3 Ways Collagen Can Benefit Your Health
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Collagen is a “hot” ingredient on the supplement market, you may have heard about it from popular health gurus or seen it at your local vitamin shop. This powerhouse superfood is quite impressive when it comes to its anti-aging health benefits.

It’s a protein source that can be derived from the bones and skin of cows, chicken, or even fish.

It’s also found in our own bodies. It’s the most abundant structural protein in the human body and is found in skin, bones, muscles, blood vessels, digestive system, and tendons. Although, our modern diets are some underlying reasons for depleting our collagen production which leads to sagging skin, aging, joint pain, and weakened cartilage.

Now, is the time to start making collagen a priority in your life to get back your health to its youthful state. In this article, you will learn 3 ways collagen can help benefit your health.

1. Improves Health of Skin and Joints

As you start to age, your skin starts to lose its elasticity and wrinkles begin to form. This is due to a decrease in collagen production which can be solved by upping primarily the intake of the amino acids glycine and proline. These two amino acids play a major role in collagen production.

There is a total of 18 amino acids found in collagen. 8 of these amino acids are considered essential amino acids.

Ingesting hydrolyzed collagen has been shown to help counteract the changes brought on by aging.

A study conducted on 217 subjects that presently had fine lines or wrinkles resulted in 109 of these subjects had significant improvement in their facial lines after 60 days of treatment with collagen.

Collagen surprisingly also has some powerful benefits when it comes to joint health. A 24 week study conducted on athletes with joint pain showed significant changes by supplementing with 10g of collagen daily. The findings show promising for patients suffering from osteoarthritis.

2. Helps To Maintain Healthy Cardiac Function

Collagen is an essential compound that is considered vital to maintaining the health of cardiac tissue according to the Journal of American Collage of Cardiology.

Collagen is rich in the amino acid proline which is great for cardiac health by reducing fat buildup in the bloodstream. It also has arginine which is an amino acid that helps with nitric oxide production and relaxes the blood vessels for better circulation.

There is also some interesting studies looking into how collagen supplementation can help with atherosclerosis. 32 healthy volunteers supplemented with collagen by adding it to a liquid of their choice (water, miso soup, green tea, or similar beverage). The changes after the 6 month study show a significant reduction in the cholesterol ratio along with the recovery of blood vessel elasticity.

3. Supports Healthy Hair and Nails

Nothing is more frustrating than seeing your own hair starting to recede when you look in the mirror. With collagen you can strengthen your hair follicles and have your hair growing vibrantly and fully like it was in its youth. Although, the findings are not yet clear, collagen shows potential when it comes to hair follicle regeneration.

Another broken nail? Say goodbye to broken nails. You are not alone, brittle nail syndrome is a common problem among women. Collagen supplementation has reported a 12% nail growth rate increase and a 42% decrease in broken nail frequency according to this PubMed study.

Adding collagen to your diet helps to keep your nails strong.

So, now you are probably quite AMAZED by these benefits and can’t wait to get your hands on this superfood!

Make Collagen A Priority For Your Health

You probably have a clear understanding why collagen should be an important component to your health goals. But, the challenge due to our fast-paced modern lifestyle makes it difficult to consume this amazing superfood on a daily basis.

We have made this easy for you by adding a sufficient dose of collagen in our BochaBars, our new line of protein bars. Whether you are constantly on the commute, facing long hours at work, or an active fitness enthusiast looking for a convenient way to get in more collagen. These bars are for you. You can also grab a 10 oz bag of our Grass Fed Collagen Peptides which can be easily mixed into smoothies, coffee, and soups for an extra protein boost. We are confident that you will notice new changes to your health.

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MUSHROOM BLOG POST

Do you see “mushrooms” popping up everywhere? From mushroom coffee to lattes, these health promoting herbs are making their way into the mainstream.

At BochaSweet, we love to drink plenty of blended coffee, teas and lattes. What better way to supercharge our day than with a variety of potent mushroom extracts!

There are lots of different mushrooms out there, but there are 4 special adaptogenic mushrooms that stand out the most.

