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Greens Supplements: Are they right for you?

Green drink powder mixes essentially provide a little extra insurance, working to fill in any nutritional gaps. Fruits and vegetables in their whole form do have certain advantages – they contain more fiber and help keep you full for longer, but we often do not eat enough daily servings, which is where a greens powder comes in. A good greens supplement powder is like your own personal safety net! Let’s explore who should use a greens drink mix, how to work it into your daily routine, and more. 

What is a green supplement?

Green and citrus fruitsGreen vegetables are essential for a strong immune system, proper gut health, healthy detoxification, and better cognition. Most importantly, greens help keep your body’s pH in balance, thanks to their alkalinizing properties. But healthy green nutrition goes beyond what you’ll find at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Think chlorella and kelp from the sea. Or barley and wheat grasses from the fields. 

In a perfect world, we would all be getting plenty of fruits and vegetables in our day-to-day diets. But that is easier said than done. While the majority of our daily nutrients should come from whole plant food sources, a greens powder can help to fill in the gaps, can provide an added boost of vitamins and nutrients, and can be beneficial for just about everyone. They can also be very helpful if somebody is not a huge fan of eating their vegetables. They can increase our veggie intake and can be added to smoothies so that they are even better for us. There is also a convenience factor. A greens powder is an easy way to stay healthy while you travel, or are on the go, and don’t have access to fruits and veggies. 

Who should take green drinks?

However, if you just want to get out of eating your broccoli, you’re out of luck. You cannot out-supplement a poor diet. Greens should be used in addition to a diet that is still rich in whole plant foods, including fruits and veggies. Using a green powder does not mean you should neglect your intake of whole fruits and veggies. 

It’s no secret that getting kids to eat their veggies can often be a tough sell…they’re not usually fans of broccoli and brussels sprouts. Green drinks are a perfect vehicle for boosting their daily intake, especially for leafy greens and superfoods – something all kids could benefit from. Adding a spoonful of powdered greens drink mix into a delicious smoothie provides a concentrated source of nutrients to support growing bones and bodies, and can turn into a lasting habit for life. 

To get your kids on board the green drink train, ask them to help pick out the ingredients from the grocery store, involving them in the process. Also allow them to help with the smoothie, washing the fruits and veggies.

Whether you’re among those who are frightened by the sight of broccoli, or you simply have trouble meeting your daily quota due to a hectic schedule, upping your intake of a variety of greens should be an essential part of your health game plan, and a greens powder can help you do this.

Do greens supplements work?

Most of our diets fall short when it comes to getting in our greens, fruits, and veggies. This is where a quality green powdered drink mix comes into play. A greens powdered drink mix can be a great way to supplement a healthy diet with a boost of extra greens, vitamins, and antioxidants. They are a great way for busy folks who want to include more superfoods into their diet but have a tough time making it to the salad bar. 

Green supplements spoon powderGreen drink mixes are a great addition to a healthy lifestyle because they not only help you meet your daily veggie intake, they support almost every system in the body and can even boost energy levels. Chlorella, kelp, wheatgrass, barley grass, and other powdered greens are packed with an array of concentrated vitamins and minerals essential for optimal health.

Greens supplements can also help to foster good health by balancing your body’s pH. In your body, your blood needs to be kept in a slightly alkaline range between 7.35 and 7.45. Normally your blood pH is tightly regulated and shifts only when a person is very sick. However, intercellular acidity, which is measured by urinary or saliva pH testing, can change significantly due to lifestyle, including things like diet, exercise, and sleep. Fortunately, the body has a unique “buffering” system that protects your blood’s pH to keep it in a safe range – but it does so at a cost.

When blood and other bodily fluids become too acidic, the pancreas and kidneys secrete neutralizing bicarbonate. Key alkalizing minerals can also be pulled from bones to aid in this buffering process. But as a result, this extra buffering can deplete the body of alkaline minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

What can you do to rebalance your pH? Add vegetables, but especially leafy greens top the list. These foods provide potassium and other minerals in a low-calorie package that has the net effect of helping to alkalinize the body. Some fruits (but not fruit juice), and healthy fats, like olive or avocado oil, are also alkalizing. Many beans and legumes along with whole grains can be either neutral to moderately acidic. The bottom line is that green foods can help you to maintain your cellular health. The goal is to eat about 75 to 80 percent alkalizing foods and about 20 to 25 percent acidifying foods.  Including a high-quality powdered greens drink as part of your routine can help you reach this goal.

How do you take them?

Greens supplements, especially the powdered drink mixes, are pretty simple to take, all you need to do is to mix the powder into your beverage of choice (cold beverage – since heat lessens some of the nutritional properties), and you’re good to go! They are safe to take at any time of day as well, though some people swear by drinking their greens in the afternoon to prevent the dreaded “afternoon slump.”

And if you ever get sick of green drinks and smoothies, we have a few fun recipes using green supplements for things like a green “superfood” guacamole, tasty energy bites and even a yummy chocolate/banana smoothie (with added greens powder) to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Bottom line, if you consistently eat at least 10 servings of fruits and veggies per day, then supplementing with a greens product will likely be unnecessary. But if you’re falling short in your daily intake, a greens powder is a great, convenient, way to help to fill in those nutritional gaps. 

This article is for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

Super Greens Powders: Your Top Questions Answered

That said, while green powders can supplement your overall nutrient intake and help fill the nutrition gap in what’s missing from your food, you shouldn’t use them as a total replacement. The best approach is to combine a daily dose of greens powder with a diet that is also rich in plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. Why do you need a super greens powder in your life? Let’s take a look.

What is a super greens powder?

Green foods white backgroundYou want to add more greens into your diet, but don’t want to grab a bag of spinach, and can’t stand the taste of kale…so what should you do? The good news, a powdered green drink mix may be just what you need. Nutritionists and health agencies everywhere have long proclaimed the benefits of eating your vegetables daily – especially green ones. Yet, it’s a goal that very few of us meet. Despite recommendations to eat two to three cups of vegetables daily, only 1 in 10 adults actually consume that amount, which is unfortunate, because, calorie for calorie, vegetables provide optimal sources of nutrients among any food.

