Gym bag Essentials for January!

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January is the perfect time to review our diet and exercise routines and reassess our fitness performance and weight management goals. ‘New Year, New You’ - as the old cliché goes!

Following a fitness regime alongside dieting, as many of us are throughout January, means it is essential to supplement your diet to ensure your body has the fuel it requires, and to replace nutrients depleted following working out.

Whether you’re looking to tone up, drop weight, build strength or boost fitness levels - Hellenia has a product for you! Take a look at our range of diet and fitness products. Here are some of our favourites this New Year…

 

Greenselect® Phytosome® 150mg CapsulesGreenselect

Perfect to assist you in your weight management goals Greenselect® Phytosome® has been supported by independent studies and clinical trials. This innovative green tea extract is caffeine free and uses patented Phytosome® technology combining it with Soy Phospholipids for improved bioavailability.

Green tea has been extensively studied for its antioxidant activity. It is best known for being rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant, including one in particular called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).  

Data indicates that Green tea consumption may help weight management by improving energy expenditure and sustain the promotion of weight loss due to the thermogenic effects exerted. Clinical studies have also been undertaken that demonstrate how Greenselect® can support weight management.

100 overweight patients were given 300mg per day of Greenselect® (two 150mg capsules daily). Throughout the study the groups of treated and placebo patients were put on low calorie diets distributed in at least 4 meals per day. By day 90 the average weight loss in the treated group was 14kg, as opposed to only 6kg in the placebo diet only group, demonstrating an effect on weight loss promotion.

To read more on the clinical studies click here

One packet of our Greenselect® capsules provides you with one month’s supply to support you on your weight loss journey for the New Year.

 

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BCAA Energy – Instant BCAA plus Taurine

Branched-Chain Amino acids are 3 essential amino acids – Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. Essential means that they cannot be made by the body itself, and as a result must come from the diet. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and BCAA accounts for over one third of the essential amino acids in our muscles.

This great tasting and easy mixing BCAA supplement is designed to be consumed before, during or after your workouts, and can be a welcome addition to any training plan if you are looking to support muscle growth and maintenance, or reduce body fat.

During periods of intense training on a reduce calorie diet, BCAAs help to repair and rebuild lean muscle tissue; important in helping to increase strength and speed up recovery times following physical exercise. Branched-chain amino acids in supplement form are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, spiking blood amino acid levels more quickly and to a much greater extent than peptide-bound aminos in proteins, allowing you to train harder and recover faster.

With 8g of BCAAs per serving our flavoured BCAA blend also has added Taurine – an amino sulfonic acid – its roles in the body are widespread, and include maintaining proper hydration and electrolyte balance in your cells, and studies show it can aid various aspects of exercise performance.BCAA Energy

Available in 2 delicious flavours – Red Orange or Mixed Fruit; BCAA Energy uses instantised BCAAs that have improved mixabilty, making the product easy to use and enjoyable to drink.

 

Protein

It is very important when following a diet and fitness plan to provide your body with enough protein and the perfect amino acid profile for muscle building, strength and recovery; in order to reap optimum results from your efforts. Especially suitable for post workout nutrition; protein supplements are an ideal and convenient way to meet extra protein requirements the body needs if you are exercising regularly. High quality protein can increase muscle mass and enhance muscle performance leading to reduced fatigue, improved endurance, and boosted recovery.

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Native Whey Protein

This Whey protein isolate is micro filtered from grass fed cattle and has added Biocore Edge digestive enzymes. Containing no hormones or antibodies; Native Whey uses only high quality fresh milk, and adopts unique and clean technology, making it the purest whey protein available, with a preserved protein structure and properties that optimise the level of protein per serving – an impressive 94% protein content!

Native Whey is naturally rich in essential amino acids that cannot be synthesised by the body, including 15% more leucine than in a traditional whey protein isolate. Leucine is a key BCAA (branched chain amino acids) in muscle protein synthesis. This degree of naturally present leucine along with its complete amino acid pool, gives a unique nutritional fingerprint to the native whey protein matrix, triggering muscle protein synthesis to build and repair lean muscle; utilising the key amino acids.

Native WheyIt is available Unflavoured/Natural with no additions, or we have tempting flavoured options that include Belgium Chocolate or Madagascan Vanilla.

Vegan Protein – Rice and Pea

With many people today steering towards vegetarian and vegan food choices; plant-based protein can be a great alternative to whey. With the absence of meat or dairy products in the diet limiting protein sources; plant-based protein conveniently allows you to consume enough whilst helping you to achieve those fitness goals. Being dairy-free and easily digestible, they can eliminate unwanted side effects that some people may experience from Whey products, and it also makes them suitable for those with a lactose intolerance. Plant-based proteins can provide all of the essential amino acids the body needs throughout your training plan, to help repair and rebuild lean muscle tissue.

Rice ProteinFree from artificial sweeteners, and with a mild-natural taste, our rice and pea proteins boast a significant 80% protein content. Mixing well with water, they are extremely versatile and can be added to your diet plan through the use of shakes, smoothies, and high protein baking.

 

So whatever your goals for your January diet and fitness regime you might want to consider adding some additional supplements to support your plan; they could help up your motivation, boost your effort and maximise your results. You can find further product information or order by visiting the Hellenia website, or click here.

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