I have become an avid morning workout person. It’s one of the few ways I can ensure that I get it done before my day gets crazy! One of the BIGGEST things that has helped me make this a routine is Beachbody’s Energize supplement. When I found out I was pregnant I was DEVASTATED because I had just always assumed that I probably couldn’t take it while breastfeeding or pregnant. But before giving up completely I decided to do something I should have done from the beginning and research every single ingredient in the formula to see if I could still take it.
Here’s what I found:
First of all I was pleasantly surprised when I researched every single ingredient the description would always say: This ingredient is found naturally in foods. Every single one!!
Obviously I am not a doctor or a health care professional, please consult your own doctor and make the decision you are most comfortable with. In all of my research there was a disclaimer that “not enough information or study has been done on this supplement and it’s affect on pregnant and nursing moms, it is advised to err on the side of caution and avoid this supplement.” In my opinion, just because a large, expensive study has not been done on THESE specific and individual ingredients on a large number of pregnant women doesn’t mean it is dangerous for me. I am using common sense, I also showed this to my midwife and you will see below in my notes why I am comfortable taking this supplement. I hope my research will aid you in making your decision.
Let’s go through Energize’s ingredients one by one.
Is it safe? Well, it is naturally occurring in the body and can be found in protein rich foods such as chicken, fish and beef. The dosage in one scoop of Energize does not exceed normal levels that a human would consume in a day.
What does it do? Research published in some science journals reports a number of benefits from Beta-Alanine.
- Increase muscle strength, mass and output
- Delay muscle fatigue – meaning it is possible to train harder for longer.
- Increase in anaerobic and aerobic endurance.
High intensity exercise can cause the build up of lactic acid in muscles, the lactic acid then releases large amounts of hydrogen ions which negatively affect muscle performance and make it impossible to maintain a high level of performance throughout your workout.
Beta-Alanine can help to overcome this effect by boosting the synthesis of carnosine which aids in muscular growth and repair.
Is it safe? Once again this supplement is found in foods such as red wine, onions, apples, berries and others. I should not be taken in excess of 1000mg, however one scoop of Energize contains 500mg of Quercetin. The only setback to this supplement is that it can cause antibiotics to lose their potency.
What does it do? Quercetin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects especially helpful for joints. Quercetin is also used to increase endurance and improve athletic performance.
Is it safe? The only setback to Green Tea is the amount of caffeine in it. It is advised for pregnant women to consume 200mg or less per day of caffeine, which is the amount in a typical 12 oz cup of coffee – or 1 scoop of Energize! I don’t drink coffee, so I feel safe with this dosage of Green Tea in Energize.
What does it do? Obviously, caffeine is used to increase energy and mental alertness.
Those are all the active ingredients, here is the rest of the list:
Citric Acid (Citric acid is very common in foods. In many fruits and fruit juices, it occurs naturally. Many processed foods also contain citric acid as an additive. Like all acids, it has a sour flavor, but it’s safe for human consumption. As such, it’s popular in processed foods to add tart flavor. There are no scientific studies that suggest citric acid is unsafe for consumption during pregnancy or any other time.) Beet Sugar, Stevia, Silica (Most people consume about 20 to 50 milligrams of silica through their diet every day. It is found as an additive to almost every vitamin, including most prenatal vitamins, in very small doses. It is listed last on the ingredient list in Energize)
So there you have it – all the ingredients in Energize. Having done my research, noting the dosages found in Energize and the dosage that one would naturally and safely consume of these supplements in every day life, I personally feel completely comfortable taking this supplement (one scoop only) during my pregnancy to get me ready to take on my workout every morning and decrease muscle soreness and fatigue. I may not take it while breastfeeding because of the caffeine – I’m sensitive to caffeine and it usually affects my babies, but just like a cup of coffee – there may be mornings where I say – “It’s worth it!” and just go for it.
I hope this helps all you pregnant and breastfeeding mamas! I am so thankful that Beachbody has come out with a pre-workout that is as natural and safe as any I have found! Ok – time to get my workout done!!