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Garden of Life Magnesium and Plant Collagen Builder Review

Garden of Life

This is a review of the Garden of Life magnesium and plant collagen supplements.

Overall Rating: 5-stars

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Plant Collagen Builder:

  • “2,500mg Whole Food Biotin from Organic Sesbania
  • 10mg Whole Food Silica from Organic Bamboo
  • Antioxidants from Organic Pomegranate, Turmeric, Amla, Green & Rooibos Tea
  • Made from over 30 Certified USDA Organic Whole Foods from Organic Farms

Why mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder

There are many collagen products on the market, but mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder is Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, made only from organic plant foods—and can build the body’s own natural production of collagen.†

You can’t build collagen by eating collagen. Collagen is a protein that is broken down by the digestive system. What you can do is feed your body the necessary co-nutrients needed for building collagen, such as those found in Organic Plant Collagen Builder.

Made from over 30 real, nutritious organic, family-farmed whole foods, with specifically chosen ingredients to help support the body’s own collagen production—Organic Plant Collagen Builder can help restore and maintain youthful levels of collagen, keratin and elastin—three proteins which promote the body’s healthy, natural glow!†

Organic Plant Collagen Builder contains Silica from Certified Organic All Natural Bamboo Extract which is a key co-nutrient for collagen production.  Also included is High Polypenolic Pomegranate to support skin health and protection from UV damage.† Organic Rooibus and Organic Green Tea are known to fight free radicals which can support healthy, glowing skin, healthy teeth and bones.† Then there’s “beauty-boosting Biotin” to support healthy hair, skin and nails.

  • Supports Beautiful Hair, Skin and Nails†
  • Helps Restore and Maintain Youthful Levels of Collagen, Keratin and Elastin†
  • Supports the Body’s Healthy, Natural Glow†

For beautiful hair, skin and nails, Organic Plant Collagen Builder is made only from organic plant foods that can build the body’s own natural production of collagen.†”

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Magnesium Powder

“Magnesium is important.

It’s found in every cell, it’s the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and it’s necessary in over 300 reactions within the body. 

But unfortunately, most modern farming practices have led to soil depletion of minerals including magnesium. This, combined with a lack of fresh foods, the consumption of a highly processed diet and other contributing factors, is why dietary intakes for most have diminished significantly.

Well, we’ve got good news for you! Garden of Life is excited to introduce its newest extension to our best-selling Dr. Formulated Probiotics line: Magnesium Relax & Restore.

Dr. Formulated Magnesium Relax & Restore is the first-ever whole food organic pea protein magnesium chelate created with USA-grown organic peas. This delicious, fizzy drink is formulated to help calm and relax you, leading to a good night’s sleep while restoring your body’s optimal magnesium levels. † It also features a dose of live probiotics to support healthy digestion.

While everyone needs magnesium, those who will benefit most from Relax & Restore are people who are looking to relax, de-stress, sleep better, improve mood and combat fatigue.

Relax & Restore is available in three flavors: Original (unflavored), Orange Creamsicle and Raspberry Lemon. So, what’s the best way to take it? We recommend adding one serving to 8 ounces of room temperature water. Let it fizz, stir well and enjoy!

We could all benefit from a little relaxation and restoration.”

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My Experience:

Collagen is a word that I hear every day working at a juice shop + clean eats haven. It’s a large part of the beneficial properties that make up bone broth. Collagen promotes muscle and joint health as well as the vitality of hair, skin and nails–making it a beauty regimen go-to for many women.

Of course of course of course, Garden of Life came out with a super-powered plant based version of this supplement, made by harnessing specific plant compounds that boost collagen production in the body. Best I can tell, this product is EXCELLENT in regards to quality, which I’ve come to expect from Garden of Life.

My hair and skin feels healthier than it’s ever been. With this supplement being a part of my routine, I’ve got to think that it’s played a role.

