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May 12, 2017

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What's so great about Generation UCAN's SuperStarch?

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What is great about Generation UCAN's SuperStarch is that it keeps the body in ketosis, while providing the body with stable energy for exercise. UCAN's top expert, is Dr. Jeff Volek and he is one of the pioneers of the ketogenic/low carb diet.
Since Generation UCAN basically flat-lines insulin (the hormone kept at low levels on a low-carb diet), it is finally a carbohydrate that doesn't block your body's ability to burn fat.  The slow-release of UCAN out of the intestine into the bloodstream stabilizes blood glucose for long periods of time, especially when in Ketosis as you've trained your body to rely heavily on fatty acids for fuel during exercise.  One of the main factors for staying in ketosis is keeping insulin levels low.  That is why some who consume high amounts of protein (that can cause a high insulin response) can't stay in ketosis and need to lower their overall protein allotment.
You will see benefits for short-duration and long-duration exercise.  We have some people on ketogenic diets who use UCAN for a 30 minute high intensity training session or who do short runs.  One exercise specialist who puts all his clients on ketogenic diets, said he keeps a 2.5 level of beta-hydroxybutrate (a measure of the main ketone body in the blood) with using UCAN before and with some after strength training and high intensity conditioning workouts.  Many customers even send me their ketone levels as they are amazed and most find an increase in performance (faster times, faster recovery).  They also feel better focus due to the steady and long-lasting release of glucose into the bloodstream.
I would use UCAN 30 minutes prior to your exercise with 8-12 oz cold water.  You can start with 1 scoop if you use the tub.  To be clear on servings, 1.5 scoops = 1 packet.  So, the tub is simply a slightly smaller serving as some found they want to use a smaller serving for shorter durations (like a 30 minute run) or they want to customize their serving with more ease.  
Some recover with a fat/protein meal after a shorter workout, while others impliment another UCAN scoop into a post-workout protein/fat shake, especially after a hard session.  You will ultimately experiment to see how it works best for you.
By the way, on non-workout days, many on ketogenic diets add 1 serving of Generation UCAN to a protein/fat shake, especially at night if they have carb/sugar cravings in the beginning of the diet."
May 03, 2017

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Introduction to Superstarch

Blog - The Eating Academy | Peter Attia, M.D

Part I

Over the course of the past year I have alluded to a product I use to improve my athletic performance. This product, derived from corn starch, is called Superstarch and is produced by Generation UCAN. Many of you have asked a lot of questions about it, and so at last I’d like to take

About two years ago Jeff Volek introduced me to Superstarch. After using it for a few months, and being completely blown away by it, I wanted to know more. I was introduced to the cofounder, Peter Kaufman, and soon I was poring over their patents in an effort to understand how in the heck they made this stuff. Once I understood this, I never looked back. Today I simply refer to Superstarch as “superior technology.” If Superstarch is an iPhone 5, all other sports nutrition products are rotary phones. They simply don’t belong in the same sentence. the time to really explain this technology to you.

If you’ve been reading this blog at all, you probably already know one thing about me: I don’t do bumper stickers. I tend to leave that to the really smart folks who can take complex topics and turn them into slogans. Instead, I tend to like the nuanced explanations. In keeping with that spirit, I decided to create a presentation to formally introduce you to Superstarch.

In reality, if you want to understand why you’re better off consuming Superstarch instead of Gatorade, Powerade, goo, gel, or other “sports nutrition” products out there, you need to know how they work. I know, I know, most people don’t want to understand this sort of stuff. And they certainly don’t want to read a 10,000 word post on the topic. But if you really want to understand the remarkable evolution in sports nutrition, you sort of have to understand the whole evolution of these products, which is why I put this video together.

About two years ago Jeff Volek introduced me to Superstarch. After using it for a few months, and being completely blown away by it, I wanted to know more. I was introduced to the cofounder, Peter Kaufman, and soon I was poring over their patents in an effort to understand how in the heck they made this stuff. Once I understood this, I never looked back. Today I simply refer to Superstarch as “superior technology.” If Superstarch is an iPhone 5, all other sports nutrition products are rotary phones. They simply don’t belong in the same sentence.

But to understand why I would make such a strong statement you, you should not just take my word for it. In Part I of this post (i.e., the video, below) I’ll walk you through the nuances of how our bodies use stored energy (i.e., food and internal stored sources) to generate motion (and life, actually). Once you understand the basics I’ll explain why Superstarch is a step-function