Does anyone know anything about this supplement?
Your supposed to take it before working out. It is supposed to work well because it has polylactate in it.

I have used this a lot over the last few years. There are multiple flavors for it so there will be one that you like in there. Apple is good so is the grape. I definatly noticed a improvement over some other drink mixes as far as reduced cramping but not so sure on the reduced lactate levels promised. Also this was taken as a during the workout carb drink for cycling in my case. I did try it as a before the workout suppliment but it was not enough calories to improve performence compared to a meal replacement drinks I would normally have. Also it seemed to make me have to go to the bathroom more during long workouts.

I’ve tried the workout drink (not the preworkout mrp) and I like it. It tastes less overpowering than many other sports drinks. I have friends who are believers - they claim that they had no cramping and no soreness during and after a weekend tournament in Texas June heat. While I haven’t noted a great reduction in soreness, it may have been that I was drinking it too sparingly. Oh and the citrus flavor is good.

Note though that some flavors (orange, grape, peach) have guarana extract.

I was always happy with the quality of Champion Nutrition products.

Cytosport started about five years ago-

Champion still does their own thing but the cytosport line is based around the same person that designed Cytomax.

The science behind Cytomax is quite strong-

Dr. George Brooks at the University of California Berkely is a heavy hitter in the exercise physiology community. Needless to say there are numerous studies to back up the science behind Cytomax. Dr. Brooks’ work on the use of lactate and the “Crossover Concept” are groundbreaking on understanding substate utilization.

Here is his lastest text-

Exercise Physiology Human Bioenergetics and Its Applications with PowerWeb
Author(s): George Brooks Thomas Fahey Kenneth Baldwin Timothy White
ISBN: 0072560444
DOI: 10.1036/0072560444
Format: Hardcover, 784 pages.
Pub date: November 20, 2001
Copyright: 2000
$89.37 USD

For a list of Dr. Brooks publications-

And important thing to remember about the Cytosport line is that the company manufactures all of its products inhouse and does not produce any prohormone products.

Cytomax is unique for a number of reasons- their web sites says it well.


Cytomax is a fluid and electrolyte replacement drink like no other. It goes beyond just delivering sodium, potassium and sugars, which is what most sport drinks supply. It provides the athlete with an organic and inorganic form of Polylactate, sodium and potassium succinates as well as the amino acids L-glutamine and L-alanine. All these compounds work together to give the athlete a venue of rehydration, electrolyte replacement, energy fuel, and a buffer that allows them to effectively reduce muscle cramping. This translates into better performance and decreased recovery time.

Polylactate is a polymer of the lactate molecule. It is a series of L-lactate molecules bound together with amino acids and pyruvate. But, unlike lactic acid (C3H6O3), Polylactate is not an acid! Simply put, it is lactic acid with the acid component removed. Although not apparent, there is a difference.

By reacting the lactic acid with certain amino acids the acid leaves the resulting molecule. This allows the lactate to be utilized rapidly to supply energy, maintain blood sugar (glucose), and neutralize (buffer) acids that are naturally produced in the body, including lactic acid. You could then say that lactate serves to balance out the acidic pH induced by the presence of lactic acid.

When muscles use blood sugar or stored carbohydrate (glycogen), much of these carbohydrates end up as lactic acid, a very strong organic acid. Under normal conditions, almost all the lactic acid formed in the body breaks down to 98.9% lactate, and 1.1% hydrogen ions or protons. These protons are the acidic part of lactic acid. The production and removal of lactic acid are normally in balance so that despite rapid production, little accumulates. In the past, scientists believed that during exercise lactate was the “dead- end metabolite” which was produced as a result of insufficient oxygen being present which resulted in fatigue. In contrast, we know that lactic acid is produced all the time in many cells, tissues and in muscle, even at rest when there is plenty of oxygen around. Only when the production of lactic acid exceeds the rate of removal does the acid part of the molecule linger to cause a burning sensation and fatigue that makes the athlete want to quit activity.

Therefore, if muscle effectively uses carbohydrates faster than lipids, more energy is available for a given oxygen supply and muscles contract more forcefully when carbohydrates are used as fuels. Moreover, by releasing lactate during exercise, some muscles can fuel other muscles, including the heart which consumes and utilizes lactate from the blood. Additionally, the liver takes lactate from the blood and produces carbohydrate for the muscles during exercise! In fact, the liver consumes two lactates and two acid protons to make one sugar molecule.

From the above you can see that: If the body needs and uses lactate, but the body suffers if hydrogen ions accumulate and causes lactic acidosis, then provide the body with what it uses most rapidly, and give it something which will help remove the acid protons formed during exercise. The answer is Polylactate, because it restores the balance of salt and acid by providing lactate molecules, but without that acid component. End result- less muscle burning and fatigue.

The active ingredients in Cytomax are composed mainly of the organic compound, Polylactate, but also a small amount of inorganic potassium and sodium forms of lactate. In this case, lactate is used to carry and replenish the salts lost in sweat during exercise as well as stimulate thirst insuring hydration. However, relative to energy use, inorganic salt loss during exercise is slow. Therefore, should someone try and replace energy during exercise by using an inorganic salt such as sodium, potassium or calcium lactate, the lactate would rapidly be removed leaving a large salt load with dehydration being the end result. Instead, with the completely organic Polylactate in which amino acids are used to carry the lactate molecules, the body is provided substances all of which are useful during exercise and recovery.

Cytomax also contains the amino acids L-glutamine and L-alanine, since these play a key roll in the process of gluconeogenesis and the removal of ammonium ions from the blood.

During exercise amino acids pools in skeletal muscle are compromised in order to deliver these glucose producing amino acids to the liver. There they will be deaminated and the carbon skeletons of most (mostly alanine) will be used for fuel. This process depletes muscle protein and consequently hinders muscle mass. By providing these two amino acids, Cytomax ensures that both plasma levels and intramuscular amino acids pools have enough aminos for fuel to go around.

Cytomax also contains Succinate ETF in the form of calcium, magnesium and potassium succinates, as well as inosine.

Succinates is a Krebs cycle intermediate. It occurs normally within aerobic cells, such as muscle. Succinate supplements such as Succinate ETF increase maximal oxygen consumption and high-intensity exercise capacity by enhancing the ability to use lactic acid as a fuel during exercise.

In summary, for replacing fluid and electrolytes, providing energy, stimulating body glucose production, buffering the effects of acids produced during exercise, maintaining amino acid pools in muscle and enhancing the use of lactic acid, consider using CYTOMAX which is blended with all of these processes in mind.

Bang for the buck (4.5 lb can- 82 servings) can be purchased from a variety of internet sources for under $30 USD- a real bargain.