Depending on who you ask Glucose Disposal Agents are either the next big thing in fitness or a complete waste of time. The idea is to control Insulin, a hormone in the body that can transport glucose around the body. The thing about insulin is that while it can be very useful at transporting glycogen to muscles, it is also responsible for transporting glucose to adipose tissue.
The premise behind Glucose Disposal Agent supplements is to help prevent insulin from sending glucose to be stored as fat, and to instead send it to muscles to be used for muscle protein synthesis (insulin transports amino acids and glycogen). The products contain ingredients that can do this, they can also suppress appetite, increase metabolism, and lower cholesterol (while lowering triglycerides).
Just like any supplement, NOTHING WORKS UNLESS YOU DO!. Which means is that these supplements do have an effect on body composition and on insulin, but there won’t be any magical transformation if you take them alone without doing any exercise or cleaning up your diet. But if you go all out with diet and exercise then adding a GDA to your routine could elevate your results to another level.
There are many glucose disposal agents on the market, but not all are created equal. In this article we will look at five of the best products that are currently on the market.
We’ve reviewed this product here and it tops our list for all the right reasons. Containing a lot of ingredients that can regulate insulin, and send glycogen to the muscles instead of adipose tissue and in generous quantities. It also contains Berberine which can lower blood glucose levels. Banaba leaf extract is included as it can inhibit carbohydrate digestion, working as a form of carb blocker.
Another product that we’ve covered in a review (check it out here) MTS Nutrient Driver is an excellent GDA with some interesting ingredients. Like Redcon1 RPG it contains Berberine and Banaba leaf, but it also contains Chromium which has been shown to regulate insulin, and Gymnema extract which decreases sugar absorption in the intestines.
Primarily designed to increase the amount of glycogen you can store in muscles by 60%, it also increases glucose sensitivity by 38%. It contains Berberine, Bitter Melon, Cinnamon Bark Extact, Gymnema Slyvestre, Fenugreek, and Chromium. Glycodrive is a great product to take with your pre-workout meal as it will fill your muscles with glycogen which will allow you to train harder and for longer during the session.
The first goal of GDA from 1st Phorm is to increase your muscles’ sensitivity to insulin, which will allow more glycogen to reach the muscles. The ingredients list is almost identical to that of Glycodrive from Blue Star Neutraceuticals, so you really can pick either one.
The only difference is that you take these capsules at breakfast rather than just before a workout.
A truly awesome all-round supplement, containing Gymnema, R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, Bitter melon, Cinnamon bark, and Fenugreek extract. It also contains Berberine just like the other two and many other ingredients. This supplement inhibits fat storage, increases muscular uptake of glucose, and increases muscle fullness.
This product was designed for people who are bulking who are looking to maximally fuel their muscles with carbohydrates. It contains r-ALA which reduces blood sugar, agmatine sulphate that improves glucose uptake to your muscles, Berberine and Banaba, and trigonella seed isolate which improves glucose metabolism. A really effective supplement.
A great supplement to round off the list, it contains chromium like MTS Nutrient Driver, Berberine like the others, and r-ALA. It also contains an ingredient known as Jiaogulan which comes from Asia. It has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce blood glucose levels, and prevent increases in glucose. A unique ingredient which no other supplement seems to contain.
Glucose Disposal Agents are potentially a very good product that can do a lot of good for your body composition. Allowing you to divert nutrients to your muscles rather than your fat stores. But taken on their own they will not make much of a difference. You need to combine them with a calorie controlled diet and a highly intensive training program.