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Beyond Caffeine and Coffee: How to Boost Your Energy

There are dozens of reasons why you may be tired. In many cases, there is a clear answer as to why; maybe you’ve been running on 4 hours of sleep each night of the week, you’ve been working 12-hour days for the past month, or you have a 3-month old newborn (you get the picture). But sometimes the reason is not so clear. Despite eating well, getting high quality sleep and exercising regularly, you seem to be dragging on. So the classic solution, yet often the incorrect solution, is to seek the nervous system stimulant caffeine by drinking coffee…and more coffee and more coffee. For the record, I am not inherently opposed to coffee. There is actually quite a lot of positive research supporting the consumption of coffee for various health concerns (including prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and various cancers). The problem arises when we drink 3-4 coffees per day just to get by. In other words, relying on coffee is not a great sign of health, whereas having a daily coffee for recreation is okay and may actually be beneficial for our health (Sidenote: the creams and sugars are not beneficial for our health, and there are illnesses that are better managed when coffee is removed from the equation, but these are both separate issues). So what do we do when we notice that we need coffee just to get through the day or when even our three XL-sized timmie’s aren’t giving us that energy boost? First and foremost, if you’re not doing all of those healthy things that I mentioned before (eating vegetables, sleeping 7-8 hours per night, getting 20 minutes of exercise per day, etc.), then that is the first and most important step toward boosting energy. All of those basics provide your body with nutrients important for energy and they also regulate hormones (cortisol, melatonin, thyroid, etc.) that drastically affect mood and energy. At the same time, you need to see your doctor and have labs done to determine your iron, vitamin B12, and thyroid hormone levels. Deficiencies in any of these nutrients and/or hormones are very common causes for fatigue if they have gone undiagnosed. As an FYI, a “normal” lab result for one person may be abnormal for another person. Thyroid hormone tests only assess a portion of the equation and they tend to leave out the possibility of impaired peripheral conversion or activation. In these scenarios, certain nutrients like zinc or selenium may be helpful. Assuming you have ruled out the possibility of these concerns with your doctor, consider a deficiency of all B-vitamins. Many B-vitamins are depleted through poor nutrition and stress. These deficiencies may also be present as a result of conversion issues from common B-vitamin forms to their biologically active forms. For example, B6 is commonly supplemented in the form of pyridoxine HCl but it is actually used in the body as pyridoxal-5-phosphate. If your body cannot convert to this active form, it can’t use the vitamin in numerous cellular activities. If your energy is low, a high-quality, biologically active B-vitamin complex can do wonders. Next, it’s time to look at your stress and cortisol levels. What often happens is that we push ourselves so hard to stay on track and keep up with the demands of everyday life. Our bodies can only hang on so long until they finally crash. Cortisol (aka our “stress hormone”) is great at getting us through an acutely stressful situation, but with chronic stress it eventually flatlines. This is where many adaptogen herbs (“adaptogen” is the term for herbs that help our bodies “adapt” to stress) and nutrients can target this low or imbalanced cortisol level. Panax ginseng is a well-known adaptogen for boosting energy, improving physical performance and improving mental performance under times of stress. AOR has combined this herb with potassium nitrate (to increase nitric oxide production) in EnergyNOx for improved delivery to the tissues. As another option, Rhodiola rosea has very similar and well-documented benefits to those of Panax ginseng. For the very depleted individuals, AOR’s Ortho Adapt has been formulated with a variety of adaptogenic herbs, vitamins and glandular extracts to improve cortisol levels and boost energy in the face of stress. With herbs like Rhodiola rosea, Eleutherococcus senticosus (siberian ginseng) and Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice root), it also acts as an anti-microbial and blood sugar regulating aid. Ortho Adapt is AOR’s most powerful energy booster in cases of cortisol depletion. Lastly, nutrients such as ribose, aspartic acid and malic acid can also be considered when trying to remedy fatigue due to an unknown cause. These nutrients are involved on a cellular level in the production of ATP, the main energy molecule in the human body. They have been found to ...

