CARBORANCE AS ENERGY FUEL

CARBORANCE AS ENERGY FUEL

“NEED ENERGY FOR ENDURANCE? GO FOR A BLEND OF SIMPLE AND COMPLEX CARBS”

 Carbohydrates form the most important part of our well-balanced diet. It is the chief source of energy for athletes. No matter what sport you play,  around 50-55% of the daily energy requirement is derived from carbohydrates. Apart from that, carbohydrates occupy the bottom shelf of the food pyramid guide which can be consumed liberally. Carbs are also categorised into two categories- complex and simple carbs. Complex carbs are first broken down into a simplest unit or smaller unit (glucose, fructose and galactose) for efficient absorption. After this, absorbed sugar is utilised as a source of energy. Glucose which isn't utilised as energy source gets stored in the muscles and liver in form of glycogen. If these glycogen stores are stockpiled then extra glucose is stored as fat.

In a short-intense bout (like sprinting, cycling, marathon and swimming) of exercise, these glycogen stores deliver energy during the first few minutes (about 30 to 90 minutes). After glycogen depletion, fats are the second macromolecules which are utilised as an energy source. Moreover, sufficient carb intake is crucial as it prevents the protein from being used as fuel. So, that protein performs the main function in the formation of muscles, skin, bone, hair and other tissues.

 After exercise, our glycogen stores start depleting therefore carbs are required to replenish these stores. Some athletes employ carb loading technique to increase their glycogen stores just prior to competition. The main concept behind this technique is to consume a carb-rich diet as much as possible while cutting down the time spent in training before the competition. This also increases the need for extra ounces of water or juices as glycogen demands extra water for storage.

A carbohydrate-rich drink (especially simple carb) or snacks during and after the competition aids in the rejuvenation of muscle glycogen. Hence, athletes should consume a balance of both simple and complex carbs. Before 3-4 hours of competition, the meal should comprise of more complex carb than simple while 1-2 hrs before competition a meal should contain simple, easily digestible carbs which provide instant energy.

Carborance is the best energy drink that provides energy to the working muscles. It is the ideal energy source for athletes involved in more than 2 hours of endurance training.  It provides you with both complex and simple carbs in a well-balanced ratio. It comprises of maltodextrin and pre-gelatinised corn starch (both are complex carbs) which sustains the supply of glucose for a prolonged duration and proffer energy to the working muscles. Complex carbs are the principal fuel during endurance training. As it slowly releases glucose and consequently reduces the chances of insulin drop.

In contrast to this, Caborance contains two simple sugars namely sucrose and fructose. So that athletes get a chance to replenish the glycogen stores in between the competition. The main motive of adding sucrose is to provide energy immediately without causing any kind of abdominal discomfort which may be caused by direct intake of glucose. Another simple sugar is fructose which has a low glycemic index because it is metabolised in the liver thus, maintains the slow and steady release of glucose to the working muscles.

Along with carbs it also comprises of electrolytes mainly sodium chloride, which is essential for maintaining the fluid balance as well as blood pressure. These added electrolytes assist in the restoration of fluid lost via sweat. The main aim of adding electrolytes in CARBORANCE is to provide optimal rehydration. These electrolytes (sodium and chloride) also aids in absorption and transportation of nutrients, promote contraction and relaxation of muscles, transmission of nerve signals. Dehydration after competition may result in lethargy, losing concentration, headache, nausea and many more side effects. So, the electrolytes help reduce the side effects of dehydration in athletes.

So, endurance athletes can consume Carborance before, during and after the competition. Before the competition, it is usually preferred to achieve optimal carb-loading which provides energy for a longer duration of activities like race or for training less than 2 hrs. During competition, it helps in replenishing the glycogen store to prevent fatigue, dizziness and vertigo which may occur in-between competitions due to less glycogen store or dehydration. After the competition, it favours the rebuilding of lost glycogen store.

Overall, Carborance can be beneficial for endurance athletes particularly for those who are indulged in more than 2 hrs of high-intensity exercise/practice. It can also be taken by a road biker, a mountain biker, an ultra runner or a sprint/marathon runner. CARBORANCE is the ultimate energy fuel for endurance activities.

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