It seems these days that everyone is looking for that quick pick-me-up. Whether it’s your local supermarket or the convenience store on the corner, there are shelves full of energy drinks, bars, chews, and more. Let’s face it; we could all use a little more energy to get us through our hectic day. Today we are going to look at supplements and other natural products to help increase your energy.
- Vitamin B12 and B-Complex, a supplement which contains all eight B vitamins (B6, folic acid, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, biotin, and B12) have long been used in energy supplements. All B-vitamins aid in the processes your body uses to make energy from the food you eat. This means that B-vitamins help the body convert food, such as carbohydrates, into the main fuel for the body, glucose, which is then used to produce energy. Thiamine (B1) is needed to form adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which every cell of the body uses for energy. There is debate on the effectiveness of B-vitamins in increasing energy in people who are not deficient in these vitamins.
- Panex ginseng has traditionally been used to maintain balance in the body and enhance vital energy. The use of this herb is indicated for people who experience a decreased resistance to illness, fatigue, decreased ability to handle stress, and decreased stamina. Multiple studies have been performed on Panex ginseng’s anti-fatigue effect in the body. Panex has also been shown to enhance the cognitive performance of healthy individuals.
- Green Tea, although not a supplement or vitamin, has long been used as a replacement for coffee and other caffeinated beverages. Green tea contains about 25mg of caffeine per 8 oz. cup. This is considered a low level dose of caffeine and should be just enough to give you a little pick-me-up throughout your day. Not only is green tea an excellent source of caffeine, it also contains many other healthy antioxidants.
- Yerba mate is another herb commonly drank as a hot tea that contains caffeine. Yerba mate contains about 80mg of caffeine per 8 oz. cup. Most of the hype surrounding yerba mate is the fact that it has the same pick-me-up as caffeine without the shakes and jitters. There has been numerous research showing that yerba mate should be drank in moderation due to a potential increased risk for certain types of cancers.
- One final supplement to consider for boosting your energy levels is chlorella, a single water grown micro-algae. This plant super food naturally boosts the body’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxic substances that surround us daily. When our body is free of toxins, we tend to feel less sluggish and have more energy to get us through our day. This may be why Chlorella has been shown to aid in the treatment of fatigue.