Categories: Supplements


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Urinary Tract Infections are certainly no fun…bacteria essentially builds up and then causes pain or burning, and just overall discomfort. AZO has a line of products to help alleviate a UTI (but not cure…must go to a doctor!), including the new Cranberry Gummies.

I thought these would be perfect to try, seeing as Cranberry juice is always recommended to prevent UTIs, but I cannot drink it, as I am a Diabetic (juice is a huge NO, unless blood sugar is low!) These gummies are the equivalent of 1 glass of cranberry juice (per 2 gummies), according to the bottle. The bottle also states that “studies have been shown that cranberries can help prevent bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall and help maintain urinary tract cleanliness”. Sounds good to me!

I’ll admit, I am a sucker for gummies. Fish oil gummies, daily multi-vitamin gummies…it’s like a little treat per day! So I was certainly down to try these. I’m a little kid on the inside…it’s ok…right?

Here’s what they look like:

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They come in mixed berry flavor, and the darker versus lighter purple gummies have different flavors. The darker gummy has a tart, potent cranberry flavor. Almost like an extract. It’s very sweet and tart at the same time, but also good. It leaves a cranberry after-taste, like most cranberry products do. The lighter purple gummy is less tart and strong in flavor. I like it better, it’s sweeter. It almost reminds me of a raspberry or strawberry type of flavor, with a cranberry aftertaste.

The gummies are dense but chewy, and very slightly waxy. Not as squishy as a fish oil gummy, and a little harder.  They come in shapes that  honestly resemble the cake emoji for the iPhone…I have no clue, that’s what I think of every time. LOL.

It was hard to get a pic of the label, since it was stretched around the bottle. But…Each 2 gummies has 15 calories and 4 grams of carbs with 2 grams of sugar. It also contains 500 mg of Cranberry Whole Fruit Powder.

Overall, I like them! As a diabetic and female, I am prone to UTIs, so I would consider buying these if I saw it in stores. As always, with any vitamin (gummy or not), do NOT exceed the recommended dosage. Doesn’t matter how good they taste! 4 stars.

 

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This sample was given to me for free. This is an unbiased review.

 



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Hello!

So the nice people over at Enzymedica sent me two of their supplements to try out for free, Digest Gold with ATPro, and Acid Soothe. I was excited to try these, and I have a very sensitive stomach, and could use any extra help I can get!

The Digest Gold is vegan and kosher, and helps with digestion by providing a slew of enzymes. It is priced at roughly $29.99. Here is a list of everything inside!

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So anything ending in “-ase” is an enzyme. So you can see, there are a LOT of enzymes in this bottle.  Amylase is an enzyme that breaks down sugars, Protease helps break down proteins, Lactase helps break down milk based/lactose products, etc.  Here is what the pill looked like. It was relatively small and easy to swallow, which is a plus for me. I hate taking huge pills! I will purposely stop buying a brand if the pills are too big.

IMG_0628So how did it work? I decided to take it in the mornings, because I usually feel nauseous after breakfast (disclaimer: I am not pregnant! Just sensitive tummy!). I usually have toast with butter and some coffee for breakfast, and then go to the gym shortly after. At the gym, even 2 hours later, I sometimes feel nauseous or still “full” from my food. The first day I took the Digest Gold I noticed substantially less nausea, and felt pretty good! I was pleased and my stomach felt less heavy than usual.

I tried it again at dinner time. I always get indigestion from sauce/onions, so I had it with a meatball dish with sauce. Again, no heartburn after or indigestion, which was great.

I have been taking the remainder of the bottle with breakfast every day, and although there were a few days I was still nauseous, I would say this product definitely helped me. I would consider buying it again for sure, even though it is a little pricy. 4 stars

 

Moving on!

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The Acid Soothe. This product was priced at (I believe) around  7-8 dollars, which is average for traditional forms of acid relief such as Pepcid for a 30 count box. This product is vegan and filled with vegan enzymes and herbs to help heartburn. Here is the list:

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I found the perfect opportunity to take this the other day, when I had a little too much coffee. I had mild heart burn and it was otherwise just giving me a little bit of a stomachache. I took the Acid Soothe and waited about an hour. I must say it was a little bit disappointing. It alleviated the heart burn by very little,  but did help relieve some gas (in the form of some burps) but the heartburn was still relatively painful. I had high hopes for the Acid Soothe seeing as the Digest Gold was so great,  but this one I deem as generally ineffective, as least for me. 1 1/2 stars

Today’s review will be of a supplement! I got contacted to try a product by Calamari Ink Products for Immune support. Who wouldn’t want that?!? In today’s society, let’s be real here, people are GERMY! I’ve seen some nasty things people do in public (I’m talking to you nose pickers and people who don’t wash your hands!) which only spreads germs to the innocent ones or even those who are immunocompromised like myself (I’m a diabetic).

