Acetyl-L-carnitine

Today we’re looking at Acetyl-L-carnitine and the role it plays in our body. Acetyl-L-carnitine is produced from L-carnitine – which is an amino acid derivative of Lysine and Methionine. We will go further into detail into both of those Amino acids in a further post, however if you haven’t already, you may wish to read our post on amino acids here.

Nootropic Supplement
Acetyl-L-carnitine is probably best known as a weight loss supplement, however in recent years we have seen increased sales for use as a so called ‘brain booster’. As a ‘cognitive enhancer’ Alcar is said to provide many benefits with supplementation. Those who have tried Alcar have reported that they have experienced a lift in their mood, memory improvements and a greater attention span. Clinical trials also suggest that Alcar supplementation can reduce aggression in those who suffer from attention deficits.

Alzheimer’s Studies

What are Amino Acids and why are they important?

Over the course of the next few articles, we are going to be taking a closer look at Amino Acids. Most regular gym-goers are fully aware of the importance of a protein rich diet for building muscle and gaining mass. For many, this is as far as their knowledge goes, but if you want to really make serious gains it is well worth spending a little time learning about Amino Acids.

Amino Acids are organic compounds that are vital for not just getting bigger, but our very existence. The human body needs a number of amino acids in substantial amounts to maintain good health, they are in every cell in our body and produce proteins which help with everything from digesting food to repairing body tissue. Proteins are comprised of hundreds of Amino Acids chained together by Peptide Bonds – you can think of Protein as a big beaded bracelet, each bead signifying an Amino Acid.

Amino Acids can be categorised into three separate groups – essential, non-essential and conditional. There are hundreds of them, however only some of these are naturally occurring,

Essential Amino Acids
The essential Amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. None of these can be produced by the body, therefore they must be sourced from our diet.

Non-Essential Amino Acids
The non-essential Amino acids are alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, and glutamic acid. These Amino acids can be produced by the body, but may require supplementation in some individuals.

Conditional Amino Acids
Conditional Amino acids are arginine, cysteine, glutamine, tyrosine, glycine, ornithine, proline, and serine. These amino acids are usually not essential, but may be required or supplemented on certain conditions such as illness or stress.

Whilst stacking up your Amino Acids at every meal is not required, it is important to get a balance of them throughout your day.

Green Lipped Mussel Powder for Cats & Dogs

We hate to see our canine and feline friends suffering any discomfort, but unfortunately as they get older, they are just as prone to suffering from arthritis and rheumatism as humans. Although there is no cure for the aches and pains caused by sore joints, treatment is available to alleviate the problem in the form of Green-lipped Mussel powder.

Many veterinarians have now started suggesting treatment with Green Lipped Mussel powder rather than NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) due to some of the side effects experienced with NSAIDs – these can include nausea and in some cases sickness and stomach ulcers. Green-lipped mussel powder is a natural remedy that can be sprinkled over food to assist in place or alongisde NSAIDs – depending on your preference and severity of the problem.

Green-lipped mussel powder is a natural anti-inflamatory that is commonly used in humans, cats, dogs and horses. It is an ideal source of Omega fatty acids that promote joint health as well as Glucosamine and Chondroitin – the building blocks for your bones.

More information on GLMP itself can be found on our product page here.

Green Lipped Mussel Powder for Horses

Natural Health supplements have been a big thing in the equine industry in recent years. One product which we have seen a lot of ‘buzz’ around is Green-lipped mussel powder – it contains amino acids, minerals, carbohydrates and omega-3 fatty acids that promote joint health and prevent swelling with it’s natural anti-inflammatory properties. Many of the mechanisms of how Green-lipped mussel carries these properties are still relatively unknown, however, it is thought to be due in part to the omega-3 fatty acids.

Green-lipped mussel powder is well tolerated by horses and can be supplemented to their diet as a natural alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in order to maintain pain free joints. It is often used to treat horses who are suffering with chronic fetlock lameness attributed to Osteoarthritis – clinical trials have shown that Green-lipped mussel powder when supplemented orally significantly reduced severity of lameness, improving joint response and reducing joint pain when tested against a placebo.

