Supplement Review: Vitargo – the King of Carbs *
Vitargo®S2 is the super-soluble form of Vitargo®, a patented, molecular carbohydrate with ZERO SUGAR. Only Vitargo®’s low osmolality, molecular carbohydrate form is university-research proven to move through the stomach more than twice as fast as the carbohydrates (e.g. maltodextrin and sugars) found in other sport drinks and powders. That means faster carbohydrate digestion and absorption into the body. It also means no bloating or that “heavy stomach” feeling common to ordinary carbohydrate-based products. Furthermore, Vitargo®S2 IVg technology is the only product of its kind that is university-research proven to deliver carbohydrate to muscle and the rest of the body 2X faster after exhaustive exercise and to accelerate glycogen refueling and recovery.
Because university studies have shown that Vitrago – when consumed at rest – was able to transit out of the stomach twice as fast as ordinary carbohydrates, many of our elite and pro athlete users take VitargoS2 before or during training/competition or at half-time, between periods, on the bench and while transitioning between sports (e.g triathletes).
That means that the actual product available to you is more rapidly and efficiently digested and absorbed and provides critical carbohydrate fuel to muscle and the body faster than ordinarily-used carbohydrates after exhausting exercise. This in turn leads to university-research proven acceleration of refueling of muscle and the rest of body and university-research proven acceleration of recovery leading to a return to higher performance sooner. Only GENR8 ensures Proof Before PromisesTM. Other, less expensive products might make similar but unproven claims. What they should really be claiming is It’s Cheaper to LoseTM!
Vitargo® is the only refueling and recovery supplement of its kind to be university-research proven to be superior to carbohydrates in ordinary sport performance and recovery drinks or powders.
Over 2X faster movement of carbohydrate through the stomach. 1
– For faster refueling during high intensity exercise and without bloating or a “heavy stomach” feeling!
168% faster recovery of muscle glycogen after exhaustive exercise. 2
– To prepare you to perform optimally again sooner!
Up to 23% greater endurance performance after just two hours following intense, exhaustive exercise. 3
– For improved performance within the same day or optimal performance the next!
Vitargo®S2 is the super soluble form of Vitargo®, a patented molecular carbohydrate. Compared to carbohydrates such as maltodextrin and sugars used in ordinary fuel and recovery drinks and powders, Vitargo®’s patented IVg technology is university-research proven to:
1) Move through the stomach more than 2X faster,
2) deliver fuel to muscle and the rest of the body more than 2X as fast within 10 minutes after exhaustive exercise leading to
3) accelerate glycogen recovery by 168% and
4) a return to higher performance up to 23% greater. The bottom line is that Vitargo®S2 is only refueling and recovery product that is university-research proven to be the strategic solution for serious athletes to maximize performance.
To fully understand the Vitargo®S2 revolutionary endurance performance advantage you must understand the science and see how Vitargo®S2 stands alone among related products as it is the only product of its kind to have university-research proven superiority.
Carbohydrate is the critical fuel for muscle and the brain during higher intensity training and competition.
Carbohydrate is derived from carbohydrate stores (glycogen) in muscle and the liver as well as from carbohydrate consumed during performance.1 Glycogen is a carbohydrate polymer, made up of branching chains of glucose and is muscle’s predominant fuel during higher intensity training and competition. 2,3 Meanwhile, liver glycogen along with consumed carbohydrate is crucial for maintaining optimal blood glucose levels during intense training or competition to help fuel muscle and to maintain mental focus and optimal neuromuscular performance. 1,4
Glycogen stores in muscle (and the liver) are limited and once they as depleted athletic performance decreases.
During intense training and competition, glycogen stores are progressively reduced mostly due to increased epinephrine (adrenalin) in the blood.1 Once muscle glycogen is depleted, fatigue and decreased performance follow closely. This can happen in just a couple hours for runners, cyclists or triathletes, especially if they push too hard, and don’t refuel strategically during the effort. 1,5 For intermittent-sprint athletes such as soccer, football and hockey players muscle glycogen stores can be exhausted earlier, however they certainly have more opportunity to refuel during breaks, halftime, etc.
