20-60 minutes pre-training or event, drink Vitargo. Do a couple of practice rides or runs to determine your timing. Vitargo begins to empty from the stomach within 10 minutes, but some people need more than 20 minutes pre-exercise to feel energized. Many find the “sweet spot” to be 30-45 minutes pre-exercise.
Workouts, training sessions, and competitive events that last longer than 90 minutes will usually benefit from re-fueling approximately every 45-60 minutes. You want to be ahead of your energy burn rate, meaning that you want to have taken your Vitargo before your tank runs low, to give time for intra-exercise stomach emptying and flow into your bloodstream to begin: about 20 minutes.
Post-training or post-event, as soon as possible use Vitargo plus protein to begin the processes to refuel, recover, repair and grow. Then go eat a great meal. For those with very high carbohydrate and protein needs, a second serving of Vitargo plus protein may be beneficial later in the day.
Vitargo is a unique carbohydrate because it is specially processed to yield a high molecular weight profile that is massively different from the carbohydrates that make up sugars (e.g. glucose, fructose, sucrose) and maltodextrin found in ordinary sport, energy, and recovery drinks. Most importantly, Vitargo is proven to work in athletes—in peer-reviewed published university studies. Part of the secret of Vitargo’s technology is the molecular size of Vitargo. Scientists use molecular weight (how heavy the molecule is) to determine the size of molecules. As shown in the table, Vitargo is hundreds and thousands of times larger than maltodextrin and sugars.
CARBOHYDRATE MOLECULAR WEIGHT
High Molecular Weight Vitargo: 500,000 to 700,000 g/mol
Maltodextrin: 1,000 to 10,000 g/mol
Starch syrup: 250 to 1,000 g/mol
Sucrose: 342 g/mol
Dextrose (glucose) : 180 g/mol
But molecular size alone does not make Vitargo unique. Vitargo is made through a special fractionation process that makes it rapidly digestible and therefore capable of delivering glucose to the blood, liver, and muscle at least twice as fast as other ordinary carbohydrates. Other so-called “high molecular weight” carbohydrates are “weightless” when it comes to proof—they have zero university studies showing superior fuel delivery or performance in humans.
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