CARBION – Hydration, Endurance and Recovery
CARBION+ HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAINING FUEL
New CARBION+ has taken hydration to a whole new level. Not only is it the best tasting, most refreshing drink you’ve ever tasted but it will improve your training and deliver better results. You need carbohydrates to fuel your muscles and delay the onset of fatigue.
CARBION+’s phased delivery carbohydrates will maintain your blood glucose levels longer so you don’t crash and you can keep going longer and harder at a higher level of performance. When you sweat, you lose electrolytes as well as water.
If your levels of electrolytes drop too far, performance suffers. Increased levels of highly absorbable electrolytes in new CARBION+ will ensure you stay hydrated so you can retain and utilize the fluids you are consuming. Additionally, the absorption blend in CARBION+ helps to initiate the uptake of blood glucose into cells, meaning more actual fuel in the muscle.
KEY BENEFITS OF CARBION+
• More Refreshing – CARBION+ has been reformulated with a highly soluble carbohydrate blend that mixes easily and results in a clear, refreshing, incredibly delicious drink that will crush your thirst. A perfectly balanced blend of multiple forms of electrolytes has eliminated the salty, metallic taste often associated with high electrolyte levels so each sip leaves you feeling refreshed and your thirst quenched.
• Better Hydration – The electrolyte blend has been ramped up with more of the 4 key electrolytes that you need to stay hydrated during intense exercise. In addition, the source of these electrolytes has been optimized for improved absorption. Utilizing bicarbonate and citrate forms in addition to the more typical chloride forms results in improved absorption as well as improved taste.
• Fuels Improved Performance – The Phased Delivery Energy Blend was designed to provide fuel for your entire workout without the energy crash associated with sugar based sports drinks. Tests performed with high performance athletes during training has confirmed up to 50% improvement in stamina as well as a reduced perception of fatigue.
• Faster Recovery – Most athletes understand the importance of protein for recovery but the importance of carbohydrates is not as well recognized.
CARBION+ DELIVERS A RELIABLE, SUSTAINED ENERGY SOURCE TO POWER YOU THROUGH THE TOUGHEST TRAINING
HOW DOES CARBION+ WORK?
REFRESH – When we decided to reformulate Carbion+, one key objective was to make it a great tasting, refreshing thirst quencher. Making a performance hydration drink refreshing is harder than you might imagine. Sugars are too sweet to be refreshing when consumed during extended exercise and often cause gastrointestinal distress. Many good sources of carbs are not naturally soluble in water, making them thick, viscous and cloudy. Adding electrolytes often results in too much saltiness and a metallic taste.
Team Allmax was up to the challenge when we created new Carbion+. It has been reformulated with a highly soluble carbohydrate blend that mixes easily and results in a clear, refreshing, incredibly delicious drink that will crush your thirst. Cyclo-D is an engineered carb that is designed to be essentially tasteless and highly soluble by breaking down long chains into highly branched cyclic chains and our Per4orm maltodextrin blend is agglomerated to make it more soluble. A perfectly balanced blend of multiple forms of electrolytes has eliminated the salty, metallic taste often associated with high electrolyte levels so each sip leaves you feeling refreshed and your thirst quenched. Energize your taste buds and conquer your thirst with new Carbion+.
HYDRATE – You need to provide your body with an adequate supply of electrolytes to maintain specific bodily functions, so you can perform at your peak. Electrolytes are essentially salts that can carry an electrical charge. The cells in your body rely on electrolytes to control cell membrane stability and to carry the electrical charges needed for muscle contractions caused by nerve impulses. Without electrolytes, the cells in your body couldn’t communicate with each other or perform these essential functions. Both normal body function, and athletic performance, are severely compromised if adequate levels of electrolytes are not present. One of the most obvious signs of electrolyte loss is muscle cramping, but cramping is your body’s last warnings that it cannot continue normal muscle function without electrolyte replenishment. By the time you feel cramping, your performance has already been diminished for some time.
INFUSED WITH ALL 4 KEY ELECTROLYTES, SODIUM, POTASSIUM, MAGNESIUM AND CALCIUM.
Carbion+ is now infused with all 4 key electrolytes, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium, at higher levels than previous versions to keep up with the demands of hard working, high performance athletes who want to work at their limits without worrying about their body failing due to sweat induced electrolyte deficiencies. In addition, the source of these electrolytes has been optimized for improved absorption. Utilizing bicarbonate and citrate forms in addition to the more typical chloride forms results in improved absorption as well as improved taste.
For example, the absorption of sodium chloride is very low, so only a small portion of the sodium from your typical sports drink is actually being used by your body. Intestinal absorption of sodium chloride and potassium is even worse as exercise intensity increases. On the other hand, sodium citrate is highly bioavailable and it has been proven to help increase the absorption of fluids and other electrolytes.