Having more glycogen at the onset of training or competition can allow you to perform at a higher level for longer.
Despite its critical role in high intensity performance, muscle has a limited storage of glycogen, usually around 2 to 3% for endurance athletes. 1,5 That means that the more glycogen you have at the onset of a training session or competition, the harder and longer you can perform. 1 For instance, incomplete recovery of muscle glycogen (<2%) led cyclists to fatigue more than 30 minutes earlier than cyclists with pre-exercise muscle glycogen stores in excess of 3%. 5 Applied to athletes that train or compete daily (or sooner), incomplete glycogen recovery from a previous training will hinder performance in the next.
Rapid muscle glycogen recovery is critical to perform again at a higher level the next day or within the same day.
Once depleted, glycogen stores will need to be refueled in order to train or compete at an optimal level again. The problem is that it can take a full day or more to fully recover these precious fuel reserves. Timing is critical and the sooner you can begin refueling of glycogen and to do so at an accelerated rate, the quicker the recovery will be and a return to a higher level of performance. 6 This is critical for athletes that train or compete daily and especially those that train or compete more than once during a single day (e.g. multi-sport athletes, tournaments). This can also provide a performance advantage for athletes who have breaks in training or competition such as half-times, between periods, or bench-time, etc.
Virtually all other sport refueling and recovery drink formulas use carbohydrates such as maltodextrin; and sugars like glucose (dextrose), fructose and sucrose. The problem with these carbohydrates is that they result in a beverage that has a high osmolality, which refers to how aggressively it will pull water. This sponge-like property slows the movement of those carbohydrates through the stomach, which in turn slow refueling efforts. On the other hand, Vitargo®S2 is patented molecular carbohydrate which has a relatively low osmolality and is university research-proven to empty from the stomach 2X faster within the first 10 minutes than ordinary carbohydrates.7 This break-through in accelerated performance refueling and recovery is due to the Vitargo®’s patented IVg technology.Other, less effective products, which may cost a little less, might make similar but unproven claims related to their carbohydrate source. What they should really be claiming is that It’s Cheaper to Lose™!
Vitargo®S2 refuels muscle more than 2X faster in as little as 10 minutes after exhaustive exercise vs. other carbohydrates.
The problem with carbohydrates found in ordinary sport fuel and recovery drinks and powders is that they can stay in the stomach longer and are absorbed more slowly than Vitargo®. This means that muscle must wait for critical refueling carbohydrate. One university study comparing Vitargo® to the carbohydrates in ordinary sport fuel and recovery products found that Vitargo®, when given immediately after glycogen depleting exercise, increased blood glucose levels at a two times faster rate and within minutes.8 Furthermore, despite delivering fuel twice as fast, Vitargo® did not lead to a blood sugar crash.8 Let’s face it, every minute counts when it comes to glycogen refueling and recovery after intense training or competition. Therefore, it simply doesn’t make sense to make muscle wait longer than it has to for carbohydrate to refuel!
Vitargo®S2 does not cause bloating or a “heavy stomach” like other sport fuel and recovery products formulated with maltodextrin and simple carbohydrates
University research conducted in subjects at rest showed that Vitargo was able to transit out of the stomach twice as fast as ordinary carbohydrates. This may explain why many of our elite and pro athlete users notice no bloating or “heavy stomach” feeling when they use Vitargo S2 before or during training or competition.
Researchers have found that there is a one to two hour “window” of opportunity after training or competition when glycogen recovery is most rapid. Vitargo® basically bypasses the window and “blows the roof off” of the process by recovering glycogen stores 168% faster than carbohydrates found in ordinary sport recovery drinks. 9 This break-though in glycogen recovery is due to the patented IVg technology of Vitargo®S2. Furthermore, the fructose found in many ordinary sport refueling and recovery products either as fructose, half of sucrose or half or more of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is absorbed much slower thand other carbohydrates and has been shown in university research to be an inferior refueling and glycogen recovery carbohydrate.4 For serious athletes this carbohydrate source simply doesn’t cut it!
