Some people notice they have more energy when they switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet. There are many explanations for this. For example, you are eating more fruit and vegetables, and more whole sources of carbohydrates (starch). This means the diet contains plenty of vitamins, minerals, and healthy carbohydrates that contribute to good energy levels.
Sometimes, increased energy levels can be the result of no more dairy products. In this case, a mild dairy allergy or hypersensitivity plays a role. An allergy or hypersensitivity to a foodstuff can be a huge 'energy leak'.
Whatever the reason, increased energy levels are a great incentive in sticking to a vegetarian or vegan diet. But what if you experience a drop in energy levels when you switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet?
There are people who sometimes return to eating meat for a while and notice that they have more energy. They feel stronger. Is this their imagination, or does meat contain strengthening nutritional elements that are not present in vegetarian foods?
Four vegan carninutrients
Carninutrients are nutrients that almost exclusively occur in meat ('carnis' is Latin for meat). These substances are essential for our functioning, but do not necessarily come from food. In fact, the human body produces these substances itself as well.
It mainly involves the following 4 substances:
As mentioned, the body is able to produce these 4 substances. However, there is a catch. It is widely known that vegetarians and especially vegans have lower levels of carninutrients in their bodies than people who eat meat. The reason for this is that the human body has a limited capacity for producing carninutrients. Vega Booster offers a solution. Three capsules per day provide carninutrients produced to be suitable for vegans, at levels equivalent to an omnivore diet.
Carninutrients as a food supplement
Carninutrients have been reproduced for decades. It involves ingenious process technology that has been refined over the years. The processes are completely vegan by now.
A lot of research has been done into the use of replicated carninutrients as food supplements in athletes, healthy people and not-so-healthy people. The results are sometimes impressive.
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Creatine is a natural substance produced by the body that occurs mainly in the muscles and brain. Think of creatine as the power battery that can deliver a lot of energy in a short time. For this reason, it is a popular supplement among athletes. Also, people over 55 years of age can use creatine to increase the effect of their strength training.
Until now, vegetarians and vegans have been a forgotten group when it comes to creatine as a supplement. As little as 1 gram a day, the dosage in three Vega Booster capsules, represents the same creatine intake as a keen meat eater. An easy way to help your muscle cells and possibly brain cells to take in this special 'power booster'.
You can take more if you want. For example, taking 2 grams of creatine (6 capsules) helps you with high-intensity physical exertion in a short period of time. What does 'high-intensity exertion' mean? This varies per person. For one person, it may mean sprinting or weightlifting, for another it could be a daily activity such as walking up and down stairs or catching a train.
Whatever it may be, you will notice the effect of creatine.
It is immediately clear from the name that carnitine is a carninutrient. However, this substance is also found in plant-based foods. Bones contain a little carnitine. A medium avocado contains 2 milligrams, and 100 grams of brown bread contains 0.4 mg.
However, these quantities pale in comparison with the carnitine content in meat. For example, a hundred grams of beef contains about 100 mg carnitine. Not surprising then, that an omnivore diet provides more than ten times the amount of carnitine than a vegan diet. A daily dose of 3 Vega Booster capsules contains 170 mg carnitine.
Just like creatine, carnitine is produced by the human body. Production is negligible. A person weighing 70 kg produces about 13 mg carnitine per day. A diet with meat can contain a multitude of this amount. However, not all carnitine is absorbed from food. Despite the limited uptake, an omnivorous diet provides on average 75% of the body's carnitine. The body uses carnitine for energy production from fats, among other things.
Because of the minimal amount of carnitine in vegan and lacto-ovo vegetarian diets, people eating this way have a lower carnitine status than omnivores. This is more relevant in children, probably due to the body's growth.
Taurine is a prominent carninutrient that is abundantly present in meat, fish, and poultry. Vegetarian and vegan diets only contain very limited amounts of taurine.
Taurine is quite well-known as one of the main ingredients in many energy drinks. It has many functions in the body, but taurine is mainly present in tissues with the highest energy demand, such as 'dark' muscle tissue. The heart is the best example of this. The higher the heart rate of an animal and the more energy the heart demands, the higher the taurine content in the heart muscle.
Small children are not sufficiently able to produce taurine. For them, taurine is an essential nutrient. Adults, on the other hand, are able to produce taurine. Production varies from person to person. It is widely known that vegetarians have less taurine in their blood than omnivores. Vega Booster contains 250 mg of taurine per daily dose of three capsules.
