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Spirulina the small green superfood

Spirulina is a nutrient dense blue-green algae that grows in both fresh and salt water. For its small size it is packed full of nutrients such as protein, vitamin B1, B2, B3, copper, iron, magnesium, and many other trace minerals. Compared to many other plant sources it has some of the highest nutrient concentration per gram.  Its blue-green coloring comes from a pigment-protein complex called phycocyanin. Phycocyanin has antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties that can support cellular oxidative stress and damage. This can be beneficial for endurance where exercise induced stress can be a big contributor to muscular fatigue. Consuming spirulina may promote increased endurance and reduced time to fatigue. Spirulina also seems to have a positive effect on blood lipids....

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KSM-66 Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is one of the well known herbs of Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine from India. This herb has been used for centuries but is gaining popularity due to recent studies in pharmacology. Ashwagandha is known as a adaptogen that promotes balance in the body. Adaptogens are plant/herb substances that have been found to help our bodies manage stress and maintain balance, or homeostasis. Ashwagandha is one of the few herbs that have been shown to have effects on mental and physical aspects of human function. KSM-66® Ashwagandha is a full spectrum extract that focuses on the traditional preparation method and only utilizes the root of the herb. According to the manufacturer the use of only roots has a better scientific...

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S7 Nitric Oxide Booster

S7® is a plant-based, proprietary formula from FutureCeuticals that delivers seven phytonutrient rich botanicals — green coffee bean extract, green tea extract, turmeric extract, tart cherry, blueberry, broccoli, and kale. It is standardized to 60% polyphenols, 30% catechins, and 3% curcumin to ensure consistency, quality, and efficacy. Our bodies produce nitric oxide which acts as a vasodilator, signaling the blood vessels to relax, therefore increasing blood flow. An increase in blood flow can aid athletes by delivering more oxygen, fuel, and other key nutrients to exercising muscles during workouts. Increased vasodilation and blood flow can also lead to a better muscle pump during a workout. S7 has been shown to trigger our body’s own nitric oxide production system and significantly reduce oxidative stress in a peer reviewed published study. Participants that consumed S7 demonstrated...

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Certified Banned Substance Free

The dietary supplement industry can leave you with a lot of questions. There are so many brands and price points it can be difficult to know if you are getting a quality product. Quality manufacturers should be testing for contaminants such as mold, microbial content, and that label claims are met. However time has shown that this level of testing can miss contaminants present in the formula. You have probably heard of athletes failing drug tests due to a contaminated supplement. This is often not caught due to a variety of factors.  Contaminated raw materials. Insufficiently cleaned manufacturing equipment or process. Brands knowingly putting a banned substance in their product. Utilizing trustworthy suppliers and manufacturing partners can greatly reduce the...

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Know more about your label - Standardization

Ingredient Standardization Dietary supplements are targeted to improve health, provide more energy and fill gaps in nutrition. At least that’s what most claim. With a massive variety of different products on the market, and more and more new supplements becoming available, one of the most important questions is — What should you be looking for? The supplement facts panel can be your guide. For this blog post, let’s focus on the effectiveness of turmeric. It is one of the most popular supplements on the market these days. Turmeric is known for its studied benefits on inflammation, and that it is a potent antioxidant. This can be misleading when you are expecting an outcome from an ingredient. See below for the importance...

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