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Video Review: Betalain Sports Performance Supplement

About Pure Betalain

WHAT ARE BETALAINS?

Betalains are natural phytonutrients found primarily in:

While the betalain phytonutrient is found naturally in beets, cacti and other flowers, betalains are bound and attached to sugar molecules within the plant matrix, making it nearly impossible for your body to metabolize it effectively.

We discovered that when betalains are unleashed from their naturally bound state, endurance athletes can properly absorb and metabolize them to improve endurance, speed and recovery.

HOW BETALAIN™ BOOSTS SPEED & ENDURANCE

MORE OXYGEN GETS TO WHERE IT’S NEEDED

Betalains enhance the body’s natural production of an important hormone, Erythropoietin (EPO), during exercise. 
Elevated levels of EPO in the blood means:
 

THE RESEARCH

 

 Check out the full study conducted by University of California Davis

HOW BETALAIN™ IMPROVES RECOVERY

NEUTRALIZING HOCL MEANS LESS MUSCLE DAMAGE

Betalains have the ability to naturally reduce the damage caused by HOCL (hypochlorous acid), a chemical produced by our body in response to muscle activity.

Less HOCL in your bloodstream means:

 

THE RESEARCH

Check out the full study conducted on Triathletes

HOW OUR PRODUCT IS DIFFERENT


 

While the betalain phytonutrient is found naturally in beets, cacti and other flowers, betalains are bound and attached to sugar molecules within the plant matrix, making it nearly impossible for your body to absorb and metabolise them effectively.

Our products contains betalains unleashed from their naturally bound state, so that endurance athletes can properly metabolize it and improve endurance, speed and recovery. It is produced with the highest of quality standards and contains no commodity ingredients, no sugars and no nitrates.

Just proven results.

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My Experience:

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Bearded Brothers Organic Energy Bars Review

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Bearded Brothers

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Bearded Brothers:

“We’re just two brothers who are passionate about the outdoors, staying fit, and especially about healthy organic foods. We love that last one so much, we started an awesome snackfood company. Our bars are, raw, vegan, gluten and soy free, made with organic ingredients, and crafted in hot and sunny Austin, Texas. Oh, and everything else we make is pretty dang delicious, too.

Caleb is an avid rock climber, runner, and cyclist and has a passion for raw organic foods and saw the need for tasty organic energy bars and snacks to fuel his adventures.

Chris, an outdoors lover, world traveler, avid disc golfer shares the same love for foods as fellow bearded brother, Caleb.  Chris also has extensive experience in the health food/supplement industry.

The shared passion resulted in Bearded Brothers, A Wholesome Snackfood Company. Crafted in small batches with love and joy, in Austin Texas.”

Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla

About:

“Our top seller! We use real dried blueberries without added oils or sweetener. This bar has a bit of added protein from organic sprouted brown rice powder! Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.

Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Vanilla Rice Protein (Sprouted Whole Brown Rice Protein, Vanilla, Pectin, Xanthan Gum, Stevia), Organic Dried Blueberries*, Organic Chia Seeds, Sea Salt / *Not Raw.”

Colossal Coconut Mango

About:

“A mid-day getaway! Enjoy our luxuriously smooth and satisfying Coconut Mango bar and you’ll swear you can feel the sand between your toes! One of our crowd favorites. Made with 100% raw ingredients. Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.

Ingredients:  Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Dried Mango, Organic Coconut Flakes, Organic Chia Seeds, Sea Salt.”

Mega Maca Chocolate

About:

“There’s nothing better than a sweet treat that treats you sweet! Made with delicious Mexican cocoa, raw cacao nibs and maca powder, this bar packs a punch of flavor and burst of energy! Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.

Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Cashews, Organic Maca Powder, Organic Cacao Nibs, Mexican Cocoa* (Dutch Cocoa, Indonesian Cinnamon, Ceylon Cinnamon and Vanilla Powder), Organic Evaporated Coconut Palm Nectar, Organic Chia Seeds, Sea Salt  / *Not Raw.”

Fabulous Ginger Peach

About:
“Peachy keen with a bit of ginger spice (from real fresh pressed ginger). This delicious bar is sure to get your day started off on the right foot, and is great for fighting off inflammation. Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Walnuts, Organic Dried Peaches*, Organic Fresh Pressed Ginger, Organic Chia Seeds, Sea Salt
*not raw.”

