What is in our products and why?
Whole Milk Powder contains essential amino acids needed for normal growth and is high in soluble vitamins and minerals. Milk powder is also a great source of calcium and recommended fats.
Calcium Caseinate (Casein Protein) is extracted from cow’s milk through ultra filtration, without the use of chemicals. This process increases the amount of bio active milk peptides that support immune function as well as enhance muscle development. It breaks down at a slower rate than whey protein, thus supplying the body with a sustained amino acid release.
Whey Protein Concentrate provides a number of health benefits, including aiding weight management, boosting your immune support and system, improving bone health, lowering blood pressure, speeding up recovery time from exercise or activity, and improving general wellness, it also acts as a prebiotic to feed the healthy intestinal flora, which play an important role stimulating the immune system, protecting the host, and aiding digestion.
Whey Protein Isolate is used for building and maintaining lean muscle. Whey Protein Isolate has also been proven to have antioxidant, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Whey isolates yields a higher percentage of pure protein than whey concentrate, and can be filtered enough to be virtually lactose free, carbohydrate free, fat free, and cholesterol free.
DHA Rich Fish Oil Powder supplies the body with essential omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) as well as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These essential fatty acids are necessary for human health but the body cannot manufacture them so they must me sourced through diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial because they also provide fluidity to cell membranes and improve communication between brain cells. Omega-3 fish oil has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels to help maintain a healthy heart, and also support brain and eye development and function. They can be found in seafood, especially mackerel, salmon, rainbow trout, tuna and sardines.
Colostrum Powder is derived from cow's milk. Colostrum is a type of pre-milk fluid released from cows during the first two to four days after they give birth. Colostrum is naturally rich in antioxidants and nutrients. The health benefits of colostrum can be attributed to the fact that it contains 97 immune factors (constituents that build and improve different aspects of the immune system), 87 growth factors (bio-identical hormones and hormone precursors) and a variety of different probiotics along with prebiotics.
Inulin is a starchy substance found in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, including wheat, onions, bananas, leeks, artichokes, and asparagus. Inulin is not digested or absorbed in the stomach. It goes to the bowels where bacteria are able to use it to grow. It supports the growth of a special kind of bacteria that are associated with improving bowel function and general health.
Oligofructose is actually a natural plant-derived substance. It is naturally present in both fruits and vegetables, such as wheat, bananas, onions and garlic. It is also added to many foods to sweeten or improve their texture. Oligofructose is considered a probiotic food, that is, it is consumed by beneficial intestinal bacteria such as acidophilus and lactobacillus, causing them to multiply quickly. Beneficial bacteria are important for digestive health, which in turn benefits the immune system. A healthy digestive system and immune system also lead directly to healthier skin, having plenty of energy, and an overall better sense of well being.
Maltodextrin is a carbohydrate manufactured by breaking down starches found naturally in corn, wheat, rice or starchy vegetables like potatoes. When these foods are cooked, the starch breaks down, aided by the release of natural acids and enzymes in a process called hydrolysis. Maltodextrin is then isolated into its purest form, which looks like a simple white powder.
Maltodextrin is technically called a polysaccharide. Rated against the glycemic index maltodextrin shows a much slower release than typical sugar into the blood stream as glucose and so makes it a perfect choice for sustained liquid energy. Maltodextrin on its own has a high GI rating but when combined with other nutrients such as protein and essential fats the GI rating of Maltodextrin reduces significantly giving our products a much lower GI ranking.
Vitamin A is important "medicine" for a child's immune system yet toddlers and small children in particular, often don't get enough. It keeps skin and mucous membrane cells healthy. When these membranes are healthy they stay moist and resistant to cell damage. The moistness inhibits bacteria and viruses from starting infectious diseases. Vitamin A is key for keeping kids eyes healthy!
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) is an essential vitamin in the human diet. Thiamin serves many functions but its key role within the body is the metabolism of macronutrients. It assists with the production of energy in the body and is essential for normal function of muscles including the heart and the nervous system. It also helps stabilize appetite and promotes growth and good muscle tone.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is an easily absorbed micronutrient with a key role in maintaining health in humans. Vitamin B2 is required for a wide variety of cellular processes. It also plays an important role in the metabolism of macronutrients. Other uses include increasing energy levels, boosting immune system function, maintaining healthy hair, skin, mucous membranes and nails, slowing aging and boosting athletic performance.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) A primary benefit of vitamin B3 is a significant decrease in risk of heart disease. It also helps lower the level of bad cholesterol while elevating good (HDL high density lipoproteins) cholesterol levels. Scientific studies have shown that vitamin B3 assists in the energy production of cells. It is beneficial for a healthy nervous system and a well functioning digestive system.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is a vital nutrient which is responsible for the proper function of sixty enzymes within our bodies. Vitamin B6 contributes in the manufacturing of serotonin, which is a chemical within our brain. It also plays a major part in the production of hemoglobin and cells within our immune system. (Hemoglobin in the blood carries oxygen from the respiratory organs "lungs" to the rest of the body, i.e. the tissues)
Vitamin B9 (Folate) helps produce and maintain new cells. Folate is needed to make DNA and RNA, the building blocks of cells. It also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer. Both adults and children need folate to make normal red blood cells and prevent anemia.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) has numerous benefits that can help individuals in different ways. The most common benefit of Vitamin B12 is its ability to boost ones energy level, and speed up your metabolism. It also aids with the maintenance of the central nervous system which includes the brain and the spinal cord.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is an important vitamin for normal growth and development; it also plays a huge role in regulating our body and protecting it from infections. The most important benefit is the strength Vitamin C gives to our immune system and allows us to recover from colds quickly. It also prevents the progression of a cold into more severe disease like pneumonia. Scientific studies have proven that Vitamin C reduces many symptoms associated with a cold such as runny noses, coughing and sore throats.
