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Nuun Energy: B Vitamins and Performance

What sets Nuun Energy apart from the Nuun Active Hydration you know and love is the combination of caffeine and B Vitamins that we added to the recipe. We already talked about the role caffeine can play in enhancing and elevating an athlete’s performance, but what about B Vitamins? [caption id="attachment_3713" align="alignnone" width="437"]During sustained activity B Vitamins help your body turn fuel into energy. During sustained activity B Vitamins help your body turn fuel into energy.[/caption]

B Vitamins can elevate your performance.

There are eight total B Vitamins that exist, and most play a role in efficiently converting food into fuel. In Nuun Energy we used a blend of five B Vitamins, that work specifically with stored fuel (carbohydrates and fats), and help break them down to be used by working muscles. Also, we chose certain B Vitamins to help increase red blood cell production, which in turn helps deliver oxygen to working muscles.  And at the same time staying true to our roots, and only giving your body what it can handle at any given time.

And B Vitamins ARE ESPECIALLY USEFUL TO THE BODY WHEN consumed while exercising!

B Vitamins are water-soluble, meaning excessive intake can lead to your body to excrete the vitamins (via urine) rather than absorbing them efficiently. When exercising, the metabolic pathways that require B Vitamins for energy metabolism are stressed. Therefore, theoretically the need for B Vitamins may increase during exercise. [caption id="attachment_3714" align="alignnone" width="454"]Nuun Energy helps your body sustain energy without experiencing peaks and valleys. Nuun Energy helps your body sustain energy without experiencing peaks and valleys.[/caption]

Some Energy Products Do Have Higher Levels of B Vitamins than Nuun Energy. But Why?

Many energy drinks on the market are loaded with sugars (natural and added), caffeine, and inadequate ratio of B Vitamins. Not to mention they are often loaded with upwards of 200% of Daily Value (DV) of any given vitamin. And given the nature of the vitamins, your body will use what it needs and the rest will just go to waste.

Nuun Energy Contains:

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 30% (.5 mg) Niacin: 111% (18 mg) Pyradoxine (Vitamin B6): 100% (2 mg) Cobalamin (Vitamin B12): 100% (6 mcg) Pantothenic Acid: 100% (10 mg)

What are the functions of each B Vitamin?

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2):
  • Provides energy production from carbohydrates (stored) & lipids (fats)
  • CoEnzyme for redox reactions (serves as catalyst for many energy producing chemical reactions within the body)
Niacin
  • Energy production from carbohydrates (stored)
  • Energy production from the synthesis of fat
  • Required for energy metabolism
Pyradoxine (Vitamin B6)
  • Aids in Glycogen breakdown
  • Development of Red Blood Cells
Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
  • Formation of Red Blood Cells
  • Metabolism of Nervous Tissue
Pantothenic Acid
  • Fatty Acid metabolism
  • Breakdown of carbohydrates & fats (energy)
  • Production of Red Blood Cells
Nuun Energy delivers optimal hydration with essential nutrients to aid in cognitive function (caffeine) and naturally use your body’s fuel for energy.
 Additional Resources:
Institute of Medicine: DRI for Water-soluble vitamins: http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/Nutrition/DRIs/DRI_Vitamins.pdf

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