A pure, nutritious solution for those with active lifestyles. Sprouted gluten-free grains & omega-rich seeds offer athletes, health enthusiasts, on-the-go professionals and those facing digestion challenges or illness a clean, complete, convenient energy enhancer. Its vegan proteins, MCT fats & medicinal mushrooms increase stamina, improve muscle tone, help your body function more efficiently, recover faster from exercise & injury, balance blood glucose & insulin spikes, and increase energy. Delicious natural peppermint-spearmint flavour.
CONTAINS: Certified Organic, Raw Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Hemp, Chia, Sprouted Quinoa, Coconut Oil MCT, Reishi, Lions Mane & Cordyceps mushrooms, Matcha, Alfalfa, Barley, Kamut & Oat Green Juices.
BEST START! PROTEINS
Best Start!’s condensed form of raw, lower-calorie, lower-fat, easily-digested, non-animal protein features Brown Rice, Quinoa, Hemp Seed & Chia Seed. If you want to gain an athletic edge, have gastrointestinal issues or are recovering from illness, it may be difficult to get enough of protein’s “building block” amino acids. Protein builds muscles, bones & skin, helps your body to function more efficiently & recover faster, increases energy, maintains your immune system, and regulates hundreds of metabolic processes.
BROWN RICE PROTEIN: Certified Organic, raw, sprouted, 80% protein-content brown rice protein is a healthy whole grain rich in iron, magnesium, vitamins & fibre. Sprouting raw grains increases protein & nutrient content. Our natural bio-fermentation process to extract protein combines the endosperm & bran (where most nutrients are held) without heat or chemicals for balanced amino acids, easier digestion & much better nutrient absorption. Contains 9 essential amino acids & is shown in research to be as effective as whey protein isolate in muscle building & exercise recovery.
HEMP SEED: Hemp includes all 10 essential amino acids that make protein (including all 3 branched-chain amino acids), & therefore offer similar protein to meat, but in a more alkalizing form. This alkalinity improves exercise recovery because it reduces inflammation resulting from exercise. Hemp is a very good source of omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs, fibre, chlorophyll & many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants.
CHIA SEED: Chia is revered for its high omega-3, protein & fibre. Benefits: boosts energy, stabilizes blood sugar, aids digestion, lowers cholesterol, reduces inflammation. Gelatinous coating slows absorption of sugars, prevents blood sugar spikes & absorbs water so excellent for pre- and prolonged hydration during exercise. Chia aids bones & tissue repair, containing calcium, manganese, phosphorus. 1 ounce/28-gram serving = 18% RDI calcium per ounce/28 g, 11 g fibre, almost 5 g omega-3 (5X omega-3 of ¼ cup walnuts), 4.4 g protein (10% RDI).
SPROUTED QUINOA: Gluten-free, low glycemic Quinoa is not a true grain (from same family as Swiss chard, beets). Unlike other grains, it’s considered a complete protein (most don’t have lysine & isoleucine), and has healthy monounsaturated fat & omega-3 ALA. Quinoa was eaten in 3000 BC in South America to increase stamina of Inca warriors. One 3.5 ounce/100 g serving = 14 g protein. Sprouting increases its protein & other nutrients. An excellent source of soluble & non-soluble fibre, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, zinc, folic acid, vitamin E & antioxidants.
COCONUT MCT: Coconut oil offers a quick energy boost because it’s immediately converted to fuel for use. Its fat’s small particle size allows far easier digestion so directly sent to the liver, not stored like other saturated fats. Coconut oil, with 60-65% of fat being MCT, is a high source. MCT (medium chain triglycerides including caprylic acid, lauric acid, capric acid) are top-rated beneficial fats according to USDA. 1,500+ studies prove coconut oil’s benefits: building muscle, producing longer sustained energy, burning fat, increasing metabolism, improving brain function.
BEST START! MUSHROOMS
REISHI MUSHROOM: Modern research validates that Reishi increases energy, promotes memory & concentration, reduces muscle tension & pain, calms anxiety & helps decrease effects of stress, reduces insomnia & offers anti-aging benefits with antioxidants. Nutrients include protein, fibre, vitamin B & calcium & polysaccharides (the therapeutic part of mushroom).
LIONS MANE MUSHROOM: Lions Mane encourages brain cells (neurons) to function properly due to communication with NGF, neurotrophic growth factor proteins. Several scientific studies have shown Lions Mane’s connection to stimulating new brain cells & enhancing cognitive function. A Japanese study showed it improved “cognitive impairment” (ability to acquire new knowledge) & improved mental processing in dementia patients.
CORDYCEPS MUSHROOM: Cordyceps is a parasitic fungi, hand-collected, dried and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to treat fatigue, sickness, kidney disease. Cordyceps may boost exercise performance & strength by increasing the body’s production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is essential for delivering energy to muscles. Cordyceps might help control blood sugar imbalances because it contains a special compound that keeps blood glucose levels within a healthy range by mimicking the action of insulin.
BEST START! GREEN SUPERFOODS
MATCHA: Matcha contains the whole raw camellia sinensis tea leaf with all of its health-enhancing ingredients, and is not steeped with high heat, which increases caffeine & tannic acid. ALSO: Matcha tea’s unique L-theanine, an amino acid, has a relaxing effect that counteracts caffeine jitteriness without reducing increased alertness, and its high antioxidants slow the body's absorption of caffeine, resulting in a gentle increase & longer period of alertness with no end “crash.” BEST START! contains less than 1/6 of caffeine in 1 cup of steeped matcha green tea & brewed coffee per serving (only 5.8 mg caffeine).
NUTRIENT DENSE GRASSES: Includes a blend of pure, raw, certified organic Alfalfa, Kamut Grass, Barley Grass & Oat Grass for chlorophyll, alkaline plant protein, live enzymes & superior vitamins/minerals. These cold-pressed greens are sourced from rich volcanic hillsides on organic US farms, making them higher quality than other sources. Green Kamut® juice powder has 25% more protein, 148% more calcium, and 50% more iron than wheatgrass. These greens are NOT fibre-dense whole plant powders, but are juiced, offering superior taste, nutrient density & alkalinity. These are far more beneficial & costly when juiced and then powdered rather than just drying the whole plant that contains substantial indigestible fibre. (3rd party tested & verified Gluten Free; grasses cut before gluten develops.)