WHAT IS MACA ROOT?

TRAVEL TO PERU WITH US TO LEARN ABOUT THE MACA ROOT

You know those days where it seems like there will never be enough coffee in the world to wake you up or turn your bad mood around?

We’ve been there too.

maca root

So… have you tried maca yet?

Maca is a power-packed root that works as an adaptogen to support mood balance, supply you with antioxidants and even promote sexual health to help engage the va-va-voom.

We love it! So much so, that we recently went to Peru where it’s natively grown to visit the farms that supply Organika® with the maca root powder we use in our Organic Gelatinized Maca powder, and capsule products.

travelling to the maca root farm

TRAVELLING TO THE MACA FARMS

Peru is stunning. Just driving through the winding roads of the Andes Mountains, there’s vast countryside, 30-foot aloe plants, golden berry farms, yacón farms, and gorgeous rivers flowing through the mountainside.

Maca has been a part of Peruvian culture for a long time. It’s found in candies, flours and alcohol all throughout the local shops. There was even a 60-foot statue of a bright purple maca root located in the village of Huayre, on our way to the maca farm. Yep, maca is kind of a big deal there.

The farms are based in Junín, Peru. The drive there reaches elevations of 4500 meters above sea level – that’s more than twice the elevation of Whistler Mountain in British Columbia! Nearing Junín, the beautiful scent of maca is overwhelming. The scent is reminiscent of chestnuts, with just a hint of caramel.

harvesting maca root

GROWING AND HARVESTING MACA ROOT

Maca is the largest export in the region. It has helped grow the city, create jobs and improve the local economy. Only 10 years ago there were about 50 farmers in the region; but today, there’s well over 1000.

Maca thrives at 4500 meters above sea level, where most plants die. The nutrient rich soil grows the maca root for 1-3 years before cultivating by hand. After harvesting, the nutrients in the soil are replenished for five years, before maca can be replanted in the same place.

The maca roots are hand selected, tested for heavy metals, crushed and dried. They then go through an Organic Sterilization System, that uses steam and vacuum to disinfect, pasteurize and sterilize the root. This pasteurization process removes the yeast from the maca, resulting in a gelatinized maca product easier to digest and absorb. The maca is then milled into a fine powder and prepared for export.

Hanging out with the maca root farms in junin

THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

When we receive the maca in our manufacturing facilities in British Columbia, we use third party testing for heavy metals, pesticides, microbes, solvent residues and potency.

Once everything is manufactured, we send the finished product for a second round of third-party testing for quality, purity and potency. And that’s not just maca we’re talking about, that’s how we handle all of our products. We want you to trust our products so you feel great using them.

From there, the power is in your hands. Make it maca.

Organika Maca Root Powder

FEATURED PRODUCT: Ultimate Maca Energy by Brad King

Ultimate Maca Energy 

Ultimate Maca Energy is made with 100% pure, traditionally sundried, natural and certified organic maca root grown exclusively in the Andean highland zones of Peru at altitudes of 14,000 ft. Ultimate Maca Energy maca root has many health benefits and scientifically tested properties. In addition to being a source of vitamins, minerals, protein, amino acids and complex carbohydrates, Ultimate Maca Energy also contains an impressive array of bioactive components and antioxidants, which are responsible for its numerous benefits.

The Various Benefits of Maca

Maca is a well-known and powerful adaptogen, which means that it is a substance that helps to increase the body’s natural resistance to environmental stresses. Recent human clinical studies have provided convincing scientific evidence supporting supplementation for healthy mood balance during menopause.

How Maca Works

Maca is loaded with vital nutrients in bioavailable forms which assist the body in its on-going process of regeneration, ultimately helping to replenish and recuperate from different problems and providing ultimate balance and wellbeing. Its actions focus mainly on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, assisting the body in balancing hormones. This is where the main benefits associated with maca can be noted (e.g. mood balance).

University Certified

Ultimate Maca Energy is certified by the Natural Agricultural U
niversity of La Molina in Peru and also by Skal. The National Agricultural University of La Molina in Peru is an independent entity funded by the government of Peru that oversees all the agricultural and related activities in different areas of the country.

Learn even more here

Thinking About Boosting Your Brain Power?

