Do you know your vitamin A, B, Cs?

Before you say yes, take this quiz and find out how well versed you are in the benefits of vitamins. Do you know which of our products contain them? Print this out and share it with your friends and/or team to see how vitamin savvy they are. (Answers listed at the bottom.)

  1. Vitamins perform what important function in the body?
  2. Calcium and __________ work together to give us healthy teeth and bones. This vitamin is found in CalciuMK+.
  3. Our bodies need __________ essential vitamins.
  4. Mom wanted you to eat carrots because vitamin ____ is necessary for vision. 360 Complete Shake contains 50% of your daily recommended value.
  5. Vitamin C is required for the production of ________. GPS Circulate contains 250% of your daily recommended value.
  6. The word vitamin is a combination of what two words?
  7. This vitamin helps maintain and protect the sheath that surrounds nerve fibers.
  8. Folate works together with what vitamin to produce new red blood cells? GPS Hydrate contains 1000% of your daily recommended value of this vitamin.
  9. This vitamin maintains calcium levels by increasing its absorption. CalciuMK+ contains 150% of your recommended daily value of this vitamin.
  10. Which vitamin protects the skin? Daily Build is an excellent source of this vitamin.
  11. Calcium and vitamin D both help to maintain the health of our bones. What other vitamin do we need to keep our bones strong? This vitamin helps explain the name CalciuMK+.
  12. Which vitamins support your immune system? Immune6 is an excellent source of one of these vitamins.
  13. Symptoms often associated with aging may be caused by a deficiency of ___________. GoYin contains 200% of your daily recommended value of this vitamin.
  14. Riboflavin, niacin and thiamine are all members of what vitamin family?
  15. Which vitamin is the only one we don’t consume through eating or drinking? CalciuMK+ is an excellent source of this vitamin?

If you answered 10 or above correctly, you are a health guru! Congratulations!

If you answered 9-5 correctly, you are a nutrition novice. Keep studying.

If you answered 4 or below correctly, return to start and try again.

ANSWERS:

  1. They serve as catalysts in chemical reactions
  2. Vitamin D
  3. 13
  4. A
  5. Collagen
  6. Vital and amine, because vitamins are vital for life
  7. B-12
  8. B-12
  9. D
  10. E
  11. K
  12. A, D and C
  13. Vitamin B-12
  14. B
  15. D

Information cited from:  https://medlineplus.gov/vitamins.html.

The Importance of Antioxidants

1436910417_1 Since the 1990s, antioxidants have garnered much attention from scientists on their effects on the human body. Today, they seem to be the nutrition “buzzword;” everywhere we look, antioxidants are gaining attention on the cover of health and fitness magazines, medical television shows, and news articles, all enticing you to get your antioxidant fix. Blueberries, red and purple grapes, blackberries, and dark-green leafy vegetables are just a few of the foods that are high in antioxidants.

What are antioxidants and why should you consume them?

By definition, an antioxidant is a food or other substance that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is similar to cutting into an apple and letting it sit on the counter, or not preserving your food in an airtight container. It is the reaction that causes your apple to turn brown or your food to spoil.

The same thing happens in your body. Free radicals in the body can produce oxidation, causing a chain reaction and cell damage or death. An overload of free radicals can generate oxidative stress, which has been shown to play a role in aging and chronic and degenerative illness. These free radicals can also be produced from external sources, such as cigarette smoke and pollution. Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that prevent or delay these dangerous chain reactions. The best way to get more antioxidants in your body is by consuming a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Just like adding lemon juice to a sliced apple can prevent or delay the oxidation process, adding fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes high in antioxidants to your diet can prevent or delay the oxidation process in our cells.

Antioxidants include vitamins A, C, E, and other minerals such as selenium, chromium, zinc, copper, and manganese.

Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important in vision, bone growth, and the immune system. It is commonly found in liver, whole milk, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, and winter squashes.

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid; it is a water-soluble vitamin that is needed for growth and repair of tissues in the body. It is also useful for healing wounds and forming scar tissue, repairing and maintaining bones, cartilage and teeth and in forming collagen in the skin. It is commonly found in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, and strawberries.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin important for immunity and metabolic processes. Food sources include nuts, seeds, vegetables, fish oils, whole grains, fortified cereals, apricots, and other foods.

Selenium is an essential trace element and has attracted much interest in recent years because of its role in supporting the body’s own protective antioxidant system. Foods that are a good source of selenium include seafood, whole grain cereals, and meat products.

It is important to understand the different nutrients and the effects they have within the body. Health problems may stem from the lack of nutritious foods in our diets and exposure to certain chemicals in the environment; therefore, eat your carrots and fill up your plate with leafy greens, squash, berries, and an array of other colorful fruits and vegetables. A variety of color indicates a healthy variety of antioxidants and other nutrients. Do what you can now to prevent or delay health conditions in the future.

This blog and its contents are provided for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein does not constitute medical advice, including advice related to the prevention and treatment of any disease. The information and topics may not apply to every individual and sometimes are based on an alternative health philosophy rather than traditional scientific views. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health or nutrition concerns you may have. The information in this article is also not intended to promote any specific product.

 

ENERGY and E2 – So What’s the Difference?

Even though both of these Genesis PURE™ products begin with E, there are some big differences between these two that are important to know.

ENERGY:

This powder is an adrenal health blend containing herbs cited to increase vitality in traditional Chinese herbal texts. It is traditionally thought to have adaptogenic properties to help the body adapt to stress. ENERGY also has a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals.

E2:

This powder has a broad spectrum of ingredients intended to help reduce free radicals and oxidation caused by exercise. These include Vitamin C, L-taurine, N-acetyl L-carnitine, Coenzyme Q10 and L-glutathione. Products intended to reduce free radicals and oxidation are commonly supplemented by many athletes.

E2 also contains a unique amino acid blend, including glutamine, tyrosine and leucine. Amino acids are important as they are the building blocks of protein and may prevent muscle breakdown during exercise.

We will break it down even more:

E2:

  • Provides B vitamins, chromium and amino acids
  • Excellent source of antioxidant vitamin C
  • Contains no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners – naturally sweetened with Stevia
  • Contains B vitamins and caffeine intended to nutritionally support metabolism
  • Contains natural sources of caffeine to support mental focus*

ENERGY:

  • Contains ingredients that supports mental clarity*
  • May help improve focus*
  • May help minimize fatigue*
  • Contains herbs, vitamins, and minerals to help support overall health and well-being*
  • Contains no preservatives
  • Contains no sugars – naturally sweetened with Stevia

Despite the differences, both products share almost the same caffeine content – 100mg in E2 and 120 mg in ENERGY. For comparison, an 8 oz. cup of coffee has 1.5x more caffeine than ENERGY. A latte, however, has about ¾ the caffeine.

Caffeine is available in the blood stream within 10—20 minutes and peaks between 45-90 minutes. The half-life of caffeine is generally 3-5 hours. This means if you consume 200 mg of caffeine midday, you would still have 100 mg in your system around 4-5:00 p.m.; this will vary from person to person.

Both products contain vitamins and minerals as well as the carbohydrates glucose, fructose, and glucose polymers to help support performance of endurance exercise.