Is Pre-workout Bad For You?
Jitters, post-workout crash, and uncomfortable tingling are just a few of the major side effects of most pre workouts.
At Ora, we decided that we could do better.
That's why we created Renewable Energy: Ora's better-for-you, organic, plant-based, and non-gmo pre workout made for high performance at the gym, in the great outdoors, or for that 3pm energy crash at the office.
Find out what goes into the cleanest pre workout on the market below.
What's in Renewable Energy?
Ora's pre-workout is full of 100% plant-based and organic ingredients.
We include green, unroasted coffee beans in Renewable Energy because they’re rich in a group of antioxidants known as chlorogenic acids that are degraded by the roasting process. These antioxidants may protect DNA from damage. Studies have shown that supplementing with green coffee may be associated with reduced triglycerides, lower blood pressure, and even a better mood.
Yerba Mate is a South American plant whose leaves contain caffeine, similar to tea. Studies suggest that yerba mate may improve exercise performance by helping to increase fatty acid oxidation. Additional research into yerba mate’s effect on exercise suggest that yerba mate may also help improve focus, concentration, and satiety when exercising. In addition to having caffeine and chlorogenic acid, which are also found in coffee, yerba mate is rich in saponins and polyphenols, including the antioxidants quercetin and rutin.
What makes this matcha ceremonial grade? It’s the clean, non-bitter flavor that distinguishes ceremonial matcha from culinary matchas. But it’s not just about the flavor – ceremonial matcha tends to have higher levels of chlorophyll and theanine, an important stress-reducing molecule, because the tea leaves are picked earlier than for culinary-grade matchas. With a ceremonial-grade matcha, you also get the benefits of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which may be associated with decreased muscle soreness after resistance training and increased VO2-max, a measure of endurance capacity. Long-term consumption of green tea or EGCG is also associated with lower BMI.
Ever noticed how after you eat a pomegranate your mouth feels a little dry? That sensation comes from phenolic compounds in pomegranates called ellagitannins. These ellagitannins (in addition to other anthocyanins and flavonoids) have antioxidant activity in the body and are why pomegranates have been shown to have 3x more antioxidant capacity than green tea. Pomegranates have been researched for their potential to help lower blood pressure and reduce swelling and pain in the joints associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Studies also suggest that consuming pomegranate may increase endurance during exercise.
Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb that is particularly useful for helping your body handle stress. Studies have examined how consuming ashwagandha may help boost mental alertness and improve symptoms of anxiety and stress. Ashwagandha is also being studied for its potential to support better athletic performance and muscle strength.
Rhodiola is an adaptogen that hails from Russia and Scandinavia and has been used traditionally for its anti-fatigue and endurance-boosting qualities. In general, rhodiola may support your body’s ability to handle stress, fatigue, and symptoms of depression. We include rhodiola in Renewable Energy because it may protect against inflammation and muscle damage after exercise. Taking rhodiola may also be associated with improved endurance by lowering the heart rate and reducing perceived effort during exercise.
Maca is a tuber that grows in Peru and has been traditionally used in the Andes to balance hormones and boost stamina. Though maca doesn’t directly contain any estrogenic or hormone compounds, the plant sterols may be associated with supporting the body’s natural balance of healthy hormone levels. Maca is also a good source of minerals like iron and calcium.
Ginseng is a powerful root used in traditional Korean and Chinese Medicine for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. In addition to having potential immunostimulating and antioxidant properties, ginseng is known and used as an adaptogen to help reduce the burden of stress on your body. We love it in Renewable Energy because taking ginseng may be associated with reduced fatigue and markers of muscle damage after exercise.
Coconut water is nature’s rehydration drink of choice. Coconut water is high in electrolytes, particularly potassium. Many folks feel nauseated when they use typical sports drinks to rehydrate because they’re high in sugar. That’s why we use coconut water, which studies show may be associated with less stomach upset when used for exercise rehydration as compared to sugar-filled beverages. One study also found that coconut water may be easier to absorb than those sugary drinks.
Coconut milk provides the rich and creamy texture to your Matcha. Coconut milk is one of our favorite fat sources because it contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Your liver processes medium-chain triglycerides more quickly than it processes long-chain fatty acids that are found in most other fat sources. This specialized metabolism of MCTs has been studied for its ability to lead to more quickly available energy, higher satiety, and weight loss.
Vanilla adds a delicious smooth flavour to our pre-workout. Our natural flavours are organic-compliant, which means we ensure our flavour sources, and the means to extract them, meet the criteria for organic and non-GMO certification.
We use a natural water-based enzyme process to create tapioca maltodextrin from organic, non-GMO tapioca. We love this form of maltodextrin because it’s unlike common forms that are made from GMO corn or wheat treated with heat and acids. Molecularly, maltodextrin is a polysaccharide made from naturally occurring starches in food. We use our tapioca version to help create a smoother, easier-to-mix product and prevent caking.
We use coconut sugar because it’s an environmentally-friendly sweetener: collecting the sap doesn’t require coconut trees to be cut down. Every tree that remains standing can prevent soil erosion. Coconut sugar also contains trace micronutrients and has a lower glycemic index compared to conventional table sugar.
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