GNC Earth Genius
GNC is going all-in with the Millennials by offering Smoothie Nation a kitchen sink’s worth of plant power powder. Only 6 grams of a five-plant protein blend so it’s not a protein powder per se, but rather a pretty baller blend that’s vegan, sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO. It would’ve been nice had they put in an efficacious dose of the clinically validated Lutemax 2020 macular carotenoids (the formula contains only 20% of what the research shows to be good for eye health—of prime import to gaming, screen-loving Millennials). Other than that, though, it’s a balanced bolus of superfoods, prebiotics, adaptogens and greens aplenty. This is part of GNC’s larger, newly launched, Earth Genius lineup.
Host Defense Mushrooms
Paul Stamets is pretty much single-handedly the reason for this post-modern mycology that’s sweeping the world—and may well end up saving the world from humanity. Just Google “Stamets Ted Talk” and be amazed. One of his messages is that a mushroom blend is best for immune-enhancement, and this product is the culmination of those efforts. This should be on every store shelf come the winter under-the-weather season.
Brain Awake RED with Nitric Oxide Booster
When I hear nitric oxide, I think Viagra. And the No. 1 ingredient here is L-citrulline—shown in a published study to improve erection hardness in men with mild erectile dysfunction. The dosage used in the study was 1,500 mg/day. This supplement uses 750 mg per serving, and only 12.5 mg phosphatidylserine—a low dose, to be sure, but the PS might be used, as with the Bioperine black pepper extract, to heighten the bioavailability. So it might all work out after all. Of note: it uses methylcobalamin entrant—that surefire way to denote a quality formulation.
Quicksilver is renowned for its liposomal formulations, which superpower nutrients with outsized bioavailability. This is a “mitochondrial optimizer”—the next great category in supplements—with coQ10 and PQQ. The former improves the performance of mitochondria, the latter creates more mitochondria. The Sun Horse adaptogenic formula is a fantastic blend of herbs, and when supercharged with phospholipids, it makes for an experiential supplements ride.
WSO3 Fish Oil
We have a new champion in the fish oil concentrate game. Each single tablespoon contains 3,861 mg total omegas, of which 2,500 mg are EPA and 1,005 mg are DHA. Boom! This challenges the fish oil pharmaceutical, Lovaza, which is a 4,000 mg dose that contains 1,860 mg EPA and 1,500 mg DHA. A more generous serving of EPA is probably better than DHA with inflammatory responses, ADHD, and immunity, whereas DHA is said to be superior for the brain and eyes. With this high-concentrate formulation, you’re really ringing all the bells.