Energico has been discontinued in favor of a new formulation: 5-Herbal Energy
Energico is a proprietary, adaptogenic, herbal formula designed to support the nervous system and help the body to replenish the reserves and adapt to stress to get through the day. If the body is depleted and deficient, it will constantly be “borrowing,” going more and more into debt and having to produce more adrenaline and stress-fighting hormones, which are toxic to the body.
Unlike most herbs that optimize energy levels, Energico is a cooling formula that combines ashwagandha with shilajit, tribulus (gokshura), phyllanthus (bhumyamalaki) and gotu kola (brahmi) for a blend that is not only light and energizing, but gracefully builds ojas as well.*
Suggested Use: Take 1 capsule 3x/day after meals or as directed by your health care professional.
Bottle Contains: 90 vegetarian caps, 500mg each
Ingredients: Organic Tribulus Terrestris (Tribulus Seed), Organic Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha Root), Asphaltum punjabianum (Shilajit Extract), Organic Phyllanthus niruri (Bhumyamalaki Herb), Organic Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola Herb)
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Does not contain: Yeast, gluten, corn, soy, milk, fish, animal products, binders, fillers, preservatives or artificial coloring
Kosher Certified: No animal derivatives
There are more than 500 types of energy drinks on the market. They are aggressively marketed particularly towards adolescents and young adults, athletes, music festival-attendees and military personnel.
They are promoted as affordable products to improve physical and mental performance, and energy drink companies often sponsor extreme athletes to boost their reputation. They are wide varieties of flavors, and they are often bottled or canned to look like soft drinks and/or adult drinks to appeal to younger crowds.
There are many well-documented adverse health effects that have been linked to energy drinks, including increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, anxiety, sleep disorders, reduced activity and diversity of intestinal bacteria resulting in increased risk of obesity and metabolic disorders, dehydration and dental erosion. (1)
Pushing the Limit
Clearly, the demand on our adrenals has changed radically in the last 30 years. While skiing a double black diamond was once stimulation enough, today that same “charge” would require a snowy cliff, ridiculous and unpredictable air, and maybe even a sail or parachute strapped to your back. In a world of supply and demand, it is not surprising that we now have a market filled with energy drinks promising you a free lunch – energy that just keeps on going.
So, What Is The Real Problem?
The body will build a tolerance to caffeine if used regularly. This means the more caffeine you use to stay up, the more caffeine you need to get the same result over time. While the body is slowly building a tolerance, it is common to continue to ingest more and more without realizing the accumulating effect and the potentially dangerous interactions at high levels.
I am not a believer in using stimulants to drive the body to make energy it doesn’t actually have. Repeatedly using stimulants to get energy will drive the adrenals into debt, and soon, the body begins to break down from stress.
Stress triggers the release of stress-fighting hormones, such as cortisol, which provide us with instant coping ability. However, these stress-fighting hormones are degenerative to the body over time and produce waste products called free radicals, which are believed to be the precursors of aging.
In Ayurveda, there are many adaptogenic herbs that support the body’s ability to handle stress without the need for stimulants. Instead of stimulating the body, Ayurveda believes in building up the body’s reserves and paying back the exhaustive debt as a means to restore energy naturally and gracefully deal with stress.
Adaptogens are a special class of herbs that help the body cope with stress without stimulating or sedating the body. The classic descriptor of a true adaptogen is that it can offer energy in the morning and allow the body a better night’s sleep when night falls. In this way, an adaptogen offers true rejuvenation.
The herbs found in Energico help the body to replenish the reserves and adapt to stress so you don’t have to “borrow from the bank” to get through the day. Thereby, we strengthen the nervous system so it doesn’t respond to stress by hitting the fire alarm.
