Author: Steve Born
Endurolytes Fizz (introduced recently along with Perpetuem Solids) is the newest member of the Hammer Nutrition lineup of superior, high-quality fuels. This great product gives you yet another option—and a deliciously refreshing one at that—to fulfill your body’s electrolyte requirements.
As we mention in Endurance News articles and in various places on our website, each Endurolytes Fizz tablet is equivalent to approximately two Endurolytes capsules. We say “approximately” because the two formulas are slightly different by necessity. We’ll explain why, but first let’s first take a look at each of the formulas:
ENDUROLYTES (one capsule)
- Sodium (as Sodium Chloride) 40 mg
- Chloride (as Sodium Chloride) 60 mg
- Calcium (as Chelate) 50 mg
- Magnesium (as Chelate) 25 mg
- Potassium (as Chelate) 25 mg
- Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxine HCL) 6.6 mg
- Manganese (as Chelate) 1.6 mg
- L-Tyrosine 50 mg
ENDUROLYTES FIZZ (one-half tablet)
- Sodium (as Sodium Bicarbonate) 100 mg
- Chloride (as Calcium Chloride) 30 mg
- Calcium (as Calcium Carbonate and Calcium Chloride) 50 mg
- Magnesium (as Magnesium Oxide) 25 mg
- Potassium (as Potassium Bicarbonate) 50 mg
- Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxine HCL) approximately 6.6 mg
- Manganese (as Manganese Gluconate) approximately 1.6 mg
- Tyrosine (as L-Tyrosine) 50 mg
As you can see, each Endurolytes capsule contains 100 mg of salt, which is comprised of 40 mg of sodium and 60 mg of chloride. Half of an Endurolytes Fizz tablet contains 100 of sodium (in the bicarbonate form) and 30 mg of chloride (in the calcium chloride form). So when comparing the sodium and chloride components of both, there is more sodium and less chloride in Endurolytes Fizz than there is in Endurolytes capsules. However, the net total of both of those mineral components combined is extremely close. There’s only a 30 mg difference between the two, with one Endurolytes capsule containing a total of 100 mg of sodium and chloride combined, and one-half of an Endurolytes Fizz tablet containing a total of 130 mg of sodium and chloride combined.
Other differences between Endurolytes Fizz and Endurolytes Capsules
1) It was necessary to use bicarbonate forms of sodium and potassium—and more total sodium in Endurolytes Fizz than in Endurolytes capsules—in order to achieve the desired effervescent properties.
2) Because we needed to use more sodium bicarbonate in Endurolytes Fizz, the formula required slightly less chloride. That was the only way to have both sodium and chloride in the product without ending up with a jumbo-sized tablet. That same principle applies to #3.
3) The amounts of actual (elemental) magnesium, calcium, and manganese are the same in both Endurolytes (one capsule) and Endurolytes Fizz (one-half tablet). However, for Endurolytes Fizz to contain the same total elemental volume amount of these three minerals as Endurolytes capsules, we had to use different forms, ones that contained more elemental amounts of those minerals in the compound.
Amino acid chelate forms of magnesium, calcium, and manganese contain less elemental amounts of these minerals than magnesium oxide (as a source of magnesium), calcium carbonate (as a source of calcium), or manganese gluconate (as a source of manganese). Basically, if we were to use an amino acid chelate in Endurolytes Fizz, the tablet would be gigantic.
4) Another reason we chose magnesium in the oxide form, calcium in the carbonate form (as well as the chloride form), and manganese in the gluconate form is because these chelating agents do not inhibit the effervescent reaction process and in some cases aid in the process. Conversely, an amino acid chelate (as is used in Endurolytes capsules) would severely inhibit and perhaps even halt the process. Our goal was an Endurolytes Fizz tablet that would dissolve as quickly as possible in solution, which is the primary reason why these particular forms of minerals were chosen.
5) The amounts of potassium are higher in one-half tablet of Endurolytes Fizz (50 mg) than in one Endurolytes capsule (25 mg). As mentioned in #1, the formula required more bicarbonates in order to achieve the effervescent properties we wanted while also helping to maintain a fairly close sodium-to-potassium ratio (62.5% in Endurolytes capsules, and 50% in Endurolytes Fizz).
It is neither practical nor possible to have an exact replicate of an Endurolytes capsule in an effervescent tablet form. However, when comparing the two they are very similar in terms of electrolytic mineral makeup and volume, so we believe that you can dose them similarly.