Atacama Bio Natural Products (Iquique, Chile) and Stratum Nutrition® (a business of ESM Technologies, Carthage, MO) have entered into a value-added distribution agreement for NatAxtin™ brand astaxanthin.  NatAxtin™ is manufactured exclusively by Atacama Bio, and this alliance adds strategic value for both companies within the dietary supplement marketplace in North America. NatAxtin™ is a competitively priced astaxanthin that combines the benefits of an optimal microbial source and ideal production conditions, resulting in an ingredient that meets or exceeds the high standards demanded by conscientious dietary supplement manufacturers. Jose Luis Arenas, Founder and CEO of Atacama Bio stated, “We are really excited to launch NatAxtin™ branded astaxanthin in North America and could not ask for a better partner than Stratum Nutrition® to accomplish this.” Both companies see excellent synergies resulting from this supply and distribution partnership. Micah Osborne, President of Stratum Nutrition® said, “Stratum is well on a path to leadership in supplying all-natural and proven-effective dietary solutions. Bringing NatAxtin™ brand astaxanthin into Stratum’s highly selective portfolio fully complements the range of unique plant, animal, and probiotic ingredients we produce and distribute.” For more information about Stratum Nutrition® and its branded ingredients, please email Info@StratumNutrition.com. ###   About Stratum Nutrition Stratum Nutrition®, a business of ESM Technologies, LLC, sustainably provides world class nutrition ingredient solutions to nutritional product formulators for human and pet health. Stratum offers a portfolio of research-supported, branded ingredients that are progressive, safe and effective, including NEM® brand eggshell membrane, ESC® brand eggshell calcium, Ahiflower® plant-based omegas-3,6,9, Curcumin 95, as well as oral-cavity probiotics, BLIS K12™ and BLIS M18™. These trusted ingredients are relied upon by consumers internationally. Visit www.stratumnutrition.com for more information.   About Atacama Bio Natural Products Atacama Bio Natural Products S.A. is a private biotechnology corporation based in Chile that cultures Haematococcus pluvialis to extract NAXA verified astaxanthin, an antioxidant for healthy ingredients and supplements. The company's name is inspired by the surrounding Atacama Desert, world famous as an astronomer’s paradise because of its pristine atmosphere. As a result of the highest solar irradiance in the world and access to pure underground water from the Andes Mountains, these conditions enable a low cost, sustainable, environmentally friendly, and most-close-to-natural growth of Haematoccocus pluvialis. It is astaxanthin as nature intended. Visit www.atacamabionatural.com for more information.   NatAxtin™ is a trademark of Atacama Bio Natural Products S.A. NEM® & ESC® are trademarks of ESM Technologies, LLC, and are registered in the United States and other countries. Ahiflower® is a registered trademark of Technology Crops International, LLC. BLIS K12™ & BLIS M18™ are trademarks of Blis Technologies Limited and the subject of USA patent numbers 6773912 & 7226590.