But don’t worry, super greens powders are here to help! What are they, you ask? Superfood greens powders are powdered blends of grasses, fruits, or veggies that provide a nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich punch to support optimal health, including immunity, blood pressure health, and more. While the majority of your daily nutrients should come from whole, plant food sources, a green powder can fill in the gaps to help you stay healthy and on track. 

When is the best time to have a green drink?

Powdered green drink mixes can be enjoyed at any time of day, and added to any cold liquid. Lots of folks like to take them in their morning smoothie. Some find it helpful to drink them during the afternoon, to get a boost of energy to help ward off the dreaded “afternoon slump.” 

Aside from being a super-concentrated source of nutrients, the convenience factor is also a plus. A greens powder mix is an easy way to stay healthy while you’re traveling, on the go, or can’t easily access fresh greens and veggies. Pro tip: look for a powdered greens drink mix that comes in single-serve packets, so they stay fresh when you take them with you on the go. Why not make your life a bit easier!

What are the benefits of powered green drinks?

Green smoothie plus fruitGreens are the health hotshots of the food world. They are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and phytonutrients. Green vegetables are essential for a strong immune system, proper gut health, healthy detoxification, and more. Most importantly, greens help keep your body’s pH in balance, thanks to their alkalinizing properties. But greens go beyond what you’ll find at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Think chlorella and kelp from the sea. Or barley and wheat grasses from the fields.

Whether you’re among those who are frightened by the sight of broccoli, or you simply have trouble meeting your daily quota due to a hectic schedule, upping your intake of a variety of greens should be an essential part of your health game plan. They can support an already healthy diet with a boost of extra vitamins and antioxidants. 

But which green powder mixes are right for you?

Here are some green ingredients you should look for when choosing a high-quality powdered greens drink mix.

Wheatgrass: This juice bar staple is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as iron, magnesium, calcium, and amino acids. Among its 17 amino acids, 8 are considered essential, meaning your body can’t produce them—they must come from your diet. Wheatgrass is a powerful source of glutathione, known as the “master” antioxidant. It’s little wonder that preliminary research has found that it reduces oxidative damage to cells. Other studies suggest that wheatgrass may support healthy cholesterol levels, aid in balancing blood sugar, counter an inappropriate inflammatory response, and induce the destruction of damaged or abnormal cells.1

Barley Grass: Along with vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and B vitamins, barley grass is a rich source of potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium. Barley grass also provides chlorophyll, amino acids, protein, fiber, and enzymes. Most importantly, barley grass is a source of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a critical enzyme that helps neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals.

Chlorella: These freshwater algae have survived on the earth for over two billion years. The secret to chlorella’s longevity is its fibrous outer wall. Although this defensive wall protects this single-cell alga, it also prevents the body’s ability to take advantage of chlorella’s detoxification benefits. Fortunately, scientists have found that breaking this wall releases chlorella’s natural ability to bind toxins and heavy metals through a process known as chelation. Chlorella also boasts a wealth of vitamins including vitamins B1, B2, B12, folic acid, C, and K. Plus, chlorella is a potent source of minerals, essential fatty acids, protein, and fiber.2

Spirulina: High in antioxidants, spirulina has been shown to inhibit the production of inflammatory signaling molecules. Spirulina is also rich in high-quality protein, B vitamins, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. Not only does this make spirulina an alkaline food, but its rich nutrient profile also gives this alga numerous health benefits as well. Research shows that spirulina supports healthy lipid levels, helps maintain blood sugar balance, benefits those with seasonal allergies, and improves muscle strength.3

Kelp: This common seaweed is rich in B vitamins, which play a critical role in cellular metabolism. Because it absorbs nutrients from its surrounding environment, kelp contains more than 15 amino acids and is also a great source of calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, boron, and manganese. As a result, this mineral-rich seaweed helps maintain bone density and muscle health.4

Where are the best places to buy super greens powders?

If you are seeking out a good super greens powder green drink mix, you might want to start at your local health food store.  They may even have samples you can try. You can purchase a powdered greens drink mix online also.  Just be sure to read the ingredient label.  Watch out for mixes that have added sugar or artificial flavors or colors. You don’t want to trade health benefits for extra calories or fruity flavored drinks.  

Adding a nutrient-dense powdered green drink mix to water, juice, or your favorite smoothie, will help you meet your daily veggie intake, give you a boost of antioxidants, and support virtually every system in your body.   Cheers!




How do we know Aged Garlic Extract is safe to take? Trust the Science.

Is Aged Garlic Extract Safe?

Is Aged Garlic Extract Safe? The first thing to know is that the FDA does monitor the manufacture of dietary supplements. They have established a set of rules and standards that a manufacturer must follow in order to qualify for GMP certification (Good Manufacturing Process).  These extensive quality control standards include everything from raw materials to ingredient potency and accuracy to production to packaging and distribution. Annual audits are performed to ensure the standards are followed. The FDA has the power to recall products at any time.  So, the first thing you want to know is the company that makes the supplements that you are using is cGMP compliant. Wakunaga of America was one of the first companies to receive certification as a GMP facility back in the 1980s. 

In addition, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have enforcement programs to protect consumers from false and misleading claims about the safety and benefits of products marketed as dietary supplements. Both agencies have authority over the marketing of these products. Check the labels and the promotional materials of the products you are using.  Are they making outlandish claims to cure cancer or other miraculous results? Then they are violating the laws. Report them to the FTC.  

