Nutrition for Mid-match performance

We have plenty of ideas (Red Bull, Tyrosine etc.) for supplements pre-race/match - what about mid match or, half time or at timeouts?

It has to be glucose/maltodextrin doesn’t it, for fastest absorbtion and transportation to muscles? There was an article in a training journal I get regularly recently that mentioned an experiment on the rate at which the stomach empties carbs and it was recomended 10% carbs to water was the best %age to consume for the fastest delivery of carbs to muscles, whereas lower %ages were better for rehydrating quickest. I’ll post the reference later if I can find the journal (I really should start to file them somewhere).

What’s the ingredients?
Is it stable enough to be taken at halftime?

oranges, naartjies, alot of us provincial players use cytopower from USN,check out the ingredients at for similar products in your area

4-6 % would be better,
However -

  1. Not a lot of Liquid can be absorbed during the 15 mins of Half time.
  2. Will 250 ml and a 8% MaltoDex. soln be absorbed in 15 mins?
  3. Will it cause an upset stomsch during the 2nd half?

I thought i would get cramps with it but nothing at all.

Cyto Power

USN’s Cyto Power is scientifically formulated for competitive athletes who wish to experience both explosive and sustained energy for the full duration of their event or training session. This unique formulation has successfully been shown to reduce lactic acid build-up during intense physical activity which results in serious muscle fatigue. It is also formulated to act against cramping during training as well as the delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) after training. Cyto Power supplies the essential co-factor necessary for rapid energy conversion and efficient carbohydrate assimilation.

This anti-oxidant enhanced formulation is designed to fight harmful free radicals in the system which eats away at your own muscle tissue and leads to fatigue. Cyto Power is your answer to train with sustains energy and beat the over-training syndrome by replacing electrolytes and phosphates.

Pack size: 900g (36 servings)

Flavour: Refreshing Orange Grape

Nutrition Information
Serving Size: 1 Scoops (25 grams) each 75g serving contains:
71 Calories
Protein Sodium:
Carbohydrates complex:
Simple: 11g
Total: 18g
Magnesium: 70mg
Each 25g serving contains:
Siberian Ginseng:
Citrus Aurantium:
White Willow Bark:
Guarana Extract:
L-Glutamic Acid:
Ascorbic Acid (Vit C):
Chromium Picolinate: 200mcg

Content Type: Powder (flavoured)
Long Chain Glucose Polymers (Complex Carbohydrate)
Dextrose Monohydrate
Corn syrup solids
Citric Acid
Magnesium Lactate
Potassium Phosphate
Guarana Extract
L-Glutamic Acid
Siberian Ginseng
Ascorbic Acid
Calcium Phosphate
Potassium Citrate
Chromium Picolinate
Citrus Aurantium
White Willow Bark Extract
Gaur Gum
12 Vitamin Blend
Colourants (Tartrazine free)

How does every component contribute?
Fructose, Long chain glucose polymers, and Dextrose monohydrate: A blend of simple and complex carbohydrates that replenishes glycogen energy stores. Magnesium lactate, and Potassium phosphate, replenishes the huge demand for magnesium (prevention of cramps) and potassium induced by strenuous physical activity. Guarana: Caffeine is a natural performance enhancing stimulant that also enhances alertness. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, increases the release of adrenaline, increase the use of body fat as fuel, and spares muscle glycogen. L-Glutamine: This abundant amino acid is lost as part of waste that results from the use of energy. Glutamine is important to retain Nitrogen and to convert the cell to an anabolic state. It also stimulates higher secretion of growth hormones to the cells. Siberian Ginseng: An ancient Chinese tonic that helps you to withstand stress, it sharpens physical and mental performance by restoring vitality during times of overwork or illness. It enhances immunity and helps fight chronic fatigue. It also supports sexual function and may improve fertility in both sexes. Has also shown to ease symptoms of menopause and boost mantel alertness in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Citrus Aurantium: As part of Cyto Power, synephrine acts as a potent energy supplier to the body from fat stores, amongst others.

Chromium Picolinate:
Reduces fasting blood sugar by 18% and significantly improve blood sugar stability. If it can do that with patients whose insulin system is shot, it may do even more for athletes and active individuals. White Willow bark extract: The principal active ingredient is called “salicin” which is called aspirin in medical terms. White Willow bark is used in fat burning stacks to thin blood to improve better blood circulation to transport body fat to burn for energy. It also increases the active time for the other ingredients in the stack. Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): This is certainly one of the best-known vitamins. The general application of Vitamin C is to fight off scurvy by helping to form collagen, the white fibres of your skin, bones, and connective tissue. For active individuals the key function of Vitamin C lies in its antioxidant functions.

Just the serving as recomended?
1 scoop? - 250ml or 500ml water?

i use 750ml water with one serving, will post exact info tomorrow

Has anyone compared the use of a drink like cyto power with a basic glucose/maltodextrin/electrolytes solution.

For ‘basic’ drinks the following is a general guideline:

for energy concerns - 5-10% maltodextrin/glucose solution sipped throughout exercise e.g 50g in 500ml for 1-2 hours of ex.

for hydration/energy concerns - 5%maltodextrin/glucose solution with electrolytes sipped during exercise. Amount of water = 500ml per 0.5kg body weight lost during exercise.

Richard I have tried different drinks for 1/2 time - but find they unsettle my stomach.
Now I use a homemade 6% soln post-exercise.
I want to try and maximise the half-time break though for re-carbing if possible with out getting sick!!

no23 can you not keep your drink on the side line and grab it several times throughout the game. This will keep your blood sugar sufficient, (glycogen is not really affected with carb intake during exercise). If you are taking carbs at half time in the hope of increasing glycogen levels, the amount of carb that would be absorbed in this time would probably be very small and lead to only very small increases in glycogen. Glycogen replenishment is best done post exercise and enough carbs taken to give sufficient energy throughout the next game. During exercise you should just be looking at blood sugar maintenance. If you can’t take carbs gradually throughout the game, what about a slower release carb at half time such as fruit. This should last for the second half and also won’t lead to a sudden insulin spike which could be produced when resting in half time, but I don’t know if it will give you stomach upset.

I appreciate those points.
Getting fluid on board during the game is not possible, unfortunately.
Well maybe only once during the half.
I’m just looking for the optimum mix for half time.

Originally posted by no23
I appreciate those points.
Getting fluid on board during the game is not possible, unfortunately.

Why? Can a ‘runner’ not enter the playing-field during a break of play with a drink?

It is one idea - but pitch infringements might be an issue

I sometimes leave my water bottle at the side of the (soccer) pitch. Helps if I’m playing on the wing obviously :slight_smile:

I think Nightmare recommended GPush products at

Lucky goalkeepers and wingers!

just say you’re competing in a meeting where there’s multiple rounds or, say, a decathlon - you’d need some solid food at some point. What would be suitable nourishment then - good old tea and sandwiches or what??