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Meet professional and all-natural bodybuilder, long-time vegan, and animal rights activist: Torre Washington.  From a young age, Torre has had a passion for sculpting physiques.  His passion strengthened ten years ago when he witnessed a friend win a bodybuilding competition.  In Torre’s words, “My passion drove me to have the courage to start learning about bodybuilding and begin competing.” In 2009, he stepped up onto the stage for the first time and placed third in a tough class.  Within the next 6 months, he competed in his second show ever and not only won his class of 16 men, but also won the overall and earning his Pro Card.    “I took a great leap of faith to pursue my dream to become one of fitness greats and  share my gift with the world.”   His passion has crafted him into a well-known trainer sought out by high-profile celebrities.  He is linked to personally training Kim Kardashian and athletes in the NBA, NFL, and MLB  He recently played a role in the launch of Chris Hemsworth’s new, fitness app, Centr.  Centr is a personalized health and fitness program featuring the expertise of handpicked, internationally renowned trainers, nutritionist, and wellbeing leaders.    With credentials such as his, we were floored when he generously offered to answer a few of our burning questions.    You are well-known for being a vegan athlete. What led you to veganism and why? My journey into “veganism” actually came out of a need to maintain my integrity as a Rastafarian at the time.  I was raised vegetarian due to my mother’s way of life, seventh day Adventist, so I had a head start and transitioning into the Rasta way of life got me closer to “vegan” because of the Ital lifestyle, which is eating of the earth.    Do you think veganism has helped your performance as a bodybuilder?  If so, how? I think “veganism” has helped my performance in that it has allowed me to recover faster and to have the energy to get through workouts without the addition of pre-workouts or energy drinks.   What does an average week of training look like for you and how does it look different when training for a competition? (both in training and diet) An average week of training for me consists of minimal cardio and hypertrophy training, meaning I am utilizing high volume with slow reps and some increased weight sets as well to overload the muscle and stimulate growth.  Whereas when it comes to the week of a competition, it is increased cardio, and training is only there to keep blood flow and eliminate as much glycogen (stored muscle energy) from the body as possible.  Nutrition (d-i-e-t) doesn’t change much as calories start low and increase by the end of the week.   “The drive to compete is to be better than I was the previous year, to always improve upon any weaknesses, and the enjoyment of being on stage putting on a show for the crowd.”   How do you ensure you are getting the nutrients needed with your vegan lifestyle?  (food prep, supplements, etc.) Any tips for other vegan bodybuilders? I ensure that I’m getting the nutrients needed with my lifestyle by doing the best to vary my sources of nutrition and eating lots of nutritious food mainly, but I do indulge as well.  Tips for aspiring vegan bodybuilders: don’t be afraid to eat all types of vegan food.  It’s a process and your journey to see what works for you and your body (physique).      What would you say your greatest accomplishments are and why? Some of my greatest accomplishments would be that I was able to leave a corporate job and do something I love to do and still survive.  Also, having the opportunity to work with people highly regarded in society as either a celebrity or public figure.  At this point in my life, my goal in L.I.F.E. is to Live In Freedom Everyday.  “Dreams should become your thoughts.  Thoughts should become your plans.  Plans should become actions which lead to fulfillment.” – Torre Washington   What’s coming for you next?  Any goal challenge you’d like to purse next? I am looking forward to creating a retreat with an amazing individual that hasn’t been done before.  I would like to achieve the goal of competing in either the Olympia or the Arnold Classic.   Any final thoughts/words that you would like to add? Don’t be afraid to go after what you want in this life.  Most of us regret never stepping out of our comfort zone for fear of ridicule or failure – and maybe even the fear of success.   “Growth is only feasible when the mind is humble and willing to search of ways to learn. I look at LIFE (Living in Freedom Everyday) as a journey where mistakes become lessons learned and stepping stones for growth.”   Torre has always known how he wanted to help people become a better version of themselves.   He seeks first to understand before he is understood.  According to Torre, if the world does more of this, we will have a whole lot more of ‘we’ and less of ‘me’.     “In order for things in this world to change, we must change.”   Torre Washington is undoubtedly one of the most inspiring and kind-hearted people around.  To stay up to date on his adventures, you can follow him on Instagram.    We wish you all the best, Torre! 
