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Pea Protein - Pea Protein is regularly considered a complete protein source because it can contain the full spectrum of essential amino acids, and also branched chain amino acids in particular, arginine. BCAAs are known for decreasing muscle breakdown after workouts. Pea protein supports a healthy heart, aids weight loss and increases muscle thickness. Studies have also found pea protein to be 95% to 97% digestible, making it one of the most digestible protein sources available.
White Hemp Protein - Hemp protein is packed with dietary fibre, chlorophyll, minerals and antioxidants. Hemp contains all of the known 21 amino acids, which include the 9 essential amino acids the the body cannot produce on it’s own. It is a great source of the essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6. Hemp is also a source of GLA (or Gamma Linolenic Acid). The consumption of hemp protein can provide theses benefits: increased energy, improved metabolism, improved immune system, reduced food cravings, reduced cholesterol and reduced blood pressure.
CLA - CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid is an altered form of Linoleic Acid (LA). LA is an omega-6 fatty acid important to human health. Omega-6 fatty acids are derived from foods we eat, primarily meat and dairy products. CLA assists in using body fat as a source of energy and it helps to prevent the decrease in metabolic rate associated with decreased calorie consumption. CLA’s benefits for fat loss are two-fold as it assists the metabolism of stored body fat as fuel and it prevents the body’s metabolic rate from dropping as a result of dieting. CLA can also help to prevent cancer and heart disease.
Glucomannan - A form of soluble fibre from the konjac root, glucomannan can improve bowel health and regulate blood sugar and lipids. As it improves satiety and appetite hormones, it can also help you lose fat. Glucomannan helps us to feel fuller for longer as it holds so much water and forms a gel. This means we can eat less, but feel more satisfied. Glucomannan can attach itself to lie acids in the gastrointestinal system and expel them from the body, making the body convert other cholesterol into bile acids. This lowers the cholesterol level and reduces the amount of other fats in the blood.
Chia Seeds - Chia seeds are a whole grain food and despite their tiny size, are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fibre, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and various micro nutrients. They have proven health benefits and deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories. The word Chia is the ancient Mayan word for strength, pretty apt given their ability to provide sustainable energy. Almost all the carbs in chia seeds are fibre, which is not digested by the body and the protein content of the seeds is high quality. They contain more Omega-3s per gram than salmon.
Flaxseed - Flaxseeds (or Linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fibre, manganese, vitamin B1 and the essential fatty acid Omega-3. The consumption of flaxseed has a range of health benefits including: helping to lower blood pressure (reducing hypertension). They can help those with depression. People with significant depression levels also suffer from low levels of docosahexaenoic and eicosapentanoic acids—the same acids that are found in various foods like fish, walnuts, and flax. Eat up, to help correct these imbalances. They can also help with liver disease, lower cholesterol, and can assist in the fight against prostate cancer because flaxseeds have the ability to disrupt the events leading to cancerous cell production.
Maca Powder - Maca is a root that belongs to the radish family. Grown in the mountains of Peru, it is commonly known as Peruvian ginseng. Maca is rich in vitamins B, C and E and it provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. It has long been used to promote sexual function in both men and women as it is thought to boost libido and increase endurance. Some have experienced an increase in energy level within days of beginning to use maca. It is also known for increasing stamina. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired much of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost! An increase in mental energy and focus has been reported by users of maca, as well. Many people take maca for skin issues, as for some people it helps to clear acne and blemishes. Another benefit that some users have experienced is that it decreases skin sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help skin withstand extreme temperatures.
Acai Extract - Promotes heart health due to the antioxidant content which supports balanced cholesterol levels. Rich in plant sterols, that provide cardio-protective benefits including supporting circulation, improving overall blood composition and relaxing the blood vessels. The antioxidants also promote skin health and give your skin a healthy glow. The powerful detoxification capacities aid in keeping the digestive system clean and functional. Acai berries are a great immune booster, improve cellular health and they provide anti-ageing benefits. They are also energy boosting and encourage a healthy libido, especially in men.
Matcha Green Tea - A green tea powder form Japan. It has a vibrant green colour due to it’s high chlorophyll content. Leaves are hand picked, steamed, dried and stone-ground, turning it into a fine powder. The powder dissolves in water so it does not need to be steeped in bags like other teas. This means that you ingest all its antioxidant properties. One cup of matcha has the same antioxidant properties as ten cups of ordinary tea. Hailed for it’s health benefits for over 1000 years in Japan, Matcha green tea is higher in antioxidants than almost any other food. These high levels of antioxidants have numerous benefits in every organ system in the body. Matcha is recognised to boost energy levels, improve concentration and immune function and help detoxify the body. Matcha green tea comes in several grades, with Ceremonial Grade being the highest. Grown in the dark to reduce exposure to damaging UV rays, the levels of chlorophyll and EGCG are much higher than standard green tea.
Benefits of matcha include: proven to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, lower cholesterol and prevent cancer. It is such a powerful antioxidant (catechins - anti-carcinogens that are known to fight cancer) that its levels are six times higher than Goji berries, seventeen times higher than wild blueberries and sixty times higher than spinach.
Matcha green tea has the capacity to increase your lifespan and reduce levels of stress. It promotes concentration, minus the jittery energy associated with coffee. It also aids weight loss by enhancing resting metabolic rate and the speed at which we burn fat. Research shows that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea results in 25% more burned fat during exercise.
