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A subject that's been talked about for many years, and still is one that all athletes and sports enthusiasts should be focused on, is peri-workout nutrition - meaning the window around training (pre-, intra- and post-workout). This time is a critical one for any athlete because it largely dictates not only the actual how the athlete is actually going to perform during training, but also how the recovery is going to be. Proper peri-workout nutrition is what makes for faster and more effective recuperation, which in turn yields the best possible results.
In this regard, intra-workout supplements have become increasingly popular, but until a few years ago, these very supplements were overly subject to what you could essentially call "restrictions" in the sense that the actual nutrition aspect of them actually had rather detrimental effects on the workout itself, since certain of the nutritional ingredients found in them had a tendency to overload and provoke the digestive system. This lead to an unfavorable scenario where blood and thus also precious nutrients in the form of essential vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and amino acids etc. were not delivered to the working muscles, since the digestive required the blood because of the very nature of some of the ingredients found in the intra-workout products back then. This in turn lead to users experiencing gastrointestinal discomfort and even dips in blood sugar levels, which is probably the most unfavorable thing to experience when working out.
Yamamoto Nutrition has brilliantly overcome all of these factors thanks to their new intra-workout drink concept of which they have developed as part of a collaborative work with 7-time consecutive IFBB Mr. Olympia title winner of the 212 lbs weight class - Flex Lewis - and the name is Energan®. This product is specifically designed and developed to meet the high demands of sports performance athletes during training.
Among the 16 total ingredients that make up Energan®, 10 of them are Kyowa Quality® amino acids such as L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine and L-Valine (branched chain amino acids or BCAA). The Kyowa Quality logo stands for the fact that quality comes first, and marks an extensive line of ultra-pure amino acids that go far beyond mainstream commodities in quality assurance. The fact that you see the Kyowa Quality logo guarantees that you're getting ingredients that are in fact backed by Kyowa's commitment to the very highest standards.
The cornerstone ingredient in the product is Cluster Dextrin® (Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin or HBCD). Manufactured in Japan, Cluster Dextrin is produced by using a highly unique enzyme that forms a cluster structure unit degraded from starch. Essentially, this process is responsible for ensuring that Cluster Dextrin is superior to other carbohydrate sourced based on its' better solubility, faster gastric emptying time and ability to provide act as a sustained energy source without tampering blood sugar levels in an unfavorable way by avoiding blood sugar spikes. Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin provides a source of energy for the body. This offers major benefits before, during and after exercise since higher energy levels allow us to train harder, for longer periods of time and to recover faster as well. All carbohydrate sources do provide a source of energy, but Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin is different. It is gradually degraded and absorbed into the bloodstream, which is ensures that blood sugar levels remain constant.
Benefits of Cluster Dextrin® (Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin or HBCD)
Highly water soluble allowing for better absorption
Rapid gastric emptying time to avoid stomach issues
Exciting, cutting-edge science and technology carbohydrate sort
Very popular pre- and intra-workout ingredient
Serving size (41,5 g = 3 scoops)
Servings per container 16
Per 41,5 g (3 scoops)
Highly branched cyclic dextrin (Cluster Dextrin®)
L-leucine (Kyowa Quality®)
L-isoleucine (Kyowa Quality®)
L-valine (Kyowa Quality®)
L-lysine HCL (Kyowa Quality®) of which L-lysine
314 mg 250 mg
L-tryptophan (Kyowa Quality®)
L-citrulline (Kyowa Quality®)
L-threonine (Kyowa Quality®)
L-methionine (Kyowa Quality®)
Creatine monohydrate (Creapure®) of which creatine
add 3 scoops (41,5 g) in 500 ml of water or other beverage of your choice and take once a day, within the first 4 hours and no later than 6 hours following highly intensive and long-lasting exercise. The product can also be taken before or during physical activity.
do not exceed the recommended daily dose. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute of a varied diet. A varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are important. Keep out of reach of young children. Do not use if pregnant, in children or for prolonged time without consulting a doctor. Keep in a cool, dry place, away from heat sources and sunlight.
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