I was medium excited about the collagen, but large excited about the magnesium powder. I have seemed magnesium powder in the past from different brands to help alleviate these problems:

-painful menstrual cramps

-difficulty sleeping (restlessness mostly due to exercise-induced soreness)

-hormone balancing

-overall health and organ function

Because I never have had to question Garden of Life’s quality, I was amped to see that they came out with a magnesium powder. I immediately switched from the brand I was using. I’ve found that it has helped my boyfriend and I both sleep better and more soundly–I’ve also found that my overall energy level is higher and my cycles more seamless. I definitely plan on restocking when we are out.

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Miracle Powders Organic & Raw Maca & Chlorella Powder Review

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Miracle Powders

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Chlorella

About:

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: CHINA

A fresh water algae highly known for its energy-producing hits, detoxifying properties and boosting abilities – all due to high chlorophyll levels. This alga has been used since ancient times for people looking to boost their levels of protein, fibre, iron and potassium. Today it is used for the same reason and has become a popular source of boosting detoxifying effects – you can put this down to its natural minerals.

Benefits

– ‘Broken cell wall’ for optimal nutrition

– Contributes to healthy digestive functions

– Boosts radiant skin and healthy hair and nails.

– Contributes to normal cognitive function and psychological function

– Supports the heart and normal blood pressure

– One of the highest sources of chlorophyll and high in natural vitamin D

– Easily digestible protein

– Supports liver function – can help prevent hangovers if taken before consuming alcohol

How to take

We suggest adding 1-2 heaped teaspoons to your favourite juices and smoothies or even water- gradually increase to suit you. Perhaps add it to your morning orange juice.

Ingredients

100% Organic Chlorella Powder

Not made in a lab and not packed in a mechanical factory – individually hand packed with care…

Certified organic by the Soil Association. Why organic?

Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets. Chlorella powder is also gluten free.

Storage instructions 

Please store in a cool dark dry place (away from direct sunlight) – pop it anywhere you would like – the kitchen cupboard, your coffee table, your car or even your work desk. We’ve made these resealable pouches lightweight and portable so being healthy isn’t difficult :.”

Maca

About:

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: PERU

Also known as ‘aphrodisiac of the Andes’ and a healthy caffeine substitute, Maca powder has become a hot topic of discussion in the realms of research of sexual and menopausal health. Used by native Indians in Peru dating back to 3800 B.C – today it is used for various reasons for men and women respectively. Women tend to use it for symptoms of PMS and menopause and men used it for enhancing their fertility and sexual function. However both men and women have found that it boosts libido and sex drive, increases energy and stamina. More recently Maca has been used by athletes looking for muscle hypertrophy and is a great healthy alternative to anabolic steroids. This is the one for energy and endurance.

Benefits

– Great source of zinc

– Contributes to normal fertility and reproduction

– Increases libido

– Contributes and supports healthy digestive functions

– Contributes and supports normal psychological and cognitive function

– Supports muscle function – strengthening the body and increases stamina

– Boosts energy and endurance

– Helps with PMS and menopausal symptoms

– Helps to level hormones

How to take

We suggest adding 1-2 heaped teaspoons to your favourite breakfast smoothies, natural yoghurts or try it in your baking. Gradually increase the amount to suit you. Interested in a recipe? Click here.

Ingredients

100% Organic Maca Powder

Not made in a lab and not packed in a mechanical factory – individually hand packed with care…

Certified organic by the Soil Association. Why organic?

Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets. Organic Raw Maca Powder is also gluten free.

Storage instructions 

Please store in a cool dry place – pop it anywhere you would like – the kitchen cupboard, your coffee table, your car or even your work desk. We’ve made these resealable pouches lightweight and portable so being healthy isn’t difficult :).”

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My Thoughts:

Miracle Powders is one of a few brands I’ve encountered lately that are packaging raw & organic superfoods (I’m a superfood GEEK). It’s so exciting for me to see more emerging companies that believe in & are passionate about taking this route to healing, nourishing & balancing the body. I’m a huge proponent & advocate for superfoods. Yeah, the word “superfood” is thrown around quite a bit and not always accurately, but chlorella & maca are truly two power-packed foods, untampered, unadulterated, straight from nature. They are deserving of this title.

