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Do supplements help with exercise and can they be ‘energy boosting’?

In this article, I closely examine the HealthSpan Energex Plus health supplement which is designed to be an advanced ‘energy boosting’ supplement and consider whether it should have a place in a healthy lifestyle.

First Experience – The first time I put this supplement to the test was the morning after a night out involving a bit too much beer – so good test conditions for this pill! As my pre-training session preparation was poor and I was not feeling strong enough to do a heavy weights session, I took the Energex tablet 1.5 hours prior to hitting the gym. After a good warm-up and a few sets with weights, I really did start to feel energized. I completed an hour-long weights session, which included some big partial-dead lift sets. This gave me a good first impression of the supplement, suggesting it would meet its energy boosting claims!

Ingredients – Guarana, Panax Ginseng, Amino Acid, and B Vitamin Complex

Guarana is a plant based substance which originates from the Amazon Basin. The Guarana fruit provides a natural source of caffeine (often around twice as much as in coffee beans!) and it is now widely used in the energy nutrition market.

HealthSpan state that the combination of seven B vitamins at 100% RDA perfectly complement guarana due to the role they play in the production of energy and their ability to reduce tiredness and fatigue. The popular amino acids, L-tyrosine and taurine, along with Panax ginseng complete this naturally energising sugar-free formulation.

Amino Acids are an added benefit – it is very convenient to have them included in this ‘all-round’ supplement. They are essential for normal body function and growth. In fact I have read certain pro body-builders arguing that (Branch-chain) amino acids would be there only supplement if they had to pick one!

Packaging – The tablets are presented in a high quality booklet style package. Blistered, foil packs help to keep each tablet individually fresh and preserve its nutritional quality. The booklet style packaging certainly suggests to the consumer that this is a high quality supplement.

Put in to action

Following sustained use as a pre-training/early morning supplement (not every day however!), I am pleased to say that I have found the supplement to effectively raise my energy and therefore ensure that I train with high intensity. There is of course the potential that some of the boost I have noticed is contributed to by two other factors:

1 – A ‘placebo’ effect – the power of the mind over physical performance cannot be under-estimated. In fact, though in a different context, a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry broke new ground by showing that patients with major depression who took placebos (i.e. an inactive treatment) experienced changes in brain function similar to changes caused by medication. So do not underestimate the power that simply taking a supplement which you believe will have an impact can lead you to believe it has achieved its claims. If I took a creatine supplement before/after intense exercise for example, I know that my brain would tell me I could deliver more energy to my muscles and therefore perform better. So whilst there are some supplements on the market (and I don’t think Energex is one of them), which cannot fulfil their claims by themselves, perhaps the power of taking the supplement (and benefiting from the placebo effect) is worth the cost of the supplement!

2 – The natural release of adrenaline and endorphins upon physical exercise. There is a very helpful article on Zen to Fitness, which summarises this point nicely – “Exercise also has a positive effect on your brain. Exercise releases endorphins – chemicals in your brain that make you feel good – and those endorphins lead to a nice euphoria.”

Each tablet provides:

Standardised Guarana Extract……………………500mg
equivalent to Guarana Seed……………………….2,000mg
providing Caffeine……………………………………50mg
Standardised Panax ginseng Extract……………20mg
equivalent to Panax ginseng Root………………..300mg
providing Ginsenosides……………………………..5mg
L-Tyrosine……………………………………………..100mg
Taurine…………………………………………………100mg
Vitamin B1……………………………………………1.1mg (100% RDA)
Vitamin B2……………………………………………1.4mg (100% RDA)
Vitamin B3……………………………………………16mg (100% RDA)
Vitamin B5……………………………………………6mg (100% RDA)
Vitamin B6……………………………………………1.4mg (100% RDA)
Vitamin B12………………………………………….2.5mcg (100% RDA)
Folic Acid…………………………………………….200mcg (100% RDA)

HealthSpan – Healthspan was establish in 1996 and is based in Guernsey. The Company guarantees that every Healthspan product is formulated to the highest pharmaceutical standards and produced using only the purest (pharmacist approved) ingredients. Buyers will be pleased to note that Healthspan currently offer a full ‘no quibble’ refund policy for dissatisfied customers.

Concluding remarks…

Currently at £8.95 for 60 tablets, I would consider this as being a useful supplement to those with high-energy lifestyles. It has certainly helped to kick-start my training on days when I have felt sluggish.

It is of course a personal choice as to how often you would use such a supplement. I would rather not rely on it for every training session or for everyday life but rather use it on those days when I know I want to train at high intensity or just need a physical and mental boost!

Being all natural and sugar-free, it is definitely more preferable to sugary sports drinks with caffeine and other bolt-on ingredients! I will be considering incorporating Energex Plus into my active lifestyle in the future.