CARBION

High Performance Carbohydrate Drink

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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.

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Carbohydrates are the most effective and readily available workout fuel you can take.

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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.

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Supplementing with carbs is one of the best ways to prevent cortisol levels from rising and subsequently, catabolic muscle tissue breakdown from taking place.

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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.

CARBION+ delivers a reliable, sustained energy source to power you through the toughest training.

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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

The Science Behind CARBION+

 How is CARBION+ Different?

Firstly, since we disclose what’s in the product, it’s pretty easy to research and hold us to what we put on the label. What you see in our formula are truly engineered carbs with research that shows how these complex and highly branched carbs behave in the body. We have taken 6 carbohydrates, all with much, much higher complexity than a sugar and then provided a range of complexity, not unlike what you would find in food like rolled, cooked oats.

The degree of complexity of carbohydrates indicates the length of the chain of glucose molecules

The degree of complexity of carbohydrates indicates the length of the chain of glucose molecules; at the very low end you have monosaccharides, only a single glucose molecule such as dextrose or fructose. The larger the chain gets, the longer it takes enzymes to break down the links that bind them together. This is where the glycemic index (GI) comes from; the highest numbers come from the simplest, shortest chains because they are absorbed extremely quickly and the most complex and longest chains are the lowest numbers.

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This is due to the time required to allow the alpha-amylase enzyme to break down the long chain polysaccharides into single glucose, galactose or fructose molecules that can then be absorbed. It is a common myth that these larger chain polysaccharides can be directly absorbed, they cannot. The human digestive tract only absorbs simple sugar molecules. Since these very large chains require such a large amount of digestion, they absorb over a longer period of time.

Don’t be afraid of the big bad carbs!

One of the common reasons people avoid carbs like a mutated strain of the bubonic plague is that they’ve bought into the hype that carbs make you fat. Hopefully, you’re past that, but it’s worth getting into. You know who doesn’t avoid carbs? Every top level Bodybuilder, Top coaches and trainers, Elite MMA athletes, Endurance athletes and the list goes on.

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The key distinction here of those who should and should not consume carbs is one of who does and who does not have control of their diet. If you are consistently consuming simple sugars, eating over-sized meals and not expending sufficient energy with some form of training, carbs are not for you!

On the other hand, if you do have a degree of control over your diet and you are training with sufficient intensity; then carbs are not only a good idea, they are a MUST!

…carbs are not only a good idea, they are a MUST!

One of the effects that frequent training has on the body is an increased number of insulin receptors on muscle tissue and an increase in their sensitivity. This is your body’s way of Nutrient Partitioning; that is, shuttling nutrients to active muscles and away from fat stores.

Hard working muscles morph their physiology to consume more energy in the form of glucose (blood sugar). Limiting calories stunts this process. On the flip side, increasing the consumption of well-timed carbohydrates, protein and essential fatty acids will not only increase the proliferation of insulin receptors, but also increase your metabolism.

Put simply, training hard increases your ability to uptake larger amounts of nutrients like glucose out of the blood plasma. In essence, like a sponge, muscles that are routinely trained hard increase the amount of energy the can and will consume. Contrast this with a couch potato whose receptors decrease in number and sensitivity. Any additional nutrients beyond their already full glycogen stores will shunt to fat storage.

The moral of this story is, if you train hard and you eat right, make absolutely sure that you are providing your body with the highest quality carbs. Starving muscle tissue that is primed by training to take up glucose in abundance will hurt your training and lower your basal metabolic rate. 

Get there FIRST!

One of the things you’ll hear from others is that a higher molecular weight carb like Waxy Maize, DE-5 or CCD is “faster” than other carbs. Don’t mistake this for saying that these highly-branched complex carbs absorb more quickly than glucose (dextrose), they simply do not. Here’s where things get really interesting, sugar does not absorb in the stomach.

The stomach doesn’t “empty” into the Small Intestine until after the material in question has reached specific pH and Osmolality. This is where High Molecular Weight (HMW) carbs really win. With a near Bio-Identical pH and an extremely low Osmolality, the HMW really has a huge advantage.

With Glucose, Dextrose or any really simple sugar, the stomach shuts the door and makes it wait for 20 to 45 minutes before absorption can begin. This is why sugary drinks can make you feel bloated and can result in cramping. There is simply too much material hanging around in your stomach for far too long.

