What are MCTs and nitrates and how do they boost my performance?
Nitrates are organic compounds that are converted into nitric oxide when consumed. Research shows that nitric oxide can increase blood flow, improve lung function and strengthen muscle contractions. It has shown to increase oxygen efficiency without an increase in lactate production, thus helping in sustaining higher levels of endurance while delaying muscle fatigue.
How does our pre-workout boost performance if it doesn’t contain creatine and caffeine?
Our pre-workout mix is made of synergistic ingredients that work to support your fitness journey in the best way without any nasties. Containing MCT, an easily digested form of fat that provides a burst of energy, it helps reduce the buildup of lactate which helps with endurance. MCT, also known for its fat-burning properties, helps you burn more calories during your workout and boosts healthy bacteria in the gut which boosts your metabolism as well. This mix also contains Ashwagandha, which regulates cortisol, a catabolic hormone that stimulates the breakdown of muscles and affects testosterone production, which is crucial for muscle recovery, repair, and growth. Beetroots contain nitrates, which is then converted to nitric oxide in the body which increases delivery of oxygen to your muscles, allowing for increased stamina and lung capacity. Lastly Cordyceps increase the body’s production of adenosine triphosphate, (AT), which transfers energy to muscles.
Is it safe for everyday use? How many times can I use this mix in a day?
While this mix is safe for everyday use for up to six months at a time, and many people use MCT oil for health reasons other than increasing athletic performance such as mental focus, gut health, heart health, and more, it is highly recommended to only use this product once a day unless you are exercising more than once a day at a high level of intensity, then it should be safe to take twice a day (not more than 20g a day and only 10g for one serving) while still consulting with your primary care physician. We would recommend consuming only before workouts for the first 2 weeks, (not more than once a day) then gradually increasing consumption based on individual needs when it comes to fitness goals and lifestyle pertaining to intensity levels and athletic performance.
Can it be combined with protein powder and other pre-workouts such as creatine before a workout?
Yes, this pre-workout mix can be combined with other protein powders and creatine. Combining them can actually help you produce more muscle mass if this is your fitness goal. There are no safety issues recorded of MCT having unwanted interactions with other protein powders or pre-workout mixes containing creatine. However, caffeine appears to interact with beetroot and prevents the body from receiving some of its performance benefits. If you are going to supplement this mix with other products, to receive its maximum effects, make sure it does not contain caffeine.
Is there a minimum age for consuming this pre-workout?
While there is no “right age” for this pre-workout mix, if a child will be consuming this who is under 18, it is recommended only for daily use if they are a high intensive competing athlete as this mix is much safer than the alternatives. It should only be taken before workouts, games, competitions, or other high intensity training sessions. Please monitor your child and how they react to this mix and always consult with a primary care physician especially if they have pre-existing allergies, are on medications, or have pre-existing health conditions.
Can only people who lift or exercise intensively take this pre-workout?
While this mix is not exclusively for people who lift or exercise intensively and there are many health benefits of Ashwagandha, Cordyceps etc, athletes need more fats and sodium due to electrolyte loss and burning more fats during a workout, which is why this mix contains more fats and sodium.
The ingredients in this mix have also been shown to help people who don’t lift and don’t partake in high intensity training and have been shown to improve metabolism and the overall capacities of their bodies in everyday life such as in grip strength, mobility, speed, memory, focus, oxygen intake, and overall energy levels, however, the individual should have sufficient amount of physical activity in order to consume the mix. Please be mindful if you begin to feel abdominal discomfort, including bloating, cramping, nausea, gassiness, or diarrhoea, consult your physician and lower your dosage or discontinue use of this mix completely, as this can be an indication that your body already has an excess of what is offered in this mix.
Does it need to be cycled off?
While you should not feel withdrawals from the ingredients in this pre-workout mix, if you discontinue taking this mix but you continue exercising out at the same level of intensity, you may notice a difference, (more easily fatigued, lower levels of stamina and endurance, decreased oxygen capacity, decreased fat burn and muscle mass build up, etc). Weaning off any supplement, herbs, or vitamins that you have been taking consistently allows your body to gradually transition into no longer depending on it. It is recommended to not take this mix daily for more than 6 months at a time due to MCT being a fat which can lead to fat build up around the liver, (especially if you are not burning off that fat with daily intensive exercises).
Who is this pre-workout NOT for? Can people who have diabetes, PCOS, liver and kidney issues safely consume the pre-workout?
MCT has shown to be positive for kidney health but it has also been shown to have unwanted side effects on those with liver or heart issues, especially fatty liver disease and heart disease, as supplementing with MCT may contribute to excess fat buildup around the liver or heart. Please consult your primary care physician before adding this pre-workout mix to your routine if you have liver or heart issues.
Some people with PCOS have found success with Ashwagandha in treating their symptoms by reducing stress and anxiety, balancing blood sugar levels, and improving fertility. However, if you experience weight gain around your torso/ hips and acne around chin, this could be due to increased testosterone levels, and Ashwagandha has been known to boost testosterone levels. Please consult with your doctor to see if Ashwagandha may aggravate PCOS symptoms for you.
What is the shelf life of this product?
Pure Plant Pre-Workout has a shelf life of 9 months from the date of manufacturing
Can I mix 2 or 3 supplements?
Yes, you absolutely can. Our mixes are safe to be consumed together, just make sure that you're keeping yourself well-hydrated! Please keep in mind that All Day Energy cannot be consumed with Sleep Like A Baby as they are meant to be had at different times of the day.