Categories: Supplements

 

It’s officially cold and flu season! (Boo!!!) And while there are vaccinations to help prevent the flu, there are no vaccinations against Rhinovirus aka the cold. However, you can take some over the counter supplements that may help support a healthy immune system. Vitamin Friends has a immune system support probiotic gummy that has Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinacea and a probiotic…and it’s vegan too!

These gummies are vegan, glute, free, egg free, crustacean free, fish free, peanut free, nut free, milk free and soy free…aka allergen free! They are made in California, USA, and are also Kosher. But how does it taste? Can I get my child to eat this?

I was sent an orange flavor to try…I do not think you will have any worries getting your child to eat these because they are yummy! A tangy, slightly tart orange-clementine line flavor. The gummies are soft and easy to chew, and covered with a sugar-like coating.

I’ve been eating them for about a month (2 per day), and have had no issues with going to the bathroom and *so far*, I have not gotten sick (KNOCK ON WOOD!) I do believe that supplementation can play a role in supporting a healthy immune system, especially if you are deficient in vitamins. I like that there is 100% of Vitamin C and Zinc per serving, not “1000% percent!” like some supplements may advertise. More is not necessarily better when it comes to vitamins and minerals, and even thought Vitamin C is water soluble, we shouldn’t be taking it in excess. Vitamins should also never take place of a healthy, well balanced diet, filled with fruits and vegetables and other anti-oxidants. However, I do think this is a good addition to your child’s diet (or yours!), especially during cold and flu season.

They are 15 calories per serving with 4 grams of sugar.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: I received these gummies to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review. This is not medical advice. Consult your doctor/ PA or NP before starting any supplements.

You are eating the healthy food…but are you properly digesting it? Dr. Liz Cruz, a gastroenterologist, is the creator of Everyday Enzymes, a natural supplement designed to help you digest and absorb all the healthy nutrients.

According to the pamphlet I received, this supplement helps support the digestion of protein, fats and carbs, as well as aiding in digestive issues such as reflux, gas, and nausea. It may also boost the immune system, and can be given to children, pets, and during pregnancy! (But please, always check with your personal doctor).

The label lists an enzyme blend of various enzymes, which thanks to my medical & nutrition background I understand, and can help decode for you!:

Amylase–> enzyme that digests starch (carbohydrates)
Protease –> enzyme that digests proteins
Lipase –> enzyme that digests fats
Cellulase –> enzyme that digests cellulose, an indigestible carbohydrate, such as in Celery or Broccoli
Invertase –> this one I had to research, but it is an enzyme made by yeast that helps break down sucrose, or sugar.
Diastase –> this is basically more Amylase
Lactase –> enzyme that breaks down lactose, in milk

+ has some Lactobacillus acidophilus & Bifidobacterium longum, aka probiotics for gut health.

You are instructed to take 2-3 capsules per meal or as instructed by your Doctor (or PA!) The label states you can also pull apart the capsules and mix it with food.

The pills are relatively small and easy to swallow. I had them in the morning or with spicy or higher fat meals, as I usually feel a little “ill” after eating too much fat (I love you avocado, but you hurt my belly every time!).

Overall, I am pleased. I can’t quite explain it, but my stomach didn’t have that “heavy” feeling after bigger meals. I didn’t have any adverse effects, stomach upset, nausea, etc. while taking the pills. While I can’t comment on my energy levels (because I sleep 4-5 hours a night…), I do feel I felt generally “better”. Placebo? Maybe. But maybe not. Regardless, I’ll take it.

I recommend giving them a try, especially if you suffer from some occasional heart burn or indigestion (remember –> always get any supplement cleared by your doctor or PA, and never self diagnose a medical problem, always get it checked out first!)

4.5 star

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DISCLAIMER: I received this product to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.

Need a BOOST to your morning routine? Ambrosia Nutraceuticals has your back. Ambrosia Nutraceuticals was founded by 3 big names in the fitness and health community, Mike Rashid, Sean Torbati and Marc Lobiner. They have unleashed natural products and supplementation that are intended to unlock your peak performance and perform at your highest potential.

Morning Ritual is intended to be added to your morning coffee (or water) to supercharge  your morning and day. It has MCT’s and goBHB to provide healthy fats and ketone bodies as a direct source of brain fuel, respectively. It also contains Velositol, which allows for greater uptake of amino acids and may double protein synthesis.

