Sugar = carbohydrates and carbohydrates = energy therefore, much of the energy in our real food energy alternative comes from the carbohydrate packed, honey. This is not a great revelation BUT, what may not be common knowledge is that the benefit level of honey to an athlete is affected by the delivery system into the body. During discovery, the creators of B-Line Natural Energy gel learned that to capitalize on sustainable energy a 1:1 ratio of honey to maple takes full advantage of the carbohydrates that maximize our workouts.
Besides being combined in the 1:1 ratio with honey for awesome nutritional energy, maple has the benefits of manganese, zinc, potassium and antioxidants. Break it down: Manganese processes carbohydrates into energy; zinc assists in strength capacity and performance by boosting hormones. The sweet potassium found in maple is key in muscle contraction and relaxation when consumed pre-workout, post workout it assists in muscle recovery all by helping in fluid balance. Last, but not least, this amber liquid has antioxidants that repair cell damage and improve work out recovery.
The third of our liquid foods also has the natural sugars for energy but has the nutritional value of iron which converts the carbohydrates into energy, helps produce new cells, protein and hormones that make us stronger. Molasses also contains calcium which is know for bone strengthening but also has the benefit of playing a vital role in muscle contraction and relaxation. Without enough calcium, we can experience muscle twitching, cramps, or fatigue. To assist in your mental workout this dark food gem also contains Vitamin B6 as well as magnesium which fights inflammation, raises antioxidants levels and helps replenish energy store in muscles…. Who knew, right?!?!
Adding amazing flavor and more of that natural energy raspberries are an ingredient in our energy gel with a multitude of benefits. This little red powerhouse has Vitamin C, which assists in muscle recovery and can help protect our immune system. Phytonutrients contained in raspberries can prevent free radicals from doing damage in our bodies. When working out our bodies produce free radicals that slow down muscle repair so fight back with real food! Also on the benefits list of this all-natural fruit is flavonoid quercetin (not the name of roughish smuggler from Star Wars). This oddly named nutrient is believed to play a role in heart health, act as an anti-inflammatory as well as give a caffeine-like jolt! Go fruit!!
As well as having Vitamin C, essential minerals, and antioxidants this beneficial fruit reduces delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This means that post workout, morning after “holy cow, what did I do to myself” feeling could be reduced! Pomegranate is an all-natural fruit in our energy gel because it increases exercise efficiency by decreasing oxygen consumption without limiting performance. As a bonus, this funny looking fruit reduces inflammation and bolsters immunity as well!
As an athlete, you may know bananas are phenomenal for reducing muscle cramps due to the electrolyte balancing properties of potassium but they are also an excellent source of Vitamin B6, magnesium, and Vitamin C. What you may not know that this all-natural fruit in B-Line energy gel contains tyrosine that stimulates our brains to produce norepinephrine (a chemical like dopamine) that can make for an amazing workout by enhancing mental alertness. Do you think mom knew this when she added that banana to your lunch?
Coconut and Chia Seeds
No snot-like, gooey textures for B-Line! Each of our flavors has a texture, digestion-aiding ingredient that makes you KNOW that you are eating real food energy. Each ingredient slows the absorption of the carbohydrates to increase the benefit of a slow release of energy without a spike! This ‘process’ may also assist with that post workout hunger!