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At Hüma, we believe in having the very best performing product. Extensive research backs up each carefully chosen ingredient. Citation links are provided at the bottom of the page.


Evaporated Cane Juice + Brown Rice Syrup

Providing both Glucose (short and long chain) and Fructose in a careful ratio increases carbohydrate absorption
Currell (2008); Bartels (1987); el-Mougi (1996); Brouns (1995)


Contains NO maltodextrin

Quezada-Calvillo (2008); Haub (2003); Rehrer (1989); Olano-Martin (2000); Gisolfi (2001); Fluckiger-Isler (1994); Wagenmakers (1993); Gisolfi (1992); Nickerson (2012)


Ground Chia Seeds

Ground Chia Seeds

Fiber content that modulates carbohydrate absorption = no sugar spike + steady energy release

Razzaq (2011); Lairon (2007); Sands (2009); Savory (1992)


Ideal amount of all 9 essential amino acids in an easily digestible form

Sandoval-Oliveros (2013); Bernard (2011)


Coconut Water

A natural source of carbohydrate and electrolytes for rehydrating and refueling essential vitamins

Ismail I (2007); Kuberski T (1990)


Contains antioxidant properties which help aid in neutralizing reactive oxygen species production resulting from long duration exercise

Mantena SK (2003); Fisher-Wellman K (2009); Douglas S Kalman (2012)


Sea Salt

Sea Salt

Sodium and Potassium ratio comparable to major electrolyte formulations

McRae (2012)


Citric Acid from fruit

Citric Acid

Reduces physiological stress and attenuates physical fatigue

Sugino (2007)


strawberry puree

Fruit Puree + Filtered Water

100% real food, 100% real flavor, always smooth consistency

Currell K, Jeukendrup AE. (2008) Superior endurance performance with ingestion of multiple transportable carbohydrates. 2008 Feb;40(2):275-81
Bartels HLink ADaniel HRehner G. (1987) Intestinal liberation and resorption of monosaccharides from carbohydrates of different degrees of polymerization. I. Relation between intestinal hydrolysis of carbohydrates and resorption of monosaccharides. Z Ernahrungswiss. 1987 Sep;26(3):179-93.
el-Mougi MHendawi AKoura HHegazi EFontaine OPierce NF. (1996) Efficacy of standard glucose-based and reduced-osmolarity maltodextrin-based oral rehydration solutions: effect of sugar malabsorption. Bull World Health Organ. 1996;74(5):471-7.
Brouns F, Senden J, Beckers EJ, Saris WH. (1995) Osmolarity does not affect the gastric emptying rate of oral rehydration solutions. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 1995 Sep-Oct;19(5):403-6.
Douglas S Kalman,1 Samantha Feldman,1 Diane R Krieger,1 and Richard J BloomerJ Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2012; 9:1. Comparison of coconut water and a carbohydrate-electrolyte sport drink on measures of hydration and physical performance in exercise-trained men
Kuberski T, Roberts A, Linehan B, Bryden RN, Teburae M. Coconut water as a rehydration fluid. N Z Med J. 1979;90(641):98–100.
Ismail I, Singh R, Sirisinghe RG. Rehydration with sodium-enriched coconut water after exercise-induced dehydration. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 2007;38(4):769–85.
Mantena SK, Jagadish, Badduri SR, Siripurapu KB, Unnikrishnan MK. In vitro evaluation of antioxidant properties of Cocos nucifera Linn. water. Nahrung. 2003;47(2):126–31. doi: 10.1002/food.200390023
Fisher-Wellman K, Bloomer RJ. Acute exercise and oxidative stress: a 30 year history. Dyn Med.2009;8:1. doi: 10.1186/1476-5918-8-1.
Quezada-Calvillo R, Sim L, Ao Z, Hamaker BR, Quaroni A, Brayer GD, Sterchi EE, Robayo-Torres CC, Rose DR, Nichols BL. (2008) Luminal starch substrate “brake” on maltase-glucoamylase activity is located within the glucoamylase subunit. J Nutr. 2008 Apr;138(4):685-92.
Haub MD, Haff GG, Potteiger JA. (2003) The effect of liquid carbohydrate ingestion on repeated maximal effort exercise in competitive cyclists. J Strength Cond Res. 2003 Feb;17(1):20-5.
Rehrer NJ, Beckers E, Brouns F, Hoor ten F, Saris WH. (1989) Exercise and training effects on gastric emptying of carbohydrate beverages. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1989 Oct;21(5):540-9.
Olano-Martin EMountzouris KCGibson GRRastall RA. (2000) In vitro fermentability of dextran, oligodextran and maltodextrin by human gut bacteria. Br J Nutr. 2000 Mar;83(3):247-55.
Flückiger-Isler R, Mörikofer-Zwez S, Kahn JM, Walter P. (1994) Dietary components of malt extract such as maltodextrins, proteins and inorganic salts have distinct effects on glucose uptake and glycogen concentrations in rats.  J Nutr. 1994 Sep;124(9):1647-53.
Wagenmakers AJ, Brouns F, Saris WH, Halliday D. (1993) Oxidation rates of orally ingested carbohydrates during prolonged exercise in men. J Appl Physiol. 1993 Dec;75(6):2774-80.
Gisolfi CV, Duchman SM. (1992) Guidelines for optimal replacement beverages for different athletic events. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1992 Jun;24(6):679-87. Review.
Crohn’s disease-associated adherent-invasive Escherichia coli adhesion is enhanced by exposure to the ubiquitous dietary polysaccharide maltodextrin. Nickerson KP, McDonald C., PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e52132.
Modifying glucose release from high carbohydrate foods with natural polymers extracted from cereals. Razzaq HA, Sutton KH, Motoi L. (2011), J Sci Food Agric. 2011 Nov;91(14):2621-7. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.4500.
Digestible and indigestible carbohydrates: interactions with postprandial lipid metabolism. Lairon D, Play B, Jourdheuil-Rahmani D., J Nutr Biochem. 2007 Apr;18(4):217-27.
Consumption of the slow-digesting waxy maize starch leads to blunted plasma glucose and insulin response but does not influence energy expenditure or appetite in humans. Sands AL, Leidy HJ, Hamaker BR, Maguire P, Campbell WW., Nutr Res. 2009  Jun; 29(6):383-90.
Gastrointestinal morphology and absorption of monosaccharides in fowls conditioned to different types and levels of dietary fibre. Savory CJ., Br J Nutr. 1992 Jan;67(1):77-89.
Isolation and characterization of proteins from chia seeds (Salvia hispanica L.). Sandoval-Oliveros MRParedes-López O. J Agric Food Chem. 2013 Jan 9;61(1):193-201. doi: 10.1021/jf3034978.
An amino acid mixture improves glucose tolerance and insulin signaling in Sprague-Dawley rats. Bernard JR, Liao YH, Hara D, Ding Z, Chen CY, Nelson JL, Ivy JL., Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Apr;300(4):E752-60.
Carbohydrate-electrolyte drink ingestion and skill performance during and after 2 hr of indoor tennis match play. McRae KA, Galloway SD., Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2012 Feb;22(1):38-46.
Effects of Citric Acid and l-Carnitine on Physical Fatigue., Sugino T, Aoyagi S, Shirai T, Kajimoto Y, Kajimoto O., J Clin Biochem Nutr. 2007 Nov;41(3):224-30.