Cyclic dextrins are oligosaccharides made up of several glucose units. They are obtained from corn starch and have a cyclic structure. Once ingested, cyclic dextrinx are digested and converted into glucose by the enzymes of the intestinal bacterial microflora.
Cyclic dextrins are used in sports as a source of carbohydrates, useful for athletes in the pre- and post-training phase. They are characterized by a high molecular weight, a good water solubility and a remarkable resistance to oxidation. Their low osmolarity also promotes rapid gastric emptying and makes them particularly tolerable in the gastro-intastinal tract. This leads to a reduction in the typical side effects of dextrins (such as diarrhea, cramps and abdominal pain). The uses of cyclic dextrin supplements such as HBCD+ range from pre-training to improving energy and structural muscle recovery in the post-training phase. Cyclic dextrins, such as those present in HBCD+, allow to optimize muscle glycogen reserves and favor the support of energy performance and rehydration in endurance activities.
The formulation of HBCD+ contains highly branched cyclic dextrins (Cluster Dextrin®), obtained thanks to the activity of a specific enzyme that generates cyclodextrins with a uniform molecular weight. The high molecular weight and low osmolarity guarantee a rapid gastric emptying and a quick release of glucose. Furthermore, the highly branched structure of Cluster Dextrin® simplifies the digestion of the product.