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Vegan athletes are increasingly becoming the superstars in today’s sports.  Competing at the top level in one sport is quite the feat for any athlete, but for Lisa Gawthorne, she raises the bar to a higher level as a vegan duathlete on Team GB as both a runner and a biker.  If you think being an athlete keeps her busy, think again.  Lisa finds time to advocate and educate people in veganism, inspire her followers through her social media platforms, all while co-owning a successful snack company, Bravura Foods.  With determination and energy like this, we had to chat!       What is your experience in being a vegan athlete?  What are the pros and cons you experience? My experience has been one that is very positive. I have been smashing all my PBs and becoming a more efficient and effective athlete with increased performances across disciples of running, cycling and weight training. The pros for me are very easy to explain. Firstly, I went vegan (from being vegetarian) because I love animals and so the biggest benefit to me is knowing I follow a cruelty free diet and lifestyle. Moving on to health benefits that are linked closely to sporting performance, I would say my sleep has never been as good, my energy levels have never been so high, my immune system is super strong, my digestive system is healthy and happy, and my skin is also in a much better condition. My recovery time is also really good after workouts and races and I put this and all the other health benefits down to the fact that a vegan diet is super rich in phytonutrients that nourish the body, keeping it in a healthy condition.  I have not come across any cons linked to my personal experience, as I would find it impossible to find a negative in being a vegan athlete and following a vegan diet. The only cons I would probably mention are related to doubters and people who think they know best and maybe want to put you down or criticize you for following a vegan diet trying to mention outdated and unproven things that are normally only spurted out to try and reduce their guilt or make them feel better! But on a positive note, like I say there really are no cons with being a vegan athlete its positives all the way.    How do you think veganism has helped your performance as an endurance athlete? I have never been as fit and as fast, and I have been vegan now for just over sixteen years.  Last year I ran PBs in my 5 mile (31.34) and 5k (18.39). Just two weeks ago, I ran a new PB for my 10K (38.53). In addition to becoming a faster runner, I have also become a better and stronger cyclist and duathlete (run-bike-run) and some of this has to be put down to the training programs I follow, but a lot has to do with my diet that provides me with adequate energy to both train and race to the best of my ability. In the gym, I am also much stronger as I lift weights at least three days a week and I have seen notable gains in my strength and power which has been scientifically backed up with an increase in lean muscle mass on Dexa scans which I firmly put down to my protein rich vegan diet.   What would you say are your greatest achievements and why? I would say the first time I qualified for my age group on Team GB in the European and the World Duathlon Championships that were then held respectively in Spain and Canada has to be up there as one of my greatest achievements. Alongside that, I would say getting my England vest this year for my age group in running has top trumped everything. Running has always been my first love so it was nice to get the England qualification for a single disciple as the GB achievements are on a multi-sport level combining the disciplines of both running and cycling. I really do feel like my hard work and training has paid off and I am reaping the rewards of many miles on the road both on the bike and as a runner.   How do you maintain your vegan lifestyle while traveling around the world?  What’s your advice to others who may need some guidance in best practices while traveling?  Nowadays this is a lot easier than when I first went vegan sixteen years ago. There are a lot more vegan options available in stores and in restaurants, so eating out or eating on the go has definitely gotten so much easier. I have found that when travelling, it’s always useful just to have a few back up items in case you are not able to get out of a hotel or in case you are somewhere a little isolated. I always make sure I have a little bit of almond milk with me on the go, if and when possible, and maybe a few protein bars or powders to make into a shake.  To be honest, I am finding less of a need to use them, as nine times out of ten, I can get fixed up with vegan options now wherever I am.  Another good tip is to phone ahead, call the hotel and ask them if they cater on their menu for vegans and if they know of any good places to eat out nearby. Lastly, I would suggest downloading the app called Happy Cow, which I use a lot to locate decent vegan cafes and restaurants no matter where I am in the world.    What is your go-to vegan junk food? It’s a close tie between vegan salted caramel cake or vegan cookies. I have a super sweet tooth and it’s hard to resist when all the latest products out there taste so good and have really upped their game with regards to overall quality.   Tell us about Bravura Foods.  How did it begin?  