Plant proteins have historically been poorly suited for human use, because most lack one or more essential amino acids needed by the human body to build muscle tissue. However, by combining a variety of plant proteins and adding a few select free amino acids, it is possible to create a purely vegetable protein with an amino acid ration that surpasses egg albumin and whey proteins, which is what Vibrant Health has done in PureGreen Protein. Protein from peas, rice, spirulina and alfalfa are joined with four select free amino acids to create the first all-vegetable protein ideally balanced for human consumption.
Available from various health stores, 447g tub (R299 to R345) or box of 10 x 28g sachets (R199 to R240), with natural, vanilla and chocolate flavours. More info: 021 852 3021, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.naturalvibrance.co.za.
Comrades Marathon: The Ultimate Human Race
The Comrades Marathon is not just the world’s largest ultra-marathon, it is also one of the oldest and has an incredibly rich history, filled with inspirational and interesting characters, and stories of incredible courage, sportsmanship, camaraderie, glory, heartbreak and humour, all interwoven with the history of South Africa over the past 90 years. This new hardcover book chronologically describes every race in detail, from the first Comrades in 1921 to the 85th in 2010, telling not only the compelling stories of the legends like Newton, Ballington, Hayward, Mekler, Robb and Fordyce, but also the stories of the backmarkers, those ‘ordinary runners’ behind the front-runners. Written by John Cameron-Dow, a Comrades permanent number holder and author of several books, notably The Two Oceans Marathon Story and Bruce Fordyce: Comrades King, it is a must-have for anybody who loves the Comrades Marathon
Available from Exclusive Books and other leading book stores at R280.
Yunnan Baiyao “The Chinese Spray”
Yunnan Baiyao is a totally natural pain relief product, imported from China, where it has been used for over 100 years for the relief of painful joints, arthritis, muscular pains, sprains, strains and bruising, and can also be used to stem bleeding and for the healing of cuts and grazes. It is produced from various wild herbs renowned for their healing powers, which are found only in the Yunnan Province, famed as China’s kingdom of medical herbs. It is the widest used medicine in China, including being used by the Chinese Olympic team and issued in all Chinese armed forces medical kits. It has a strong smell at first, but this soon dissipates and becomes unnoticeable.
Available from Dis-Chem Pharmacies and Clicks Stores nationwide, select Pick n Pay stores in the Western Cape, and several local pharmacies, at R89 to R99 per box. More info: 021 555 4549, email@example.com or www.yunnanbaiyao.co.za.
Hi-Tec Brown Soft Shell Jacket
At home, in the street or on any mountain, the Brown Soft Shell Jacket from Hi-Tec is a great addition to any outdoor girl’s cupboard. The stylish jacket has chest and waist pockets, is fleece-lined, has an adjustable elastic hem draw lining as well as adjustable sleeve cuffs. The jacket is functional but also stylish, and you can wear it to a night out at the movies or when doing what you love most whilst outdoors.
Available from Due South and Hi-Tec factory outlets at R599. For more info, visit www.hi-tec.com/za.