Need a little energy, without increasing your stress? Here is a product that increases your energy level while improving your state of mind. You’ve probably already noticed that when you are stressed and/or have accumulated fatigue, coffee does not seem to help much, at least not for long. The caffeine it contains (as well as many energy drinks) is a stimulant that can increase anxiety, blood pressure and cause problems with sleep. Caffeine has a fast and stimulating effect, it also induces a rebound effect, especially for high consumption. That is to say, once its effect has diminished, it is possible to feel more tired than before. Hence the name rebound effect. So be careful with coffee consumption during periods of prolonged stress.
It is perfectly normal to be a little (or very) depressed and to lack energy during a period of prolonged stress. Fatigue, both physical and mental, eventually builds up. Symptoms of fatigue can include, among others:
- by anxiety,
- a decrease in sexual desire,
- difficulty concentrating or making decisions,
- memory loss or
We discussed the negative effects of chronic stress recently in the article “Coronavirus and stress : Everything you need to know” Here we will present a Vitoli® product less known than those for sleep, joints or menopause, but which can help you better pass through the “Covid-19” test. This is Vitoli® Energy!
Health Canada Allegations
Here are the health claims (5) approved by Health Canada for this product:
- Temporarily helps relieve symptoms of stress such as mental fatigue and feeling of weakness.
- Helps maintain cognitive functions such as concentration and intellectual vigor.
- Helps in the proper functioning of the muscles.
- Helps prevent vitamin B6 deficiency.
- Provides antioxidants.
N.B.: It is contraindicated for the diagnosis of bipolar disorders.
More than ingredients
Vitoli® Energy is primarily based on rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea). It also contains magnesium, vitamin B6 and the exclusive Provitol® Complex (polyphenols from olives derived from patented technology). These olive polyphenols are very powerful systemic antioxidants. The dose used for Provitol® Complex is that recommended by the European Union for the reduction of the risks of atherosclerosis linked to the oxidation of bad cholesterol. Before coming back to the rhodiola extract used, remember that it is not enough to have ingredients in the field of natural health products to have an effective and useful product. We talked in two previous articles about “Variable quality of plant extracts from natural products” and other criteria to “A better understanding of the quality of Vitoli“.
Quality extracts of rhodiola
Already in 2011, a systematic review of the clinical studies carried out, identified 11 clinical studies of moderate to high quality. This systematic review, considering all the quality scientific information published, concluded on the basis of the convincing data on the effectiveness for: (1) physical performance, (2) mental performance and (3) the improvement of certain conditions of mind (mainly mild to moderate depression). Since then, other scientific studies have been carried out to better understand the benefits of quality rhodiola extracts and to deepen its applications as light antidepressants. In fact, rhodiola extracts, used in the right dosage, reduce depressive symptoms in a less pronounced way than chemical antidepressants, but with no significant side effects.
Unfortunately, recent studies have reported cases of adulteration of rhodiola in low quality products. Adulteration is the presence of molecules that should not be in the product due to the use of the wrong species of the plant or due to the addition of chemical molecules. For example, some turmeric extracts contain lead due to the addition of dyes or molecules that cause liver damage because the wrong species of the plant has been used.
In the case of rhodiola, a recent study has shown that 60% of the products evaluated did not come from the right species of the plant. For Vitoli® products, the ingredients used during the formulation are subjected to further analyzes in order to confirm the quality and allow the desired effectiveness. These ingredients are of course more expensive and the costs of these analyzes are very high. This explains why inexpensive products are often very poorly concentrated or they contain low quality ingredients with a high risk of adulteration. In the case of Vitoli® products, you can be assured that it is the right plant species and that the dose of active molecules is guaranteed for each capsule.
For difficult times
Vitoli® Energy is therefore ideal for helping you get through difficult times. It does not cause dependence, addiction or sleep problems. It has no impact on blood pressure and does not enable weight gain like chemical antidepressants. It is recommended to take one to two capsules daily if necessary. Some people use it momentarily, when they feel the need, others use it permanently, every day.
For the other Vitoli® products to consider for periods of intense stress there are of course Vitoli® Stress and Anxiety and Vitoli® Sleep that can be used as needed as well as another unique product to improve your general health: Vitoli® Healthy Aging.
N.B.: The use of Vitoli® products should complement the practice of healthy lifestyles.
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