Radical Raspberry Lemon

About:

“A full case of our amazingly chewy nut-free bar! From a base of figs and dates, we add dried raspberries, cold-pressed lemon extract, crunchy hemp and chia seeds and top it off with a bit of sunflower seed butter. It’s creamy and satisfying with a refreshing citrus kick! We believe this is our tastiest bar yet. The name says it all… Radical Raspberry Lemon!Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.

Ingredients: Organic Figs, Organic Dates, Organic Sun Butter (Roasted Organic Sunflower Seed)*, Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds, Organic Raspberries, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Cold Pressed Lemon Extract, Sea Salt /*Not Raw and processed on equipment that also processes soy.”

Example nutrition label from the Radical Raspberry Lemon Bar:

RaspberryLemonNutriton

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My Thoughts:

These bars have awesome flavors, that are awesomely named, with an awesome company name, containing awesome ingredients. If you can’t tell, I think these bars are pretty awesome!

Bearded brothers offers unique, quirky, fun flavors and names–each one of them being heart & delicious in it own right. I marvel at these ingredient lists–one organic ingredient after the next. I love the use of maca in the chocolate bar. When I see maca as an ingredient in a health bar, I always have a good feeling that the brand is in-tune to the superfoods that can really amplify health and fuel the body. Maca is a great endocrine system aid, as it balances and restores hormone levels–which is beneficial to every facet of health, especially recovery.

Since these bars are high in sugar (the good kind–naturally occurring from fruits), I like to pair it with a whole-food based protein smoothie in the morning and a cup of bulletproof coffee (coffee + coconut oil). This way, my macros are balanced. By itself, this bar is a great post-workout or mid-workout (depending on the longevity of your activity) refuel snack. Each of these bars is power packed with energy and nutrients from healthy sources.

Taste-wise, these bars are dense, flavorful and just moist enough to be tasty. My only scrutiny (and this is just personal preference) is the use of dates. They just are not my favorite flavor. Without that taste, these flavor profiles are right on the money.

I’d recommend these bars to all endurance athletes, especially. They are also suitable for those with gluten, soy and/or nut allergies (the Radical Raspberry Lemon is their nut-free option). They’re a clean, organic source of energy and are conveniently packed so that you can throw them into your pant pocket, water pack, or back pack.

 

Camelbak Mantra Powder Drink Mix Review

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Camelbak Mantra

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Camelbak Mantra:

“NATURAL INGREDIENTS: No artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

ZERO CALORIES: Made with the natural sweetener stevia

LESS WASTE: Great tasting drink mix is designed for reusable bottles

CONVENIENT: Powder stick packs are great for hydrating on-the-go

ENHANCING: Antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes replenish as you hydrate

FULL INGREDIENT LIST for Blueberry Pomegranate (for example): Monopotassium Phosphate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Citrate, Magnesium Lactate, Citric Acid, Stevia Leaf Extract, Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color, Natural Flavor, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide, Retinol Acetate, Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, and Cyanocobalamin.”

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My Thoughts:

The Camelbak brand is invaluable to my family’s vigor for nature and being outdoors. We love all of our Camelbak backpacks as well as the water bottles–of course, I’m a big fan of the fact that they are all BPA-free. This large purple Eddy bottle is perfect for our little girl her fluid capacity gradually increases. It’s a bit bigger than the kid’s Eddy and is great for long days or trips away from our home water filter.

As far as electrolyte replacement and hydration goes, I’m very easily to please. Water does it for me. I drink only water before and after activity, with the occasional squeeze of fresh lemon juice or lemon essential oil into my water bottle. I don’t naturally gravitate towards sports drinks or mixes. If I try them, my standards are pretty high. I want the ingredient list to be chock full of recognizable, whole food ingredients.

In the case of Mantra, it’s tough for me to stand behind a product that does not use organic ingredients. I do believe it to be a large step in the right direction (and better than the big lines of sports drinks–not naming names) for these Camelbak Mantra powder mixes to be free of artificial ingredients, colors and sweeteners– & I like the choice to use stevia in these mixes. However, to make it into my daily routine, these ingredient lists would have to look much more appealing and recognizable.

I appreciate the idea of this product, but in actuality–the ingredients are not up to par for this running girl.