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Whey Protein has the best biological value of all protein sources.

Joint & Muscle Support

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Many people don’t pay much attention to the protein they consume. Athletes understand the importance of protein but many consumers often focus on fats, carbohydrates and supplements and don’t understand how proteins exert their effects in human health. As more of consumers are focused on improving their health supplemental proteins are gaining in popularity.

In this interview with Tracy Kreider we will discuss the benefits of protein in human health. We will also discuss whey protein, one of the best supplemental sources of protein. We will explore the distinctions between sources of protein, and especially the benefits of whey protein produced in America. Like most things, not all protein and supplements are equal. 

What is Protein?

  • Protein is one of the three nutrients found in food that the body requires in large amounts. Along with carbohydrates and fat, protein is essential for the human body.
  • Proteins are made of small compounds called amino acids. There are hundreds of amino acids that exist in nature, but the human body only utilizes 22 of them.
  • The human body can produce all but nine of the amino acids that it needs. These nine are called essential amino acids and must be consumed through food.
  • All foods contain differing combinations of amino acids, making a balanced diet essential. In general, animal proteins like meat, dairy, and eggs contain all the essential amino acids.

What does protein do?
Protein is the major building block of the human body. Its main job is to build and maintain tissue. According to the Whey Protein Institute, whey protein is particularly useful in the following ways:

  • Weight Management –  Calorie for calorie, whey protein can help people feel full longer than carbohydrates or fats, while burning more calories in the process.
  • Wellness – Consuming a diet including whey protein helps to promote strong immunity and protect the health of active individuals
  • Exercise Recovery – Consuming whey protein after exercise regularly can help build more lean muscle than resistance training alone
  • Healthy Aging – Older Americans may be able to reduce age-related decline of muscle mass by engaging in resistance training and consuming higher than RDA for protein

Dietary protein varies greatly in both quantity and quality. Generally animal protein is considered more complete protein, meaning that the amino acid profile includes all of the essential amino acids and are more readily bioavailable. Plant proteins are also useful however their biological value is lower. Vegans need to make sure they receive adequate protein in the diet.

Whey Protein
Country Life Vitamins manufacturers one of the best whey protein supplements. I have recommended it to friends and family members. It is the distinctions between products that makes the difference. As a consumer you have to decide what is important to you. Do you care where the raw materials come from? Does having third party certifications give you more confidence? (Hint, it should). Do you want to purchase from socially responsible companies? These are just a few of the distinctions you can make in the marketplace.

Here are some of the takeaway highlights:
BioChem Whey Protein Isolate:

  • Biological Value is 100. This is as good as it gets.
  • Local American Whey. Cows are pastured as much as possible and come from family farms.
  • Whey is Ultra-Filtered and Micro-Filtered. Removes fat, cholesterol and lactose without denaturing the proteins. This is done without heat, enzymes or chemicals.

Country Life Vitamins is a company that is committed to earning your trust and proving that commitment via 3rd party certifications. You can tell a lot about a company by the certifications it receives. Here is the Country Life timeline of certifications:

  • 2000 – Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • 2007 – Certified Green Renewable Energy
  • 2007 – Certified Vegetarian (85% of products) by the American Vegetarian Association.
  • 2008 – Certified Gluten Free
  • 2011 – Certified Kosher
  • 2013 – Certified USDA Organic
  • 2016 – Certified B Corp.
  • 2017 – Certified Halal

These and other third party certification show a willing adherence to compliance with national standards and regulations. Country Life Vitamins wants their customers to know about this commitment to certification and transparency. The best companies are proud to talk about going the extra mile. Good companies strive for transparency and Country Life is a good example of those efforts. Companies should be able to show you why you can trust them to provide safe and effective products. Country Life is one of those companies that is working hard to earn your trust.

About Tracy Kreider, N.D.
Tracy Kreider is the Senior National Product Educator for Country Life Vitamins. Tracy has a long history in the natural products industry having managed one of Richard’s Whole Foods store chain in Florida.
Tracy is a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) and is Board Certified with The American Naturopathic Medical Association. She understands the science behind nutrition and she understands the needs of consumers.
Tracy spends her time traveling the country giving educational and inspirational seminars to retailers and consumers on behalf of Country Life Vitamins. Country Life has been one of the leading quality supplement manufacturers for over 45 years.

