As a heath-food trend, it’s easy to be confused by blue-green algae (BGA). Not only does it sound gross, but googling it produces news reports of local officials at war with the toxic pond scum it can create.
Yet, many swear by BGA’s energy-boosting properties. In health-food circles, BGA usually refers to spirulina, chlorella, or — the hippest algae — Aphanizomenon Flos-aquae (AFA). Still, some BGAs can be toxic, so nutritionists recommend proceeding with caution.
The strain that appears in E3Live was discovered in the 1970s by Victor Colman, who as legend has it, was looking for a way to feed NASA scientists. In the 1990s, it became a popular racehorse supplement after Tamera Campbell, now CEO of the E3Live company began selling it to trainers for their Kentucky Derby–bound thoroughbreds.
Now E3Live is sold in powder, capsule, or frozen form at health-food stores and on Amazon. According to Campbell, the company uses a mechanical filtration system and meets all standards set by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
“I would say that the majority of all people notice that they have more sustained energy, they feel better overall, they feel more mentally alert, they notice that their digestion and elimination improve,” Campbell said. “They notice an improvement in their hair, skin, and fingernails. And if you work out in a gym they notice their energy is sustained longer.”
The Cut – NY Mag
The Olympic diet varies greatly among athletes, but they usually prefer quality foods with high nutritive content. Most of the sportsmen and sportswomen are very careful with their diets. They usually eat very clean, and in small quantities.
A survey organized by the SB Nation and Eater showed that the Olympic diet includes vast proportions of kale, oatmeal, and Greek yogurt. No pizza and no pancakes during training.
Sports nutritionists say that all over the world, athletes pay attention to what they are eating. The change happened only recently, in the last two generations.
Athletes are not obsessed with calories. They make sure that their diet contains enough nutrients and quality foods.
From ginkgo to valerian, echinacea to mint, there is no doubt that natural herbal remedies still remain popular to this day, surviving centuries of traditional uses over time. But despite their many virtues, they are not without dangers. Always be sure you know what you’re doing when you consume or use botanicals as an alternative medicine or remedy.
St. John’s wort – Used as a treatment for mild to moderate depression, it is perfect for thwarting big morale drops. However, if you’re on birth control, watch out
Valerian – The calming properties of valerian make it a good cure for anxiety and nervous restlessness. However, watch out for the increased risk of drowsiness.
Red yeast rice – It has been said to lower high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and maintain blood pressure. However, it is not recommend for you to consume red yeast rice if you are already in the midst of cholesterol-lowering treatment and medication.
Ginkgo & ginseng – Increasing your blood circulation could pose a risk of continuous bleeding without clotting when you have taken anticoagulants (including aspirin). If you are already taking supplements rich in omega-3, it is best to seek medical advice.
Echinacea – Echinacea boosts immunity, strengthens the body’s defences, prevents viruses (flu, colds) and infections (recurring cystitis). However, this disrupts immunosuppressants
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