One of the awesome perks of this gig is to be pitched various products by public relations firms to review or give away to you, our lovely readers. Sure, they're essentially looking for links to their website to help SEO and provide a little bit of buzz.
As someone who is in the PR/media relations/advertising/marketing world I feel for these guys, so I like to help where I can.
This time it's a little different.
Enter Body Burst, the first ever nutritional supplement made specifically for hockey players. They boast no banned substances and are cleared by the NCAA, WADA, IOC and CHL. Most importantly though:
Finally, a supplement designed especially for high-performance hockey players.
Remember, supplements are not for everyone.
If you’re just an Average Joe, you don’t have periods of really high-intensity effort. Your body probably doesn’t need amino acids, nutrients, and vitamins on-demand, but for the rest of us elite athletes, we do.
So yeah, when I'm covering the Wild from the Al Shaver Press Box, or sitting on my couch, I need a laser focus and lightning quick reactions.
But what is really in it, and what will it do to me?
Follow me down the rabbit hole, will you?Body Burst Supplement Facts
Vitamin B1 - 833% %DV
Vitamin B2 - 769%
Vitamin B3 - 125%
Vitamin B5 - 800%
Vitamin B6 - 1923%
Vitamin B9 - 75%
Vitamin B12 - 2083%
Proprietary Pregame Hockey Formula:
- L-Tyrosine (It is a non-essential amino acid with a polar side group. A tyrosine residue also plays an important role in photosynthesis.) Sweet! I've always wanted to be able to use the sun to create my own food
- L-Arginine (a conditionally nonessential amino acid, meaning most of the time it can be manufactured by the human body, and does not need to be obtained directly through the diet. Arginine plays an important role in cell division, the healing of wounds, removing ammonia from the body, immune function, and the release of hormones. Arginine taken in combination with proanthocyanidins or yohimbine, has also been used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction.) Hell yeah, that's what I'm talking about
- L-Glutamine (It is not recognized as an essential amino acid but may become conditionally essential in certain situations, including intensive athletic training or certain gastrointestinal disorders.) Good. I could use some help there.
- Beta-Alanine (a naturally occurring beta amino acid, which are amino acids in which the amino group is at the β-position from the carboxylate group. Provided in solution or as powder in gelatine capsules, however, causes paraesthesia when ingested in amounts above 10 mg per kg body weight.) Paraesthesia is tingling in the extremities, by the way.
- Choline Bitartrate (a water-soluble essential nutrient. It is usually grouped within the B-complex vitamins. Choline and its metabolites are needed for three main physiological purposes: structural integrity and signaling roles for cell membranes, cholinergic neurotransmission (acetylcholine synthesis), and a major source for methyl groups via its metabolite, trimethylglycine (betaine) that participates in the S-adenosylmethionine synthesis pathways) Ok, more B complexes.
- Phosphatidyl Serine (a phospholipid component, usually kept on the inner-leaflet (the cytosolic side) of cell membranes by an enzyme called flippase. When a cell undergoes apoptotic cell death phosphatidylserine is no longer restricted to the cytosolic part of the membrane, but becomes exposed on the surface of the cell. Phosphatidylserine has been demonstrated to speed up recovery, prevent muscle soreness, improve well-being, and might possess ergogenic properties in athletes involved in cycling, weight training and endurance running.) Sure, I buy that.
- Salicin (an alcoholic β-glucoside. Salicin is an anti-inflammatory agent that is produced from willow bark. Salicin is closely related in chemical make-up to aspirin. When consumed, it is metabolized to salicylic acid. Salicin elicits bitterness like quinine, when consumed.) Wait, Willow Bark? Is it made only by killing the Maple Leaf NHL Guardian?
- Camellia Sinensis (species of plant whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce Chinese tea.) Ancient Chinese secret??
- Ciwujia (The Chinese government announced that it has banned the sale of an herbal medicine after three people died and three others fell seriously ill. The warning about the medicine, called Ciwujia, was posted on the Web site of the State Food and Drug Administration late Wednesday. It said six people had been severely affected after being injected with the herbal formula made by Wandashan Pharmaceutical, based in northeastern China.) Yeah, I'm not worried at all now.
- Vinpocetine (a semisynthetic derivative alkaloid of vincamine (sometimes described as "a synthetic ethyl ester of apovincamine"), an extract from the periwinkle (plant) Vinca minor. Vinpocetine is reported to have cerebral blood-flow enhancing and neuroprotective effects, and is used as a drug in Eastern Europe for the treatment of cerebrovascular disorders and age-related memory impairment.) Nice! I'll be able to remember my treated erectile dysfunction and chinese death-inducing substance.
- Rhodiola Extract (a plant in the Crassulaceae family that grows in cold regions of the world. These include much of the Arctic, the mountains of Central Asia, the Rocky Mountains, and mountainous parts of Europe, such as the Alps, Pyrenees, Carpathian Mountains, Scandinavia, Iceland, Great Britain and Ireland. It may be effective for improving mood and alleviating depression. Pilot studies on human subjects showed that it improves physical and mental performance, and may reduce fatigue.) Well I'd hope it alleviates depression and reduces fatigue after I treat my ED!
- Huperzine A (a naturally occurring sesquiterpene alkaloid compound found in the plant firmoss Huperzia serrata. It is currently being investigated as a possible treatment for diseases characterized by neurodegeneration – particularly Alzheimer’s disease.) Apparently we're big on improving mental acquity. Makes sense.
- Cordyceps Sinensis (a genus of ascomycete fungi (sac fungi) that includes about 400 described species. All Cordyceps species are endoparasitoids, mainly on insects and other arthropods (they are thus entomopathogenic fungi); a few are parasitic on other fungi. The best known species of the genus is Cordyceps sinensis, first recorded as yartsa gunbu in Tibet in the 15th Century. It is known as yartsa gumba in Nepal. The Latin etymology describes cord as club, ceps as head, and sinensis as Chinese. Cordyceps sinensis, known in English commonly as caterpillar fungus is considered a medicinal mushroom in oriental medicines, such as Traditional Chinese Medicines and Traditional Tibetan medicine.) MAGIC MUSHROOMS! How the hell is this ok??
- Salisburia Adiantifolia (aka Ginkgo biloba. a unique species of tree with no close living relatives. The tree is widely cultivated and introduced, since an early period in human history, and has various uses as a food and traditional medicine. Used to aid in memory enhancement and treat dementia) Ok, I see a trend here. Improve mental focus and heal the body. Yeah, I honestly get it.
So yeah, it's legal, it's naturally occurring and so far it hasn't made me shake or twitch, and I've been on it all night while covering the Wild - Kings game. In fact, my wit was drier, more caustic, and my typing skills were off the hook!
Now the fun part: Who wants a bottle? We have two bottles to give away. Time to think of a contest. Which NHL player needs Body Burst the most, and why? Two best stories by Friday at 3:00 pm CST wins.