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TURMERIC EXTRACT (95% CURCUMINOIDS)
BIO-FERMENTED PEA PROTEIN
FRUIT & VEGETABLE POWDERS
PLANET & PEOPLE
ORGANIC MACA POWDER
LIQUID B12 COMPLEX
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PLANT PROTEIN BAR
CHAGA MUSHROOM (6:1 EXTRACT)
REISHI MUSHROOM (15:1 EXTRACT)
CORDYCEPS MUSHROOM (10:1 EXTRACT)
LION'S MANE MUSHROOM (8:1 EXTRACT)
How do I take Omega 3?
Is our Omega 3 suitable for children?
Omega 3 - Composition/what is the other 200mg made up of?
How is your Creatine sourced?
What is the main difference between Vegan Protein and Perform?
How many mg of mushroom extract per serving in each Magic Latte?
Do our Magic Lattes contain caffeine?
Are the mushrooms used in Magic Lattes present at functional dosages?
When should I take Magic? Can I take different products in the Magic range throughout the day?
How should B12 be stored?
Does your Vitamin K2 contain Soy?
Where do you source your Reishi?
What are Cordyceps and what are the benefits of taking them?
What is Chaga and what are the benefits of taking it?
How is your magnesium processed?
Where do you source your Chaga?
Where is your magnesium sourced?
What type is your magnesium?
Should I consume magnesium with food?
Is there a maximum dose for Reishi?
Is there a minimum/maximum dose for Cordyceps?
Is there a maximum dose for Chaga?
Is there a maximum dose for Lion's Mane?
Can I consume Chaga alongside other Vivo Life products, especially those with other mushrooms in (e.g. reishi, Lion’s Mane)?
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Is Chaga suitable for children?
Can I use magnesium with zinc?
Can I take Chaga if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
How is the Chaga processed?
What are the benefits of using magnesium?
How do I use Chaga?
Can I consume Cordyceps alongside other Vivo Life products, especially those with other mushrooms in (e.g. Reishi, Lion’s Mane)?
Is Cordyceps suitable for children?
Can I take Cordyceps if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
How are the Cordyceps processed?
Can I take Lion's Mane if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Can I consume Lion’s Mane alongside other Vivo Life products, especially those with other mushrooms in (e.g. cordyceps, reishi)?
Where do you source your Cordyceps?
Is Lion's Mane suitable for children?
How do I use Cordyceps?
How is the Lion's Mane processed?
Where do you source your Lion's Mane?
Can I consume Reishi alongside other Vivo Life products, especially those with other mushrooms in (e.g. cordyceps, Lion’s Mane)?
Is Reishi suitable for children?
How do I use Lion's Mane?
Can I take Reishi if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
How is the Reishi processed?
What is Lion's Mane and what are the benefits of taking it?
How do I use Reishi?
What is Reishi and what are the benefits of taking it?
What is a pre-workout, what are the benefits?
Isn’t Collagen from animals?
Can I use your Collagen Builder alongside other Vivo Life products?
Collagen Builder - Amino Acid Profile
Can your Collagen Builder help with exercise/injury recovery?
How does Magic Mushroom Coffee compare to regular coffee?
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How does Perform taste so good?
Are your products Kosher and Vegan?
Why does Supergreens only come in a large pouch now?
Where is your Magic Coffee sourced?
Is Perform safe for athletes?
Are Vivo Life Nut (allergen) Free? YES!
Are Magic Lattes safe to consume during pregnancy?
Do I need to do a ‘loading phase’ with creatine?
When will the Pre-workout be available in the EU, US & CA?
Is the Pre-Workout third party tested for contaminants?
Why have you reformulated Supergreens in the past?
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How many probiotics are in each serving of Supergreens?
Where is the vitamin D in Supergreens sourced from?
I am fasting. Can I still use Supergreens?
Why does the label of All-In-One say it is a meal replacement?
Why are some of the minerals in All-In-One only at 30% RDA?
Does All-In-One contain the same protein used in Perform and Vegan Protein?
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Can I replace Supergreens with All-In-One?
What is the Omega content of All-In-One?
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What are the sources of protein of All-In-One?
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What’s the difference between EAAs and BCAAs?
Can I use Intra-Workout and Perform at the same time?
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Are your products gluten free?
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Are the products okay to be taken together?
Do I need a multinutrient on a whole food plant-based diet?
Why doesn’t Supergreens contain calcium, iodine, iron or magnesium?
Can I take the Vegan Multinutrient alongside the liquid Omega 3, B12 and D3?
