Monthly Archives: December 2009

Smart as a Smoothie

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The “smart” comes from this Blend’s ability to improve mental alertness, increase oxygen to the brain and enhance your blood flow. It assists you when you need to think and talk more clearly.

Sometimes even smart people need a pick-me-up, a boost to help clear the fog out of the brain. Pull away from the studies, the paperwork, or even the highway. Turn the car towards the smoothie shop and look for something that refreshes the mental fatigue.

The human brain is still shrouded in mystery, but one thing doctors are sure helps the brain function is oxygen and oxygen is delivered by blood. Although accounting for only around 2% of the body, the brain requires 25% of your body’s blood flow – which gives you some idea of how much oxygen it needs to generate enough energy to function well.

Smart Blend by Smoothie Essentials

The extract found in the leaves of the Ginkgo Biloba tree has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Green Tea has long been a standard part of a vibrant lifestyle in India, China, Japan and Thailand.  In traditional medicine in these countries, practitioners used green tea as a stimulant and to maintain heart health.

Niacin is an important part of a balanced thought-process. Niacin deficiency can include irritability, poor concentration, anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, apathy, and depression

Since neurotransmitters like serotonin (which is related to feelings of calm and well-being) depend on inositol to function, ensuring the body has enough of it can aid in controlling mood disorders and in lowering anxiety.

Choline is grouped within the Vitamin B complex.

Lecithin is a food additive, an emulsifier used in many food products. For example, it is lecithin that keeps the cocoa and the cocoa butter from separating in the common chocolate bar.

Glutamine is an amino acid that has been shown to be useful in the treatment of injury and it is also a supplement often taken by athletes.

Ingredients

  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Green Tea
  • Niacin
  • Inositol
  • Choline
  • Lecithin
  • Glutamine

Nutritional Information

  • 20 Calories
  • 0 Total Fat
  • 0 Cholesterol
  • 4 gms Carbohydrates
  • 0 Fiber
  • 0 Protein
  • 0 Sugars

Serving Size: 1 Scoop = 4.8 Grams

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Valerian: Relax the Natural Way

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Relax the natural way!

Most people find even day-to-day living increasingly stressful and slowing down isn’t always an option. Anti-anxiety drugs are prescribed more and more, but there are natural ways to reset the body’s balance and feel more calm. This is one area in particular where herbal remedies have made great impact for those who wish to avoid chemical solutions for everyday stress.

Valerian is a perennial flowering plant with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers. Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Its theraputic properties were described by Hippocrates, and Galen later prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia. In medieval Sweden, it was sometimes placed in the wedding clothes of the groom to ward off the “envy” of the elves. During World War II, it was used in England to relieve the stress of air raids.

Valerian

Relaxing Blend” Ingredients
Choline, Inositol, Lecithin, Valerian, Glutamine
Nutritional Information
20 Calories, 0 Total Fat, 0 Cholesterol,
4 gms Carbohydrates, 0 Fiber,
0 Protein, 0 Sugars
Serving Size: 1 Scoop = 4.8 Grams

Choline is a water-soluble essential nutrient. It is usually grouped within the Vitamin B complex. It was discovered by Andreas Strecker in 1864, chemically synthesized in 1866, and in 1998 choline was classified as an essential nutrient by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine.

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Protein Blend

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Need a Boost?

Adequate intake of protein is important to maintaining good health.

Protein provides building blocks for our bones, muscles, skin, cartilage and blood.

It also helps us make enzymes that keep our bodies functioning.

Protein calories are the most filling calories so in this way protein can help us maintain a health weight.

The Smoothie Essentials Protein Blend contains both whey and soy proteins with all eight essential amino acids and it provides 5 grams of protein in each scoop.

Soy is a subtropical plant, native to Asia, that was introduced to the Europe in the 1700s and to the United States in the 1800s. It contains protein, isoflavones and fiber, which are commonly considered to have health benefits. In addition to its protein benefits, people use soy products to prevent or treat a variety of health conditions, including

  • high cholesterol levels
  • menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes
  • osteoporosis
  • memory problems
  • high blood pressure
  • breast cancer
  • prostate cancer

Whey protein is a product isolated from whey, the liquid material created as a byproduct of cheese production. Whey is left over when milk coagulates and contains everything that is soluble from milk. The effects of whey protein on health are of great interest and whey protein itself is being investigated as a way of reducing certain disease risks.

Ingredients

Soy Protein, Whey Protein, Alpha-Lactalbumin, Inulin

Nutritional Information

20 Calories, 0 Total Fat, 0 Cholesterol,

1 gms Carbohydrates, 0 Fiber,

5 gms Protein, 0 Sugars

Serving Size: 1 Scoop = 4.4 Grams

Alpha-Lactalbumin is a protein present in the milk of all mammals.

Inulin is used by plants such as roots and rhizomes as a means of storing energy. In foods, it is commonly used instead of sugar, fat or flour because it has a minimal impact on blood sugar.

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