Published on September 24, 2013
Need a boost on the run but hate the ‘jag and burn’ of traditional energy drinks? Then Scheckter’s OrganicEnergy could well be for you, a break from the norm that delivers a 100% natural power lift and boasts organic credentials for good measure, not to mention a crisp, clean, slightly citrus hint with no bitter after tang that tastes great.
The 250ml cans of Scheckter’s OrganicEnergy deliver the boost through three main mechanisms: Firstly, the caffeine – approximately 85mg, about as much as a double espresso – comes from a combination of raw green coffee bean extract and guarana (a South American plant related to the maple which delivers twice the caffeine of coffee alone). Secondly, ginseng a traditional herbal supplement that claims innumerable benefits (though none scrupulously tested or proven) and finally via gingko biloba another long-established herbal preparation which is often said to improve mental focus and improved blood circulation – although the latter isn’t amongst Scheckter’s claimsf for it.
Testing it on a long training session RunningMonkey found the caffeine boost was undeniable, a good steady increase that felt sustained and didn’t leave us lagged at the end of it. Another possible plus-point beyond the buzz is that mounting research shows that caffeine can increase short-term VO2-Max and raise lactic acid thresholds, which can delay the onset of fatigue.
Scheckter’s OrganicEnergy was developed by Toby Scheckter, a former racing driver who was raised on an organic farm, and is Soil Association and Vegetarian Association approved, Fairtrade compliant, 100% natural and organic. If you’re looking for more it’s also available in a ‘lite’ version that has 33% fewer calories, thanks to the switch from sugar cane to organic agave, a cactus-like plant native to Mexico.
Scheckter’s OrganicEnergy is available from Waitrose, Holland & Barrett and some independent health food stores across the UK with a RRP of £1.45 for a 250ml can. Whilst not that convenient to take along on the run it makes an excellent pre- or post-run drink or an option from drop bags on ultra or stage races.
Further information at schecktersorganic.com