Marathon training starts next week and one of my greatest concerns is finding out how my body will endure the higher mileage and still have the energy to keep up with everything and everyone else in my life. Getting up early has been a bit easier lately since Finn has been sleeping through the night (I just jinxed myself, didn't I), but it is still sometimes a struggle to get through the day after a tough workout with two young and energetic boys and then spend the evenings at work to only get home late and try to spend time with the hubby before crashing in bed and starting it all over a few hours later. Phew, that sentence made me tired. I was taking vitamins when I was still nursing, but haven't as of late. Given the timing of our meals, I think it would be beneficial to me...at least it wouldn't hurt.
I was recently asked to conduct a review along with several of my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors for Nutrex-Hawaii's Spirulina Pacifica and BioAstin. So what are they and what do they do?
Spirulina is a naturally found blue-green algae that contains high levels of beta-carotene, Omega-6 fatty acids, B vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. It is shown to offer huge health benefits by supporting cardiovascular, eye, and brain health and boost the immune system and energy levels. As a runner who needs vision correction and suffers from a bad case of "mommy brain," I am excited to find out how Spirulina can help me.
Another awesome fact of Spirulina Pacifica is that one serving contains the same levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants as 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. What?!? Sign me up! I already know I don't have enough fruits and veggies in my diet (though I know I really should), but check out these stats:
- 3100% more beta-carotene than carrots
- 5500% more iron than spinach
- 375% more protein than tofu
- 31 times more antioxidants than blueberries
I was sent two forms of Spirulina Pacifica to review - tablets and powder. The serving size of the tablets is 6 per day. It sounds like a lot, but they are small and easy to swallow and don't have a bad aftertaste that I have experienced with vitamins in the past. The powder can be used in smoothies or sprinkled on food and one teaspoon is all you need. Easy peasy!
BioAstin Natural Astaxanthin is a strong antioxidant extracted from Haematococcus microalgae. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory without the side effects of that sometimes occur in other prescription anti-inflammatory medicines. Through clinical trials, BioAstin has shown to help with rheumatoid arthritis (I don't have arthritis yet, but have huge knuckles that ache on occasion), carpal tunnel syndrome (uh, hello...blogger here, I type a lot and use a computer at work), joint and muscle soreness after exercise (my knees and ankles ache and compression doesn't always alleviate all discomfort), and inflammation of the skin from UV exposure (I run in the sun). It also has the following benefits:
- supports immune functions
- eye health
- brain health
- cardiovascular health
- supports the central nervous system
How can you learn more about Spirulina Pacifica and BioAstin? Visit Nutrex-Hawaii's website here.
Disclosure: FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.