FA Vitarade EL fueled by Vitargo® was designed for elite athletes to provide them easily assimilated energy source stored in the body as the muscle glycogen. FA Vitarade EL fueled by Vitargo® contains patented high molecular mass carbohydrates, that have a similar structure to glycogen.
The greatest advantage of high molecular mass carbohydrates contained in FA Vitarade EL fueled by Vitargo® is their low osmolality in comparison to other forms of carbohydrates, such as glucose, fructose, sacharose or maltodextrin, commonly used in other carbohydrate supplements. Osmolality is connected to the presence of osmotically active substances influencing fluid and nutrients transport from or to the tissue. Moreover, osmolality influences gastric emptying rate. The higher concentration of single molecules of osmotically active substances (electrolites, glucose, maltodextrins etc.), the higher osmolality. Solutions of high osmolality slow down fluid and nutrients digestion from intestines, and lower the gastric emptying rate as well. Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® provides high molecular mass carbohydrates, so the number of molecules in solution is low, therefore solution osmolality is low (tab. 2). Moreover, low osmolality of Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® increases fluids transport from intestines to working tissues securing the proper hydration of the body.
Unique properties of high molecular mass carbohydrates contained in FA Vitarade EL fueled by Vitargo® was proven in clinical trials in Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. It was shown that high molecular mass carbohydrates found in Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® empty the stomach 80% faster1 and replenish muscle glycogen 70% faster2 compared to carbohydrate drinks based on maltodextrins and simple sugars. FA Vitarade EL fueled by Vitargo® is additionally fortified with electrolytes to maintain proper body hydration and replenish sweat losses during the exercise.
During intensive physical activity muscular blood flow increases so more oxygen and nutrients can be delivered to working tissues. Blood is transferred to the muscles reducing gastrointestinal blood flow, which cause the decrease of intestine motility and food transport through the stomach increasing the gastrointestinal sensitivity to remaining food. To optimize your workout or competition performance, you need stable supply of carbohydrates (main source of energy for working tissues) because muscle and liver glycogen stores are utilized even during moderate activity3,4,5. Moreover, proper hydration of the body is a crucial factor for its performance during the workout or the competition. Even 2% loss of body weight caused by dehydration can lower performance up to 5 – 10%, while 4% loss of body weight lowers performance by 20 – 30% (!!!)6. Providing the adequate amount of fluids during the workout protects the body from dehydration and postpones the fatigue. FA Vitarade EL fueled by Vitargo instantly provides an easily digestible source of energy and efficiently hydrates the body lowering the risk of rapid and unexpected fatigue.
Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® tastes great! It’s not too sweet which is a common flaw of regular carbohydrates that discourage the user from further hydration and consumption of nutrients. Moreover, too sweet taste of typical drinks often forces you to flush it down with water. Flavours of Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® were designed for special nutritional conditions occurring during the most intense physical activity. High molecular mass carbohydrates and electrolytes delivered through consumption of FA Vitarade EL fueled by Vitargo® protect the body from dehydration and energy storages (glycogen) depletion.
1. Piehl Aulin K., Soderlund K.. et. al.: Improved gastric emptying rate in humans of a unique glucose polymer (Vitargo). Scene J. Gastroenterol 2000, 35: 1143-1149.
2. Piehl Aulin K., Soderlund K.., Hultman E.: Muscle glycogen resynthesis rate in humans after supplementation of drinks containing carbohydrates with low and high molecular masses with gel-forming properties (Vitargo). Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. 2000, 81: 346-351.
3. Romijn J.A., Coyle E.F., Sidossis L.S., Gastaldelli A., Horowitz J.F., Endert E., Wolfe R.R.: Regulation of endogenous fat and carbohydrate metabolism in relation to exercise intensity and duration. Am. J. Physiol. 1993, 265; 380-391.
4. Romijn J.A., Coyle E.F., Sidossis L.S., Rosenblatt J., Wolfe R.R.: Substrate metabolism during different exercise intensities in endurance-trained women. J. Appl. Physiol. 2000, 88; 1707-1714.
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FA Vitarade EL fueled by Vitargo® was designed for variety of customers, from professional athletes to active people who want to support their bodies during physical activity in the most efficient way. Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® is recommended to anyone training and participating in sport events based on:
Optimal carbohydrate delivery and proper hydration is needed for fast exercise adaptation. It allows you to stay fit and healthy, and train, play and compete at the highest performance level. Wide spectrum of applications of Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® is caused by unique properties of high molecular mass carbohydrates and optimal ratio of key electrolytes that protect every active person from the risk of dehydration and depletion of energy.
