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Source Naturals ChocoLift™ is a dietary supplement containing 500 mg of a patented extract from cocoa beans Chocamine® Plus. It is the source of caffeine, theobromine and polyphenols without sugar and fat, which abundantly occur in chocolate.
The brand Source Naturals decided to pack the bulk of cocoa health benefits in a capsule, using the extract Chocamine® Plus. The “Plus” version differs from the basic Chocamine® in the presence of 40 mg of caffeine in a portion, which is absent from the basic version. It influences higher growth of energy and alertness and the influence of some health parameters.
Caffeine – the most popular drug in the world. It is a compound from the group of purine alkaloids, which in a complex way influence the growth of energy and motivation as well as reduction of fatigue. It influences the levels of such neurotransmitters as dopamine, noradrenaline, serotonin and acetylcholine. It is one of the supplements with very well-documented effectiveness in supporting sports achievements. As a competitive inhibitor of PDE, it may increase the concentration of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) in cells. Its property counteracting fatigue consists in blocking the access to adenosine receptors, which is a neurotransmitter, inhibiting the nervous system.
Theobromine – an alkaloid similar to caffeine, occurring in Chocamine® Plus at 50% higher amount. It has strong antitussive properties. It is estimated that they may be stronger even that in case if codeine. It stimulates heart work and influences relaxation of smooth muscles of blood vessels, which may decrease blood pressure. It is helpful in the fight with asthma.
Polyphenols – compounds of plant origin, among which, a vast majority demonstrates antioxidant properties. Flavonoids are the most numerous representatives of this group of substances. Their application is related to decreased risk of chronic diseases, including cancers.
Apart from the standardized ingredients, we may also expect a few other substances with very interesting properties in cocoa extract.
Among them there is 2-phenylethylamine, i.e. the compound with strong motivating properties, improving mood and satisfaction from the activity we perform. It influences dopaminergic activity in the brain to a considerable extent and as widely known, dopamine is one of the two happiness molecules.
Another incredibly interesting ingredient is anandamide, which is an endocannabinoid compound. It has analgesic properties and positively influences well-being. It is one of the reasons why we like chocolate so much.
Cocoa is also the source of (-)-epicatechins, which are especially conducive to longevity and general health condition. Regular application of epicatechin allows to maintain better glucose balance and slow down organism’s aging.
Application before mental and physical activity
Methylxanthines contained in ChocoLift™ positively influence the level of energy during training. Progressing fatigue is characteristic to tough straining sessions, which may be blocked thanks to inhibiting the activity of adenosine. Analgesic anandamide may also shift the pain threshold and prolong the time of performing exercise sets. Stimulating effect may improve reaction time, which is helpful in even more dynamic sports disciplines and team sports. Due to slowing down the breakdown of cAMP, purine alkaloids from cocoa strengthen the effect of hormones influencing adenylyl cyclase, such as adrenaline and noradrenaline. Flavones and theobromine may normalize increased blood pressure, while theobromine also has anti-asthmatic properties. Epicatechin also has its contribution to the improvement of training quality, as it may increase the level of nitric oxide, which brings many benefits to sportsmen, when it is increased during the activity.
A stimulating effect, especially stemming from the growth of dopamine is incredibly helpful before the planned intellectual activity, e.g. studying, exam or larger amount of work. An additional advantage for cognition may be the content of epicatechin, which causes more efficient glucose uptake, which in turn enables more efficient energy extraction. Facilitated blood circulation is also not without a meaning, as it is reflected in more efficient transport of nutrients and oxygen to neurons. It mainly results from, characteristic to methylxanthines, properties inhibiting the effect of phosphodiesterases, which is reflected in vasodilatory effect.
Long-lasting health benefits
Thanks to the application of ChocoLift™ in daily supplementation, we may expect long-lasting health benefits. Better insulin sensitivity and facilitation of blood pressure are the factors which are definitely conducive to longevity and good condition of the organism. There are also some premises, testifying to the possibility of reversing the disorders of mitochondrial work thanks to epicatechin. Such a package of properties along with antioxidant effect of flavonoids should effectively slow down the occurrence of the symptoms of aging.
To sum up, Source Naturals ChocoLift™ is recommended to people who are looking for the natural ways to increase energy and cognitive abilities. It will work great as weight loss support or to improve endurance capacity.
This supplement may be used both on ad hoc basis and in regular, daily supplementation, depending on the goals. As temporary support before training or studying, the portion of 2 capsules should be the most effective. If it isn’t, the dose may be increased to 3 or even 4 capsules, however, increasing the dose is recommended only when smaller doses don’t work. Higher doses may be used by people with larger body mass.
In order to achieve long-lasting effects, it is worth following the doses suggested by the producer, i.e. 1-2 capsules daily, which should be sufficient.
Source Naturals is an American vitamin and herbal supplement provider, created in year 1982. The company specialize in producing nutritional formulations for the maintenance of well-being and the enhancement of life – they introduced numerous award-winning formulas, recognized for their excellence in independent surveys and nutritional analyses.
The company also provides education that empowers individuals to take responsibility for their health.
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Chocamine® is a patented cocoa bean extract produced by RFI Ingredients. It contains valuable bioactive components naturally found in cocoa. They include theobromine, polyphenols, amino acids, anandamides, epicatechins. The extract has zero content of fat, and its basic version is also free from caffeine (relatively recently, an extended version, Chocamine® Plus, with caffeine has been released on the market).
Chocamine® shows energizing properties. It is gentler than caffeine and other stimulants; it does not disturb the circadian rhythm nor does it addict. It has a positive effect on mental skills, memory and concentration, as well as it helps to improve mood. It may also increase endurance and improve tolerance to intense physical exercise. Many people observe that it also suppresses the appetite.
There are several preparations on the market that contain exclusively Chocamine®. This component can also be found on the label of many fat burners and supplements aimed at increasing energy levels and mental efficiency.
Theobromine (3,7-Dimethylxanthine) is a purine alkaloid, poorly soluble in water, present in cocoa beans, as well as the leaves of yerba mate, tea, coffee, cola and peanuts. It is a diuretic, lowers blood pressure and improves brain function (dilates the blood vessels of the brain). Also expands the blood vessels throughout the circulatory system, preventing atherosclerotic changes. Sometimes it is used in slimming diet. Combined with caffeine and polyphenols becomes thermogenic. In the sports supplementation formulations containing theobromine are used diuretics and fat burners. It is a component of thermogenics, pre-workout creatine stacks, as well as nitrogen boosters.
Caffeine (1,3,7-trimethylxanthine, 1-methylotheobromine) is a purine alkaloid occurring in the natural state in plants (Coffea arabica, Camelia sinensis, Paulinia cupana, Ilex paraguariensis), which acts as a natural pesticide, acting toxic to insects. Peculiar smell and taste also deters herbivores. Caffeine in the body inhibits the adenosine receptors in the brain, fighting fatigue and allowing for action activation. It has a beneficial effect on the metabolism of oxygen, which increases the exercise capacity (strength and endurance) and rapid post-workout recovery. In the sports supplementation, caffeine is used as a stimulant nervous system. It has the thermogenic potential and in combination with other substances (e.g. Polyphenols, both occurring in coffee beans, such as cocoa beans, tea leaves and mate) can effectively participate in the reduction of body fat. It is included in many dietary stimulants (creatine stacks, no-boosters, beverages). It is a component of fat burners. It is also in the form of mono-preparation supplements.
Dosage: 100-600 mg per day. Due to the long release of activity should not be used in the evening, before sleep.
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