Amino Acids: Fermentation or Chemical Extraction…Shocking Revelation!

Amino acids are best known as the building blocks of protein. As Dr. Eric Braverman states in his book, The Healing Nutrients Within, proteins found in the human body are second only to water. A proper diet can go a long way in satisfying the body’s needs for essential and nonessential amino acids; however, the typical diet is less than ideal. For this reason, everyone should consider adding amino acids to his or her supplement regimen.

Amino acids have a variety of applications for many bodily functions and ailments. Here are just a few examples:

  • Tryptophan: Natural relaxant, sleep aid
  • Lysine: Growth hormone stimulator, tissue repair, collagen producer
  • Tyrosine: Regulator of moods, addictions, and attention span
  • Arginine: Reduces heart disease risk, burns fat, releases growth hormone
  • DLPA: Controls pain and appetite, increases endorphin activity
  • GABA: Good for brain metabolism, stress reduction, and sex drive

This is great news for those who are seeking natural relief, and many take advantage of the benefits amino acids can offer. However, a major consideration should be made: not all amino acids are created equally.

Big box retailers often have vitamin sections where customers can purchase an array of supplements at a fairly low price. However, if customers did more research on the origins of their favourite “bargain” supplements, they might be shocked bytheir findings. Did you know that most inexpensive amino acids are derived from human sewage, duck feathers, or human hair, and are chemically produced? And, even if that issue is avoided, there is another major issue–the issue of potency. Are the ingredient amounts enough to achieve a noticeable difference in the body, or are they just there for show? For that matter, are the listed ingredients even the same as the actual ingredients contained in the capsules?

For these reasons and more, we recommend buying from a local health food store instead. Health food stores know their audience, and are more likely to research products before bringing them in. Still, customers should know how to delineate the best of the bunch—even in a health food store.

The best amino acids are produced using the fermentation method. This is a natural production – similar to the method used in producing yogurt, beer, vinegar, miso, soy sauce, etc. Fermented amino acids start with nutrients (starches, cane sugars) which are converted to target amino acids using microorganisms and enzymes. Consecutive reactions by up to 30 kinds of enzymes yield various amino acids. Instead of breaking a protein into amino acid pieces and trying to clean it up with solvents and chemicals, fermentation uses optimized metabolic pathways and specialized complex enzymes in order to “build” the target amino acids. It is the same natural way our bodies make many amino acids.

Life Choice amino acids are all produced by this fermentation process, and they begin with vegan-based sources, which are fermented for greater cellular delivery. For these reasons, especially if you are vegetarian, vegan, or are concerned with being Kosher or Halal, you should consider taking Life Choice products. We use the same process in all our amino acids—even amino acids used in specialty formulations, like Neurotransmitter Support.

Because amino acids are so easy to come by, we try to set ourselves apart not only by our quality, but also by our formulations themselves. For example, our Tryptophan is formulated with B6 (P5P) to ensure it crosses the blood-brain barrier. These little extras make our supplements more effective.

We use the purest possible pharmaceutical grade raw materials, purchased from proven GMP manufacturers, and manufacture in Japan, the USA, or Europe. Except for our raw tissue gland formulations and our Full Spectrum Digestive Enzyme, the entire line is vegan. All amino acids are free form, and purity must be 99.9% or higher. We also use vegetarian capsules, because the quality of every component is paramount.  The result is professional, therapeutic medicine.

Eldon Dahl, DNM, Doctorate of natural medicine, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Life Choice Ltd.

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NEW PRODUCT – Fermented Greek Yogurt Protiens by Genuine Health


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The milk for fermented GREEK YOGURT proteins+, is sourced from a California Dairy farm that is highly conscious of, and committed to ethical and sustainable practices.  The cows are raised, pastured and farmed in California, producing the milk used to make fermented GREEK YOGURT proteins+, a grass fed dairy, free from: Gluten, Soy , GMO’s, hormones, and antibiotics.


What’s the Difference Between Enzymes & Probiotics?

Although probiotics and enzymes appear to perform similar functions, and both are beneficial to the vitality of the body (actually they are vital to sustaining life!) – they are, in fact very different in their helpful actions!!!


One of the major differences between digestive enzymes and probiotics is that probiotics are living organisms. They are typically bacterial, but there are also some yeast species that function as probiotics.  Probiotic functions are numerous and they bolster health all over the body.


Enzymes, on the other hand, aren’t living. Enzymes are proteins, meaning they’re large molecules made up of long chains of smaller molecules called amino acids. Their function is to facilitate chemical reactions within the body.  Your body produces enzymes in the cells of several different organs, including the stomach and pancreas, and secretes them as needed into the digestive tract.