NEURO FORCE ORGANIC GROCER SEPTUntil recently, it was believed that the typical human brain, containing about 100 billion nerve cells (neurons) could neither repair nor regenerate itself. We know better now. We know that we truly are able to protect, restore and enhance brain and neurological function. That’s what Neuro-Force™ from Prairie Naturals is designed to do for people of all ages.

 

What is Neuro-ForceTM & What Does It Do? Neuro-Force™ is a research-based natural health product formulated by natural health care experts to improve brain health and support daily cognitive wellness. Neuro-Force™ provides safe, effective and timely cognitive and neurological benefits. These benefits also include improved memory and enhanced mental focus.

 

What are the Ingredients in Neuro-ForceTM?

 

All the ingredients in Neuro-Force™ have been tested for purity and potency in an independent Canadian laboratory licensed by Health Canada. The ingredients in Neuro-Force™ are:

 

Docosahexanoic acid (DHA) – Think about it. Sixty percent of our brain is made up of fat and DHA, an omega 3 fat, makes up 15-20 percent of the brain’s cerebral cortex! When DHA intake is inadequate, nerve cells become stiff and more prone to inflammation which impedes intracellular neurotransmission.

Research shows that low levels of DHA are linked to memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease while adequate levels restore cognitive abilities, improve rate of learning, reduce mental decline and prevent brain degeneration.

 

Vinpocetine – Researchers report that vinpocetine increases blood flow to the brain, reduces inflammation and protects
the central nervous system against degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Students and people of all ages wanting to enhance brain power have been shown to benefit from its use. Many studies have also concluded that vinpocetine has an exceptional ability to reverse the signs of brain, skin and nerve aging.

 

Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ) -First identified in 1979, this vitamin-like compound has a wide range of benefits to brain function! As an extremely powerful antioxidant and nerve growth factor stimulant, PQQ supplemented diets show remarkable benefits including improved memory and cognitive functions with increased cerebral blood flow; reversal of cognitive impairment caused by chronic oxidative stress and improved performance on memory tests; brain and nerve cell protection; stroke reduction.

 

Bacopa Monnieri Extract -A recent study published in the journal Aging (March 2016) shows that this herbal extract exerts “a neuroprotective effect against mental diseases, such as depression, anxiety and Alzheimer’s disease.” The researchers found that Bacopa monnieri extract reduced learning deficits, improved long-term spatial memory, and reduced brain plaque load. Designated as having neuroprotective effects, the researchers suggested it be considered as a novel treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Alpha GPC-L-alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine is a recently developed cognitive enhancer involved in the release of free choline which is then utilized for acetylcholine and phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis in the brain.  This unique phospholipid helps repair brain cell membranes and counteract cognitive impairment related to dementia, brain injuries and stroke.

 

Neuro-ForceTM is made in Canada and licensed by Health Canada as a compliant Natural Health Product (NPN). Neuro-Force™ is gluten-free and does not contain soy, dairy, egg, corn, artificial colours, sweeteners or preservatives.

 

Who Needs Neuro-ForceTM?

 

Whether you’re cramming for an important exam or just feeling the brain strain of daily life, the nootropic benefits of Neuro-Force™ can help you remember better and think more clearly. Nootropics (pronounced noh-oh-troh-piks) are a category of substances that are commonly referred to as “smart drugs” for enhancing cognition and memory and facilitating learning. NeuroForce CouponNootropics work to boost brain neurochemicals – neurotransmitters, enzymes, and hormones – by improving the brain’s oxygen supply and stimulating nerve growth. This unique group of memory and learning-enhancing substances also protect the brain against physical and chemical injury, including oxidation.

NeuroForce will be on sale next week – plus there’s a $2 Off coupon at the tills.  Pop in to get ready for back to school, or just to boost your brain power!

What to expect when you’re NOT expecting

Menopause:

BANNER-its-getting-hot-300x250everyone knows what it is but no one really knows what it is.  At its most basic, it’s the point in a woman’s life when her monthly periods stop and she is no longer fertile. Although the term dates back to the 17th century, it was a little studied phenomenon until quite recently, largely because many women died before they reached it.

What we do know is that it is an inevitable rite of passage for all women, a natural process indicating a change  in life stage, not a disease that needs to be eradicated. But that doesn’t mean that the unpleasant symptoms that mark the transition are just something you have to suffer through.

