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R499.00
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Neuro-supportive drink mix

  • Clean energy for mental performance from carbohydrates paired with micronutrients
  • With GRAS (Generally Recognised as Safe) nootropics to support attention, focus and concentration
  • With Suntheanine® to lower stress levels and improve alertness
  • No caffeine. 100% stimulant free

Bioteen Jar

1000g

Grams

20

Servings

100%

Clean Formula

LEARNERGY

HELPING TEENS STAY FOCUSED


Why Bioteen Created This Supplement (Understanding the Problem)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a way of supporting and helping our teens pass their exams and improve their concentration, focus and memory without recourse to medication or nagging? The right diet and nutrition may be a key factor affecting concentration, focus and attention in Teens1Relationships between Dietary Intake and Cognitive Function in Healthy Korean Children and Adolescents.
Kim JY and Kang SW.
J Lifestyle Med. 2017 Jan; 7(1): 10–17.

[Go to Source]

2Nutrition and student performance at school.
Taras H.
J Sch Health. 2005;75:199–213.

[Go to Source]

3Nutrients for cognitive development in school-aged children.
Bryan J et al.
Nutr Rev. 2004;62:295–306.

[Go to Source]

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Attention and concentration difficulties are very common in teenagers.

Teens may be day-dreaming or staring out the window or they may be disruptive, unable to complete their work or struggling with their learning.

Parents and teenagers are often quick to look to learning difficulties as the cause, however attention and concentration difficulties could be caused by other factors such as:

  • A diet high in sugar and fat with no sustaining nutrition to assist concentration in the classroom4The Effects of Breakfast and Breakfast Composition on Cognition in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review.
    Adolphus K. et al.
    Adv Nutr. 2016 May 16;7(3):590S-612S.[Go to Source]
    .
  • Excessive screen-time, especially prior to going to bed5Adverse physiological and psychological effects of screen time on children and adolescents: Literature review and case studyLissak G.Environ Res. 2018 Jul;164:149-157. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2018.01.015. Epub 2018 Feb 27.[Go to Source].
  • Difficulties at home, such as a recent separation of parents or a family trauma6Self-perceived and independently observed competence of young adolescents as a function of parental marital conflict and recent divorce.
    N. Long et al.
    J Abnorm Child Psychol. 1987 Mar;15(1):15-27.[Go to Source]
    .
  • Some medications or organic illnesses, such as low thyroid function or iron deficiency7Neurocognitive Function Is Associated With Serum Iron Status in Early Adolescents.
    Xiaopeng Ji et al.
    Biol Res Nurs. 2017 May;19(3):269-277.[Go to Source]
    .
  • A lack of sleep or a poor routine8Sleep’s effects on cognition and learning in adolescence.
    Carskadon MA
    Prog Brain Res. 2011;190:137-43.[Go to Source]
    .

According to the Society for Neuroscience, recent studies reveal that diets with high levels of saturated fats actually impair learning and memory. Unfortunately, foods with saturated fats are often the most affordable and widely available in schools. French fries, sugary desserts, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, and other cafeteria staples are filling kids with food that actually lower their brain power before sending them back to class9Damaging effects of a high-fat diet to the brain and cognition: A review of proposed mechanisms.
Freeman LR et al.
Nutr Neurosci. 2014 Nov; 17(6): 241–251.

[Go to Source]

.

One of the theories that explain the link between saturated fats and brain power is the effects of glucose and sugars in the higher-fat foods. Essentially, glucose comes from carbohydrates, and while glucose is vital for energy, foods that are too high in glucose actually cause a body’s energy levels to drop.  As glucose is ingested, the body releases insulin in order to process the newly acquired foods. Normally, after a healthy meal, glucose levels should rise slightly, and a body should feel energized after taking in nutrition. Today, however, children and adults with high-glucose diets experience a post-food “crash,” wherein the glucose intake is so high that the body begins to shut down as it processes all of the food. Popular meals in cafeterias for kids often include white and refined breads, fried foods, sugary sweets, and sodas; all of these meal options cause an incredible drop in energy, leading to a terrible drop in energy, focus, and successful mental performance10The Influence of Glycemic Index on Cognitive Functioning: A Systematic Review of the Evidence.
Philippou E and Constantinou M.
Adv Nutr. 2014 Mar; 5(2): 119–130.

[Go to Source]

11Comparative Effect of Low-Glycemic Index versus High-Glycemic Index Breakfasts on Cognitive Function: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Celia Álvarez-Bueno C et al.
Nutrients. 2019 Aug; 11(8): 1706.

