5 Ingredients to Avoid in Energy Supplements

5 Ingredients to Avoid in Energy Supplements

Not everyone enjoys a cup of coffee in the morning. Nearly 40% of Americans don’t drink it at all! Even though you may not be consuming the caffeinated beverage, there’s a chance that you may need a pick me up at some point each day. 

Energy supplements have become a simple and effective solution to boost productivity. However, not all energy products are made equally; unfortunately, many contain harmful ingredients. Since ingredient labels can be confusing and a bit overwhelming, we compiled a brief list of common ingredients that you should avoid.

 

1. Sugar 

A boost in alertness is often a result of consuming sugar. However, the sweet substance isn’t the answer for sustained energy over a long time. When sugar enters the bloodstream, our bodies respond by producing insulin. In return, our blood sugar levels can drop very quickly, which results in a drop in energy (4). It kind of defeats the purpose of an energy supplement if you ask us! Plus, sugar is known to be a direct link to the following ailments (5):

  • Inflammation 
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity 
  • Tooth decay

 

2. Taurine

Even though this chemical compound is associated with numerous health benefits, it can be a risk in large amounts. Consuming too much taurine can provoke digestive issues (3). It’s also an ingredient to watch for if you have epilepsy. Research shows that those who live with the disease experience side effects such as headaches, nausea, and dizziness after consuming just 1.5g per day (3).

 

3. Artificial Colors 

Unfortunately, many products that contain artificial colors are heavily processed. This causes a concern for anyone looking to consume an all-natural diet. Plus, studies have shown that food dyes are linked to health concerns, including the following: Disruption to your immune system, a direct link to cancer, and hypersensitivity, or signs of ADHD (2).

 

4. Artificial Flavors 

Like artificial coloring, the proves of developing artificial flavors consists of hundreds, if not thousands, of chemicals. Not only does this conflict with all-natural diets, but it raises an issue for many customers as well. For instance, if a potential customer had specific food allergies, not knowing what makes up an artificial flavor could be a significant health risk. For the sake of transparency and the health of our customers, these are just some of the reasons why KalaVita gummies contain natural flavors.

 

5. Excessive Amounts of Caffeine 

When you need a boost to power through your tasks, it can be pretty easy to go overboard on caffeine. And even though this life-saver of an ingredient might fuel your most productive days, you must monitor your daily intake. Not only can high amounts of caffeine give you the jitters, but it’s also harmful to your health over time. On average, adults shouldn’t exceed more than four cups of coffee per day, or 400 mg (8). Many people who consume too much caffeine can experience the following:

  • Anxiety 
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia 

So what should you opt for instead?

If you’re looking for energy support, try a supplement that promotes sustained energy throughout the day. It’d be even more beneficial to your health if you found a product free of synthetic ingredients and GMOs. Luckily for you, our Focus Focus! Gummies check off all of these boxes! And, we finally sell the fan-favorite, vegan gummy in a 3-pack! Shop now and stay energized!

 

 

 

Sources:

  1. https://deneenpottery.com/coffee-statistics-2018/g
  2. https://www.foodnerdinc.com/blogs/food-for-thought/artificial-food-coloring-no-thank-you 
  3. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326476 
  4. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=1&contentid=503#:~:text=Don't%20overdo%20sugar&text=But%20when%20sugar%20is%20introduced,after%20eating%20a%20sugary%20snack
  5. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/why-sugar-bad 
  6. https://myplatebodyandmind.com/danger-of-artificial-flavors/ 
  7. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/caffeine-side-effects#TOC_TITLE_HDR_8  
  8. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-much-caffeine-is-too-much/#:~:text=Healthy%20adults%20shouldn't%20consume,about%20two%20cans%20of%20cola). 
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