Faster recovery results in better performance more quickly. How much better and how much quicker? A university study found that when individuals used Vitargo®S2 – after glycogen-depleting exercise – they were able to perform up to 23% better after just 2 hours of recovery than when using an equal amount of carbohydrates as those found in ordinary sport recovery drinks and powders. 8 Superior recovery means that you can be sure that your glycogen stores will be more refueled when you head out to train or compete again the next or even the same day.
1. Wildman REC and Miller BS. Carbohydrates in Exercise. In: Sport and Fitness Nutrition. Wadsworth Publishing, 2004.
2. Romin JA, Coyle EG, Sidossis LS, et al. Regulation of endogenous fat and carbohydrate metabolism in relation to exercise intensity and duration. American Journal of Physiology 1993: 265: E380-E391, 1993.
3. Coyle EF, Coggan AR, Hemmert MK, Ivy JL. Muscle glycogen utilization during prolonged strenuous exercise when fed carbohydrate. Journal of Applied Physiology 1986 Jul;61(1):165-72.
4. Casey A, Mann R, Banister K, Fox J, Morris PG, Macdonald IA, Greenhaff PL. Effect of carbohydrate ingestion on glycogen resynthesis in human liver and skeletal muscle, measured by (13)C MRS. American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2000 Jan;278(1):E65-75.
5. Bergström J, Hermansen L, Hultman E, Saltin B. Diet, muscle glycogen and physical performance. Acta Physiologica Scandanavica 1967; 71(2):140-50.
1. Leiper JB, Aulin KP, Söderlund K. Improved gastric emptying rate in humans of a unique glucose polymer with gel forming properties. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 2000 ;35:1143-1149.
2. Aulin KP, Söderlund K, Hultman E. Muscle glycogen resynthesis rate in humans after supplementation of drinks containing carbohydrates with low and high molecular masses’ European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2007; 26: 149–154.” to “2008; 26(2): 149-154
3. Stephens FB, Roig M, Armstrong G, Greenhaff PL. Post-exercise ingestion of a unique, high molecular weight glucose polymer solution improves performance during a subsequent bout of cycling exercise Journal of Sports Sciences, 2008; 26(2): 149 – 154.
Let’s face it; a sport nutrition product’s claims are only as good as its research proof. Vitargo®S2’s patented IVg technology is the only product of its kind that is university-research proven to be a more effective refueling and recovery carbohydrate source than those found in virtually all other sport and recovery products.
Use Vitargo®S2 before training and competition to “top off“ glycogen stores and to deliver readily available fuel for muscle and the rest of the body at the onset. Vitargo®S2 is a favorite for people that train or compete early in the morning. Vitargo®’s ability to move through the stomach quickly means no bloating or discomfort associated with other sport drinks.
Before (Pre) Training/Competition:
• Mix 1 or 2 level scoops of Vitargo®S2. See HOW TO USE Vitargo®S2 for directions.
Drink to rapid fueling!
• Follow proper hydration guidelines prior to onset of training/competitionin addition to using Vitargo®.
Use Vitargo®S2 during training and competition to provide the fastest fuel to maintain high-intensity performance. Vitargo®S2 is the ideal choice during halftime, in between periods, at the turn, and in the transition area (e.g. triathlons). Vitargo®’s ability to move through the stomach quickly means no bloating associated with other sport drinks so you can re-engage high intensity performance without discomfort or a “heavy stomach”. See HOW TO USE Vitargo®S2 for directions.
• Pre-mix 1 or 2 level scoops of Vitargo®S2 and consume during resting periods, breaks, and intermission. See HOW TO USE Vitargo®S2 for directions.
Drink to rapid re-fueling!
• Follow proper hydration guidelines in addition to using Vitargo®.
Use Vitargo®S2 immediately after training and competition to accelerate the recovery of glycogen stores. In doing so you will be able to perform at higher level more quickly than with carbohydrates found in ordinary recovery drinks and powders. This is especially critical if you are training or competing more than once in a single day and/or on a daily basis. See HOW TO USE Vitargo®S2 for directions.