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Nutritional needs change over a woman’s lifetime

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Dr. Erin StokesWe have learned so much about the benefits of nutrition for women’s health over the recent past decades. I’ve been around long enough to remember when the following was the prevailing wisdom: You don’t need vitamins. The average American diet is sufficient. Got thinning bones? Just take more calcium. Buy the cheapest supplements, they’re all the same. Don’t take vitamin D, it’s dangerous. Supplements are quackery. If you care about food, you are a food faddist or a health food nut. Eggs were bad. Coconut oil and butter are a heart attack waiting to happen. Hydrogenated trans fats were the key to a healthy heart. The list goes on and on. The irony is that all of this advice was actually the opposite of what we now know to be true.

We are all having to rethink what we assume to be true and be willing to take a fresh look as new knowledge becomes available. This interview is a good example of taking a fresh look at multi-vitamin supplementation for women. In a previous interview with Dr. Erin Stokes we discussed how MegaFood reinvented their entire multi-vitamin supplements. After taking a fresh look at the emerging research and in conjunction with Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, MegaFood took the bold step of changing their vitamin line. This is not something a company does lightly. It demonstrates the company commitment to move forward even as it moves past the conventional wisdom. You should listen to the previous interview if you want to understand and appreciate that decision.

In this interview, Dr. Erin Stokes will discuss the nutritional needs for women through four distinct stages of a woman’s life. MegaFood has created unique formulas for each stage. The four stages being younger women, pregnant, nursing, or women planning to become pregnant, women in menopause and post-menopausal women. Each group has a different sets of nutritional needs. Looking for nutrients that are gender and age relevant is becoming more common. Women can now target nutrients to their specific needs and stage in life.

Dr. Stokes will also explain the use of newer supplemental forms of certain key nutrients. We now know that nutrients are not created equal. We now understand the difference between biologically active molecules and their analogs or synthetic counterparts. We will discuss the specific nutrients and the vital differences. Many years ago Dr. Linus Pauling coined the term orthomolecular nutrition. Orthomolecular nutrients are nutrients in the form as they are found and used in the body. There are many forms of nutrients used in supplements that are not in their natural form. Learning what these natural nutrients are and how they are identified will help you choose better quality supplements.

Three key nutrients to look for when choosing a daily women’s multivitamin: 

  1. Methylated B vitamins – Your body needs the B’s is a specific form to be useful. Other forms need to be converted into the ‘methyl’ form before your body can use it.  This assures easier digestion and better utilization. One of the first things to look for is methylated forms of folate   (5-Methyltetrahydrofolate)and vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin). MegaFood uses only the methyl form in it women’s formulas. Since studies have now shown that as much as 30 percent of the population is unable to metabolize the unmethylated forms of folate and vitamin B12, it’s ideal to choose a women’s multi with the methylated forms. 
  2. Absorbable iron – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), iron remains the most common nutrient deficiency in the world. This mineral is a crucial component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen to all of the tissues in our bodies. Less oxygen delivery can lead to feelings of fatigue and weakness. If you’re uncertain if an iron supplement is necessary, lab tests can be ordered by your healthcare practitioner. Listen to my interview with Dr. Stokes on MegaFood Blood Builder.
  3. Choline – Choline is an essential nutrient that is needed for optimal health of both the nervous and endocrine systems.  Choline is not currently included routinely in all multivitamins. Studies have shown that common diets may be low or deficient in choline and that women are more likely to be missing choline than men.

With a bit of investigation, you can ensure that your multivitamin is containing these three key attributes for covering your individual nutritional needs.

MegaFood Supplements
One of the important emerging trends in supplements is the use of real food in the supplements. Food is the foundation of health. The average American diet is woefully deficient in wholesome foods that are nutrient dense. Taking supplements that contain the essential nutrients is one of the best ways to assure that you are not missing key vital nutrients. However, isolated nutrients do not contain the hundreds or thousands of phytonutrients that occur naturally in whole foods. Vitamin C does not occur in isolation in nature. It is complexed with hundreds of other nutrient molecules. The only way to get them is to eat food or take supplements that include food.