PERFORM – In the end, it’s all about performance. You take supplements to improve performance and that’s what Carbion+ will do! 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. Your body has 3 possible sources for energy – glycogen stored in muscles, blood sugar and fat. When your body runs out run out of glycogen, it will look for the glycogen in blood sugar. If that’s depleted and not restored, then it will try to burn fat. Fat burns much slower than glycogen and as a result you will have to slow down as your body waits for this energy conversion. Dramatic drops in performance occurs as the supply of energy can’t keep up with your demands. You must constantly replenish blood sugar by supplementing with carbohydrates to maintain performance!
Carbion+ will continue to fuel your muscles throughout your workout, enhancing stamina and maintaining high levels of performance. The Phased Delivery Energy Blend was designed to provide fuel for your entire workout. There is no sugar added so you won’t get the crash associated with most sports drinks. Before Cyclo-D, you had only 2 options to get the glucose your body needs to fuel your exercise – simple sugars or long chain complex carbohydrates.
Simple sugars are very sweet and are slow to leave the stomach, resulting in gastrointestinal distress and stomach discomfort. In addition, because dextrose is a simple sugar, it does not need to be broken down any further so hits the blood stream all at once, providing a single rapid spike in glucose for a quick hit of fuel followed by an equally rapid crash.
Long chain complex carbohydrates like Waxy Maize are great in theory, but not in practice. These complex carbs move quickly through your stomach so you don’t get the stomach discomfort and gastrointestinal distress and were thought to be absorbed in the small intestine. However, further research has shown that the complex crystal structure that is not easily broken down by the enzymes in your small intestines and made even more difficult during exercise as the function of you digestive enzymes is blunted during exercise. Long carbohydrate chains are hardly soluble in water and are also hardly broken down in your small intestine. So, although they get there fast, they cannot be absorbed and as a result provide limited energy (similar to uncooked rice). The poor solubility also results in an unpleasant thick, murky solution and drinkability issues.
SUPPLYING A HIGH-QUALITY CARBOHYDRATE ENERGY SOURCE DURING TRAINING IMPROVES PERFORMANCE & RECOVERY
So, simple sugars are too fast and long chain complex carbs are poorly absorbed and therefore are not converted to energy. The solution – medium chain maltodextrins and engineered carbs where the toughest bonds are broken leaving medium-long chains with bonds that are easily broken down by the digestive enzymes in your small intestines.
Cyclo-D is an engineered carb that is designed to be highly soluble. Long chain carbohydrates are broken down into smaller chains with bonds that are easily further broken down in you digestive system. Cyclo-D has been shown to increase time to exhaustion by as much as 50% and test subjects consistently noted feeling less fatigued when taking Cyclo-D. Next best to Cyclo-D is maltodextrin (or Dextrin polysaccharide). Carbion+‘s Per4orm employs 4 different chain lengths of maltodextrin to provide a steady, phased supply of energy to your body. Maltodextrin is a long chain, although not as long as Cyclo-D, so it will move quickly through the stomach (but slower than Cyclo-D) and is still well absorbed into the blood stream. So your body will start using the energy from Cyclo-D first and then as it starts to run out, the Per4orm blend will arrive and be available for use. Finally a small inclusion of Waxy Maize and Coconut Water Powder are added to bring in a last hit of energy as the others have been depleted. Carbion+ delivers a reliable, fuel source to power you through the toughest training.
RECOVER – Most athletes know that protein is extremely important post workout but carbohydrates are just as important for recovery. During intense exercise, your muscles use glucose and glycogen for energy. There is a point at which blood glucose levels (available energy) and glycogen levels (stored energy) get so low that intense exercise can’t continue. There just isn’t enough available energy for your muscles to use so your body secrets cortisol – this is your body’s “stress” hormone and it has very catabolic effects. What cortisol does is eat up muscle tissue for protein and convert it into glucose. The net result is a loss of muscle tissue. Post workout supplementation with Carbion+ can help prevent this.
The athlete’s body has one primary goal in mind after each workout and that is to replace glycogen storage. Consuming carbohydrates during and post workout increases plasma glucose and insulin concentration, and makes it possible for the body to resynthesize glycogen at a higher rate. If you don’t have enough carbohydrates post workout, your body will crave them all day. Your body is programmed so that if you don’t eat enough of something, it will demand it. Eating more carbohydrates as part of the recovery meal will serve three purposes: 1) replacing glycogen storage, 2) providing essential nutrients to the athlete’s body, and 3) making the athlete faster/stronger over time.
An added benefit of supplementing with Carbion+ post workout is that it will also help improve the effectiveness of your protein, further aiding recovery. Cyclo-D, combined with BCAAs has been demonstrated to result in higher blood leucine levels compared to BCAAs alone or BCAAs with glucose. Cyclo-D has been shown to be more effective than glucose in reducing inflammatory stress.
As the label indicates you can take CARBION+ Pre, During and Post Training. Clearly each timing has its benefits.
DURING TRAINING (Recommended)
CARBION+ is most commonly taken during intense training. Mix prior to your workout or event and start consuming 2 servings as you start training and consume throughout your workout. 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.
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.
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.