What is our Vganic Multinutrient blend?
Vegan Multinutrient and thyroid issues?
Why is the B12 in the Vegan Multinutrient so high?
Protein Bar - Is it gluten free?
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What is the difference between All-In-One and Vegan Protein?
Does All-In-One contain selenium?
Is All-In-One safe for athletes?
Perform - is it gluten free?
Is Intra-Workout Organic?
Is All-In-One a meal replacement?
When should I use Intra-Workout?
Is Intra-Workout suitable for vegans?
What is the difference between All-In-One and Perform?
Does Intra-Workout contain added sugar?
What does Intra-Workout taste like?
Is Intra-Workout suitable for athletes?
Does Supergreens contain vitamin K1 and K2?
How are the nutrients in Supergreens sourced?
Is Intra-Workout tested for heavy metals?
Can Supergreens be used with other supplements?
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Can I take Supergreens with the Vegan Multinutrient?
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What is the difference between All-In-One Meal and Supergreens?
I already take Supergreens, do I need to take the D3 too?
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Is the BCAA in Perform made from duck feathers?
Can I take Perform when pregnant, breastfeeding or taking medication?
Does Perform contain caffeine?
Is Perform suitable for vegans?
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Can I use your products whilst pregnant/breastfeeding?
What is the serving size of Maca?
Where do you source your Maca?
Will Maca affect my hormone balance?
How will Maca help me?
Does Maca contain B Vitamins?
What does Maca taste like?
Does Maca contain caffeine?
What is gelatinised Maca?
What is Collagen?
How should Omega 3 be stored?
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Is our B12 suitable for children?
How do I take B12?
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What is D3/K2?
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How much caffeine is in each serving of Magic Coffee?
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What flavours are used in Perform?
Is Perform suitable for those with a pea intolerance?
Why is Perform's salt content high?
Is Perform organic?
Can I use Perform as a pre-workout?
Does Perform contain added sugar?
Is the Protein Bar suitable for people with a nut allergy?
Are other Vivo products at risk of contamination from allergens regarding the Protein Bar?
Where does the lemon and orange flavour come from in the Protein Bars?
Is the Protein Bar suitable if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Where does the protein come from in the Protein Bar?
Is the Protein Bar third-party tested?
Is the Protein Bar suitable for vegans?
Does the Protein Bar contain added sugar?
Is the Protein Bar suitable for children?
Do you have a protein powder without stevia?
Will I test positive to drug tests due to the hemp content in Perform?
What is the serving size of Perform?
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Collagen Builder Certificate of Analysis
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Magic Coffee Certificate of Analysis
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B12 Certificate of Analysis
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What is an adaptogen?
How many servings are there in a pouch of Creatine?
Does Maca contain any added sugar/sweeteners?
What are the benefits of EAAs?
What is the difference between EAAs and protein?
What is the problem with most EAA powders?
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Updated by Kat Hoyle
Maca is a root plant from the Peruvian Andes that is celebrated for a multitude of health benefits, largely attributed to its adaptogen status and unique metabolites. Maca was one of our first products, an ingredient we love and use in some of our products but also offer as a sole ingredient product. Our Maca is certified organic, 100% yellow Peruvian gelatinsed Maca root powder. Gelentisation is a process of removing the tough starchy fibers to make Maca easily to digest. The traditional method was to dry the Maca root and then boil to remove the starchy fibers, as raw Maca is not easily digested.
What are adaptogens?
Adaptogens are a collection of plants that are aptly named for their ability to access and adapt to the environment they find themselves in (you!) to encourage a return to homeostasis, this was considered sacred by our fore-bearers. This phenomenon has been known by the Ancients and adaptogens have long been used for their healing benefits, but modern science is also starting to explore and uncover exactly how these wonderful plants do their work, there is still much to discover but that is part of the magic! Adaptogens work by tapping into the HPA axis (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal), a hormonal and neural feedback loop that determines how we manage stress, immunity and even fertility. Stress can come in many forms, physical, mental, environmental and how we balance our physiological response to it is crucial to our wellbeing.
Benefits of Maca
Maca’s health supporting benefits are largely attributed to its abundance in secondary metabolites. Primary and secondary metabolites are bio-active compounds found in plants that elicit health effects. Primary metabolites are mostly involved in growth (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins) whereas secondary metabolites are somewhat more specialist and support the bodies more intricate systems like the immune system, adrenals etc. Metabolites are unique indifferent plant species and the secondary metabolites found in Maca are Macamides, which are believed to be responsible for the pharmacological benefits of Maca supplementation.
