Antioxidants are molecules that boost the immune system by protecting us from free radicals.
The same chemical reactions that surround us every day also take place inside our bodies. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that creates rust, turns apple brown, and causes cellular stress and death in our bodies. It is caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that bind to surrounding molecules to achieve stability. Apples turn brown when exposed to air because their cells are oxidizing and dying. This same basic process takes place in our bodies.
Inside the human body, free radicals stabilize themselves by attaching to healthy cells. This reaction is normal, but when it occurs excessively it is called “oxidative stress” and kills healthy cells. Oxidative stress contributes to aging and many common diseases like diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Antioxidants protect our bodies by attracting free radicals and providing them a place to react without damaging our cells.
Vitamin C is one of the world’s most popular vitamins for good reason. It is a powerful antioxidant and is essential to many functions in the body. It is important to supplement Vitamin C on a daily basis because the body cannot create or store it.
Ubiquinol is one of the antioxidant compounds that our bodies can naturally synthesize from other nutrients, but age and health complications greatly lessen this output.
Vitamin E protects cell membranes and DNA proteins from free-radicals.
Quercetin is a common flavonoid in fruits and veggies that protects cell from free radicals as well as providing anti-inflammatory effect to the body’s tissues.
Resveratrol has been shown to protect heart function and combat signs of “aging.”
Our Super Antioxidant Formula packs in awesome compounds like these for full-body support!
When looking for a protein powder you will probably be faced with this choice. Here is our guide to choosing the product that is right for you.
Whey Protein is derived from milk and is one of the best sources of the 18 essential amino acids needed to rebuild muscle tissue. Our Whey Protein powder is sourced from New Zealand farms that never treat their cows with hormones or GMO feed. The process of isolating the protein compounds leaves behind the fat and cholesterol that is present in milk. It also mixes to a smooth texture.
For folks who are sensitive to dairy or avoid it for ethical reasons, we have harnessed the power of nature with our Plant Protein powder. The essential amino acids are provided by a blend of Pea Protein Isolate, Cranberry Seed and Sacha Inchi Seed. This formula also boasts Omega-3s, prebiotic Inulin and an enzyme blend to ensure that the protein is easily digested. This formula is the kindest to your stomach and to the planet.
In conclusion, both of these protein sources can be great as long as they are sourced cleanly. We hope this guide will help you make the best choice for your body.
By now you’ve probably heard of collagen -- but what is it actually good for and how do you use it? We hope to answer these questions for you today and give you an easy smoothie recipe that can be made fresh at our cafe or enjoyed at home!
Let’s start with a little bit of science…
Collagen is a protein that is very abundant in our bodies. It is a major building block in skin, hair, nails, joint tissue and even intestinal lining. Over time our bodies begin to produce less and less collagen; this is the big culprit for the loss of skin elasticity and joint pain that we associate with aging. It has been shown that supplementing collagen could help preserve and strengthen these tissues over time.
As with any supplement, we know that not all collagen powder products are created equal.
Many companies on the market cut corners with the sourcing of their collagen peptides and this can result in unwanted chemicals and hormones making their way into your product. Our collagen is only sourced from cows that are grass-fed and raised in the US. No rGBH here!
The smoothie for smooth skin
Combine the following ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth:
6 ounces of Almond Milk (30 calories)
1 scoop of Chicago Health Foods Collagen Peptides Powder (70 calories)
1 cup of Raspberries, frozen or fresh (roughly 60 calories)
1 ripe Banana (roughly 100 calories)
1 tablespoon Peanut Butter (90 calories)
Half an Avocado (roughly 140 calories)
Ice as needed
This smoothie is under 500 calories and boasts a full 20g serving of protein! In addition to the collagen, avocados contain a high amount of the essential fatty acid Omega-3 which can also boost healthy skin cells and lower inflammation. Perfect to get your day started or to help recover and rebuild after a workout. Your body will thank you.