Highly branched cyclic dextrin (aka cluster dextrin), is a novel carbohydrate molecule that is proving to be highly beneficial to gym-goers and sports and fitness enthusiasts alike. HBCDs are a uniquely “engineered” carbohydrate produced using a proprietary enzymatic process, which yields a cluster-structured glucose polymer. Cyclic dextrin (HBCDs) is a specific group type of carbohydrate that is six to eight molecules of dextrose chemically bonded together in a unique molecular ring-like shape. Whilst chemically speaking, HBCDs are not too different in chemical components to more common glucose polymers such as maltodextrin, maltodextrin is however arranged in a linear fashion, and not a ring. It is the ring-like structure of HBCDs that gives cyclic dextrin the benefits you will not find with maltodextrin or other common glucose polymer-based carbohydrates.
The high-molecular-weight and narrow molecular weight distribution mean that HBCDs are more soluble than typical carbohydrate molecules allowing them to swiftly exit the upper gastric tract and be more easily absorbed by the body. This can help reduce cramping and bloating that is sometimes experienced with other carbohydrate sources.
HBCDs three primary attributes are high solubility, fast gastric emptying time, and an ability to enhance stamina by managing blood glucose.
- Cyclic dextrin has been shown to pass through the stomach quicker and support endurance.
- In addition, HBCDs have been shown to have a more sustained energy release profile, proven to help increase energy levels, without causing spikes in insulin and /or blood glucose levels and thus making it an ideal carb to use during longer events and training sessions.
- Due to their shorter transit time in the stomach, there are also fewer gastrointestinal issues with its use such as bloating, cramping, burping and flatulence.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
HBCD is a supplement designed to provide slow and sustained releases of energy in the body, that in turn will allow you to exercise and workout for longer durations of time before you begin to fatigue. Whereas all forms of carbohydrates provide energy for the body, HBCD is different, due to its molecular structure, which in turn allows it to provide a gradual release of energy into the bloodstream, which helps to keep blood sugar levels and insulin levels under control. Constant and stable blood glucose levels assist athletic performance by providing a steady supply of energy, which allows muscles to perform more efficiently.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MAIN BENEFITS OF HIGHLY BRANCHED CYCLIC DEXTRIN SUPPLEMENTS?
INCREASED ENERGY LEVELS
We’ve all had days where we constantly feel tired and we just can’t seem to get motivated, no matter how hard we try. In the gym, this can be a real drag, but thanks to highly branched cyclic dextrin, this needn’t be an issue. The supplement provides a gradual and steady stream of carbohydrates for the body, which helps keep it ticking over and helps keep your energy levels sky-high.
STABLE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
If we consume too many simple carbohydrate sources, this can lead to unstable blood sugar levels, and unstable insulin levels as well. Over time this can reduce muscle insulin sensitivity levels. HBCD however, is designed to gradually provide carbohydrates to working muscles, helping to keep insulin levels and blood glucose levels, more stable and under better control.
GREAT PRE AND INTRA-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENT
For those looking for a supplement that will help provide energy and stamina, without overloading with stimulants such as caffeine, HBCD is perfect. Most users will begin sipping it before they train, and will continue to sip it during their workouts ie. On training days, mix 25 g with +/- 350 ml of water, mix, and begin sipping around 10-20 minutes before you exercise, and continue sipping during your workout.
WHAT CAN IT BE STACKED WITH?
HBCDs mix very well with Creatine, Glutamine, and BCAAs. So, adding in a serving of these to your pre / intra / post-workout drink can prove very beneficial to those wanting to optimize the absorption of those nutrients. It is ideal, not only for people looking to build muscle but also for those looking to improve their physical and athletic performance in general.
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