Glukos, a performance nutrition product made primarily of the carbohydrate glucose, provides the fastest and longest energy source that athletes need to compete at the highest levels. It is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream, working two times faster than sucrose or fructose-based products, and lasts two times longer.
Glukos contains glucose, a carbohydrate that your body relies on for all its energy needs. Glukos also contains electrolytes and natural flavors - nothing but the energy your body needs to perform it's best.
Glucose is the body's preferred source of energy. When you give your body Glukos, you give it the purest, most readily available fuel anywhere. Glukos will improve your performance and delay fatigue – it's what every athlete needs.
Because it's the body's preferred source of energy, glucose is rapidly absorbed into the cells of the body and transformed into ATP, the energy currency of all animal life. See our Science section for more information.
It began with Ironman competitor and endurance athlete Mark Jensen. He wanted to create a sport fuel without the unnatural colors, flavors, preservatives and sugars that are the pitfalls of other energy products. What he created was Glukos. It's made with real glucose—the only fuel your body can use—and provides twice the energy twice as fast as the other guys. It has all the energy your body needs, and nothing it doesn't.
Glucose is the only type of fuel the body can use. Sugars like fructose, sucrose and galactose must first be metabolized into glucose, which takes time and energy. Glukos gives your body the energy it needs, and nothing it doesn't.
During exercise, glucose is generally accepted to improve exercise performance and time to endurance. If blood glucose is maintained during exercise, it can provide all the energy needed to support high-intensity exercise. Fatigue can even be prevented by consuming 30-60 grams of glucose through each hour of exercise.
You bet it's different. Glukos contains only glucose, water, and electrolytes – so it's absorbed rapidly and starts working instantaneously.
Other drinks contain stuff like fructose, sucrose and maltodextrin – sugars that aren't healthy and take longer for your body to absorb and metabolize.
Real fructose is mainly derived from honey, which makes it a great energy source for bees, but not for humans. Fructose is often found in foods marketed to diabetics or people with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) because it's metabolized much more slowly than other carbohydrates.
Otherwise, the majority of fructose on the market is high fructose corn syrup, which isn't the best stuff for your body – it, along with sucrose, has been implicated in the development of diabetes, elevated lipids (fats in your blood) and other metabolic problems that raise the risk of heart disease. Intake of drinks containing high fructose corn syrup and sucrose has risen in parallel with the obesity epidemic, suggesting a relationship between the two.
Unlike glucose, which is rapidly absorbed, fructose is slower to leave the GI tract, thereby slowing the availability of energy supply. Furthermore, anywhere from 40-80% of people are unable to fully absorb fructose.
Sucrose is a component of common table sugar, which is notorious for its association with adverse health effects such as diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity, elevated triglycerides (a risk factor for atherosclerosis) and dental cavities. Sucrose is the sweetest tasting of all sugar molecules. Additionally, sucrose is a large molecule that must be split by the digestive process prior to entering the bloodstream as energy, and large molecules like sucrose may actually hold on to water, delaying its entry into the bloodstream and cells where it's needed most, instead remaining in the digestive tract and causing bloating, gas and diarrhea.
Maltodextrin comprises long chains of linked sugar molecules. It is artificially created when acids or other enzymes are applied to cornstarch. Maltodextrin is much larger than the previously discussed sugars, requiring time and energy for digestion and assimilation. Maltodextrin is technically a complex carbohydrate; while this form of carbohydrate can be beneficial prior to and following exercise, it's large and must be enzymatically altered by the body prior to direct usage in energy processes.
So, to answer your question: Yes, Glukos is different. Very different.
Glucose is absorbed twice as fast as other carbohydrates – getting it to your cells where it's burned for energy, rather than sitting around in your gut where it does you no good. Glucose, the carbohydrate in Glukos, starts working instantly – it can actually pass through the cell walls of your mouth and go to work as immediate energy for your body. And you don't lose energy to the processes of digestion or metabolization like other fuel sources.
GLUKOS is made to fuel your energy when you need it. It doesn't give you a "jolt" or "buzz" like stimulant-based energy drinks do. Rather, it provides your body with an even amount of energy that you can use immediately, instead of making you feel nervous, anxious and jittery like other drinks do. Combined with a balanced, healthy diet and proper rest, you should feel a natural and clean increase in energy over time.
