Energy Boost Supplements

by Adam Gould
Energy Boost Supplements

As described in our Eating For Energy article, a varied and balanced diet is the best way to ensure healthy energy levels in the long-term. However, if you're stressed, not getting enough sleep or in poor health for any reason; a good diet might not be enough on its own.

Also, if you’re following any sort of specialised regime such as a keto or low-fat diet, or if you can’t/won’t eat certain types of food, then balance can be difficult to achieve, which could mean you are missing key nutrients that affect your energy levels.

In these situations, a good health supplement can make a difference. Here’s a breakdown of our most popular energy boosting supplements:


Magnesium

Magnesium is a major player in the production of ATP – according to researchers, ATP molecules must bind to magnesium ions to become biologically functional. Unfortunately magnesium is one of those nutrients many of us aren’t getting enough of. We provide Magnesium Citrate - the citrate form of this important chemical is more absorbable than the oxide form found in other supplements. 

Did You Know? The Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecule is the nucleotide known in biochemistry as the "molecular currency" of intracellular energy transfer; that is, ATP enables chemical energy to be stored and transported within cells.


Iron

Iron is needed for energy production in your cells in several ways – for instance, your body needs it to make ATP. But its major role is to make haemoglobin; the protein in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to your cells so they can produce energy. Gentle Iron Bisglycinate is the best option for topping up your levels because it’s more absorbable & easy on your stomach. Iron in it’s ferrous fumurate form (like the doctor gives you) is poorly absorbed and can often cause digestive discomfort.


Zinc

Zinc helps trigger the chemical processes that break down food in your digestive system, and it also helps give you an appetite (if you’re deficient in zinc, your senses of taste and smell can be affected). Our high-quality Zinc Gluconate tablets are incredible value, providing a year’s supply.


B Vitamins

B vitamins are essential for metabolism – some help break down glucose for energy production while others help make ATP. You can get all your B vitamin needs in our Multivitamin & Mineral Complex whilst also topping up on other important energy nutrients including magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamin C.

Did You Know? A lack of vitamin B12 can cause a type of anaemia. Absorption of Vitamin B12 is difficult and declines further with age, yet it is only found in fortified foods or animal products such as meat, fish, milk, cheese and eggs. That’s why high-strength supplements such as our Vitamin B12 with Black Pepper are particularly popular with vegans, vegetarians & older adults.


Vitamin K

Vitamin K is probably best known for its role in blood clotting. Vitamin K1 is involved in the process, but the superior type is K2, which has many more functions in the body including helping with energy production in your cells (scientists believe it helps make more ATP). You can get it in supplement form, such as our Vitamin K2 MK-7 (MK-7 is the most bioavailable and effective form).


Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also needed for the production of two enzymes crucial to energy production, with studies suggesting a lack of vitamin C may cause weakness & muscle aching. But whilst it’s found in many foods, vitamin C is not stored by the body, so levels need to be constantly maintained. To keep your levels topped-up, try our Vitamin C 1000mg with Wild Rosehip & Citrus Bioflavonoids tablets.

 

Alternative Energy Sources

Besides vitamin and mineral supplements, what else could help give your energy levels a bit of a lift?


Ashwagandha

This potent herb has been used for its natural healing and energy-giving abilities for thousands of years. It’s probably best known for is stress and anxiety relief, which are both conditions that can send your energy levels plummeting. It is also thought to boost testosterone levels and improve muscle performance. If you’d like to give it a try, be sure to use a high-quality supplement such as our Organic KSM-66 Ashwagandha capsules


Hemp seed oil

Hemp is an amazing plant that has many potential health benefits. It can be a useful supplement if you’re low on energy because it’s a great source of iron and is packed full of magnesium, which are both crucial for your metabolism. VitaBright’s Hemp Seed Oil is 100% pure & cold-pressed for maximum benefit.


Probiotics

Keeping your gut and its bacteria communities healthy may not be an obvious route to better energy. However, if your gut microbiota isn’t up to scratch you may not be absorbing nutrients effectively, including those your body needs for metabolism. Taking a probiotic supplement that provides a good amount of micro-organisms from multiple strains can really help keep things in balance. A good example is our Bio Cultures Complex, which delivers 15 different strains at a total strength of *45 billion CFUs (CFU stands for colony forming unit and is a measurement of the number of viable bacteria in a sample).

*Keep an eye out for products making ‘source powder’ strength claims. Some advertisers try and mislead buyers by quoting the strength of the concentrated source powder used instead of the strength of the actual supplement.


Maca root

A plant grown in the Andes, maca is a root vegetable used in Peruvian cooking. It’s perhaps most famous for its potential health benefits, the best-known of which is its ability to boost fertility, sex drive and libido. But maca is renown for increasing energy levels too, with one small-scale study suggesting it may help boost sports performance. Our high-strength Maca Root capsules are great value and include black pepper to boost absorption.

Did you know?   Maca root may also be good for your brain – in fact, in the central Peruvian Andes it’s traditionally used to improve children’s performance at school.

 

Instant Energy

Whilst there’s no doubt these remedies can improve overall energy and stamina levels for many people when taken regularly, in some instances it can take some time for these effects to take hold, they are unlikely to offer an instant ‘boost’.

Of course, you could always use sugar or caffeine to get some short-term energy. Sports and energy  drinks often contain both, and there’s no doubt many people find the combination irresistible - in 2019 we drank 866 million litres of the stuff in the UK.

But drinking too much caffeine in the short term can cause problems like poor sleep, anxiety and behavioural changes. According to the British Nutrition Foundation, excessive caffeine consumption in the longer term has even been linked to cardiovascular problems.

Sports and energy drinks also contain a hefty dose of sugar, with one 500ml can often containing almost 80g. This is way more than the current recommendation for sugar intake, which is 30g a day for adults and children aged 11+. Then there’s the well-documented sugar-high, sugar-low problem we mentioned earlier.

Did you know?  Some small-scale trials have indicated that apple cider vinegar can be effective in flattening-out blood-sugar spikes, which might be helpful in reducing chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Unfortunately, if you regularly use concentrated, synthetic forms of simple sugar in this way, it’s likely to encourage weight-gain and be bad for your health in the long-term. Not to mention terrible for your teeth!

A better solution would be to ensure you eat regularly and that your diet, with or without supplementation, provides well balanced nutrition that gives your body the tools it needs to keep you energised. Find out more about which foods are most important for maintaining energy levels in Eating For Energy.

by Adam Gould