Both of these powders are easy to throw into a smoothie or shake & are a readymade source of energy-boosting nutrients, sans the synthetic junk that you’ll find in many store bought powders. These are simply the plant itself, dried and or/cold milled.

I value the maca for its ability to balance out the endocrine system (the motherboard for all hormones production in the body–which controls metabolism, sleep cycles, menstrual cycles in women, etc.) and chlorella for its phytonutrient-rifeness.

I’m thrilled about Miracle Powders and believe that merely all supplementation should be moving this direction: towards more potent plant-derived, whole food sources.

Raw. Organic. Superfoods. These three words and you’ve got me hooked. Kudos to Miracle Powders!

Sprout Living Organic & Superfood Protein Rave!

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Sprout Living

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Sprout Living:

“Whole Food Ingredients That Taste Real Because They Are.

We’ve carefully handpicked only the highest quality, complete plant proteins for their comprehensive protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies. They provide a full spectrum of essential and non-essential amino acids with a robust concentration of BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine), which is absolutely critical for maximizing protein synthesis. These whole food powerhouses provide so much more than just protein. Sacha inchi seeds and pumpkin seeds bring a wealth of essential omega fatty acids, and cranberry seeds offer a wide range of antioxidants from Cranberry Seeds, among so much more.

The exotic superfoods that we source are revered for their ability to strengthen immune systems, support digestive systems, increase energy levels, reduce stress and generally promote an overall well-being in the mind and body. Our search for these nutrient-dense whole foods has led us to all parts of the world. Over the years, we have uncovered some of the most powerful and nutritious superfoods that our planet has to offer. From South America to Madagascar, the ingredients combine to create the finest products on the market.”

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Original

About:

Original starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies. The nutrient-dense combination delivers 26 grams per serving of complete proteinin a pleasant flavor with a silky smooth texture that easily dissolves in water. Complementing the blend with nutrients such as omega fatty acids from Sacha Inchi and a wide range of antioxidants from Cranberry Seeds, in addition to countless others, creates a powerful fuel that maximizes your body’s ability to synthesize protein, recover from strenuous workouts and grow lean body tissue. Delicious on its own or blended with your favorite fruits and veggies, it is an ideal addition to your healthy, active and fit lifestyle.”

Original

Green Kingdom

About:

Green Kingdom starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced and complete protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies and provide 20 grams of complete protein per serving. Our potent blend of land and sea plant life includes Spirulina, an antioxidant-rich blue-green algae with supplies of protein and vitamins A, K and B; Kale, which is high in vitamins A, C and K and has a superb calorie to protein ratio; and Indian Moringa, or the “Clarifier Tree,” an incredibly nutritious plant that has significant quantities of calcium, protein and vitamins A, B and C, resulting in an incredibly dynamic, superfood-enriched protein powder that will help boost and strengthen your body.”

Green

Vanilla Lucuma

About:

Vanilla Lucuma starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced and complete protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies and provide 19 grams of complete protein per serving.Lucuma, the “Gold of the Incas,” is a deliciously sweet, potent source of beta-carotene and niacin that is paired with Vanilla Bean, which adds an unmistakable flavor as well as a natural compound called vanillin, a powerful antioxidant. Baobab, the “Upside Down Tree,” then provides numerous naturally-occurring phytochemicals as well as high levels of vitamin C, resulting in an incredibly dynamic, superfood-enriched protein powder that will help boost and strengthen your body.”

Vanilla

Chocolate Maca

About:

Chocolate Maca starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced and complete protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies and provide 19 grams of complete protein per serving.Cacao, the “Food of the Gods”, provides a wealth of antioxidants, flavonoids and a rich supply of magnesium, while Maca Root, known for its hormone balancing and energy stimulating properties, offers well-rounded adaptogenic support. Accenting the blend is Ceylon Cinnamon, a powerful source of antioxidants that has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels and promote healthy circulation. The result is an incredibly dynamic, superfood-enriched protein powder that will help boost and strengthen your body.”