The best way to answer the question “Is Aged Garlic Extract safe?” is with scientific studies. But even here it is a good idea to look closely at what the product or brand is claiming. There have been extensive studies done on most of the primary nutrients used in dietary supplements, like Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and the fish oil used in omega-3 supplements.  If your supplement states that they are clinically studied, or tested, or documented, it may be referring to general studies done on one or more of the ingredients that are contained in the product.  If you want to go to the next level of verification, check to see if the supplement has studies on its exact formulation.  Are the studies of the highest standard —  double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, and peer-reviewed?  Even when studies are funded by the company that produces the product, if they have been published in peer-reviewed journals, the results are not prejudiced to the product, they are honest assessments of whatever the study set out to discover about how a nutrient performs or a combination of nutrients. 

Read more about our rigorous quality control standards.

The Science Behind Aged Garlic Extract

Speaking of science, there are over 870 peer-reviewed published scientific articles on Aged Garlic Extract to back up the safety and efficacy of this unique nutrient. Here are examples of clinical studies that show Kyolic AGE’s efficacy in supporting heart health, gut health, and even gingivitis. 

Learn more about the science behind our Aged Garlic Extract.

  • In this study,1 Dr. Karin Reid of the National Institute of Integrative medicine in Melbourne, Australia has discovered that a daily dose of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract not only reduces blood pressure, it also improves the bacterial balance in the gut.
  • This study,2 which was published in the International Journal of Cardiovascular Research, shows that a daily dose of Kyolic Formula 108 Total Heart Health reduced coronary artery calcification (CAC) by an impressive 65%. A related study also found that Kyolic Formula 108 didn’t just prevent calcium buildup, it also influenced two typed of fat involved in heart disease: brown fat and white fat.
  • This double-blind, placebo-controlled study,3 which was conducted at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, looked at the impact CoQ10 had on a group of firefighters at moderate risk of heart disease. At the end of the study, the UCLA researchers found that the firefighters taking the AGE/CoQ10 supplement has significantly fewer coronary artery calcium deposits in their arteries and lower C reactive protein levels than those taking the placebo. These actions translated to a lower risk of future cardiovascular issues.
  • Yet another study,4 which was published in the Journal of Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, reported that supplementing with Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract effectively reduced blood pressure in people with hypertension, while also improving arterial stiffness and gut microbiota.
  • Finally, according to this Israeli study5 conducted at the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, taking a daily dose of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract can effectively reduce gum inflammation and bleeding in those with the disease.

FAQ’s about AGE safety

FAQs about Aged Garlic ExtractAre there any side effects? 

Our Aged Garlic Extract is safe to take and is generally well tolerated unless you are allergic or sensitive to garlic or any compounds in garlic. 

How long until I see improvement?

As with any dietary supplement, results vary from individual to individual. We generally recommend taking the product for one to three months before evaluating.

Can you take this while pregnant?

The safety of our AGE has been confirmed in preclinical studies in each trimester of pregnancy. Although AGE has been successfully recommended for 60 years as an over-the-counter (OTC) for pregnant women in Japan, we always recommend that you consult with your healthcare provider before use.

Looking for more information about Aged Garlic Extract? We answer all of your pressing questions in our Ultimate Guide to Aged Garlic Extract


Afternoon Slump: How to Kick it Without Coffee

What is the “afternoon slump?”

Afternoon slump

There is no denying the afternoon slump…even the most motivated people can find themselves feeling tired by midday. The “afternoon slump” describes the sleepy and sluggish feeling that comes on in the afternoon, usually around 2 or 3 pm…and it can seriously impact your ability to get things done. There are a few different reasons people experience an afternoon slump, like dehydration, high levels of stress, poor eating habits (i.e. eating too many carbs that day), or it can also be an underlying metabolic disorder like pre-diabetes or insulin resistance.  You probably know when you’re experiencing an afternoon slump, because you may feel fatigued and lethargic, yawn frequently, be a bit moody, crave carbs, and even have slight changes in vision.

How do you avoid an afternoon slump?

While there can be several potential causes for an afternoon slump, here are some actions you can take that can help prevent you from becoming tired and groggy in the afternoon. Our first tip is to spend a few minutes outside. Exposure to bright light, like sunlight, can increase feelings of wakefulness. Step outside and take a few deep breathes. Another tip is to take a quick nap after lunch if you are able – it can just be for 15-20 minutes. This short rest period can help to reduce sleepiness and make you more alert and responsive.

This next tip is a bit odd…chew gum! Yes, we’re serious. The simple act of chewing gum can increase alertness, improve work performance, and broaden your attention.¹  

Another thing you can try is to get in some exercise (preferably outside). Exercise is one of the simplest things you can do to feel more alert. If you have the time, take a brief walk or head to the gym for a light workout. If your schedule does not allow for this quick gym time, try standing up and stretching your arms toward the ceiling, bend, and move for a few minutes, which can help to release the tension of sitting at a desk and staring at a screen all day.

One last tip to help you feel less groggy in the afternoon is to not eat a carb-laden lunch. Opt for a meal with protein, fruits, veggies, whole grains, and fiber, with minimal saturated fat.  

Think green with no caffeine

Certain foods and drinks can also help ward off an afternoon slump. But instead of reaching for another cup of coffee or energy drink (or a candy bar – don’t chase that sugar high, it never lasts), we recommend trying a powdered green drink mix instead, which can provide a natural boost of energy by charging your metabolism. Stay away from those with added sugar and artificial flavors. Green drinks don’t need to taste like chocolate. Find one with a natural light taste, similar to green tea. Look for ones containing barley grass, wheatgrass, and other natural green nutrients. 

pouring greens into glassBarley grass contains vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and B vitamins, and is also a rich source of potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Barley grass is a natural detoxifier that protects the liver. It also supports healthy blood pressure, enhances immunity, improves digestion, has blood glucose supporting effects, and can even help to lessen fatigue. 

Juice-bar favorite wheatgrass, on the other hand, is a great source of vitamins A, C, and E as well as iron, magnesium, and amino acids. Wheatgrass is a powerful source of glutathione, known as the “master” antioxidant. Other studies suggest that wheatgrass may also support healthy cholesterol levels, and aid in balancing blood sugar.

