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Bob’s Red Mill Whey & Hemp Protein Review

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Bob’s Red Mill

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Bob’s Red Mill:

PRESERVING NUTRITION THROUGH TRADITION

At Bob’s Red Mill, we know that you can’t rush quality. That’s why we manufacture our products using time-honored techniques, like grinding whole grains at cool temperatures with a traditional stone mill. This production ‘secret’ allows us to seal in the freshness and bring you wholesome, quality foods, just as nature intended.

Our beautiful stone grinding mills are much like the ones used during early Roman times. And to this day, our quartz millstones remain the best way to produce the finest products available. Unlike high-speed steel rollers, our stone mills ensure the most nutritious parts of the whole grain remain, so we can pack all-natural goodness right into your bag.

MILLING, TESTING, PACKAGING, DISTRIBUTING—ALL UNDER ONE ROOF

We’ve known from the first day we opened our doors in 1978 that to make the best products possible, we’d have to be able to do it all ourselves. And with our state-of-the-art milling, packaging and distribution facility located right in Milwaukie, Oregon, we’re able to guarantee quality, every step of the way.

Bob’s Red Mill takes great pride in handling all aspects of the production process in-house, starting with processing, washing and inspecting the grain, and ending with shipping the finished product to your door.

Each product undergoes extensive quality control tests within our in-house laboratories. During this testing phase, our gluten-free offerings are segregated from our other products, and tested in special gluten-free-only ‘clean room facilities.’

But don’t just take it from us; you can actually see the results of all our hard work. With our special clear packaging, you get to be the final judge of the quality and freshness of our products, before you take them home.

SOURCING THE FINEST PRODUCTS
FROM OUR FARMS TO YOUR TABLE

Our relationship with our product starts at the source, with the farmer who produces the grain. We maintain personal relationships with farmers from across the country and make an effort to visit their farms. Together, we ensure that we’re offering the best product available, while always using best practices.

ENSURING CERTIFIED ORGANIC, WHOLE GRAIN GOODNESS

We often hear the question from our customers, ‘What does organic really mean?’ It is, simply, a label assigned to foods that are produced without synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and that do not contain genetically modified organisms (more commonly known as GMOs). Organic food production also supports farming methods that are deemed environmentally sound.

We’re proud to offer one of the largest lines of organic, whole grain foods in the country. When you see the ‘USDA Organic’ label on our products, you’ll know that to earn that label, Bob’s Red Mill had to complete a rigorous certification process through the USDA’s National Organic Program.”

Whey Protein

About:

“Whey Protein Concentrate is a high quality,complete protein with all of the essential amino acids. Dissolves instantly. Excellent for protein drinks and baking.”

Hemp Protein

About:

“Hemp seeds are one of nature’s best sources for plant-based protein. Containing all of the essential amino acids the body needs, our hemp protein powder is a perfect boost to your morning. Try adding hemp protein powder to your smoothies, shakes and yogurt, or use hemp protein to replace up to 25% of the flour in a baked good.

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My Thoughts:

Organic, powdered proteins are a part of my everyday diet. They are sure and quick way to ingest a dose of protein on-the-go, without compromising the quality of the food I’m eating. I am always open to trying new, organic proteins and was happy to discover that Bob’s Red Mill makes whey & hemp protein. My family has used various Bob’s Red Mill products in recent years, mainly the flaxseed, coconut flour, almond flour and gluten free baking mixes.

Many of Bob’s Red Mill products are certified organic, but I’ve recently learned that these two proteins are not. That was a little discouraging to learn–after usually looking at this brand in a very positive light. These proteins are, however, both non-gmo.

Taste-wise, both proteins taste pretty bland (to be expected). I’ve found that adding liquid vanilla stevia to my protein shake helps add some flavor and sweetness.

When I construct these ratings, I have to consider everything that I’ve tried. In this case, I know of many organic hemp protein brands and many organic whey protein brands. Unfortunately, this leaves these two Bob’s Red Mill products in the dust. If the day were to come that Bob’s held these two products to a higher standard (organic), I would surely be on board with them. Until then, I’ll have to seek other brands for my dally protein.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

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Life Equals Supplements (KC Local) Review

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Life Equals Vitamins

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Life Equals:

“At Life Equals, we think vitamins and supplements are like anything: you should love them! If every other product has a guarantee associated with it, why not vitamins and supplements as well? 

