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Glucose Question

Postby billyoffspring » Thu Jul 29, 2004 3:37 am

So, I noticed in JP's post-workout shake he adds glucose. I was just wondering if many of you do this? JP or anyone else: What are the benefits of adding glucose to your shake? My current supplements include: protein shake powders, seasilver (trying it out), vitamin c.
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Postby ultra_whippet » Fri Jul 30, 2004 8:32 pm

I presume his reason is for replenishment of his carbohydrate (glycogen) stores. Your body is most efficient at replenishing these stores soon after a workout (<2 hours) so this is the time to get in some food with a high glycaemic index that will be absorbed into your bloodstream quickly. And glucose is the highest GI food of all....
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Postby billyoffspring » Fri Jul 30, 2004 8:47 pm

Is it liquid glucose? Where can I buy it?
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Postby JP » Sat Jul 31, 2004 8:25 am

[quote="billyoffspring"]Is it liquid glucose? Where can I buy it?


it's just powder. It's essentially sugar (or comparable to). I buy mine from local shops for 99p per 500grams, so it's dead cheap (like under 2$ for a pound).
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Postby Mary » Sat Jul 31, 2004 10:52 am

If you've done a heavy work out I take it you aren't going to store it as fat, are you?
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Postby Cuguacuarana » Sat Jul 31, 2004 9:21 pm

I stay away from the simple sugars, even in my after workout shakes. I don't like to mess with my insulin so much, even if it causes greater protein assimilation. I don't necessarily think its a bad thing, but its not necessary to build muscle (unless you are really trying to pack it on). Personally, I think juice has enough sugar and is quickly digested enough to produce an insulin response. I have read conflicting information regarding the conversion of sugars to muscle glycogen. One source claimed that fructose is converted to liver glycogen while other sugars are converted to muscle glycogen. I am not convinced though. I have also read that all sugars are converted into muscle glycogen while starches are more readily converted to liver glycogen. IMO do what works, for someone lifting on JPs level I think the glucose is probably not a bad idea.
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Postby Pete » Sun Aug 01, 2004 9:23 pm

given a choice I like to add stuff like pineapple as you get your carbs & enzymes that aid protein assimilation, but I see no problems with people choosing plain glucose if they like.
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Postby billyoffspring » Sun Aug 01, 2004 9:26 pm

Okay, thanks Pete.
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