Signature Natural Energy Complex
Why we made it
We are super pumped (literally) about this blend. So many of the natural energy powders out there taste truly gross. We have designed this to be something you could either take as a shot before your workout or in a longer drink that you can sip.
With a punchy 150mg of natural, plant-based caffeine from guarana seed, kola nut and natural coffee extract. This signature blend is also Ideal for the morning after the night before (we’ve all been there) and that afternoon slump. Perfect for supercharging your workout.
Combined with real cherry & pomegranate powder for a natural, refreshing taste. And last but not least, a touch of chilli to complete that energising kick. Now go get ‘em tiger!
Why our dietitian likes it
I opt for the energy and immunity complex when I want a punchy start to my day or my afternoon. It can give both a physical and mental boost, and on some days, a boost is just what we need. In addition to the caffeine, the ingredients have been carefully selected to make this complex a nourishing one.
Fitness expert's opinion
It is important to mix protein sources to prevent intolerance to any one variety. Training, whether its bodybuilding or specific training for an event often involves a lot of food repetition. Mixing up protein sources by adding a plant-based protein is a good way of reducing the chances of an intolerance. I can think of several clients and PT’s alike who have issues with the digestibility of whey so vegan is a good option.
When using it myself I look for the highest quality, best tasting ingredients preferably with mixed plant sources for further diversity. Supplements and training related foods often don’t taste great. Vegan proteins are no exception, often tasting chalky or grainy. EXALT’s is the best of a bad bunch and tastes surprisingly good.
What makes it special?
Maca, guarana seed, kola nut, natural coffee extract and chilli work together to energise the body and wake up the mind
Gentle on the nervous system, these botanicals give you a constant flow of fresh energy.
No synthetic caffeine, no jitters, no crashes. Pure sustained energy and clarity.
Raw Beetroot powder improves circulation to help your brain and body recharge and sustain longer workout sessions.
Packed with nutrients and potent antioxidants, lucuma, maca, matcha green tea and cherry revitalise the body and help to protect it from damage during intense exercise.
Korean Panax Ginseng lights up the mood and clears the mind to help you better focus on your goals.
In the morning or after work, ENERGISE to improve your short-term results and fuel your long-term vision: day after day.
Acerola cherry provides a dose of vitamin C to support your immune system in the context of your general health, and during and post-exercise.
The varied antioxidant offering from this complex will help to improve immune response, prevent disease and manage existing health conditions, with turmeric providing a little extra immune support.
Every ingredient in our energy & immunity blend is a real food product from natural ingredients. As with all our products, the blend is deeply grounded in nutritional science.
Matcha Green Tea
Maca root, guarana seed, kola nut have been known for 1000s of years for their unique properties that increase energy and focus.
This powerful combination provides a one-two punch of a quick pick-me-up followed by a sustained energy boost that is released slowly to powder you through our workout or throughout the day, and without a crash.
Organic Maca Root Powder, Beetroot Powder, Montmorency Cherry Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Lucuma Powder, Natural Sweeteners (Erythritol, Stevia), Matcha Green Tea Powder, Natural Flavouring, Acerola Cherry Extract (17% Vitamin C), Natural Coffee Extract, Cayenne Capsicum Pepper Powder, Guarana Seed Extract (22% Caffeine), Kola Nut Extract (20% Caffeine), Turmeric, Siberian Ginseng Powder, Black Pepper Extract.
High caffeine content. Contains 150mg caffeine per serving. Not recommended for children or pregnant or breast-feeding women
|Total Fat (g)||0.1||0.9|
|of which saturates (g)||0.0||0.2|
|of which sugars (g)||3.1||31.3|
|Vitamin C (mg)||40||%NRV|
No artificial sugars or sweeteners
No artificial additives
Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians
The science behind it
The maca plant is a plant native to Peru and for millennia, maca root has been used to aid various aspects of health and fertility. Maca root has become increasingly popular in the Western world in recent years and clinical research investigating the health effects of maca root is starting to grow.
