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Cluster Dextrin®: The science of carbohydrate supplement for improved sport performance and recovery

What is Cluster Dextrin?


Conventional sports beverages are loaded with dextrose and maltodextrin which are relatively low molecular carbohydrates with high glycemic index scores. However these products produce energy level swings throughout a workout or athletic event, as well as the discomfort associated with conventional sports drinks. Cluster dextrin, on the other hand, is an exceptional ingredient that provides a steady increase in blood sugar levels over time leading to solutions to the issues raised by dextrose and maltodextrin.


Thanks to its unique properties, Cluster Dextrin is becoming a popular carbohydrate supplement among athletes . It's commonly used as a pre-workout supplement to increase their endurance and improve their performance. Additionally, it is also used during long-duration events, such as marathons and triathlons, to maintain energy levels.


According to a 2020 report by Market Research Future, the global cluster dextrin market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5% from 2020 to 2023. This expansion is due to an increase in the demand for sports nutrition products among athletes and fitness enthusiasts. In a survey of 500 athletes conducted by NutraIngredients, 27% of respondents said they had used cluster dextrin as a pre-workout supplement, making it the second most popular pre-workout supplement after caffeine. In an other study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, researchers discovered that cluster dextrin outperformed maltodextrin, a typical carbohydrate supplement, in boosting endurance performance in trained cyclists. All of this research indicates that Cluster Dextrin is a valuable ingredient and in high demand for any trendy sports beverages.


Introduce Cluster Dextrin® - Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin


Cluster Dextrin® is a high-quality, high-molecular-weight carbohydrate that provides sustained-release energy without the negative effects of spiking insulin levels. It’s a new type of dextrin that’s made from waxy corn starch using a specific branching enzyme via cyclisation reaction. Cluster Dextrin® is a patented form of maltodextrin known as highly branched cyclic dextrin (HBCD) from Glico company. DKSH is proudly to be the exclusive distributor of this ingredient.


Cluster Dextrin® ‘s Advantages:


  • Pre-Workout:
    • Carbohydrate Loading
    • Improved Glycogen Level
  • Intra-Workout:
    • Enhanced Stamina
    • Maintains Performance/Reduces Fatigue
  • Post-Workout: 
    • Fast Recovery/Replenishes Glycogen Storage




  • Highly Soluble in Water and Stable During Storage
  • Low Sweetness Compared to Other Dextrins
  • Fast Gastric Emptying Time
  • Low Gastrointestinal Disorders (Belching or Flatulence)
  • Enhanced Stamina
  • Reduction of Fatigue
  • Reduction of Inflammatory Stress




  • Component for Sports Drink
  • Spray Drying Aid
  • Powdered Citrus Peel
  • Taste Improvement

Cluster Dextrin® 's accreditations include ISO9001, FSSC22000 and Halal, Kosher.


In conclusion, by choosing Cluster Dextrin® from our supplier, Glico, your company's products are guaranteed to be of excellent quality and research-backed. This can help your company gain client trust and differentiate itself in a crowded market. DKSH's extensive market knowledge, commitment to quality, and track record of success make us an ideal partner for businesses who are looking to source Cluster Dextrin® and other innovative products.


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1. Market Research Future report on Cluster Dextrin Market

2. NutraIngredients survey of athletes

3. Study on Cluster Dextrin and Maltodextrin by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

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