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The benefits of plant extracts and why we choose to use them in our products

Not all natural healthcare products are created equal, and when it comes to the inclusion of plants and herbs, much comes down to how the naturally-sourced and active ingredients are produced and mixed. This is why we choose to use plant extracts in Good Green Vitality and Kids Good Stuff. Why use plant extracts? The


Not all natural healthcare products are created equal, and when it comes to the inclusion of plants and herbs, much comes down to how the naturally-sourced and active ingredients are produced and mixed. This is why we choose to use plant extracts in Good Green Vitality and Kids Good Stuff.

Why use plant extracts?

The medicinal properties of plants are now more recognised than ever because of both scientific and anecdotal evidence of their many health benefits. Phytochemicals are natural compounds found in plants such as herbs, vegetables and fruits that work with nutrients and fibres to support health-promoting functions and activities in the body.

The extraction process separates the bioactive compounds, such as resveratrol from Japanese knotweed, from the rest of the plant structure, leaving a highly concentrated version of the plant composed primarily of the therapeutic constituents.

How do you make plant extracts?

In order to make plant extracts, the herb is first broken-down using temperature, pressure and/or a variety of solvents. Then, inactive components such as water and cellulose are discarded. The active components are reassembled in approximately the same ratios as the original whole plant but typically in much higher concentrations. This leaves a highly potent version of the plant that elicits greater effects than the equivalent weight of the plant in its original, natural form.

What is a plant extract ratio?

The strength of herbal extracts are expressed as a ratio of dry plant material to final extract quantity. In pharmacy, this is otherwise known as the drug extract ratio (DER). Extract ratios are expressed in the following format:

X:Y

X = weight of dry plant material

Y = volume or weight of final extract (depending on whether the extract is liquid, or dry/solid)

Essentially, this means that the activity of the dry plant material (X) is found in the equivalent quantity of the extract (Y). The higher the X value, the more concentrated the extract. For example, if the plant extract ratio of aloe vera is 200:1, this means that every 1mg of aloe vera plant extract, is equivalent in strength to 200mg of aloe vera dry plant. That is a lot of health packed into just 1mg of extract!

What are the benefits of using plant extracts?

Other benefits of using extracts include extended shelf life, since they are less vulnerable to degradation, and consistency; the percentage of the active ingredient is standardised to provide the same high-quality extract ratio every time.

The concentration of the active ingredient provides increased efficacy (resultant health benefits) from a smaller input of the ingredient. This allows us the capacity to include additional, and higher levels of, nutrients and plant extracts in our products which then work in synergy to provide a wider range of, and more effective, benefits supporting whole body health.

When it comes to plant extracts, less really is more.

Which plant extracts are used in Nuzest products?

As you can see, there is a lot of benefit to using plant extracts. Listed below are all of the plant extracts you will find in our Good Green Vitality and Kids Good Stuff multinutrient formulas:

Good Green Vitality:

  • Acerola (4:1)
  • Aloe vera (200:1)
  • Ashwagandha (5:1)
  • Astragalus (4:1)
  • Bilberry (100:1)
  • Blackcurrant (200:1)
  • Cacao bean polyphenols (extract of Cacao beans)
  • Dandelion (4:1)
  • Globe artichoke (15:1)
  • Goji berry (4:1)
  • Gotu kola (10:1)
  • Grape seed (120:1)
  • Green tea (10:1)
  • Hawthorn (10:1)
  • Kelp (5:1)
  • Milk thistle (70:1)
  • Panax ginseng (10:1)
  • Resveratrol (extract of Japanese knotweed)
  • Rhodiola (15:1)
  • Rosehip (4:1)
  • Rosemary (10:1)
  • Turmeric (4:1)

Kids Good Stuff:

  • Acerola (4:1)
  • Bilberry (100:1)
  • Blackcurrant (200:1)
  • Brahmi (20:1)
  • Dandelion (4:1)
  • Goji berry (4:1)
  • Grape seed (120:1)
  • Kelp (5:1)

Plant extracts are just one component that makes our formulas so effective. To learn more about the benefits our products, visit our product page, or click on your region to start shopping.

Stephanie Sarulidis

Introducing Good Green Vitality

Say hello to Good Green Vitality – the new look Good Green Stuff! Good Green Stuff has a new name and a stylish new look. With an improved multi-nutrient formula and the same great taste, it’s still just as easy to be healthy with Good Green Vitality. Reformulated, rejuvenated and refreshed. Everything you need to get


Say hello to Good Green Vitality – the new look Good Green Stuff! Good Green Stuff has a new name and a stylish new look. With an improved multi-nutrient formula and the same great taste, it’s still just as easy to be healthy with Good Green Vitality.

A delicious and nutritious green smoothie made with Good Green Vitality.

Reformulated, rejuvenated and refreshed. Everything you need to get the best of you.

Today’s modern lifestyle and environment mean our bodies need a little extra TLC to enjoy optimal health. With more than 75 high-quality vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, Good Green Vitality provides comprehensive nutritional support to help you look and feel your best.

Despite our best efforts to look after ourselves, the modern food chain, changes in agriculture, stress and environmental toxins, our diets and bodies need a little extra TLC. In particular, poor nutrition, as reported by the Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion (2015-2020), directly correlates to three of the biggest health epidemics – cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.

It’s easy to see that in and amongst our increasingly busy schedules with greater access to convenience foods, our health can often get knocked off the priority list. However, a small addition to your daily routine can easily, substantially and measurably benefit the way you look, feel and perform.

Following on from the success of Nuzest’s original Good Green Stuff, the company has refreshed and rejuvenated its original sell-out formula to bring us more of what our bodies need to keep up with the demands of modern-day life. Having paid attention to what we need most, the new formulation now includes more vitamins, minerals and nutrients to further support digestion, immunity, healthy ageing, stress management, energy and cognition.

Everything you need in one daily serve

Good Green Vitality makes it easy to keep healthy by covering these top health priorities in one daily serve:

  1. A rich and dense source of daily nutrition
    Greens is only the beginning. Good Green Vitality is packed full of fruits, vegetables and herbs with added vitamins, minerals, probiotics, antioxidants and other essential nutrients to provide comprehensive and synergistic nutritional support.
  2. Quick, tasty and convenient
    No supplement can replace a healthy diet, but Good Green Vitality helps to offset poor dietary choices, the decline in food quality and environmental toxins with one delicious serve. It’s the perfect nutrient boost and helps to bridge the gaps in our diet when we can’t quite pack in enough fruit and veg.
  3. Quality without compromise
    Through utilising the strength of valid, credible and concrete science, Good Green Vitality redefines quality in the natural health industry. It is independently tested for purity, heavy metals, chemicals and common allergens to verify its exceptional quality and assure your safety.
  4. Zero bad stuff
    Good Green Vitality is free from all common allergens. No GMO ingredients, nasty chemicals, artificial preservatives or fillers are used. Instead, it is packed full of real food, offering real nutrition.

Look, feel and perform at your best

From children to the elderly, and busy mums to pro athletes, Good Green Vitality is the go-to daily supplement that has everything you need to revitalise, optimise and thrive.

  • Look good with resveratrol, CoQ10 and vitamin E
  • Feel good with probiotics, enzymes and fibre
  • Defend with zinc, vitamin C and mushrooms
  • Thrive with B vitamins, ginseng and ashwagandha
  • 100% vegan with vitamin D, calcium and iodine
  • Nothing bad – nothing GMO, nothing artificial and no nasty chemicals
  • Suitable for everyone from 4 years and up

Do you need a little extra in your diet?

Signs you could use a little Good Green Vitality:

  • Skimping on your daily fruit and veg?
  • Noticing brittle nails and dry skin?
  • Missing the way you used to feel?
  • Suffering from frequent colds or flu?
  • Struggling to keep up with life’s daily demands?
  • Looking to find your perfect balance?
  • Battling that 3pm slump?

Made with more than 75 high-quality vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, Good Green Vitality can combat a demanding lifestyle by providing your body with extra support; from gut health to optimal immunity, fighting the signs of ageing and stress relief, to a boost of energy and vitality.

It’s everything you need in one daily scoop.

Nuzest Giving Back

As often as we can, we get involved with organisations that are accomplishing great things and that are aligned with our company beliefs or are dear to the hearts of our staff. These are just a few of the organisations that we have been providing ongoing support to, in appreciation for what they give back


As often as we can, we get involved with organisations that are accomplishing great things and that are aligned with our company beliefs or are dear to the hearts of our staff. These are just a few of the organisations that we have been providing ongoing support to, in appreciation for what they give back to our society.

  • Kiss Goodbye to MS
  • Zambi Wildlife Retreat
  • John Maclean Foundation
  • Steve Waugh Foundation
MS Research Australia and Kiss Goodbye to MS

Having a direct link and importance to the founding purpose of Nuzest, we have been a strong supporter of MS Research Australia since its inception over 15 years ago.  MS Research Australia is the largest Australian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to funding, coordinating, educating and advocating for MS research as part of the worldwide effort to solve MS.
Click here to read the full article on Nuzest’s relationship with Kiss Goodbye to MS

Zambi Wildlife Retreat

Zambi Wildlife Retreat is a very unique animal welfare charity that provides a ‘resort style’ retirement retreat for animals that have retired from the circus, entertainment industry, zoo breeding programs and private ownership. While the organisation focuses on exotic animals (mainly big cats), they also offer shelter to domestic, farm and native wildlife needing a forever home. Managed by highly qualified staff and volunteers, Zambi Wildlife Retreat ensures the health, safety and dignity to the care of all their all animals.

While Zambi is not open for public walk-ins, the Nuzest team has had the amazing opportunity to spend some time and volunteer at the sanctuary, helping to build homes for the animals.

Nuzest donates annually to the cause as well as attends and supports fundraising events, where we supply products for auctions and raffles. We also deliver an enduring supply of products to the founders of Zambi, Donna and Tracy, who have both recovered from serious medical conditions, in order to help support their recovery and ongoing health and wellbeing.

John Maclean Foundation

The John Maclean Foundation (JMF) is the organisation founded by extraordinary athlete, philanthropist and human being, John Maclean. The JMF raises money to support minors that have special needs; motivating, inspiring and enabling Australian kids in wheelchairs to chase their dreams.

Nuzest supports John personally, by providing supplying him with Nuzest products to help support his health, sporting endeavours, recovery and endless remarkable physical accomplishments. We engage John for our corporate invents for his truly inspirational and motivational talks and donate to the JMF and the incredible work the foundation accomplishes.

Steve Waugh Foundation – The Captain’s Ride

The Steve Waugh Foundation was founded by renowned Australian international cricketer, Steve Waugh, supporting children and young adults (0-25yrs) with the rarest diseases. The foundation strives to be somewhere to turn for “no one should have to stand alone. Everyone needs a team,” Steve Waugh AO.

The charity works to give the children and young adults a better quality of life, offering support and the opportunity to connect with others through individual grants, respite camps and raising awareness.

Nuzest donates to the charity, understanding the importance of community and care when faced with complex medical conditions, and Nuzest CEO, Trevor Bolland participates in The Captain’s Ride; an internationally attended 6-day on road cycle Tour, bringing people from all walks of life leading, inspiring, supporting and guiding others.

Our COVID-19 Response

As a company centred around the health of society, our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our clients, peers, colleagues and their families. As such, Nuzest is taking important measures to reduce the risk, and further spread, of the illness caused by the new Coronavirus, COVID-19. During this unprecedented time, our Nuzest HQ team


As a company centred around the health of society, our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our clients, peers, colleagues and their families. As such, Nuzest is taking important measures to reduce the risk, and further spread, of the illness caused by the new Coronavirus, COVID-19.

During this unprecedented time, our Nuzest HQ team have been provided the option to work from home until further notice. It’s business as usual for us though as we continue to support our distribution network in supplying their consumers with supportive and restorative nutrition.

