PLANT POWERED BRAIN FOOD
Brainzyme® Focus brain food supplements are designed to improve focus, mood, memory and give a 100% natural energy boost. The fast-acting capsules are easily absorbed to help you achieve ‘flow state’, which allows you to work efficiently without becoming distracted or feeling under pressure. There are three products in the Brainzyme Focus ® range: Original, Pro and Elite. How do they differ?
Focus Original™ helps you focus and feel calm. It combines Guarana and Choline nootropic components including L-Theanine, EGCG and Polyphenols with a Brainzyme® blend of B-vitamins and minerals to support your body and brain. In short, it may help you get more done!
Focus Pro™ great for boosting motivation and giving additional memory support. 20 active ingredients include high levels of L-Theanine, EGCG and Polyphenols to help you focus on the task in hand, Guarana to keep fatigue at bay while allowing you to maintain alertness, Choline for brain function, Ginkgo Biloba to help support memory and increase blood flow to the brain while delivering vital oxygen to improve brain power.
[note: after only a week of trying these supplements, my energy levels have increased and I do not tire as easily as before.]
Focus Elite™ Enhances mood, helps memory, boosts focus levels whilst relieving stress. Jam packed with nutrients to support long-term brain health, it utilises Panax Ginseng to invigorate brain and body while supporting social functioning and mood. It also has Guarana, Ginkgo Biloba, Choline and Curcumin which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. L. Acidophilus, a live culture, is included as scientists increasingly find more links between gut health and brain performance. Acetyl L-Carnitine, a mitochondrial energy optimiser,supports energy production at the cellular level.
[note: when I take these Elite supplements, I find I am able to concentrate more easily without my mind racing off in several different directions at once which it normally tends to do!]
Brainzyme® Focus supplements are available from www.brainzyme.com
They cost £18 for a month's supply (60 capsules) of Original, £29 for Pro and £47 for Elite.
Brainzyme® was launched in 2016 by Edinburgh company Better Nutritional Science Ltd. as the UK's first ‘natural nootropic’ to help support brain function. Brainzyme’s brain food supplements contain plant-powered ingredients, vitamins and minerals that have been scientifically proven to support concentration, cognition, memory, mental performance and reduce tiredness. Brainzyme® is based on ingredient research from leading neuro-cognitive and nutritional experts, including the 18-member panel at EFSA. Better Nutritional Science Ltd. was awarded Scottish Enterprise’s Wider Innovation grant in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Naturya's Organic Plant SuperProteins
What exactly are they?
A combination of cold-pressed hemp seeds lightly sweetened with coconut sugar, blended with fruit and superfoods. Result? A scrummy, nutrient-rich, protein powder that fights fatigue, helps maintain normal muscle function, supports the immune system and they're a good source of fibre too. There are three flavours to choose from : banana baobab, acai strawberry and cacao maca, all give an extra pzzazz to smoothies, porridge or milkshakes.
Size: 250g RRP: £11.99
Recipe for Cacao Protein Mousse (courtesy of Naturya)
It's easy, all you need is: half an avocado, 2 tbsp rolled oats, 30g Cacao Maca SiperProtein, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp agave syrup and 1 tbsp nut butter. Add eveything to 150ml plant milk and pop in your food blender. Pour into a bowl and top with fruit.
.Hang on though, there's more... NATURYA'S NEW ORGANIC FUNCTIONAL BLENDS
ENERGY: Zingy superfoods Baobab, Banana, Camu Camu combine with Ginger to provide a refreshing energy-boosting blend
IMMUNITY: Delicious nutrient-dense superfoods such as Barleygrass, Chlorella and Turmeric with organic, vitamin C rich fruit powders create a nourishing and clean immune-boosting blend
COGNITION: Superfoods Maca, Cacao and Lucuma mix with Date and Carob for a chocolate flavoured cognitive-health supporting blend
• One serving contains approx. 3/4 of your recommended daily intake of vitamin B2
• High in protein and fibre
• Supports immunity and protects against oxidative stress
• Perfect for adding to smoothies, baking, hot drinks, juice shots or stirring into porridge or yoghurt
Size: 250g RRP: £11.99
Naturya's Plant SuperProteins and Functional Blends are available in Tesco stores. Give them a try, you'll be glad you did!
Naturya is one of the UK’s market leading superfood brands, known for providing a top quality range of vegan and organic products of single ingredient superfoods, blends, proteins and breakfast boosts. They use only the finest organic superfoods harvested from around the world. Core drivers are personal health, planetary well-being and animal welfare.
