Put simply: glycogen is stored glucose (sugar) – a main source of energy for your body - Ivy Karlinsky


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Stored Energy, Part 1: Glycogen

Glycogen is glucose molecules bound together and packaged up. When the body starts getting low on available blood sugar, glycogen is at hand, ready to get chopped up into glucose to provide the necessary fuel in the face of a looming shortage. From the liver, glycogen keeps blood sugar at a steady level, this is especially critical for the brain. Liver stores may go from 300 grams to 80 grams over night as glycogen is broken down for this purpose.

In the muscles, glycogen is at attention, ready to be converted to glucose at the snap of a finger to provide the needed energy for muscle contraction.

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