It’s getting hot in here

By far the most common complaints are hot flashes and night sweats. Although the exact cause is not completely understood, doctors believe that both are caused by hormonal changes altering the way in which the body perceives heat. But if you’re experiencing one or both of these symptoms (like 80% of women), you’ll be less interested in how they start and more interested in how they can be stopped.

Only a small minority of women will experience symptoms severe enough to require medical intervention. For others sage like that found in A.Vogel’s once-a-day Menopause, is effective at reducing both the frequency and the severity of hot flashes and night sweats. Sage is rich in elements that have anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, which could explain the plant’s unique efficacy in combating the most unpleasant side effects of menopause.

Put some polish on your golden years

Of course, as irritating as hot flashes and night sweats can be, they’re far from the only concern that women have as they age. (Although you’d think that would be enough!) There can also be changes in a woman’s energy level, moods and greater susceptibility to conditions like osteoporosis.

The rules of being healthy don’t change as a woman enters menopause, but they do become a little stricter. It’s more important than ever to eat a balanced diet and keep physically active whenever possible, as well as to get adequate, restful sleep. That’s easy enough to say, but it can be difficult when you’re trying to balance work and family obligations and your hormones are driving you to distraction. As an “insurance policy” for when you might not be able to do everything you’re supposed to for your health, there are some things that can help where you need it:

  • Calcium is available from dietary sources but if you’re worried that you might not be getting enough, consider taking a supplement. You might also want to consider taking something that helps you absorb the calcium you already get. The mineral is notoriously tricky and even when taken in proper amount the body cannot always assimilate it efficiently. A.Vogel Calcium Absorber is designed to help the body assimilate minerals. It promotes their absorption, their metabolism and their proper usage.
  • Fluctuating hormones can play havoc with your moods and sleep patterns (which in turn causes your moods to become even more unstable), but medications that help relieve fatigue or help you sleep can leave you feeling jittery- followed by a crash- or groggy and the body can too easily become dependent on them. For gentler relief, consider natural alternatives like St. John’s Wort (helps with mild depression and to relieve insomnia related to stress or agitation) or A.Vogel Rhodiola Complex, which gives a more stable energy level without getting you worked up.

Living longer, healthier lives means that more women will have to go through the menopause, but it also means that we can, for the first time in history, look forward to enjoying the period of our lives that comes after our time working or being a full-time mom. Make sure you’re able to get the most from it!

No more PMS, Period Problems, Fibroids, Acne & More

Acne, period problems, ovarian and breast cysts, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, PMS and more are telling you your hormones are out of balance. ESTROsmart balances hormones using safe plant nutrients that make periods effortless whether you have heavy, long, scant, painful or irregular periods. ESTROsmart stops abnormal cell growth associated with uterine fibroids and polyps: breast lumps and ovarian cysts. ESTROsmart is a girl’s best friend eliminating acne and PMS. ESTROsmart brings your estrogen back into the normal range and elevates progesterone naturally. ESTROsmart is for, every woman every day, to make hormone problems become a thing of the past.

 

Stop Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

Smart women want to stop hot flashes and night sweats quickly and safely and that is why they have shied away from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and estrogenic therapies. MENOsmart plus is a fast acting effective treatment that eliminates hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. MENOsmart plus contains non-estrogenic ingredients including sage, black cohosh, dong quai, gamma oryzanol, vitex and hesperidin to provide rapid relief of menopausal symptoms. Black cohosh is so safe that it has been used in women with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer who were taking the drug Tamoxifen. Vitex, another herb in MENOsmart plus, helps to enhance progesterone levels and reduces male facial hair growth in menopausal women. If you using HRT (synthetic or bioidentical) and still get hot flashes and night sweats, take MENOsmart plus along with your HRT to ensure that you never have to suffer again.

 

Reverse Low thyroid, Stop Weight Gain and Constipation

Low thyroid affects 23% of Canadians. And another 30% have not been diagnosed due to problems with the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test. The common symptoms of low thyroid include: weight gain and stubborn weight loss, cold hands and feet, dry skin, hair loss, constipation, low mood, no sex drive and irritability. THYROsmart licensed by Health Canada to support low thyroid works quickly to bring your TSH back into the normal range, increase T4 and improve the conversion of T4 to the more potent T3. Low thyroid makes you feel like you are pushing yourself through the day. THYROsmart is safe and effective and works fast to optimize thyroid health.