We went ahead and combined these mushrooms that you will soon learn about so that you can feel more vitality, less stress, mental clarity, natural energy, and more.

So, let’s get into it.

1. Cordyceps

These mushrooms are one of the most popular mushrooms out there.

Cordyceps first gained their claim to fame when the Chinese women’s track and field team broke multiple records in 1993.

Cordyceps are harvested in the high mountain regions of the Himalayas and used for centuries as food and medicine, dating back to the 15th century. The polysaccharides in cordyceps help to support immune function and energy production – ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – which combats stress.

From its ancient beginnings in traditional Chinese medicine, cordyceps has long been used as a highly treasured herb known for life-enhancing vitality by adapting to stress and for easy respiration as a “lung tonic”.

2. Shiitake

You can find these mushrooms easily at grocery store and make a great addition to any meal.

These mushrooms are rich in nutrition: high in B Vitamins, Vitamin D, potassium, zinc, and magnesium.

Shiitake mushrooms are a treasure from Asia that have been used for a long time as an adaptogen that can help the body deal with stress, and at the same time provide a boost to the immune system. It stimulates the body’s T-lymphocystes, these are specialized white blood cells that play a key role in the body’s defense against invading pathogens.

What is also unique about shiitake is that they contain all 8 essential amino acids as well as special fatty acid called linoleic acid.

3. Maitake

Maitake is a polypore mushroom known as the “hen of woods” that grows in clusters at the base of trees and also considered the “king of mushrooms” in Japan. It has been used in both Japan and China as both a food and tonic herb for thousands of years to help enhance immunity.

The beta-D-glucans found in maitake mushrooms help to boost the immune system.

4. Reishi

Reishi is another popular adaptogenic mushroom and are also known as ling zhi in Chinese. They are tied to longevity, better immune function, and mental clarity. They can be consumed as a tincture, tea, powder form, or in soup.

Reishi grows on hardwood trees and is considered one of nature’s most powerful immune-modulating herbs, and has been utilized for over 2,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Used for millennia in Asia, Reishi has been respectfully called the “mushroom of immortality”. Surprisingly, reishi mushrooms also have the potential to act as a detoxifying liver cleanse.

It is also underrated for its nootropic properties (enhance memory or other cognitive functions) which help boost mental performance and overall brain health.

“Yoga In A Bottle”

You may not be able to actually feel the positive effects of mushrooms to your health, but you can rest assured that they are doing their job.

So, it makes sense to include BochaSweet Mushroom Boost in your day-to-day life. Experience feeling more relaxed, more at ease, and less stress, almost like “yoga in a bottle”.

Beetroot
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It has arrived…the only pre-workout, 50:1 beet root extract on the market sweetened with 100% kabocha extract. Typically many pre-workouts out on the market leave a BITTER or FUNKY aftertaste because they need the artificial flavors, artificial colors, additives, and bitter sweeteners to mask the unappealing taste. That all ends now that there is BOCHA-BEETS. A pre-workout drink that tastes great while boosting nitric oxide!

WHAT IS BOCHA-BEETS PRE-WORKOUT ALL ABOUT?

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In each scoop of BOCHA-BEETS you will find an enhanced blend of vitamins, amino acids, and electrolytes to help with maximum endurance and increased nitric oxide production. BOCHA-BEETS contains very little glycemic index which results in a keto-friendly and diabetic-friendly product that is 5x more potent in nitrates than leading brands.

Nitric Oxide Boosting Ingredients

Beetroot is a unique superfood which contains a high concentration of nitrates which dilate blood vessels for enhanced oxygen-carrying capacity of blood. This is beneficial for building muscle and recovery with 750mg BCAAs, 350mg Arginine, 2g Citrulline Malate, and 1.5g Betaine Anhydrous for a supreme nitric oxide performance booster.

Branched Chain Amino Acids are comprised of three amino acids: L-leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine. These are found in a variety of proteins sources and help in protein synthesis and muscle growth.

