Studies & Information

What is a carbohydrate?

A carbohydrate, or saccharides, are simple organic compounds that are aldehydes or ketones with many hydroxyl groups. Carbohydrates are the most abundant of the four major classes of biomolecules. Most people think of carbohydrates as just energy, but they also play numerous roles in living things, such as the storage and transportation of energy and structural components. Besides this, carbohydrates also play a major role in the working process of the immune system, fertilization, pathogenesis, blood clotting, and development.

A carbohydrate in simplified terms is basically the energy component of the diet: a biological compound containing carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen that is an important source of food and energy. Carbohydrates come in two forms, simple and complex.

Simple carbohydrates, or more commonly known as simple sugars, come from sucrose, dextrose, fructose, fresh fruit, and milk. These are a few examples.

Complex carbohydrates, or more commonly known as starches, can be found in such foods as grain products, bread, pasta, and rice.

Do athletes need carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are the cornerstone of an athlete's diet. Have you ever experienced "hitting the wall" while lifting weights or running? One moment you are running comfortably, and the next minute you can hardly walk. This is an athlete's worst nightmare! When your body runs out of its carbohydrate or fuel supply, it goes into what I like to call survival mode. This survival mode greatly disables athletic performance.

Carbohydrates are an essential fuel for every cell in the human body According to most sports nutritionists, an athlete's diet should consist of 70-80% carbohydrates. For an athlete eating 5000 calories per day that equates to about 1000 grams of carbs.

So we can easily say that carbohydrates are one of the most important nutrients to athletic performance. Carbohydrates also play a major role in supplying your brain and body with power. The human body can not supply enough carbohydrates on its own, therefore making it essential to take in enough from foods. Working out with low levels of carbohydrates leads to fatigue. Fatigue is the enemy to an energetic body and a great workout.

Athletes who follow a high-carbohydrate diet can maintain high-intensity exercise for a longer period than those on a lower-carbohydrate diet.

Are low carb diets good for athletes?

NO! Do I really need to say anything more about this?

How the body uses carbohydrates

When you eat a carbohydrate, the body breaks it down into simple sugars. These simple sugars can now be absorbed into the bloodstream. As the sugar level rises in your body, the pancreas releases a hormone called insulin. Insulin is needed to move sugar from the blood into the cells. The cells are where the sugar can be used as a source of energy.

What is Karbolyn®?

Karbolyn® is a homopolysaccharide (technically a complex carbohydrate). Karbolyn® is made up of many monosaccharides joined together by glycosidic bonds. These are very large bonds that are branched macromolecules. The "Molecular Mass" has been positively chosen to allow absorption through the stomach at a rate much greater than maltodextrin, dextrose, bread, pasta, rice, or any other carb product on the market. This is due to the unique properties found in the patent-pending process. Karbolyn® is completely free of simple sugars.

Karbolyn®'s other main feature is its ability to sustain energy levels.

Karbolyn® is produced using a newly developed "Enzymatic Milling Process". The food source to produce the Karbolyn® is corn, potato & rice. The finished product is a modified molecular mass polysaccharide that is absorbed very quickly without any side effects, stomach bloating, or discomfort plus it mixes instantly.

What is Karbolyn® used for?

This product was invented for the sole purpose of carbohydrate loading. It was designed for Elite Athletes looking for a fast, safe, and high-performance way to easily load the muscle with accessible muscle energy (glycogen).

Is it better than just eating pasta or rice?

What sporting event is complete without eating a big spaghetti dinner before the event? We already learned it is important for athletes to consume large amounts of complex carbohydrates but we forgot to discuss how long it takes for your body to be able to use these for fuel. Did you know that bread and starchy foods like pasta can take up to 24 hours to digest, making it completely useless to eat before a workout or big game? Karbolyn® is absorbed in less than two hours making it a superior carbohydrate to conventional carb meals and carb powders.

As a Raw Material

Karbolyn® is also mix ready. This helps it go into solution very nicely. It can be mixed into any formula as a replacement for slow absorbing carbohydrates & sugars or can be flavored and used as a stand-alone product. Karbolyn ® is great for meal replacements, weight gains, energy drinks, or anywhere a high end quick absorbing carbohydrate is needed.