Commonly called puncture vine or gokshura, tribulus is an Ayurvedic herb that may help boost libido and sexual performance. Historically, it was used as an aphrodisiac for both men and women. (2) Studies have shown that it supports healthy testosterone levels, increased libido, sexual function and sexual frequency. (2, 3)
Also called Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng and sometimes spelled ashwaganda, ashwagandha is one of Ayurveda’s most highly acclaimed adaptogens. The word Ashwagandha is alternately translated as the “strength,” “sweat,” and “smell” of ten horses. This refers to its traditional building and strengthening properties. (4)
Ashwagandha is one of Ayurveda’s few natural ojas builders, which means it supports vitality, immunity, radiant health and longevity. Ashwagandha is also considered to have herbal intelligence, as it can help increase or decrease the natural release of stress hormones like cortisol depending on the needs of the body.
In one study, when individuals under stress supplemented with ashwagandha, there were significant reductions in cortisol levels and weight as measured by body mass index (BMI). In that same study, the participants also experienced a reduction in perceived stress, more happiness, and fewer food cravings. (5)
Ashwagandha has shown to support the brain in response to stress-related sleep deprivation, encouraging healthy levels of locomotion, learning, and memory. (6) Constituents in ashwagandha have also shown to activate nerve cell receptors for the mood-calming neurotransmitter, GABA. (3)
In a thin layer of the earth called the rhizosphere, where living roots interact with microbes and the rocky core of the earth itself, a biomass is formed. Every spring and summer, this biomass – thought to be millions of years old – literally exudes out of the rocky crevices. This natural black tar-like exudate is called shilajit. (7)
Considered somewhat of a panacea in ancient times, shilajit has recently grabbed the attention of scientists and been labeled an adaptogen – a substance that helps the body adapt to both internal and external stressors. It also supports energy, memory, intelligence, detoxification and cellular protection. (7-9)
Shilajit works by enhancing the natural production of the body’s primary energy source, adenosine triphosphate, commonly known as ATP. (10) ATP is manufactured in the mitochondria where food is converted into energy.
ATP delivers about 95% of the cellular energy that fuels the lion’s share of the body’s energy needs. It is involved in almost every one of the body’s physiological functions. Unfortunately, as a result of stress, chemical toxicity and oxidative damage, mitochondrial production of ATP declines with age. Studies have linked longevity to the amount of ATP produced as you age. Studies have shown that shilajit can boost ATP production, keeping the mitochondria healthy throughout the aging process. (10, 11)
The secret ingredients that make shilajit such a powerful agent for ATP production are the naturally-occurring fulvic and humic acids. These are natural compounds found in soil that convert the minerals from the earth into bio-available nutrients for the plant, and then us!
Specifically, fulvic acids stimulate the transfer of energy in the mitochondria, making the energy production of ATP in the mitochondria more efficient. (10, 12) Humic acids, on the other hand, speed up the transfer of electrons along the electron transport chain, in turn boosting energy production. (10) Both of these natural acids feed the mitochondria with the fuel it needs to continually deliver ATP and ward off the oxidative stressors linked to aging.
Shilajit has also shown to boost parasympathetic activity and decrease ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic stress which is a degenerative force in the body. In one study, healthy rodents who were given shilajit saw a significant boost in parasympathetic activity that resulted in lower blood pressure, heart and breath rates. (13, 14)
Ayurveda’s most revered liver-supportive herb. In one study, phyllanthus supported the healthy function of liver cells when exposed to oxidative stress caused exposure to poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). (15) In another study, phyllanthus enhanced liver cell recovery from mild to moderate exposure via the stimulation of liver enzymes that combat oxidative stress. (16)
Gotu Kola (Brahmi)
Brahmi is one of the most powerful brain tonics in the Ayurvedic apothecary. Brahmi was traditionally used to promote memory and intelligence and to relax the central nervous system. Brahmi supports restful sleep, calms emotional turbulence, and simultaneously improves concentration and alertness.
There are numerous studies suggesting that brahmosides and brahminosides offer the antioxidant, neurotransmitter-boosting, stress hormone-reducing effects that support mood, healthy cognitive function, memory and free radical-scavenging. (17)
In one study, 40 healthy subjects were given an acoustic startle response (ASR) test along with a mood self-rating scale. Thirty minutes after ingesting 12g of brahmi mixed in juice, there was a significant reduction in the ASR. This study suggests that brahmi supports a healthy mood response to stress. (18)
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