 

Conquer Stress, Improve Sleep and Boost Energy

Chronic stress negatively affects the adrenal glands causing adrenal exhaustion. In women who are going through menopause the adrenals are the back-up hormone system making estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone. Women who have good functioning adrenals have virtually no menopause symptoms. And if your adrenals are tired you just can’t handle stress, you develop belly fat weight gain, you fall asleep fine but wake up several hours later and can’t fall back to sleep and you need coffee to keep you going. The answer to adrenal exhaustion is ADRENAsmart. ADRENAsmart, is a powerful herbal formula that makes you feel calm and relaxed, aids insomnia and helps you deal with life’s stressors.

 

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Eating for the wrong reasons? Keep cravings at bay!

Eating for the wrong reasons? Keep cravings at bay!

by Sonia Chartier, on 10 August 2015, Digestion, Healthy Eating via the A.Vogel Blog

cravings

Hippocrates said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” 

As we have all heard it before, being reasonable and living a well-balanced lifestyle can unequivocally reduce stress and sickness.

Here and now, that’s easier said than done!  Most families need two working parents to afford living more or less comfortably.  This in itself places stress on every family member. The parents, most of all, for having to juggle between work, household chores and parenting and the children because of earlier social involvement and reduced free playtime –without a screen that is.

The stresses of modern life can make you feel as though you are on a treadmill. Most of us feel as though we never have enough time to do things, and certainly not enough time for ourselves!  This naturally takes away from the connection to the Self, which is far more important than most people think. Spending time with the Self means understanding yourself; self-knowing brings a whole new perspective on the world.  It is quite contrary to the trend of self-exhibition on social platforms, which is closer to a performance than from knowing and showing your Self.  Connecting with your Self is a strong instinct, one that craves compensation if it is not met.

When not in the form of an “addiction” to social media, the compensatory reaction will come in the form of a craving: people turn to stimulants; either drugs, cigarettes or food. Compensatory behavior successfully appeases stress and discontentment. Alas, the effect is limited to approximately 30 minutes.

Compensatory behavior

It would be interesting to measure how much good this “relaxation/compensatory” behavior is doing versus how much bad it leaves behind. Everyone is familiar with the comfort felt when indulging in treats. The fact that you are doing only that, adds to the pleasure, as you are spending a treasured moment with yourself! It relieves the psyche for a few minutes, but it weighs heavily on the body.

PMS or hormonal surges provide the perfect example. Most women crave either salty foods or sweets during certain times of the month. Some bouts provoke, what we can call “the PMS monster.” A ravenous monster that induces eating binges, mostly composed of the most deliciously empty calorie foods one can find. The absolute bliss during the feast is almost surreal, until it all comes down, when foods sit there, making you feel bloated, afraid of what the fat, sugar and salt that you just ingested will do, and guilty of having given in to the “the PMS monster.”

What is actually does inside your body is changes in the blood chemistry, bringing the metabolism in a state that aggravates glands, which in turn release hormones. The hormones naturally being produced are metabolizing normally through a gush of other material and chaos arises.  This brings on “entropy”, a state of physiological chaos where too many reactions are occurring and the body is being overloaded and drained.  You know it – it’s that terrible PMS feeling!  What is worse is that in the case of PMS, your diet during the last month will affect the way your period goes the following month. Give in and feed the monster one month, and you will have the urge to feed it for the months to come! Stopping the vicious circle will get more and more difficult.

The best starting point is the liver

By detoxifying and supporting your liver, you can help keep cravings at bay. Unfortunately, when your metabolism is in a toxic state you crave junk food, driving you to maintain that metabolic state. When you clean up your act, cravings seem to disappear like magic. How do you get the magic to happen? An initial detox and follow up maintenance diet is pretty very hard to achieve because of the stresses of daily routine.

Herbal remedies to the rescue

Natural remedies can help soften the effort when trying to convert to a healthier lifestyle. Herbals can detoxify the system and help the liver function at optimum capacity, while lacto-fermented whey can help achieve regularity. Products such as Boldocynara and Molkosan can send you well on your way to better health, because they put you in action. Picking up those products is a sign that you are in action mode. You’ve passed thinking about it, now you’re doing something about it!

While you are in action mode, Boldocynara will cleanse your liver and Molkosan will feed your friendly bacteria so that you can begin to reverse the cycle and lose the cravings for certain foods.  In addition, signing out of social media will help you refocus on the real you.

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