To explain why beta-alanine is included in the Vega Booster, we have to talk about carnosine first. This substance occurs in muscle tissue and brain tissue. During intensive exertion, carnosine reduces the speed of lactic acid production in the muscles. As a result, the exertion can be sustained for longer.
The body produces carnosine by merging beta-alanine and histidine. If someone ingests more beta-alanine through food, the carnosine content in the muscles increases. This increase probably also occurs in the brain, but this is difficult to measure.
In humans, beta-alanine is the limiting factor for the production of carnosine in the body. The body's own production of beta-alanine is limited, but this carninutrient can also be absorbed through food.
Unfortunately, beta-alanine is not present in plant-based foods. As such, it is not surprising that a lower carnosine content is measured in the muscles of vegetarians than omnivores. Beta-alanine is present in meat, poultry, and fish as part of carnosine and the related anserine. There is more carnosine in white meat than in red meat.
Chicken fillet contains about 150 mg beta-alanine per 100 grams. Vega Booster contains 250 mg beta-alanine per daily dose of three capsules. Naturally produced the vegan way.
It is well-known that vitamin B12 is a component of meat that is virtually non-present in plant-based foods. Vitamin B12 is important for energy provision at many levels. It contributes to the reduction of fatigue (and tiredness). For vegetarians, but especially for vegans, a modest supplement of vitamin B12 is a sensible option.
Many B12 supplements contain a milligram (1000 microgram) or more of vitamin B12 per pill. For vitamin B12 this means no less than 400 times the daily required amount (40,000%). In other words: the annual quantity of this vitamin in one day.
There are no known harmful effects of this amount of B12. In fact, it is life-saving in people who suffer from vitamin B12 malabsorption. This is because, regardless of the malabsorption, 1% of a very high dose will still be absorbed.
However, it could cause an imbalance of the intestinal flora. The intestinal flora requires a reciprocal exchange of vitamin B12 and its derivatives. A great avalanche of B12 from a supplement could affect the mutual balance of the intestinal bacteria.
People ingest a varying quantity of vitamin B12 through food. In general, ingestion is between 2 and 6 micrograms. The highest intake levels are around 20 micrograms.
As a supplement to a vegetarian or vegan diet, a standard daily dose of 3 Vega Booster capsules contains 5 micrograms of vitamin B12 in the form of methylcobalamin (200% RDA).
Vitamin B12 offers a variety of health benefits:
The human body is able to ingest a maximum of about 2 micrograms of B12 per meal. If the three capsules are divided over three meals, the total intake of vitamin B12 will be twice as high as when the capsules are taken together.
Spreading ingestion over the day means the body's store of B12 builds up to the maximum level faster.
The body's store of B12 is around 2000 to 4000 micrograms, mostly in the liver. If food lacks B12, around 0.1% to 0.2% of this store is used every day. It is enough to last for years. If the store is depleted, it takes a long time to refill it.
By choosing Vega Booster, you are choosing quality. We can guarantee it in the following way:
Safe product. The producer fulfills GMP and HACCP requirements. This means that it follows strict procedures which ensure food safety and hygiene.
Independently tested. The end product is randomly tested for heavy metals and biological pollutants by the independent laboratory NutriControl. Click on the microscope symbol below for the most recent test results. Read more about the independent laboratory tests here.
Capsule form. Vega Booster comes in capsules instead of tablets. Capsules are absorbed more quickly and have less chance of causing gastric hypersensitivity. Another advantage of capsules is that they are easier to swallow than rough capsules with hard edges. Whoever does not want to or cannot take the capsules, can easily open them and use only the powder.
Specialist since 2000. Vega Booster is an initiative of the people behind Glucosamine.com, founded in 2000. Vega Booster has been developed from their scientific background and with the knowledge built up over many years about what works and what is safe. Only ingredients that have been extensively tested for their effectiveness, purity and safety with long-term use are included in this supplement.
One capsule contains:
Vega Booster does not contain any known allergens.
Take 3 capsules halfway through a meal. This dosage provides (vegan) carninutrients at levels equivalent to an omnivore diet. Spreading ingestion increases the absorption of vitamin B12.
Do not exceed the maximum dose of 9 capsules per day.
Food supplements should not be used to replace a varied diet. A varied diet and healthy lifestyle are important.
Do not use if you suffer from a kidney disorder.
Not suitable for young children.