Understanding Male Infertility

Infertility is becoming much too familiar in today’s society. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to hear stories from close friends or family members that are undergoing the barrage of tests and alternative pregnancy methods such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). In many cases, these costly procedures end up being the last resort for couples. But that doesn’t mean that there is nothing to be done before (or even during!) this process.In cases where male infertility is suspected or it has been confirmed that the male partner is contributing to unsuccessful pregnancy outcomes, there may be hope. If physical and anatomical obstructions are ruled out as causes, sperm disorders are the most common problem. Sperm disorders refer to one of the following: Low sperm count: not enough sperm are being produced or maturedImpaired motility: the sperm are not moving properlyImproper morphology: the sperm are abnormally shaped If we know we are dealing with one of these problems, or any combination of the 3, there are many interventions to consider. A plethora of research has found that lifestyle and dietary factors contribute to sperm disorders and male infertility. For example, higher levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium have been correlated with lower sperm motility and sperm counts. Here is a more comprehensive list of factors that have been linked to male infertility through impaired sperm quality and quantity: – smoking– alcohol– psychological stress– heavy metal toxicity– pesticide exposure and environmental pollutants– obesity or being underweight– nutrient-poor diets (ie. high in sugary drinks and processed foods) What is the common thread among all of these factors? For starters, they all contribute to increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) and diminish the mitochondrial function of sperm. By quitting smoking, reducing alcohol, removing processed foods and by exercising, we improve mitochondrial function, prevent damage to sperm and ultimately increase the sperm parameters. Lifestyle and dietary changes are clearly paramount for optimal outcomes and timely results. However, research has found that additional nutrients may be helpful for male infertility. Here are some of the most promising: Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that has been shown to protect the sperm cell membrane from damage. Studies have found that vitamin E helps to improve sperm motility and lead to better fertilization in those with a reduced number of sperm cells. A full blend of tocopherols and, ideally, tocotrienols should be supplemented as opposed to the sole synthetic form dl-alpha-tocopherol. Moreover, vitamin E in combination with other nutrients such as selenium, zinc, copper and vitamin C has been found beneficial in cases of oxidative stress (ie. smoking or environmental pollutants). Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Compared with infertile men, fertile men tend to have higher blood levels and sperm levels of omega-3 fatty acids. The ratio of omega-6 fats (such as those found in corn) to omega-3 fats (such as those found in fish) also tends to be much lower in fertile males, indicating a healthier balance of fatty acids in the body – a ratio that has been correlated to much more than fertility measures. For men with the worst sperm parameters, one study found that supplementation with omega-3s significantly increased sperm count and sperm concentration. Considering the widespread health benefits associated with optimal omega-3 status, in addition to fertility implications, supplementation should be considered. L-Carnitine: L-Carnitine is perhaps the best-recognized nutrient therapy for male infertility. In fact, a 2010 study found that L-carnitine should be considered a first step treatment in cases of male infertility with no known cause, either in combination with, or instead of, the pharmaceutical drug most often used to treat male infertility, clomiphene citrate. Within the body, carnitine is known for transporting fatty acids into the mitochondria, thereby helping to create cellular energy. L-Carnitine directly supports the mitochondrial function of sperm, leading to better motility and quality sperm. However, one study found L-carnitine had less of a benefit on sperm parameters in smokers when compared to non-smokers, confirming the necessity of smoking cessation in infertility cases. Ashwagandha: Also known as Withania somnifera, this adaptogenic herb is best known for its ability to treat stress and reduce anxiety. But it has also been described in ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine as an aphrodisiac capable of treating male sexual dysfunction and infertility. A 2013 placebo-controlled study confirmed this ancient wisdom by showing significant improvements in sperm parameters after 3 months of treatment intervention. Specifically, a 167% increase in sperm co ...