This provides the perfect combination of rapid delivery to the ideal location for absorption with a sustained rate of delivery…

With HMW carbs (Waxy Maize, CCD, DE-5, Rice and Potato starch) the stomach speeds it through to the upper part of the small intestine very quickly. Then the pancreas releases Alpha-Amylase to break the bonds holding each of the molecules together. This provides the perfect combination of rapid delivery to the ideal location for absorption with a sustained rate of delivery; literally before dextrose even gets to the party!

We’ve already established some of the severe negatives of a rapid flood of glucose into the blood stream. The big issue with dextrose (glucose) is that once it reaches the upper part of the small intestine (even though it is much slower than CARBION+) dextrose arrives ALL AT ONCE and in a form that is immediately absorbed. Unlike the highly-branched complex carbs that need to be broken down into smaller and smaller units before absorption can take place, the dextrose is pretty much immediate.

The result is a dangerous spike in blood sugar, a rapid flood of insulin often followed by a state of hypoglycemia.

 How complex is your Carb?

The problem with many of the so-called carb drinks on the market today is that they disclose very little about what they are. They often claim things like “enzyme milling”, or “degree of hydrolyzation (DH)”.  Officially, a carb product is only required to be one step away from a sugar to be declared a starch, and thus “sugar-free”.

So if this “enzyme reduction” process takes the product to a level just barely out of the range of officially being declared a starch, then you might as well take Dextrose and save yourself some money. If it mixes like sugar, and tastes like sugar and you perceive absolutely no grittiness at all, you’re likely dealing with a very sugar-like, low molecular weight starch.

The Oats | CARBION+ Connection

What about a really complex carbohydrate, something like intact (whole) oats? Cooked oats are a long-time favorite addition to just about any healthy diet. As great as they are, due to their very long time to digest, in order to make them an effective workout supplement you need to be a bit of a master of timing.

The oats most people know and consume are quite far from their original state by the time they reach your bowl. They are rolled (crushed from their previous form of a whole grain), most often thrashed to further breakdown the fibrous nature of the oat to expedite cooking, hence the 3-minute “quick oats”.

Every step in the process reduces the level of carbohydrate complexity within Oats.

Then of course, we add water and cook it. All very normal, but what we need to understand is that all these steps of processing reduce the complexity of the carbohydrate.

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Oats are a valuable energy source partly because they vary in carb complexity

What you end up with is a great carbohydrate that has a mix of some fiber, some larger (complex) carbohydrates and then varying degrees of carb complexity. Cooked oats are an excellent source of energy that provides a sustained source of energy that does not heavily strain the body by forcing large amounts of insulin to deal with overwhelming floods of blood sugar.

Hydration from the common Oat?

One of the lesser known aspects of oats that it too has a nice complement of electrolytes including fairly high levels of Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium some Sodium (only 3%, this is one of the reasons most oats calls for a dash of salt). CARBION+ has added Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Sodium as well.

The Cinnamon Effect

One of the most common condiments for a nice bowl of oats is of course, Cinnamon. Cinnamon tastes great, and that’s about as far as most people take that logic. One of the effects of Cinnamon is that it is also an insulogenic. So, your not-so-common Cinnamon condiment is actually helping you to more efficiently uptake and absorb your oatmeal.

CARBION+ mimics this effect with the Advanced Carb Utilization Complex. Insulin receptors are the gateway to the cell. Nutrients that you digest and get into your blood stream can only get into target cells once the insulin receptor is activated. Activation has to reach a threshold (a level at which it “turns on”); this level is reduced by certain substances. In essence, these Insulogenics increase their sensitivity.

Oats do however have drawbacks; they are relatively difficult to prepare, are difficult to consume at the ideal time for optimal workout performance, people who have gluten sensitivities cannot take them and they are certainly not convenient to consume in the middle or even right after training. However, the core function of a rolled, cooked oat, long revered as one of the staples of exceptional nutrition, is something that we took inspiration from for CARBION+.

FAQ

How do you take CARBION+?

As the label indicates you can take CARBION+ Pre, During and Post Training. Clearly each timing has its benefits.

PRE-TRAINING

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.

DURNING 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.

POST-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.

Left unchecked, this eventually turns … type II diabetes …

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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