Myself and my business partner, Karl Morris, started the business back in 2011. I was head of Marketing in a previous distribution company and Karl was head of Sales. We ended up working very closely on the Panda Liquorice brand at that particular business.  We then set up Bravura Foods taking on the Panda Liquorice brand and extended the portfolio to include some other fabulous vegan brands; such as Freedom Mallows, Vegan Bakery, Free From Fellows, Peanut Hottie, Little Miracles and Captain Kombucha.  The vision has always been about creating a unique company that markets and represents the best of vegan food and drink products. Since setting up the business, we have won countless awards both for the individual brands we either own or represent.  As a business, we have also won awards for the way in which we do business in our field. We are looking forward to a very positive future with Bravura Foods that’s for sure.     What’s coming up for you?  Any particular goal or challenges you’d like to pursue next? Business wise, I have just got back from a super busy show at the Natural and Organic Products Exhibition in London where we had two stands to operate.  I was also fortunate to have been selected as key speaker discussing the topic of veganism and the rise of the plant-based consumer. I have done quite a few talks like that already this year, as it really is the hot topic that everyone seems to want to know more about. I expect that to continue as we move through the year and I would like to speak more to bigger audiences perhaps even across different industries.  I really thrive on challenging people’s perceptions on everything veganism and love spreading the positivity surrounding a vegan lifestyle. We are also focused on growing our business further by innovating in some interesting pockets of the market to bring some more new and exciting lines to the vegan consumers. Fitness and sports wise, I have a really busy three months coming up with the World Sprint Duathlon Championships taking place in Spain, which I am competing in as part of Team GB for my age group. Four weeks after that, I am running for England in my age group in the Birmingham simply health 10K which I only qualified for recently.  Four weeks after that, I have the European Sprint Duathlon Championships, which I am really looking forward to competing in out in Romania.   For those considering veganism, what advice would you give them? Don’t hold back! Don’t fear it on any level as it’s the best thing you will do for the animals, the planet, the environment, your health, world hunger and for reducing water usage. That’s the beauty about being vegan, it has so many amazing benefits, the question is no longer why are you vegan, it’s why not!  There has never been an easier time to go vegan so do it now and I promise you will never look back. You will notice almost immediately how more energy you have and how much healthier you will feel and on a wider scale, it’s also really good to know you are not contributing to animal cruelty and environmental impacts that are damaging the climate and leading to a loss of nature. There are so many useful groups, forums, online support systems, vegan supermarkets, vegan cafes and restaurants and you will meet the most genuine and helpful people the planet has to offer.  Everyone is so kind and helpful willing to give and share advice to help you on any stage of your transition journey. You only have to take a look at some of the super helpful resources on the likes of Veganuary, The Vegan Society and PETA to see some amazing resources to help you on the way.   We wish you all the best, Lisa! 
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No longer are the days of carnivorous eating for many athletes.  There is an increasing amount who are turning to veganism to fuel their active lifestyle.  They are debunking the myth that plant sources are insufficient in meeting necessary protein requirements. The following Instagrammers present sympathetic, cruelty-free fitness and food ideas on their account platforms for everyday inspiration.  These vegan athletes are passionate about their health and fitness – using their fame to promote the vegan lifestyle.  This may be presumptuous but we think we’ve picked fifteen, top vegan athletes you’ll want to follow.   Vegan Athletes:  Insight for Supplement Companies         When it comes to formulating your next product, companies may want to consider adding a vegan omega ingredient.  In the vegan diet, omega-3 fatty acids is one nutrient that could be lacking for vegans and could be profitable for supplement companies.  Vegan options for this essential nutrient are not as easy to come by.   What would be our recommendation, you ask?  Definitely, Ahiflower Oil.  This Super Plant is the best omega value from a single, sustainable and traceable plant.  Ahiflower Oil is a balanced combination of omega-3, 6, 9 essential for health, vitality, and wellness, and it is vegan friendly with no fishy taste.  Unlike fish and flax, Ahiflower contains GLA, an omega-6 associated with skin health, hormonal balance and a healthy inflammatory response.   With the rapid growth of athletes going vegan, it would serve the supplement industry well to tap into a vegan omega ingredient to help replenish nutrients lacking in a plant-based diet.  We believe Ahiflower could be a profitable supplement ingredient option for your formulation team to look into.  Don’t be the company burping up a fishy mistake. Contact Stratum Nutrition, the leading vegan omega ingredient supplier, to help formulate your finished product with our Super Plant, Ahiflower.  