That’s why all of our products, including our apparel, are a part of our Love Your Health Guarantee. That means, if you have any questions, concerns or issues with any of our Daily Essentials, Specialty Supplements or apparel, we want to hear from you. We’re happy to answer any questions you have, exchange products (well, apparel that is — difficult to exchange an open bottle of vitamins!) or offer a refund up to 60 days after your date of purchase for both our apparel and vitamins. In short, we want you to love your health!
Thanks so much for being a part of our Buy Health Give Health movement where every purchase donates an equal amount of children’s multivitamins to an undernourished child through the Life=Life Project.

Did you know —

In the world today, 2 billion people, or 1 out of every three, lack essential nutrients.

And worldwide, 1 in 3 children die due to undernutiriton. This lack of nutrients is a greater cause of childhood death than AIDS, malaria, and parasitic infections combined.

This crisis facing the world’s children is THE #1 most addressable issue of humanity today.
That is why we started Life Equals, a one-for-one vitamin company. One-for-one? Meaning for every vitamin you buy, we give another children’s multivitamin to undernourished children in 44 countries worldwide and 33 states here in america.”

In regards to the word “organic,” I learned this about Life Equals ingredients:

“Life Equals makes premium quality products by sourcing the best ingredients from quality growers and producers. All of our products have increased bioavailability, improved absorption and are 100% Made in the USA in facilities that exceed FDA regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices.

The LIFE= Prental, Men’s and Women’s Multivitamins all utilize the natural supplementation power of whole foods to increase absorption and make them naturally gentle on the stomach. Life Equals specifically avoids GMO ingredients and is currently seeking Organic certification on their Whole Food Blend to ensure the utmost quality. 
LIFE= CoQ10 already utilizes Certified Organic Flaxseed oil as the binder to assist in the absorption of the coenzyme.  
LIFE= Vitamin D3 was specifically designed with a non-GMO oil binder to create the cleanest D3 product possible. Seeking Organic Certification will be the next step for this product as well. 
It is our mission at Life Equals to bring quality products to the market that not only better the lives of our customers, but the lives of children across the world.  We are striving to expand that holistic commitment to our environment by working towards Organic, non-GMO status for all of our products. Stay tuned to the Life Equals movement as we grow and make our products even better and help more children live healthy, productive lives!”
Life Equals also does a pretty nifty subscription program, where they auto-ship it every month. Every month you get 15% off + free shipping, but your first month you get 75% off the products! It’s no-obligation, cancel any time.

Prenatal Multivitamin

About:

“Multivitamin/Multimineral
LIFE= Prenatal is formulated to promote healthy fetal development while also supporting the mother’s nutrition and energy. Patented mineral amino acid chelates by Albion Labs combine minerals in an organic molecule that the body can readily assimilate – avoiding constipation and discomfort. The Whole Food and Herbal Blend promotes the absorption of vitamins and minerals and the digestion of co-nutrients. The Digestive Enzyme Complex provides the final step to maximum absorption and nutrient availability with plant-based enzymes that support healthy digestion and further reduce stomach discomfort. 

Why LIFE= Prenatal?

  • Gentle on the stomach
  • Naturally Energizing
  • Mineral–Amino Acid Chelates for Better Absorption
  • Plant Based Enzymes for Improved Digestion
  • Non-Constipating Iron.”

Probiotic

About:

“LIFE= Probiotic is formulated to help support and replenish natural healthy bacteria levels in the body. By combining multiple probiotic strains, a more effective formula is created. Each different strain thrives in separate parts of the digestive tract and offers different benefits – together they create a more holistic solution. LIFE= Probiotic strains have natural acid bio-resistance enabling them to withstand low stomach pH and thrive upon arrival in the intestinal tract.* 

Why LIFE= Probiotic?

  • 6 Probiotic Strains for Holistic Benefits
  • FOS Prebiotic for Increased Effectiveness
  • Helps Manage Food Allergies*
  • Supports Nutrient Absorption*
  • Aids Vitamin Synthesis*.”

CoQ10

About:

Multivitamin/Multimineral
LIFE= CoQ10, in easy to swallow softgels, uses only 100% natural CoQ10 blended with natural vitamin E and organic flaxseed oil to ensure the best absorption and availability without the need to accompany with food. CoQ10 has been intensely studied for over 40 years and has been shown to support a healthy cardiovascular system, slow the effects of age-related diseases, promote healthy gums and aid energy production on a cellular level.* 

Why LIFE= CoQ10?

  • Blended with Organic Flaxseed Oil
  • Supports Heart Health*
  • Powerful Antioxidant*
  • Naturally Energizing
  • Promotes Immune Function*.”

