Top 5 Supplements for Stress & Anxiety

Top 5 Supplements for Stress & Anxiety

  1. 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) (Griffonia simplicifolia)  NOW Foods 5 HTP
    5-HTP works in the brain and central nervous system by increasing serotonin. 5-HTP is used for sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, migraine and tension-type headaches, fibromyalgia, binge eating associated with obesity, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and ADHD.


2:  L-TryptophanNOW Foods L-Tryptophan is an essential amino acid so it needs to be obtained from diet. L-tryptophan helps make serotonin, but also melatonin and niacin. Serotonin is very important for mood and stress. L-Tryptophan has been used to aid and treat sleep problems (insomnia), anxiety, depression, premenstrual syndrome, and ADD.


Natrol B 100 Complex 3: B-Complex vitamins, especially folic acid and vitamin B6, can be helpful in mild depression, and you should know that B vitamins can increase the efficacy of prescription anti-depressants. Vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins help in producing brain chemicals that affect mood and other brain functions.




NOW Foods St. John's Wort4. St John’s Wort, a perennial extract that blooms from June to September has been shown to help balance mood, encourage feelings of calmness, and even support healthy sleeping patterns. Hypercin, one of the active pigments in St. John’s Wort has the ability to naturally support our brain’s serotonin production.



PrimaForce Phenubut5. Phenibut is similar to the brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Phenibut is a shown to help anxiety, fear, trouble sleeping (insomnia), tension, stress, fatigue, PTSD, depression, alcoholism. It is also used for improving memory and learning. It is a great to help with anxiety without making you tired.


Other options that may help with mood are:
Holy basil
Valerian root

Introducing Animal Mass – From the makers of Animal Pak


Animal has just released it’s version of a weight gainer supplement called Animal Mass. It’s geared for those who are looking for an above average weight gainer and not settling for the run-of-the-mill sugar infused, cheap protein sourced garbage that seems to be everywhere.

With Animal Mass you are getting a phenomenal carbohydrate blend of maltodextrin, inulin, oat fiber and wazy maize, all key components for serious growth.  The maltodextrin will give your system a great insulin spike which can be very beneficial post workout.  The oat fiber and wazy maize are great for the sustained release of energy which will keep you fuller for a much longer time period.

The Animal Mass Protein Blend is also top notch.  It consists of ultra filtrated whey protein concentrate, cross flow micro filtered whey protein isolate, hydrolyzed whey protein, milk protein concentrate, micellar casein and instant egg albumin.  This blend not only gives you the fast acting proteins for immediate amino uptake, it also provides you with the slow digesting proteins to keep the amino acids flowing in your blood stream, which is another key component to this formula.

Now to aid your body in digesting all this calorie goodness, Animal has also incorporated the following EFA’s and Digestive Enzymes; MCT powder, sunflower oil powder, flax seed powder, papain and bromelain.  MCTs are a beneficial supplement for fueling physical exertion given their rapid rate of absorption and quick metabolic conversion into cellular energy.  MCTs can be quickly mobilized in the post-exercise recovery phase to rebuild muscles and prevent catabolism as well.  Bromelain not only aids in digestion, it also helps reduce inflammation and decreases healing time.  Papain has a unique quality as it helps the digestion of proteins.


Animal has been in this game for years and they never have lacked in quality with their supplements.  They put a lot of time, money and research into perfecting their products before they are released.  You can’t go wrong with Animal.

MAN Sports Releases Two New Iso-Amino Flavors – Pineapple Express and SweetDelish!

Just when you thought they couldn’t possibly add any new tasty flavors, MAN Sports unleashes two more to the list with Pineapple Express and SweetDelish Iso-Aminos!  We had to crack them open to give it a shot and they are amazing yet again!  The Pineapple Express has a great aroma of Pineapple upon cracking the seal and the amino powder is so fine it dusts up if you give the container a slight shake.  The powder dissolves almost immediately and you don’t have to continue to shake or stir the contents with very little sediment at the bottom.  The flavor is amazing…  pure pineapple!  It doesn’t leave any nasty aftertaste, it actually still tastes like you were eating a pineapple!  The Amino profile is the same as the other flavors containing:

MAN ISO Amino SweetDelish



2500mg of L-Leucine
1250mg of L-Valine
1250mg of L-Isoleucine




Now for the SweetDelish… After cracking open this one, it has a mild fruity aroma.  And now for the taste test.  It’s not as sweet as some of the other flavors MAN has introduced.  It has more of a hint of the Swedish Fish flavor.  There isn’t any real after taste or chemical type lingering effect either.  It mixes the same as the other and this flavor I could drink more often since it’s not as sweet as some of the others.

Keep in mind MAN has the small batch philosophy too.  This keeps products fresher as well as enhancing the quality.  Each batch is tested before it’s released to the market to assure you, the customer, receives the best possible product.  Know when you buy a supplement from MAN Sports you are getting what the label says.

USPlabs Modern Protein Packed Cinnamon Rolls

USPlabs Cinnamon Rolls

One of the best things that I miss from my childhood was waking up to the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls. They were always so warm and the icing was always delicious! Fortunately, I have found a way to continue to enjoy these without all of the extra sugar and carbohydrates. These cinnamon rolls are so easy to make, and there are only five ingredients! USPlabs Vanilla protein helps to create the perfect icing. The perfect gift idea for the food lover!



– 1.5 Scoops USPlabs Vanilla Protein

– 2 Tsp. Cinnamon

– ¼ Cup Egg Whites

– ½ Cup Oat Flour

– Pre-bake Glaze

– 1 Tbsp. almond oil (can use any type of nut oil here)

– 1 Tsp. cinnamon


– 1 Scoop USPlabs Vanilla Protein

– 1/8 Cup Egg Whites

– 1 Tbsp. Almond Milk


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Put all ingredients into food processer until a ball forms

3. Pull apart small sections of dough ball and roll into long strips like a snake

4. Coil the dough in a circle, stacking the dough to create the roll

5. Place rolls into greased pan

6. Mix pre-bake glaze and paint over cinnamon rolls

7. Bake 8 minutes and let cool for 10 minutes

8. Generously add icing over the fresh rolls and enjoy!


Makes 8 Rolls | Serving Size: 4 Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 339
Fat: 13g
Carbs: 19g
Protein: 37g


MET-Rx Pancake Mix Grilled Pizza Recipe

MET-Rx Pancake Mix Grilled Pizza

Two of the greatest things ever created in my life: grilling and pizza. Making your own pizza is so good for your health because you know all of the ingredients going in the dough, and you can choose your toppings without paying what pizza shops charge for them. For this recipe, I chose spinach, chicken, prosciutto and mushrooms. In my house, we like to load up our pizzas! If you are wondering if I forgot tomato sauce, the answer is “no!” Using olive oil ensures the pizza will not end up dry. This healthy fat makes the pizza savory and juicy. MET-Rx Pancake Mix works perfectly to increase the protein in this recipe along with adding a subtle sweetness to the dough.

Prep and Prepare Time:  25 minutes


– Pizza Dough

– ¼ Cup (2 Scoops) Met-Rx Pancake Mix

– 1 Cup Brown Rice Flour

– ¼  Cup Egg Whites

– ¼ Cup Mozzarella Cheese

– ¼ Cup Asiago Cheese

– 2 Tbsp. Garlic Powder

– 1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning

– 1 Tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes

– 1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

– 3 Garlic Cloves


1. Mix all ingredients except olive oil and garlic cloves in a food processor until dough forms. If the dough does not create a ball, slowly add teaspoons of water until a dough ball forms. However, if your dough is too wet and looks a thick dip; add teaspoons of brown rice flour until you get the ball to form. 2. Grease a large piece of aluminum foil with ½ tablespoon of the olive oil on a pizza stone/serving tray.
 3. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. Roll until dough starts to crack around the edges and use your fingers to push edges in ¼ of an inch around the outside.
4. Chop the garlic cloves and paint the rest of the olive oil onto the flattened dough. Use a knife to spread out chopped garlic on top.
5. Add toppings of your choice, place foil and pizza on grill on medium heat and cook for 6 minutes (be sure to shut the grill to help the pizza cook evenly)

Servings: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 484
Protein: 21g
Carbohydrates: 57g
Fat: 21g