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Energy ingredients are a leading categories in the nutraceutical industry. Consumers are looking for natural, holistic sources of energy to keep up with the demands of modern life. Ecuadorian Rainforest, LLC, offers a selection of naturally energizing ingredients perfect to give consumers the energy they’ve been looking for.
Natural ingredients make an excellent source of energy. Take guarana, for example. In one study, researchers found that guarana may be able to deal with fatigue in women suffering from breast cancer. The study observed two groups of patients who were going through their first cycle of chemotherapy. One group (consisting of 32 patients) received a 50 mg dose of guarana twice daily and another group (consisting of 43 patients) received a placebo for 21 days. Researchers evaluated the subjects on days 1, 21, and 49 using a battery of tests, gauging the subjects’ fatigue levels. These tests included the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Fatigue (FACIT-F) questionnaire score,the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Endocrine Symptoms (FACT-ES), Brief Fatigue Inventory (BFI), Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index, Chalder Fatigue Scale, and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Researchers noted that those who took guarana scored higher on the FACIT-F, FACT-ES, and BFI global score than those who took the placebo on days 21 and 49. The Chalder Fatigue Scale also improved on day 21, but not on day 49.1
Teas make a great alternative to coffee, offering far more nutrients as well as chemicals to help keep the caffeine crash at bay. Guayusa, for example, is a popular tea leaf from Ecuador and is a good source of caffeine, but guayusa also contains a chemical that makes it a better option that coffee: L-theanine. According to research, L-theanine can help calm the mind without making one sleepy. Researchers measured the EEG levels of young, healthy subjects at several intervals including baseline and 45, 60, 75, 90, and 105 minutes of they consumed a 50 mg supplement of L-theanine or a placebo. During the EEG recording, subjects were asked to relax with their eyes closed. Meanwhile, researchers noticed there was a greater increase in alpha activity with those who took the guayusa supplement, a signifier that their brains were in a more relaxed state.2
The energy supplement market is exploding and showing no signs of slowing down. According to BCC Research, the Global Sports Nutrition and High Energy Supplements Market was worth $41 billion in 2015 and may be worth $60 billion in 2020.3 The market is ripe for innovative products that will keep people on their feet and minds sharp.
There is a large demand for energy products coming from millennials. According to a Mintel report, millennials’ use of energy drinks has gone from 55% in 2014 to 61% in 2015.4 Millennials are not the only ones enjoying energy products, though. According to the Wall Street Journal, energy shots are a popular choice among the over 60 crowds who look towards energy products to maintain their lifestyles.5
The demand for natural energy products exists and is poised to become larger. Energy ingredients are usable in a plethora of applications, including energy foods and drinks and energy supplements.
Some energy ingredients to consider for your next formulation are:
Guarana Powder, Guayusa Powder, Banana Powder, Pineapple Powder, Cauliflower Powder, Sweet Potato Powder, Almond Powder, Asparagus Powder, Apple Powder, Spinach Powder