Freshwater algae a.k.a. chlorella, has survived on earth for over two billion years. The secret to chlorella’s longevity is its fibrous outer wall. Although this defensive wall protects these single-cell algae, it also prevents the body’s ability to take advantage of chlorella’s detoxification benefits. Fortunately, scientists have found that breaking this wall releases chlorella’s natural ability to bind toxins and heavy metals through a process called chelation. Chlorella also boasts a wealth of vitamins including vitamins B1, B12, folic acid, C, and K. Plus, chlorella is a great source of minerals, essential fatty acids, protein, and fiber. Interestingly, a 2014 study showed that people who ingested chlorella each day for four weeks saw an increase in their peak oxygen intake, showing that chlorella might help increase aerobic endurance capacity.²

Why do I lack energy in the afternoon?

3 pm clock imageThe Circadian Rhythm plays a part in your afternoon slump. Also known as our ‘biological clock,’ our Circadian Rhythm is basically the compilation of body processes that control when we wake up and when we go to bed (or at least feel energized and sleepy). Lightness and darkness signal to a part of the brain that it is either time to wake up or go to sleep, triggering our production of certain hormones and other bodily changes that either rev us up or quiet us down. Our body produces the stress hormone cortisol when it’s time to wake up, and melatonin when it’s time to go to sleep. Our body temperature also warms up to wake us up and cools to make us feel sleepy. Our exact individual rhythms can vary, but most of us feel a strong shift and urge to wake up after sunrise and go to bed after sunset. It’s pretty common to think that our Circadian Rhythm only kicks in to make us tired after the sun goes down, but we actually also experience a natural dip in the afternoon. This mid-afternoon slump that leaves you sitting at your desk sleepy and a little lethargic is completely normal. Besides this, getting too little sleep on a regular basis can also contribute to an afternoon slump.

Dehydration can also play a role. Fluids are vital for our energy levels. Even mild dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish, and maybe a little moody. This can be an issue particularly for people who work desk jobs since we often lean on coffee and tea to get us through the day…pushing water to the side. Running errands, picking up and dropping off the kids; it is easy to forget to keep drinking water all day. Try to get in the habit of drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day (a 120lb person can have up to 60 oz of water a day). 

What causes an afternoon crash?

Besides the role your Circadian Rhythm plays in your afternoon crash, diet is also an important element, and can really affect your energy levels throughout the day. Something else that can cause an afternoon slump is a dip in blood sugar levels, which is tied to what you eat during the day. Foods that are made up mostly of sugar and carbs will fill you up, but leave you feeling shaky and tired later. After we eat too many “empty carbs” – foods that are high in sugar but low in protein – our blood sugar levels spike; when they plummet a few hours later, we experience a crash in our energy levels.  So if you’re eating a bowl of fries or pasta and feeling tired around 3 pm, your meal could be the culprit. 

It’s important to remember that the afternoon slump is a completely natural thing. Just try not to let it catch up with you too often. By keeping some of the steps listed above in mind, you can help to make your afternoon slump less severe, and prevent those sleepy, sluggish feelings from slowing down your day.


Garlic Supplements: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Aged Garlic Extract

The Ultimate Guide to Aged Garlic Extract

What are garlic supplements?  

What is the difference between garlic and aged garlic extract?

Who should take Aged Garlic Extract? 

What are the main benefits?

Aged Garlic Extract Vs Fish Oils 

How to get started with aged garlic extract

Is Aged Garlic Extract Safe?


Garlic supplements have seen a rise in popularity in recent years but throughout the ages, garlic has been credited with numerous health benefits. Hippocrates, widely known as the “father of medicine,” prescribed garlic to treat wounds, fight infection, and ease digestive disorders. Garlic’s reputation as a medicinal wonder continued into the Middle Ages. It was used in attempts to prevent the plague, cure leprosy, and treat a long list of other ailments. 

Garlic Supplements vs Raw Garlic

Traditionally, garlic bulbs were prepared in a variety of ways for medicinal purposes. The juice of the bulb was extracted and taken internally, while the bulb was ground into a paste for external treatment. Today, garlic is still a popular natural remedy for many ailments and general good health.

Sautéing a couple of cloves of garlic with your veggies…great. Adding some garlic to your scrambled eggs to give them a boost…perfect! Garlic is great for adding some flavor to certain foods, but if you are looking to gain some substantive health benefits from that garlic, a couple of cloves will not cut it. Studies have shown that raw garlic is necessary in high doses, about 5-28 cloves per person, per day, to feel the health benefits (1). Whereas garlic supplement dosage is much lower and offers many other benefits.

What are Garlic Supplements?

Garlic can be made into powders, oils, tinctures, tablets, and capsules. All of these have enjoyed much popularity over the years thanks to garlic’s reputation for antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Did you know garlic was even used to treat wounds, many years ago? But modern science and research have revealed the added benefits of garlic that can be found in creating Aged Garlic Extract. Speaking of science, there are over 870 peer-reviewed published scientific articles on Aged Garlic Extract to back up the safety and efficacy of this unique nutrient.

Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) is a form of garlic created using a proprietary aging process. Kyolic® AGE™ is made from garlic grown on certified organic farms in California’s Central Valley, where it is cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. The garlic is harvested at its peak, then sliced and naturally aged for up to 20 months, unheated. Over 250 quality tests are conducted during the aging and manufacturing process to ensure the product meets nutrient compound standards for purity and potency, as well as overall product quality. One of the great side benefits of the aging process is that it removes the garlic odor and taste. 

What is the difference between garlic and Aged Garlic Extract?

For some of us, the odor of raw garlic is not acceptable, not to mention the digestive discomfort – especially if you need to take more than five cloves of raw garlic to derive some benefit!

We are often asked: will I get the same benefits if I use garlic in all my meals as I will if taking aged garlic extract?

Simply answered, no. Garlic used in cooking will not give you the same benefits as an Aged Garlic Extract supplement.

