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Näak Ultra Energy™ science was developed to meet the specific needs of ultra endurance Athletes. The idea is simple: the ingestion of a few macronutrients such as carbohydrates and electrolytes is not enough to fuel ultra distances. After a few hours of effort, you need a complete nutrition approach to go farther, longer.
Gastrointestinal symptoms affect 85% of Ultra-Trail runners and are the leading cause of DNF, or "Did Not Finish" (23%).*
In 2016, we discovered that ultra distance athletes were bonking because they were using products that were inadequate:
At Näak, we launched a range of new products specifically made for ultra distance that helps athlete perform with no gastro-intestinal discomfort.
Näak Ultra Energy™ Science provides you with a complete nutrition to help you go longer and farther.
The technology we developed is based on 3 pillars:
In all Näak products, we use several sources of carbohydrates with a wide range of glycemic index (GI) that provides you with a low glycemic load and ensure long-lasting energy:
Beyond these diversified sources of carbohydrates, we always include proteins, lipids or fibers in our products.
Ultra endurance efforts such as marathons, ultra trail or ironman triathlons have been shown to increase muscle fiber breakdown. It is therefore necessary to consume proteins, and particularly EAAs (essential amino acids) and BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) to build and maintain muscles during a long distance physical activity.
The need for protein and BCAA is higher for ultra-endurance athletes, ranging from 1.2 to 2.0 g/kg/day depending on the studies, compared to 0.8 g/kg/day for usual recommendations.
Näak Ultra Energy™ provides a mix of proteins (EAAs and BCAAs) during exercise, in combination with carbohydrates. We aim to provide 0.3g/kg of protein over a period of 3 to 5 hours during an endurance race to optimize muscle resistance.
Näak Ultra Energy™ provides a complete electrolyte profile adapted to ultra endurance efforts:
Näak products are all made up of several natural ingredients which, when put together, create a complete product with sugars, electrolytes and also complete proteins.
All our products are developed hand in hand with elite athletes through the Näak Lab. Some of the world's best ultra trailers are fuelling their training and races with our technology. Thousands of elite and amateur athletes around the world depend on Näak to explore new playgrounds and redefine what is physically possible. For the latest updates on which athletes are using our products follow us on Instagram.