There are lots of recipes on Naturya's site HERE do have a look .... here's one below
Exotic Energy Bowl (recipe courtesy of Naturya)
Prep Time: 3mins Cook Time: 1min Serves: 1
This smoothie full of exotic flavours contains Vitamin C, copper and manganese to help you feel energised and refreshed.
Ingredients : ½ cup oat or cashew milk - ½ kiwi - ½ cup frozen pineapple & mango - ½ banana - 1/3 cup soya yoghurt - 25g Energy Functional Blend
Method : Pour milk in blender, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and garnish with kiwi, coconut flakes or whatever you choose.
The UK has experienced an enormous surge in veganism in recent years as more of us spend money on vegan products and plant-based diets. Supermarkets are cashing in on this growing lifestyle, with Sainsbury’s launching a 31 product vegan range at the end of last year and fast food giants McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King introducing plant-based options.
In 2014 there were 150,000 vegans in the UK, this increased to 600,000 in 2019. 42 % of the UK’s vegans made the dietary shift in 2018 and are forecast to make up a quarter of the British population by 2025. Although a positive change, there are concerns that vegan diets don’t provide all the vitamins and minerals the body needs to function healthily. With veganism garnering more attention, Google Trends data reports that the term ‘vegan supplements’ is often searched for in the UK. A plant-based diet is extremely nutritious, let’s not assume that it doesn’t have many nutritional benefits. However, there are some nutrients we may need to supplement that we can’t get solely from plants. With good planning, you can make sure you’re not missing out on anything important. Here are the most important additions you should take on a vegan diet.
Iron helps enhance the transportation of oxygen around the body as well as red blood cell and DNA development. Therefore, an iron deficiency can result in anaemia. Symptoms include a decreased immune system functioning, fatigue, weakness, dizziness and difficult concentrating. Iron is derived from meat, chickpeas, lentils, tofu, cheese and cruciferous vegetables including cauliflower, cabbage, kale, broccoli and pak choi. Only take iron supplements if you’ve been advised to by your GP, but it’s worth being aware in case you start to feel the symptoms and aren’t sure why. Taking too much iron can be dangerous since iron blocks other vitamins and minerals from being absorbed.
Vitamin D helps absorb phosphorus and calcium and acts as a fat-soluble nutrient. In addition, it helps promote healthy teeth, bone and muscle growth. Vitamin D is comprised of two forms — vitamin D3 comes from animal products such as oily fish, red meat, liver, egg yolk and butter; vitamin D2 comes from mushrooms and fortified foods. It may come as a surprise to know that there are not many foods that vitamin D can be derived from so we might be unaware that many of us struggle to consume the recommended daily intake of 10 micrograms a day. It is primarily derived from sun exposure, which is why the NHS recommend vitamin D supplements, even for carnivores, in the darker winter months.
Maintaining a healthy thyroid function is important and the consumption of enough iodine is vital to help maintain this. Good sources of iodine include sea fish, shellfish, dairy and some plants and grains depending on the level of iodine in the soil they grew in. If insufficient iodine is taken, you can experience low energy, dry skin, forgetfulness, depression and weight gain so it’s recommended that adults consume 0.14mg of iodine each day. Research suggests that vegans are more susceptible to risk of iodine deficiency than vegetarians since it’s thought they have up to 50 % lower iodine levels in their blood.
Its argued that B12, which is derived from foods from animal sources, is one of the most important nutrients for vegans. There’s a common misconception that vegans who eat the right kind of plants don’t need to worry about vitamin B12 deficiency but there is no research to confirm this. Vegans are at higher risk of B12 deficiencies, so it’s important that adults consume around 1.5 micrograms of B12 every day. Vitamin B12 is necessary to help support a variety of bodily functions including the health of the nervous system, protein metabolism, normal brain functioning and the development of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Lack of this can lead to anaemia, nervous system damage, infertility, bone and heart disease. Humans used to get B12 from natural water in soil, however with declining soil quality from intensive farming and filtered water, this isn’t the case anymore. Taking supplements or fortified foods such as soymilk, nutritional yeast, meat substitutes, and breakfast cereals all helps.
If you're vegan and want to make sure you’re consuming an adequate level of vitamins and nutrients you could get a blood test. Otherwise perhaps investing in some additional health supplements will help ensure the correct levels are being maintained.
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