Glucuronolactone

tickBoosts energy
tickMood enhancer
How does it work?
Glucuronolactone (also known as D-glucurono-3, 6-lactone, or simply DGL) is an ergogenic aid that can help to fuel both exercise performance and recovery. It's found in stimulant drinks, such as Red Bull and Viper Extreme.
Who is it used for?
Glucuronolactone is useful for anyone wanting more energy, and is a popular way to boost exercise intensity and workout performance, or to improve mood and alertness.
How does it work?
Glucuronolactone is found naturally in the body. It's most likely hepatoprotective, meaning it will reduce ill effect or even improve the physical state and function of the liver, which is where the metabolism of glucose begins enzymatically.

By protecting glycogen stores and their synthesis, Glucuronolactone is an ergogenic aid that can help to fuel both exercise performance and recovery. Some of the benefits linked with Glucuronolactone include its effect as an aid to memory retention, concentration and reaction time. It may also promote a positive mood. Glucuronolactone may also be helpful in ridding the body of harmful substances and providing an instant energy boost.

Studies show that energy drinks containing glucuronolactone can reduce sleepiness and boost energy, as well as improve alertness and reaction time [1, 2]. Taken with caffeine and taurine, Austrian researchers have also shown that glucuronolactone has "positive effects upon human mental performance and mood." [3]
How do I use it?
Approximately 100-200 milligrams of glucuronolactone is needed in order to get an energy boost.
What results can I expect?
With glucuronolactone it's common to notice an increase in clarity of thought, mental focus and physical energy.
What can it be combined with?
Glucuronolactone works well when combined with other nutrients, especially caffeine and taurine.

1. Reyner LA, Horne JA. (2002). Efficacy of a 'functional energy drink' in counteracting driver sleepiness. Physiology and Behavior, 75, 331-335
2. Warburton DM, Bersellini E, Sweeney E. (2001). An evaluation of a caffeinated taurine drink on mood, memory and information processing in healthy volunteers without caffeine abstinence. Psychopharmacology, 158, 322-328
3. Seidl R, Peyrl A, Nicham R, Hauser E. (2000). A taurine and caffeine-containing drink stimulates cognitive performance and well-being. Amino Acids, ;19, 635-642

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