5 Foods To Help Manage Your Cholesterol

Cholesterol and Foods Eggs are finally out of the dietary doghouse – and it’s about time! Not only are eggs versatile and pretty darn tasty, the cholesterol-rich yolk that everyone avoids is full of other beneficial nutrients. In fact, the cholesterol we consume may support cardiovascular health. Instead of worrying about dietary cholesterol, your heart health focus should be on maintaining your cholesterol levels already within the normal range. Certain foods, mostly of the fruit and veggie variety, are especially good at balancing your cholesterol. *Eat these five colourful foods for maintaining healthy cholesterol – and better health, all around: * Blueberries – These deeply hued gems are one of the highest sources of antioxidants, which is good news for heart health. Blueberries are particularly helpful in promoting healthy circulation.* Tomatoes – Lycopene, a nutrient found in tomatoes, helps manage cholesterol levels. And good news for sauce lovers; cooked tomatoes contain more lycopene. Carrots – These root veggies get their name from carotenoids, phytonutrients that scavenge free radicals and protect blood vessels * Avocadoes – Maintaining healthy cholesterol isn’t just about antioxidant protection. Choose healthy unsaturated fats over saturated and (especially) trans fats – just one avocado a day can have a significant impact. Oats – The combo of soluble and insoluble fibre in these wholesome breakfast standbys helps your body get rid of the excess cholesterol which is present in food, thanks to beta glucan. The beta glucan in oats absorbs cholesterol in the digestive tract to be easily excreted. It turns out that we’re much better off adding healthy foods than restrict supposedly unhealthy foods – though science still comes down on the side of moderation there. So eat a vibrant rainbow of fruits and veggies, and stay tuned for more nutrition tips from the Natural Factors team! * This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Whitehead, A., Beck, E.J., Tosh, S., Wolever, T.M. (2014) Cholesterol-lowering effects of oat β-glucan: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Am J Clin Nutr, 100(6) 1413-1421.

Balancing Hormones: The Missing Link in Weight Loss

At any given point in time, more than 50% of us are trying to lose weight. Yet, the most frustrating part of this journey is that even if we’re successful, most of us will regain a portion or all of that weight back over time. This begs the question: Why is everyone having the same problem? How come all of the dietary adjustments, exercise regimens, and fat-burning pills don’t seem to stick for a great proportion of the population? Well, perhaps it’s your hormones. I’m not saying that exercise and a proper diet aren’t the foundation for achieving a healthy weight, it’s just that they are not the entire story. Here are some additional key factors to consider when trying to shed some pounds: –          Stress –          Sleep deprivation –          Blood sugar dysregulation –          Obesogens (hormone-disrupting chemicals) –          Poor thyroid conversion –          Medication side effects –          Psychological barriers At first glance it may not seem like a lot of those have much of anything to do with hormones. On the contrary, they all have the power to affect our key body hormones such as cortisol, insulin and thyroid hormones. These all work synergistically and affect one another to create harmony or disharmony in the body. Let’s highlight a few of these factors: Stress When our bodies experience stress, the adrenal glands release the hormone cortisol to help fight back and keep up with demands. It is a great hormone to have in the short term to help us cope. However, over the long-term, the chronic stimulation of cortisol can lead to an array of side effects including weight gain. Elevated cortisol directly leads to increased blood sugar levels and increased fat storage. Moreover, cortisol blocks the activation and conversion of thyroid hormone (see below), which leads to a slower metabolism. Finally, when we’re stressed, we tend to crave sugars and refined carbohydrates. And we all know how this story goes: more weight gain, more stress, and more weight gain. This isn’t a coincidence. Carbohydrates help to upregulate the neurotransmitter serotonin, a chemical that helps to relax and calm the stressed out mind! Your body is trying to self-medicate but you need to find a better way. Deep breathing techniques, laughter, massage and journaling are all great places to start improving your stress coping mechanisms and reducing your cortisol. High quality B-complex supplements as well as adaptogenic herbs likeRhodiola rosea and Withania somnifera also have a place in treating an overwhelmed or maladaptive stress response. Of course, these must be recommended under the supervision of a practitioner to ensure that they are safe for you. Sleep Deprivation Aside from the obvious resulting lack of energy, poor sleep can increase cortisol levels in the body (insomnia is a form of stress, after all) and drastically disrupt our natural cortisol curve. By this, I mean that cortisol is supposed to be elevated during the day and absent during the night when we’re resting. If our sleep rhythm is irregular then our cortisol management is likely disrupted as well. Sleep deprivation has been linked to poor stress coping, unhealthy food cravings, and a decreased metabolism. It should be no surprise then that poor sleep has been linked with obesity and diabetes. To add insult to injury, there is also the theory that being awake for more hours of the day leads to more opportunity for eating. Late night snacking certainly doesn’t help to break the vicious cycle of sleep deprivation, stress and weight gain! Obesogens “Obesogen” is a term that was coined to describe chemical compounds that alter hormones and lipid metabolism, ultimately leading to the build up of fat tissue. A 2011 study reviewed the relationship between these certain chemicals and obesity. It was found that all of these chemicals were associated with an increase in body size! Here are some of the offenders that were examined: –          Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) –          Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) –          Hexachlorobenzene –          Polybrominated biphenyls –          Beta-hexachlorocyclohexane –          Oxychlordane –   &nb ...