L-Arginine is an amino acid found in seafood, pumpkin seeds, spirulina, and chickpeas. It help to support vasodilation within the blood vessels for better overall blood flow.

Citrulline Malate is a non-protein amino acid found abundantly in watermelon rinds, this natural substance found in many fruits helps to increase aerobic energy production, enhanced blood flow, and better physical performance.

Betaine Anhydrous is a compound found in beet root also known as trimethylglycine that helps to boost muscle strength and endurance.

BOCHA-BEETS also contain Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6 for energy metabolism. To finish off, a blend of electrolytes are added to help support electrolyte balance prior to physical exercise.

HOW TO USE BOCHA-BEETS

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There are two options to go when it comes with using BOCHA-BEETS. Our suggestion is to start off with one scoop for supporting cardiovascular health. Easily mix with 6 ounces of water, juice, or smoothie once daily. The other option is to mix two scoops with 14 ounces of water 15-30 minutes prior to exercise to help support exercise stamina and performance.

Also great for athletes to support endurance and extend exercise tolerance.

WHAT’S THE BREAKDOWN?

L-Citrulline + L-Arginine: For Nitric Oxide Production

The combination of Arginine and Citrulline Malate work together to produce nitric oxide which enhances blood flow resulting in better performance.

An increase in energy efficiency from Citrulline Malate enables you to work out harder and longer reducing the time to exhaustion. It is  actually created in the body by one of two ways, either recycled from arginine (arginine converts to nitric oxide to produce citrulline) or from nitrogen.

For exercise, citrulline is definitely something you want to be taking to increase the rate of recovery after exercise [1] and for nitric oxide synthesis [2].

In two scoops you got yourself 2g of Citrulline Malate and 350 mg of Arginine to help assist in the vasodilation of the blood vessels for that sought after “muscle pump”.

Bocha Beets Supplement Facts

Betaine Anhydrous: For Muscle Strength and Endurance

In two scoops of BOCHA-BEETS there is 1.5g of Betaine Anhydrous. Betaine is gaining increasing popularity among pre-workout formulas and is an important component of beetroot.

TMG (trimethylglycine) is essentially glycine with three methyl gr0ups attached. This nutrient have been reported in studies to help improve muscle strength and endurance [3][4]. Betaine also can synthesize creatine in skeletal muscle, lower plasma homocysteine concentrations, reduce inflammation, and help support healthy cardiovascular health. [5]

For a supercharged workout, you want to have betaine to help aid in pushing through those tough final repetitions.

BCAAs 2:1:1 (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine)

BCAAs are well known to help promote protein synthesis and naturally available in protein sources. From a bodybuilding perspective, BCAAs help to enhance muscle growth.

BOCHA-BEETS adds 750mg of BCAAs in a total two scoops. These are plant-based derived and 100% vegan.

In a study, [6] “BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, and valine), particularly leucine, have anabolic effects on protein metabolism by increasing the rate of protein snythesis and decreasing the rate of protein degradation in resting human muscle. Also, during recovery from endurance exercise, BCAAs were found to have anabolic effects in human muscle.”

Vitamin B-12 (Methylcobalamin)

Vitamin B-12 is added to the formulation in its “methyl” form for superior bioavailability. Vitamin B-12 helps to support enzymes in DNA synthesis and energy metabolism.

This nutrient is often times found to be deficient for many people and hard to obtain sometimes through diet alone. A deficiency in Vitamin B-12 predisposes someone to neurological disorders and a form of anaemia (macrocytic).

BOCHA-BEETS contains 50mcg per 2 scoops to help combat the deficiency that can be seen among older individuals [7].

Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine HCL)

BOCHA-BEETS contains 5mg of Vitamin B-6 as Pyridoxine HCL. Vitamin B-6 is an essential vitamin that helps to maintain a healthy nervous system along with key metabolic processes. This means it is responsible for the communication between the brain and the nerve cells, which also aids in production of neurotransmitters.

Electrolytes

Electrolytes are key for optimal levels of hydration. By providing the body with adequate electrolytes prior to exercise it negates the drop in performance due to low mineral levels [8].

