Want to Gain More Muscle and Train Harder?
The New and Improved Carbion+ will give you the edge! The strength and performance benefits of regular carbohydrate consumption are widely known among advanced competitive athletes.
Those who seek greater size and an aesthetic physique are also aware of how important this key macro can be. The fact that many still fear carbs, seeing them primarily as a precursor to fat storage, underscores a lack of awareness as to just how important carbs are to overall health, wellbeing and sports performance.
If you want to gain more muscle, train harder for longer & lift more weight than ever before, then carbs can be one of your strongest allies.
For fat loss, proper mental functioning and greater health and vitality this nutritional powerhouse will always deliver, regardless of what anti-carb proponents may say. In fact, when the timing and type of carbohydrates are consumed appropriately and in line with a well-executed training regimen, this key macro is crucial to athlete performance
Advanced trainees are forever seeking to further improve both performance and physique. The question is: how can such athletes optimize carb intake for even greater training success? Fortunately, there is an answer.
With the newly reformulated, rapidly assimilated high-performance Carbion+, you’ll receive more of what you’ve become accustomed to with the regular intake of quality carbs.
As well, you’ll receive a host of additional performance benefits to optimize every workout, to produce quality gains in lean muscle and superior performance improvements. Key among these is an improved capacity to sufficiently hydrate the body, to enhance endurance, increase strength and improve focus and concentration.
So, just how effective is the research-proven, new and improved Carbion+?
Newer and Better
Fortunately, we have an answer to this question, too. Because Carbion+ has been fueling workouts and contributing to much explosive growth for as long as many bodybuilders have been hitting the iron, it’s been proven to work and has only gained in popularity since the first batch was rolled out. However, recent strides in performance nutrition have outpaced many of today’s popular workout supplements, making such products poor choices for those wanting superior results. Carbion+, on the other hand, has continued to evolve.
The newest reformulation of Carbion+ is even more effective in providing a steady supply of rapidly assimilated performance carbs. Besides consistently supplying the perfect complement of high-grade carbs to power the toughest workouts, this latest version is sugar and stimulant-free, non-bloating and specifically formulated to reduce fatigue – whether the athlete is an advanced-level bodybuilder or ultra-marathon runner.
Going hand-in-hand with muscle building and performance enhancement specific to strength building is Carbion+’s ability to optimally hydrate, promote faster recovery and, important for those wanting an enjoyable tasting workout product that’s also easy to consume, superior solubility and greater palatability. If, like many, you considered the old Carbion+ to be the perfect workout partner and recovery agent, you’ll want to add the new Carbion+ to your training arsenal for even greater results.
As discussed here, a superiorly formulated carb drink can provide an edge in carb assimilation and storage to enhance staying power, strength and, ultimately, muscle protein synthesis and more in the way of quality size gains. Carbion+ does all of this while doubling as a sports drink to improve hydration and refresh both body and mind.
Most sports drinks provide little in the way of key electrolytes but much in the way of sugar and filler substances. The simple sugars found in such drinks are a poor source of carbohydrate sustenance. In addition to being too sweet to fully refresh, such formulations are more likely to be converted to fat, liable to cause a hypoglycemic crash (and a corresponding drop off in energy) and may more readily result in gastric distress and bloating.4, 16
With Carbion+, the athlete receives a clear, refreshing and flavorsome energy-boost devoid of the metallic taste found in other electrolyte drinks and none of the problems associated with high-sugar formulas.
While certain simple sugar-packed energy/hydration drinks, such as the much-heralded Gatorade (which includes only sucrose, glucose and fructose and electrolytes sodium and potassium as active constituents), have been shown to benefit some athletes by providing an “optimal mixture for stimulating fluid absorption, helping the body maintain fluid balance, providing energy to working muscles and enhancing athletic performance,”25 such formulas are not ideal. As has been explained, and as will be further elaborated upon in this article, only formulas containing an optimal glucose structure and all essential electrolytes can provide a complete array of performance benefits to the fullest possible extent.
With three delicious flavors (Blue Bomb Pop, Lemon Lime, and Pineapple Mango), highly soluble and easy to drink, Carbion+ is a great way to quench thirst while supplying the four key electrolytes needed to remain hydrated under the toughest training conditions.
In terms of taste, Carbion+ stands apart from other such products. Due to the unique glucose structure of its cluster dextrin component (Cyclo-D, to be discussed in more detail soon), Carbion+ subdues the bitterness, acidity and other harsh tastes associated with other pre, intra and post-workout formulations.
Like other such products, Carbion works best with the inclusion of citric acid and BCAAs (it contains citric acid and it’s advised that BCAAs be added to the mix). While citric acid is sour tasting and BCAAs are bitter, the Cyclo-D in Carbion+ counters these unwanted side-effects to provide a greater-tasting sports drink with less bitterness and acidity.