The proprietary process of creating AGE increases garlic’s antioxidant potential and converts harsh and unstable organosulfur compounds into the odorless, non-irritating, and bioavailable compounds that are responsible for AGE’s numerous health benefits.  Learn more about the chemistry of garlic.

Throughout the ages, the compound credited for garlic’s benefits was allicin, which is produced when fresh garlic is chopped or crushed. Although allicin appears to provide antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant benefits in test-tube experiments, human trials haven’t shown the same results. This is likely because, when allicin reacts with blood, it oxidizes and quickly metabolizes before it can do any good. Allicin is a transient constituent of garlic preparations and does not pass through the intestines or enter the bloodstream. It appears to have no beneficial effect internally. 

Scientist reviewing files

The process used to create Kyolic AGE results in very stable and consistent nutrient compounds in every product – from batch to batch. This makes clinical studies that include AGE very reliable.

There are over 870 published peer-reviewed scientific articles regarding Kyolic AGE and a number of these include meta-analysis that look at multiple studies to find a correlation between garlic and cardiovascular health. As one published study summarized, “The most consistent benefits were shown in studies that used aged garlic extract (AGE)”.²

However, as a growing number of studies show, there’s significantly more to AGE’s health benefits than just cardiovascular improvements.  So is AGE right for you?

Who should take Aged Garlic Extract supplements?

Although many of the clinical studies have focused on the cardiovascular benefits of AGE, there are also a number of research papers that demonstrate its immune, gut microbiota, and inflammation benefits.  So anyone that is seeking a supplement to support whole-body wellness may benefit from taking AGE.  Understanding your body, your family history, and your long-term health goals will help direct you to the most appropriate supplements.  Kyolic AGE comes in a variety of formulas that help target specific health conditions. So, whether you are seeking ways to lower your cholesterol, improve your blood pressure or reduce the effects of stress or inflammation, there may be a Kyolic formula that is right for you.

What are the main benefits?

  • Immune System Support

Garlic Supplements support immune systemA study conducted by the University of Florida found that high-potency AGE can reduce the duration of the common cold or bout with the flu by as much as 61 percent.³  During this clinical trial, researchers gave 120 healthy adults a daily dose of either 2,500 mg of Kyolic AGE or a placebo. After 90 days, blood samples from each volunteer were analyzed. Compared to the placebo group, those taking the AGE supplement had a significant increase in the number of immune cells. What’s more, the supplement appeared to enhance the function of two specific types of immune cells: NK (natural killer) cells and gamma delta T cells.

One reason for this uptick in immune function, according to the authors of the study, is the glutathione-boosting ability of the sulfur-containing compounds naturally present in AGE. Other research suggests that glutathione enhances the immune response by optimizing macrophage function while protecting disease-fighting lymphocytes from oxidative damage and premature cell death.(4,5) Click here to learn about signs of a weakened immune system.

  • Cardiovascular Health
Doctor drawing heart rhythm

Your cardiovascular system is only as healthy as the arteries that carry your blood throughout your body. Healthy arteries are flexible with a smooth, undamaged endothelium—that single layer of cells that line the inner surface of your arteries—that allows oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to flow freely to all of your organs and tissues (click here to read more about how AGE can help support the health of your arteries). But over time, the effects of heredity, unhealthy habits, and age can cause the buildup of artery-damaging plaque and calcium deposits. When arteries become damaged—a condition called atherosclerosis—blood flow can eventually be hindered or even completely blocked. However, clinical trials show that Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) can reverse the buildup of plaque and coronary artery calcification, ultimately helping to minimize the progression of atherosclerosis. (6, 7)

Other benefits include:

Garlic Extract vs Fish Oil

Fish oil capsules in shape of fish

Traditional fish oil supplements come from several sources including salmon, sardines, and anchovies. The resulting oil from these sources contains two important omega-3s:  docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Research shows that these two types of omega-3s are potent anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce triglycerides, improves cholesterol, lowers oxidative stress, and discourages platelets from sticking together inside arteries. There is also evidence that the DHA in fish oil modestly lowers blood pressure. (8)

These important heart-health benefits can be credited to AGE as well, and more. A rich source of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and selenium, AGE is different from the pungent garlic cloves used for cooking. The natural aging process that can take up to 20 months, converts the harsh unstable organosulfur properties in garlic into stable bioavailable compounds with numerous health properties. In addition to being a powerful anti-inflammatory, studies have shown that AGE is high in antioxidants, including carboxylic acid and L-arginine, which play an important role in cardiovascular health.

Benefits of AGE Garlic Supplements vs Fish Oil

Studies show that these beneficial properties of AGE translate to real cardiovascular benefits above and beyond those provided by fish oil.  

What if you combine the two? That could be a win-win.  The latest formula of Kyolic AGE, Omeg-AGE, does just that, with a combination of sustainably sourced fish oils, aged garlic extract, and a blend of vitamin nutrients that make it a very unique formula. Learn more about this formula

How to get started if AGE is right for you

older women in blue shirt

If AGE sounds like a good fit, consider all the formulas to find the one with added herbs, vitamins, enzymes, or nutrients that meet your needs.  Or you may want to start with the one that contains only aged garlic extract such as Cardiovascular Formula 100 or our Reserve Cardiovascular and Immune Health formula.

How much should I take?  

Clinical studies usually apply dosages of 1200 to 2400 mg a day but for general use and preventative care, 600 mg a day is appropriate. For best results, follow the directions on the bottle. It’s ok to start with a smaller dosage until you know how your body may react. (for example, take it just one time a day instead of two times a day) Taking Aged Garlic Extract is a routine that will benefit you in the long term – you won’t see results in days, but more like two to three months. 

How much do garlic supplements cost? 

How much is your health worth? Priceless, right?  But the good news is that garlic supplements are very reasonably priced. A thirty-day supply of Kyolic AGE may cost from $15 to $35 dollars at SRP (suggested retail price).  Visit the store locator to find Kyolic aged garlic supplements at your local health food stores or online.  

Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract is one of the most carefully grown, quality controlled, and highly researched supplements in the world. Almost anyone can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of AGE.

