Nutrition shakes are a great way to boost recovery but depending on the ingredients they’re made with, they can quickly turn into unhealthy calorie-bombs filled with sugar and saturated fat that can quickly sabotage your performance and recovery intentions. Critical Reload uses minimally processed, high-quality ingredients combined with the latest sports nutrition research to enhance muscle recovery and restore energy. Below is an in-depth look at all the ingredients that make up Critical Reload.
Though maltodextrin is technically a complex carbohydrate because of it's sugar content, it's high glycemic index means it goes through the digestive system super fast. There are 2 instances where this is a good thing. 1) After a hard workout, maltodextrin will quickly get energy and protein to your muscles. That's why the Critical Reload has both. 2) During an intense, physical workout, maltodextrin's quick absorption by the body and low osmolality make it a good candidate to give energy while not dehydrating you. Furthermore, due to its rapid absorption Critical Reload doesn’t sit “heavy” on the stomach, which could cause a “sour” gut and detour you from eating whole foods after a workout. Understand Critical Reload being a meal replacement, rather it’s designed to help mange your “window of opportunity”, replenish energy, enhance muscle protein synthesis, and boost recovery.
Proprietary Protein Blend
Proteins provide the body critical amino acids that serve as building blocks for the formation of new muscle. But not all dietary proteins are equal. Since whey rapidly increases protein synthesis and casein blocks protein breakdown, a combination of both was ideal in the ingredient development of Critical Reload.
The major proteins in milk are casein and whey. These milk proteins are both excellent sources of all the essential amino acids, but they differ in one important aspect—whey is a fast-digesting protein and casein is a slow-digesting protein. Fast-digesting whey means it is emptied from the stomach quickly, resulting in a rapid and large increase in plasma amino acids. This translates into a quick but transient increase in protein synthesis, while protein breakdown is not affected. Whey also has higher levels of leucine, a potent amino acid that stimulates protein synthesis. Whey protein is superior at augmenting protein synthesis rapidly, but this positive effect is short-lived.
Consuming repeated doses of whey allows for sustained high levels of blood amino acids and repeated bursts of protein synthesis that provide superior effects on muscle protein balance.
Casein is relatively insoluble and tends to form structures called micelles that increase solubility in water. During the processing of milk, which usually involves heat or acid, the casein peptides and micelle structure become disturbed or denatured to form simpler structures. As a result, a gelatinous material is formed. This is the basis for why casein has a slower rate of digestion, and results in a slow but steady release of amino acids into circulation.
Fructose, not high fructose corn syrup, is an important source of energy for the body. Sometimes called fruit sugar, fructose is found in fruit, some vegetables, honey, and other plants. Fructose is a monosaccharide, or single sugar, that has the same chemical formula as glucose but a different
molecular structure. Even though commonly consumed sugars provide basically the same number of calories, they are metabolized and used by the body in different ways. Because fructose does not increase blood glucose and does not require insulin, individuals with diabetes can often tolerate it better than other sugars. In fact, studies show that small amounts of oral fructose may actually improve glycemic control in people with diabetes.
No Vitamins & Minerals
Critical Reload has no added vitamins or minerals. Why? You cannot replace whole food vitamins with synthetic vitamins like ascorbic acid as Vitamin C, Palmitate as Vitamin A, or cyanocobalamin as B12, which have been proven to cause major toxic reactions and damage to the body over time. Furthermore, you cannot replace amino acid chelated mineral with synthetic minerals and avoid toxicity. Amino acid chelated mineral are the only minerals that exactly mimic the minerals found in foods. This type of bonding between a mineral and the organic molecule (amino acid) creates a stable compound. The organic molecules facilitate mineral absorption while protecting the mineral from antagonists in early digestive stages. The mineral can then be absorbed more rapidly at the proper stage of digestion and utilized more efficiently by the body.