Friday, April 1, 2011

New DynaWhey Flavours revealed


In case you weren't paying attention to the calendar, the new DynaWhey flavours revealed today on our Facebook page are not real. We don't think the world is quite ready for a spaghetti-and-meatballs flavoured protein shake.

But keep your eyes posted to our Facebook page and New flavours are on their way soon - we're just tweaking them - and we're excited to share them with you.

Have a great April everyone!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Colostrum can relieve sport-related gastric upset

A group out of Aberystwyth University, Wales, have recently published a paper on the effects of colostrum on gastric upset encountered in intense exercise/ sports.  In this study they showed that under extreme performance (high stress, prolonged exercise like long distance running) that taking colostrum for 14 days very significantly reduced gut permeability.  This is a cause of gastrointestinal symptoms including cramps, diarrhoea, nausea and bleeding commonly reported by long distance runners.  The subjects took 20 g per day of 15-20% IgG colostrum powder for 14 days prior to the event.  They have shown that this seems to be the optimal lead up time as well as it takes about 14 days to return to the normal unsupplemented state.  The study was a cross over design so that subjects were evaluated both with and without colostrum and the statistics show it did not matter if they were in one group or the other for timing of colostrum it still showed the same effect

This is another benefit of colostrum usage for athletes that participate in sports that require demanding physical stress and where they perform at or near their limits for extended periods of time.  Previously we reported other research from this group (Dr. Glen Davidson) that illustrated how colostrum supplementation improves immunity under the stresses of athletic performance.  Based upon the body of their research to date, they believe that colostrum may aid in improving heat tolerance in extreme heat stress situations. This will be a focus of future research.  All of these results seem to point to a strong reason to use colostrum as a daily supplement to protect good health if you are under stress.

T. Marchbank, G. Davison, J. R. Oakes, M. A. Ghatei, M. Patterson, M. P. Moyer, R. J. Playford , “The nutriceutical, bovine colostrum, truncates the increase in gut permeability caused by heavy exercise in athletes” Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol, 300#3: 477-488, 2011.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Immune support after high exercise stress

As we previously discussed, being physically fit can reduce the incidence and severity of colds. However it is also well known that endurance athletes become susceptible to infections/ sickness due to the reduction in the activity of their immune system from the stress of this sort of exercise program. That is when you perform long, hard efforts repeatedly, your immune system is depressed. So if you are an endurance athlete, a marathoner, duathalon/ triathalon, participant, or a long distance cyclist then you might want to consider supplementation with colostrum, Vitamin C and/or glutamine.

Colostrum: Recent research has shown that supplementation with bovine source colostrum after intense endurance exercise will improve the immune system. Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition by Dr.’s Glen Davidson and Bethany Diment show that if you supplement with bovine source colostrum for a period of 4 weeks your immune system is fortified and responds better under these stressful situations.

Vitamin C: In other studies by Dr. Davidson, he and his team have shown that supplementation with Vitamin C (1500 mg) prior to endurance exercise will help reduce oxidative stress on immune cells. This may assist in maintaining the immune system activity. Further there is strong broad based evidence that the consumption of a carbohydrate beverage before, during and after a strenuous workout or event will support your immune system.

Glutamine: The Canadian Natural Products Directorate has a monograph on glutamine which supports its use as for immune system support.

So if you are into strenuous exercise and want to help your immune system be at its best, you may want to consider a multi-facet supplementation plan that includes colostrum as well as glutamine and Vitamin C. As well, remember to keep your carbohydrate levels up during your exercise session to further help your immune system.

Visit for all of your colostrum, vitamin and glutamine needs.

  • Glen Davison and Bethany C. Diment (2010). Bovine colostrum supplementation attenuates the decrease of salivary lysozyme and enhances the recovery of neutrophil function after prolonged exercise. British Journal of Nutrition, 103, pp 1425-1432.
  • Glen Davison and Michael Gleeson (2005). Infl uence of Acute Vitamin C and/or Carbohydrate Ingestion on Hormonal, Cytokine, and Immune Responses to Prolonged Exercise. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 2005, 15, 465-479.
  • Glen Davison and Michael Gleeson (2006). The effect of 2 weeks vitamin C supplementation on immunoendocrine responses to 2.5 h cycling exercise in man. Eur J Appl Physiol (2006) 97: 454–461.
  • Glen Davison and Michael Gleeson (2007). The effects of acute vitamin C supplementation on cortisol, interleukin-6, and neutrophil responses to prolonged cycling exercise. European Journal of Sport Science, March 2007; 7(1): 15-25.
  • Glen Davison Michael Gleeson and Shaun Phillips (2007). Antioxidant Supplementation and Immunoendocrine Responses to Prolonged Exercise. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: 39 (4) pp 645-652.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Exercise regularly and beat cold season