Digestive enzymes break large nutritional molecules, including protein, carbohydrates and fats, into smaller molecules that your intestine can then absorb. Probiotics, on the other hand, have a variety of functions that change with the species of organism. They can assist in vitamin and mineral absorption, alleviate lactose intolerance and produce vitamins (including K and B vitamins).

Probiotics do not, however, break down food molecules you eat.


Check out this video by Enzymedica and learn more:

RECIPE: Chunky Monkey Smoothie


1 cup               organic chocolate (almond/soy/coconut) milk

1 scoop           Organika® Vege-Pro®

1 tbsp              organic almond butter

½                     organic banana

½                     organic avocado

2-3                   ice cubes made from alkaline water

1 tsp                Organika® Maca Powder


  • Add ingredients into the blender
  • Blend until smooth


Provided by Organika Health Products – Copyright © 2015 Organika Health Products Inc.



Finally, an answer to the question that vegans and the health conscious have been asking for years!

If you’re like us, you’re tired of searching endlessly for a plant-based protein supplement that consists of complete protein, and is above the average 10-15 grams in most powders.  Especially for athletes! Or even you weekend warriors.

You’re unique, and as such have unique nutritional requirements.  For celiacs, the lactose intolerant, allergy prone or even the health conscious — it can be a struggle to find protein sources that fuel your everyday triumphs.  Time and time again, the same question arises for many of us:

“How do I get enough clean protein in my diet?”

You could eat your body weight in quinoa, savi seeds or soy in the hopes of meeting your daily protein requirements (which could get quite messy), or, you could think about an instant, delicious alternative.  Enter Vege-Pro® fill the gaps in your diet!

With 19 grams of delicious, 100% organic plant protein sourced from sprouted brown rice, hemp and mushrooms – we just found the answer for you.  Providing approximately one third of your adequate intake of protein, Vege-Pro® is a finely processed protein that offer all 20 amino acids in a convenient format, essential for:

  • Athletes
  • Developing children and teens
  • Those with unique dietary conditions
  • Anyone looking for a clean protein alternative with minimal calories, saturated fat and no sugar!

Normally when you think of plant-based proteins, you recall most powders that involve chalky, gritty proteins that don’t mix well or taste like the soil they came from. Blech!

Vege-Pro® mixes with no grit, is sugar-free and sweetened with Stevia, making for a protein powder that has a deliciously smooth finish and taste.

With your health in mind, Vege-Pro® contains fibre from inulin, pre-and probiotics and calcium to help support your active metabolism, digestion and immune health.


The Mushroom Advantage

In contrast to the chalky grit of plant-based proteins you may be accustomed to, Vege-Pro® is unique because of its taste and texture, but most importantly because it combines the benefits of 8 unique mushrooms:

Mushrooms are rich in B-glucans, protein, iron and B vitamins that have been studied to boost metabolism, lower cholesterol levels and improve immune health as a potent source of ergothioneine, that acts to reduce the damage of free radicals to skin, organs and tissues.

The Cleanest Protein on the Market

Grown on an organic, wheat-free oat base, these mushrooms couldn’t get any cleaner. It’s a well-known fact that mushrooms absorb and concentrate from the material they are grown inso we made sure they are only absorbing the best nutrients, and none of the gluten.

Vege-Pro® is gluten, soy and dairy free, as well as being organic certified!

Be sure to get creative with it in the kitchen with this versatile powder:
Vegan lentil burgers? Sure, why not.
Protein pancakes in the morning to start your day off right? Definitely.

Let us know what you come up with in the kitchen using Vege-Pro®!


Copyright © 2015 Organika Health Products Inc. – Re-posted with permission

NEW PRODUCT – VEGE-PRO Protein & Medicinal Mushroom Blend

Vege-Pro® is a vegan, plant-based protein powder blend comprised of organic sprouted brown rice, organic hemp and 8 different medicinal mushrooms. 

  • Contains 21 grams of plant-based protein per-serving.
  • Contains 6 digestive enzymes blended for better digestion, and 4 probiotic strains to stimulate growth of good bacteria in the intestine.
  • Source of fibre from inulin and calcium for the maintenance of good health.
  • Great for Celiacs and those who are lactose intolerant.

As an organic powder made from mushrooms, brown rice and hemp, Vege-Pro® provides 21 grams of complete protein per serving; more than 1/3 of your daily requirement*. Vege-Pro® delivers the probiotics, fibre and calcium that active men, women and developing children need to fuel a healthy, active lifestyle.

As a plant-based protein, Vege-Pro® is much easier to digest than whey, casein and other animal-based proteins. It’s no secret that plant-based diets in general are sustainable and environmentally friendly compared to animal-based diets.1

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