WHAT IS IT?
Dextrose, also known as D-glucose, is a simple carbohydrate that is absorbed directly into the bloodstream during digestion. It can be naturally found in many types of plants and is also produced as a free form supplement via the enzymatic hydrolysis of starch.
WHAT DOES IT DO/HOW DOES IT WORK?
Dextrose bypasses the gastrointestinal tract and enters the bloodstream directly to become blood sugar. This blood sugar can be readily used as fuel to power your body’s glucose energy system.
This rapid increase in blood sugar promotes the release of insulin, the most anabolic hormone in the human body. Insulin drives nutrients from the bloodstream into muscle cells.
Combined with a sensible diet and workout regime, taking dextrose in conjunction with protein powder and amino acids post-workout will help you recover from your workouts faster and build muscle.
HOW/WHEN DO I TAKE IT?
To take advantage of the insulin releasing effects of dextrose, it is best taken during training or immediately post-workout. Dextrose can be mixed with water, or with any other type of supplement, and consumed.
For optimal insulin response, consume 0.5 – 1 gram of dextrose per kg of lean bodyweight.
WHAT ARE THE BEST PRODUCTS?
Dextrose is a popular ingredient in carbohydrate supplements either as a single ingredient product or in a blend but we have narrowed down to our favourites based upon amount per serve, value for money & taste of the product & of course, general feedback. These are some of the very best in the industry today: