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Clif introduces reformulated shot energy gel

BY Michael Johnsen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. Clif Bar on Thursday announced the introduction of a revamped Clif Shot energy gel, a line of all-natural and organic energy gels with a formula that emphasizes effectiveness, taste and consistency in easy-to-use packaging.

 

The new energy gels contain up to 50% more electrolytes than its previous recipe. For fast-acting energy, the new gel combines two carbohydrate sources that work together efficiently — organic maltodextrin and organic evaporated cane juice — to deliver energy to the bloodstream in five minutes or less.

 

 

“When athletes are at a critical stage in training or racing, there’s a big difference between nutrients they absolutely need to keep their bodies working optimally, and additives that just get in the way,” stated Chris Randall, Clif Shot brand manager. New, streamlined packaging features rounded corners for carrying convenience and a smaller opening for easier eating. The packets also feature a patented Litter Leash to keep the torn-off tops from littering trails and roads.

 

 

As before, Clif Shot energy gel provides more caffeine options for customized intake than any other brand, ranging from no caffeine to flavors with 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg — the highest caffeine level of any energy gel, according to the company. The caffeine is derived from all-natural green tea extract, which has been found to improve endurance capacity, Clif Bar claimed, citing a study in the American Journal of Physiology.

 

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DiabetesSisters kicks off campaign aimed at diabetic women

BY Allison Cerra

RALEIGH, N.C. A nonprofit that seeks to improve the health and quality of life of women with — and those at risk of developing — diabetes has kicked off a national campaign.

 

DiabetesSisters said that its OrangeWill campaign represents the will and determination required for women to manage their diabetes on top of their many other responsibilities.

 

 

"For far too long women with diabetes have been overlooked and divided into separate groups based on the type of diabetes they have. Now is the time for us to come together and make our voice heard," said Brandy Barnes, founder and CEO of DiabetesSisters.

 

 

More information can be found at Orangewill.org.

 

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Study finds ProbioKid reduces infections in children during winter months

BY Michael Johnsen

MONTREAL A study presented last month before the European Respiratory Society Annual Congress determined that the branded probiotic ProbioKid reduced infectious events in children by 25% during the winter period, as compared with a placebo. The study was conducted during the winter of 2006-2007 and involved 135 healthy, school-aged children who had suffered from at least three episodes of ear-nose-throat, bronchopulmonary or gastric disorder during the course of the previous winter.

 

Half of the children in the probiotic group did not develop any ENT, bronchopulmonary or gastric disorder during the winter, versus 32.9% of children in the placebo group.

 

 

ProbioKid, distributed by Institut Rosell-Lallemand, contains a combination of three probiotic strains and a prebiotic.

 

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