Ingredients Deep Dive
KONO Pre-Workout Ingredient Breakdown and Why We Use Them:
Fermented BCAA: The branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are L-leucine, L-isoleucine and L-valine. They comprise a very important group of essential amino acids that everybody needs to make proteins in the body. The body uses BCAAs to promote healing of injured tissues, speed up recovery, and to protect against muscle tissue breakdown (catabolism) during exercise. Our BCAA’s are fermented from a plant-based source for optimal absorption.
Fermented L- Citrulline Mallate: An amino acid that plays an important role in nitric oxide (NO) metabolism and regulation. L-Citrulline is converted to L-Arginine in the body, which leads to increases in both L-Arginine and nitric oxide. Increased production of nitric oxide promotes vascular dilation, which helps support normal oxygen and blood circulation. In “bro” terms, this is what the “PUMP” is all about! It turns out the “pump” has many other benefits beyond the purely aesthetic benefits. In fact, blood is the first step in our bodies’ healing process. We see this all the time with cuts and scrapes. When you get a cut, blood rushes to the injury and clots to create a scab to heal our skin. It works the same way inside the body. During exercise, when we put a lot of stress on a muscle or specific area of the body, blood rushes to the area and begins to aid in the healing/recovery process.
Our L-Citrulline Malate is from a plant based fermented source for optimal absorption. The more optimal the absorption of L-Citrulline Malate, the better the blood and oxygen circulation, the better the pump, and the better the recovery and healing of the body!
Rhodiola Rosea Root: Is there anything this SUPERFOOD can’t do? This root is considered an adaptogen. Adaptogens typically grow in extreme environments which put a lot of stress on the plant. In return, the plant has to “adapt” and fight extra hard to stay alive. As a result, adaptogens produce loads of compounds like antioxidants and minerals. The beautiful part about consuming adaptogens is that we get to reap the wide variety of benefits from their fight to stay alive. Just a few examples include:
Exercise Performance: Rhodiola has been clinically studied at a 200mg dose to help our bodies “adapt” to exercise induced stress. This means we’re able to overcome exercise fatigue easier and have better, longer exercise or athletic performance!
Fatigue Fighter: If you’re looking for a way to fight fatigue and get your energy levels back, rhodiola rosea powder just might do the trick! A double-blind study published in the journal of Phytomedicine suggested that a low-dose treatment of rhodiola rosea can reduce the symptoms associated with general fatigue.
Reduction in Stress and Anxiety: Rhodiola also helps our body adapt to general stress and anxiety by enhancing our adrenal system to better manage the hormonal (cortisol) response to stress. A 2008 pilot study at UCLA examined the effects of a daily dose of the herb on people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). The researchers found that rhodiola rosea was effective in reducing their anxious symptoms.
Whether you use KONO Pre before weightlifting, long-distance running or biking, or any other athletic activity, the Rhodiola Rosea Root is one of the main ingredients that helps you keep going farther, heavier, and longer without fatigue. The Rhodiola Rosea Root in our KONO Pre can even help your body respond more positively to the stresses and anxiety of work, school, and all areas of life beyond your workout!
Organic Lion’s Mane Mushroom: This mushroom is one of the most impressive SUPERFOODS and adaptogens known on planet earth, and there’s science to back it. Lion’s Mane (gets its name because the shroom looks like a lion’s mane, clever right?) has been used in Chinese and Japanese medicine for centuries due to its benefits on cognitive health and mental focus.
Lions Mane significantly increases levels of nerve growth factor (NGF), a specific type of brain protein which plays an essential role in brain plasticity, learning and memory.
High levels of NGF are associated with optimal brain health, function, and resilience. NGF protects existing neurons and is also key to neurogenesis, or the regeneration of neural connections impaired by age, injury, or disease. Lions Mane can literally help form new neurons in our brain!!
Studies have also shown a significant enhancement of memory and brain function, reduction of anxiety and depression, and an overall prevention of dementia.
If you’ve noticed improved focus on the field, better mind-muscle connection in the weight-room, or a sharper mental state after taking KONO Pre, that’s the Lion’s Mane Mushroom hard at work! Lion’s Mane Mushroom is also a key ingredient behind the improved mood our KONO Family has reported experiencing after incorporating KONO Pre into their routine!
Green Tea Extract: If there’s one ingredient that can do it all, Green Tea just might be the one! Green Tea is high in Polyphenols which are loaded with antioxidants, feed beneficial gut bacteria, and are directly linked to longevity by extending our telomeres. Telomeres are the best measurement of life extension that we have to date (the two little dangly shoe lace looking things at the end of a DNA strand). Green Tea is also anti-inflammatory, prevents heart disease, and prevents blood clotting. The list could go on forever.
We source our caffeine from green tea extract to get all the incredible benefits that green tea has to offer, including naturally occurring L- Theanine. This is the part in green tea that makes the caffeine a much smoother ride and less jittery than other sources. The smooth energy of our KONO Pre is one of the first things people notice after switching from the jittery energy most major pre-workout names provide. We have green tea to thank for that! The beneficial impacts green tea has on gut bacteria, heart disease, and more only gave us even more reasons to put green tea in our KONO Pre.
Lemon & Lime Juice: The health community has finally begun to appreciate the benefits of lemon and lime juice. In fact, there’s been a massive health trend of starting the morning with some fresh lemon juice water… because it works! These citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C, help the body fend off bloating, offer detoxifying benefits by flushing out unwanted toxins, they’re energizing, hydrating, and they boost the immune system. Our lemon and lime juice powders use the fruit, essential lemon oil (shoutout to our essential oil users), and naturally occurring citric acid from these bright citrus fruits that gives it that tart and refreshing taste!
Because we’re committed to ensuring every ingredient we use serves a purpose for your health, we don’t use any “natural flavors.” While the other guys are using synthetic ingredients and beaver anus secretion, we believe in flavoring our KONO Pre with ingredients that taste great and are great for you. It’s tough to beat nature. The lemon and lime juice we use provides that great taste, but it also energizes, flushes toxins, helps with the immune system, and more.
Organic Strawberry Fruit Powder: This sweet red fruit is known for its antioxidant properties due to its high content of anthocyanins and ellagic acid that give them that deep red color. Our strawberry fruit powder is 100% strawberry powder that possesses all the natural taste and nutrition!
Just like our lemon lime Pre, we don’t use any synthetic ingredients to create our strawberry flavor. By using Organic Strawberry Fruit Powder, we’re able to create that great strawberry flavor, all while providing the additional antioxidant and other health benefits nature has built into strawberries.
Monk Fruit Powder: This sweet fruit is originally called Luo Han Guo but was made popular by Buddhist Monks. Hence the name, Monk Fruit. It has zero calories, zero effect on blood sugar, and is several dozen times sweeter than sugar. The best part, it’s a real food and contains an abundance of antioxidants. The Monk’s used it for a variety of health benefits, even in tea to reduce coughing and fight off colds.
KONO uses Monk Fruit as a sweetener because we believe that, like any ingredient, a sweetener should never be just a sweetener. Every ingredient should serve a purpose for your health. In addition to helping us create the great strawberry and lemon lime flavors we offer, Monk Fruit provides antioxidant benefits and does it all at zero calories and zero impact on blood sugar!
Organic Stevia Leaf: Most of the stevia on the market isn’t 100% stevia. Many are cut with sugar alcohols like erythritol which is why many people experience bloating and upset stomach with some sweeteners, including stevia. Our stevia leaf helps us create the sweetness in our KONO Pre flavors, but it has also been shown to help control blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, improve cholesterol levels, and lower blood pressure!