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VFuel gels deliver on their promise of good taste, quality, performance, and digestibility. The fact that they use organic real cocoa and real vanilla, for example, shows that they care about the ingredients. Using quality ingredients is a major factor in ensuring great taste. VFuel gels are unique in that they use MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglyceride) which are fatty acids that can be used as fuel.  Add other performance focused ingredients like Taurine, OKG, and Citrulline Malate and you have a unique gel that enhances performance. Give it a try!
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Steady energy, good taste, easy on the stomach, no gel fatigue up to 100 miles.

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OUR TAKE
We really like the taste of VFuel gels and think they've delivered on their promise of good taste, quality, performance, and digestibility. The fact that they use organic real cocoa and real vanilla, for example, shows that they care about the ingredients. Using quality ingredients is a major factor in ensuring great taste. VFuel gels are unique in that they use MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglyceride) which are fatty acids that can be used as fuel. This comes in handy on longer training rides and competition. Add other performance focused ingredients like Taurine, OKG, and Citrulline Malate and you have a unique gel that enhances performance. Give it a try!

IN VFUEL'S OWN WORDS
What makes VFuel different? What is in this endurance gel that separates it from the many others available? Are these differences substantial and will the endurance athlete greatly benefit from using VFuel over other gels?

These are questions that, among many others, we asked ourselves when deciding whether or not to bring VFuel to you, the endurance athlete. There are quite a few gels on the market today and many have served a good purpose. However, as more people enter endurance based sports, and as more people see the benefits of fueling with energy gels, the more folks are learning about what their bodies can handle given the right support and proper nutrition.

Every ingredient in VFuel serves a specific purpose in an effort to fuel you in the best ways possible.

Taste
We flavor our gel using natural sources. Yes, it may be more expensive (on our end) but we know it’s worth it. In our Fudge Brownie we use only organic, non-alkalized, real cocoa powder and a hint of pure, real vanilla. In Vanilla only real and pure vanilla is used. In our Peach Cobbler VFuel we use organic natural peach flavor to get as close to the real flavor as possible, then we add a dash of ground cinnamon. There are no frills, no synthetic blending of ‘flavors,’ and no additives to make our gel taste the way we want it.

Quality
Of course we are going to say that we are using quality ingredients. But we challenge you to see the difference for yourself. We tested hundreds of different ingredient sources to create VFuel Endurance Gel. For example, we tested 10 different kinds of maltodextrin, 8 different sources of vanilla (Mexican, Madagascar, Indonesian, vanilla blends, etc…), and many different cocoa sources, just to name a few, in an effort to present you with the highest quality ingredients. We didn't sacrifice quality for cost on any ingredient.

Performance
VFuel performs. Period. But we can make claims all day long and it won’t compare to actually experiencing the difference. You can read reviews from very happy customers on our facebook page, from bloggers across the internet, and from all of our athletes (who’s only requirement is to truly believe in the product). But again, nothing will do it justice until you try it for yourself.

VFuel Endurance Gel will provide you with truly consistent energy levels and help your body to actively recover by providing supplements that will delay onset muscle fatigue and detoxify your muscles as they are being used.

Digestibility
VFuel, like other energy gels, starts with maltodextrin as the primary carbohydrate. But from there, we take a very different path. Most other gels use Fructose, or some sort of rice syrup or evaporated cane juice, all containing Fructose. VFuel uses Dextrose as its secondary carb, a more expensive (on our end) option, but one that is drastically easier to digest.

A very high percentage of complaints we hear about gels in general are in regards to digestibility issues. We hear people say that gels make them nauseated, gets them bloated, ‘backs them up,’ or even causes diarrhea. These issues are a direct result from the simple sugar that is used in most energy gels, Fructose.

All sugars, except for dextrose, take specialized enzymes to break down. The only sugar your body can use for energy without having to process is glucose (dextrose). Fructose, as used in most other gels, requires processing by ones liver resulting in a restoration of liver glycogen rather than a direct restoration of muscle glycogen, as dextrose provides. This added level of attention that fructose requires to be turned into sugars your body can actually use takes time and limited resources (enzymes) from your system. For many people, especially during endurance activities (training or racing), the amount of enzymes their liver can make are far fewer than the amount of fructose they are pumping into their body in the form of energy gels. This is when things start to go wrong. Ones body handles this differently depending on a lot of other factors but this is what leads to the nausea, bloating, etc… Your body is simply not equipped to handle that much fructose especially when trying to perform athletically. It’s just a bad mix that leads to much unwanted, and unnecessary, GI distress.

We were actually shocked when we figured out how easy this fix was. Take out the fructose, use dextrose instead, and there you have it. A gel that causes no digestion issues! VFuel has even allowed people with Crohns Disease to be able to train for ultra distances again as their systems can handle the digestion process with no issues whatsoever.

RECOMMENDED USE
Take one serving (packet) 15 minutes before your workout/race. Then take one serving every 30/45 minutes as you see fit. Always follow with water.

NUTRITION FACTS
Sample Flavor: Fudge Brownie
Serving Size 1 Packet (32g)

 Amount per Serving
%DV*
 Calories 100
  Calories from fat 5
Total fat 1g
 2%
   Saturated fat 1g
 5%
   Trans fat 0g
 † 
 Sodium 10mg
 0%
 Potassium 15mg
 0%
 Total Carbohydrate 23g 
 8%
   Sugars 6g
 † 
 Protein 0g
 †  
 Magnesium 5mg
 1%
 Caffeine 10mg  † 
 Vi Endurance 1275mg
 Formula 
 † 

*Percent daily value are based on a 2,000 calorie
 † Daily Value not established.