15 days Detox Cure

Ingredients: 45 drops of A.Vogel Boldocynara45 drops of A.Vogel Stinging Nettle1 tbsp. of A.Vogel Molkosan or Molkosan Berry1,5 L of water Preparation:In the morning, add Boldocynara*, Stinging Nettle* and Molkosan or Molkosan Berry in a bottle with 1.5 L of water and drink throughout the day. Repeat for 15 days, twice a year. * Read label before use.

Spring Has Sprung – Have Your Allergies Sprung Too?

With the start of spring come the blooms and blossoms and that pesky partner in crime – pollen! Seasonal allergies affect millions of Canadians (approx. 10 million) each year, and many will dash to the pharmacy in search of antihistamine medication so they don’t drip, itch and sneeze their way through springtime.  While the viral load at the start of spring can still be high depending upon the region, the differences between allergy symptoms (below) and cold symptoms generally are as follows: No fever or muscle aches Mucous secretions are typically clear and runny Sneezing is common in rapid, multiple sequences Your ears, nose and throat (especially palate in back of throat) are itchy Your symptoms last longer than the typical duration of a cold (i.e. 7-10 days) Instead of reaching for conventional antihistamines this year to manage your symptoms, why not look in the direction of herbal medicine for some assistance.  Petasites hybridus – commonly known as Butterbur is one such herbal which may provide you some relief. This plant has been in use in medical formulary since the middle Ages, used commonly in Europe and Asia to address issues of respiratory infection, fevers, coughs, congestion and asthma.  For the past several decades in Europe, standardized preparations of Butterbur have been used and recognized as an aid to reduce the effects of histamine, and nasal congestion as well as to improve breathing. For some reason, it is not as well known in the West. Butterbur’s active phytochemicals (petasin, isopetasin) have been shown to reduce spasms in the respiratory smooth muscle, relax swollen membranes, as well as exert an anti-inflammatory effect by limiting the load of inflammatory chemicals known as leukotrienes (1,2).  An early randomized, double-blind study of standardized butterbur extract, reported by Swiss researchers in the British Journal of Medicine in 2002, followed 125 seasonal hay fever sufferers. At four clinics in Switzerland and Germany, 61 patients were treated with one tablet of the butterbur extract (containing 8 mg of petasin) four times a day, and 64 patients were treated with 10 mg of cetirizine (Zyrtec®) taken once daily. All participants had suffered seasonal allergies for two or more consecutive years. In skin testing, all but one of the 125 patients proved to be allergic to pollens, most commonly grass pollens (3). After two weeks of daily treatment, all participants were judged by their physicians to be improved in clinical examinations. All were shown to have been exposed to substantial levels of pollen during the preceding two weeks, by cross-checking the treatment period with the German government’s pollen-count service. What the researchers noted as most significant was that in every category, butterbur scored as well as cetirizine in alleviating symptoms. While drowsiness and fatigue accounted for two thirds of the adverse events reported by patients in the drug group during the treatment period, these side effects were not noted among those taking the butterbur extract (3). In short, butterbur had the same degree of efficacy with respect to symptom relief, and without the side effects that the drug caused. Butterbur may also have additional applications for people suffering from upper respiratory complications such as asthma. Several studies have looked at the possibility of incorporating butterbur intoasthmatic treatment protocols. Because people who suffer from allergic rhinitis have a higher incidence of asthma than does the general population, studies showing butterbur’s effectiveness in treating that upper-respiratory disorders are very encouraging. (4) In 2003, Lee et al. at the University of Dundee found that patients who treated their asthma with inhaled corticosteroids breathed better when they added 25 mg of butterbur twice daily to their treatment regimen (5). AOR offers Butterbur extract in 2 formulas – Petadolex and Allerque. The Petadolex formula is a standalone butterbur formula, and Allerque combines butterbur with quercetin and rosemary extract.  Both are effective products that provide good clinical relief from seasonal allergies. So what are you going to do this year?  What have you tried in the past?  If you have not tried Butterbur, I encourage you to give it consideration. It is proven to be clinically effective in relieving common seasonal allergy symptoms to the same degree as antihistamines and without the drowsiness – a real win/win. Let us know how you are doing. Here’s to a sneeze-free Spring!   Source http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/seasonal-allergies-something-to-sneeze-at-1.930532 1. Bickel D, Röder T, Bestmann HJ, Brune K. Identification and characterization of inhibitors of peptido-leukotriene synthesis from Petasites hybridus. Planta Med. 1994 Aug;60(4):318-22. 2. Thomet OA, Wiesman UN, Schapowal A, ...

