How can we increase energy without stimulants?
That question weighed on the mind of Redd Remedies founder Dan Chapman as he looked at the energy-boosting products on the shelves of his family’s health food stores. He was concerned that products that artificially boosted energy would lead to a cycle of highs and lows that would ultimately result in zero gain.
There had to be a better way. And he set out to find it, working with formulator and master herbalist Stacey Littlefield.
The goal was to develop a product that strengthens the body and produces sustainable, long-term energy throughout the day.
Three critical body systems were identified that are essential to optimal physical and mental energy: adrenal function, thyroid function and liver function. Supporting these systems to help them achieve optimal performance and supplying nutrients to promote overall balance for all the key systems in the body – that would be a way to truly and naturally boost energy.
Herbs known as adaptogens have been used for thousands of years in healing traditions across the globe. Modern research on adaptogens originated during World War II, when they were studied extensively in an effort to help increase the stamina, endurance and performance of people in the military and those who supplied arms. The stimulating and tonic effects of adaptogens were found to be closely related to their ability to increase resistance to stress and decrease sensitivity to physical, mental emotional and environmental stressors. Stress produces a number of detrimental effects in the body and drains our energy. Not only are adaptogens powerful herbs, they are also absolutely safe, with no toxicity or adverse effects and no potential for addiction or dependency like you might experience using stimulants.
Two adaptogens were selected for the foundation of the Redd Remedies trueENERGY™ formula: Rhodiola Rosea and White Panax Ginseng.
Rhodiola rosea has a long history in the healing traditions of China, northern Europe, Russia and Greece. Hundreds of studies have shown that it improves strength, stamina and endurance, and brain function. White
Panax Ginseng has a long history in Chinese traditions and is known for increasing strength and promoting life.
Adrenals, Thyroid and Liver Function
The adrenal glands, which sit on top of the kidneys, are included in what is known as the HPA axis – hypothalamus pituitary adrenal. The hormones produced by and controlled by this system impact practically every cell and every physiological process in our bodies, including regulation of the stress hormone, cortisol. When you have been overworked or severely stressed, the adrenal glands become fatigued and less able to keep your body and energy on an even keel. Licorice root helps to balance the adrenal function and fight stress-induced adrenal burn out.
A healthy balance of thyroid hormones keeps all of your body organs and systems functioning properly. Thyroid hormones control how your body breaks down food and uses it for energy, and they are critical in proper functioning of cardio and digestive systems, brain development and metabolic rate. Atlantic kelp provides minerals that are essential to healthy thyroid function, including zinc, iodine, calcium, copper, iron, selenium and potassium.
The liver produces, stores and supplies the body with glucose, a simple sugar that is an important energy source. This organ has a significant impact on the body’s metabolic rate, as carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism occurs primarily in the liver. It is also involved in eliminating waste. Healthy liver function supports healthy digestion and energy creation. Cordyceps, highly prized in ancient China, increases strength and stamina and promotes healthy liver function. Royal jelly also supports healthy liver function.
Royal jelly, the natural combination of honey and pollen produced by bees, is a nutrient-dense food providing essential amino acids, vitamins A, C, D, E, and B vitamins. Royal jelly has been linked to an increase in neurotransmitters, supporting sustained mental focus and boosting immune system function.
B vitamins are essential for proper metabolism of proteins and glucose, helping to create the fuel our bodies and minds need. Co-enzymated vitamin B-6 is especially important in converting food to energy and in releasing energy stored in the liver and muscle tissues.
The combination of these natural ingredients results in a gluten-free natural supplement that helps promote physical and mental energy throughout the day. If you find yourself lacking energy and you are fatigued by the stimulant-crash cycle, try our trueENERGY™. It was our first and is one of our most appreciated products. While it can be taken anytime of the day, Dan recommends putting it on your night stand along with a glass of water. First thing in the morning, start your day with 2 capsules of trueEnergy and a glass of water. And be ready to have a great day!