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The introduction of Accelerade® represented an important new chapter in the science of fueling and hydration. Accelerade is the first sports drink that contains protein in a patented 4:1 carbohydrate-protein ratio. In multiple studies, protein-powered Accelerade was shown to have both synergistic effects with carbohydrates and electrolytes, as well as independent effects to enhance endurance and reduce fatigue.

The carbohydrate composition found in Accelerade is different, consisting of 3 short-acting high-glycemic carbohydrates. Each of the carbohydrates uses a different transporter system, thereby increasing the amount of energy that is transported to muscles. And since the sugars are high-glycemic, energy delivery is not delayed by stomach absorption, which means faster delivery.

The protein in Accelerade, which contains a high percentage of branched chain amino acids, reduces fatigue during exercise and also has a major impact on reducing muscle damage and speeding recovery after exercise.

Accelerade is also a better rehydration drink. Just as carbohydrate activates an independent transporter system, so does protein. In fact, in a study comparing Accelerade to a carbohydrate-electrolyte sports drink and to water, Accelerade was 15% more effective than Gatorade and 40% more effective than water in rehydration.

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