recovery Formula?

Organic Pomegranate

Pomegranate (Punica granatum) has been cultivated in sub-tropical parts of Europe, Asia and North Africa for thousands of years. It’s a circular fruit with many sweet, ruby red, gelatinous seeds contained within a hard orange skin. They are commonly viewed as a symbol of hope and abundance and have been used traditionally by many cultures around the world due to their numerous health benefits.

Scientists have researched the effects of supplementing pomegranate following intense workouts. A 2016 study found that supplementation of pomegranate accelerated recovery of muscle damage and soreness after Olympic-weightlifting sessions performed by elite athletes. The conclusions made by the scientists in this study stated that natural pomegranate increases an individuals capacity to adhere to an intensive training program. They also recommended that elite weightlifters should use natural pomegranate during intensive training programs and competition to accelerate their muscle recovery.

Our Organic Pomegranate Juice Powder is rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants (including ellagic acid). These nutrients help to reduce inflammation within the body which may help protect the body from inflammatory conditions. The ellagic acid content of pomegranate juice powder may also help improve muscle recovery after intense exercise.

Organic Beetroot

Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) has had many uses over the centuries – as a food, a colouring agent and even as a medicine. Originally used as a general tonic in the Middle Ages, beetroot still maintains its reputation today as a nutrient-dense superfood.

The vibrant, red beet is full of vitamins and minerals. However, it’s also known to be a good source of betalains, a unique group of powerful antioxidants that are beneficial for supporting our body’s detoxification pathways. They’re also a rich source of naturally occurring nitrates which have been shown to benefit cardiovascular health as well as sports performance (as tried and tested by the USC Basketball team - read more on this topic). Other studies have also found that beetroot can potentially reduce recovery time after intense workouts (read more on this topic).

Our Organic Beetroot Juice Powder is made from the vibrant red beetroot and contains numerous vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

Organic Red Raspberry

Red raspberries (Rubus idaeus) are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. One such nutrient unique to the raspberry called rheosmin (raspberry ketones), has been identified as having beneficial effects on weight management. Raspberries have also been shown to inhibit the production of inflammatory COX-I and COX-II enzymes. Anti-inflammatory products like ibuprofen and aspirin, inhibit COX-I and COX-II resulting in the reduction of pain associated with inflammatory.

Like pomegranate, red raspberries are high in ellagic acid, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and may be beneficial for muscle recovery following exercise. Our Red Raspberry Powder is freeze-dried so you can enjoy the goodness of fresh raspberries all year round.


Blackcurrants (Ribes nigrum) are small, purple/black berries which are high in nutrients and packed with anthocyanins (which have exceptionally strong antioxidant activity as well as other health-promoting qualities).

A New Zealand study found that blackcurrant powder helped increase heart blood flow, the clearance of metabolites and decreased overall peripheral resistance in endurance athletes meaning that blackcurrant may support recovery post-exercise.

Our Blackcurrant Powder is dried at a low temperature to lock in all the beneficial purple pigment phytonutrients and flavour of fresh blackcurrants.

Goji Berry concentrate

Also known as Wolfberries, Goji berries have been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese Medicine to balance yin and yang, restore vitality and support skin, eye and heart health. They were also thought to extend lifespan and used as a primary rejuvenating ingredient in Chinese medicine. Western cultures are now embracing the Goji berry for its unique health benefits and delicious flavour.

Science has uncovered some of goji's chemical qualities such as unique long-chain polysaccharides which are found in no other food. Long-chain polysaccharides are thought to act as master chemicals within the body and may assist with exercise recovery, blood sugar management, fertility and healthy ageing.

Our Goji Berry Powder is concentrated to 20% unique long-chain polysaccharides and contains lycopene, ß-carotene and zeaxanthin – compounds essential for cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, skin and eye health.

Why choose Matakana SuperFoods' Recovery Formula?

Our Recovery Formula has been designed to provide athletes, gym goers and sportsmen/women with the perfect physical recovery aid. Just add to water or your favourite drink or smoothie post-workout, once per day.

The Recovery Formula is tailor-made from sustainably harvested and all-natural ingredients for those living an active lifestyle. In addition to the numerous antioxidant and essential vitamins and minerals, it’s the phytonutrients (including ellagitannins) in these red and purple coloured superfoods, which have been shown to aid in the speedy recovery from exercise. It’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan – perfect for those with specific dietary requirements!