Is Aged Garlic Extract Safe?

We often hear the ‘myth’ that dietary supplements are not regulated so how can they be safe to take. While yes, you should ask questions and be wary of claims that sound too good to be true, if you take a little time to check on the products you are buying you can be assured that they are safe for you and your family.  We always say, trust but verify.

We do a deep dive and answer is aged garlic extract safe in this post citing the science behind AGE and some frequently asked questions regarding its safety.


Hormones As You Age: Unlocking the Power of the Endocrine System

If you are of a certain age, you may spend a bit more time thinking about hormones, aging, and certain changes your body might be going through, or preparing to go through. When most of us think about hormones, we probably jump to estrogen and testosterone, but there is so much more to our endocrine system than the sex hormones that command our reproductive cycle. Every second of every day, you have dozens of hormones acting in your body to get certain physiologic functions accomplished. Hormones control much of what we feel, be it tired, hungry, hot, or cold. Simply put, they are like little traffic signals telling our body what to do and when, so it can run smoothly. 

Hormones As You Age: Signals to Watch

Hormones affect people in different ways throughout their lives, and hormone levels can spike dramatically at physical or emotional transitions. It is important to understand these hormones, especially at these transition points in our life, and how they can affect our bodies.

The endocrine system is an amazing thing. Without your endocrine glands – and the hormones they release – your cells wouldn’t know when to do important things. Your body’s endocrine system secretes and controls the hormones that regulate many body processes like your metabolism, use of nutrients, excretion, and reproduction. When you age, these systems become less efficient, leading to changes in our bodies like menopause, which are important to understand.

The Endocrine System

One of the easiest ways to answer the question “what are hormones,” is to take a look at some of the major hormonal systems in the body. Hormones are created by glands, which are part of the endocrine system. The main glands that produce hormones are:

  • Pituitary: Often thought of as the master control gland, the pituitary gland controls other glands and makes the hormones that trigger growth.
  • Thyroid: The thyroid produces hormones associated with calorie burning and heart rate.
  • Adrenal: Adrenal glands produce the hormones that control sex drive and cortisol, the stress hormone.
  • Hypothalamus: This gland is responsible for body temperature, hunger, moods, and the release of hormones from other glands. It also controls thirst, sleep, and sex drive.
  • Pancreas: The pancreas produces insulin that helps control blood sugar levels.

The body has many types of hormones:

  • Insulin 
  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone
  • Prolactin
  • Testosterone
  • Serotonin
  • Cortisol

Certain types of hormones have a larger role to play in the body’s overall health and well-being. For women, estrogen is the main sex hormone. It causes puberty, prepares the body and uterus for pregnancy, and regulates the menstrual cycle. During menopause, estrogen levels change, causing many of the uncomfortable symptoms women experience¹.

Menopause: Natural Solutions

older women in blue shirt (Hormones as you age)The most common consequence of age-related hormonal changes for women is menopause. Even though roughly half the world’s population is female, it often seems that we do not all know what truly goes on during major life changes like menopause, and do not know very much about how these changes can affect us.

At around age 50, women’s ovaries produce decreasing amounts of estrogen and progesterone. The pituitary gland tries to compensate by producing more follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH – regulates the function of the ovaries). While menopause is normal and happens to all women, symptoms might include the following: hot flashes, decreased libido, insomnia, depression, and osteoporosis.

Current health guidelines indicate that it may be beneficial to take a supplement medication containing estrogen/progesterone to alleviate these symptoms². For those that want something more natural, try looking for natural, plant-based supplements containing the nutrients below.

Look for supplements that contain:

  • Black cohosh root extract (for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms), 
  • Soybean isoflavones (which the body uses to maintain normal estrogen levels),
  • Wild yam extract (often used as a natural alternative to estrogen therapy, which increases energy and sexual drive),
  • Sage extract (aids in digestive problems like bloating, gas and reduces perspiration),
  • Chaste tree berry extract (used to treat menstrual cycle problems and pain),
  • Vervain extract (used to treat many conditions like depression, headaches, anxiety, and insomnia), 
  • Astragalus extract (used to fight the common cold, respiratory infections, and allergies) 
  • Motherwort extract (used to treat heart conditions including irregular heartbeat, fast heartbeat, and anxiety).

Being more in tune with our body’s hormonal changes as we age can help us to be more aware of our health, and can help us understand what to expect, what is normal, and when we should see a healthcare professional.



Heart Health Hacks

It’s been a challenging couple of years of social restrictions for the good of public health, that many of us may have become a bit more sedentary than in the past. We may have engaged in things like emotional eating, skipping workouts, spending less time outdoors, and all of that was most likely coupled with some additional stress. We commiserate with you; it was a tough year for all of us! A sedentary lifestyle though can have a negative effect on your heart health.

Luckily, improving your cardiovascular health doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal and simple lifestyle changes can get you back on track in no time. From being conscious about what you eat to blocking out time to catch those Zzzz’s, we are sharing some of our favorite heart health hacks below, to strengthen your heart and keep it as healthy as possible. Click here to learn more about the cardiovascular and immune benefits of AGE.

Don’t worry, these hacks will not be hard to keep up with. We chose these for a reason…they are very achievable. Living a heart-healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive, anyone can do it by making a few small tweaks in their everyday routine.

Before we get into the list, we want to preface this by saying that one of the best ways to keep up these heart health hacks and habits is to repeat them for 21 days and build them into your daily routine. Eventually, you will take part in these hacks so many times that they will become second nature, and you won’t have to think twice (Richardson, 2017).