We made sure to add 50mg of Magnesium, 150mg of Potassium, and 50mg of Sodium. Many of us know how critical electrolytes are for our health.

BOCHA-BEETS Summary

BOCHA-BEETS is a synergistic blend of natural nitric oxide boosting ingredients which provide a true energy boost, enhanced blood flow, maximum endurance, and activates performance. By consuming a high potency nitrate beet root powder you will not only improve nitric oxide levels but also boost energy during exercise.

The unique thing about BOCHA-BEETS is the expected sweetness you desire from our BochaSweet™ 100% kabocha extract: there is no need for additives, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, or added stimulants.

 

 

References:

[1] Bendahan D, Mattei JP, Ghattas B, Confort-Gouny S, Le Guern ME, Cozzone PJ. Citrulline/malate promotes aerobic energy production in human exercising muscle. Br J Sports Med. 2002 Aug;36(4):282-9.

[2] McKinley-Barnard S., Andre T, Morita M, Willoughby DS. Combined L-citrulline and glutathione supplementation increases the concentration of markers indicative of nitric oxide synthesis. J Int Soc Sports Nutr.2015 Jun 10;12:27. doi: 10.1186/s12970-015-0086-7. eCollection 2015.

[3] Lee EC, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ, Yamamoto LM, Hatfield DL, Bailey BL, Armstrong LE, Vloek JS, McDermott BP, Craig SA. Ergogenic effects of betaine supplementation on strength and power performance. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2010 Jul 19;7:27. doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-7-27.

[4] Jay R Hoffman, Nicholas A Ratamess, Jie Kang, Stefanie L Rashti, and Avery D Faigenbaum. Effect of betaine supplementation on power performance and fatigue. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2009 Feb 20;6:7. doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-6-7.

[5] Jason M Cholewa, Monika Wyszczelska-Rokiel, Rafal Glowacki, Hieronim Jakubowski, Tracey Matthews, Richard Wood, Stuart AS Craig, and Vincent Paolone. Effects of betaine on body composition, performance, and homocysteine thiolactone. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2013 Aug 14;10:39. doi: 10.1186/15550-2783-10-39.

[6] Blomstrand E, Eliasson J, Karlsson HK, Köhnke R. Branched-chain amino acids activate key enzymes in protein synthesis after physical exercise. J Nutr. 2006 Jan;136(1 Suppl):269S-73S.

[7] Clarke R, Grimley Evans J, Schneede J, Nexo E, Bates C, Fletcher A, Prentice A, et al.Vitamin B12 and folate deficiency in later life. Age Ageing. 2004 Jan;33(1):34-41.

[8] Costill D.L., Saltin B. Muscle Glycogen and Electrolytes Following Exercise and Thermal Dehydration. Metabolic Adaptation to Prolonged Physical Exercise. 1975:352-360. doi: 10.1007/978-3-0348-5523-5_41.

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BochaSweet Makeover

BochaSweet Makeover

Amazing transformation over a year has resulted in Rose losing a combined 25 lbs. She is now the happiest she has ever been which allows her the freedom to fit in size XS/0.

                                                   (139 pounds May 2016)                                              (114 pounds November 2017)

 

For the past several months she has been incorporating BochaSweet into her daily lifestyle. She replaced sugar and HFCS in her diet with BochaSweet without making any major changes to her diet or exercise routine. One of her favorite daily rituals is enjoying a couple cups of coffee sweetened with BochaSweet while working as a nurse.

She is deeply satisfied knowing she can taste something so sweet and not worry about spiking her blood sugar levels or weight gain. In fact, she has noticed the weight continues to melt off and she looks and feels healthier than ever before!

“After a year I have finally achieved my flat tummy goal after losing 25 lbs. BochaSweet allows me the freedom to fit in size XS/0 and I now weigh 114. I love being able to drink my coffee and get my sweet taste fix on with Bocha while working 2 shifts as a nurse. Best of all, the weight continues to keep melting off. I look and feel healthier than ever before!” – Rose

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