[Go to Source]

12Breakfast: A Crucial Meal for Adolescents’ Cognitive Performance According to Their Nutritional Status. The Cogni-Action Project.
Peña-Jorquera H et al.
Nutrients. 2021 Apr; 13(4): 1320.

[Go to Source]

.

What Is Learnergy & Who Should Take It

Learnergy is a neuro-supportive, stimulant free, drink mix that has been formulated with ingredients that have been found to improve mental performance in the classroom and during study sessions, tests or exams.

Learnergy is well suited for teenagers looking to boost their attention, focus and concentration using only natural, GRAS (Generally regarded as Safe) certified Ingredients.

The various ingredients in Learnergy have been found in independent studies to:

  • Improve Attention13The effect of Palatinose on mental concentration in humans. Kashimura J, Nagai Y and Ebashi T. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol, 49, 214-216, 2003 [Go to Source].
  • Improve Memory and Mood14Preliminary evidence that glucose ingestion facilitates prospective memory performance. Riby L.M. et al. Nutr. Res. (N. Y.) 2011;31:370–377. [Go to Source].
  • Lower Stress Levels15Exploratory open label, randomized study of acetyl- and propionylcarnitine in chronic fatigue syndrome.Vermeulen R, Scholte HR. Psychosom
    Med. 2004 Mar-Apr;66(2):276-82.
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  • Reduce mental and physical fatigue16Effect of tyrosine supplementation on clinical and healthy populations under stress or cognitive demands—A review. Jongkees BJ et al. J Psychiatr Res. 2015 Nov;70:50-7. [Go to Source].
  • Promote a relaxed mood without sedation17L-theanine, a natural constituent in tea, and its effect on mental state. Nobre AC, Rao A, Owen GN. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008;17 Suppl 1:167-8. [Go to Source].
  • Supports neurotransmitter balance and neuronal function18Neurochemicaland behavioral
    consequences of acute, uncontrollable stress: effects of dietary tyrosine. Lehnert, H. et al. Brain Res. 303, 215–223. [Go to Source]
    .

The Science (How Learnergy Works)

In order for our brain to function adequately, it requires, fuel and lots of it. Whilst the human brain only accounts for 2% of our total body weight, it uses over 20% of our energy resources19Metabolic costs and evolutionary implications of human brain development. Kuzawa CW et al. PNAS September 9, 2014 111 (36) 13010-13015 [Go to Source].

Most of the energy the brain uses, comes from carbohydrates which our bodies break down into glucose or blood sugar. How the body and brain respond to these sugars varies depending on whether the food has a low or high glycemic index or GI. GI is a relative ranking of carbohydrates in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels20Breakfast glycaemic index and cognitive function in adolescent school children. Br J Nutr. 2012; 107:1823– 1832 [Go to Source].

For sustained brain power eating the right kind of carbohydrates is critical.

Learnergy has been formulated with 48 grams of carbohydrates, of which two thirds of the carbohydrates come from a slow-digesting carbohydrate called Palatinose™, scientifically known as isomaltulose. Low GI carbohydrates have been found to improve attention and memory function with studies showing improved memory and mood 3 hours post-consumption21The effect of using isomaltulose (Palatinose™) to modulate the glycaemic properties of breakfast on the cognitive performance of children. Young H et al. Eur J Nutr. 2015 Sep;54(6):1013-20. [Go to Source]22The effect of Palatinose on mental concentration in humans. Kashimura J, Nagai Y and Ebashi T. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol, 49, 214-216, 2003 [Go to Source].

Palatinose™ is fully digested and absorbed by the body and provides the same energy as other carbohydrates but over a much longer duration and without causing a spike in blood sugar23 Changes in blood glucose and insulin after an oral palatinose administration in normal subjects. Kawai K, Okuda Y, Yamashita K. Endocrinol Jpn. 1985 Dec;32(6):933-6 [Go to Source].

The diagram below shows the difference between sugar and Palatinose™. Palatinose™ provides a constant and steady supply of energy over a longer period without causing any spike in blood sugar.

Studies have found that maintaining adequate levels of glucose throughout the day contributes to optimising cognition, suggesting that nutritional intake should be designed to sustain an adequate level of glucose and to minimise fluctuations between meals24Role of glucose in regulating the brain and cognition. Gold PE. Am J Clin Nutr. 1995 Apr;61(4 Suppl):987S-995S [Go to Source].

Tyrosine is an amino acid which is a precursor for the body to create Epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine25Role of precursor availability in control of monoamine biosynthesis in brain. Fernstrom JD. Physiological Review. 1983;63(2):484–546 [Go to source]26Large neutral amino acids: Dietary effects on brain neurochemistry and function. Fernstrom J.D. Amino Acids. Amino Acids. 2013 Sep;45(3):419-30[Go to source].