Chocolate

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 My Thoughts:

I just cannot possibly, ever (ever) say enough good things about Sprout Living, the crew behind the brand & their protein. I am absolutely enthralled with the quality of their products, the nutrition in them and how they stack up against other protein brands. They pretty much blow most everyone else out of the water. Plant based protein has been done before–but Sprout Living’s protein is unique in that contains health boosting superfoods & the protein sources they use (Brown Rice + Sacha Inch + Cranberry Seed + Jerusalem Artichoke) are unique and aren’t often found in that combination often (from my experience).

The taste is excellent–I find that I can mix any of these proteins with just water and they are satisfying, yummy and have a pleasant aftertaste. What I do most days, though, is mix a few tablespoons (I don’t measure exactly) into a blender bottle along with some almond or coconut milk, add some hemp oil & chia seeds & then slurp! I also love to make an extra drink and pack it in my work bag.

MOST important of all, this is what they can boast in regards to quality:

-Organic

-Raw

-Vegan

-Non GMO

-Gluten Free

-Nut Free

-Kosher

SO impressive. I’m HOOKED.

I had the pleasure of meeting part of the Sprout Living crew at Natural Products Expo east this year and was impressed at how friendly and knowledgable they are. My experience with this brand has been nothing short of completely outstanding. I just think they are a bunch of rockstars creating an amazing product that I believe in. GO CHECK THEM OUT! They’ve even been gracious enough to feature me on their Experts Page.

 

 

Garden of Life: Organic, Whole Food, Kind Vitamins Giveaway!

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Garden of Life

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I’ve been very fortunate to try and review many Garden of Life products. These products are made in West Palm Beach, FL–the same city that I was born in. I’ve always enjoyed the quality of the products they make; I also feel great about supporting a south Florida business. You can read my prior reviews here:

http://runonorganic.com/2014/03/13/garden-of-life-wild-rose-detox-raw-fit-review/

http://runonorganic.com/2013/10/29/garden-of-life-organic-supplement-review-new-products/

http://runonorganic.com/2013/10/15/garden-of-life-organic-supplements-giveaway/

http://runonorganic.com/2013/07/28/garden-of-life-supplements-organic-non-gmo-raw-vegan-dairy-free-gluten-free-soy-free/

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My Thoughts on Kind Vitamins:

Garden of Life’s newest product line, Kind Vitamins, has been a very exciting thing for me. I do not just taken any ol’ supplement. I believe that you should take organic, whole food based supplements whenever possible. If they’re not organic and readily digestible by your body, you may be wasting your time and your money.

Luckily, Garden of Life’s Kind vitamins are certified organic and are made of whole food components. They are the highest quality vitamins that I have ever seen on the market. I have been taking them for about a month now and have felt energetic, spry and revitalized. Everything in regards to your health is better when you have adequate levels of nutrients in your body.

If you are going to invest in supplements, invest in these. Better yet, comment below and you will give yourself a chance to win them for yourself! Garden of Life describes them as the “First Whole Food Multivitamin.”

To Enter:

-Leave a comment below sharing why you look forward to trying these vitamins!

That’s it! Good luck! I will e-mail the winner this Friday (10/17)!

DrinkMe Organic Raw Blended Juices Review

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DrinkMe

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Drink Me:

“Drinkme was founded in 2007 when Christina Paganelli began making kale smoothies to satisfy her own health regime. From the Canadian prairies to the booming California market, drinkme rose to the top of the market in both Canada and the USA in 7 years. Brand Story, passion, science, innovation, and rock solid products have led their way to success for this organic and “Kale-roots” growth company.

Drinkme has pioneered the HPP technology in Canada, and has positioned as a first to market company in the fast paced, high growth beverage space in the USA.

We strive to be the best, most nutritious drink on the market. Cliché? We truly put only the most authentic, raw ingredients into our bottles. Read our labels, you’ll see. Every ingredient breathes light and positive energy into our delicious creations and you can feel the life as you drink.

We strive to create a business model that is sustainable. We have grown the organic and grass roots way, and know who we are!