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Vegan athletes are knocking down the myth that they need animal protein to build muscle mass and to achieve optimal condition.  With many at the top of their game, it is no surprise that famous athletes are using their platforms to bolster their vegan lifestyle.  Cam Awesome is one of them.  He is an outspoken vegan who is not interested in living in a box created by society.  He is also a man of many talents.  Along with being a well-known youth speaker and personality, he is also an Emmy Nominated, 6-time USA National Champion, 4-time Golden Gloves National Champion, 2-time Olympic Trials Champion Heavyweight Boxer, and former Captain of the USA National Boxing Team.  With credentials like these, we were curious to know if he credits his success to his vegan lifestyle.  So, we asked him.    What would you say your greatest accomplishments are and why? My greatest accomplishment would be my ability to maintain freedom from a conventional lifestyle.  I value the lifestyle of freedom over one of financial stability.    You are well-known for being a vegan athlete.  When did you make the switch to veganism and why? I made the switch in 2012.  I lost a bet and had to do the Engine2 28-day challenge diet.  It was a tough 28 days, but it forced me to show discipline and I enjoyed that.  I also learned about nutrition and all the misinformation out there.  I decided to continue after the 28 days because I felt amazing, but I had no interest in ever becoming vegan because I heard that vegans are weird people.  My goal was just to keep it going for a little bit longer.  And I was pleasantly surprised when I began meeting some amazing people in the vegan world.  It has been 7+ years.  I would have never made the switch or stayed with it had it not been for a couple of my favorite humans ever, Bill and Ami Mackey.   Do you think veganism has helped your performance as a boxer?  If so, how? It has.  It has made me conscious of my body.  I’ve learned the difference between nutritional want vs. nutritional need.  It has allowed me to control my weight and make weight with ease.  My recovery was the biggest factor that kept me living this lifestyle.    Do you take any supplements to ensure your vegan diet does not lack any necessary nutrients (i.e. omega-3, B-12, etc.)? When I do take supplements, which is rarely, I’ll only use Garden of Life products.  I do take omega-3s, B12, and vitamin D on a regular basis.  You can receive all the nutrients from a whole-food, plant-based diet.   Tell us about your journey traveling the US as a public speaker.  What led you to make this career move?  Why is this important to you? My coach would have me take over the gym classes around the boxing gym once a semester.  I would teach students a couple of boxing techniques and invite them down to our free boxing gym.  My coach is very passionate about keeping the youth busy since idle hands are tools of the devil.  Instead of carrying gloves in and out of the school, I realized I could save time by speaking for 45 minutes straight.  I quickly realized that students aren’t interested in anything you have to say if you can’t keep them engaged.  As an experienced, standup comic. I began writing clean jokes on topics that the school administration would appreciate, but in a format that is palatable for students.  I realized that I had a gift of relating to teens because I’m a large child with adult-like resources.  After boxing, I decided to pursue this full-time.  I decided to purchase a van to travel the country speaking in schools, emceeing Vegan Festivals, and performing standup.    Has it been hard to maintain your vegan lifestyle while traveling around the US?  Any tips for someone wanting to do the same?  It isn’t as hard as it is time consuming, at first.  I had to learn how to plan ahead for meals and make my own meals.  Healthy food isn’t expensive, fast food is just cheap.  Happy Cow is an amazing app!  Essentially, it’s like Tinder for vegan food.  My tip for athletes is to objectively separate themselves from tradition.  Tradition is why many boxers have a backwards view of nutrition.  You will hear phrases from old boxing coaches like, “Don’t drink too much water” and “Women make you weak”.  Those old boxing coaches heard it from their old boxing coaches.  Tradition stunts growth.  Sports Science has disproven many, old wives tales.  I urge athletes to look into the data of a plant-based lifestyle as it pertains to performance.  And don’t forget – vegan doesn’t mean healthy, plant-based does.   What’s coming for you next?  Any goal or challenge you’d like to pursue next?  My next goal is releasing a “Dream Keepers” course.  