I have a B.S. in Nutrition Science. I powerlifted rather successfully in my late teens to early 20s (1978-85) and again in my 40s (2003-09), but health problems forced me to stop competing each time. But now in my 50s, I am once again lifting at a high intensity, but it is in the LORD's hands if I compete again. With all I have been through, dealt with, and accomplished, it is now my passion to help others achieve their health, fitness, and performance goals. To that end, I set up a fitness Web site, publish a fitness newsletter, and have written books on nutrition and powerlifting. One thing to know about me is I suffer from multiple chemical sensitivities. The artificial ingredients and pesticides in commercial foods can cause me problems. As such, I have no choice but to consume all natural and mostly organic foods. I have found iHerb to be the best place to order natural foods. Their variety of such products, prices, and service is excellent.
Posted by GZeolla on Apr 19, 2015 | Verified Purchase
I was hoping these sups would help me to sleep better at night; they didn’t. But what they did do is make me feel lackadaisical during the day, thus making it difficult to get psyched up for my powerlifting workouts. But when I stopped them, I was able to start working out at a high intensity again.
Due to suffering from multiple chemical sensitivities, I cannot use commercial soaps. And even natural soaps with fragrances can cause me problems, so I looked for a natural, fragrance-free soap to use and came across this one. It has no smell and does not bother me at all. It works just as well as commercial soap. It lathers up easily, doesn't dry up my skin, and seems to last a reasonable time. But it is a bit expensive. And the lid leaves something to be desired. It used to have a very tiny hole, but the company fixed that, so it is larger now. But now it tends to leak, so some soap is lost when I open it. And I have to be careful when opening the lid, as it is easy to break it. If I do that, then it will not plug the hole, and the soap will leak out. That is why I've saved a couple of lids from previous bottles, so if I break one I can replace it with an old lid. But other than those caveats, this is a very good product.
Posted by GZeolla on Nov 23, 2014 | Verified Purchase
I am allergic to this MRM Egg White Protein. That is strange as I am not allergic to eggs, as long as they are from chickens that have not received hormones or antibiotics, but that is what the label says is the case with this product. I am also allergic to many artificial ingredients, but the label says this product is all natural. This product has a very strong vanilla taste and smell, almost to the point of being sickening. Maybe that is why it bothered me, but I’m not allergic to other vanilla products. So I’m not sure why I am allergic to this product, unless the label has inaccurate info.
Growing up in the '70s, the only pumpkin seeds I ever ate were roasted seeds that had so much salt on them that they were totally white. I was actually quite surprised when much later I found out that pumpkin seed are actually green! But they still taste great even without all of that salt and without being roasted. But they tend to be rather pricy. That is why I was glad I came across this Now product on iHerb. They are reasonably priced and taste great. If I am still hungry after lunch or dinner, I grab a small handful of these, and that always hits the spot. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and healthy monounsaturated fats. I discuss the benefits of these types of fats in my "God-given Foods Eating Plan" book. Pumpkin seeds are also an excellent source of iron (32% of the RDA), magnesium (48%), zinc (24%), copper (60%), and manganese (48%). Being organic is also important as seeds tend to draw up more pesticides from the soil than nuts. So these Now pumpkin seeds are a good tasting and healthy snack.
Brown rice syrup contains 50% soluble complex carbohydrates, 45% maltose, and 3% glucose. These are listed in order of slowest to quickest absorbed. These three kinds of carbs provide a steady supply of energy over 2-3 hours, so brown rice syrup is a good choice for a pre-workout carb source. Moreover, all of the carbs in brown rice syrup are effective for replenishing muscle glycogen, so it would be good for a post-workout carb source. However, brown rice syrup does not dissolves very well in cold liquid. But if you heat up the liquid first, then it dissolves very well. I used to do so by making a cup of green tea, then mixing in this Lundberg product and protein powder for my workout drink. I now eat a bowl of cereal instead, but if you're using a workout drink, this is a good product for the carb source. As an added bonus, brown rice syrup retains the naturally occurring nutrients in brown rice. So it is a good alternative to sugar.
My pre-workout snack is a bowl of cereal, with fruit and nuts added to it. This snack is much tastier than just guzzling a pre-workout drink, but it still provides the carbs, protein, fat, and liquid for a workout. I consume the cereal about an hour before my workout. It digests sufficiently in that time, so as not to disturb my workout and to keep me fueled throughout my workout. If you're eating it after a workout, then omit the fruit as it is not good for muscle glycogen replenishment. I address that complex issue in my books. My favorite cereal brand is Barbara's, a natural brand, especially this Morning Oat Crunch (formerly Shredded Oats) and their Multigrain Spoonfuls (formerly Shredded Spoonfuls). They are what I want, whole grain and low in sugar. These cereals are not organic, but grains tend not draw up as much pesticides from the soil as fruit and veggies do, so even though I am sensitive to pesticides I do not have a problem with these cereals. And they are all-natural and verified non-GMO. These cereals are rather dense, so they have a moderate glycemic response, not high like many cold cereals. But that moderate blood sugar spike is ideal to fuel a workout. And being dense, you get a lot of calories without eating a lot of food, which keeps me fueled during the workout without feeling stuffed.
I have had my mom taking this product for several years now for her macular degeneration, three capsules a day, for a total of 18 mg. And during those years, her macular degeneration has not gotten worse, so it seems to be helpful. But I should say, a better way to get lutein is to eat dark greens, like collard greens, kale, and romaine lettuce. But my mom refuses to eat such foods, so I have her take this product. There is much more in dark greens besides lutein, so eating them is to be preferred to taking a pill. But if like my mom you refuse to do so, then this product would be beneficial.
Pistachios are fun to eat and taste great. They are also very healthy, being a good source of healthy monounsaturated fats and a variety of vitamins and minerals. These Now pistachios are especially good as there are rarely any nuts that are difficult to open. But I am used to eating unsalted nuts, while these are rather salty. But that keeps me from eating too many of them!
Grains do not draw up as much pesticides as fruits and vegetables do, so it is not as necessary to purchase organic grains as it is to to purchase organic produce. But if I can find organic grains that are not too much more expensive than non-organic ones then I get the organic version. And this Lundberg product fits that bill. This brown rice is also healthy, as all whole grains are. It cooks rather quickly. I cook 3/4 cup of rice in 1-1/4 cup of water, and it takes less than 30 minutes. And it tastes great. I have ordered this product a couple of times and will continue to do so.
The RDA for selenium is 55 mcg, but at one time many authorities believed 200–300 mcg would help in preventing prostate cancer. Rather than taking a separate selenium supplement to reach this level, I got in the habit of consuming one large or two small Brazil nuts on most days, as I figured that would be more natural. One large Brazil nut contains 95 mcg. However, I recently did some Googling and found newer research shows that not only does supplemental selenium (of 200 mcg) not decrease the risk of prostate cancer but it actually increases it (as does supplemental vitamin E of 400 IUs, see Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial). However, this research is about supplemental selenium, not selenium naturally found in foods. So I’m not sure if the selenium in Brazil nuts is problematic or not. So I still eat Brazil nuts regularly as I like them, and my gut feeling is that being natural they would be beneficial. And these Now Brazil nuts are relatively inexpensive, and they taste great and are of high quality. So I have been using them for some time now.
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