So how does it taste? It comes in 2 varieties, I got the Italian Creme Coffee Flavor so I could add it to my morning coffee. It was easy to mix into the coffee and added a creamy consistency. I didn’t really need to add my usual milk and splenda, as it provided some sweetness and flavor. In other words, this is like the superhero version of creamer…as it provides flavor, creamy consistency, but healthy fats, ketones, Velositol and a  bit of protein.

Am I a fan? Obviously! Looking forward to using this every morning with my coffee. A great product as suspected from Rashid, Torbati and Lobiner.

Check out all of there products here.

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Here’s the nutritional facts:

6 May 2017, Comments (0)

ISOThrive prebiotic nectar

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

People are more or less familiar with PRObiotics…ya know, those friendly bacteria (yes, bacteria) that live in your gut and help keep you and your gut happy and working, but what is a PRE-biotic?  You can basically think of it as food for the probiotic bacteria (generally lactobacillus) to “eat” and then function at peak performance. We need to ingest prebiotic sources in order to fuel the probiotics for them to do their job.

This is where ISOThrive comes into place. It is 1g of maltosyl-iso-malto-oligosaccharides (a type of indigestible complex carbohydrate) that “feeds” your gut bacteria.

Do I take probiotics? Off an on. They are expensive, and some of them don’t work. Do I eat yogurt? Yes, daily, which is a natural source of probiotics. I have never ingested a pre-biotic type of supplement, but you can eat probiotics in foods like garlic, leeks, and other plant based foods, although the source may be low.

ISOThrive provides what you would need for prebiotics for the day in one tiny sachet. You can add it to water and drink, or take it and “drink” it straight from the little sachet. It’s about the size of a sugar packet, so it’s not a lot, maybe half a teaspoon at most.

ISOThrive claims to help with weight loss (by keeping hunger  at bay), provide an  immunity boostdigestive balance (by overriding “bad” bacteria and encouraging “good” bacteria), and be a natural acid reflux relief (by adjusting your micro biome).

first off…what did it taste like? Honestly, it’s not bad. It’s not quite a syrup, more of a “serum” in consistency, with no odor. It’s really just a sweet-ish but kind of flavorless, almost like sugar water, but thicker in consistency. I couldn’t be bothered to put it in a glass of water so I would just take it right from the packet and didn’t have any issues with flavor or consistency.

Did it work?

Honestly, I don’t know, maybe. I took this supplement once daily every morning for roughly 3 weeks now. The first few days I noticed a was a bit bloated which was annoying but I am also skeptical- is it the supplement? Or did I just eat something salty or high in carbs so I’m bloated?

I do suffer from GERD but I also constantly drink coffee with a high anxiety/stress life which only contributes to acid.  However, I did not really have any bad acid flare ups while taking this product. I also get nauseous from time to time with the GERD/acid and I was not nauseous while taking the product.

I’ll tell you I did not have my hunger lessened at all, but I am also extremely active thus, always eating, and I haven’t weighed myself so I couldn’t tell you if I lost weight or not but I doubt it (not that I’m really all that saddened by that, did not want to lose weight to start with). So don’t count on this for drastic weight loss.

As for immunity boost? I did not get sick while taking this product (knock on wood), but again, is that from the product? Or was I just not exposed to germs? This time of year is more allergy related “sickness” than common colds, so perhaps the germs just weren’t hitting me.

I mean I still got stomach aches and slight indigestion from foods, but overall haven’t had any problems with this supplement, and I definitely think it’s worth a try, especially if you have GI issues, bloating, GERD, or even if you find yourself getting sick a lot. We forget that the food we eat and the nutrients we consume have a lot to do with our health, so this may be worth throwing into the mix.

Here is the brief facts about ISO Thrive.

 

Disclaimer: I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
25 Apr 2017, Comments (0)

Zaca Recovery Chewable

Author: Healthnuttxo

What is a recovery chewable? Zaca has come out with a product designed to help you “recover”… from stress related events, exercise, drinking, etc. According to the website, the chewables are intended to help hydration, enhance electrolytes, increase endurance, boost mental focus, and be a liver aid.

BEFORE we go any further… Let me give you a disclaimer. I am a skeptic. I don’t often buy supplements beyond BCAAs for the gym (which I am also convinced I am buying a powder and drinking expensive water but whatever, I like it), and I really do not believe much in homeopathic or osteopathic remedies when it comes to actual physiologic problems. In other words, NO your CINNAMON will NOT cure my Diabetes. So I am going into this as unbiased as I can be, but I have a medicine background and I am always going to be skeptical about supplements for improving health without scientific evidence.

