Why Do I Need a Carb Drink?
Understanding why someone would take a carb drink in the first place helps you understand why CARBION+ is vastly superior.
Carbohydrates are the most effective and readily available workout fuel you can take.
Properly supplemented, they provide a highly stable and reliable energy source for optimal performance – shifting to fat metabolism and protein breakdown via gluconeogenesis is dramatically less effective and reduced performance is the result.
Supplementing with carbs is one of the best ways to prevent cortisol levels from rising and subsequently, catabolic muscle tissue breakdown from taking place.
Recovery from intense training and replenishment of glycogen stores.
CARBION+, A Better Way to Power Your Workouts
What CARBION+ has done is to select a broad range of extremely complex and increasingly less complex engineered carbohydrates to provide a combination of absorption rates that deliver reliable, sustained energy.
Starting at the high end, AWM2300™ Waxy Maize is highly-branched and extremely complex and comes in at 200,000 g/mol, next in order of complexity is the Rice and Potato starch, while lower in inclusion rates, they are also very high on the molecular weight scale, and range between 80,000 and 120,000 g/mol, CCD™: Clustered Cyclic Dextrin is derived from Waxy Maize (Amylopectin) and has a molecular weight of 60,000 g/mol and finally, DE-5™: Dextrin is the least complex coming in at 45,000 g/mol; all far larger and more complex than the monosaccharides Glucose, Dextrose or Fructose which is 180 g/mol.
So, what does all this mean?
The goal of any supplement is to have an effect. In order to have an effect the nutrient (protein, creatine, aminos, carbs etc.) must find its way into the cell; getting into the cell means getting past the gatekeeper, the insulin receptor. The obvious way is to allow insulin to do its job. But higher levels of insulin come at a price. It requires higher levels of blood sugar. The Advanced Carb Utilization Complex within CARBION+ has ingredients that effectively reduce the level at which these nutrient gatekeepers “turn on” and actively take nutrients in.
CARBION+ provides a range of carbohydrate complexity from extremely large, highly branched and complex carb to a simpler complex carb such as DE-5™, an engineered carb with 87% of the polysaccharide lengths of (10) decasaccharide and larger. It also provides 3.2 g of Fibersol-2™, another highly engineered carb that mimics the fiber effect of oats and provides beneficial actions like improved regularity, reduced blood sugar and shuttles triglycerides out of the body.
With its very low osmotic pressure gradient (matches human osmotic pressure between 280 and 300) and high levels of electrolytes, CARBION+ empties rapidly from the stomach, thereby facilitating efficient, sustained uptake and preventing bloating, cramping and indigestion that can occur with simpler carb drinks containing glucose or other sugars, especially when training hard.
More to the point, like consuming oats, CARBION+ has the effect of delivering caloric energy in a manner your body can cope with more easily, eliminating dramatic insulin spikes and sustaining energy delivery. This sustained energy provides a steady supply to working muscles, spares muscle glycogen depletion, staves off muscle catabolism and fuels recovery.
The addition of the electrolytes takes advantage of the delivery channels that share a common membrane with carbohydrate absorption. The Advanced Carb Utilization Complex further facilitates the uptake of the blood sugar by reducing the threshold of the activation of insulin receptors; simply stated, your body will be more efficient at uptake into cells of nutrients while requiring less insulin.
CARBION+: Does it work?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, science, polysaccharide blah, blah, blah, BUT DOES IT WORK in the gym?! We’ve all heard the stories about the theory of why this or that should work, but does the rubber meet the road? The answer is yes.
We have found what we believe to be the absolute best combination of carbohydrates, electrolytes, and insulogenics to provide a highly efficient and consistent energy supply. The mechanism and action of this supply provides truly superior training in many respects.
- Elevated performance intensity and duration result in greater muscle stimulation.
- Increases in blood plasma volume and muscle glycogen provide a profound pump within every training session helping to stretch muscle fiber and fascia.
- The carbohydrate effect of blunting the rise in cortisol levels common to intense training results in a dramatic reduction in muscle tissue breakdown.
After a year in production and testing, test subjects reported dramatically superior workouts, improved recovery and ability to get back into the gym faster than normal. Reports have been coming in with exceptional muscle fullness, great vascularity and stunning pumps.
The ability to remain in the gym training hard for far longer has been one of the most common reports. This really underscores the value of having such a well delivered high-quality source of carbohydrates with efficient delivery; you are effectively fuelled for a greater duration.
This brings a level of intensity to training that simply did not exist before. Being able to maintain a level of intensity at a far greater duration brings results. Train with it once, you will feel the difference the first time. You will not want to train without it again.
How do you take CARBION+?
As the label indicates you can take CARBION+ Pre, During and Post Training. Clearly each timing has its benefits.
If you are taking it Pre-Training the main goal is to LOAD UP and fill your muscles full of glycogen for maximal performance. This should really only be done when you have depleted your glycogen. So, in the case where you are Cycling your carbs by taking them only around training time and eliminating them outside of training, you would eat few, or no carbs and focus on fats and proteins. Approximately 45 to 60 minutes before training, take 2 servings. You would also take an additional 2 servings following training.
CARBION+ is most commonly taken during intense training. Mix prior to your workout or event and start consuming 2 servings 15 to 20 minutes into your session. You will initially begin your training by tapping into your existing glycogen stores and as CARBION+ absorbs and begins working your body will naturally shift to its most preferred and efficient fuel; glucose. This will effectively power your training, spare glycogen, blunt catabolism and power your recovery.
Taking CARBION+ immediately following your event or training is an excellent way to fuel recovery and replenish glycogen stores. This can be combined with CARBION+ taken during training if you have an exceptionally long training session or event. Your level of fatigue should be your guide.
Why not just take Dextrose?
If your goal is spiking your insulin to maximum levels, this is your best and cheapest bet. While there are distinct benefits to having a lot of insulin, the negatives outweigh the positives. Your blood sugar level will escalate very rapidly and the body responds with a large amount of insulin. This will bring you from a very high level of blood sugar to a very low, often hypoglycemic level very rapidly – meaning your blood sugar levels will drop. This will give you the urge to quickly ingest more (usually simple carbs) to relieve the feelings of weakness and lethargy.
Doing this repeatedly slowly reduces the effectiveness (degree of sensitivity) of the insulin receptor. In essence, it becomes desensitized to the overabundance of sugar in the blood stream. The result is that the pancreas needs to pump out more and more insulin to achieve the same result. Left unchecked, this eventually turns into what they call Metabolic Syndrome and then type II diabetes barring any intervention.
Aside from the health risks, the training and competition performance of dextrose (glucose) is very poor. We’ll cover this in later parts in more detail, but suffice to say that since it does not move through the digestive tract well and has a very short life within the body; it does not meet the criteria of being a “high performance carbodydrate”.
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