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Christina’s Story:

“My journey began when I was in the prime of my life, finishing years of university, getting married and starting my career. Suddenly, my vision blurred and I was seeing double. One eye went wall-eyed and I couldn’t see. If I tried to open my eyes I would fall over with dizziness. This introduced me to the medical system, and ultimately was sent to a “specialist” who diagnosed me with multiple sclerosis. Six months later, 4 ½ months pregnant, and still reeling from my last diagnosis, I was dealt another blow, I had thyroid cancer. In my fifth month of pregnancy, I underwent major surgery to completely remove my thyroid, and soon after, I was radiated. That’s when I found out that the cancer had spread to my lungs. Another radiation treatment, six months later made me very ill, but the results were the same. The cancer tumors were still the same size, at stage 4 and I was sent home to “wait it out” with cancer and MS.

I began taking an immune suppressant drug to help decrease the effects of the MS. After struggling a month to inject myself, and suffering with side effects, I was informed that the drug company would not allow me to take this drug because I had cancer too. What a waste of time, money, and added stress.

At age 26, I had been poked and prodded long enough. It became apparent that something was clearly wrong with the chemistry of my body. I decided to take my health into my own hands! I attended a health seminar about enzymes, probiotics, and raw foods, and I decided that I would try to heal myself. I made up my mind that I would heal and then I would use my story to inspire others too. My husband and I, and baby Antonio committed to changing our lifestyles and eating habits. We discarded every food from our cupboards, and replaced all of it with only raw organics foods. Then, our diet consisted of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, and top quality enzymes, probiotics, and other raw supplements.

The first few days and weeks of our new lifestyle proved very challenging. While my body detoxified, I experienced severe migraines, fever, and blurred vision. Twenty six years of processed and chemically laden foods finally came out of my body. I shed a pound a day and within 3 weeks of adapting to this new lifestyle, scar tissue began healing. Amazingly, I no longer required my prescription glasses.

 

For the last ten years, I have not required any subsequent medical procedures for either disease. Against all odds, I am still thriving. We even had another healthy child Giulia, who is now 7 years old. I attribute my recovery to my new lifestyle, food choices, and pro-active care. Today, my diet consists of at least 50% raw food, with all else as a secondary. drinkmeTM Beverages are an integral part of my day. I visit an endocrinologist yearly and thankfully, everything is normal. I have never felt better in my life, and I am committed to helping others.

A quote that influenced me, is…. “The only thing I drank was a cup of reality, with a shot of appreciation.”– Kermit the Frog.

The truth is, sometimes one has to hit rock bottom before one can bounce back. I am truly grateful for the life journey that I have been through the past ten years. When I hear people say, “I’m sorry for all that you have been through”, I respond, “don’t be sorry…it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me!”

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My Thoughts:

If you’re on the hunt for a raw, organic, cold-pressed juice, you’re likely to come across a handful of brands that are accessible at your local health food store. Many of them are great options and are highly nutritious.

What sets DrinkMe beverages apart from the world of juices is that these drinks are BLENDED, not JUICED. Thus, the naturally occurring fiber in the fruits and veggies used is intact in every bottle of DrinkMe. This makes each bottle more satisfying, more detoxifying and more in line with how nature intended us to consume it.

On top of the fact that these drinks are fiber rich, they are also entirely organic, raw and nutritionally rich. There are fewer ways to ingest such a hearty dose of healing nutrients in a short amount of time. A bottle of DrinkMe is ideal to grab on your way to work, with lunch or for a quick energy boost.

The frozen smoothie packs are an excellent way to store a healthy meal in your work’s freezer, or simply keep at home for a quick whip-up. The flavor of them is so fresh and delicious that I didn’t need to mix them with anything. I just let them thaw a bit before I drank them. Refreshing and delicious!

My experience with DrinkMe has been nothing short of spectacular. Christina is so generous, passionate, kind–and I absolutely believe in the products that she has created. My local Whole Foods has these products, making it easy for me to re-stock on them. For you guys and gals, DrinkMe makes it easy to find a store near you that carries DrinkMe. I’d recommend these to anyone looking to make a great, daily investment in your health. These drinks can help take your nutrition to the next level!