Reds & Greens: What’s in it?

There is no doubt that during these challenging times, we are all looking for any way possible to boost our immunity and maintain our overall health. VitaHustle’s new Reds & Greens is a quick, convenient way to get in a serving of 28 organic berries, fruits, superfoods and vegetables, loaded with the plant compounds polyphenols, flavonoids, anthocyanins and carotenoids. These molecules defend plants against pathogens, and they can do the same for you! Reds & Greens has just 35 calories, comes in on-the-go, recycled packaging and is vegan, non-GMO and gluten-free. Try it straight, mixed with eight ounces of cold water, as an energy-boosting afternoon pick-me-up. Or blend it with some VitaHustle vanilla Vegan or Whey Protein and berries for a tasty and filling meal. No matter how you hustle, these power-packed ingredients will keep you in top form.

Flavonoids

Flavonoids are the largest group of phytonutrients, or plant chemicals, that are responsible for the vivid colors and aromas of fruits and vegetables. They are anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic and are rich in micro-nutrients. The flavonoid blend in Reds & Greens comes from coffeeberry, tomato, red bell pepper, pomegranate, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry and orange.

Anthocyanins


Anthocyanins are the pigments that give red, purple and blue plants their color. They are a type of flavonoid and therefore have antioxidant properties. They also have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-cancer benefits, which can enhance heart health and improve cholesterol levels and blood sugar metabolism. The anthocyanins in Reds & Greens come from beets, acai, blackberries, blueberries and tart cherries.

Fiber

Fiber is essential for gut health, and Reds & Greens packs in five grams, more than the amount in a whole apple with its skin. Sources are Jerusalem artichoke, also known as the sunchoke, coffeeberry and apple. Jerusalem artichokes are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, and the prebiotic fiber inulin, which feeds the good bacteria in the digestive tract. They also contain high quantities of the electrolyte minerals potassium, iron and copper. Coffeeberry is the whole fruit of the coffee plant and is one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. It is high in fiber, protein and micronutrients.

Green Veggies

Your mother told you to eat your greens, and Reds & Greens is a great way to do it. The kale, spinach, broccoli, barley grass, wheatgrass and alfalfa grass in Reds & Greens is the equivalent of over a full serving of green veggies, akin to 14 kale leaves, four spinach leaves and one broccoli floret. When it comes to your diet, greens are the superstars of the vegetable world. They can boost immunity and digestive health, but also slow the rate of cognitive decline, fight belly bloating, give you glowing skin, support bone health, improve our inflammatory response and delay the shortening of telomeres in our DNA, which slows the rate of aging.

Carotenoids

Carotenoids are the plant pigments that give fruits and vegetables an orange or yellow color. They are anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer and can reduce the risk of eye disease. The carotenoid blend in Reds & Greens comes from turmeric, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot and mango. Turmeric, a cousin of the ginger root, is especially powerful. Turmeric is a cousin of the ginger root, and curcumin is its most active constituent. It is curcumin that gives the spice its golden color, and it is an antioxidant that has been shown to display anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties.

Plant Enzymes

Enzymes help us break down our foods to help us get maximum nutrition out of the food we eat. Reds & Greens contains the enzyme blend CereCalase, which combines hemicellulase, beta-glucanase and phytase to improve the bioavailability of nutrients that can be trapped within fibrous plant cell walls and help us get the most nutrition from fruits and vegetables. Reds & Greens also contains pineapple, which contains bromelain, a powerful digestive enzyme that helps break down proteins into absorbable amino acids.

Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms, most commonly specific strains of bacteria, that help maintain digestive health and boost the immune system when ingested. Bifidobacterium lactis, the probiotic strain in VitaHustle Reds & Greens, promotes a healthy immune response.  Recent studies have shown it to reduce respiratory tract infections and viral shedding in response to rhinovirus, which causes the common cold, to reduce the symptoms of nasal allergies and to encourage a healthy immune response to vaccination.

Energy

ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, is the compound that provides living cells with energy. The blend of ancient peat and apple polyphenols in Reds & Greens has been clinically shown to help us produce higher levels of cellular ATP to improve athletic power, strength and endurance. Ancient peat – fossilized plants - contains many elements, but is especially high in carbon, magnesium, nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur. Apple peel extract increases the fitness of mitochondria, the energy generators of our cells.

Natural Flavors And Stevia

The pleasant, lightly sweet mixed berry flavor of Reds & Greens is created with only natural flavors and sweetened with stevia, a sugar substitute derived from a plant native to Brazil and Paraguay. Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar, so it can be used in smaller quantities, but has no carbohydrates or calories and no artificial ingredients like other sugar substitutes. Stevia also has a glycemic index of zero, so it has no effect on blood sugar.

Lindsay Berra

Lindsay Berra

Sports Journalist - http://lindsayberra.com/

Lindsay Berra is a New Jersey-based freelance sports journalist who contributes regularly to the Sports Business Journal, Baseball America, ESPNW, Fast Company, Men’s Health, Bodybuilding.com and other outlets. At MLB.com and MLB Network from 2013 through 2018, she established herself as an authority on baseball fitness and injuries. As a senior writer for ESPN Magazine from 1999 through 2012, she covered primarily ice hockey, tennis, baseball and the Olympics. Lindsay graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she played varsity softball and men’s club ice hockey. She is a Level 1 CrossFit coach, triathlete, avid hiker and yogi.