5 habits you can practice every day to achieve a more heart-healthy lifestyle:

  1. Eat colorful foods: It is recommended by the American Heart Association to get at least eight servings of fruits and vegetables per day. It sounds like a lot but you can do it. Each time you feel the need to snack on something, try reaching for something fun and colorful, like an apple, cucumber, bell pepper with hummus, and you’ll be at eight servings in no time. Much healthier than reaching for a bag of chips or a handful of candy. Nowadays, lots of grocery stores even offer to-go style cups of fruits and veggies with hummus and small pieces of cheese, pretzels…etc., so take advantage! Remember: eating healthy can help you maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while also reducing your risk for obesity and diabetes.
  2. Portion patrol: Eating fruits and vegetables is all well and good, but not if you’re eating two or three times what your portion-size should be. In fact, the CDC noted that portion sizes in this country have increased over the past two decades. The CDC’s research showed that portion size influences how many calories a person consumes, and may hinder the ability of individuals to accurately assess how much they are eating. This puts people at risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and more. A quick way to get the right portion size is to eat off of a smaller plate. The average dinner plate today clocks in at twelve inches, so switching to a slightly smaller plate, like eight inches, will help you control your portions (it will also make your portions looks larger since your plate is a bit smaller, win-win!).
  3. Catch those Z’s: Sleep is so important for a healthy heart. People who don’t sleep enough are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. Also, sleep is when your body repairs itself, so you want to give it ample time. Your sleep also affects your energy levels for the next day, as well as your ability to control your weight. Insomnia is linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. Over time, poor sleep can also lead to unhealthy habits that can hurt your heart, including higher stress levels, less motivation to be physically active…the list goes on.  Make a bedtime, and stick to it. Aim for getting 6-8 hours of sleep per night. It helps to shut off your electronic devices half an hour before bedtime, and just let the body unwind.
  4. Get moving: Walking improves cardiac risk factors like cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, inflammation, and more. When it comes to walking for heart health, some is better than none, but more is even better. If you are new to being physically active, start with a 10-minute walk around the block each day. Try to increase the number of steps you take in a day. That could mean incorporating a daily 30-minute walk, or it could just mean parking farther away from the entrance of the store. Parking towards the perimeter of the parking lot will help get those steps in and increase your heart rate. If you are at work, once an hour, try to get up, get outside, and take a lap around the office. Walking for an average of 30 minutes or more each day can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke by 35%.
  5. Brush and floss: This might not sound like it is related to heart health, but you’d be surprised. There are some studies that show that dental health and cardiac health are intertwined. Gum disease, for instance, is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease. Poor dental health also increases the risk of a bacterial infection in the bloodstream, which can affect the heart valves, which, in turn, can lead to heart attack and stroke. So make sure to brush twice each day, and floss once.

Bonus Heart Health Hack

Try a natural supplement, one containing Aged Garlic Extract, to improve cardiovascular health. Aged Garlic Extract is one of the most heavily researched herbal medicines today and is among the most commonly used supplements in people with heart disease. To read more about AGE’s heart health benefits, check this out.

One 12-week clinical study of 88 patients with uncontrolled hypertension found that AGE reduced systolic blood pressure by 11.5 mmHg and diastolic pressure by 6.3 mmHg compared to a placebo. This same study discovered that AGE improved cholesterol levels and arterial stiffness while also reducing artery-damaging inflammation. A more recent review of 12 clinical trials reported similar results and noted that this AGE-induced reduction in blood pressure was associated with a 16-40 percent drop in the risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event. 

A heart-healthy dose is 1,200 mg daily. AGE can support healthy blood pressure levels, keep bad cholesterol in check, protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation, increase adiponectin (a hormone that helps protect against inflammation), thin your blood, and stave off plaque in your arteries. 

By prioritizing yourself with these heart health hacks, and practicing them each day, you are committing to living a healthier and longer life!


What are Probiotics, Exactly?

For a long time, the word “bacteria” was associated with germs and disease. But the reality is that the body is teeming with healthy bacteria that keep digestion, immunity and a score of other bodily functions in balance. Once people began to understand this, they looked for products and foods to help them maintain this balance. Enter probiotics. Probiotics refer to the specific live strains of “good” bacteria that help the body maintain wellness. They’re found naturally in foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and pickled vegetables, in supplement form and increasingly as additives in a number of functional food and beverage products.

How do probiotics work?

Once they arrive in an adequate host environment, these microbes can replicate. Generally, a moist environment is necessary for probiotics to stay alive. But in the case of supplements, if the bacteria are stabilized and dried properly, they remain alive and can start to grow and replicate again once they return to a moist environment (in this case, in your body).

When you supplement the body with probiotics, you’re essentially repopulating the gut with the healthy bacteria it needs to maintain a balanced microbiome (the collection of microbes that lives in and on the human body). The microbiome can be thrown off balance by a lack of sleep, antibiotics, stress, travel or a poor diet, so probiotics can play a positive role for many people.

Because the intestines are home to trillions of bacterial cells – not all of them friendly –introducing healthy bacteria into the diet through probiotic-rich foods or supplements can result in better digestive health. Probiotics also benefit immune health because the intestines house about 70 percent of the body’s innate immune function. Increasingly, scientists are also beginning to link microbial balance with body-wide benefits ranging from heart health to mental health.

What’s the difference between probiotics species?

In general, any probiotic supplement will help maintain or restore gut bacteria. But each probiotic genus – and the different species within that genus – performs a different role. Important to remember is that more may not be better when it comes to CFU count. Below are some general guidelines of CFUs to look for based on species, but be wary of claims that exorbitantly high numbers of CFUs are superior.

The microbiome affects almost every part of your body, your digestion, your immune system…even your allergies! One way you can support your microbiome is through a daily probiotic supplement. There are lot’s of top-notch probiotics out on the market, so how do you know which one is best for you? Here are some tips to help you get started.

Finding the right probiotic for your needs means looking a little deeper into the genus, species and strains, [link to blog that explains these- think we have one right?] and really assessing what specific benefits you are looking for. There are dozens of friendly bacterial species found in commercial probiotics, and they all help the body in different ways. It’s important to know what these different bacteria do, so that when you buy a probiotic you’re choosing one that has the specific species that will be most helpful to meet your health needs. Here are some of the most beneficial genus/species below, along with which conditions they may be able to improve.

