The amount of carbohydrates that you should take on during exercise will depend on the length of your training or competition.
- Exercises < 1h (15): not necessary to consume carbohydrates during exercise.
- Exercises 1-2h:30g carbohydrates per hour of exercise. (~1 energy gel)
- Exercises 2-3h:60g carbohydrates per hour of exercise. (~2 energy gels)
- Exercises >2.5-3h: up to 90g carbohydrates per hour exercise. (~up to 3 energy gels)
Ingredients: Sugar Syrup 32 g (Dextrose 8% / Sucrose 55% / Maltose 6% / Higher sugars 31%) – Dextrose 6 g – Guarana (Seed) liquid extract (Paullinia cupana, alcohol, water) – Green tea leaves liquid extract (Camellia Sinensis, water, alcohol) (leaf) – Ginseng (root) liquid extract (Panax Ginseng, alcohol, water) – Siberian Ginseng (root) liquid extract (Eleutherococcus Senticosus, water, alcohol) – Taurine – Ascorbic Acid – Preservative: Potassium Sorbate – Flavour: Red Currants / Cherry flavor – Water – Alcohol: 2,95% vol
Nutritional values by gel
- Energy (kcal) 119
- Energy (kJ) 504
- Fat (g) 0
- Protein (g) 0
- Carbohydrates (g) 30
- The sugars (g) 22
- Salt (g) 0
- Vit. C (mg) 40 (50% of RI)
- Sugar syrup (32 g): 8% dextrose, 55% sucrose, 6% maltose, 31% other
- Dextrose: 6 g
* Ginseng & Guarana Energy Gel Per gel
- Guarana extract 1.5 g (3%)
- Extract of Paullinia cupana 1,5 g
- Extract of Camellia sinensis 1,5 g
- Panax ginseng extract 0.75 g (1.5%)
- Extract of Eleutherococcus senticosus 0.75 g (1.5%)
- Taurine 0.75 g
The main fuel for prolonged, intense endurance events is carbohydrates and the amount of carbohydrate that is stored in the body is one of the main determinants of performance. As such, it is important that carbohydrate stores are maximized before endurance exercise and that during prolonged exercise where these stores are depleted, additional carbohydrate is consumed to maintain performance and avoid fatigue. Consuming carbohydrates will help to maintain blood glucose and replenish muscle glycogen. If no carbohydrates are consumed, muscle glycogen will be depleted after approx. 90 minutes of exercise and severe fatigue may occur.
The Ginseng & Guarana Energy Gel contains a unique sugar mixture that consists of high-speed sugars (glucose and maltose), semi-slow sugars (sucrose), and slow sugars (complex sugars). This means that the “triple action effect” (three-phase sugars) provides quick carb-loading, yet still provides energy over a long period of time (see figure). Moreover, glucose and fructose use different transport systems when they are absorbed into the body.
This means that in total more carbohydrates can simultaneously enter the bloodstream when glucose and fructose are consumed together in comparison to when only one of the two sugars is consumed (Jentjens et al., 2004)1.
The Energy Gel is a highly concentrated form of sugars meaning it contains large amounts of fuel. To get the same amount of carbohydrates from an energy drink you would have to drink large amounts of fluid which would increase the likelihood of GI distress. It also contains no added nutrients such as protein or fat which can slow the emptying of the stomach.
Not only that but the Ginseng & Guarana Energy Gel is ideal for those peak moments when it really matters! It provides you with extra energy from the unique combination of sugars and a real mental and physical boost from ginseng. Guarana is a berry that contains high concentrations of natural caffeine. It is a well-known fact that the ingestion of caffeine has a positive effect on concentration and alertness.
1 Jentjens, R. L., Moseley, L., Waring, R. H., Harding, L. K., & Jeukendrup, A. E.. Oxidation of combined ingestion of glucose and fructose during exercise. J Appl Physiol 2004; 96(4): 1277-1284.