According to the bottle, this product is the first to use squid ink. Other ingredients in this product include Chitosan, Ganoderma Powder, Oyster Extract, Green Tea Extract, Raspberry Ketones, Haematococcus Pluvialis (algae extract) and Selenium.

So upon opening the bottle, a caveat for all would be to NOT smell the product directly. FISHY FISHY FISHY! The pills are black, which is weird only because I’ve never had a black pill before, but then again it IS made with squid ink.

The pills are squishy, easy to swallow, and have almost a berry like taste to them. They did not cause any stomach distress, or any repeating “fish oil” type of burps that other sea or fish based products can cause (like the only downside to fish oil!!)

What did this product do? I can’t really tell. While it is an immune support, and was not sick for the duration of taking the product, I can’t really say this is a miracle pill that will prevent you from getting sick or if it was chance and coincidence to not get sick. But hey, I’m a skeptic. I must point out that there were sick people in the area, and still did not get sick, so it COULD be the pill, or it COULD be coincidence. As a plus, this pill had no negative side effects.

Overall, 3 1/2 stars. I would need to take it for a longer duration I think, rather than just a 2 months, to see it’s affect on immune support. And hey, If I get sick now that I won’t be taking the pill I miiiiiight just go out and get another bottle. Better safe than sorry 🙂

27 Mar 2012, Comments (2)

Health Kismet Incredible Greens

Author: Healthnuttxo

Something new to try! I was offered to try Health Kismet Incredible Greens for free. It has a bunch of awesome stuff in it, and you know I’m a sucker for anything with a bunch of healthy ingredients! Take a look!


But what to mix it with? I was given some suggestions, and had to work with what I had available in my teeny tiny apartment (hence teeny tiny fridge…)

I tried mixing it with water first. Mildy minty aroma, and turned the water a very dark green once mixed. The flavor isn’t bad- it’s mildy sweet, but also has a bit of flavor to it. It reminds me of that flavor that protein drinks sometimes have, but it’s very subtle since I mixed it with water. I wouldn’t say I would like to drink it like this all the time, but it’s certainly not bad.

What I liked about it mixed with the water is that it wasn’t grainy. It mixed really smoothly, and I wouldn’t have been able to tell it was a power addition by drinking it. As in, it didn’t feel “piecy” in my mouth at all, I just felt like I was drinking a flavored water beverage.

NEXT UP,  in some chunky applesauce. It may not look super pretty but…

how did it taste?

Not bad! I really couldn’t taste too much of the powder. I added about half a scoop since it was a 4 oz cup of applesauce. It provided a tiny bit of flavor, almost providing a “creamy” aspect to the applesauce. But really, it didn’t hinder the flavor of the applesauce too much, and I kind of liked it !

This could totally be used on halloween too for it’s green and spooky appearance. Green Goblin grub, anyone?? 😉

Lastly, I tried it in some cranberry juice! Cranberry juice is super healthy and one of my favorite juices. I figured the tart flavor of the cranberry might go good with the Incredible Greens.

It was a pretty good paring! As predicted, I didn’t taste too much of the Greens, but it gave a creamy-ish texture to the juice and a “creamier taste” as well. I think it was pretty good!

OVERALL, 3.5 STARS. Sometimes I think a full scoop is a little strong, so  you may want to start out with half a scoop and work your way up, depending on what you mix with. It has a bit of an acquired taste, but it’s really not too strong that when mixed with something can be a great addition. I think this product is worth a try!

You can see more about this green superfood powder and other products here.

And want to try it for yourself? For a limited time, you can get a tub of Health Kismet Incredible Greens for 50 % off. Just use the coupon code: healthnuttxo

Voila! Let me know if any of you try it and how you used it!

This was a sponsored review, and I received the product for free. In no way, shape or form is my opinion about the product altered.

As a kid growing up, I was always told “Greens are Ninja Turtle food”. If we wanted to be strong and cool (or just be a ninja turtle for that matter), we had to eat our green vegetables. Oh and the fact that dessert wasn’t allowed to be eaten until the vegetables were gone probably had something to do with it too. But that’s besides the point.

And, well, I’ve eaten my fair share of green vegetables over the years and I’ve yet to see any transformation. Just saying.

But anyway, hoping to come to the green rescue is the Amazing Grass Organic GreenSuperFood Whole Food Energy Bar. According the the wrapper of the bar, it is organic, raw, vegan, gluten free, dairy and soy free, and has no sugar added.

It had a slighty fruity smell, almost like a date. The bar was very dense, but also soft to chew. The taste was pretty fruity, and surprisingly sweeter than I had expected. It reminded me sort of like a raspberry flavored fruit leather, but softer, and definitely not as sweet. It also reminded me of what the inside of a fig newton tasted like, but again, not as sweet. The tiny pieces of walnuts that were in the bar I liked, because it added a bit more flavor.