Goji Berry Powder - Goji berries provide high levels of antioxidants and nutrients, improve immune function, help fight cancer, promote healthy skin, protect eye health, help stabilise blood sugar, detoxify the liver, boost fertility, keep your energy and mood up. Consuming goji berries has been shown to increase the amount of an enzyme in the human body called superoxide dismutase. This is the enzyme that prevents cholesterol from oxidising. In its oxidised form, cholesterol is harmful to your heart and contributes to heart disease. By eating more goji berries you can lower your risk of dangerous heart conditions. The beneficial antioxidant compounds found in goji berries, which include vitamin C, zinc, and copper, protect our DNA. Free radicals that exist in your body are highly reactive and will mutate the DNA in your cells causing damage, ageing, and even cancer. Antioxidants neutralise and destroy these free radicals and goji berries contain more than many other foods including red grapes, strawberries, and broccoli.
Baobab Powder - Baobab is the only fruit in the world that dries on the branch. This means it provides a natural superfood powder that is exceptionally nutrient-dense and supports a wide range of health and beauty benefits. It contains high levels of vitamin C, a cornerstone of any anti-wrinkle diet. Vitamin C helps your body form collagen and elastin, two structural proteins that give your skin support and elasticity. Baobab fruit also possess strong antioxidant properties which further boost the benefits for the skin. It is a powerhouse of minerals, including: calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Grapeseed Extract - Packed with a vast array of antioxidants, grape seed extract haps to protect the body against free radical damage. It also contains procyanidins which bond with collagen and help to prevent premature ageing. Studies have shown that grape seed extracts help the liver to detoxify from radiation induced poisons and chemotherapy. In addition, they help the liver to detoxify bad estrogenic molecules. By helping the body eliminate these toxic substances, grape seed helps reduce the growth of breast, stomach, colon, prostate and lung cancer cells.
Vitamin B1 (as Thiamin) - Vitamin B1 plays an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system and it also helps to improve the cardiovascular function of the body. B1 helps to convert carbohydrates into glucose, which in turn produces energy for carrying out various bodily functions. B1 is also required for the breakdown of fats and protein. It helps to maintain muscle tone along the walls of the digestive tract and it is also known as the “anti-stress” vitamin as it also improves our body’s ability to withstand stress.
Vitamin B2 (as Riboflavin) - Vitamin B2 is a water soluble vitamin which cannot be stored by the body and so, we require a daily dosage of it. B2 plays a great role in energy production and is an essential nutrient within our diet. It helps to convert carbohydrates into sugar, which fuels the body’s functions. B2 also aids the electron transport chain which produces cellular energy, and it processes both amino acids and fats. B2 can also slow the process of ageing as it serves as an antioxidant.
Vitamin B3 (as Niacin) - Vitamin B3 is great for maintaining good blood circulation. It helps with the regular functioning of the brain, boosts memory power, aids the digestive tract absorption process, reduces the effects of arthritis and it also improves the symptoms of schizophrenia. The most significant benefit of B3 however, is it’s ability to lower and control cholesterol levels.
Vitamin B5 (as Pantothenic Acid) - Vitamin B5 has numerous benefits including the alleviation of ailments like allergies, anxiety, asthma, heart problems and stress. B5 can increase the body’s resistance to various infections and stimulate physical growth. It is widely known to aid in the treatment of mental disorders.
Vitamin B6 (as Pyroxidine) - Vitamin B6 is important for a range of bodily functions. It is important for cardiovascular, digestive, immune, muscular, and nervous system function. B6 is also required for proper brain development and function and to make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which affect mood. Vitamin B6 also helps the body make melatonin, which is important in helping regulate your ‘internal clock’.
Vitamin B9 (as Folic Acid) - Vitamin B9 helps the body to produce and maintain new cells. It also prevents changes to DNA which may lead to cancer. Folic Acid can be used to treat types on anaemia that are caused by a deficiency in folic acid and the inability of the bowel to absorb nutrients properly. B9 is used to help treat other conditions that are associated with folate deficiency like ulcerative colitis, liver disease, alcoholism and kidney dialysis. B9 is of particular importance to pregnant women or women who wish to become pregnant. This is because B9 helps to prevent miscarriage, neural tube defects and birth defects like spina bifida. B9 can also reduce the chemical homocysteine. This is particularly important because high levels of homocysteine are a risk for heart disease.
Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin) - Vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in the world. As it has so many roles within the body, it can appear in many noticeable symptoms like chronic fatigue, chronic stress and depression. B12 improves cell maintenance and the formation of DNA. It relieves fatigue, high cholesterol levels, sickle cell disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, pernicious anaemia, megaloblastic anaemia and breast cancer.
Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) - Vitamin C has a vast range of benefits. It prevents scurvy, helps to treat the common cold, boots the immune system, lowers hypertension, cures cataracts, treats cancer, combats stroke, maintains the elasticity of the skin, heals wounds and it controls the symptoms of asthma. It is a powerful antioxidant and is integral for collagen synthesis. Collagen synthesis helps make blood vessels and muscles strong and as the human body doesn’t have the capacity to to generate it’s own Vitamin C, it needs to be obtained through consumption of food or supplements.