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Old 07-05-12, 04:57 PM   #1
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Experience in dealing with Cytomax company

While in the process of looking for a different "sports drink", for electrolytes mainly, I researched Cytomax. Been using dilute Gatorade and can't stand the sugary taste any longer. On their website, they list numerous anecdotal claims and numbers representing alleged improved performance.

If you look around the web you'll notice that different places that sell Cytomax don't list the ingredients as being the same. It's fact that not all flavors have the same ingredients (will hit that later). Some flavors have "herbal lift". If you look around, you'll learn that's their fancy term for caffeine. Some flavors list ingredients such as "guarana extract"....look that up and it's caffeine. Some flavors list ginseng. Point is, Cytomax comes across to me more as an energy drink that kids buy in convenience stores. I personally don't want any of that.

So, I called Cytomax through the number listed on their web page. Boy, did I ever get the run-around. Two different customer service people obviously didn't want to or couldn't answer my questions about what a specific flavor (pomegranate berry) had or didn't have in it as far as "energy enhancers". I was transferred to their "salesman" who is an "avid biker". Voicemail and no call back after several days. No answer is an answer.

Cytomax may be good stuff but when I see such ambiguity and apparent evasiveness in just what it is and get the runaround, I won't put it in my body. It sounds like they have something to hide and it's fact that they won't answer simple questions. If you like it, good, keep using it. If you're wondering about it, re-read. That's just my experience in trying to decode their anecdotal claims with no help from them.
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Old 07-05-12, 05:47 PM   #2
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Why don't you just buy some and read the label? Seems hard to imagine there's any conspiracy going on here.

Edit: I just looked at the ingredients on-line. The only 'energy enhancers' it has are sugars - Maltodextrin, fructose & dextrose. There's lots of information on pubmed on the performance benefits of taking carbohydrates while riding.

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Old 07-05-12, 06:13 PM   #3
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Yeah, pretty funny. Cytomax has 35 different products. Each product has complete nutritional information (label) plainly displayed on their website.
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Why don't you just buy some and read the label? Seems hard to imagine there's any conspiracy going on here.

Edit: I just looked at the ingredients on-line. The only 'energy enhancers' it has are sugars - Maltodextrin, fructose & dextrose. There's lots of information on pubmed on the performance benefits of taking carbohydrates while riding.
I do own some, know the benefits of carbs, and you haven't done your homework and apparently you don't have direct experience with the company. If you like it, use it but don't argue for no reason with someone that has had a bad experience with the stuff. It is what it is for me and you believe what you believe. What's wrong with that? "That's just my experience in trying to decode their anecdotal claims with no help from them."
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Weirder and weirder. You know the thing about broccoli is that it is performance enhancing. The only reason the UCI hasn't proscribed it is because they can't come up with a blood or urine test for it. Asparagus and beets also have a UCI problem, and it's easy to test for them. Be careful at your next event. Also, now that the government can make you buy broccoli, though not make you eat it, I've invested it broccoli futures. Not much action yet, but I'm ready. /s
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If you like it, use it but don't argue for no reason with someone that has had a bad experience with the stuff.
Did you actually have a bad experience using Cytomax or are you just disappointed they won't reveal the secrets of their magic elixer? Hint - there is no magic. It's a carb replacement drink made in a variety of flavours to appeal to different riders. If you don't like a particular flavour, try a different one until you find one you like. Any additives besides carbs aren't going to turn you into a faster rider.

I don't use Cytomax. It's basically $10/lb maltodextrin, which is available from other sources for ~ $1/lb.
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The official ingredient list (and nutrition info) can be found here. It kind of sounds like you're expecting the sales guy to read the ingredient label to you over the phone, can't say I blame him for not returning your call.

There's a significant of marketing babble that you just need to ignore. If you really want some breathless hyperbole you should check out Hammer Nutrition's product literature (but I still use their products). I stopped using Cytomax recently because they changed the formula and I didn't care for the new taste.
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The official ingredient list (and nutrition info) can be found here. It kind of sounds like you're expecting the sales guy to read the ingredient label to you over the phone, can't say I blame him for not returning your call.

There's a significant of marketing babble that you just need to ignore. If you really want some breathless hyperbole you should check out Hammer Nutrition's product literature (but I still use their products). I stopped using Cytomax recently because they changed the formula and I didn't care for the new taste.
Agree on the taste change. Bummer that they did that. What did you go to instead? I'm using Melon HEED, but not entirely happy with that taste, either.
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Agree on the taste change. Bummer that they did that. What did you go to instead? I'm using Melon HEED, but not entirely happy with that taste, either.
Ha! That's exactly what I switched to, I drop a couple of Nuun tablets in to kick up the flavor though. I alternate between the Melon and Lemon/Lime, whatever's closest to me on the shelf.

I recently tried a couple of Orbana packets, it has a pineapple flavor that I really did not care for.

I need to mosey in to the bike store soon and just pick up some packets of whatever I haven't tried.
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