Vitamin D (Calciferol) The main function of vitamin D is to assist with calcium absorption which will make your child's joints and bones stronger. Our bodies also make vitamin D when they are exposed to sunlight, this is why it is also known as the sunshine vitamin. It is believed kids who don't spend much time outside or don't drink mill may not be getting enough.
Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol) is an antioxidant; it protects cells from damaging free radicals that can lead to cancer and heart disease. Its other roles include helping to prevent inflammation, preventing the clumping of platelets and strengthening of the immune system. Seeds and almonds are another great source but are obviously not recommended for small children due to there risk of choking.
Calcium is something the body needs to maintain strong bones and to carry out many important functions. Almost all calcium is stored in bones and teeth, where it supports structure and density. The body also needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part. In addition calcium is used to help blood vessels move blood throughout the body and to help release hormones and enzymes that affect almost every function in the human body.
Iodine is an essential trace element that is crucial for normal growth and development of the human body. Around 60% of iodine in the body is stored in the thyroid gland. The health benefits of iodine play a very important role in the normal functioning of the thyroid glands. Thyroid glands secrete thyroid hormones that control the basic metabolic rate of the body.
Iron has many health benefits which mainly include carrying life-giving oxygen to human blood cells. About two-thirds of the bodily iron is found in hemoglobin. The health benefits of iron correspond to proper growth of the human body and maintaining robust health. It is an essential protein component for metabolism. The body needs iron to produce red blood cells. The human body is capable of preserving 15% of iron for future use, especially in the case of receiving inadequate iron supply through diet intake.
Magnesium is an essential mineral for staying healthy and is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Multiple health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
Phosphorus is required by the body for bone and teeth formation. Calcium alone can't build strong bones and tissues. New research shows calcium needs phosphorus to maximize its bone-strengthening benefits. Phosphorus aids in the transmission of nerve impulses and also helps your kidneys effectively excreting wastes.
Potassium is a mineral that's necessary for proper function of the body. Your body needs potassium in order to perform cell, tissue and organ functions, skeletal and muscle movement and sodium regulation. Potassium is found in a variety of foods, but mainly in fruits and vegetables, some examples of potassium rich foods are spinach, bananas, potatoes and yogurt.
Sodium is an element that the body needs to work properly. The body uses sodium to control blood pressure and blood volume. Sodium is also needed for your muscles and nerves to work properly. Most foods contain some sodium because it is naturally present. Sodium intake should be limited; around 1200mg daily for 4-8 year old's and 1500mg daily for 8 years old to an adult is a basic guideline.
Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in every cell in our body. It stimulates the activity of about 100 enzymes, substances that promote biochemical reactions in your body. Among its many functions, zinc helps maintain a healthy immune system, is needed for wound healing, helps maintain your sense of taste and smell, and is needed for DNA synthesis.
Natural Flavours are made from natural compounds which are extracted from a natural source. These natural compounds can be combined in other ways to produce new flavours or used to match natural flavours Mother Nature has produced.
Natural Colour is added to our 'Banana' and 'Strawberry' shakes which have colourings made with dyes extracted from various vegetable sources. Our 'Strawberry' shakes are coloured “beet red” which is obtained from red table beetroot. It is freely soluble in water and provides an intense red colour! Our 'Banana' shakes are coloured with “Carotene” which is derived from a blend of vegetables, and our 'Vanilla' shake has no added colour, and our 'Chocolate' shakes gets its colour naturally from cocoa powder.
Natural Sweetner (Steviol Glycosides) is an all natural sweetener extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant. Its sweetness is 200-480 times sweeter than that of cane sugar but its calorie is only 1/300 of that of cane sugar. It is a fine white powdered product, featuring high sweetness and low calorie. It is heat-stable, pH-stable, and does not ferment. Steviol Glycosides also do not induce a glycemic response when ingested, making them attractive as natural sweeteners to diabetics.
Xanthan Gum nutritionally it is a carbohydrate with 7 grams of fiber per tablespoon. It may be derived from a variety of sources such as corn, wheat, or soy. Xanthan gum is an emulsifier. It helps ingredients blend more effectively and stay blended while waiting on a shelf.
Cocoa Powder A lot of chocolate products are deemed unhealthy and calorie dense, it is due to the addition of substances such as sugar and not to the cocoa itself. In fact, cocoa powder, which comes from the cocoa bean, is highly nutritious, and it can provide numerous health benefits. It contains several minerals including Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc.