Feeling sleepy, sluggish, low on energy? It can be hard to pinpoint exactly what saps our energy, but it happens. Poor sleep, late nights working or studying, stress or a lack of exercise can all be culprits. As can nutrient deficiencies or even the aging process—as we age our body doesn't produce as much of the nutrients and amino acids we need for energy. Whatever it is that’s slowing you down, consider these 5 reasons to take our new Energy-Plus Formula—the natural way to get a little more energy into your day.
All of the Bs play a role in converting food into fuel or energy. The mighty B’s support the central nervous system and help to maintain healthy communication between our muscles and brain. The B complex also helps to convert amino acids into mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and norepinephrine. Vitamins B3, B6, B12 and folic acid have all been associated with fending off depression. Conversely, low levels of Vitamin B can leave us feeling down, or less energetic. Folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12, when taken with amino acids, have also shown to improve our cognitive abilities. Because B Vitamins are water soluble, it’s important to take them on a daily basis. Energy-Plus contains Niacin (B3), B6, Folic Acid (B9) and B12.
Protein is critical for our body to function. Pretty much our body's cells and systems rely on protein to work. Amino acids are the building blocks that help our bodies make protein. Where energy is concerned, they help with metabolism and the production of mood-boosting neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Key mood enhancing amino acids include phenylalanine, glutamine and tyrosine. Tyrosine also helps the thyroid produce the hormones that help to control metabolism. It also helps us to conserve energy, while boosting low norepinephrine levels and monitoring our release of adrenaline. Taurine has been shown to enhance athletic performance and sharpen mental focus when combined with caffeine. Likewise, glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue, helps reduce the ‘burn’ of lactic acid build-up during exertion. Energy-Plus contains taurine, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Glutamine.
Fending off depression and supporting a strong metabolism can be critical to maintaining good energy levels. Minerals such as chromium and iodine not only support metabolism, they are essential to healthy nerve, muscle and enzyme function. Chromium acts as a blood sugar stabilizer and has been shown to improve symptoms of depression. While the body uses iodine to make thyroid hormones, which help to control the body’s metabolism. Low iodine has commonly been associated with low energy. Iodine deficiencies are very common. Energy-Plus contains both chromium and iodine.
Malic acid derives from fruits and vegetables. It commonly is used as a natural food additive and preservative. When taken as a supplement, it is known to help boost energy by supporting the process of turning food into energy. If this process is not adequately supported, it leads to fatigue.
Caffeine for energy
It’s true caffeine does give us more energy and can help us increase productivity and even feel a bit sharper. Why? Caffeine blocks the brain’s adenosine receptors—the neurotransmitter that makes us feel sleepy. This prevents us from feeling tired and keeps us feeling more energized. Energy-Plus contains 200 mg of caffeine, equivalent to approximately two cups of coffee.