Delivering the right amount of carbohydrates as a main source of energy is crucial in any sport that requires endurance. Body demand for carbohydrates depends on volume and intensity of the workout and can vary from 0,8 to 1,2 g/kg of body weight /hour1, which means that an athlete weighting 70 kg should eat 56 – 840g of carbohydrates per every hour of an effort. When the workout intensity and individual physiological capacity of the body is taken into account, it’s often hard to meet such high nutritional demands without special carbohydrates products or drinks. What is more, fluid loss during the effort can be even as high as 2 -3 l per hour2 , so proper hydration of the body before the workout with correct carbohydrate drink has a great importance. Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® provides the highest quality carbohydrates, and due to low osmolality and key electrolytes it guarantees proper hydration even during prolonged workouts. Consumption of Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® is the best way for delivery of high amount of carbohydrates without stomach upsets. Unique properties of Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® reduce the risk of colic or heartburn caused by carbohydrates remaining in the gastrointestinal tract. This way Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® is the best product for all people involved in endurance activities.
Glucose (through the process of glycolysis) is a main energy source during the strength or strength/speed effort. Muscle and liver glycogen stores can become almost completely depleted during strength workouts3, which leads to a decrease in muscle strength and training volume, depletion of glycogen augments catabolic activity in muscle cells increasing the level of cortisol, the hormone known for its strong catabolic properties. To avoid negative effects of cortisol, a proper amount of carbohydrates should be ingested during strength workouts, and not only after it. Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® provides high quality carbohydrates to replenish glycogen level which allow the athlete to increase workout volume. Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® inhibits catabolic activity by increasing nitrogen balance and supporting the increase of muscle size and muscle strength3. Furthermore, Vitarade® EL fueled by Vitargo® containing key electrolytes ingested during strength exercise ensures optimal hydration and allows to train longer and harder at each training session
Variable intensity, game pace and/or prolonged duration of the effort requires energy provided from glucose released from liver and muscle glycogen4. High demand for carbohydrates is also caused by high frequency of the games, competitions or training sessions, that makes it difficult to completely replenish glycogen stores. Clinical trials performed by Danish scientists have shown that during the “high” season glycogen stores are often almost completely depleted5,6,7, and high frequency of games and training sessions doesn’t allow the athlete to consume sufficient amount of carbohydrates from food. Moreover, the glycogen resynthesis rate in team sport athletes is lower compared to endurance sports. Athletes often have to compete not fully regenerated, so providing high quality carbohydrates during the exercise is crucial for their performance. It allows the athlete to decrease or even completely suppress the feeling of fatigue during the second half of the game or workout. Furthermore, performing physical effort in hot and stuffy halls or sunny fields or courts can lead to fluid loss as high as 2,5 l per hour of effort2. FA Vitarade EL fueled by Vitargo® meets the athletes’ demands providing them with fast acting energy source and protects from dehydration and fatigue further in the game or training session. The unique properties of FA Vitarade EL fueled by Vitargo® protects from unwanted effects on gastrointestinal tract that are often caused by variable game pace or intensity of the workout. Thus FA Vitarade EL fueled by Vitargo® perfectly supports the body during each minute of game or training session.
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To replenish glycogen: Mix 1 portion in 400 ml of water. Drink 3 portions of VITARADE® EL fueled by Vitargo® between meals, starting 3 days before the event. Keep your normal diet, it is not recommended to consume excessive amount of food.
During prolonged effort: Mix 1 portion in 600 ml of water and drink 1 portion per every 45 minutes of physical activity.
Strength training: Mix 1 portion in 400-600 ml of water and drink 1 portion per every 45-60 minutes of physical activity.
Team sports: Drink 3 portions of VITARADE® EL fueled by Vitargo® the day before the game. During the game drink 1 portion mixed in 400 - 600 ml per every 45 minutes of game.
During everyday activity, as a carbohydrate drink: Mix 1 portion in 600 ml of water and drink 1 portion per every 45-60 minutes of physical activity.
Post-workout regeneration: Mix 1 portion in 400 ml of water or milk and drink immediately after the workout and consume another portion every 30-60 minutes.