We have been asked this question many times in the last month … And although we have friends and family in Hong Kong, our new immune boosting blends were not due to the arrival of COVID-19.
Apparently there was talk of this new virus as far back as October last year/ 2019 but friends and family conversations generally go along the lines of
“Did you go on that date?!”
“Did you try that keto cupcake recipe?!”
“Did she get to keep the lemur? …”
We always planned to have seven collagen blends and three vegan products. Healthy, Happy, Strong, is our tagline. Our fourth blend will have added CBD; how appropriate would that be right now?! We’re struggling to find the best CBD isolate (powder) that is water soluble. IT WILL HAPPEN, watch this space (or subscribe to our very infrequent newsletter).
As for Healthy, Happy and Strong, each one supports the immune system in a different way.
Healthy, contains our premium grade marine collagen plus mineral rich, mountain and rain forest grown, sunshine chlorella.
It’s ability to remove heavy metals, is coupled with its support of our detoxifying organs. The rich iron content, plus vitamins B6 and B12 not only stimulates cell renewal but naturally supports a super strong immune. We love to start the day with this one, in a smoothie.
Happy is our marine collagen with Camu Camu and Reishi mushroom blend.
You may have noticed, online and in shops, finding a good vitamin C supplement is more difficult than toilet paper at the moment, that’s because it’s a well know antiviral agent.
Camu Camu has the highest vitamin C content of any plant eg 30-60 times more than an orange. We used to use a pharmaceutical grade absorbic acid, but customers requested a food sourced vitamin C. How does it work? We have several different types of white blood cell, each of which helps to fight off illness-causing viruses and bacteria in a different way. Vitamin C helps to stimulate both the production and function of many of these types of white blood cells. Additionally, your immune system isn’t a simple set of cells that work in isolation from anything else, instead it’s a complex network of interconnected organs, cells and processes.
We have added Organic Reishi Mushroom, because it’s an incredible adaptogen, promotes longevity and boosts immunity.
In consuming reishi, there is a reduction in the extremes directly associated with auto-immune instances. Reishi also plays a huge role in preventing bronchitis, as well as asthma. It has antiviral and antibacterial effects especially against those that cause pneumonia. Mushrooms are know to improve gut health and are a rich source of vitamin D, another hugely important immune boosting substance. Happy is the powerhouse we like to make a cocktail with, approx 30 minutes before an evening meal … it does not taste good! We like to add apple cider vinegar and sparkling water to the mix!
Finally, Strong’s base is that of our Beast blend, Collagen and Magnesium Glycinate. The glycinate version of magnesium was chosen as it’s the most gentle on the stomach, excellently mood enhancing and most expensive! We’ve added organic Inulin to this sleepy blend. Inulin is the starchy substance found in chicory (and other plants). It is a type of prebiotic, a substance that's used by the microorganisms in your digestive tract and positively influences health, aids digestion by increasing the number of good bacteria in the gut, particularly Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli. A healthy and well functioning gut, is the foundation for all mental and physical health, it has been called the second brain.
A study in 2017 found that consuming inulin improved NREM sleep. Non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep is what makes up about 80% of the time we spend asleep; where our muscles twitch and our breathing and heart rate gradually slows. We don’t spend this part of sleep dreaming, but it’s important in another way: a lot of the restorative effects of sleep happen during this state, such as repairing damaged tissue and growing new muscle and bone. The second important conclusion was that inulin "supported beneficial REM sleep rebound following acute stress”. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep is the stage where deep sleep occurs and vivid dreaming happens. It’s has been linked to memory and learning, a lack of REM sleep can disrupt these processes.
We like to take Strong last thing at night, in sleepy time tea, warm nut mylk or even just water.
We should, at all times, be supporting and when needed, boosting our immune. You don’t have to buy our products, but listed above are some of the important ingredients we recommend at this time.
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