Ingredients: MaltoDextrin, Water, Dextrose, VFuel Endurance Formula (MCT Oil, Taurine, Glucuronolactone, Ornithine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (OKG), Citrulline Malate, Magnesium Aspartate, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Aspartate), Organic Cocoa Powder, Pure Vanilla Flavor, Potassium Sorbate, Sea Salt, Caffeine

REAL INGREDIENTS
MCT Oil

This is a 'Medium Chain Triglyceride' oil. A more simple name for it is Fractionated Coconut Oil. It is coconut oil that has had all of the 'bad' stuff removed and what is left is a very pure, clean fatty oil. We are the only gel to offer any sort of fat, a crucial component 70 miles into a 100 mile run, or 13.1 miles into the marathon during an Iron Man.  This oil is treated and metabolized more as a carb rather than a fat. It goes straight to the liver and used immediately as a quick energy source. This is another reason why VFuel is so easily digested. MCT oil is ideal for individuals with digestive problems. As a medium chain triglyceride it is passively diffused from the Gi tract whereas longer chained fats are absorbed by the lymphatic system. It also kills some of the troublesome microorganisms that may cause irritation and inflammation in the intestines.

MCT oil does not require energy for absorption, utilization, or storage, while, at the same time, being a dense source of calories. A perfect marriage for the endurance athlete.

Another huge benefit that we have seen here at VFuel is a reduction in 'brain fog.' You know, when you are going from mile 77.3 to 81.6 and you can't do the math in your head as to how far that is! Or remembering when you took your last gel! MCT oil is one of the best fuels for healthy brain function. It is used in Alzheimer's treatment for its huge benefits in regards to cognitive function.

Taurine
A very important amino acid for your muscles, Taurine has a few great benefits for the endurance athlete. It can increase energy in the muscles resulting in longer workout times and can also increase cell volume so they can hold more water aiding in muscle hydration.

Glucuronolactone
Don’t let this ingredient scare you! Glucuronolactone is a naturally occurring metabolite found in your liver. To put it simply, Glucose is stored in your liver and, when needed, the liver can start releasing its stores of glycogen. It does this in the form of Glucuronolactone. With this small amount of Glucuronolactone in VFuel, it allows your liver to hold its stores of glycogen longer, resulting in higher energy for a longer period of time. Something every endurance athlete wants! This is a naturally occurring chemical that is also found in many plant gums. It has also been shown to  be an important structural component in nearly all connective tissue. There are quite a few great reasons we have this in VFuel! 

OKG
OKG is a crucial component in how VFuel works. During prolonged or intense physical activities, ammonia breaks down your cells. OKG reduces the amount of ammonia produced by your cells and reduces the rate at which it accumulates. Therefore, you muscles don't fatigue as quickly and recover faster. This is why huge gains are seen when using VFuel consistently during every training run and on race day.

L-ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG) combines the power of ornithine with alpha-ketoglutaric acid. It promotes amino acid synthesis and protein availability. It increases protein synthesis, therefore lowering protein catabolism, improving insulin and somatropin secretion and increases absorption of amino acids and glucose to the muscles.

Citrulline Malate
This too helps to rid the body of ammonia. It also increases nitric oxide which increases blood circulation. What ammonia is produced after the OKG has worked its magic is then detoxified by the citrulline malate.

You may be asking why ammonia is so bad. Here is a quick rundown.

Ammonia is a waste (by product) created by muscle use. It breaks down muscles on a cellular level.
It's toxic and needs to get eliminated from the body
If working hard, the body can't adequately remove it and the ammonia buildup will cause muscle damage.
It causes fatigue, pain, and the need for longer recovery time

Magnesium & Potassium Aspartate
Not only are these electrolytes essential to normal muscle function, but they also work in conjunction with OKG and Citrulline Malate to help detoxify and also help in the reduction of ammonia.

Sodium Citrate
Sodium is simply salt. Citrate is a lactic acid buffer for the muscles. It helps regulate PH and buffers acidity buildup. This will help limit fatigue.

Please note that we are not intending for you to get all of your electrolyte needs from VFuel. We have an amount in there that will deliver very basic levels as a baseline. Everyone's body uses electrolytes very differently. A high dose for one person may be a fraction of what another person needs. And varying external conditions (100 degree day vs a 20 degree day; humidity levels; elevation; just to name a few) make a very big difference on what amount of electrolytes your body needs. We recommend experimenting with external sources for your electrolyte needs, (solid food, salt pills, electrolyte replacement drink, etc...) whatever works best for you.

Caffeine
At approximately 10 mg per serving, we are using caffeine as a digestive aid and not a stimulant. Caffeine, in conjunction with Maltodextrin and Dextrose, increases the intestinal glucose absorption.  It helps glucose absorption in the small intestines and helps avoid passage of simple sugars into the large intestines (which helps reduce micro build up and bloating).

Note: Not everybody can handle a lot of caffeine. If you find that you need or want more caffeine, we recommend getting this from additional sources, espresso beans for example. Too much caffeine can cause diarrhea and frequent urination. This can cause the body to quickly and easily become depleted of fluids and other essential nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphate, and potassium.

 

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