Looking ahead, we are conscious of the COVID-19 outbreak impacting our manufacturing and have decided to push ahead globally on the production of our orders so that we can try to ensure we have enough stock to support our distribution networks. We are mindful that restrictions on production and trade are changing every day, and we are expediting processes to mitigate any supply chain risks. Now, more than ever, it is important we can support our consumers, who are keenly aware of the importance of maintaining their health and immunity during this time.

We are grateful to those who do not have the option to work from home or self-isolate, especially front-line medical staff and teachers who are working overtime and putting themselves at risk to look after our societies. As a small token of appreciation, we are reaching out to those in our area and supporting them with donated products. Our global distributors are also offering specials, bundles and care packages for personal use or gifting, to provide greater accessibility to ongoing immune support.  The team at Nuzest HQ are hoping for a quick global recovery on all fronts and hopes everyone remains healthy and calm over the next few months. Together, we will make it through this. And on the other side we will be more resilient than ever before, as long as we behave responsibly and offer compassion to all those who need it.

Nuzest, MS Research Australia and Kiss Goodbye to MS

Having a direct link and importance to the founding purpose of Nuzest, we have been a strong supporter of MS Research Australia since its inception over 15 years ago.  MS Research Australia is the largest Australian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to funding, coordinating, educating and advocating for MS research as part of the worldwide effort to


Having a direct link and importance to the founding purpose of Nuzest, we have been a strong supporter of MS Research Australia since its inception over 15 years ago.  MS Research Australia is the largest Australian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to funding, coordinating, educating and advocating for MS research as part of the worldwide effort to solve MS.

In 2012, MS Research Australia began an awareness campaign to help raise the profile for MS. The response was overwhelming and the next year, Kiss Goodbye to MS was born, becoming the awareness and fundraising arm of MS Research Australia. Every year an annual percentage of Nuzest profits is donated to Kiss Goodbye to MS with the intent to support finding a cure for MS.

Kiss Goodbye to MS is one of the major charities we partner with every year. Our staff partake in the annual May 50K event, enter as a team in the City2Surf to represent and raise funds for Kiss Goodbye to MS, as well as provide support through direct donations, driving fundraising and contributing to their calendar events through volunteering staff, preparing catering, and donating goodie bags and raffle prizes.

In 2019, the global distribution network of Nuzest got involved in supporting The Great Wall of China expedition through Kiss Goodbye to MS, running regional competitions, raising awareness and donations, and sending winners from around the world to partake in this adventurous fundraising initiative.

Nuzest CEO and Founder, Trevor Bolland, explains the importance of supporting a foundation such as Kiss Goodbye to MS: “I know that any funds we raise for MS Research Australia are put straight back into funding world-class research and clinical trials focused on alleviating symptoms and potentially reversing the damage the disease has already caused for those previously diagnosed with MS. Any contribution, big or small, means the team at MS Research Australia are one step closer to the cure and that will be a truly remarkable moment.” Nuzest continues to campaign tirelessly to provide vital funding for MS research, as Trevor acknowledges that while knowledge, understanding and treatment options have come a long way, “breakthrough medications became available as a result of funding MS research and we remain hopeful that further research will find a cure for MS.”

In 2020, Monique Bolland, daughter of Trevor and Co-Founder of Nuzest, became an official ambassador for Kiss Goodbye to MS. Through sharing her journey with MS, and inspiring the support of Australia, Monique will help Kiss Goodbye to MS to heighten awareness, accelerate fundraising and achieve the vision of improved prevention, better treatments and towards finding a cure for MS.

The Top Plant-Based Food Trends of 2020

Last year saw the rise of oat milk, meat alternatives and vegan-friendly convenience foods. But what food trends will 2020 hold? We consulted trend reports to find out what top plant-based food movements we should look out for in 2020. 1. Plant-based, not plant-exclusive There will likely be an increase in the number of omnivores


Last year saw the rise of oat milk, meat alternatives and vegan-friendly convenience foods. But what food trends will 2020 hold? We consulted trend reports to find out what top plant-based food movements we should look out for in 2020.

