Alphalyte Power is a food supplement recommended for adult sportsmen based on maltodextrin (Glucidex®), enriched with a mix of minerals (mineral salts in citrate form), vitamin C, and hesperidin (WATTS'UP®). Potassium and magnesium contribute to normal muscle function, while vitamin C contributes to physiological energy metabolism and tiredness and fatigue reduction.
During intense and prolonged training it is important that constant energy support is guaranteed, without glycemic peaks and related "drops" or disturbances due to dehydration or gastrointestinal issues that can significantly compromise performance.
There is widespread use by athletes of isotonic energy drinks which, however, often use ingredients that can be "heavy" or irritating for the gastrointestinal system, sometimes creating a "rollercoaster" effect on blood sugar, being imbalanced on concentration and dilution of the elements.
The fact is, when we practice a sport for an extended period of time, carbohydrate stocks (muscle and liver glycogen) go down with the consequent risk of a performance decrease and weakening for the hypoglycemic state. To remedy or buffer this physiological process, the use of carbohydrate supplements prevent the condition of hypoglycemia by helping to save glycogen and trying to keep constant blood sugar levels in order not only to prevent these drops in performance, but to improve the performance itself from the point of view of both endurance and quality in sports such as cycling, running, triathlon, cross-country skiing, football, but also for combat sports, CrossFit, etc.
In a context of prolonged effort over time, among the various types of carbohydrate used, maltodextrins Glucidex® quality are a fundamental source that guarantees rapid support with constant energy release over time, ensuring a rather stable blood sugar level. Maltodextrins are polymers deriving from the starches (corn) hydrolysis process. They are very well soluble in water, easily assimilated and, thanks to a much lower osmotic pressure than simple low molecular weight carbohydrates (such as glucose), they present a faster gastric emptying (with greater speed of absorption). Precisely for this reason, solutions of maltodextrins at high concentrations can be well tolerated without problems of weighing down the gastrointestinal system and affecting performance, while many drinks based on glucose or other simple sugars could easily determine the appearance of gastrointestinal disorders, fermentations swelling, or worse, diarrhea. So it is evident that there are important advantages for athletes deriving from taking maltodextrin-based supplements, compared to other simple carbohydrates, which are linked to faster digestion and relative absorption times.
During the intense and prolonged physical practice, especially in the hot season, sweating is the mechanism by which our body keeps body temperature under control and prevents it from rising excessively, putting the various physiological functions at risk vital. With intense activity in the presence of high temperatures, it is possible to lose up to 4-5 liters of liquids per hour, with a high loss of precious electrolytes which, if it is not quickly restored, open the doors to dehydration and to all the severe breakdowns caused by the loss of mineral salts such as sodium, chlorine, potassium, and magnesium, which are indispensable for the body's balance. This imbalance can adversely affect physical performance. For this reason, especially in the summer and/or when intense physical activity takes place, it is useful to support and reintroduce precious mineral salts that can be quickly and efficiently absorbed to restore the hydro-saline balance and buffer on dehydration. The supply of mineral salts in citrated form is preferable to other versions, as it is much more bioavailable to our body and better tolerated. It should be noted, in fact, that various preparations based on some types of salts can favor the onset of gastrointestinal problems with consequent malabsorption and, also worsening dehydration (in case of diarrhea) and performance.
WATTS'UP® is a bioflavonoid complex, naturally present in oranges, that is rapidly bioavailable for our body. WATTS'UP helps aerobic capacity and anaerobic efficiency during physical exertion.