Do you feel an energy slump around mid-afternoon? Do you have trouble focusing as the day wears on? Getting the right supplements may be able to help you with energy and focus. Read on to learn more about the latest research in energizing supplements.
It is believed that the mechanism of action for Ginkgo Biloba’s energy boosting benefits comes from its effect on circulation. Studies suggest Ginkgo Biloba may improve blood flow throughout your body.* Your blood carries oxygen, nutrients and other substances to various organisms and tissues throughout the body, so this is one potential hypothesis for why Ginkgo Biloba may have an energizing effect.*
Green Tea Extract
Green Tea is created from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. Green tea leaves are lightly steamed to prevent oxidation, which is why it retains its bright green color. Green tea as a beverage or a green tea extract supplement contain catechins that have antioxidant qualities which support many different health factors beyond energy.* Catechins such as EGCG support the body’s use of fat as a fuel source which may also provide an increase in energy.*
Tribulus Terrestris Extract
Saponins within the herb tribulus terrestris provide many benefits for health. One study on the tribulus terrestris showed an increase in ATP (adenosine triphosphate) after intake of the herb tribulus terrestris in comparison with a control group.* Muscles use ATP for fuel, so this could contribute to enhanced energy levels. You can find tribulus terrestris in Nature’s Lab Tribulux Max.
The Amino Acid L-Theanine
L-theanine is an amino acid found in tea leaves. This unique non-dietary amino acid has the ability to impart a feeling of “focused relaxation.” L-theanine is one of the few supplements that promotes alpha brain waves.* These brain waves are associated with increased focus and concentration, as well as relaxation without drowsiness. For a mid afternoon slump, pairing caffeine with l-theanine may be the ideal solution. In fact, drinking a cup of green tea will provide green tea catechins, caffeine and l-theanine together. However, the typical cup of tea contains at most about 10 mg of l-theanine per cup. With Nature’s Lab L-Theanine supplements you’ll get 200 mg of L-theanine per capsule. Combining this supplement with Nature’s Lab Green Tea Extract is a convenient way to mimic the benefits of a cup of green tea.*
Fatemeh Farokhi, M. P. (2023, January 20). The effects of Tribulus terrestris extract and endurance training on oxidative stress and apoptotic markers in the kidney tissue of rats, poisoned with arsenic. Gene, Cell and Tissue. Retrieved March 21, 2023, from https://brieflands.com/articles/gct-131298.html
Boros, K., Jedlinszki, N., Csupor, D. (2016). Theanine and caffeine content of infusions prepared from commercial tea samples. Pharmacognosy magazine. Retrieved March 21, 2023, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4787341/
Katada, S., Yanagimoto, A., Matsui, Y., Hibi, M., Osaki, N., Kobayashi, S., Katsuragi, Y. (2020, April). Effect of tea catechins with caffeine on energy expenditure in middle-aged men and women: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. European journal of nutrition. Retrieved March 21, 2023, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7098939/