Anyway, back to the review…. 😀

The chewables have Japanese raisin tree berry extract (claimed to help “liver detox”), l-alanyl-l-glutamine (claimed to enhance electrolyte and water absorption),, L-Glutathione which I know is big for antioxidant properties in the body, (but also claimed to help detox and for immune fortification), prickly pear leaf  (high in antioxidants and flavonoids), and some other things such as stevia and magnesium. They are gluten free, GMO free, sugar free, stimulant free.

Each pack comes with 2 tabs. They are crisp and sweet, with a pear and berry type of flavor. Sweet, mildly tart, kind of like a sweet tart but not quite as sweet or tart (lol, just trust me). I can definitely taste the xylitol type flavor and that stevia type sweetness as well. They’re good, and they’re easy to eat.

I took these after a night of drinking, and in the morning, as instructed on the package. I won’t lie, I wasn’t my usual nauseous self the morning after. But was that from the Zaca? or from the water I drank?  I can’t quite help my cynicism.

I took them again a few days, I work out hard, I work long hours, constantly on my feet, and maybe get 6 hours of sleep a night, sometimes less. So I am drained. I can tell you I did not get sick while consuming the tablets, so perhaps the L-Glutathione did help the immune system. I am not sure if they helped with recovery after workouts, I felt more or less the same. Mental focus? Mine is sort of crap unless I consume coffee so wouldn’t be fair to judge Zaca’s benefit for that. As for liver detox? Well. I am sorry I don’t entirely believe in any type of detox when it comes to your body. In my eyes, and in the eyes of science, your liver and kidney do all the detox you need. Plus how could I judge if my liver was detoxed or not?

Overall, it feels unjust to give this a numeric rating. Homeopathic and osteopathic medicinal and supplemental treatment is very user dependent, and if your skeptical like me, you may believe otherwise. However, I can just report the facts. The taste was good, they are easy to take with you and store in your gym bag. I did not get sick while taking them, and I did feel pretty good the morning after a night of drinking while taking Zaca with water. So the verdict? Give it a try. You may like it.

 

 

I received Zaca for free. This is an UNBIASED review.

3 Jan 2017, Comments (0)

AZO Urinary Tract Defense

Author: Healthnuttxo

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) are well… a pain. While they happen most commonly in women, it is totally possible for a man to have a UTI as well.

AZO has come out with a product to “control the infection” as well as provide some pain relief for when a UTI hits and you have to wait to see the doctor. NOTE: This product is NOT a replacement for going to the doctor! A UTI is an infection, and often requires medication from a doctor or physician assistant, so PLEASE if you think you have a UTI, seek medical attention!

AZO’s Urinary Tract Defense contains Methenamine, which is antibacterial, (thus preventing the “spread of the infection”), as well as Sodium Salicylate, which is an NSAID analgesic (pain reliever).  Here are some facts below:

I am presenting this product however I did not use it (which I suppose is fortunate for me!). However, UTI’s are common in Diabetics, so this is a good product for me to have on hand (always ask a doctor first if you are Diabetic/have any medical conditions).

The pills are small, and there are 24 of them, all in a sealed, air tight package. You are instructed to take 2 pills, 3 x per day, with a full glass of water for adults and children 12 years of age and older. I like that the pills are small, and they appear somewhat “candy coated”, making them even easier to swallow (at least in in my opinion).

Again, I did not use this product directly, however, I have used similar AZO products in the past, and did have positive results, so I do not foresee an issue with this product. Always good to keep on hand…you never know when a painful UTI will strike!

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review. 

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Hello!

I got a box of goodies from the fantabulous (yes thats a word) Vitamin Shoppe! I was sent an assortment of protein powders, a shaker cup, a shirt, protein bar, protein chocolate, and a protein cookie! Perfect gift box for the avid weight lifter like myself. So let’s get started!

First up, let’s get to the protein powders.

Bodytech Whey Tech, Micellar Casein, Hexatein, and PRO PUDDING samples. Note: all proteins (except pudding) were mixed with unsweetened almond milk.

Bodytech Whey Tech is a quick absorbed protein and good for post workout. I got these in Strawberry  and Chocolate Mint. They both mixed relatively easy.