Bifidobacterium bifidum: This specific species can help reduce allergy symptoms like itchy skin, sinus congestion, headaches, and even diarrhea.* It does this by discouraging the production of histamine, a chemical that is released in the body to trigger allergic reactions during times of stress or allergy.1

Bifidobacterium longum: This species may help improve the immune response and help to prevent gut disorders.* Research suggests it may also suppress allergies and improve skin health.2

Bifidobacterium infantis: This species may improve IBS symptoms and help to eliminate E. coli in the gut.* 3

Lactobacillus gasseri: This species produces vitamin K, lactase, and anti-microbial substances. It may also help people with lactose intolerance to digest dairy foods. L. gasseri also helps prevent indigestion, diarrhea, and yeast infections.*4

Lactobacillus rhamnosus: This species boosts cellular immunity. It also helps reduce IBS symptoms and may help to prevent recurrent bacterial vaginosis.*5

Another strong indicator of a great probiotic supplement is if its species and strains have been clinically researched and even more than that, if they have been clinically researched as the combined blend that is found in the supplement. Many probiotics out there do say “clinically studied” on their packaging, but oftentimes they are referring to clinical studies that have been carried out for each of the species, separately. The best-case scenario is if the probiotic’s combined species have been researched together which adds to the studies’ validity. For example, let’s say your probiotic contains these three species: Lactobacillus gasseri, Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Bifidobacterium longum. A clinical study reflecting the benefits of this blend of bacteria, not just each as a standalone bacterial species, is all the better, because then you have proof that they work well together, and you can see from the clinical study which gut health benefits you can look forward to enjoying.

When looking for a new probiotic to try, here is another helpful tip: more CFUs does not equal a better probiotic! When shopping for a probiotic, many people believe that more is better, when it comes to colony forming units (CFUs) so they grab whatever product boasts the highest number. There is no standard recommended daily dose for probiotics, but research suggests aiming for one to two billion live CFUs to maintain good health. If you are taking antibiotics, have digestive problems, or suffer from Candida or frequent urinary tract infections though, you may want to boost that amount.

Lastly, watch out for binders and fillers. Make sure you read the “other ingredients” listed on the probiotic label. Some commercial probiotic supplements contain binders and fillers, including lactose or cornstarch, and these can cause unwanted side effects like gas and bloating.

So, who should take probiotic supplements? In short, anyone who is interested in supporting and improving their digestive health should consider taking a daily probiotic. And not just adults, children can benefit from taking a probiotic too. A healthy gut is more important than you might think. The state of your gastrointestinal tract can impact much more than your digestive system — it can affect your immune health, brain health, and allergies too!* Considering what your GI tract does for you, it makes sense to give it some extra attention and support with a probiotic.

Generally regarded as safe, probiotic supplements cause no significant side effects apart from the intended improvement in your gut health. But not every probiotic is right for each person. It may take some trial and error to find the probiotic that works best for your body. If you notice no benefits from one probiotic after several weeks, try a different one with a different species of bacteria and see if that works better for you.

Something else to be aware of when starting a probiotic is that it may cause some initial gas and bloating, as well as changes in your stool patterns – which are indications that the probiotic is doing its job. If these unwanted side effects continue to persist for several weeks though, it may not be fully compatible with your body. You may want to try a different combination of probiotic bacteria.



Understanding the Microbiome

What it is, why it’s important and how to support it

Microbiome. The word alone sounds complicated. In fact, the microbiome is one of the body’s most complex systems—and one of its most important.

Essentially, the microbiome is the collection of microbes (bacteria, fungi and viruses) that lives in and on the human body. These microbes number in the trillions and impact nearly every bodily function. In fact, the human body has about 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells, most of which reside in the large intestine. This collection of microbes is known as the gut microbiome.

While promoting healthy digestion and nutrient absorption is the most obvious role of the gut microbiome, it isn’t the only role. The healthy bacteria within the gut microbiome also impacts the body’s inflammatory response, immunity (because up to 70 percent of the immune system resides in the gut), and even functions like mood, blood pressure and congnitive function. Scientists are still understanding how exactly the microbiome can do all of this, but one thing’s clear: a healthy microbiome is linked to overall health.

So how can you support a healthy microbiome? Here are five simple ways:

Repopulate with probiotic-rich foods.

One, or ideally two, servings of probiotics per day will serve up healthy bacteria and keep the microbiome running smoothly. Yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and pickled vegetables are all natural sources of probiotics. Tip: Purchase these products from the refrigerated section to be sure that the cultures remain intact.

Take a supplement.

Probiotic supplements are another great way to inject more beneficial bacteria into your diet. Just be sure that the packaging of the supplement indicates that the bacteria will be live at expiration, rather than simply live at manufacture. Some labels may indicate that the supplements are heat-stable or stomach acid resistant, which means they’re able to reach the large intestine intact. Keep these supplements in a cool, dark and dry location to promote the stability of the bacteria inside.

Support with prebiotics.

Think of prebiotics as food for bacteria. And bacteria love fiber. Boosting the diet with soluble fiber from sources such as chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp fiber, sprouted grains and organic fruits and vegetables will give these microbes lots to munch on. Also, some probiotics include prebiotics in them, which can provide the benefits of colonizing good bacteria, as well as providing food to thrive.

Reduce sugar.

As good bacteria need soluble fiber to survive, bad bacteria feast on sugar. Eliminate or minimize refined sugar in the diet to minimize unhealthy yeast in the digestive tract.


According to the American Gut Project, eating a wide variety of plant foods and soluble fiber is linked with a greater diversity of gut bacteria. Essentially, different bacteria prefer different foods, so the more diverse the diet, the more diverse the bacteria in the gut. And when it comes to bacteria, the more diverse the merrier. Ideally, aiming for 25 to 35 different species of plant foods can change the diversity of the microbiome within days. Bonus points for organic plants: Soil that clings to garden-fresh food is teeming with beneficial microbes.


This article is for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.