It’s a course that teaches athletes, aspiring actors, struggling musicians, broke comics, and public figures on how to build a speaking business to keep themselves afloat financially while chasing their dreams.  If you haven’t put everything into a dream, you wouldn’t understand the things a person would do to keep that dream alive.  I want to offer people a way to make great money on their own schedule, so it doesn’t interfere with their dreams.  As a boxer on the USA National Boxing Team, I made $1000 a month.  That’s below the poverty level for a single adult.  After rent, car payment, car insurance, and a cell phone bill, good luck finding food.  I know how easy it is to rationalize the participation in destructive behaviors to keep a dream alive.  I want to give dream chasers, like myself, a way to generate an income to live comfortably while pursuing their dreams.    Any final thoughts/words that you would like to add? I would just like to say that I had such a negative perception of the word “vegan”.  I didn’t know any vegans, but I judged them based off what I had heard.  When I took a step back to analyze what was really going on, I realized that I’ve heard more people talk about how often vegans talk about being vegan than I’ve heard vegans actually talk about being vegan.  I would also like to urge other to look into sustainability.  My buddy Brendan Fitzgerald and his lady, Carly Bergman, are the “Sustainable Duo”.  They offer simple, but effective, life-hacks to live a more environmentally, conscious life.  They can be found on Instagram @sustainableduo.      As Cam travels the US, the message he speaks is universal.  For him, boxing is the greatest metaphor for life because everyone is fighting their own personal battles.  He knows these battles all too well.  He has had his fair share of failures but throwing in the towel has never been an option for him.  Instead, he has changed his perspective and is using his failures as stepping stones towards success.  The resilience Cam has shown throughout his career is credited to his consistency, perseverance, and hard work. If you would like to follow him as he travels the US on his Speaking Tour, you can hit him up on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube,  Facebook, Twitter, and on his website Awesome Talks.    Thanks for the interview, Cam.  We think you are pretty awesome.
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Veganism in the Mainstream Without a doubt, veganism is taking 2019 by storm.  Mainstream media outlets, like Forbes and the Economist, predicted this year to be the “Year of the Vegan”.  Rightfully so, now that we are a few months into 2019, these guys might as well go ahead and pat themselves on the back. Politicians, celebrities, athletes, musicians, and a quarter of the millennials today are part of why veganism is rearing its plant-based head out of the ground and into the spotlight.  Their efforts are not alone. Veganuary, a charity inspiring people to go vegan during the month of January, has celebrated its largest number of signups to date, seeing an increase of 64% since last year.  It kicked off the month of February by challenging the Pope to go vegan for Lent through their campaign Million Dollar Vegan.  Sadly, March 6th rolled around and the vegan community was left shaking its heads after hearing the news of his response.  It appears that meat was not on his sacrificial list this year.  That’s ok, Veganuary, there’s always hope for next year. No Industry Untouched As the vegan movement continues to gain traction, many large companies in the food industry race to stay on its course.  McDonald’s has started selling McVegan burgers internationally, and as one commenter expressed on Twitter, “It’s delicious, but I feel like I am cheating on my childhood”.  I hear you, buddy.  These are my sentiments exactly.  If the Hamburglar hasn’t changed his ways, McDonald’s may want to introduce a new character to the mix.  Can you picture him, “The Meat Deceiver”, wearing a mask, snatching up hamburgers and replacing them with plant-based burgers?  (No?  Me neither.) Even celebrity chefs Jaime Oliver and Gordon Ramsey are battling to see who will launch the most vegan recipes, but with their continued feud of who does what first, this is more like old news for the public.  Today there is literally no industry untouched by veganism.  It is even dancing its way into the ears of music lovers.   Beyoncé offered free concerts for life to fans who would go vegan for a year.   I heard her newest song has the lyrics, “all the vegan ladies, all the vegan ladies!”   Ok, so that lyric part was made up.  However, Rapper Will.I.Am  did release a vegan rap with the Black Eyed Peas.  Snoop Dog recently threw a party offering Beyond Meat burgers - thanks to Carl’s Jr.  