After (Post) Training/Competition:
• Take 2 level scoops of Vitargo®S2 as soon as possible after finishing. For optimal recovery following intensive training or compeitition, take another serving 30-90 minutes after your first serving. See HOW TO USE Vitargo®S2 for directions.
Drink to more glycogen!
Use Vitargo®S2 in between training and competition to continue to recover glycogen stores before you train or compete again. For best results after heavy training or competition use another serving 30 to 90 minutes after your first serving. You can use Vitargo®S2 in carbo-loading. Remember fully recovered glycogen stores are crucial to before you best in your next training or competition. This is especially critical if you are training or competing more than once in a single day and/or on a daily basis. See HOW TO USE Vitargo®S2 for directions.
• Use Vitargo®S2 to continue to recover glycogen throughout the day between training or competition. Vitargo®S2 is a favorite sugar free carbohydrate source of top athletes when they make smoothies. Vitargo®S2 is ideal for carbo-loading protocols. See HOW TO USE Vitargo®S2 for directions.
Drink to more glycogen!
• Vitargo®S2’s unique molecular viscosity makes it feel thicker than other carbohydrate drinks. Be sure to experiment with Vitargo®S2 before and during training to see if you prefer 1 or 2 scoops.
**Update** February 25th 2014
The first time I used I didn’t follow the video on how to mix it, just to see how bad it was and let me tell you it’s freaking nasty! Clumpy dry powder that sticks to the roof of your mouth!
Then I followed the video:
And it worked perfectly! Seriously; shake it for a minute! Then drink it!
**Update** February 26th 2014
It worked beautifully today. Not crazy bout the taste as it’s sweet and thick and gel like, but remember it is the king of carbs so it’s expected. The taste is tolerable. Saturday I am going to try and use unflavored mixed with my protein.
My arms were exploding after vitargo! I can’t wait till I can drink it daily!
**Update** March 2nd 2014
I took the unflavored today for the first time and let me tell you, it is a pain in the ass to mix, but unflavored is the way to go!
Get a shaker and put in 10 ox water and one scoop vitargo the shake for a full minute! That’s one Mississippi two Mississippi etc don’t cheat and count too fast! A FULL MINUTE! Then add 10 more oz of water and add 2 scoops (ETB) Eat the bear protein and shake again! If you are adding another scoop of vitargo add that then shake again for a full minute then add ETB and shake a 3rd time just until protein is mixed.
Now why you ask? Because I love my ETB! When the Vitargo is mixed with ETB it’s almost undetectable! A tiny aftertaste, but it’s better than the sludgy like gloppy sugary sweet fruit punch flavor Vitargo.
I haven’t had the orange yet, so stay tuned for that next weekend. Wednesday I will be having the second scoop of unflavored.
**Update** March 4th 2014
Tomorrow is Wednesday it’s my lone carb day. I am currently carb cycling:
Monday-Tuesday low carb
Thursday-Friday low carb
So, since Wednesday is the lone carb day I am going to do one scoop of Vitargo pre-workout and one scoop post-workout! I want to see if my muscle bellies fill out more and stay full longer.
**Update** March 6th 2014
I got such a pump from 2 scoops one before and one after it was crazy! My arms are still full! I hope they stay that way tomorrow until Saturday and Sunday my carb days and more Vitargo!
**Update** March 19th 2014
My shoulders have doubled in size and my rear traps are starting to pop out of my shirt again! I attribute that to superior protein and Vitargo! On days I use Vitargo and the morning after my muscles are super full and I feel like a monster! Then my low carb days come and I am human again 😭! I can’t wait till my sixpack returns and I can use 2 scoops daily! I will probably turn green from that!
**Update** April 23rd 2014
I’m waiting to hear from Vitargo about being a Brand Ambassador! I have been approached by many companies to do so, and the only one I said yes to was Vitargo! I hope they approve me! This stuff is for real! I can’t wait to see the difference in my body on a steady dosage of vitargo! I hope to return to pre-injury form and beyond! I truly believe in Vitargo! They test it, they back it by science! And they are knowledgeable beyond belief about their competition! Like no other company!
