What is Dextrose?

by FitnessGuru on May 29, 2008

I am using NOW Dextrose for my post workout meal shakes to get the most out of my workout. But what exactly is Dextrose? Dextrose is a simple form of sugar found in your blood that serves as the body’s main source of energy. I’m sure you have probably heard this more than a thousand times but gaining strength and muscle doesn’t occur while you workout, but after the workout during the recovery process. At that time it is important to give the body the best “tools” to work with. The “tools” or better, nutrients, are Carbs and Protein. While we already know protein, we have not really talked about Carbs.

What are Carbs or Carbohydrates? Carbohydrates, or carbs, are sugars and starches, which provide energy for our body.  “Carbs,” as they are now commonly referred to, have become both a blessing and a curse, as the process of modern food production has changed the way we consume them. The problem with carbs is that complex carbohydrates take longer for the body to digest. These carbohydrates are most commonly found in vegetables (cellulose), whole grain breads and pasta, brown rice, and legumes. To build up muscle and strength after a workout you do not want these slow digested carbs. You want something that goes right to work for you as otherwise some of your workout efforts are worth nothing. And that is where Dextrose comes into play.

It is very important you have a quick workout meal right after a the actual workout. Now by meal I don’t mean eating a Hamburger with Fries. I mean a small, targeted meal that can be ingested and digested quickly. If you don’t consume this meal immediately after the workout, then the certain benefits of your workout will be just a fraction of what they could be. Again, we already know about the importance of taking protein after a workout. Dextrose comes in a powdry form and can be mixed with Protein to a delicious shake as an example. Dextrose will give your body an important insuline spike. It will also refuel your muscles with the energy they have “lost” during the workout.

It is important to find the right balance of how much Dextrose should be added to your protein shake. Without spending much time on calculating the exact amount of Dextrose, you could go with a plain 2:1 ratio. For each gram of Protein that you ingest, two grams of Dextrose should be used. However, this might turn out way overboard and too sweet. If you are in the range of 75 KG – 80 KG I would not use more than 50 grams of Dextrose and mix it with about 30 grams of Protein.

Dextrose is cheap and almost all brands or products don’t really differ that much. I usually get a 15 lbs container as that turns out to be the best deal. Pricing is usually less than $25.00 for that container. I like saving money on those things, but still get the best value and quality. 😉 Try NOW Dextrose and see if that is something you like (that is what I use).

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