Top 5 Ways to Help Control Your Seasonal Allergies

Almost one-quarter of Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis. Allergy season can last (depending on geographic location) in Canada anywhere from early February (mostly the west coast) to the first frost of the year (October – November, depending on region).  Certain allergies are also seasonally dependent and are at their prime at different times of year. With it currently being late summer and entering into fall, typically ragweed is the chief culprit for allergy sufferers. The plant produces large amounts of pollen and releases it super quickly. Ragweed likes to grow in disturbed soil, which is typically soil that has been altered from its natural state. This is bad news for city dwellers, as construction, slightly warmer micro-climate, and earth moving activities typically carried out in urban settings potentiate “disturbed” soil and thus, can cause ragweed to grow faster and larger. Interestingly, the worst cities in Canada for allergies typically tend to be larger urban environments – Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, Windsor, Halifax and surprisingly Yellowknife. So especially for you city slickers, here are some natural therapies to possibly aid in your fight against seasonal allergies.  1. Butterbur also known as Petasites.Dr McIntyre’s previous blog post goes into detail about why this is definitely number 1 on the list (Spring has Sprung Have your Allergies Sprung Too?)In short, Butterbur has clinical trials showing its effectiveness against some over the counter antihistamine medications. This is impressive as not too many other natural remedies have this sort of data to draw upon.2. QuercetinAlthough Quercetin does not have the scientific research that Butterbur does, it does have lots of anecdotal and clinical experience being used for seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis. Its main purpose for being on this list is due to the fact it has been shown in vitro to prevent the release of histamine which is implicated in allergic symptoms such as sneezing and itching.3. EGCG – Green Tea ExtractSurprisingly, Green Tea Extract jumps the list ahead of another staple allergy remedy in Vitamin C. Green Tea Extracthas been shown to block the production of IgE and histamine (in vitro). What makes this potential mechanism unique and intriguing is that, in order for a cell to release histamine it needs this immunoglobulin (IgE) to bind the cell to signal to the cell to release histamine. If Green Tea Extract can work on blocking the signal before the cell knows to release histamine, it actually works one step before Quercetin or Vitamin C in helping with allergies.4. Vitamin CVitamin C is thought to work similarly to Quercetin in terms of preventing mast cells from secreting histamine and ‘stabilizing’ them. It also is thought to help breakdown histamine once it has been secreted from a cell and cause allergic symptoms. According to the Journal “American College of Nutrition” – High-Dose vitamin C therapy (1-2g/day) may help asthma and allergies, however, it takes a few days of supplementation before Vitamin C starts to lower histamine levels.5. Vitamin DSince this list is more about controlling allergies once they have started, Vitamin D falls lower on the list. If the list was for preventing or preparing for allergy season, Vitamin D, probiotics (specific strains is a must) and Omega-3s would have been high on the list. Vitamin D makes the list at #5 as studies have shown it is important in terms of the development of immune tolerance and has been shown higher Vitamin D intake by pregnant mothers reduces the asthma risk as much as 40% in children aged three to five. These studies have shown results as well in allergic disease development. Vitamin D also makes the list as being here in Canada, it has a much larger necessity for ongoing supplementation to prevent deficiency.   Disclaimer: Please consult your health care provider regarding Vitamin D supplementation over the long term.

