Endurance Multi-VTM is the first multi-nutrient vitamin that’s clinically proven to enhance endurance. The nutrients in Multi-V have been shown to effectively protect athletes from the stresses of exercise and to improve endurance. Multi-V is the only multivitamin that contains Carbogen®, a patented enzyme blend that has been shown in clinical studies to improve carbohydrate utilization, and significantly increase time to exhaustion.(5)
The vitamin and mineral content of Multi-V was designed to offer the nutrients necessary to address the needs of endurance athletes without “dressing up” the label by loading the formula with mega-doses. This formula works as a stand alone multivitamin as well as synergistically with the vitamins and minerals found in other First Endurance products. The researchers at First Endurance paid close attention to the levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to assure athletes using Ultragen, EFS, Optygen and Multi-V are receiving the ideal levels of all key nutrients in order to maximize training.
Though Multi-V is a multi-faceted formula it components can be broken down into two major categories. A) Acute Performance Enhancement and B) Multi-Nutrient protection. Both categories need to be taken into consideration when using Multi-V.
Acute Performance Enhancement
Carbogen-Protected by US Patent# 5,817, 350
Carbogen is the patented enzyme blend in Multi-V. Clinical studies on elite cyclists showed Carbogen breaks down multi-chain carbohydrates into simple glucose. This is important for endurance athletes because glucose is readily accessible and useable for working muscles. What’s really unique about Carbogen is that even with this fast breakdown of carbohydrates, there is little effect on insulin. This is important because it doesn’t create an insulin spike, rather blood glucose remains elevated for many hours.
In order to get this performance enhancement, Multi-V needs to be taken with a pre-exercise meal or snack 60-90 minutes prior to exercise. As long as the meal or snack consists of complex or varied carbohydrates and other nutrients mixed in, Multi-V can work to break that energy into a readily usable form. Energy bars, a sandwich, salads and yogurt all work nicely. If you don’t take Multi-V with a pre-exercise meal, the performance benefits will not be experienced. On days you aren’t exercising, athletes should take Multi-V with a meal. (5)
Year Round Multi-Nutrient Protection
Multi-V is unlike any other multivitamin available. This unparalleled formulation contains a number of special ingredients (besides vitamins and minerals) that address the unique requirements of endurance athletes. In addition to having the highest quality, most bio-available vitamins and chelated minerals, this special endurance formula delivers clinically effective doses of enzymes, iron, green tea, ginkgo biloba and omega-3 fatty acids. Multi-V is formulated with Ferrochel Iron- a highly bio-available source of iron, which is non-toxic and does not affect the absorption of minerals like other iron sources do.
The antioxidant profile in Multi-V is unequaled. Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) testing is recognized as the “gold standard” for measuring antioxidant protection against oxidative damage. Multi-V is one of the first products to utilize this important technology to ensure superior antioxidant protection. This new testing method allows nutrients to be qualified in their antioxidant capacity with a number. Multi-V contains some of the highest tested nutrients found, with ORAC values of 8,000 units or more, and guarantees this with thorough analytical tests (3). In addition, Multi-V contains an antioxidant support blend that includes bioflavanoids, turmeric extract, grape seed extract and alpha lipoic acid. These antioxidants are widely considered to be the best antioxidants available. This is one of the many ways Multi-V helps protect endurance athletes from the stresses and demands of everyday training and racing.
The nutrients at the levels found in Multi-V offer protection from suppressed immune systems and from the potential viruses and sickness frequently seen in both the winter months and through heavy training cycles. Without question, Multi-V is a product that should be used consistently 12 months of the year. Through consistent use athletes will greatly reduce their incidence of sickness and will help stimulate a strong immune system (6,7,8,9,10).
Synergy with other First Endurance products
Endurance Multi-V is designed to work with the other First Endurance products as a complete system throughout the year. During the off-season, most athletes don’t use energy drinks or recovery drinks as much, primarily because training volume and intensity don’t warrant their use. During this off-season, athletes should take Multi-V because it provides important vitamins and minerals to keep the immune system strong, ward off sickness from the flu, and provide protection from various other germs that are prevalent during the winter.
During intense training and racing, the body requires higher levels of protein, carbohydrates, and key vitamins and minerals (like Beta carotene, Chromium, Vitamin C, D, E, B1, B2, Niacin, B6, Folate, B12, Biotin, Pantothenic acid, Calcium, Mangesium, Zinc, Chloride, Sodium, Potassium) in order to recover after a hard workout or race and gain fitness. Along with Multi-V, First Endurance EFS drinks/liquid shot/bars, Ultragen recovery drinks, PreRace and Optygen/OptygenHP have been designed to work together, as a system, to provide the essential endurance-specific nutrients the body needs during intense training and racing (1,2,4,6,7,9,10). Using the complete First Endurance system assures you get the right nutrients, at the right levels, during high-volume and high-intensity training.
Vitamin C is one of the key nutrients athletes should pay close attention to, for good reason. Research clearly indicates that Vitamin C reduces incidence of sickness and post-workout upper respiratory infections (1,4,7). The chart below shows the levels of Vitamin C delivered when using all four First Endurance products during a 2 ½ to 3-hour workout. During the off-season, athletes will receive 400mg Vitamin C from Multi-V. During a heavy training session, when athletes use more energy drinks, bars and recovery drinks they will receive 1280mg of Vitamin C (2100% RDA), to enhance the body’s immune function, fight free-radicals and keep them healthy for future training and racing.