Three Products to Fight Inflammation and Boost Endurance
Every day, I hear about new studies or new products guaranteed to fight inflammation. Or, I’m “pitched” by a PR firm telling me that certain products are “great” for boosting endurance and reducing lactic acid.
Just recently, I received three and instead of reviewing individually, I thought I would review them together.
Two Hydrogen Water: This is purified water infused with molecular hydrogen. It claims to boost endurance, reduce lactic acid, reduce fatigue and provide antioxidants. It’s sugar-free, caffeine free and allergen free.
The recommendation on the label is to drink one a day and to the consumer within thirty minutes after opening for maximum benefits. It also says that “athletes are suggested to drink an additional pouch before high-performance activities.”
I started to ask around about hydrogen in the water. “Hilary, all water has hydrogen in it,” said my coach, Danielle Sullivan. “That’s why they call it H2O.”
I looked it up on the internet. Wikipedia said:
“Water is a transparent and nearly colorless chemical substance that is the main constituent of Earth’s streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms. Its chemical formula is H2O, meaning that its molecule contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms, that are connected by covalent bonds.”
So what’s different about this water? It has more hydrogen infused in it?
I looked it up and apparently, the infusion of hydrogen gas has added benefits than plain tap water.
What I liked:
- The taste… I would say that it was one of the best tasting waters I have tasted. It was clean and fresh and left no aftertaste.
- The container… it was easy to dispose of.
- The amount… it contained 500ml as opposed to an 8 oz glass of water.
What I didn’t like:
- The container… it was hard to push the water out and sometimes, you just got air with no water. If you squeezed the container too much, you would have water all over you.
I liked the taste of the water, but I didn’t really find a boost in endurance or reduction in lactic acid. I drank it every day, but maybe I needed to drink it for a longer period of time to see the actual benefits?
Cheribundi — Cherry Juice is “known” for helping to fight inflammation and fatigue. So I decided to give it a shot and see what I thought.
The two kinds are:
Protein Cherry Juice plus whey — This juice has a strong taste of whey. I’m not big on the “whey” taste so I didn’t love it, so for me, it was hard to drink. There are 8 grams of whey to the Tart Cherry Protein. Apparently, it helps muscle recovery. In the 8 fl oz serving, there are 110 calories with 270mg of potassium and 20mg of sodium. It is all natural tart cherry juice, not from concentrate and includes whey protein, stevia and vanilla extract. The container has milk in it.
Relax Tart Cherry Juice — This juice tastes much better than the protein juice. I liked the taste of this one. Like the protein juice, it has 40 cherries in every bottle. It only has 90 calories per 8 oz serving and includes a natural melatonin to help you sleep more deeply and added ingredients to promote relaxation.
What I liked:
- Even though I didn’t love the taste of the Protein Cherry Juice, I liked that it had whey protein in it.
- The flavor on the Relax Tart Cherry Juice was flavorful.
- I loved that they were both all natural and that the cherries were grown in the USA.
- Both were gluten free with no preservatives.
- Since I didn’t love the flavor, I didn’t try it out long enough to reap any of the benefits.
Nutraglow B6 and B12 — This “super B vitamin” is formulated by a team of experienced pharmacists to help restore the body’s essential nutrients and achieve a sense of energy and well-being. This combination of the vitamin is supposed to improve muscle growth and repair, elevate metabolism, increase energy and improve growth of skin collagen and lastly, provide a good balance between sodium and potassium. It should help fight fatigue and optimize brain function.
The general usage tips are:
- results after 1 to 2 weeks
- take under your tongue, twice daily
- take on an empty stomach, 1 to 2 hours before or after caffeine
- give the bottle a good shake
What I liked:
- It tasted good.
- It was easy to take.
What I didn’t like:
- I had to wait to drink coffee.
I’m not quite sure if it did anything. I took it for two weeks and the inflammation was still there.
As a matter of fact, I don’t know if any of these products actually worked. But they were all good and I guess you’ll have to see for yourself…
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