Overall, not too bad, but not my favorite. It was lackluster for me, but the nutritional facts were impressive. Chock full of awesome ingredients, such as organic dates, organic wheat grass, organic flax lignans and more. I felt as if it truly was a bar from nature, and green inspired. However, it wasn’t so good as to where I would buy it again (although I recieved this sample for free). And even though it was sugar free, I felt like I wanted to drizzle icing on it. Curse my sweet tooth. 2 1/2 stars

Have you ever watched the Ninja Turtles? Which one was your favorite? Leonardo was mine =)

Amazing Grass offered to send me a some of their Orange Dreamsicle Drink Powder to try for free. I accepted, and got this in the mail a day or so ago.

This powder has a whole bunch of stuff in it! According to the label, there are things like the “Amazing Grass Green Food Blend”, “Antioxidant Blend”, “EFA Fiber Blend”, “Digestive Enzyme & Active Culture Pre & Probiotic Blend” and more. I liked it especially because of the “Green Food Blend” which had things like “Organic Wheat Grass” and “Organic Spirulina” in it, which are things I don’t consume on a normal basis.

After my workout this morning, I wanted to have some with my meal. It suggests to “mix 1 scoop with 6 oz. of water, juice or your favorite milk”. I opted for water at first, so I could see what it really tasted like.

Here’s what it looked like when I opened up the tub.

Silly me. For some reason I expected an orange color, since it was called “Orange Dreamsicle”. Hah.

With water, it mixed easily. It was kind of “piecy” in consistency. It had a very mild sweetness, and actually DID remind me of an orange creamsicle, but was no where as sweet. I wanted to try it some other way. Conveniently, I had been eating a Pineapple Chobani, and decided to mix some in.

Not too pretty, but pretty tasty.

It was certainly a unique flavor with the Chobani, but I kind of liked it!  I think next time I try this, I’ll use it in a smoothie or with some milk as suggested instead of water. 3 stars

1 scoop is 30 calories, 1 gram of fat, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

What was your favorite ice pop as a kid? I always liked those Strawberry Shortcake pops =)

*Last few days to enter the “Organic Chocolate Indulgence” Giveaway!* 🙂

After a workout, there’s a few things I crave. Protein, to fuel my hard worked muscles, something sweet, to reward myself for a hard workout, and something healthy, to treat the body good and give it what it deserves. So, what better way to indulge after the gym than with an all natural Amazing Grass GREEN SuperFood Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar? 🙂

Amazing Grass sent me some products to try, and one of them was the GREEN SuperFood Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar. Combining two of my favorite things, chocolate and peanut butter, I certainly was excited for this.

This bar is all natural, gluten free, and according to the wrapper, made with organic peanuts, dates and green foods. According to the website, “We’ve taken our alkalizing Green SuperFood, with antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables and combined them in a bar that will satisfy your hunger and deliver nutrients to your body the way Mother Nature intended…unprocessed, organic and delicious.”

So I opened up the bar, and certainly was happy. It looked like a chocolate covered bar, and pretty thick too. I took a bite, and was actually quite surprised. The chocolate on top was smooth and sweet, I actually thought it was milk chocolate but the ingredients say it’s a “Dark Chocolate Coating”. The inside of the bar is, well, GREEN! They weren’t kidding about the “GREEN” part! I didn’t really taste too much peanut butter flavor, more like just a hint of peanut, but what I really tasted was a fruity flavor. It almost reminded me of chocolate covered raisins- but in bar form. It was tasty, though! Definitely a dense and chewy bar, it provided a sweet and slightly salty taste that certainly satisfied.

Overall, I give it 3 1/2 stars. It certainly was satisfying, and I liked the chocolatey coating on the outside. I really liked that it was made with organic ingredients, and contained the Green SuperFoods! However, I do wish it had more of a peanut butter taste, and slightly less fat per bar. Otherwise, I think it’s a great treat after the gym, or anytime!

Hey, if you want to buy these or other Amazing Grass products for yourself, you can click on the picture below!! 🙂

1 bar is 270 calories, 14 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein.

Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Dates, Whey Protein Concentrate, Organic Peanuts, Organic Rice Crisps, Amazing Grass Green SuperFood (Organic Wheat Grass, Organic Barley Grass, Organic Alfalfa, Organic Spirulina, Organic Spinach, Organic Chlorella, Organic Broccoli, Organic Acai, Organic Maca, Organic Carrot, Organic Beet, Raspberry, Organic Rose Hips, Pineapple, Green Tea, Organic Flax Lignans, L. Adidophilus, Alpha and Beta Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Lactase, Cellulase, Organic Peppermint), Natural Flavor, Peanut Extract, Organic Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt
Organic Dark Chocolate Coating: Cane Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Non-GMO Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavor

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