MegaFood uses organic fresh food farm partners to deliver over 500,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables into their products. Fresh produce comes into their plant and is carefully prepared so as to deliver the whole goodness of food. It is an amazing process and only MegaFood produces their supplements with this unique process. Listen to my interview on the MegaFood process. Learn more about the farms that grow the food in MegaFood products.

Last but not least is the MegaFood manufacturing process. It is unique to MegaFood and I have always been impressed by how MegaFood makes their supplements. Here is a short animated video that does a great job of explaining the process. No other company makes supplements in this way.


About Dr. Erin Stokes, N.D.
Dr. Erin Stokes, is a Naturopathic Doctor and the Medical Director at FoodState.  Erin received her Naturopathic Doctor degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, in 2001. She combines her experience as a Naturopathic Doctor with an extensive background in the natural products industry. Erin’s personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives. Dr. Stokes practices naturopathic medicine in Boulder, CO.

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246 – Chemical Free Baby Care with e-cloth – My Interview with Al Coviello

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I first learned about e-cloth in the fall of 2016. I did my first interview with Al Coviello later that year. I have since acquired and used many of the e-cloth products throughout my home. My wife and I are converts and we now use e-cloth almost exclusively for cleaning. We have begun giving e-cloth Baby Care products to young mothers as baby and shower gifts. It seems to me that once you understand how e-cloths exert their magic, and once you experience how well they work, it’s nearly impossible to not consider this as an ideal solution to cleaning your local (home) environment.

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245 – Predictive Bio-marker Test – Vitamin D – My Interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe

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Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut and maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to enable normal mineralization of bone and to prevent hypocalcemic tetany. It is also needed for bone growth and bone remodeling by osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen. Vitamin D sufficiency prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis.

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244 – Embracing the Mediterranean Diet – My Interview with Jolie Root

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We have all heard that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets. It is one of the world’s regional diets that seems to provide benefits to health and longevity. In this interview with Jolie Root, we will discuss the Mediterranean diet and contrast that to the standard American diet (SAD). One of the key elements of the Mediterranean diet is the use of particular fats in the diets. Olive oil provides the omega-9 fatty and fish from the sea and grazing animals provide the critical omega-3. Omega-6 fatty acids from nuts and seeds were consumed in their natural forms as foods and not as refined oils as we have in the U.S.

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243 – Nutritional Support for Menopause – My Interview with Josée Fortin

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Menopause is a time in life where the woman’s body goes through a major transformation. It is often perceived as an illness, but its purpose is to prevent pregnancy and childbirth at an age where it would be too taxing on the body. When menopause occurs suddenly or when the body is exhausted, menopause can be a source of major stress. In spite of everything, most women go through this period with minimal discomfort.

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242 – Are You Protein Deficient? – My Interview with Dr. David Minkoff MD

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Countless adults cannot digest the proteins they consume, which can lead to a range of problems from a buildup of toxins, aging, weight gain and lowered immunity.Many people who struggle with protein digestion are also dealing with serious health issues such as Lyme disease, chronic fatigue, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis and other inflammatory or autoimmune diseases. The truth is, the sickest of patients cannot digest protein.

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241 – Calcium, Vitamins D and K for Bone Health – My Interview with Neil Levin

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31400Print – PDF – EmailPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 53:25 — 98.1MB)Also important for Cardiovascular Health In this interview Neil Levin discusses three core nutrients for both bone health and cardiovascular health. The science is compelling regarding the important benefits of calcium and vitamins D and K. However there is still a […]

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240 – Food and Chemical Hypersensitivities – My Interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe

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0390Print – PDF – EmailPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 45:53 — 84.3MB)How to discover over 500 hidden or delayed allergies. One of the biggest and sometimes most mysterious health issue is caused by unknown food and chemical hypersensitivity. We live in an environment that is filled with chemical compounds that never existed until […]

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239 – The Adrenal Stress Connection – My Interview with Dr. Marita Schauch

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When we live in a state of constant stress our adrenals are working overtime. If this is you then this should tell you two things: that you need to seek balance in your life and you need to nourish your adrenal glands. This starts when you examine your life and health status and determine that stress is a likely component of your health challenges. If you have the kind of stress the can’t be mitigated by lifestyle choices and let’s be honest, none of us can easily walk away for the stressors in our life. This suggests that we really need to work on the nutritional component. And if you need nutritional support, then the only way to supply those nutrients is through food and supplements.

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