Research contained in the current edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that regular exercise will reduce the occurrence and severity of symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections such as the common cold.  The study followed 1000 subjects over a 12 week period of Fall and Winter.  Those who exercise 5 or more days a week for 20 minutes or more (ie those who described their activity level as equivalent to a brisk walk vs sedentary individuals who exercise 1 time or less per week), had a 40% reduction in days sick as well as the severity of illness was reduced by 30% in the fit group.  The authors postulate that the effectiveness of exercise is only short lived and therefore it is necessary to get regular daily exercise to reap the benefit.

So if you are thinking of getting into that exercise program, here is one more reason to help spur you on. Or, if you are on the fitness bandwagon already, this is more good news regarding the benefits to your health and well being to help get you through your next workout (and cold season).


Upper respiratory tract infection is reduced in physically fit and active adults, David C Nieman, Dru A Henson, Melanie D Austin, Wei Sha ; Br J Sports Med: 1 November 2010.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Looking to gain weight? Make your own Gainers using your favourite protein

Because the best weight gainer for you is one that meets your specific daily caloric goals, it can be confusing to decide which one to purchase. For example, one person may require a gainer with higher protein levels while another may be reaching protein levels but having trouble reaching their daily calorie goals. Combine this with the added decisions on brands and flavours and the various options and goals can be overwhelming.

That’s why we believe that one of the best approaches for a hardgainer is to make your own gainer. It’s easy and can be easily adjusted to meet your requirements or flavour preferences. We’ve included some suggested recipes below at various caloric levels. We’d love to hear your suggestions as well!


Note: Combine all recipes in a blender and drink immediately. 

1000 calorie recipe
2 cups 2% Milk
2 tbsp canola oil
3 tbsp peanut butter
1 banana
1 serving DynaWhey Chocolate-Banana

Calories = 1030
Carbs = 92g
Fat = 47.5g (10g sat)
Protein = 59g


900 calorie recipe
2 cups skim Milk
3/4 cup oatmeal
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp honey
1.5 serving DynaWhey Chocolate Peanut Butter

Calories = 880
Carbs = 91g
Fat = 23g
Protein = 77g


800 calorie recipe
2 cups skim Milk
1 cup uncooked oats (use a coffee grinder to make it smaller if you want)
1 tbsp honey
2 servings DynaWhey Chocolate Banana

Calories = 805
Carbs = 97g
Fat = 8g
Protein = 86g


700 calorie recipe
2 cups skim Milk
1 cup oatmeal
1 tbsp flax oil
2 servings DynaWhey Strawberry-Kiwi or Orange-Vanilla

Calories = 720
Carbs = 74g
Fat = 13g
Protein = 76g

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New study: Milk protein works better than commercial carbohydrate sports drinks for rehydration

If you are like me when you exercise, you sweat, a lot! Rehydration is important if you are in typical training mode, but this is critical in multi-event situations (ie triathalons, duathalons or races where there are more than one event on the same day). In these situations, the second performance can be significantly impacted by the water loss during the previous event.

The key is not the quantity of rehydration fluid you take in between events but if the water is retained. A recent paper published by James Lewis and coworkers in the British Journal of Nutrition indicates what is important is to have the correct balance of ingredients. They found that if the number of calories is the same between beverages that the beverage that contained milk proteins provided better retention of fluid and thus rehydration was more effective than carbohydrate-based alternatives ("gram for gram milk protein is more effective at augmenting fluid retention than carbohydrates”).

So what is the magic formula?

According to this study they used a formula for a 750 ml (24 oz) water bottle of
18.75g protein
30g carbohydrate (in this study 25.1g glucose(dextrose) and 3.75g maltodextrin)
0.3g sodium chloride (table salt)
0.2g potassium chloride (light salt)
0.6g fat(from the milk protein)

How can you get this formula easily?

¾ scoop of your favourite DynaWhey protein
1 ½ tablespoons of honey (a great source of carbs and some micro nutrients)
A pinch of table salt and salt light (to help replace electrolytes lost in your sweat)

If you use juices, be aware that most juices contain a significant amount of sugar, typically 10 to 12 %. This may swamp out the effect of the protein. Therefore we recommend using a measured amount of sugar or honey to ensure you get the right ratio of protein to carbohydrates.

How much should you drink after exercise?

The paper indicates that 1.5 times your body weight loss. It can reasonably be assumed the weight loss during exercise is fluid loss due to sweat.

