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Boost Energy Naturally | Does Vitamin C Give You Energy?

Boost Energy Naturally | Does Vitamin C Give You Energy?

Lack of energy is something that we all suffer with from time to time with the pressures of modern society, family, work and socialising looming over us. Feelings of tiredness and lethargy do not need to be a constant fixture in your life. Looking for simple, natural ways to fight fatigue? We break down our top 5 lifestyle tips for keeping your energy up, which we’re sure will have you back on top form in no time.

Top 5 Lifestyle Tips For Boosting Energy Levels

  • Get enough sleep – sounds simple but it may be difficult to get your 8 hours shut eye a night, especially if you have young children or work shifts/long hours. It is also suggested that the actual time you fall asleep is more important than people think. Sleeping from1 am to 9 am is not thought to be as restorative as sleeping from 10 pm to 6 am , switch off before 10pm people!
  • Eliminate energy sappers from your diet – While caffeine can give you a boost and energise you for short periods, once the effects wear off it can leave you feeling even more tired than before. Refined sugar can also cause fluctuations in blood sugar levels, which can cause energy levels to plummet.
  • Having a healthy diet a balanced diet which contains plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is key, as is drinking enough water.
  • Set 20 minutes aside every day just to relax whether this be reading a book or a magazine, having a bath or listening to music. Time to unwind is essential for a stress-free mind and can give you that little boost you need.
  • Exercise – While strenuous exercise can zap all your energy stores. Gentle exercise such as yoga or walking may be better than a nap for boosting energy and fighting fatigue.

These helpful tips are great for increasing your energy in the long term, however, if you need a little extra boost, ensure that you include the following vitamins on a daily basis.

If you’ve tried the fatigue-fighting lifestyle tips before but feel you need that little bit extra, we run down some of our best vitamins for boosting energy levels to keep you jazzed for the long haul.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is widely celebrated for its immune boosting functions it is often forgetten that Vitamin C is also required for the synthesis of carnitine. Carnitine is a molecule which is essential for the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria. It is the mitochondria which convert food sources (such as fats) into energy in the body. Therefore, Vitamin C is also indirectly responsible for this process.

Co-enzyme q10

Co-Enzyme Q10 is key for the production of energy in the human body. The production of energy at the cellular level is commonly known as bioenergetics. Bioenergetics relies on the ingestion of food, which is then broken down into small components which are then absorbed by the body. Some of these components, after a series of chemical reactions, are converted into a substance called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the body’s major form of stored energy. Co-Enzyme Q10 is essential to the production of energy as it plays a key role in the formation of ATP. Therefore, if we are lacking in Co-Enzyme Q10, we cannot produce ATP efficiently.

B Vitamins

Also known as thiamine, Vitamin B1 helps with carbohydrate, fat and alcohol metabolism, and is essential for energy production. Cells need vitamin B1 to store energy to utilise during exercise.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) has many functions within the body but is especially critical to the mitochondria or ‘energy powerhouse’ of the cells. Like Vitamin B1, riboflavin assists with the metabolism of carbs, fats and protein which creates energy in the body.

Vitamin B6 can help to reduce or regulate anxiety and depression levels which can help to restore energy within the body.

Vitamin B12 is often promoted for its energy enhancing capabilities, in particular for endurance during exercise.If you find that you are always tired or suffer from chronic tiredness, this could be caused by a B12 deficiency.

Formulas and Blends

You go girl is an handy blend of vitamins and minerals designed to support the energy needs of the busy female. The high Vitamin B content, along with Chromium aids normal energy metabolism to reduce tiredness and fatigue giving you your mojo back!

Best man is the male friendly alternative, which includes a potent blend of Vitamins C, E and D, along with the B Vitamin complex to boost energy and support immune system function.

So, if you are suffering from a lack of energy, or are just looking for a natural boost after a heavy week at work, no need to reach for that sugary energy drink or cuppa java. Instead, boost your energy the natural way…you’ll be thanking us later!

References

Liang, M. T., Podolka, T, D., Chuang, W. J., et al. (2005).Panax no to ginseng supplementation enhances physical performance during endurance exercise. J Strength Cond Res.19, 108-114.

Riechelmann, R., Martins, L. C.,Hassan, B. J., Casa, F. B, Del Gigloi, A. (2011) Guarana (Paullinia cupana) Improves Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Systemic Chemotherapy . The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.17(6): 505-512.



Charlotte Cliffe

Charlotte Cliffe

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