Various human and animal studies have explored the use of Maca for improving endurance performance. Maca was observed to modulate metabolism including the increase in fatty acid mobilization and decreased glycogen depletion in one study, and another saw an improvement in cycling time trial performance in trained cyclists. There is more to be explored regarding Maca’s endurance performance boosting effects, but as a natural alternative to a stimulant the energizing effects of Maca can be felt quite tangibly and the Indigenous peoples of Peru have used it as a natural energy booster for millennia.
Maca has a balancing effect on our hormones due to its adaptogenic properties as mentioned above. Maca has demonstrated its ability to regulate women’s hormones and even reduce the severity of menopausal symptoms/discomfort. One study implemented a 4-month intervention of Maca supplementation on early pre-menopausal women and the intervention group exhibited lower BMI, increased serum iron and plasma calcium, as well as increased bone density. The women from the intervention group all reported improvements in areas of their life that pre-intervention was considered disrupted due to menopausal symptoms (poor sleep, low mood for instance). The Ancients celebrated Maca for its fertility boosting potential and in modern times there have been many small sample studies exploring the effects Maca can have on sexual function in men and women, which have shown positive results. More research is needed to determine the exact mechanisms by which this occurs, but it is postulated that it is because ofMaca’s adaptogenic, hormone balancing properties.
The macamides present in Maca can increase levels of anandamide, a neurotransmitter that binds to the endocannabinoid receptors in our brain. Anandamide is known as the “bliss” molecule, named from the Sanskrit word for bliss, Ānanda. Maca is believed to prolong the effects of anandamide in our brain and in turn promote an uplifted and blissful state of mind. Maca has even been shown to improve cognitive function in stroke patients.
Maca is known to be rich in amino acids, vit C, B6, copper, potassium and iron.
How do I use it?
Maca can be added to smoothies, oats or hot drinks to name a few. It has a rich, earthy flavor so added in with complimentary flavors it works very well. Check out our recipe page for inspiration!
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is gelatinised Maca?
Our unique gelatinised maca undergoes a natural gelatinisation process to remove the tough starch molecules, which make maca difficult for the body to absorb. Gelatinised maca is easier to digest, gentler on the endocrine system, and has over four times the nutrients of raw maca.
- What does Maca taste like?
Maca has a delicious earthy caramel taste that works perfectly in smoothies, hot drinks, oatmeal, cookies and much more.
- Does Maca contain caffeine?
Maca provides a natural energy boost without the crash of caffeine!
- Does Maca contain any added sugar/sweeteners?
Maca has a natural caramel taste, so there is no need for added sugars or sweeteners!
- What is the serving size of Maca?
We recommend a total intake of 5 - 15 grams per day of maca. 5g is approximately 1 teaspoon. We recommend starting at the lower end and gradually increasing your intake as you feel the need. Most people feel the benefits at the lower end of the spectrum so you can get the same benefits with less.
- Will Maca affect my hormone balance?
Maca is an adaptogen, meaning it 'adapts' to hormonal imbalances in the body and works to correct them. Maca acts as a natural remedy to help rebalance hormones. However as with any new supplement we always recommend consulting your doctor or healthcare practitioner to make sure it is right for you.
- Does Maca contain B Vitamins?
The levels of each B vitamin would not be listed as an ingredient as they are naturally occurring components of the Maca roots. Maca is an excellent source of vitamin B2, B3 and B6 but as the amounts can vary from root to root, we do not have an accurate calculation for these vitamins in the product, as the B vitamin levels of Maca are well accepted especially when coming from a high quality source.
- Where do you source your Maca?
Our yellow maca roots are organically grown and processed in Peru.
- How will Maca help me?
Maca is an ‘adaptogen’ meaning it adapts to specific imbalances in the body and works to resolve them. Maca is one of the most scientifically studied herbs on the planet and has been shown to balance hormones, boost mood and even improve memory, is scientifically proven to boost libido and sexual function, and naturally boosts energy levels and endurance without the crash of stimulants.
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Natália da Silva, Leitão Peres, Letícia Cabrera, Parra Bortoluzzi, Leila Larisa, Medeiros Marques, Maysa Formigoni, Renata Hernandez Barros Fuchs, Adriana Aparecida Drovald and Flávia Ap. (2020). Medicinal effects of Peruvian maca (Lepidium meyenii): a review. Food & Function. 1 (1), p34-56.
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