Maltodextrin

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Maltodextrin supplements help increase energy levels, increase nutrient uptake, and help regulate blood sugar levels. Along with many more athletic and performance based benefits, they also help improve intestinal health and immunity and can even help prevent certain forms of cancer. Read the full product description for more information.

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What is Maltodextrin?

Maltodextrin is actually a polysaccharide that is derived from natural starch sources. It is obtained via special partial hydrolysis processes and is a glucose polymer. Despite this however, it is actually a complex carbohydrate as opposed to a simple carbohydrate, even though it does have a relatively high glycemic index. This high GI however, is considered very beneficial and it is why maltodextrin is such an effective sports supplement. The high GI means that the supplement is able to release large quantities of energy, in a short amount of time, making it a fantastic supplement for energy-boosting purposes. It is similar in structure to dextrose, although it does not have a sweet taste like dextrose does.

How does it work?

As maltodextrin has a high GI, although technically it is a complex carbohydrate, it is still very easily processed and absorbed by the body, making it very easy for the body to digest. Per gram, maltodextrin provides 4 calories of energy, and, for endurance purposes, this is very important. It provides a relatively slow and sustained release of energy, making it ideal for endurance sports, or for longer than average workouts. The body prefers glucose as its primary energy source, so obviously providing forms of sugar during periods of high activity, is going to increase energy levels a great deal. Increasing carbohydrate consumption means that more energy is present, but not only that, but for post-workout purposes, it is also useful as it creates an insulin spike that is not quite as dramatic as what you would experience with dextrose, but it is still enough to assist with the transportation of nutrients from the bloodstream, into awaiting energy cells.

What are the benefits of Maltodextrin supplements?

Some of the primary benefits associated with maltodextrin supplements include the following:

More energy

The primary benefit associated with maltodextrin supplements is the fact that they have been found to increase natural energy levels. Though complex carbohydrates, they behave like simple carbs and provide a quick and sustained release of energy that is perfect for getting you through levels of prolonged physical activity.

Enhanced nutrient absorption

As mentioned, maltodextrin is still able to provide a spike in insulin levels, which, when it comes to post-workout nutrition, is incredibly important. Post-workout, our muscle cells are starved of energy and protein and are able to absorb more than usual, due to the fact that they have expanded slightly. Getting protein, amino acids, and other nutrients into the cells as soon after a workout as possible, is essential, which is where an insulin spike proves useful. Insulin shuttles nutrients from the bloodstream, into awaiting muscle cells, so consuming maltodextrin along with a post-workout protein shake, is highly beneficial.

Improved intestinal health

Another fantastic benefit of this carbohydrate, is the fact that it helps to improve intestinal health. It passes through the small intestine and stomach undigested, before being fermented in the large intestine via healthy bacteria. This produces short-chain fatty acids that have been found to improve colon cell health, and intestinal cell health. This in turn helps with digestion, plus it can help prevent certain forms of cancer.

Other benefits include:

  • More energy
  • Increased nutrient uptake
  • Improved intestinal health
  • Improved immunity
  • Helps regulate blood sugar levels
  • Can assist with muscle growth and repair
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Increased post-workout recovery
  • And more…

How and when should it be consumed?

For optimal results, experts recommend consuming this supplement post-workout, in consumption with other supplements designed to assist with muscle growth and repair. Experts recommend consuming 35g – 50g of maltodextrin, along with your post-workout protein shake, no later than one hour after you exercise.

Maltodextrin VS Dextrose

Although similar to one another, dextrose and maltodextrin are still very unique. Dextrose is a simple sugar that is absorbed incredibly rapidly. It has a very sweet taste, due to the fact that it is a simple sugar. It is therefore used by the body much quicker than maltodextrin. Maltodextrin, as it is a complex carbohydrate, provides a more sustained release of energy, although it has still been found to be very beneficial when consumed post-workout, with other supplements. The main differences between the two, are the rates of absorption.

What can it be stacked with?

As this supplement is a popular bodybuilding supplement, other bodybuilding supplements can be stacked with it, and in actual fact, work very well when stacked with it. Generally speaking, you can stack it with: Creatine, BCAAs, L-Glutamine, Whey Protein, and Casein Protein.

Potential side effects

As with all supplements, 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 doctors before using this supplement. Though natural and very safe, some users have experienced the following side effects when using maltodextrin supplements:

  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizzy spells
  • Mild nausea

Maltodextrin Reviews

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Alex b. on 30/11/2016
Toronto
Good
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Combine The Two!
Luke B. on 20/11/2016
Toronto
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!
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No complaints...
Andre K. on 01/11/2016
Mtl
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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Got what I wanted
Eric H. on 15/10/2016
Victoria, BC, Canada
I ordered a bag of maltodextrin, and I got a bag of maltodextrin! Also came with a free scoop. The bag seems a little larger than necessary for the amount of powder it contains but whatever. Fast delivery.
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Maltodextrine
Jérôme L. on 12/10/2016
Quebec
Salut un petit mot pour dire que ce maltodextrine est le meilleur que j acheter jusqu a present !! Ce digere tres bien !! A 285 lbs du sucre c a en prend des quantitee enorme!!j ai enfin trouver un site de qualite...prix et service impeccable!!!!
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Not pleased
Michael R. on 06/10/2016
Ontario
Smells and tastes fine on its own, but when added to anything else takes on a very unpleasant taste - the same unpleasant taste regardless of what it is added to. What derivative of Maltodextrin is this? Tapioca, Corn, etc.?
Answer: Hi Michael, thank you so much for your feedback. Our product, is a pharmaceutical grade 10DE corn based maltodextrin which is typical with what is on the market and a step about since it is pharmaceutical grade.
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Maltodextrine
Etienne G. on 03/10/2016
Saint-Laurent
Good product
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Maltodextrine
Etienne G. on 03/10/2016
Saint-Laurent
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Good production, fast shipping.
Dominic D. on 11/08/2016
Québec
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Martine R. on 05/08/2016
Quebec
Se mélange facilement, pas de goût chimique.
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Awesome
Sean on 19/02/2016
Vancouver, BC
Perfect for performance and recovery!! I love it!
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Great for recovery
Karl on 09/09/2015
Vancouver
Not much to say, amazing value for a solid product.
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Guillaume on 30/09/2014
Montreal
It's maltodextrin powder in a large bag. It's a bit sweet. Taste is good.
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Great for recovery
Karl on 11/08/2015
Vancouver
I've been adding this to my protein shakes, it tastes good but also seems to be helping my overall recovery/gains. It's a common weight gainer ingredient, but buying it this was is much more economical.
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Gord on 25/02/2016
GTA
Like the other review the scoop is 40g instead of 30 like the nutrition facts label. The product mixes really well into my protein shake made with milk and I don't even notice it's in there. If you want extra carbs post workout this is a great product.
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Alright.
Aria on 20/06/2014
Montreal
The scoop is 40grams but other than that, no issues. It's a bit sweet and it makes for great shakes, would recommend.
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Maltodextrin
alexandre on 30/01/2014
Montreal
mixed very easily, very cheap and great quality
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Nice quick recovery Carb
KT on 20/08/2013
Windsor, ON
Used this in my own custom electrolyte replacement beverage. This powder will mix in with other ingredients very well as a quick boost. Powder is very fine and is slightly sweet. Though for my recipe you will need a standard sugar as most suggest you need both for proper recovery. The Glycemic Index for this carbohydrate is twice as high as sugar so be cautious in its use if you have issues with regulation of insulin or other hormones