Jonathan Levitt - Runner and Podcaster

Runner and Podcaster

Jonathan Levitt

2before helps me feel great while running

"As someone always focused on a science-backed approach, I not only love how 2Before makes me feel when taken pre-run, but also appreciate how much science there is around New Zealand Blackcurrants.

It’s the most researched berry!! That’s pretty cool.

I love that it helps me feel great while running and also has well-researched health benefits!"

Runner and Podcaster

Jonathan Levitt - For the Long Run

Jonathan Levitt is a runner, cyclist and podcast host from Boston, MA. who spends his time figuring out what keeps runners running long, strong, and motivated.

He knows what makes runners tick and hosts a top-ranked podcast by sharing his own running journey - from a three-hour marathon to trail running to chasing a five-minute mile.

See his latest podcast...

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Endurance & Recovery Superfood

Unlocking Athletic Performance

Blackcurrant berries grown in New Zealand contain unique and high levels of antioxidants called anthocyanins. Blackcurrant anthocyanins are science-backed and benefit packed.

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Easy to use

Take One Before You Run

Combine blackcurrant powder with 4-8oz of water and stir to mix. Drink 30-45 mins before your workout or run.

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Proven by Science

Blackcurrants have over 15 years of clinical research detailing their athletic performance benefits supporting energy, endurance and recovery.

Blackcurrant Pre-Workout

Blackcurrants are an antioxidant-rich superfood with impressive credentials.

They improve athletic performance by aiding cardiovascular endurance, speeding up muscle recovery and supporting immunity - all through the power of one smart berry, the New Zealand Blackcurrant.

Blackcurrant Pre Workout Powder

Blackcurrant berries contain unique plant polyphenols with exceptionally high antioxidant activity.

Over 10 years of scientific research on athletes has shown that Blackcurrant anthocyanins can improve athletic performance by 4.6%. 

Benefits of daily use

Increases Endurance

Stimulates vasodilation, increasing blood flow to working muscles.

Supports Immunity

Rich anti-oxidants support better management of oxidative stress.

Manages inflammation

Improves recovery after exercise when taken before you work out.

Promotes adaptation

Packed with adaptogens, helping the body manage stress and restore balance.

Quality Ingredients You Can Trust

Our blackcurrants are grown, powdered and packed in New Zealand. 

  • Third-party lab tested
  • Informed Sports Certified
  • Individual packets for product quality, no clumping, and a controlled effective dose.
  • Active Ingredients:
    120mg Adaptive™ Blackcurrant Anthocyanins, 120mg green coffee bean caffeine
  • Other Ingredients
    Maltodextrin, Monk Fruit Powder, Natural Flavours
My ability to recover for another session and feel less fatigued during a long session was a key part to my Ironman success.

Jackson C.


Learn more about the science behind blackcurrants.

Braakhuis AJ, Hopkins WG, Lowe TE. Effects of dietary antioxidants on training and performance in female runners. Eur J Sport Sci. 2014;14(2):160-8.

Willems MET, Myers SD, Blacker SD, Cook MD. CurraNZ blackcurrant improves cycling performance and recovery in trained endurance athletes. J Int Soc sports Nutr. 2014.11.10.1186/1550-2783-11-S1-P14.

Cook MD, Myers SD, Blacker SD, Willems ME. New Zealand blackcurrant extract improves cycling performance and fat oxidation in cyclists. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2015 Nov;115(11):2357-65.

Perkins IC, Vine SA, Blacker SD, Willems MET. New Zealand blackcurrant extract improves high-intensity intermittent running. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab 2015 Oct;25(5):487-93.

Willems MET, Myers SD, Gault ML, Cook MD. Beneficial physiological effects with blackcurrant intake in endurance athletes. Int J Sports Nutr Ex Metabol. 2015;25:367-374.

Willems MET, Cousins L, Williams D, Blacker SD. Beneficial effects of New Zealand Blackcurrant extract on maximal sprint speed during the Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test. Sports. 2016;4:42.

Godwin C, Cook MD, Willems MET. Effect of New Zealand blackcurrant extract on performance during the running based anaerobic sprint test in trained youth and recreationally active male football players. Sports (Basel). 2017;5(3):69.

Murphy CA, Cook MD, Willems MET. Effect of New Zealand blackcurrant extract on repeated cycling time trial performance. Sports 2017;5:25.

Willems MET, Sahin MA, Berendsen T, Cook MD. Effect of New Zealand blackcurrant extract on cycling performance and substrate oxidation in normobaric hypoxia in trained cyclists. Sports (Basel). 2019 Mar 16;7(3). pii: E67.

Perkins IC, Blacker SD, Willems MED. Intra-individual responses to New Zealand blackcurrant extract during high-intensity, intermittent running: A repeat response study. Conference Poster. Int J Sports Nutr Ex Metabol. 2019;29(Suppl1):S1-S16. doi:

Potter JA, Hodgson CI, Broadhurst M, Howell L, Gilbert J, Willems MET, Perkins IC. Effects of New Zealand blackcurrant extract on sport climbing performance. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2020 Jan;120(1):67-75.