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter responsible for signals between nerve cells in the brain. The principal symptom of dopamine deficiency is depression and a feeling of boredom, apathy, loss of satisfaction, chronic fatigue and low physical energy with no desire to move the body. There is a general lack of drive, motivation and enthusiasm27Dopamine receptors and brain function. Jaber M, et al. Neuropharmacology. 1996;35(11):1503-19 [Go to Source]28The Role of Dopamine and Its Dysfunction as a Consequence of Oxidative Stress. Juárez Olguín H, et al. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2016;2016:9730467 [Go to Source]

To create dopamine, the body uses the amino acid tyrosine which is then converted to L-dopa which is then converted to form dopamine29Large neutral amino acids: Dietary effects on brain neurochemistry and function. Fernstrom J.D. Amino Acids. 2013 Sep;45(3):419-30[Go to source].

Tyrosine has been included in the Learnergy formulation based on studies that found that Tyrosine supplementation improved working memory performance30Working Memory Reloaded: Tyrosine Repletes Updating in the N-Back Task. Colzato, LS et al. Front Behav Neurosci. 2013; 7: 200[Go to Source], multi-tasking31Tyrosine improves working memory in a multitasking environment. Thomas JR, et al.  Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 1999 Nov;64(3):495-500 [Go to Source]31, information processing32Tyrosine promotes cognitive flexibility: evidence from proactive vs. reactive control during task switching performance. Steenbergen L et al. Neuropsychologia. 2015 Mar;69:50-5 [Go to Source]33, and performance in convergent thinking tasks34Food for creativity: tyrosine promotes performance in a convergent-thinking task. Colzato, L.S. et al. Psychol. Res. 2014, 10.1007[Go to Source].

L-theanine is an amino acid that is found in tea leaves. It was identified in tea by Japanese scientists in 1949. L-theanine is not present in the foods we eat and is also not produced by the body.

L-Theanine crosses the blood-brain barrier readily and its brain levels increase from 1 hours post-intake. Several studies conducted in humans have shown that L-theanine intake (50–200 mg) significantly increases αlpha-wave production in the different areas of the cerebral cortex. Alpha brain-wave activity in humans indicates wakeful relaxation as well as increased creativity, better performance under stress, and improved learning and concentration, as well as decreased anxiety.

The body makes L-Carnitine naturally in your liver and kidneys. From there it is delivered to the body and brain. ALCAR helps brain energy metabolism by helping to deliver fatty acids into our mitochondria where they are needed for energy metabolism providing fuel for these tiny power plants inside your brain. ALCAR is also necessary for the production of acetylcholine which is tied to memory and overall brain function.

Betaine is a dietary nutrient that is naturally present in vegetables, such as beets, spinach, and in seafood such as shrimp and shellfish.

Betaine is integral to metabolic functions in the body, particularly antioxidant and other protective effects. One of the key benefits of is its ability to convert homocysteine back to methionine. High homocysteine levels can lead to cognitive deficits. Betaine may also help produce S-adenosylmethionine (SAME) which protects against oxidative stress and also helps produce serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.

Learnergy provides 12 vitamins by means of Bioteen’s proprietary TVP (Teen Vitamin Premix) made by Fortitech to ensure proper vitamin status.

Adequate levels of vitamins are essential to optimise numerous physiological processes that have both direct and indirect effects on brain function, like energy generation, blood flow and neurotransmitter production.

Scientific evidence suggests greater cognitive and psychological benefits with the intake of broader ranges of vitamins.

Ingredient Transparency & Quality (Not All Ingredients Are Created Equally)

Bioteen showcases a relentless commitment to a superior quality product that is both ethical and safe for consumption in the extremely important phase of the lives of teens.

Ingredient quality is a core focus for us at Bioteen because better ingredients yield products that are highly effective and safe. That’s why Bioteen has set the bar high when it comes to the evaluation of our ingredients, from how different forms of ingredients work in the body to where they are sourced and how they have been manufactured. Bioteen has partnered with international suppliers who share our beliefs for quality, purity and scientific research.

  • Ingredient safety: All ingredients used in Bioteen are GRAS certified (Generally Recognised as Safe) as published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Scientifically Researched: we only use ingredients that have been tested in scientific studies to be safe and effective for their intended purpose. 
  • Allergen control: Bioteen products have been formulated with a careful consideration for consumers with specific allergies and sensitivities.
  • Branded ingredients: our key active ingredients are all branded, i.e. trademarked-protected, ingredients. Branded ingredients are manufactured to higher quality standards than generic products and offer higher levels of purity, transparency in their manufacturing as well as clinical research supporting their efficacy. Branded ingredients often provide scientific and educational support that makes it easy for a consumer to learn more about the science behind the specific ingredient used in the making of Bioteen products.

