Carbohydrates are the preferred fuel source for muscles at the cellular level, and Carb6 is the preferred fuel source for athletes who want to leave it all in the gym. As exercise intensity and duration increases, muscular carbohydrate storage, a.k.a. muscle glycogen, is progressively depleted, and this is threatening on multiple fronts. Without muscle glycogen levels topped off pre-exercise, performance declines and the body begins harvesting muscle tissue for an alternative fuel source shortly after the workout begins. Carb6 provides a state-of-the-art Glycogen Ladder Matrix to ensure muscles are fueled and pushing weight!
Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin has a rapid “gastric emptying time.” It gets out of the stomach and into the muscles to improve performance FAST.*
Carb10™ from pea starch has no negative impact on insulin and insulin sensitivity, minimizing the potential for storage as body fat.*
Starches & Sugars from 5 all-natural, food-based sources in Potato, Honey, Peas, Sweet Potato, and Sugar Cane.
Glycogen Ladder Matrix provides the full spectrum of the Glycemic Index to optimize blood glucose levels throughout an entire training session.*
Chromium improves glucose deposition into active and recovering muscles.*
By combining 6 unique carbohydrate sources, Kodiak Sports Nutrition has engineered the ultimate versatile carb supplement in Carb6. Specific ratios of low, medium, and high GI carbs ensure that blood glucose is never too low and never too high. Maintaining blood glucose levels is paramount to sustaining performance, but intense training for just 30 minutes can deplete muscle glycogen stores by almost 50%! Anybody training like they mean it notices a benefit from proper carbohydrate fueling to reduce fatigue, improve endurance, increase training volume, reduce muscle catabolism, and regenerate ATP. Stay in the hunt for gains, and train like a beast with Carb6, Supercarb!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Glucose Tolerance Factor Chromium is essential for healthy insulin sensitivity and glucose management. Supplementing chromium enhances the metabolic action of insulin, so the body can deposit more glucose (fuel) into the muscle.
- Chromium supplementation improves blood glucose control by enhancing insulin sensitivity.
- A meta-analysis of 7 randomized controlled trials verified chromium supplementation is capable of reducing fasting blood glucose numbers (Abdollahi et al., 2013).
- Healthy men supplementing chromium with 75g of high GI carbs experienced as much as a 36% reduced accumulation of glucose in the blood versus placebo, suggesting the carbs were healthily deposited in muscle and/or liver tissues (Frauchiger, Wenk, and Colombani, 2004).
- Glucose controlling effects may lead to reduced body fat (Kim et al., 2011).
Glycogen Ladder Matrix
Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin
Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin, or HBCD, is a unique chain of glucose molecules with a structure that allows for easy digestion.
- Significantly faster gastric emptying times and reductions in stomach discomfort have been observed in athletes supplementing HBCD vs. glucose (Takii et al., 2005 & 2007).
- 15g of HBCD supplementation has been observed as superior to maltodextrin for improving endurance, reducing fatigue, and limiting feelings of exertion (Furuyashiki et al., 2014).
Dextrose is the biologically functional analogue of glucose. Quickly absorbed, dextrose is excellent for fueling exercise and regenerating muscle glycogen.
- Superior to other simple sugars for accelerating long-term performance gains (Dunne et al., 2006).
- Supplementing dextrose versus placebo may improve exercise endurance by up to 18% (Murray et al., 1991).
- Dextrose supplementation improves muscle glycogen status (Coombes and Hamilton, 2000)
Carb10™ is low GI pea starch with high molecular weight and low osmolality for rapid utilization and enhanced glycogen synthesis.
- Pea starches have minimal impact on blood insulin levels with a controlled glucose release (Dahl et al., 2012)
- Carb10™ supports greater muscle glycogen levels and athletic performance (Joy et al.)
Raw Honey Powder
Honey is a natural source of a variety of simple sugars and disaccharides. Approximately 70% of honey is equal parts glucose and fructose, while the remaining 30% are disaccharides maltose and sucrose or longer carbohydrate chains.
- Honey is one of few animal-made products containing polyphenols with a variety of health benefits (Alvarez-Suarez et al., 2010).
- Regular honey consumption is linked with improved antioxidant status, increasing levels of vitamin C and glutathione (Al-Waili et al., 2003)
- Honey supplementation near exercise has been verified to improve power output and endurance (Kreider et al., 2002)
Sweet Potato Powder
Sweet potatoes are low GI complex carbs with much greater potential to be used as fuel than stored as fat.
- Increasing potato starch consumption directly increases resting muscle glycogen concentrations, glycogen utilization during exercise, power output, and training volume (Rauch et al., 1995).
- Despite being low-GI carbs, potatoes have great glucose availability for powering exercise performance (Crapo et al., 1977).
Cane sugar is a natural source of sucrose made from sugar cane plants that requires less processing than typical table sugar. Sucrose provides equal amounts of glucose and fructose to take advantage of both glucose and fructose transporters along the intestinal wall.
- Supplying both glucose and fructose, such as with sucrose, can enhance total carbohydrate utilization during exercise (Jeukendrup, 2011).
- Supplementing with sucrose and other carbs before training likely reduced amino acid oxidation and ammonia production (Carvalho-Peixoto et al., 2007).
Q: Why use 6 different carbohydrate sources instead of 1 or 2?
A: Using 1 or 2 carbohydrate sources, for example just dextrose and/or honey, will quickly increase blood glucose, but it will not sustain blood glucose. Likewise, Carb10 or sweet potato powder will slowly increase blood glucose over time. Combining multiple carb sources can quickly elevate and sustain glucose levels to maximize training performance and glycogen synthesis.
Q: I’m an active healthy person. Why worry about glucose management or insulin sensitivity?
A: Research shows that even healthy and very highly active athletes are susceptible to a compromised insulin response for up to 24 hours following ingestion of an amount of carbohydrate necessary to replace those burned during exercise. Long-term, this may lead to unwanted body fat gain and fatigue.
Q: What is the best way to use Carb6?
A: Carb6 is a versatile carbohydrate that can be used before, during, or after training to maximize carbohydrate availability to fuel workouts and speed glycogen resynthesis for the next session. For best results, use 1-2 scoops before and during training as part of your total daily carbohydrate goal. If training twice per day, an additional 1-2 scoops post-workout will help to power the next session.
Q: Does Carb6 stack well with other Kodiak Sports Nutrition Products?
A: Yes! To maintain optimum insulin sensitivity and blood glucose levels, stack with GlycoSlin glucose disposal agent. In fact, use GlycoSlin anytime you’re eating carbohydrates! For maximizing the potential to build muscle, combine Carb6 with Ammo BCAA for the total intra-workout package!