e-Gel is the first and only Electrolyte Energy Gel with 5 times the sodium and double the potassium of traditional energy gels. When taken with water you can now get balanced hydration, energy and electrolyte replacement in one product. And, with 150 carbohydrate calories, e-Gel packs 50% more energy than most competing energy gels.
The Balanced Solution
Energy Gels by themselves are extremely hypertonic (more concentrated then your body fluids), which means that you have to consume water to ensure that they are rapidly absorbed. This is the case for all gels. Water dilutes the gel and lowers the concentration (osmolality), thus increasing the absorption rate. If you consume just the right amount of water, the combined solution will become isotonic (the same concentration as your body fluids) which allows for rapid absorption, hydration and maximum energy delivery.
If you try to get your electrolytes by drinking a sports drink (instead of water) it will not properly dilute the gel, thus slowing the absorption rate. This can also lead to stomach irritation and a dehydrating effect as your cellular fluids are drawn upon to dilute the gel.
So, if you drink water with your gel like you have to, then how do you replace your electrolytes? Other gels contain electrolytes, but they do not contain nearly enough to provide adequate electrolyte replacement. e-Gel on the other hand is the first Electrolyte Energy Gel and is designed to provide complete and balanced energy, hydration and electrolyte replacement. In fact, e-Gel has more than 5 times the sodium and twice as much potassium as competing gels.
e-Gel is low in sugar, why is his important?
If we spike the level of our blood sugar then we have lots of energy ... for a little while, and then we come crashing down. This doesn't work so well for "endurance" athletes. Simple sugars can do just that, a little bit is okay but too much will quickly raise your blood sugar. If it could stay elevated life would be great, but unfortunately it can't, and when and comes back down it drops (crashes) well below where it started. When this happens during athletic activity it is a dual edged sword. Your performance will drop as the blood sugar drops because your body is depending on that energy, and your body will no longer be able to as efficiently convert your muscle glycogen into usable energy ... here comes the BONK!!! The goal is to maintain a consistent blood sugar level without the spikes and crashes, and this is achieved by relying primarily on complex carbohydrates and low sugar levels, and that's exactly what you get with e-Gel!
The primary ingredient in e-Gel is maltodextrin, a complex carbohydrate derived from corn. For endurance activities you should always look for products that are high in complex carbohydrates and low in simple sugars. The problem with simple sugars is that they rapidly increase your blood sugar, which feels good for a short period of time, but then your blood sugar can come crashing down. When you give your kids candy this is called a sugar crash but when it happens to an athlete we call it BONKing. The carbohydrate blend in e-Gel is 82% maltodextrin and 18% fructose and has been formulated to maximize energy delivery. Research has shown that products with multiple carbohydrate sources can deliver more energy to working muscles compared to products using a single carbohydrate source. It is also important to note that there is a wide variety of maltodextrins with varying molecular structures. e-Gel uses the highest quality maltodextrin with a large molecular structure that allows the product to deliver even more energy (for more information read about the effect of carbohydrates on osmolality). Be aware of products that use large amounts of carbohydrates that are high in simple sugars such as sucrose, honey, brown rice syrup, evaporated cane juice, etc.). e-Gel is also 100% Gluten-Free.
For each hour of athletic activity, Crank Sports recommends consuming 1 to 2 e-Gel packets and 16 to 32 ounces of water for balanced energy, hydration and electrolyte replacement. Your individual intake requirements will vary depend among other things on temperature, humidity, athletic intensity, etc.
Why Try e-Gel?
There is very little difference between most traditional energy gels besides taste, texture and packaging. e-Gel is not just another energy gel, it is the only Electrolyte Energy Gel and it truly stands apart from the competition. e-Gel is the only gel that provides balanced electrolyte replacement, the highest quality carbohydrates and a complete profile of amino acids and antioxidants.
150 carbohydrate calories from a blend of glucose polymers (maltodextrin) and fructose that is designed to provide sustained energy delivery. That's 50% more energy then other leading energy gels.
230 mg of sodium and 80 mg potassium (more than double other gels) · No fat and no protein (since it is designed to be consumed during athletic activity)
To protect tissues by neutralizing free radicals that are produced by the muscle's use of oxygen during intense athletic activity.
Amino Acid Blend
Designed to slow lactic acid build up, fight muscle degradation and assist in maintaining focus and concentration.
Assists with the conversion of protein to energy, and research has shown that your body looses vitamin B6 during intense athletic activity.
e-Gel is the only gel designed to provide complete energy, hydration, and electrolyte replacement when consumed with water as recommended.