Sisu Ester-C

Spring into Summer   The long-anticipated summer months are getting close! The days are getting longer, the temperatures higher, and city parks and recreational areas are greener and welcoming again. No one has time to get sick or feel too tired to join family and friends and enjoy their favourite outdoor activities.   For decades, vitamin C has remained people’s first-choice supplement to decrease their chance of catching colds and reduce allergy symptoms. Even though vitamin C is best known as akey immune-supporting nutrient, it is also a potent antioxidant that helps protect cells from the daily damage caused by pollutants, stress, and aging. It also helps reduce inflammation, promotes healing, and is essential for glowing healthy skin.   Ester-C® is a unique, patented form of vitamin C and the only form with active vitamin C metabolites that enhance cellular absorption and retention. Ester-C® has been clinically proven in human studies to remain in the white blood cells of the immune system for up to 24 hours providing around-the-clock immune support and antioxidant protection. It has a neutral pH that helps protect you from thestomach upset that can accompany other vitamin C products.   In addition to Ester-C®, there are multiple nutrients that the body needs every day to function at its best, including B vitamins and minerals. Electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium are minerals essential for rehydration and energy production as well as cardiovascular, muscle, and nervous system functions. It is estimated that as many as 75% of North Americans- ranging in age and activity levels- are chronically dehydrated. High temperatures, exercise, sports, and other physical activities strip the body of water and essential nutrients and dehydration also occurs when the body uses fluids during the healing process and to expel toxins.   SISU Ester-C® Energy Boost combines all of these important nutrients in a daily, rehydrating, vitamin drink mix. Each convenient, single-serving packet provides 1,000 mg of Ester-C®, and mixes into a low-calorie, non-effervescent, refreshing summer drink in a variety of delicious natural flavours.  

Vega One

 Vega One gives you the nutritional confidence to tackle your full life with gusto—no matter how much you pack into it.   It’s that time of year again; time to set goals and revive resolutions. Rather than setting a large stretch goal this January, why not focus on small, achievable changes that will help you become better, one tweak at a time. An extra dose of energy, and the confidence that comes with checking off your nutritional needs, can help you pack more into even the fullest days. Vega One is like a serving of “I’ve totally got this” in a glass to help you start your best year yet. We put the best in, so you get the best out. Made from real, whole food, non-GMO ingredients, Vega One gives you everything you need: 20 grams of premium plant-based protein SaviSeed, pea, hemp and whole flaxseed protein combine to give you a complete protein boost, and stable energy levels that will keep hunger pangs at bay. 6 servings of greens Wake up with six whole servings of greens from kale, broccoli, spirulina and Vega Chlorella. Vega One is proudly green because you just can’t camouflage awesome. 50% DV food-based vitamins and minerals We believe in eating your vitamins from whole foods, which is why you’ll find a rainbow of fruits and vegetables in Vega One. You can feel good knowing that you’ve met 50% DV for vitamins and minerals exclusively from whole foods like carrots, spinach, mushrooms and strawberries. 25% DV fiber Fiber helps keep your digestive system regular, and keep you fuller, longer. Check off ¼ of your daily fiber needs with just one serving of Vega One. Add more fruit and leafy greens into your smoothie to cover half your fiber needs in one glass. 1.5 grams of Omega-3s Omega-3s are a healthy, essential fat. Not only does whole flaxseed provide protein and fiber, but it also gives you a hefty 1.5 grams of Omega-3s. Make your food multitask so you don’t have to. Antioxidants Free radicals have nothing on antioxidant-rich superfruits! Goji berries, macqui berries, and pomegranates add antioxidant power to your smoothie. Probiotics (1 billion CFU) Probiotics definitely keep your stomach happy! Probiotics help to nourish the healthy bacteria in your digestive tract, so you can keep your stomach healthy and happy.   With only 160 calories*, all in one, delicious scoop, Vega One is also: Gluten-free Made without dairy or soy ingredients Made without added sugar, artificial flavours, colours or preservatives Vegan certified Non-GMO Project verified   Vega One gives you the nutritional confidence to tackle your full life with gusto—no matter how much you pack into it. Enjoy new Vega One in the flavours you already love: French Vanilla, Vanilla Chai, Chocolate, Berry and Natural. Just shake with water or non-dairy milk on-the-go, or blend into your favourite smoothie.   Vega One Green Smoothie   ½ Granny Smith apple 1 cup kale (stems removed) ½ cup frozen pineapple ½ fresh squeezed lemon (or 1 tsp lemon juice) 1 cup water 1 serving Vega One French Vanilla Optional: ice (as needed)   Instructions: Combine all ingredients and blend together. Enjoy!