The Strawberry flavor was not a favorite of mine. It tasted and smelled overly fake, and had a funky strawberry flavor. Reminded me of a muted strawberry milk, but the artificial sweetener was too prominent to enjoy. 2 stars.

The Chocolate Mint flavor was…eh. It tasted like spearmint, with very mild chocolate undertones. It was very, very mildly sweet so the flavors were sort of muted. Not a fan. 2 stars. 

 

Moving on…

Hexatein. I heard good things about these!

IMG_1249 These proteins are a blend of whey, casein, and egg protein for assorted absorption and digestion rates. I got these in Chocolate and Vanilla. Both flavors were on the harder side to mix without getting clumps.

The Chocolate flavor tasted like cocoa powder moreso than chocolate, but did remind me of a chocolate milk. It had a creamy taste and mild sweetness, but it was a bit chalky. Not too bad. 3 1/2 stars.

The Vanilla flavor reminded me of a frosting, but was not nearly as sweet (obviously). It was creamy, and had an okay vanilla flavor, however the fake sweetener aftertaste was a tad too noticeable for me. 3 stars.

Next…

The Casein protein. Casein is a slow digested protein, and typically consumed before bed. I got this variety in Cookies and Cream, which happens to be my favorite protein flavor usually. It was thick, mixed easily, creamy. I kind of liked it because it had a mild cookie flavor, with mini pieces, but not too sweet. I don’t like overly sweet powders, they make it hard for me to drink. My favorite of all the proteins. 4 stars.

Next up, The PRO PUDDING!

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IMG_1254 These were mixed with 5 ounces of cold water. You have to let them sit a bit for them to set up and thicken. To be honest, I did not like either one of them. The vanilla reminded me of a sugar free vanilla jello (that you make from the box), but the flavor was lack luster, too artificial tasting, awkwardly sweet, and too much to consume with one muted flavor. The chocolate was a little better, not too sweet, chalky, and tasted more like cocoa powder. Both were OK but need mix ins. I can see how they can be useful during dieting with some mix ins, perhaps a crunchy component, or some banana slices, but I was not a fan. 2 stars. 

Next up, the Complete Cookie by Lenny and Larry’s in Birthday Cake flavor. Oh MAN was this good! A HUGE cookie ( be careful…two servings!!!) It was sweet, but not overly sweet, had NO protein flavor, was soft baked but dense, had a somewhat brown sugar flavor…very good, just not super healthy. 370 calories and 30 grams of sugar for one cookie, but if you need protein and you are craving sweets, this is totally the way to go.  4 1/2 stars

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Next, the PowerCrunch Dark Chocolate bar. This had two servings in it,surprisingly. and overall was OK but not worth the calories. If I am craving chocolate, I was CHOCOLATE! It had a semi sweet but more on bitter side flavor with little krispies in it, kind of like a Crunch bar, but not as sweet. The chocolate was not smooth in consistency, and it was OK. 3 stars

 

Lastly, and a product I actually purchased again for both awesome nutritional stats and flavor, the Oh Yeah! ONE protein bar in Birthday Cake flavor. Only 1 gram of sugar with 21 grams of protein, and freaking awesome flavor. Dense, chewy, sweet, tastes like a sugar cookie meets vanilla cake. I love it, and the sprinkles on top make it feel decadent. This is my new favorite protein bar! 4 1/2 stars.

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Overall, got some good stuff! The shirt and shaker bottle from Vitamin Shoppe added a nice touch. The shirt was super comfy, and fit well. The shaker cup was sturdy, and had a jack-like shaped object instead of those annoying metal wire balls that you cannot get untangled if you store them together or throw them in dishwasher, which helped mix protein. Thank you, Vitamin Shoppe, for my care package!IMG_1248

 

This is an unbiased review. I received these items for free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brittle hair, dry hair, thin hair…dry skin, flaky skin…weak nails, brittle nails….all SO not fun! Genetics, diet, medication, and the weather play a huge role on the condition of your hair, skin and nails. The people over at Seabuck Wonders offered me to try their Ultimate Hair, Skin and Nails supplement with Biotin and Omega-7 for free to see if it would help any battle I was facing!

I have dry hair from time to time, but it does get oily at the roots. My nails are in good condition, but I do get hangnails. My skin, however, gets very dry in the winter, and I moisturize constantly.

