The Ultimate Performance Carbohydrate

In the world of functional fitness, optimizing your workout is key to get the results that you want. There are many different factors from our day to day that will influence how our workout goes, sleep, nutrition, work, stress, etc. We know that our nutrition is a huge driving force behind our health and fitness goals and how we train. What we eat impacts the systems in our bodies and how they function relative to our goals. Whether its fat loss, muscle gain, or just overall improved physical performance, adding Driven Nutrition® GlycoDrive™ is the secret weapon you’re looking for!

HBCD vs Other Carbohydrates

GlycoDrive™ is made of highly branched cyclic dextrin (HBCD) or Cluster Dextrin and is the most advanced carbohydrate available in the sports nutrition world. HBCD is produced from waxy corn starch. When waxy corn starch is broken down with a special enzyme it creates clustered dextrin molecular unit as opposed to regular dextrin which has a random profile of dextrin molecules.

What makes HBCD unique is its high molecular weight and low osmolality. This means it is able to travel through our stomach faster and efficiently to our small intestine, compared to other carbs. Chemically speaking, cyclic dextrin is not too different in chemical components to maltodextrin. However, maltodextrin is arranged in a linear fashion, and not a ring. This ring structure is what gives cyclic dextrin some benefits you will not find with maltodextrin or any other common carbohydrates.

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How HBCD Works

Once carbs enter the bloodstream our bodies begin to breakdown the carb with enzymes so that we may use it for fuel. When we exercise though, these enzymes are not as available to breakdown the glucose. This can cause a high presence of glucose in the blood which results in the release of insulin. While exercising and trying to lose body fat, we want our body to use free fatty acids (FFA) as fuel, essentially burning fat. When our bodies are forced to secrete insulin it shuts off our use of fat as fuel because it begins using the glucose as fuel.

Enter cluster dextrin. HBCD is gradually broken down and absorbed in our bloodstream. This keeps our blood sugar levels low so no insulin spike occurs, which keeps FFAs available to be burned. This maintains the ideal relationship of using HBCD as fuel while not shutting down our fat burning processes!

HBCD and Performance

Clinical research shows that HBCD lowers markers for stress hormones after strenuous training. Since there is a sustained-release of glucose there is no increase in inflammatory markers as compared to regular glucose solutions. One study showed seven elite swimmers participating in three trials, conducted in random order. In each trial, the subjects received either HBCD, glucose, or water, and immediately carried out 10 cycles of intermittent swimming consisting of 5 min of swimming at 75% VO2max followed by 3 min of rest, and subsequent swimming at 90% VO2max to exhaustion. The time to fatigue was about 70% longer in the HBCD trial than in the glucose and control trials.

As you can see, HBCD is the most advanced performance carbohydrate to date. HBCD can help you improve your strength training and time to exhaustion without sacrificing the benefit of fat loss. The carbohydrate in Driven Nutrition’s® GlycoDrive™ is 100% HBCD, providing you with the ultimate in performance carbohydrates.

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