Absolutely. Nearly all foods are converted into glucose at some point in the body's energy-producing processes. Like all other foods, glucose is safe when consumed in normal amounts. Because glucose is a form of energy for the body, active people, including children, are most likely to benefit from it.
The link between sugar and hyperactivity is an old myth. According to the latest research, consumption of sugar-containing foods does not cause hyperactivity in children or adults. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics state that sugar does not disrupt the behavior of children, and does not perpetuate hyperactive behavioral disorders.
No. Glukos isn't an "energy drink." It only contains natural fuel in the purest form your body uses. It doesn't contain stimulants that other drinks have, like caffeine, Taurine, herbs, b-vitamins or who-knows-what-else.
People with diabetes must closely monitor the amount of carbohydrates consumed, their dose of medication and exercise. While Glukos contains a moderate amount of carbohydrates, a diabetic with well-controlled blood sugar is able to safely consume it.
In general, exercise will lower blood sugar levels in everyone, including those with diabetes. A diabetic will need to pay extra attention to their blood sugar levels during and after exercise, or whenever they add a new food or beverage to their diet, and should work closely with their doctor when doing so.
Glukos is designed for all athletes. It's perfect for any type of athletic endeavor, whether for short bursts of activity punctuated by periods of rest (like baseball), intermittent activity (like basketball), or continuous activity (like running and triathlon).
Glukos works for all levels of activity. It gets fuel in the bloodstream before exercise, and is a great way to supply some readily available energy to blast out a 5k or any other athletic activity you're looking to take on. It can also help sustain energy levels over several hours of exercise.
Yes. Glukos contains calories like any other food, albeit in lower amounts. Consuming calories in moderation, along with an active lifestyle, is the surest way to stay healthy. Consuming Glukos immediately after exercise is a great way to restore glycogen levels, improve recovery and get your body ready for your next workout.
Glukos should be used 20 minutes before any athletic activity to provide an immediate source of energy and boost to your performance. Use Glukos again, every 30 minutes to sustain your energy and prevent fatigue. Along with a nutritious meal, Glukos can be consumed immediately following your event or workout to enhance recovery.
It's your body's only energy, the good sugar and the foundation of all of our products. Unlike sucrose and fructose (bad sugars), glucose doesn't need to be digested in the human body. Sucrose and fructose require digestion, which takes time and energy and produces lactic acid and fat in the process.
Another name for glucose. Perhaps the most important carbohydrate, it's used as a primary source of energy throughout the biological world; it's transformed into ATP, the cellular energy currency of all animal life.
Carbohydrates in the form of glucose are the body's preferred source of energy during exercise. Glucose requires no active digestive process to be absorbed into the bloodstream and is instantaneously assimilated; digestive enzymes must first dismantle carbohydrates other than glucose, which takes energy and time.
Found in our ready-to-drink, powder, gummies and gel.
Salt is the stuff of life. Mainly comprising sodium and chloride, sea salt also contains additional electrolytes like calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Sodium and chloride are the most widely used, and therefore most important, electrolytes in the body. This is what makes sweat, tears and blood taste salty. It's also what stains your shirt white after a good sweat. If you sweat, you have to replace it!
Found in our ready-to-drink, powder, gummies and gel.
A natural sweetener, stevia is extracted from the plant Stevia Rebaudiana. It's about 150 times sweeter than sugar, won't mess with your blood sugar, and is considered safe and used widely as a non-calorie sweetener. We put it in GLUKOS to make it taste good, without artificial flavors or sweeteners.
"Fractionated" means we've taken only part of the coconut oil. In this process, nearly all the long-chain triglycerides are removed, leaving only the "saturated" portion of the oil. What this does is provide a much more stable oil – it won't oxidize and turn into 'yuck' like other oils do. As part of the fractionating process, the oil also has a higher concentration of natural antioxidants.
Dates are a sweet, edible fruit grown throughout the world. Cultivated for thousands of years, they're a staple food in many cultures due to their rich carbohydrate, mineral and protein content. Topping off their nutritional content, dates also contain several vitamins and minerals and are a rich food source of potassium, an important electrolyte. We used dates because they're an ideal source of nutrition, and also one of the highest glucose-containing fruits out there (most fruits contain a lot of fructose).
Regular cocoa is bitter and not very tasty, so we use alkalinized cocoa. The process of alkalinizing cocoa dates back to the 1800s, and is done to mellow out the bitter taste of cocoa to make it work well in recipes.