Energy products may be the single largest category of supplements. One reason is that energy is experience-based. A person ingests energy and feels its effects quickly, unlike some other health supplements which are taken on a good-faith basis.
Nacttive USA specializes in the organic and natural versions rather than the synthetic. We can help you create innovative energy products using natural stimulants such as yerba mate and guarana without artificial colors and flavors or synthetic stimulants.
Guarana Powder and Extracts
Guarana or Paullinia cupana, is a climbing plant of the Sapindaceae family, native to the Amazon basin and especially common in Brazil. Guarana has large leaves and bunches of flowers and is best known for its fruit seeds, which are the size of a coffee bean. It is known throughout Brazil for being a bright red fruit from a bush that can reach up to 10 meters high and is produced in the glorious lands of the north of the country. Its name has a regional etymology, as it was a plant widely used by the native tribes of that region. The color of the fruit varies from brown to red and contains black seeds that are partially covered by white aryls, the contrast of colors when the fruit is opened was compared with the appearance of the eyeballs and became the basis of a myth of origin among the Sateré-Mawé people.
As a dietary supplement or herb, guarana seed is an effective stimulant: it contains about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds (about 2–4.5% caffeine in guarana seeds, compared to 1–2% for coffee seeds). The additive has gained notoriety for being used in energy drinks.
In South America, guarana is also used in desserts such as a complement to mousses, ice cream, cake and biscuits, for example. In some cases, it is used alongside the acai berry, giving it more flavor. In beverages, guarana is widely used adding the caffeine and taste to it.
Yerba Mate Powder and Extracts
Since before the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, the consumption of yerba mate was already established, Mati means “container for a drink”, “infusion of a herb”. The Kaingangs and Guarani Indians were responsible for improving the process of harvesting and drying the herb for consumption with gourd and taquapy (bamboo container). The Guarani peoples already regarded Ilex Paraguariensis as a sacred plant, with restorative and invigorating powers. In southern Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile, mate is traditionally consumed in the form of mate or tereré when chilled. With Spanish colonization, mate was banned in southern Brazil during the 16th century, being considered “devil’s weed” by Jesuit priests. From the 17th century, by contrast, the Jesuits began to encourage the consumption of mate in order to reduce the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Yerba Mate contains saponins and have been speculated to reduce bad cholesterol. Saponins are hydrogenated compounds that dissolve in water and have oil emulsifying properties. In some studies, the herb was able to deactivate a bacterium that causes poisoning, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Yerba mate contains antioxidants, such as caffeine derivatives and polyphenols, that can contribute to heath management.
Yerba Mate is rich in caffeine, commonly used to provide energy to the body. Caffeine is known to be use for exercise practitioners, improving muscle contractions, reducing fatigue and improving sports performance. Furthermore, Yerba Mate Caffeine has been shown to be superior to other caffeine sources, since the energy spike doesn’t generate jitters.
Maca Powder and Extracts
The maca plant, known scientifically as Lepidium meyenii, is sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng.
It mainly grows in the Andes of central Peru, in harsh conditions and at very high altitudes — above 13,000 feet (4,000 meters).
Maca is a cruciferous vegetable and therefore related to broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale. It has a long history of culinary and medicinal use in Peru.
The main edible part of the plant is the root, which grows underground. It exists in several colors, ranging from white to black.
Maca root is generally dried and consumed in powder form, but it’s also available in capsules and as a liquid extract.
Maca root powder is very nutritious, and is a great source of several important vitamins and minerals
A 2016 study in 175 people living at either low or high altitudes demonstrated that taking 3 grams of red or black maca per day for 12 weeks improved mood and energy scores compared with a placebo.
Maca Powder and Extracts have been also related to support general wellness, helping on menopause, fertility, mood and energy.