By underestimating the importance of electrolyte replenishment, an athlete’s performance can be seriously affected. Water, by itself, is not enough. For water to perform its role of sustaining performance and aiding strength, several key electrolytes must also be present.23
As chemical substances which produce electricity to power numerous bodily functions, electrolytes are essential for performance (and survival!), and as exercise intensity increases, the body requires them in greater abundance. 8, 9, 1 Muscles and other vital tissues must receive four key electrolytes in optimal amounts when needed, so each must be of the highest bioavailability and potency to exert any meaningful effect.
Essential for the activity of neurons and muscle cells, sodium keeps fluids in a normal balance and assists the hydration process by increasing the rate of fluid absorption within the cells. Sodium also enhances blood volume, which regulates heart rate and body temperature when training for extended periods. Low sodium levels can result in muscle weakness, cramp and extreme lethargy.
Potassium is crucial for muscle contraction and relaxation. It also keeps blood pressure down and is mentally calming. Like the other electrolytes featured in Carbion+, potassium helps maintain a positive fluid balance in the body so as to prevent dehydration. Another key benefit of potassium is its ability to enhance the uptake of oxygen to the brain to improve mental function and focus.
A co-factor in over 300 enzyme systems and responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions within the body, magnesium is, among many other functions, critical to the synthesis of life-giving nucleic acids RNA and DNA. For athletes, magnesium helps regulate muscle and nerve function, cardiovascular efficiency, blood sugar levels and the formation of ATP to boost energy.
Not only crucial for the formation of bones and teeth, calcium is also a critical factor in nerve activation and muscle contraction. It’s thus essential to athletic performance. Due to the strenuous nature of high-intensity training and competition, an athlete’s skeletal system is under constant stress. For the bones to heal, to become stronger and larger, sufficient calcium must therefore be available. But calcium must also be available for other functions. Without enough calcium circulating in the blood, however, bone tissue will be forced to restore the deficiency by supplying it to the body. This may eventually lead to osteoporosis (fragile bones that are susceptible to breaking).
Enhance absorption and taste with a perfectly-balanced blend of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium in both bicarbonate and citrate forms
By the time the negative effects of low or inadequate electrolyte availability are experienced, it’s often too late to fully replenish these key performance minerals. Thus, the right balance of electrolytes must be supplied in such a way that each is rapidly assimilated and made available from the outset of an athletic event or training session.
Along with taste, electrolyte bioavailability is an important factor in keeping the athlete hydrated and working to full capacity. By supplying the body with a perfectly balanced ratio of key electrolytes via Carbion+, the body is always primed for high-level performances.
Each of Carbion+’s key electrolytes are included in both bicarbonate and citrate forms for maximum absorption and assimilation.
When supplied in chloride form, for example, sodium is not properly transported to the working muscles to regulate muscle contraction and nerve function. A poor supply of sodium also adversely affects blood volume and the acid-base balance, thus negatively impacting endurance and cardiac output.
By contrast, sodium citrate, as used in Carbion+, is highly bioavailable. As such, it’ll better provide its unique benefits while more rapidly increasing the absorption of fluids and other electrolytes to more significantly enhance performance.
Gaining muscle and/or becoming a better athlete ultimately requires strict adherence to the non-negotiables of hard training, dialing in nutrition and supplementation, and proper recovery. Each is needed for optimal training success and one without the other may even lead to a regression of results or suboptimal training outcomes. With Carbion+, all three of these crucial factors are soundly addressed.
In addition to the aforementioned electrolytes, optimal performance is primarily a product of quality carb consumption. As our most effective and readily-available energy source, carbs power performance where other nutrients falter.1, 17
In short, strength and endurance (two key components of muscle growth and performance) rapidly dissipate whenever muscle glycogen (carbohydrate) stores are low.
Whenever the body is forced to rely on blood sugars and fats in the absence of stored muscle glycogen, energy requirements cannot keep up with the demands of intensive training. Here, the energy conversion process is severely stifled and performance abruptly comes to a halt.
If we cannot perform at an optimal level, then muscle tissue cannot be adequately stimulated and muscle protein synthesis cannot be fully engaged. Thus, to perform at a high level and to grow faster as a result, the body needs a sustained intake of quality carbs.10, 11, 17
What the body really needs is a phased-delivery system whereby a selection of high-performance carbs are enlisted to fully replenish glycogen stores while ensuring that energy remains stable over the course of each workout.
Unfortunately, sugary carbs and even regular low glycemic fare are poorly absorbed and do not give the athlete the energy they need, when it is needed.