Green-lipped Mussel Powder is now becoming commonplace in the equine industry and your veterinarian may suggest you supplement your horses diet with it for the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bowed Tendons
  • Chronic Lameness
  • Musculo Skeletal Conditions

Our Green-lipped mussel powder is produced in New Zealand and is of the highest quality – visit our Green-lipped mussel page here.

What should you look for when purchasing Vitamin C?

Vitamin C should be manufactured by an FDA approved factory. It should always be manufactured to British, American & European Pharmacopoeias. Country of origin has no bearing whatsoever on the product, providing it meets this criteria.
Sometimes the public are misled into believing that there is “a better or purer” form of Vitamin C than what we have just mentioned. This is absolutely impossible and is usually said by small  unregistered companies looking to make huge profits from vulnerable people. We regularly see companies selling Vitamin C powder at ridiculously highly inflated prices, for a product which is the same as ours or inferior to ours. There are numerous bogus companies making false claims and huge profits.

 

Vitamin C – 5 Interesting Facts

Box of OrangesVitamin C, also known by its more scientific name, Ascorbic Acid, has long been known as an important element of human health; who among us hasn’t heard the ominous tales of medieval sailors crippled by scurvy? While you probably associate Vitamin C with powders and supplement tablets that you take to prevent the common cold and feel your best, you may be surprised to learn about some of the more interesting details about this wonder vitamin and ascorbic acid powder. Here are five of the most remarkable facts about Vitamin C.

1. The Hungarian Connection

You might think of Florida sunshine and juicy oranges, but the discovery of Vitamin C actually has a Hungarian history. Budapest born Dr. Albert Szent Gyorgi is credited with isolating Vitamin C in 1928, thus helping to provide an easy solution to the scourge of scurvy. He isolated this key vitamin from the adrenal glands of animals during his research of cell respiration. He realised that this vitamin allows people to effectively digest and metabolise fats, carbohydrates and protein, and his discovery is often cited a major milestone in the history of nutrition. Dr. Szent Gyorgi made vitamin C powders and supplements possible, and for this we owe him our health!

2. Some animals can produce their own Vitamin C!

Believe it or not, some animals can actually produce their own Vitamin C – in fact, as humans we are the exception. The process of an animal creating their own vitamins is called biosynthesis, and all animals other than guinea pigs, bats, primates and humans are able to do this. This is the reason why most people choose to supplement their diets with vitamin C powder.

3. Citrus Fruits are not the best sources of Vitamin C

When most people conjure up the idea of Vitamin C, they immediately associate this miraculous vitamin with citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits. That’s why it may surprise you that there are loads of other fruits and vegetables that pack in way more ascorbic acid. Topping the list? Red bell peppers, followed by guava, kale (and other dark green leafy vegetables), kiwi fruits, broccoli and berries – then oranges make the list!

4. Some people have a problem absorbing ascorbic acid

Certain lifestyle factors and health problems can severely limit an individual’s ability to absorb Vitamin C, leaving them at risk for myriad health problems. Some factors that may prevent ascorbic acid absorption include: heaving smoking, exposure to second hand smoke, consisting on a diet of mainly cow’s milk (this is usually infants) and those with malabsorption disorders, such as Crohn’s Disease. Vitamin C powder can help these people to reach their daily needs.

5. Inuit People – no fruits and vegetables, but also no scurvy!

Traditionally, Inuit people eat a diet rich in fats, fish and meat without a regular supply of any fruits or vegetables. Based on this information, you may suspect that they are stricken with scurvy, but this is not the case. The seafood that they consume, such as Arctic Char, is rich in ascorbic acid, meaning that they get a hefty dose with their regular diet.