In addition to its macronutrient profile, maca is rich in several micronutrients to include sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium (1). Maca was traditionally given to men to boost energy levels before going into battle; moving into the modern day, recent research suggests that maca could improve endurance in athletes and shows promise in reducing fatigue (4,5). It’s been known traditionally to boost libido and fertility which has also now also been observed in clinical trials, particularly in men (2,3). There are links to improved cognitive function (6) and mood (7), however more research is needed to explore these associations further.
Cherry, pomegranate and lucuma
The remaining nutritious powders include beetroot which is known for its vasodilation effects (widening of blood vessels) which increase blood flow and gas exchange, linked to improvements in strengthening and efficiency of muscle contraction, cardiorespiratory endurance (8) and improved resistance training performance (9). This, in addition to the remaining plant powders of cherry, pomegranate and lucuma provides a blend containing a variety of antioxidants, which have been shown to combat cell damage by oxidative stress (10), and improve high-intensity endurance and resistance exercise performance (11).
Another ingredient to the blend is matcha green tea. Green tea is known for its catechin (antioxidant) content, whose consumption, as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet is beneficially linked to several conditions to include cancer, heart disease and liver disease (12). But research suggests that matcha green tea contains much higher concentrations of catechins, (in particular epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) (13) which is considered to have anti-cancer, anti-obesity, anti-diabetic, anti-cardiovascular, anti-infectious, hepatoprotective, and neuroprotective effects (14)) than other teas.
Guarana seed, another ingredient in the blend, has a similar profile to green tea, considered to have strong antimicrobial and antioxidant properties (15), with additional antimicrobial and antioxidant properties offered by the kola nut (16).
Guarana seed, the kola nut and coffee extract all contain caffeine. In addition to the known health benefits of coffee itself (17) , caffeine has been shown to boost both physical and performance. The literature suggests that a moderate caffeine intake could lead to performance benefits across a range of sports to include endurance events and high-intensity activity (18). Other cognitive markers such as alertness, vigilance, attention and reaction time can be improved with a moderate intake of caffeine (19).
The blend is a good source of vitamin C, known to help to activate enzymes, reduce oxidative stress, promote immune function and reduce tiredness and fatigue (20,21). Research suggests vitamin C can protect against respiratory tract infections and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and some cancers (20).
Turmeric, known for its associations with good health, contains a key ingredient called curcumin. Curcumin appears to be the most active component in turmeric and is known for its role within the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, arthritis, anxiety and hyperlipidaemia, as noted within the literature. Research also suggests curcumin could improve the management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, enhancing recovery and performance in active individuals (22). The addition of black pepper to the blend is thought to significantly increase the bioavailability of curcumin (22).
Stevia is a natural sweetener derived from a plant which contains no calories with a sweet taste that can be 50-350 times sweeter than sugar. The safety of its consumption is well established (23). Similarly to Stevia, erythritol is another non-caloric, plant-derived sweetener known for having good digestibility without having any impact on blood glucose or insulin levels (24).
Swapping sugar for a sweetener enables us to reduce our free sugar and calorie intake whilst retaining the sweet taste, which is in line with Public Health England guidance (25).
Fitness expert's opinion
This ‘energy and immunity’ complex is comprised of all-natural ingredients, specifically chosen to offer you both health and performance benefits. The pre-workout blend packs 150mg caffeine which is equivalent to the caffeine in one and a half cups of coffee, guaranteed to give your workout a physical and mental boost. The blend provides 50% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C which is associated with a plethora of health benefits to include promoting a healthy immune system, mental health, reducing tiredness and fatigue and maintaining a normal immune function during and following intense physical activity.
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The information above is a review of the literature to demonstrate potential health benefits of the ingredients within the products. We do not claim that our products or any ingredient within our products can treat, cure or prevent any health condition. Products should be consumed as part of a healthy diet. For individual advice about any health condition, please speak to your GP.