While regular carbs have their place for the average person, the demands of intense training mean that athletes require a high-performance variant. Fortunately, Carbion+ provides a precise ratio of seven of the highest performing carb sources ever devised.
Top of the list is the best of today’s performance carbs: Cyclo-D. A patented version of Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin (HBCD), Cyclo-D is characterized by its high molecular weight and high solubility and stability in water. Both these qualities mean that Cyclo-D has a fast gastric emptying time (GET) and is easily assimilated with no gastrointestinal stress.21
And because it’s gradually broken down in the bloodstream, there’s none of the blood sugar spiking which invariably leads to plummeting energy levels.
This all leads to superior glycogen storage, along with the enhancement of stamina (and maintenance of performance) and reduction of fatigue and inflammatory stress – as highlighted by several key research findings.3, 6, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
But it doesn’t end there. To be doubly sure that the body receives quality carb nourishment through all stages of a workout, Carbion+ also contains four different chain lengths of maltodextrin (comprising a PER4ORM blend) to provide a steady, phased-supply of energy. These carbs are absorbed at a slower rate than the Cyclo-D, meaning they’ll be available as the workout progresses, providing the energy needed to train at full capacity when the body is traditionally at its weakest.
Waxy Maize and coconut water powder are also included in Carbion+ to further optimize energy enhancement for the toughest training session. In its own right, Waxy Maize, which contains a high molecular weight branched-polysaccharide called amylopectin, provides sustained energy to increase endurance while also boosting recovery rate and restoring glycogen levels. Often used as a standalone sports drink, the ultra-hydrating coconut water powder provides electrolyte nourishment in the form of potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and sodium while also containing natural forms of B vitamins, vitamin C and iron. Both Waxy Maize and coconut water powder are combined in Carbion+ to provide that last hit of energy to finish the workout or event feeling strong and vibrant.
Recover and Grow
You’ve just achieved the best training session of your life courtesy of Carbion+’s superior seven-carb complement. However, like most smart trainees your training mission is far from over. In fact, contrary to the belief of many, there is growing to be done, even in the throes of intensive training.
With complete carb saturation, you’ll have offset cortisol production. This means little or no muscle degradation, a common occurrence when training on poor or insufficient carb sources. Whenever muscle energy is low due to poor glycogen stores, the body begins to secrete cortisol. Cortisol, in turn, consumes muscle tissue so as to convert muscle proteins into much-needed glycogen. As a result, we lose hard-won muscle.6, 13
Not only do ample quality carbs provide an anti-catabolic effect to offset muscle degradation; they actively ensure that muscle protein synthesis is kept high as a result of optimal insulin secretion during, and immediately after, training (when Carbion+ is taken before and post-training).
In addition, taking Carbion+ (specifically Cyclo-D, due to its high molecular weight and low osmolarity) in conjunction with high-quality BCAA supplement like AMINOCORE further accentuates muscle protein synthesis by driving more of these key aminos (specifically Leucine) into muscle tissue.14
Exercise-induced inflammatory stress remains a major barrier to muscle building and performance improvements.2, 5, 12, 24
In suppressing the excess stress reaction and immune response resulting from vigorous exercise, improvements in recovery and subsequent growth can ensue. Cyclo-D has been shown to suppress the exercise-induced inflammatory response and may, as a result, enhance recovery and the healing of muscle tissue.18
Finally, recovery is further enhanced by way of post-training glycogen replenishment. A relatively slow process, glycogen replenishment must be achieved if the athlete is to fully recover post-training.
Thus, for fast recovery from intensive training, it remains imperative that muscle glycogen stores are immediately replenished post-training when insulin levels are most receptive to storing carbs in muscle tissue.7 Research also recommends that a fast-acting protein (like ISOFLEX) be used in conjunction with carbs at such times, as doing so will both increase the efficiency of muscle glycogen storage while also limiting post-training muscle damage and enhancing protein muscle protein accretion.7
In addition to using the most highly bioavailable blend of carbohydrates and electrolytes on today’s market, Carbion+ has included a special absorption blend to further maximize the uptake and assimilation of these important nutrients. The combined effectiveness of Prickly Pear Cactus, Bitter Melon and Cinnulin PF, each renowned for their ability to optimize nutrient absorption and assimilation, will get Carbion+’s key ingredients to your muscles when you need them most.
Consume, Absorb, Perform and Grow
Long gone are the days when strength athletes chanced their success on unreliable nutrients and incomplete formulations with the consistency, and taste, of wet cement.
High-performance supplementation is now an arms-race to see who can come up with the best tasting products with superior mixability, absorption, bioavailability, and the most precisely-engineered ingredients. Like the muscle building process itself, anyone, or several, of these important factors without the support of the others will not deliver the results you want. Like all devoted athletes, you want it all, so start using Carbion+ to fast-track your training progress.
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