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My Thoughts:

Most importantly, this local to Kansas City brand has me impressed and mesmerized by their commitment to provide a dose of nutrients to children in need, all over the world. I was not aware that malnutrition was a cause of so many children’s deaths each year. What a sad reality. I am inspired by the fact that they are making strides to tackle this issue. Thus, when you become a customer of Life Equals, you are helping a child in need get the nutrition their body requires–good things!

I was interested in taking these three supplements because:

1. I believe a good multivitamin can help “cover your bases” in making sure you are getting enough of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy. I have been taking a prenatal vitamin for about a year, as suggested by my OBGYN, as I hope to be expecting some time in the semi-near future 🙂

2. Probiotics are important because they promote healthy digestion. Digestion is important because it allows your body to effectively absorb all of the nutrients you are taking in. With poor digestion and a gut that is not full of the necessary bacterias, your body won’t reap all of the benefits of the healthy food you’re eating. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are important to maintaining a healthy gut. Thus, I don’t believe you should take a probiotic hoping that it will outweigh the bad eating you’re doing.

3. CoQ10 is a supplement that I first heard about in trying to discover products that would help clear my hormonal acne. Since your skin is a reflection of your overall health, I figured that incorporating an antioxidant supplement could only help. CoQ10, in Life Equals’ words: “supports a healthy cardiovascular system, slow the effects of age-related diseases, promote healthy gums and aid energy production on a cellular level.” As a strong antioxidant, it essentially does several great things for the body and your overall health.

In regards to quality, these supplements are way above average, with each of the products being free of common allergens:

-Prenatal: free of  yeast, wheat, milk, milk derivatives, lactose, sugar, preservatives, artificial flavor, sodium.

-Probiotic: free of iron, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, preservatives.

-CoQ10: free of yeast, wheat, milk, milk derivatives, lactose, sugar, preservatives, artificial flavor, sodium.

In regards to how I’ve felt taking these supplements: my stomach has never been upset after taking them, my digestion is regular, my overall vitality is up and I’m feeling healthy. I have taken these during the final weeks of my marathon training and found them to be a great, added boost to my daily intake of healthy, nutrient dense meals. I believe that supplements don’t replace nutritious, organic food–but they can give you a bit of an athletic “edge.”

Life Equals uses some ingredients that are organic and non-gmo. I’ve learned that they are making efforts to include more and more certified organic ingredients to insure the quality of their products. I look forward to this transition into a super-high quality line of products. So far, so good–but I look forward to “so great!” I’ve been enjoying rocking my Life Equals T-Shirt and look forward to recommending these supplements to more individuals as the prevalence of organic ingredients increases in their products.

Protein 17 Organic Whey Protein Review

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Protein 17 Organic Whey Protein

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Protein 17:

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My Thoughts:

Not only do I love that this protein is organic & from grass-fed cows, but I love that Protein 17 makes an effort to point out that the practice of injecting cows with artificial hormone treatment is harmful to the animal and ultimately harmful to us in consuming a product that is derived from cow’s milk. I admire the fact that they are transparent about their approach to whey protein–which is to create organic, non-gmo, whey protein containing nothing artificial.

It’s hard to find protein powder that is unflavored. I am loving that I can mix this protein with anything I want without worrying about the flavors meshing. I like it best blended with almond milk and a few strawberries.

This is not the only whey protein on the market, obviously, but it is absolutely one of the highest quality. There are a few other lines of organic whey protein out there–I am finding that amongst those brands, most of them are comparable. These top organic whey protein brands appear passionate about producing whey protein that you can trust, which is more than what your typical store-bought protein can say for itself.

Though I do not include other dairy products, I digest whey protein fine (in high-quality whey proteins, 100% of the lactose has been eliminated, thus it’s resemblance to milk is gone). Performance wise, I am on the top of the game in regards to running, lifting and requiring little recovery time. I believe that including organic whey protein in my diet has been a large part of that.

I’d recommend this protein to someone looking for a high quality, versatile protein powder to use along with a weight lifting and cardiovascular workout routine. Consuming doses of pure protein can help you recover quicker, grow muscle and keep you lean.

Green Pasture Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend Review

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Green Pasture

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Green Pasture:

“Green Pasture Products™ is a family owned business started by Dave and Barb Wetzel in 2000. Our business focus is to provide high-quality sacred-food oils just as they were made prior to the industrialized food and farming revolution.

High-Vitamin Butter Oil is our foundation product that all our work has blossomed through. Dr. Weston Price discovered High-Vitamin Butter Oil back in the 1930’s but the pinnacle of his discovery was when he combined Cod Liver Oil with High-Vitamin Butter Oil.