**Update** September 29th 2014
A lot has happened in the summer! I started my masters degree at Utica College for Cyber Security. I got a fulltime job in Cyber Security in Manhattan, NY (huge daily commute). I moved in with the love of my life. And the biggest thing! I injured my knees! It was a combination of wearing dress shoes instead of military boots and not being able to wear my orthotics, plus walking 2 miles a day to the job and working my ass off in the gym. I dropped to 250lbs solid, but I was glycogen depleted and my muscles were flat due to a low carb diet.
I noticed that with supplementing Vitargo my muscles held my pump and thickness much longer and were less depleted while on the low carb diet.
Then came the injury. I couldn’t do cardio for 3-4 months add in a girlfriend baking a whole slew of goodies and saying try this and then add in BBQ’s and I sky rocketed to 290lbs!
Now enter Vitargo again! Having seen the amazement of what Vitargo did in a casual test, I became a Brand Ambassador! Not because; I just want to promote a product, but because it truly works! People have been coming up to me telling me my arms, chest and shoulders are huge! When previously due to shoulder surgery they were totally gone! I’m not exaggerating! My right arm which was the 1/2″ bigger arm at 21 1/2″ was down to 15″ and my left arm was still 21″ I had to wear XXXL Shirts for almost a year to hide it! My left arm eventually dropped to 18″ but now I’m back! Heading back to were I was!
Now to Vitargo itself! I have had some comments as to past posts about what do I think of the product, sum up all your different posts.
Here it goes: At first I had trouble mixing it as I mixed it like a regular protein shake and it was sludgy. That was my error as I didn’t shake it long enough. It does thicken as it sits so drink it fast! It will give you a nice feeling of satiety for those on a diet!
Once I watched the video on YouTube it was easy! And since using it my experiences have noticed a few other things. I like the orange mixed with my protein shake either cookies and cream or chocolate it doesn’t matter as you can’t really taste it too much only a little orange twang. It also depends on the shaker that you use! I was using a cheap Rubbermaid shaker and it didn’t break up the Vitargo or any another protein for that matter…
I then got the Smart Shake and it’s great because it has 3 containers! One for preworkout, one for Vitargo and one for protein! It’s perfect!
The change in shaker makes all the difference! It breaks it up in 30 seconds or less! As opposed to the recommended minute! It makes taking Vitargo seamless and effortless! Now to the actual product. Taste: Unflavored is undetectable except a little thickening of your shake. Orange is my current favorite as it is delicious. Fruit punch I hated and that’s ok! Not everyone is going to like every flavor! You might love it and tell me I’m crazy. I’ll go on record as saying that I don’t really like any fruit punch drinks or supplements they are too sweet for me, so it’s no surprise that I don’t like the fruit punch. As for Orange; I always like orange! I eat the orange m&ms, orange sour patch kids, orange mio anything orange lol.
Now to the product effects: it’s amazing! End of story lol!
Seriously; do you know how big you are when you have a pump? Then how you go back to normal a half hour later… Well imagine almost staying the same size as you are pumped! My muscles are so full! I feel my biceps all the time when I flex. I can tell if I am depleted or dehydrated. I can tell if I am 1/2″ less. I can not get my hand 1/2 way around my biceps, if I can then I’m depleted. When I am pumped I can not roll the back of my sleeve by myself. When I was injured, I didn’t have a problem doing that. I’m back to not being able to reach lol. Heavy weights and Vitargo has helped me get my life back on track! I thank Vitargo from the bottom of my heart!
Now here comes the real test! I am going on a low carb diet and Vitargo is my only source of carbs! I am going to shred! In one week: I am already down 12lbs and people are telling me how huge I look! My only source of cardio exercise is rebounding as I am trying to strengthen the tendons and ligaments around my knees.
With Vitargo, rebounding and a spot on diet I believe I will be in the best shape of my life and I will further my military career! Stay tuned for updates!
I promise not to do anything stupid like: jump out of planes, do mma or mud runs until I reach my goal! No more injuries!