This supplement contains Omega-7, which according to the pamphlet Seabuck Wonders sent me, helps promote moisturized skin, a healthy GI tract, and helps support proper inflammatory responses. The Omega-7 comes from Sea Buckthorn, which has Omega 3, 6 and 9 as well, over 190 phytonutrients, 10x the Vitamin C content of oranges, 3x the Vitamin A content of carrots, highest Vitamin E levels among fruits, and much more. You can read more about this here.

Here’s what they look like. You are instructed to take 2 a day. IMG_8873

The pills are squishy/soft coated and easy to swallow. However, they repeated on me, and the taste was really unpleasant. I think it needs some sort of enteric coating to avoid that flavor…if you’ve every taken non-enteric coated fish oil pills, you know what I am talking about!

As for results? I didn’t see anything significant, but I also did not see any negative side effects. It did not hurt my sensitive stomach, make me break out, or anything like that. I can’t really say it helped my hair, skin, or nails, because it was only taken for a month. I think supplements need to be taken for longer periods of time to see real results.

So with that said, 3 stars. I think this product is promising, and I would have liked to keep using it. However, at $35 for a month supply, it is a bit steep for my budget.

Here are the ingredients below:

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I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.

 

12 Nov 2015, Comments (0)

Voke Tabs

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Does anyone else here drink coffee every day?…

GUILTY!

What can I say, with a busy life, school, multiple jobs…I need my caffeine some days (okay, most days) to keep me going. I try not to go over a cup to 1-1/2 cups of coffee a day, but I definitely hit that mark.  Vote sent me some Voke Tabs, which is advertised to possibly replace that daily coffee!

Each tab is chewable, made from green tea caffeine (77 mg per tab), some guarana berry, acerola cherry, and has 100% Vitamin C and only 2 calories each! Here’s what they look like…
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I like that they are made from green tea caffeine! A lot of caffeinated products make me jittery, unless it is a natural caffeine source. So, I was hoping this would be the same.

How do they taste?

Honestly…pretty awful. It has a slight mixed berry flavor, but is overwhelmed with a tart and metallic taste to it. I do not like it at all. I had one, and haven’t had one since. The other one I let my brother try, who also agreed the flavor was not good.

The convenience is a plus if you can get over the flavor. But the top of the can also comes off easily so you cannot just throw this in your bag as it will open up on you.

Energy wise? It was OK. I did not get jittery, I didn’t really feel as awake as a cup of coffee would, but just did not feel tired (I took this during my “afternoon slump” around 3-4pm). I had no problem sleeping that night as well.

Overall, I don’t like them. I can’t get over the taste. The energy is lackluster. Maybe 2 of them would do the trick for me personally but I won’t be eating two of them.

1 1/2 stars

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I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
12 Oct 2015, Comments (0)

Culturelle Advanced Immune Defense

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Well, this product couldn’t have come at a more perfect timing. Everyone knows the scenario…Fall comes around and all of a sudden, everyone is SICK!! Like out of no where, germs fly all over the place and suddenly everyone around you either has a cold, Strep or the big one…the FLU!!!

I was offered to try this product by Culturelle, a supplement for immunity support. It contains a probiotic, Vitamin C, Zinc, and antioxidants.  We are advised to take one per day, for adults and children 12 years and up. This product is free of gluten, dairy, lactose, wheat, soy and preservatives.

I have taken probiotics before and took them before trying this 10 day trial. When starting any new product there may be some bloating or side effects.

These pills are harder than I imagined, most of my other probiotics were in softer, more flexible capsules. They aren’t too large, and they are easy to swallow. I was just getting over a cold when I started taking these. I noticed no change in recovery time, but this is immune DEFENSE so I didn’t expect it to help an already existing cold.

I was a little bloated and gassy on this supplement. I had some mild nausea. I do not think the nausea was from the pill. I have nausea daily and I need a strong probiotic to keep in under control. The probiotic part of this pill was not strong enough for me, and the bloating was consistent throughout the 10 days.

At the end of my 10 day trial, I contracted another cold. I work at a gym, I workout at a gym, and I go to class in public places with sick people. This is not expected to be a miracle pill. but I found it ironic I took a immunity defense pill and I got another cold a week after recovering from one. 
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Overall, I probably wouldn’t use this in the future. I need a stronger probiotic (this one claims to have 2.5 Billion CFUs of Lactobacillus GG) and the immune part either was ineffective, or a 10 day trial wasn’t long enough to see real results. Overall… I like the idea of this supplement, but the effectiveness…It’s OK… 2 1/2 stars

 

 

 

I was sent this product to review for free. This is an unbiased review.

 

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