Lots of exciting stuff today! Before we get to the giveaway, here are two other things you might find interesting:
1. Yesterday I had the immense pleasure of interviewing Scott Jurek, vegan ultrarunning legend and inspiration to so many vegetarian and vegan athletes. We talked about vegan nutrition, ultrarunning, his new American 24-hour record of 165 miles, the Brooks Green Silence, barefoot running, the Tarahumara, and a whole lot more, so you won’t want to miss it. I’ll do my best to get that one published on Thursday, in both audio and text formats.
2. We just got in a big new shipment of about 175 No Meat Athlete shirts for the holidays. And—bonus!—this time we have a limited number of long-sleeve shirts available, so you can show your NMA pride without freezing your plant-powered ass off!
As always, the popular sizes will go quickly, and I expect the long-sleeve shirts won’t last more than a few days, so if you want one for yourself or as a gift for somebody else, don’t wait. (I’ll get new pictures on the shirts page soon, but for now, here’s one. All the shirts are made by a new company, so none are v-neck anymore.)
Alright, let’s get to this sweet giveaway!
Madre Labs Immune Punch
Let’s all take a minute to toot our own horns. NMA readers are pretty awesome, because: (a) Most of us are runners or triathletes; and (b) We’re vegetarians, vegans, or at the very least, reduced-meat-eaters or “selective omnivores.”
This means we’re motivated, active, and not likely really into sitting around watching TV, sleeping a lot, or doing a lot of “normal” stuff.
That’s why much of my focus over the past few months has been on finding a way of eating that maximizes energy, so that I can sleep less and be awake doing awesome stuff more. But even if you’re not quite as psycho about it as I am, the simple fact that you’re an NMA reader makes it likely that you’re pretty busy every day.
And when you get sick, it wrecks it. Who wants to stay inside on the couch or in bed all day?
This is why I was excited to try out Madre Labs Immune Punch when iHerb.com offered to send me a 45-day supply to review. Even better, they’re going to give away a tub to one NMA reader, along with a $50 iHerb.com shopping spree to spend on whatever you want!
Immune Punch is a blend of superfood juice powders (elderberry, pomegranate, chokeberry), six organic mushroom species, dried yeast, and berry extracts including Camu Camu (which is kind of a big deal, apparently). Immune Punch is a vegetarian-friendly, red powder that you mix with water, juice, or a smoothie and take once per day. The company claims Immune Punch helps to eliminate free radicals and support immune function.
So, does it work?
Honestly, I can’t say one way or the other. That’s no knock on Immune Punch, it’s just that it’s hard to say if the fact that I haven’t gotten sick is evidence that it works, since I don’t get sick too often anyway. (I actually did start to come down with something earlier this week, but it didn’t really materialize, for whatever that’s worth.) The only way to really test its effectiveness would be to study a large number of people, not just one random dude like me.
But here’s what I can tell you about it. I’ve found the taste to be pretty neutral. The name “punch” had me expecting something really sweet, but it turns out that it hardly affects the taste of whatever you mix it in. There is the slightest “earthy” quality to the taste, presumably from the mushrooms, so I prefer to put mix Immune Punch with juice rather than water. But it’s mostly berry-tasting, so not a huge deal.
As for the texture, I’ve found that using a shaker cup, as the instructions suggest, is definitely better for getting it to dissolve completely than stirring is. A single serving is only a teaspoonful, which is good, since that way you don’t need to store a huge tub of it, and it doesn’t change the texture of what you’re drinking.
So that’s what I’ve got on Immune Punch. If you’re getting sick more than you think you should be, it might be worth a try.
iHerb.com Shopping Spree + Immune Punch Giveaway
So here are the details on the giveaway. iHerb.com is giving away one tub of Immune Punch and a $50 iHerb.com shopping spree to one winner. To enter, all you need to do is visit iHerb.com and leave a comment back here listing one or a few things you’d choose if you won.
The winner will need to register at iHerb.com (it’s free, and nothing scammy), and if you’re outside the U.S., you’ll need to pay any additional taxes, duties, or customs fees.
That’s it! As always, Tweets and Facebook shares are greatly appreciated, but to keep it fair for those who are not yet social media dorks, these will only boost your Karma, not your number of contest entries.
I’ll choose the winner at random and announce it around Wednesday, December 15. Good luck!
P.S. If you decide to shop at iHerb.com, you can use my code RAZ652 and five dollars off your first purchase there. I earn referral commissions when you use my code, and after your purchase, you have the option of getting your own code to share with others and earn commissions if you’d like.