1. Plant-based, not plant-exclusive

There will likely be an increase in the number of omnivores wanting to adopt a more plant-based approach to eating in 2020. According to the breakthrough Eat Lancet report, a diet that is rich in plant-based foods and fewer animal food sources confers both improved health and environmental benefits. The Whole Foods 2020 Trend Report indicates that we will probably see more hybrid food products (that incorporate vegetables and other plant-based foods) to support this consumer trend. Think meat-plant blends and better-for-you grab-and-go snacks.

2. Sustainable food production

There is no doubt that the world is concerned with sustainability issues more now than ever before. Reports indicate that consumer interest in food and environmental sustainability is likely to continue, with people wanting to know more about the environmental impact of the manufacturing and production methods of their favourite brands. It is predicted that farmers, producers, government agencies and more, will take a closer look at how they can use land and animal management practices to improve soil health and sequester carbon in a move towards more regenerative agricultural practices.

3. Nootropics

We’ve all heard that we have an ageing population, right? A 2017 report by the United Nations (UN) revealed that the number of older people (defined as age 60 and older) is expected to double by 2050 bringing the global population to nearly 2.1 billion.

An ageing population means that people are becoming increasingly concerned with brain health and the prevention of cognitive decline. Nootropics are drugs, supplements, foods or beverages that have been researched for their purported cognitive ‘boosting’ effects. They are claimed to improve brain health by enhancing memory and cognition.

Get ready to see this term more often as consumer demand for nootropics increases.

Clinical Nutritionist & Researcher Cliff Harvey sums up the research on Nootropics here.

4. More plant-based protein options

Last year saw more plant-based protein options than ever before. As consumers become more invested in knowing where their food comes from, it is predicted that consumer demand for plant-based protein sources will only continue to grow. Reports indicates that hemp, pumpkin, avocado and watermelon seeds are all protein sources to look out for in 2020. Pea protein is also set to diversify, being offered up in place of whey and collagen powders and used to boost the protein content of meat and cheese alternatives.

Learn more about Nuzest Clean Lean Protein – made from European Golden Peas.  

5. New and unusual flours

The Whole Foods 2020 Trend Report suggests that there will be an array of interesting plant-based flours entering the market this year which will make baking more adventurous. Think cauliflower, teff and tigernut flour sitting on the shelves of your local supermarket. These flour alternates are expected to increase in popularity as consumers look for ways to incorporate more protein and fibre into their diet.

6. Vegan butters and spreads

Watermelon seed butter, pumpkin seed spread, chickpea butter. If your favourite nut or seed hasn’t been turned into a butter or spread yet, then it is likely to happen in 2020. Reports suggest that we will see a variety of unusual vegan butters and spreads this year. Keep your eyes peeled for creamy, full flavoured butters and spreads that pair perfectly with toast, wholegrain crackers and vegetable sticks.

Check out this delicious high protein caramel spread recipe!

Rachel Hawkins

Where we are in our sustainability journey

Nuzest is a small, family-owned and operated business, and we believe in a planet thriving on plant-based nutrition. We make premium nutritional supplements to support the health and wellbeing of the individual, our wider communities and aim to contribute to a healthy planet.  We have a genuine concern for the environment. It is the reason


Nuzest is a small, family-owned and operated business, and we believe in a planet thriving on plant-based nutrition. We make premium nutritional supplements to support the health and wellbeing of the individual, our wider communities and aim to contribute to a healthy planet. 

We have a genuine concern for the environment. It is the reason we are a plant based nutrition company and it is the reason we have chosen the supplier of our raw materials; a company that uses no chemicals in its isolation process, purifies and recycles the water it uses and turns all waste into biofuel and animal food. It even transports the peas into its facility in Belgium by barge to reduce its carbon footprint. Indeed, peas themselves are the most sustainable source of animal and vegetable protein. They use less land and less water whilst putting nitrogen back into the soil. By definition they are a sustainable crop. 

There are of course other basic eco-friendly initiatives at play in our office including actively recycling, a push to be paperless, and the use of recycled paper for notebooks and photocopying where required. We have chosen a 5-star energy rated building for our offices and installed energy efficient lighting.