There are other papers that indicate that post exercise protein is also important for a number of other reasons such as protein rebuilding, and energy metabolism. Whey protein is a great source of full spectrum amino acids, such as the branched chain amino acids, leucine, isoleucine and valine. Work by a research group at Loughborough including Dr. Susan Sherrifs indicate that drinking beverages that include milk work equal to or better than a commercial carbohydrate sports drinks for athletic performance.

So get out there and have fun sweating, but rehydrate with the right solution. Visit for all of your protein needs.


James, L.J. et al., 2010. Effect of milk protein addition to a carbohydrate-electrolyte rehydration solution ingested after exercise in the heat. British Journal of Nutrition. 10.1017/S0007114510003545.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

What You Need to Know About Basic Breast Health

By RoseMarie Pierce, BSc (Pharm)

A plant-based diet, exercise, antioxidant supplements and staying lean are all necessary for healthy breasts.

Breast cancer is, by far, the most common cancer among North American women. There seems to be a link between this high incidence of breast cancer and the affluent lifestyle of Western countries. Diet is a big factor in this equation.

The development of fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer may be connected to an increased estrogen to progesterone ratio. During each menstrual cycle there is a recurring hormonal stimulation of the breast. In some women a significant inflammatory process occurs. The increasing amount of estrogen instructs the breast cells to work fast, multiplying the chances of mutation.

Tufts Diet Nutrition Letter, 1996, reports, "relatively heavy 50-some-thing women who have gained more than five kilograms since they were in their 40s have about triple the risk of breast cancer." Fat is thought to influence the metabolism and secretion of hormones, notably estrogen.

Cancer-causing pesticides, industrial chemicals from the environment and chemicals on (and in) food tend to accumulate in fatty tissue. These chemicals (called xenoestrogens) have estrogen-like properties and mimic the action of estrogen in the breast.

The incidence of breast cancer among vegetarian North American women is 20 to 40 per cent lower than among women in general. Vegetarian women have a lower concentration of estrogen in their blood and have more estrogen excreted in the feces than non-vegetarian women. Vegetarian women typically consume less fat and more fibre than non-vegetarians do. Fibre is a nutritional adhesive that carries estrogen along through the intestines and facilitates the fecal excretion of estrogen.

What You Can Do

Maintaining or recovering breast health can involve many lifestyle modifications and even a dietary program.  Four hours of exercise a week can reduce estrogen levels in the blood and cut breast cancer by 36 to 72 percent says J. Glaspy, MD of the UCLA Oncology Center. Both benign breast symptoms (breast pain, lumps or cysts) and breast cancer would benefit from the following supplements.
  • Take a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement containing high levels of natural vitamin E or add vitamin E (400 to 800 international units) to your daily health program.
  • Studies have shown that many women benefit by taking the antioxidants vitamin E and A and selenium. Antioxidant nutrients are very important. They combat dangerous free radicals and help to maintain a strong immune system. Take 25,000 IU of a carotene complex and add extra lycopene (a carotenoid found in tomatoes that protects against cancer of the reproductive system). Another valuable antioxidant is alpha-lipoic acid, which acts synergistically with other antioxidants such as vitamin E, co-enzyme Q10 and vitamin C. Lipoic acid exhibits favorable test results in studies of breast cancer treatment.
  • Our bodies do not make essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6). We must get these oils from our diet in the form of fish oils, nut and seed oils, flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil or in a capsule supplement. When these essential fatty acids are low in our diet or not ingested in the right proportions, it causes the production of troublesome prostaglandins (a hormone-like complex fatty acid) which can promote tumor growth. Essential fatty acids reduce breast inflammation and swelling during PMS. Two to four teaspoonsful daily of the oil blends or three to six capsules of essential oils can provide the right proportions of the essential fatty acids for breast protection against cancer.
  • In recent studies, co-enzyme Q10 has been shown to cause regression of breast tumors and prevent metastasis (spread of cancer) in some women. The dosage used in the studies was between 90 and 340 milligrams daily.
  • Soy isoflavones help to metabolize estrogen and have anticancer properties. Isoflavones exhibit weak estrogenic activity and bind to estrogen receptor sites (in breast and other tissues), reducing the effects of the much more potent estrogens and xenoestrogens. The best sources are organic dried beans, soy products, red clover, sage, garlic, fennel and licorice root. Isoflavones can also be taken in a supplement of 50 to 200 mg daily. Red clover is also a blood cleanser. There are many commercially available herbal remedies containing red clover and other blood cleansers that strengthen the immune system. Herbs, such as vitex (chasteberry) or red raspberry leaves, have hormonal balancing properties that can restore the estrogen-progesterone ratio.

Source: alive #210, April 2000 (