At Bioteen, we have a commitment to quality throughout our entire manufacturing process. Because we source all our raw materials ourselves, we have total control over what goes into Bioteen products. Our manufacturing is then undertaken by carefully selected contract manufacturers who are third-party certified.

Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) certification: CGMP refers to the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations enforced by the Food and Drug Administration “FDA”. is a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. It is designed to minimize the risks involved in any pharmaceutical production that cannot be eliminated through testing the final product. The cGMP acronym originated in the USA, where the US food and Drug Administration wanted to impress upon manufacturers the importance and need for “continuous” improvement to their approach to product quality.

Quality Manufacturing Stamp

Everything that goes into our product is thoroughly tested and sampled by our food scientist and owner. We know and understand the importance of everything that goes into our products and what functionality it serves to the teenage body, scientifically testing every ingredient to ensure a safe and ethical product.

This testing and lab sampling has led us to where we are today (and trust us, there have been some interesting and awful concoctions that we have come up with), a superior quality and excellent tasting product that allows teenagers, with Bioteen, to own the whole day to support their diet. From breakfast to dinner, Bioteen’s product range is a vehicle for delivery for vitamins, minerals, stress minerals, prebiotics and whole food nutrition and other things that teens need.

There are many possible causes that can affect your teenagers ability to concentrate such as a  lack of sleep or a poor routine, a diet high in sugar and fat with no sustaining nutrition to assist concentration in the classroom, excessive screen-time, especially prior to going to bed or difficulties at home.   A good starting point is healthy nutrition and at least 8-10 hours of sleep per night.  If you suspect that your child has a learning difficulty or suffers from ADHD, consult with a registered health professional or physician.

Specific nutrients that support concentration and focus include omega-3 fatty acids and micronutrients such as magnesium, iron, B-complex vitamins and antioxidants. Encourage your teen to eat dark oily fish, such as salmon, sardines and mackerel (if they will eat these!) and plenty of dark, green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and kale. Whole grain carbohydrates such as brown rice, barley and whole wheat are also important.

Concentration means focused attention, and it has many uses and benefits. It assists in studying, enables faster comprehension, improves the memory, helps in focusing on a task, job or goal, and enables you to ignore meaningless and irrelevant thoughts.

A healthy, balanced diet goes a long way to supporting optimal brain function. With the rate at which teen’s bodies are changing it is important to ensure that they are eating food to meet their high-energy needs and as well as their micronutrient requirement. Focus on low GI carbohydrates, lean proteins, healthy fats and plenty of fruit and vegetables.

Studies have shown that a breakfast that provides a teen with both sustained energy release and nutrients has a beneficial effect on concentration and the ability to perform tasks in the classroom.

When a breakfast contains low GI carbohydrates, protein and micronutrients, blood sugar levels remain fairly stable. This has been linked to improved concentration in the classroom.

Conversely, a breakfast based on white toast and strawberry jam or a refined, sugary breakfast cereal causes a rapid spike in blood sugar levels and then equally a rapid drop. A low blood sugar can make paying attention to even the smallest task difficult.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a way of supporting and helping our teens pass their exams and improve their concentration, focus and memory without recourse to medication or nagging? The right diet and nutrition may be a key factor affecting concentration, focus and attention in Teens35Relationships between Dietary Intake and Cognitive Function in Healthy Korean Children and Adolescents.
Kim JY and Kang SW.
J Lifestyle Med. 2017 Jan; 7(1): 10–17.

[Go to Source]

36Nutrition and student performance at school.
Taras H.
J Sch Health. 2005;75:199–213.

[Go to Source]

37Nutrients for cognitive development in school-aged children.
Bryan J et al.
Nutr Rev. 2004;62:295–306.

[Go to Source]

.

Attention and concentration difficulties are very common in teenagers.

Teens may be day-dreaming or staring out the window or they may be disruptive, unable to complete their work or struggling with their learning.

