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Dextrose: how to take, for what it serves and care

Dextrose: how to take, for what it serves and care

Dextrose is a source of glucose made from corn starch. It is a simple carbohydrate that is quickly absorbed by the body. It contributes to the gain of muscle mass in people who practice bodybuilding and is a source of energy for those who do aerobic activities.

Proven benefits of dextrose

Good for muscles: Dextrose contributes to the gain of muscle mass. This is because it is a glucose and when ingested causes a peak of glucose and consequently a peak of insulin. This insulin helps to throw the proteins into the muscle.

Proteins, in turn, help repair muscles that have suffered micro-injuries due to exercise. These muscles are repaired and get bigger and stronger. Therefore, it is good to ingest dextrose with a source of protein, such as the Whey Protein supplement.

Athlete Energy Source: Dextrose is a great alternative before or during long aerobic workouts. This is because as it is a source of carbohydrates, it will provide energy for the practice of aerobic activities.

Inpatient option: In hospitals, dextrose can be used as a source of nutrition in patients who are being fed by means of a probe.

Recommended amount

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It is your nutrologist or nutritionist who will determine the amount of dextrose that can be ingested. However, generally the guideline is to ingest about 30 grams which has 120 calories. It is important to include this supplement in the daily calorie count that can be ingested and in the percentage of carbohydrates that can be consumed, about 55 to 60% of the daily diet of people who exercise.

Precautions when consuming

When acquiring dextrose is important to note if the manufacturer has the ANVISA seal. Also, store dextrose without much contact with sunlight to prevent oxidation, and leave it tightly closed to prevent ants from entering.

How to consume

In the case of bodybuilding training the orientation is to consume dextrose after training, along with a carbohydrate source. Thus, it will replenish the muscle glucose and also favor the entry of proteins into the muscle. It is also important to ingest a carbohydrate source before training.

In cases of aerobic training, the orientation is to ingest dextrose before or during exercise, so that the person will have the energy to perform the activity. Dextrose is ingested as a powder and diluted with water. On days when a person will not train dextrose should not be consumed.

Who can consume

Dextrose is intended for people who exercise and are at the correct weight. This is because as it is a source of glucose, it can provide a lot of energy and disrupt the process of weight loss of overweight people. Diabetics can only ingest dextrose after medical advice as it leads to insulin spikes that impair the overall diabetes picture. Pregnant women and infants should also avoid consumption of dextrose and only do so in cases of medical advice.

Excessive consumption risks

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Consumption in excess of dextrose can cause the person to accumulate too much sugar in the body, leading to weight gain. This excess glucose also leads to insulin spikes that favor diabetes.

Combination

Dextrose + protein sources: Combine dextrose with a source of protein, such as Whey Protein, BCAA or a food, meat or chicken, helps in gaining muscle mass. This is because dextrose will facilitate protein entry into the muscle.

Sources consulted:

Nutritionist Roberto Navarro

Nutritionist Marcela Sansone, specialist in Orthomolecular and Sports Nutrition.


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