The Unived Gel is a sports energy gel that provides the energy and endurance support that you need – in a highly palatable, easily digestible, and extremely portable gel packet.
We have been producing Endurance Gels since 2015 and our gels have received World recognition among the running & ultra-running community, well known for their water-based lightness, fresh taste, and easy to consume consistency. Unlike other thicker gels which typically require water to wash them down and get them out of your throat, our gels are light and just thin enough to go down without any additional support.
The gel packet fits in easily with the rest of your gear, and can be conveniently carried along in a hydration pack, waist pouch, or short pockets.
Understanding Energy Metabolism
In physiological terms, the fat that we get from our diet is the biggest source of fuel that our body utilizes to generate energy for its daily functions. The fat metabolism is a slow process, i.e. the body breaks down fat very slowly to release energy. This means that fat is not the best source of energy for athletes who are engaged in high-intensity exercise, as their energy needs are higher and more immediate. Hence, athletes prefer carbohydrates as their primary source of energy, as they are metabolized by the body much faster to release instant energy.
Typically, the carbohydrates from food are stored in two forms: glycogen and glucose. When at rest, the body stores the glycogen in your muscles and liver, to be utilized when necessary. When you are engaged in high intensity exercise, these glycogen reserves are mobilized and broken down systematically to release energy. However, during very intense exercise like endurance events, the body soon starts to deplete its available glycogen sources.
Faced with a deficit, your body switches to using the glucose present in your blood stream as its main energy source. At this juncture, if the body is not supplied with a new source of glucose, you will start experiencing the phenomenon of ‘spiking and dropping’ or ‘bonking’, which results in a loss of energy, fatigue, and physical and mental inability to go on. At these critical stages of your activity, Unived Energy Gel steps in to recharge you with a complete energy and endurance source that can be quickly absorbed by your body to replenish its depleted energy stores.
Carbohydrate Energy Boost
As an endurance athlete, you need high-quality energy, and you need it NOW. The Unived Gel packs in non-GMO Dextrose & Maltodextrin, high-GI carbohydrates that are instantly available to the body to be broken down for fast releasing energy. These carbs rapidly travel to your blood, correcting the glucose deficit in the blood stream and infusing you with a renewed source of energy to dip into. With these energy-dense carbohydrates, the Unived Gel prevents sugar crashes and bonking. Both of these are high quality carbohydrates, which means you get prime, nutrient-rich calories.
Hydration is a major factor in determining performance, which in turn, is regulated by blood glucose levels. As the Unived Gel maintains blood glucose levels, optimal hydration levels are available to your body at all times during activity.
Betaine Cellular Level Protection
Betaine is an osmoprotectant. It protects our cells against dehydration by acting as an osmolyte, thereby increasing the water retention of cells. Some studies have indicated that Betane may also reduce inflammation.
Betaine safeguards cells against the detrimental effects of extreme temperature, salinity and humidity. Betaine insulates the cells and organs, and ensures that they are constantly receiving optimal hydration.
Erythrocytes, the red blood cells that carry oxygen, are also protected by Betaine from extreme hydration imbalances. Erythrocytes are vulnerable to shriveling (due to dehydration) or bursting (due to excessive hydration), which can have a damaging effect on the oxygen supply to your muscles, brain and heart. Betaine shields erythrocytes from these extremes, by maintaining a balanced fluid environment inside and outside of cells.
Caffeine is a magical ingredient that enhances sports performance. It is proven to reduce perceived effort, increase mental alertness, enhance focus, and boost performance. Caffeine boosts mental acuity, keeping you sharp and focused on your workout. Caffeine can also help use fat as fuel, sparing your glycogen and extending endurnce.
Our Cacao Choco flavour has 50mg caffeine and Espresso Cuppiccino flavour has 100mg caffeine.
Electrolytes to Re-Hydrate
Electrolytes are a key variable in determining sports performance as they mediate the constant transport of nutrients, enzymes, and water in and out of cells. These precious nutrients are the first casualty of exercise, as they are easily lost via sweat and urine. Our energy gel has been designed around your physiology, to recharge you with the major electrolytes that will give you strategic performance gains, no matter what your activity.
Refueling with sodium and chloride redirects precious fluids to your cells and major tissues, eliminating mid-activity cramps, nausea, fatigue, and stomach distress. A sodium top-up prevents the ‘gut bomb’ affect (vomiting during races) and ‘hyponatremia’ (nausea, fatigue, confusion) during long distances.
The Unived Gel is the first sports gel in India with chloride and magnesium in its formulation. Chloride works closely with sodium to regulate the body-water balance, helping you retain water better. It also limits the amount of precious hydration reserves lost to sweat and urine, and maintains the necessary volume of fluids in your blood.
Magnesium is gaining prominence as a factor in influencing mid-race performance. Deficiency can result in a sub-optimal performance, as magnesium is important for the proper transmission of nerve impulses, muscular contraction, and energy production processes. Magnesium can also have a direct impact on the utilization of sodium, potassium, and calcium by the muscles. The longer and more intense your exercise, the faster the depletion of magnesium levels through sweat and urine. This depletion, if not corrected, can cause muscle cramping, irregular heart rate, and fatigue.
Magnesium is not naturally produced by the body, and is only obtained through food sources like green leafy vegetables or fortified cereal – which are foods that you cannot feasibly consume during your activity- making supplementation all the more essential. Unlike leading sports gels in the market, the Unived Gel has been designed to be a source of magnesium. One sachet of Unived Gel supplies you with 20mg of magnesium, ensuring that the levels are adequate for proper muscle function, and that your body does not leech its precious magnesium reserves.
Unived Gel also helps you load up on potassium, a major electrolyte that works closely with sodium and chloride in maintaining hydration, and in generating electrical impulses in the nerves and muscles, including the heart. This translates to better muscle performance, even at the stage when you have already logged in several miles.
Who should use the Unived Gel?
The Unived Gel is suitable for athletes across all endurance sports such as running, cycling, football, cricket, hockey, swimming, as well as demanding competitions such as marathons, ultra-marathons, long-distance running, triathlons, and other activities that test your physical and mental strength.
Suggested use of Unived Energy Gel
Depending on the intensity and duration of your activity, one Unived Gel should be consumed 10 minutes before your activity. Thereafter, one packet every 30 minutes.
For each gel consumed, we highly recommend drinking 100-200ml of water or our Unived Elite Drink Mix after taking the gel. This facilitates dilution of the gel, making it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients immediately. Drinking water immediately after taking Unived Gel, also corrects any hydration imbalances, and helps ease any gastrointestinal distress that you might be experiencing due to the intensity of your activity.
The Unived Gel strictly adheres to WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) guidelines, and does not contain any banned substances. However, please note that WADA does not offer any certification, or confirmation (written or otherwise) of the same.
Unived Elite Endurance Fuel
The Unived Elite Endurance Fuel, includes the Unived Elite Drink Mix, Unived Elite Gel, and Unived Elite Recovery Mix. The Unived Elite Endurance is a series of cutting-edge sports nutrition products designed to meet the physiological needs of performance athletes at every stage of their activity.
While the Unived Elite Endurance Fuel products are designed to propel you during hard and long endurance activities, our Unived Gel and Unived Salt Caps complement the Elite Endurance products working together to fulfill your nutrition needs during your endurance activity.
When performances peak, passions soar, recreational sports turn competitive, and athletes become professionals. With Unived, the wind is at your back.