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The Sustainable Energy Drink – Banana, Dates, Oats, Maca Root & Cinnamon

The blend of complex carbohydrates, natural sugars and vitality-boosting maca means that ENERGY is a great way to recharge your get-up-and-go, giving you the extra power to push through a workout – or even an afternoon of tough mental challenges.

What is ‘ENERGY’?

ENERGY is a supercharged blend of bananas, dates, oats, maca root and cinnamon, which work together to give you a lift, just when you need it.

The natural sugars from bananas and dates together with the legendary stamina-building powers of Maca root will put the juice back in your batteries, giving you that extra get-up-and-go.

Pick up a bottle of ENERGY and re-claim your vitality-mojo.

 

The science behind ENERGY

Banana

The naturally occurring sugars contained in bananas are a great source of energy, which is one of the reasons they’re so popular with athletes. Research shows that bananas can fuel endurance exercise as effectively as a sports drink1. Delivering both carbohydrate and energy-boosting B vitamins, this is one fruit with super-power status!

Bananas also boast as many antioxidants as kiwis and oranges2. Antioxidants help protect our bodies by defending against the effects of everyday environmental stressors like pollution and sun exposure3,4.  If that wasn’t enough to boast about, bananas also score medium on the glycaemic index scale, which means they release their energy gradually, keeping you fuelled for longer.

 

Dates

Going by the impressive botanical name ‘Phoenix dactylifera’, dates are a sweet fruit with some sweet health benefits. One of the world’s oldest cultivated plants, dates have been used as a food for more than 6,000 years5. A rich source of natural sugars, dates are also high in fibre; a gut friendly nutrient most of us aren’t eating enough of 6. Thanks to their high fibre content, dates also release their natural sugars slowly, helping to keep your energy levels on an even keel7,8.

 

Oats

A slow-burn favourite, oats are a great source of fibre, which means they drip-feed their energy to your brain and muscles slowly. But that’s not all, oats are unique because the type of fibre they contain (known as β-glucan) has been shown to help reduce cholesterol levels9, balance blood glucose and even stimulate immune function10. Studies show that adding oats to meals can help you feel fuller for longer11, meaning you’re less likely to turn to sugary snacks for an energy boost.

 

Maca

Native to Peru, Maca (dubbed Peruvian ginseng) is a plant that grows in mountainous regions in South America12. Part of the radish family, the maca plant is cultivated for its large root, which looks a bit like a turnip. For over 2000 years, the dried maca root has been used for medicinal purposes12,13, rumoured to have aphrodisiac and energy giving properties.

Legend has it that Inca warriors used maca root to boost their energy and vitality before they went into battle12.  In fact, the root was so valued, that it was used as gift to the gods, along with corn and potatoes. These days you’re more likely to find maca in Peruvian markets, blended with milk, honey and cinnamon – similar to a smoothie.

We can’t promise maca will turn you into a warrior, but teamed with energy boosting bananas and dates, it’s a great way to power up your stamina levels – and it could even help give you the edge during a workout.  In one study led by scientists from Northumbria University, amateur male cyclists performed a 40 km time trial faster after supplementing their diets with maca powder* for two weeks13.

 

Cinnamon

Derived from the bark of the cinnamon tree, cinnamon has been prized both as a spice and a medicinal cure for thousands of years14. In recent years, scientists have confirmed that the popular spice has many health benefits, including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties.

Studies show that these effects are evident even when the spice is consumed in small doses of less than half a teaspoon15, 16. Research also suggests that the spice can help to balance blood glucose levels. This is because it helps the body respond more effectively to insulin17, a hormone which moves glucose from our bloodstream into our cells, where it’s used for energy.

 

*2 grams per day

 

When’s the best time to drink ENERGY?

The blend of complex carbohydrates, natural sugars and vitality-boosting maca means that ENERGY is a great way to recharge your get-up-and-go, giving you the extra power to push through a workout – or even an afternoon of tough mental challenges.

