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Best Sports Nutrition 2009 Supplements of the Year

Over the past year, our visitors and staff have evaluated many products. The results below reflect a comilation of feedback from all sources:

1. Sytropin – We have used this product, taken a break from it and returned to it. We have definitely found that overall it has made the biggest difference in performance, especially from an aerobic capacity and endurance standpoint. We have also found benefits in weight management and lower body fat. Sytropin is our top pick for 2009. It is a homeopathic spray with a comprehensive array of amino acids and growth factors that stimulates the body’s own production of human growth hormone.


2. Immunocal Platinum – Best new discovery of 2009. If you haven’t already heard of glutathione, you will. Glutathione occurs naturally in the body. It is the body’s major anti-oxidant, immune system optimizer and detoxifier. It exists in virtually every cell in the body. It is produced within the cell by glycine, glutamine and cysteine. In the average North American diet, cysteine is either non-existent or scarce. An additional challenge is getting cysteine into the cells in a biologically active state. Immunocal Platinum is the result of decades of research conducted primarily at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. It is the only natural product that is both clinically and scientifically proven to optimize the immune system by raising glutathione levels. It is an undenatured whey protein isolate that is backed by over 70 worldwide patents. Coincidentally, it has also been clinically proven to enhance muscle performance.

3. Primorye Stress Relief Plus – Best stress reduction product. Named after the region in Russia from which most of its herbs are derived, this product is the result of billions of dollars of research over decades, spearheaded by the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Oxyfresh combined the herbal extract with aloe from Costa Rica and other micronutrients to formulate a truly remarkable product. Its benefits are many, not the least of which are the regulation of excess cortisol, a reduction in overall stress, increased focus and an immune system booster. Use it daily and use its partner product Primorye Gold before and after workouts.

4. Montmorency Concentrated Cherry Juice – This product is also a new discovery for us. It is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and contains naturally occurring melatonin, which helps with sleep and is a brain anti-oxidant.

5. Vega Health Optimizer – Our favorite protein powder. Developed by Brendon Brazier, a vegan triathlete, this product contains the correct amount and balance of the various proteins required to repair and rebuild muscle tissue. It is available in a variety of flavors.
Vega Health Optimizer - Large - Berry

6. Oxyfresh Foundation Formula – This is our favorite comprehensive daily multivitamin and mineral packet. It not only contains 3 multivitamin capsules, but omega-3, vitamin E, antioxidant and digestive enzyme capsules as well. It contains the best types of nutrients and the most optimal amounts and combination of nutrients for athletes. For endurance and elite athletes, we recommend 2 packets a day. Capsules are packaged in very convenient packets for easy transport while on the road.

7. Vega Sport Performance Optimizer – Fantastic electrolyte and energy powder easily added to water. Comes in a variety of flavors.
Vega Sport Performance Optimizer - Box of 24 Single Serving Pouches - Lemon Lime

8. Oxyfresh Joint Formula – Best new product of 2009. This product was introduced by Oxyfresh last year and is the best joint formula we have come across to date. This scientifically proven formula is formulated to start repairing joints and relieving pain within 30 days. It reduces joint discomfort, restores mobility and flexibility and protects joints from deterioration. Joint Formula contains the patented UC-II, an undenatured  type-II collagen, derived from chicken sternum cartilage.

Organic Couscous with Lentils

Ingredients:
1 cup organic couscous, uncooked
1 tbsp organic olive oil
3 cloves organic garlic, minced
1 ½ cups organic seasoned tomato juice
1 ½ cups purified water
1 cup organic lentils, uncooked and rinsed
1 organic bay leaf
½ tsp organic sea salt
½ tsp freshly ground organic pepper
1 organic tomato, chopped
½ cup fresh organic basil leaves, chopped

Instructions:
Heat organic oil in a saucepan until hot, then sauté organic garlic until soft. Add organic vegetable juice, purified water, organic lentils, organic bay leaf and season. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes. Lentils should be tender, but not mushy. Remove the saucepan from heat and take out the organic bay leaf. Stir in organic couscous, chopped organic tomato and organic basil. Cover and let stand for about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve immediately.

Organic Cannellini Beans and Squash Medley

Ingredients:

3 cups organic butternut squash, peeled and cubed
3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons organic olive oil
1/2 teaspoon organic pepper, divided
6 organic garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons organic balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon brown organic mustard
1 pound fresh organic spinach
2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (organic, if possible)
1 tablespoon organic sage
1/4 cup organic Romano cheese, grated

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Spray a cookie sheet with a non stick organic cooking spray. Coat the organic squash with 1 tablespoon of organic olive oil. Sprinkle the organic squash with 1/4 teaspoon of organic pepper. Place the organic squash on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake 25 minutes or until fork tender. Place the 2 tablespoons of organic olive oil and organic vinegar into a mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the organic brown mustard and 1/8 teaspoon of organic pepper. Whisk to combine. Place the remaining organic olive oil into a skillet over medium heat. Heat the oil to hot but not smoking. Add the organic spinach and cook until wilted. Sprinkle on the remaining organic pepper. Remove the organic spinach from the heat and set aside. Place the organic beans in a microwave safe bowl. Add the organic squash, organic vinegar mixture, organic garlic and organic sage. Stir gently to combine. Microwave on high 1 minute or until warm. If not warm enough after 1 minute microwave at 30 second intervals to your liking. Serve over the wilted organic lettuce and sprinkle with the organic cheese. Serves 5

Organic Honey and Spice Fruit Dip

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon organic honey
1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon organic nutmeg
2 (6 ounce) containers organic vanilla yogurt
2 1/2 cups organic honeydew melon, cubed
2 cuts organic raspberries

Instructions:

Place organic honey in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle in the organic cinnamon and organic nutmeg. Add organic yogurt and blend ingredients well using a rubber spatula. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Serve with the organic fruit when chilled. Serves 4

Organic Mandarin Orange Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup boiling Water
4 Organic Green Tea with Mandarin Orange Flavor Tea Bags
1/2 teaspoon organic honey or organic agave nectar
1 ripe organic banana
1/2 cup ice cubes

Instructions:

Plate the organic tea bags in the boiling water and allow to steep for 2 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze out any remaining tea. Add organic honey or organic agave nectar and stir to dissolve. Place in the refrigerator and allow to chill about 30 minutes. Place the chilled tea in a blender. Add the organic banana and ice cubes. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serves 2

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