AMINO Z MALTODEXTRIN
The importance of carbohydrates cannot be underestimated when it comes to gaining muscle, but just as important as this is the timing of consumption.
Maltodextrin is a unique carbohydrate in the sense that it is classified as a polysaccharide (complex carbohydrate), while also being rapidly absorbed and broken down into glucose.
Primarily synthesised from potato, rice or corn starch, pure maltodextrin is a white fine powder that possesses a mild natural sweetness (hence, sometimes used as a sweetener) and characteristic thickness one mixed with a liquid base. This is why it is a common ingredient in mass or weight gainer powders that have a noticeably bulky texture.
Why Use Maltodextrin?
May Boost Energy Levels and Endurance- the rapid absorption and breakdown of maltodextrin into glucose translates to increased energy production. In turn, you may take longer to experience fatigue and display greater exercise tolerance[i] (pre, and intra-workout)
Post-Workout Recovery- following your workout the body needs nutrients delivered to muscles as rapidly as possible. Maltodextrin is absorbed faster than glucose and helps to kick-start muscle recovery[ii] and replenish glycogen stores.
Digestive Support- while dextrose is technically faster absorbing than maltodextrin, it has a downside of actually impairing its own absorption in the real world. This is because of something called osmolality, which slows down gut motility and makes dextrose take longer to hit the blood stream. Maltodextrin does not experience this saturation, and might be combined with dextrose to support its absorption and digestion[iii], simultaneously reducing bloating and discomfort.
May Help With Weight Gain- not surprisingly, being rich in highly absorbable carbohydrates makes it excellent for increasing your caloric intake, especially when you struggle to consume enough solid food daily. A hard gainer (ectomorph) can easily add 500 calories (2092kJ) this way.
Maltodextrin should be considered a high performance and versatile carbohydrate that is exceptionally useful to anyone that works out- regardless of what your chosen activity is. It supports recovery, muscle gain, energy levels and even offers digestive support to help you get closer to your goals.
[i] Orrù S, Imperlini E, Nigro E, et al. Role of Functional Beverages on Sport Performance and Recovery. Nutrients. 2018;10(10):1470. Published 2018 Oct 10. doi:10.3390/nu10101470
[ii] Miller SL, Tipton KD, Chinkes DL, Wolf SE, Wolfe RR. Independent and combined effects of amino acids and glucose after resistance exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2003;35(3):449-455. doi:10.1249/01.MSS.0000053910.63105.45
[iii] Abellán Ruiz, M.S., Barnuevo Espinosa, M.D., Contreras Fernández, C.J. et al. Digestion-resistant maltodextrin effects on colonic transit time and stool weight: a randomized controlled clinical study. Eur J Nutr 55, 2389–2397 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00394-015-1045-4
Total Serves per Package: 33
Serving Size: 30.0000g
|Per 30g Serve||Per 100g|
|Energy||457.2 kJ||1524 kJ|
|Protein||0 g||0 g|
|Carbohydrate||27.3 g||91 g|
|Complex Carbs||27.3 g||91 g|
|Sugar||0 g||0 g|
|Fibre||0 g||0 g|
|Fat||0 g||0 g|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||0 g|
|Caffeine||0 mg||0 mg|
|Sodium||0 mg||0 mg|
Mix 1 serve with 250mL of water and mix well with a shaker.
Please note that the nutritional profile will vary according to your flavour selection.
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