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Collagen Peptides

Collagen is the most abundant type of protein in the body accounting for about 30% of total protein mass. It supports various tissues in the body such as muscle, ligaments, tendons, skin, cartilage, and the gut. It is often referred to as the "glue" that holds everything together collagen is continuously manufactured by the body.  Collagen is often found in supplements as the hydrolyzed or peptide form. This process breaks down the collagen into smaller amino acid chains and makes them more bioavailable. The most common collagen proteins are types I, II, and III. Type I is found in ligaments, tendons, skin, bones, and eyes. Type II is mostly found within cartilage. Type III is found in skin, internal organs, and...

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Natures Supergreen

Walk into any specialty juice bar and you will see a bed of wheatgrass along the wall ready to be made into shots. It is often touted as a superfood because it is high in phytonutrients, chlorophyll and enzymes. Many claim it can detox the body and stimulate the immune system but what benefits does it really have? Wheatgrass is around 70% chlorophyll, a compound in many plants that gives them their dark green color. Typically the darker the green color the higher the chlorophyll content. It acts like an antioxidant in the body. Chlorophyll acts as an antioxidant that can help fight free radicals and oxidative stress. It can also help reduce DNA damage by binding to carcinogenic compounds...

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L-Tryptophan

Will you be dozing off after your Thanksgiving meal? Although Tryptophan is found in high protein foods like turkey that sleepiness is probably more from those delicious deserts. Tryptophan is one of the 9 essential amino acids. It is part of many essential metabolic functions, predominantly known for its role in protein synthesis. You have probably seen tryptophan included as part of muscle supporting EAA supplements. Tryptophan also supports cognitive processes and mood. Serotonin is synthesized from tryptophan and those who have been found to consume low amounts of foods containing tryptophan are sometimes found to have depleted levels. Some studies have shown depleted tryptophan levels and its effect on reported depression, aggression, and impulsive action symptoms. Serotonin balance and...

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The Active Mineral

Magnesium is an essential mineral utilized by the body in hundreds of metabolic reactions. Some studies show up to 75% of adults do not meet the recommended daily intake and about 50% of the US population could be classified as deficient. During exercise magnesium supports the efficiency of energy metabolism, cardiorespiratory function and muscular function. Requirements for magnesium can go up during exercise around 10-20%. It flows in and out of working muscle cells as they contract and relax and increases the availability of glucose in the blood, muscle, and brain. Exercise can cause you to loose magnesium through sweat along with other minerals. This is especially true in extended exertion, endurance events, or hot environments.  Magnesium has also been...

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Essential Nutrient for Health

Choline is an essential nutrient that plays a role in many wide ranging functions throughout the body. It supports metabolism, the structure of cells, cognition, and a healthy nervous system. It was only as recent as 1998 that choline was officially registered as an essential nutrient by the Institute of Medicine.  One of the major roles of choline is brain health. Many studies indicate higher intake, and blood levels of choline to improved cognition, memory retention, and processing speed. It is required to make the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is known to play a role in memory and learning. Choline along with other nutrients is also involved in overall brain function, aging, and development.  Choline is often added to performance supplements or taken on its...

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