Today we produce the High-Vitamin Butter Oil, and we ferment the historically sacred cod and skate liver oils.
Fermenting the livers of fish to extract the oil is an old world practice that may go back as far as biblical times. During the 1850s was the beginning of the industrial food revolution and the first time cod liver oil manufacturing changed from it’s historical sacred roots to an industrialized food.

We’ve turned back the clock and restored these sacred foods to their roots. We Are proud to offer these historical sacred foods prepared with the same great care and concern for our generational health just as our ancestors.

Dr. Price traveled the world studying the traditional diets of many cultures. In every culture he discovered sacred foods that were carefully collected and prepared to ensure the strong mind, body, and spirit of its people.

Certifications:

OMRI Organic Certification: OMRI lists several of our fish by-products as suitable for use on organic land and farms. Some of the products they certify include Liquid Fish Soil Rescue and Feed Grade Cod Liver Oil.

Raw Milk Farming: There has been a great deal of attention drawn to our family’s use of raw milk on the land, pastures and crops. By working with the University of Nebraska Extension we have completed one replicated study. Some of the observations include: substantial plant growth with a single application of raw skim milk, improved plant health, insecticide effects, soil porosity increased, possible fungus and mold control, and happy cows. For more information on this work, please read various blogs on our website, search out publications, or call either our office or the University of Nebraska Knox county extension office.

-Whole Food Form
-Wild, as Provided by Nature
-Real, Unsurpassed Nutrition
-Unadulterated
-Natural fatty acid complex, nothing removed or changed
-Full, deep range of Vitamins A, D, E, K; CoQ enzymes; and other quinones
-Deep, Rich, Historical Processing Methods
-Non-industrialized Production
-Clean, Pure, and Third Party Tested

Our Guarantee

The fish used in our Fermented Cod Liver oil and Skate Liver oil are exclusively wild caught in and around the Arctic region. A substantial amount of today’s cod liver oil is produced from farmed fish.
Green Pastures is committed to providing our community with nothing but pure, unadulterated, non-industrialized fermented fish liver oils using traditional or sacred production methods that have been in use for thousands of years.
We guarantee we will not compromise our products’ nutrient quality and integrity by any industrial means that will damage or remove flavors, odors, colors, textures and/or nutrients.
We exclusively use third party testing for our products.

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Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend Non-Gelatin Capsules

“Dr. Weston A. Price discovered High Vitamin Butter Oil in the 1930’s. The pinnacle of his X-Factor discovery was the extreme synergistic effect between High Vitamin Butter Oil and traditional cod liver oil. “One without the other did not do his patients justice, but the two together worked like magic”.

X-Factor Gold™ High Vitamin Butter Oil is made from dairy oil extracted without heat from cows that eat 100% rapidly growing grass. The speed of the grass growth, timing of the grazing of this grass, species of grass, climate and extraction method are all important to make real X-Factor Gold™ High Vitamin Butter Oil.

The Blue Ice™ Fermented Cod Liver Oil brings us back in time, when cod liver oil was truly a sacred food. The Blue Ice™ Fermented Cod Liver Oil is lacto-fermented and extracted without heat. The fish are wild caught in the Arctic region.

The combination of these attributes provides our community with a pure, clean and nutrient rich sacred food.

Blue Ice™ Royal offers our community a nutrient dense sacred food blend of 1/3 X-Factor Gold™ High Vitamin Butter Oil and 2/3 Blue Ice™ Fermented Cod Liver Oil.”

My Thoughts:

I sought out to get my hands on this butter oil/fermented cod oil blend after reading in several online health sources that cod liver oil might be a helpful supplement for those that suffer with acne and skin imperfections. The butter oil was appealing to me because I have always had an interest in the benefits of raw butter (how nutrient dense it is & how good of a source of good fats it is). I have recently had a peaked interest in butter oil for the specific purpose of maintaining optimum oral health and helping keep my teeth healthy through my diet.

After researching many brands or fermented cod liver oil that you can find at your local health food store, I’m deemed this combo the ultimate, high quality supplement for someone looking for the benefits of butter oil and fermented cod liver oil. I’m not sure that you can find many (if any) other brands that offer this combination in capsule form.

This supplement has been a part of a low-gluten, low-dairy, organic skin care regimen and my skin has never looked or felt healthier. The same goes for my teeth. I feel confident that is because of the healthy diet I consume and the added help of this supplement to really cement my results,

I believe that high quality supplements like this one can help fill the gaps in your diet (if any). If you truly eat a well balanced diet, I would still deem it beneficial to you. I’d say anyone can benefit from getting a regular dose of healthy, healing fats such at those found in Green Pasture’s Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Oil blend.