Caffeine is something most people in this world rely on to get them through the work week, but many are uneducated on what exactly caffeine is or where it’s sourced from. We’re going to educate you caffeine fiends on where your caffeine is coming from and let you know the best option.
Where is caffeine sourced from? (natural vs. synthetic)
One of the lesser-known facts about caffeine is that there are many sources of caffeine. Some of the sources are natural, plant-based caffeine while others are synthetically produced.
Synthetically produced caffeine from Chinese pharmaceutical plants is the most popular caffeine source in soft drinks and energy drinks. Synthetic caffeine is quickly absorbed into your body, giving you the energy you crave faster than that of a naturally sourced caffeine. However, synthetic caffeine will lead to a much quicker crash.
There are around 60 types of plants that naturally produce caffeine. Drinks like coffee and tea are caffeinated beverages that source their caffeine from plants. Not only does naturally occurring caffeine provide longer sustained energy, but it also has its own exclusive antioxidant benefits which can help prevent heart disease and Alzheimer's. Naturally sourced doesn't provide the side effects like nervousness, insomnia, and flushed face as much as synthetic caffeine.
Why is Green Tea caffeine better?
Green Tea caffeine is a naturally sourced caffeine that your body metabolizes differently than coffee, meaning it will affect you differently.
What could be THAT much different? It’s all caffeine, right?
Well, it’s actually something pretty beneficial. The caffeine found in Green Tea sticks to the antioxidants in the tea. This causes the caffeine to be absorbed slower by your body. As a result, you will not get the immediate caffeine rush you would with synthetic caffeine. Instead, your caffeine will slowly release over time, giving you more sustained energy.
Caffeine is also known to give people the shakes or jitters. With Green Tea caffeine, that is absent due to one of the antioxidants called L-Theanine, which is an antagonist to caffeine.
Is there an energy drink with Green Tea caffeine?
Yes! Here at Kill Cliff, we love a good energy drink, but we're aware of the possible dangers of the many unnatural ingredients that many popular energy drinks contain. We wanted an energy drink with a strong caffeine buzz coming from a natural source, with no artificial sweeteners... so we made one.
Kill Cliff IGNITE is a sugar-free, naturally sweetened clean energy drink that delivers the jolt you crave with 150 mg of naturally-sourced Green Tea caffeine (about a cup and a half of coffee). Additionally, Kill Cliff IGNITE includes only FDA-regulated ingredients in its specialized blend of B-vitamins and electrolytes. It provides you with 10% of your daily values of magnesium and potassium, which helps regulate hydration and blood flow.
So whether you want sustained clean energy to help you through your day or you want a natural alternative pre-workout drink... or you want to get fired up for a long night of playing Call of Duty and Red Dead Redemption... or you want a tasty Cherry Lime-A-Rita, Kill Cliff IGNITE should be your go-to option!