Parents and teenagers are often quick to look to learning difficulties as the cause, however attention and concentration difficulties could be caused by other factors such as:

  • A diet high in sugar and fat with no sustaining nutrition to assist concentration in the classroom38The Effects of Breakfast and Breakfast Composition on Cognition in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review.
    Adolphus K. et al.
    Adv Nutr. 2016 May 16;7(3):590S-612S.[Go to Source]
    .
  • Excessive screen-time, especially prior to going to bed39Adverse physiological and psychological effects of screen time on children and adolescents: Literature review and case studyLissak G.Environ Res. 2018 Jul;164:149-157. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2018.01.015. Epub 2018 Feb 27.[Go to Source].
  • Difficulties at home, such as a recent separation of parents or a family trauma40Self-perceived and independently observed competence of young adolescents as a function of parental marital conflict and recent divorce.
    N. Long et al.
    J Abnorm Child Psychol. 1987 Mar;15(1):15-27.[Go to Source]
    .
  • Some medications or organic illnesses, such as low thyroid function or iron deficiency41Neurocognitive Function Is Associated With Serum Iron Status in Early Adolescents.
    Xiaopeng Ji et al.
    Biol Res Nurs. 2017 May;19(3):269-277.[Go to Source]
    .
  • A lack of sleep or a poor routine42Sleep’s effects on cognition and learning in adolescence.
    Carskadon MA
    Prog Brain Res. 2011;190:137-43.[Go to Source]
    .

According to the Society for Neuroscience, recent studies reveal that diets with high levels of saturated fats actually impair learning and memory. Unfortunately, foods with saturated fats are often the most affordable and widely available in schools. French fries, sugary desserts, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, and other cafeteria staples are filling kids with food that actually lower their brain power before sending them back to class43Damaging effects of a high-fat diet to the brain and cognition: A review of proposed mechanisms.
Freeman LR et al.
Nutr Neurosci. 2014 Nov; 17(6): 241–251.

[Go to Source]

.

One of the theories that explain the link between saturated fats and brain power is the effects of glucose and sugars in the higher-fat foods. Essentially, glucose comes from carbohydrates, and while glucose is vital for energy, foods that are too high in glucose actually cause a body’s energy levels to drop.  As glucose is ingested, the body releases insulin in order to process the newly acquired foods. Normally, after a healthy meal, glucose levels should rise slightly, and a body should feel energized after taking in nutrition. Today, however, children and adults with high-glucose diets experience a post-food “crash,” wherein the glucose intake is so high that the body begins to shut down as it processes all of the food. Popular meals in cafeterias for kids often include white and refined breads, fried foods, sugary sweets, and sodas; all of these meal options cause an incredible drop in energy, leading to a terrible drop in energy, focus, and successful mental performance44The Influence of Glycemic Index on Cognitive Functioning: A Systematic Review of the Evidence.
Philippou E and Constantinou M.
Adv Nutr. 2014 Mar; 5(2): 119–130.

[Go to Source]

45Comparative Effect of Low-Glycemic Index versus High-Glycemic Index Breakfasts on Cognitive Function: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Celia Álvarez-Bueno C et al.
Nutrients. 2019 Aug; 11(8): 1706.

[Go to Source]

46Breakfast: A Crucial Meal for Adolescents’ Cognitive Performance According to Their Nutritional Status. The Cogni-Action Project.
Peña-Jorquera H et al.
Nutrients. 2021 Apr; 13(4): 1320.

[Go to Source]

.

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Key Product Differentiators – Comparing Us To The Rest

 CriteriaTypical Brain Energy SupplementBioteen Learnergy
Product formatUsually tablets, medicinal-tasting Ready-to-drink (RTD) or shot format.Convenient powder that can be mixed into a delicious nutrient-rich drink anytime and anywhere a mental boost is needed. Powder format also ensures ingredient stability and potency.
Mechanisms of action.Usually provides mainly stimulant energy from caffeine.Addresses several mechanisms of brain performance: energy provision, neurotransmitter support, brain wave modulation and neuroprotection.
Stimulant-freeNo. Usually contains synthetic caffeine and atypical caffeine sources (e.g. Guarana) as well as other herbal stimulantsNo caffeine. 100% stimulant free.
Brain FuelingNot usually addressedContains a sustained-release carbohydrate blend which is used as energy substrate to meet the energetic demands of the brain during cognitively demanding situations. B-Vitamins in Learnergy also serve as co-factors in energy production.
Broad Spectrum MultivitaminsNo. Usually contains only certain B-Vitamins.Contains a full spectrum multivitamin (Fortitech®) that supplies 11 vitamins that support cognitive functioning, psychological function, energy metabolism and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
Herbal IngredientsYes. Usually contain herbal extracts which can contain heavy metals and interact with medication.No herbal ingredients. Entirely based on carbohydrates, amino acids and micronutrients.
With Suntheanine® branded L-TheanineNo. If present, unbranded forms of Theanine are used.Yes. With a patented Suntheanine® , the form used in scientific studies.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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