Using Green Lipped Mussel powder in fishing bait

Green Lipped MusselsUsed as a protein enriched flavour enhancer in various forms of fishing bait. Green Lipped Mussel Powder can be added directly to ground bait mixes or during the cooking process when boiling hook baits. Both flavouring and aroma are incredibly potent when fishing for various breeds of fresh water and sea fish. A real favourite with carp anglers, attributing specimen catches throughout Europe and Asia to the Power of the Green Lipped Mussel and derivatives, such as Green Lipped Mussel Powder.

Suggested Ground Bait Mix

Mixed by hand adding water until ingredients form a dry doughy ball, used to attract fish into the anglers area. As the ball hits water the mix will dissolve providing a large cloud of attractants and particles the fish will love.

  • 500g White Breadcrumb
  • 500g Brown Breadcrumb
  • 500g Boiled Hemp Seed
  • 500g Small Carp Pellet
  • 20 Crumbled up Green Lipped Mussel Boilies
  • 20-50g Green Lipped Mussel Powder

Suggested ‘Boilie’ Recipe

Mix all the ingredients into a doughy consistency adding between 50g and 100g of Green Lipped Mussel powder but as a natural product any amount of powder can be added. Roll into sausages about finger width and break into 2cm segments, now roll into small balls using your hands or a rolling table for larger quantities. Boil for 2 minutes and leave to dry for 24-48 hours. The baits can be used directly on the hook or added as loose feed whilst fishing. The mix will make around 200 Boilies which can be frozen for later use.

  • 6 eggs
  • 50g-100g Green Lipped Mussel Powder
  • 300g Semolina
  • 55g Fishmeal
  • 50g Soya
  • 65g Maize Meal
  • 30g Lactose powder

Suggested Potassium Sorbate Doses

Cheese & Wine on a PlatePotassium Sorbate is a food preservative that helps prevent mould and yeast growth – ultimately increasing shelf life. It is a very widely used food preservative that does not affect colour, taste or flavour.

One of the most common questions we get asked about this product is about how much should be added when it is used so we have compiled the table below with suggested dosage per kilogram of food product.

Food Item Dose per KG
Meat / Fish / Eggs / Poultry products 0.075g
Fruit / Fresh Vegetables / Carbonated Beverages 0.2g
Collagen casings / Low-salt Pickles / Jiang class / Preserves / Fruit juice (Flavoured) drinks / Jelly 0.5g
Food industry plastic bottled juice concentrate 2.0g
Soy sauce / Vinegar / Jam / Hydrogenated vegetable oil / Candy / Dried goods / Instant soy foods / Pastries / Stuffing / Bread / Cake / Moon cake / Instant jellyfish / Lactic acid bacteria drinks 1.0g
Fruit juice (fruit) ice / Milk drinks 0.5g
Pre-cocktail 0.2g
Meat enema 1.5g
Complex seasoning / Flavouring syrups / Liquid compound seasoning / Instant dried 1.0g

Why add iBCAA powder to your drink?

muscle-man-statueThese days, the sports drinks market is becoming more and more competitive. There is now a good opportunity for innovation and iBCAA powder (instant mixing BCAA powder) fits the category perfectly.

For the last few years we have seen an increasing interest in BCAA powder for pre workout drinks (branched-chain amino acid) Obviously this is not without a reason.

BCAA inclusion may be useful for gaining mass & helping with recovery, these amino acids are said to be helpful for maintaining muscle mass while on a low calorie diet, say lots of the worlds best known body builders.

Unfortunately from the beverage manufacturers point there was one rather large negative problem, the original type BCAA created a very specific aftertaste and was hard to dissolve, good news is that iBCAA powder has much less of aftertaste (if any) with some athletes simply adding up to 20g of iBCAA straight to their water and consuming during training, any aftertaste from iBCAA can be completely masked by adding sucralose as a sweetener or by adding flavours.

As well has having very little taste, iBCAA powder from Trade Ingredients is easily dissolved.

Other ingredients that you can find in such sports drinks: L-carnitine, caffeine green tea, B group vitamins, citrulline malate, beta alanine.

Instant BCAA Powder is a premium ingredient which can add profit to your sports supplements as well as making your product different and higher in BCAAs