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Dextrose is a sweet tasting, fast absorbing carbohydrate with a very high Glycemic Index that is used in a wide range of sports supplements to assist with muscle glycogen levels and energy levels in general. It is a fantastic post-workout shake addition and great source of simple carbohydrates. Read the full product description for more information.

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What is Dextrose?

Dextrose is actually a monosaccharide that is considered a simple sugar. As it is a monosaccharide, it only has the one sugar molecule in it. Dextrose is actually a form of glucose sugar, that is used in a wide range of sports supplements to assist with muscle glycogen levels and energy levels in general. This fast absorbing carbohydrate is very sweet tasting, and has a very high Glycemic Index, and although that is generally considered to be a bad thing, at least, as far as health and fitness is concerned, if you use dextrose at the right time, and in conjunction with the right supplements, it can actually play a huge role in post-workout recovery, and muscle glycogen levels in general.

How does it work?

Basically, the primary purpose of dextrose powder, is so that it can be consumed immediately following your workout, along with your protein powder and various amino acids, to assist with recovery. The primary objective associated with dextrose powder, is for it to cause a spike in our insulin levels immediately after we train. After we exercise, glycogen levels in our muscle cells become depleted, and our cells are completely empty, and have also expanded slightly. This increase in volume means that they are primed anabolically to absorb more proteins, amino acids, and glycogen to be used as energy after we exercise. This is known as the ‘anabolic window’ and it generally lasts no longer than one hour post-workout. The idea behind adding dextrose to your shake, is that the powder causes insulin levels to spike, and as insulin helps shuttle glycogen, glucose, and anything else found in the bloodstream at the time, from the blood, into your muscle cells, the insulin basically allows the cells to absorb more proteins, amino acids, and nutrients, at a much quicker rate. This replenishes energy levels and kick-starts the post-workout recovery process.

What are the main benefits of using Dextrose supplements?

Some of the main benefits associated with dextrose supplements, include:

Muscle growth

Our post-workout shake is arguably our most important “meal” of the day, as that is when we can give our bodies and our muscles everything they need to initiate protein synthesis for optimum muscle recovery. Dextrose basically allows the muscle cells to absorb more nutrients at a much faster rate, so you can begin the post-workout recovery process almost instantaneously.

Tastes great

Another great benefit associated with dextrose powder is the fact that it tastes great. By adding a scoop to your post-workout protein shake, it will taste unbelievable, and best of all, you don’t need to worry about feeling guilty by drinking something so sweet tasting.

Replenishes glycogen levels

Not only does dextrose help create an insulin spike that will shuttle proteins and amino acids into the awaiting muscle cells, but it will also replenish glycogen levels, which is a primary source of energy used by the cells in the muscles. The more glycogen, the more energy the body has.

Other benefits include:

  • Replenishes energy levels
  • Fast absorbing
  • Sweet tasting
  • Helps build muscle and strength
  • Fantastic post-workout shake addition
  • Great source of simple carbohydrates
  • And more...

How and when should it be consumed?

For optimal results, experts recommend just one serving of dextrose, to be consumed only on days when you exercise. Simply add 50g to your protein shake, combine with water, and enjoy within one hour of exercising for best results.

Dextrose VS Maltodextrin

Maltodextrin, like dextrose, is another high GI carbohydrate that is ideal when consumed post-workout. This however, is a polysaccharide, and is digested and broken down slightly slower than dextrose. Maltodextrin also contains healthy fats, and is slightly less sweet tasting than dextrose. If you’re looking for a slightly slower releasing carbohydrate, maltodextrin is ideal.

What can it be stacked with?

For best results, dextrose should be consumed with a Whey Protein powder, BCAAs, L-Glutamine, Creatine Monohydrate, and L-Leucine – all in the same shake. In the evening, you may wish to consume a Casein Protein powder, which will help keep the body in an anabolic state as you sleep.

Potential side effects

Always consult your doctor before using any new supplements, and discontinue usage if you experience any adverse side effects. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before using dextrose supplements. Although extremely safe, dextrose powder has been known to lead to some adverse side effects, especially if more than the recommended dosage has been consumed. Possible side effects include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Unstable blood sugar levels
  • Dizzy spells
  • Frequent urination
  • Sensitive teeth

Dextrose Reviews

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Tastes more sugary than Maltodextrin
Lee B. on 23/02/2017
Grand Falls, NB
Good luck beating this price and size anywhere else. Great for Pre/Intra/Post. Will not stop using intra workout carbs now that I've begun.
Mixes Excellent!

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Brandon T. on 13/02/2017
I've been using this to brew beer and it's been good for that.

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Adrian P. on 16/01/2017
quality product, fair price, fast delivery: 1.5 days after ordering

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Georgie G. on 12/01/2017
Using it as intraworkout and has been doing exactly what I wanted it to do. Great value, great shipping, and no digestion issues as well or bloating - which is key in any intraworkout product.

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Brittany W. on 03/12/2016

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Combine The Two!
Luke B. on 20/11/2016
Couldn't decide between the benefits of Dextrose and Maltodextrin.
Did ample amounts of research online and found that the best thing for me would be to combine both!
I throw half a scoop of each in my shake post-workout. I feel fuller and truly believe it is helping me put some size on this season.
Will continue to order both throughout the winter!

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No complaints...
Andre K. on 01/11/2016
No complaints except for the bag's closing zipper which should be upgraded. That's why I bought multiple smaller bags to maintain freshness.

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Jérôme L. on 12/10/2016
Bon prix bonne qualitee!!

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Etienne G. on 03/10/2016
Good product

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Freddy G. on 23/08/2016
Alot of dextrose for cheap.

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Good production, fast shipping.
Dominic D. on 11/08/2016

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Martine R. on 05/08/2016
Se mélange facilement, pas de goût chimique.

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It is a quality Dextrose
John on 19/07/2016
Winnipeg, MB
I usually buy dextrose along with protein on so get the free shipping. I tried to find Dextrose on other Canadian web sites, found only on one but it didn't have other great products like So no free shipping for single dextrose on that site(unless you buy a ton)

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Cheap and effective
Brandon on 17/08/2015
Personally I use this Dextrose post-workout to spike my insulin levels, and to push nutrients into my muscles when it's needed most. I simply add a half or full scoop to my post WO shake.

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Great quality. As expected
Samuel on 29/06/2015
This is the stuff! No fuss, rapid delivery! Recommended for breakfast or post-workout recovery

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Thick and Heavy
Kevin on 30/09/2012
Thickens EVERYTHING.. Mmakes the shake taste like a milkshake even when you mix it with water. Just use lots of whatever liquid you mix it with or it'll be like drinking jam. Good product though and no complaints.

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It's Dextrose.
Scott on 29/04/2012
Not much to say except that it's dextrose and a decent price.


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