Containing around 5 grams of protein and over 10 per cent of your daily fibre needs, it’s a great way to supercharge a timeout from your day.

 

References

  1. Nieman, D. C. et al. Bananas as an energy source during exercise: A metabolomics approach. PLoS One 7, 4–10 (2012).
  2. Haytowitz, D. & Bhagwat, S. USDA Database for the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods, Release 2. US Dep. Agric. 10 – 48 (2010). doi:http://www.ars.usda.gov/ba/bhnrc/ndl
  3. Pereira, A. & Maraschin, M. Banana (Musa spp) from peel to pulp: Ethnopharmacology, source of bioactive compounds and its relevance for human health. J. Ethnopharmacol. 160, 149–163 (2015).
  4. Kelly, F. J. Dietary antioxidants and environmental stress. Proc. Nutr. Soc. 63, 579–585 (2007).
  5. Alkaabi, J. M. et al. Glycemic indices of five varieties of dates in healthy and diabetic subjects. Nutr. J. 10, 59 (2011).
  6. Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. Carbohydrates and Health. TSO Station. Off. 1–6 (2015).
  7. Vayalil, P. K. Date fruits (Phoenix dactylifera Linn): an emerging medicinal food. Crit. Rev. Food Sci. Nutr. 52, 249–71 (2012).
  8. Hafez, E. E. & a, E.-S. S. Biochemical and Nutritional Characterizations of Date Palm Fruits ( Phoenix dactylifera L .). J. Appl. Sci. Res. 6, 1060–1067 (2010).
  9. Davy, B. M. et al. High-fiber oat cereal compared with wheat cereal consumption favorably alters LDL-cholesterol subclass and particle numbers in middle-aged and older men. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 76, 351–358 (2002).
  10. Rondanelli, M., Opizzi, A. & Monteferrario, F. [The biological activity of beta-glucans]. Minerva Med. 100, 237–245 (2009).
  11. Holt, S. H., Miller, J. C., Petocz, P. & Farmakalidis, E. A satiety index of common foods. Eur. J. Clin. Nutr. 49, 675–690 (1995).
  12. (IPGRI), I. P. G. R. I. Andean roots and tubers Ahipa, Arracacha, Maca, and Yacon. Promoting the conservation and use of underutilized and neglected crops. (1997). at <https://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCgQFjACahUKEwitq_qvlLXHAhXSFtsKHX5jARY&url=http://www.bioversityinternational.org/e-library/publications/detail/andean-roots-and-tubers/&ei=IHjUVa2bIdKt7Ab>
  13. Stewardtone, Mark, Ibarra, A., Roller, M., Zangara, Andrea and Stevenson, E. A pilot investigation into the effect of maca supplementation on physical activity and sexual desire in sportsmen. J. Ethnopharmacol. 126, 574–576 (2009).
  14. Gruenwald, J., Freder, J. & Armbruester, N. Cinnamon and health. Crit. Rev. Food Sci. Nutr. 50, 822–834 (2010).
  15. Ranasinghe, P. et al. Medicinal properties of ‘true’ cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): a systematic review. BMC Complement. Altern. Med. 13, 1 (2013).
  16. Khan, A., Safdar, M., Ali Khan, M. M., Khattak, K. N. & Anderson, R. A. Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People with Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care 26, 3215–3218 (2003).
  17. Davis, P. a & Yokoyama, W. Cinnamon intake lowers fasting blood glucose: meta-analysis. J. Med. Food 14, 884–889 (2011).
Laura Tilt

Laura Tilt

Laura is an experienced dietitian and health writer who believes in the power of food to improve health and wellbeing. After studying a bachelor's degree in nutrition, she moved to London to complete a Masters in Public Health Nutrition followed by a diploma in Dietetics, becoming a Registered Dietitian in 2012.


You can find more details about Laura over at her website, www.tiltnutrition.co.uk
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