There are many companies researching and attempting to develop sustainable packaging and we are actively following progress. However biodegradable plastics and paper still do not have the air and watertight integrity necessary for food protection and 24-month shelf stability. The most environmentally responsible packaging at this point is the HDPE plastic jars we currently use, purely because they are 100% recyclable. 

We are certain that eventually technology will have an answer and when that solution is available, we will take it up. In the interim we will continue to use the more sustainable and environmentally responsible solution being HDPE jars.

We are well down the path of looking at ways we can improve our environmental sustainability initiatives whilst also providing a product that meets the high standards we set ourselves in delivering a premium product to our customers. 

Eleanor Good

Nuzest’s Trevor Bolland completes 9 day cycle in the Northern Italian mountains

The prospect of 9 days cycling in the Dolomites, averaging over 6 hours in the saddle each day and pushing the pedals up more than 18,000 metres of some of the most challenging climbs in the world might not be everyone’s idea of fun. For me it was a bucket-list challenge and an opportunity that


The prospect of 9 days cycling in the Dolomites, averaging over 6 hours in the saddle each day and pushing the pedals up more than 18,000 metres of some of the most challenging climbs in the world might not be everyone’s idea of fun. For me it was a bucket-list challenge and an opportunity that may never come again.

With my 65th birthday fast approaching, I decided it was now or never. Doing it with a bunch of regular cycling buddies would ensure the trip was both enjoyable and memorable. With all of them being much younger it also meant there was someone there to push me, literally, if it became necessary. Yes, it has happened at times in the past. It was also the perfect excuse to purchase a new bike!!!

Although it is difficult in Australia to truly prepare for riding the mountains of Europe, we did our best as a group in the preceding 3 months. Relatively short early morning rides before work combined with 150km+ weekend adventures added up to an average of 300km per week leading up to the big event. However, we were still well undercooked; perhaps medium rare but practised in running repairs!

There was excitement and trepidation as I few flew from London to Milan where we were to all meet up the following morning. The itinerary had been planned to perfection except that I landed at the wrong airport! My non-existent Italian and all the Euros in my wallet secured a car and driver to fix the problem. What was not repairing however was the beginning of a cold picked up in London. A sleepless night of continuous coughing did not bode well for the coming challenge. It was time to double down on my Nuzest Good Green Stuff!

Whilst the first few days were a struggle with the weather being cold and wet and me trying to shake what was by then a rather nasty chest infection, they were still enjoyable and satisfying; spectacular scenery, challenging climbs, fast descents and plenty of time to also enjoy the Italian Alpine village culture, food and wine.

Day 1 was described as a “warm-up and shake-out” to get the legs moving and help with jetlag. The gentle 90km circumnavigation of Lake di Iseo from our hotel at Paratico at an average of 32-38km per hour on the flat certainly woke us up. What was not expected was the impromptu diversionary climb up Vigolo Bivio Parzanica; a short 7km of continuous climbing at an average of 8%. Whilst longer and steeper than anything around Sydney, it proved to be the baby of the tour.

From there it was on to Bormeo where we stayed for 3 nights and enjoyed some of the regions challenging but spectacular climbs. Unfortunately, the famous Stelvio and Garvia were closed due to heavy snow and avalanches. One rider from the USA, not part of our group, decided to ignore the warning signs only to be medevac’d out by helicopter.

There was one climb we did manage however, which will be forever etched in all our memories; Mortirolo (Death Mountain!). 11.5km at an average of 11% and over 1800m of continuous climbing, this mountain has been described by many professionals as the most difficult of any tour. Although averaging 11%, many sections were 15%-20%. The climb was relentless and the near freezing conditions did not help. Nor did the demoralising fact that there were many riders seemingly ascending with ease; one was Alberto Contador, and another was a very grey older gent in his 70’s on an E-bike.

Getting to the top was one thing but surviving the tricky descent was another; one mistake and it was curtains; over the cliff you go. Thank God for disc brakes and definite justification for the new bike purchase.