It appears that if you want to hang with the cool kids, you might want to consider bringing a plant-based dish to your next dinner party.  The list of vegan celebrities is a vast one, but the one that potentially has the greatest impact for the US could be Senator Cory Booker.  Senator Brooker has launched his bid for the White House.  If he were to win, he would make history as the first vegan president, which could be the beginning of a whole new era for factory farming. More than a Social Movement Veganism can be traced back to 2,000 years ago.  So, why is it going mainstream now?  The answer could be found in the age demographics.  Research shows the largest group of vegans is between the ages of 25-34, the millennial generation.  Millennials are well-known for their dedication to social justice.  Growing up with access to the world at their fingertips, they have played a strong role in helping the US to be known as “a social movement society”.  If we scroll through Facebook, we know this to be true.  Social media has given a platform for activists to stand on while shouting their beliefs out into the cyber world, hoping to make a dent for their cause.  However, vegans of all ages will be the first to say veganism is not simply a social movement, but a lifestyle commitment for the greater good.  Veganism, as adopted by The Vegan Society in 1944, “is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life.”  Vegans want to see animal cruelty and slaughterhouses as something of the past.  Genesis Butler, a 12-year-old award-winning animal rights and environmental campaigner, wrote in her letter to the Pope, “Farming and slaughtering animals causes a lot of suffering and is also a leading cause of climate change, deforestation, and species loss.  When we feed animals crops that humans can eat, it is wasteful.  And with a growing world population, we cannot afford to be wasteful.”  Paul McCartney put it this way, “We have a responsibility to act now to minimize our impact on this planet – for our children and future generations who will inherit what we leave behind.” Ahiflower: The “Super Plant” Not only are the environmental and moral benefits intriguing, but also are the health benefits associated with veganism.  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has an extensive list of health benefits as well as deficiencies found in a vegan diet.  A poorly planned vegan diet can rob you of six vital nutrients: vitamin B-12, iron, calcium, vitamin D, protein and omega-3 fatty acids.  One vital nutrient that catches Stratum Nutrition’s attention is the body’s daily need for omega-3 fatty acids.  There are a few ways to ensure the body’s daily need for omega-3 fatty acids.  Healthline published an article providing a list of the top 12 foods that are high in omega-3.  Out of the 12 listed, only 4 are available for vegans (flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, soy beans).   As veganism continues to gain attention worldwide, supplement companies would profit significantly by tapping into the needs of the vegan community.  One supplement ingredient that provides a vegan friendly omega-3 option is Ahiflower.   Although it may be newer to the industry, Ahiflower is what Stratum Nutrition, the leading vegan omega ingredient supplier, refers to as their “Super Plant”.  This “Super Plant” provides a complete and balanced omega supplement and an unparalleled combination of omega 3-6-9 fatty acids (a Super Omega, if you will), essential for health, vitality, and wellness.  Unlike fish and flax, Ahiflower contains GLA, an omega 6 associated with skin health, hormonal balance and a healthy inflammatory response.  Ahiflower oil is the best omega value from a single, sustainable and traceable plant - a pure vegan omega powerhouse with the combined nutritional punch of evening primrose, flaxseed, and olive oils!   Now we all know that algal oil and seaweed oil are on the rise, but let’s be real, they taste terrible.  And since we are all adults here, we understand the glory and privilege of choosing what we put into our mouths.  Why not choose Ahiflower, which has no fishy taste, smell or after effects?  Let us pause here and take a moment of gratitude for no more fishy burps.     As the vegan community continues to gain the world’s attention, it would not be too far off to say Ahiflower will soon gain the attention of the vegan community.  Andrew Rice, Director of Product and Brand Strategy at Stratum Nutrition, may have been overheard claiming that the “Year of the Ahiflower” is in the future.  If so, it would be a title worth celebrating.  For more information about our vegan omega ingredient, please contact us. 
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