After Bormeo we headed to Fiera, 5 hours’ drive away and our base for the next 4 nights. This was the heart of the tour; long climbs, steep descents, magnificent scenery and great weather to at last warm the bones. We encountered everything from the need to carry our bikes over rocks and debris where the road had been washed away by severe flooding to being held up for hours by flocks of sheep as local shepherds with the aid of their barking dogs moved stock down the mountain. One of the team was even attacked by a donkey who clearly did not like cyclists!

The climbs were long and tough but thoroughly worth it; the most memorable being the famous Passo Rollo; memorable for its length more than its difficulty. At 23 kilometres it was the longest climb many of us had ever done; but just one of two climbs that day for a total of 2800 metres.

This was also Giro d’Italia territory and we were privileged to watch the peloton accompanied by the cascade of cameramen on roaring motorcycles, police vehicles with sirens and horns, and an endless number of support vehicles with dozens of spare bikes precariously mounted on top. This diversion was also a great excuse to sample yet again a well needed shot of caffeine at a local village café.

Each evening of this tour was also an opportunity to sample local fare at the many small cafes and restaurants in the region. Venison was the common theme, and it came in every way possible from carpaccio to pasta topping and grilled steaks. For the vegans and vegetarians, mushrooms and tomatoes were dominant. You could tell they did not come from Woolworths or Coles. The flavours of locally grown produce were noticeably different and delicious; real nutrition for a change!

Indeed, food intake during the tour was important. Burning at least 6000 calories each day required a much higher energy intake than normal and recovery each night was critical. My own regime commenced every morning with a shake of or Nuzest Clean Lean Protein mixed with a serve (or two) of Good Green Stuff as well as a sturdy breakfast. During the ride I relied more on Clean Lean Protein bars for a balanced energy source but did resort to the odd burst from energy gels when the going was tough. At the end of the day of course another Clean lean Protein shake was routine for recovery. Our final day’s riding took us to our next hotel at Follina – Prosecco country. Although a relatively short 90km, it was a brutal start; straight up for 8 kilometres at an average of 9% to summit the Passo Cereda. This was followed by a colourful and enjoyable ride through small villages and rolling valley roads before our final climb of the tour to the top of Passo San Boldo. This pass is called the “100 days road” because it was built in World War I by prisoners of war, local elderly, women and children from nearby villages to transport much needed artillery, food and munitions. It consists of a series of tunnels and switchbacks unique in the world and which we were lucky enough to descend as part of the final 16 kilometres to Follina, the finishing line after 9 days straight in the mountains of Northern Italy – a truly magical part of the world.

And, no, there was no need for a push by anyone. #Poweredbynuzest proudly carried these old bones the whole way. The only question now is “what’s next?”

FOOTNOTE: The tour was organised by Daniel and Tara Brickell of Chameleon Bike Adventures (www.chameleonbikeadventures.com). Dan is an outstanding mechanic and ex pro rider who knows this part of Italy like the back of his hand. His wife Tara is an accomplished Ironman competitor and very strong cyclist. Together they led us through an amazing 9 days of some of the best cycling any of us had ever encountered. With all accommodation and meals organised, and a support vehicle on hand, the trip was casual and social with some serious cycling in between.

NEW Clean Lean Functional Protein

Premium European Golden Pea protein is combined with functional ingredients from centuries-old Eastern medicine to help you perform at your peak. Introducing our new Clean Lean Protein Functional Flavours range. Your favourite Pea protein isolate enhanced and flavoured with ingredients that have been used for centuries in Eastern medicine to treat conditions from inflammation to


Premium European Golden Pea protein is combined with functional ingredients from centuries-old Eastern medicine to help you perform at your peak.

Introducing our new Clean Lean Protein Functional Flavours range. Your favourite Pea protein isolate enhanced and flavoured with ingredients that have been used for centuries in Eastern medicine to treat conditions from inflammation to low energy and fertility.

FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS
Three unique flavour combinations have been developed using sustainable European Golden Pea protein + functional foods, herbs and spices + natural flavours; all sweetened naturally with an extract from the West African Katemfe fruit (Thaumatin).

Protein is essential for energy, cell repair and immunity and Clean Lean Protein Functional Flavours are a delicious way to nourish your body. All you need to do is choose a flavour to suit your daily requirements.

Chai, Turmeric + Maca

  • TURMERIC: A powerful anti-inflammatory used for centuries in Indian medicine.
  • MACA ROOT: Nutrient-dense and claimed to enhance fertility and energy.

Coffee, Coconut + MCTs

  • COFFEE: This powerful antioxidant promotes and enhances physical performance.
  • MCTs: Medium Chain Triglycerides are linked to weight loss and better cognitive function, occurring naturally in coconuts.

Vanilla Matcha

  • MATCHA: This green tea with slow-release caffeine is high in antioxidants and has been used in Eastern medicine for its brain-boosting effects (due to high levels of L-Theanine).

HOW TO USE
Clean Lean Protein Functional Flavours is a ready to make protein smoothie. No need to add anything other than water or your choice of milk (e.g. rice, almond or coconut). You don’t even need a blender, simply shake and go!

WHO IS IT FOR
Clean Lean Protein Functional Flavours is suitable for all ages, lifestyles and common dietary requirements. It’s founded on clean nutrition with nothing artificial – no fillers, added sugar or other nasties.

THE SUSTAINABLE CHOICE
Nuzest operate with the environment in mind. Golden peas provide a sustainable protein source using less water and less land than animal proteins. The isolation process is water-based, the water is then purified and recycled. Any waste goes to animal feed and biofuel.

INDEPENDENTLY TESTED & FREE FROM COMMON ALLERGENS
Ingredients are blended in Australia under strict GMP standards. The finished products are then tested to ensure they are safe and free from Gluten, Dairy and Soy.

The Steve Waugh Foundation’s “The Captain’s Ride”

Trevor Bolland, Nuzest’s founder and CEO is three months shy of participating in The Captain’s Ride; an annual 6 day, 800km bike tour of Tasmania in support of the Steve Waugh Foundation. The Steve Waugh Foundation exists to champion the stories, provide life changing support and improve the quality of life for children and young


Trevor Bolland, Nuzest’s founder and CEO is three months shy of participating in The Captain’s Ride; an annual 6 day, 800km bike tour of Tasmania in support of the Steve Waugh Foundation.

The Steve Waugh Foundation exists to champion the stories, provide life changing support and improve the quality of life for children and young adults (0-25) living with a rare disease. The Captain’s Ride is as beautiful as it is grueling, covering an expansive range of terrains over the distance.

Trevor is no stranger to committing his time, money and efforts into doing what he can in the hopes of improving the lives of others, in fact he has built his Sydney-based, globally reaching company on the premise of aiming to do just that.

His foray into the health industry was catalyzed in 2005 when his 23-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis – an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system for which modern medicine is yet to find a cure. Not satisfied with the bleak prognosis they were given they looked to experts all over the world for advice – from neurologists and scientists, to naturopaths and everyone in between.

The knowledge and insight they gained over those years was life changing and resulted in careers in the health industry for both, planting the seeds for what is now Nuzest – Nutrition for Life.

Armed with a team of world-renowned health professionals from companies like StrainSanity, they developed Nuzest – a nutritional platform based on efficacy without compromise; bringing together the best of nutritional science and natural medicine

Nuzest products are designed to offer complete nutritional support to those suffering with chronic disease, those affected by dietary restrictions and people seeking to deal with weight problems. It aims to fill the nutritional gaps caused by consuming nutrient-deficient food, our modern stressful lifestyles and poor eating habits.

The Captain’s Ride is another opportunity for Trevor to continue his path of simply wanting to do what he can to help. Whilst each participant is set to raise a minimum of $10,000, Trevor has set his sights on $15,000, which he hopes will make a big difference to the lives of these courageous young people.

If you’d like to support Trevor in achieving his goal and contribute to putting rare diseases on the map any donation big or small will be so appreciated.

Link to Trevor’s fundraising page: https://www.stevewaughfoundation.com.au/events/fundraiser-dashboard?memberId=3917

If you’d like any further information on the event please see the website link: https://www.stevewaughfoundation.com.au/the-captains-ride/

And here’s a look at the 2016 ride: https://vimeo.com/208577694