Great conversations at RCA’s Culinology Expo

March 25th, 2013
Granola bar on white background

Earlier this month, key members of the Bioenergy Life Science team flew into Charlotte, NC to participate in The Research Chefs Association’s Annual Conference & Culinology Expo. This is the only research and development conference focused on the fast-growing discipline of “culinology” – which the RCA explains is the blending of culinary arts and food science. For us, it was an ideal opportunity to talk with food industry leaders about why they should consider incorporating Bioenergy Ribose in their food and beverage formulations.

Attendees were excited to learn about the ribose energy alternative. “We discussed how ribose can be added to food and beverages, helping to rebuild ATP and make people feel better,” comments Mark Johnson, Vice President of Sales, Functional Foods, who staffed the Bioenergy Life Science booth with Product Development Manager Donna O’Connor.

One of the questions heard throughout the event was, “What is Ribose and will it help us fit a need with today’s consumers?” People were also were very interested in learning how ribose can help them grow their business. There were also a lot of technical and formulation questions.

Explains Johnson: “From college students balancing heavy workloads to adults juggling multiple responsibilities, our everyday life can be draining. More of us are looking for natural foods and beverages that boost and maintain our energy levels without the eventual crash caused by energy stimulants.”

With caffeine and other stimulants coming under increased scrutiny, Bioenergy Ribose is an ideal ingredient for energy beverages. There are also significant opportunities to include ribose in mainstream foods for an energy sustaining benefit. “We talked with R&D and innovation directors about including ribose in granola bars, cereal, energy bars, beverages and even beef jerky,” he confirms. “It was exciting to talk with people representing large food companies as well as smaller companies.”

Johnson told the RCA attendees how ribose fills a need in the functional food and beverage markets. “When we explained how fatigue was one the top health issues in the country, people really saw and understood the benefits of ribose,” he recalls.

The problem with high-caffeine and high-sugar energizers is that they act as a stimulant on users, but then cause them to crash. Unlike most sugars (fructose, sucrose and glucose) which fuel energy recycling, Bioenergy Ribose drives energy maintenance and recovery by actually making energy compounds and keeping them in muscle cells. Bioenergy Ribose also has a negative glycemic index and does not raise blood sugar levels like most sugars.

Bioenergy Ribose is on many major food companies’ “Approved Supplier List” with rigid and consistent standards. It is Kosher certified, Halal, allergen free and non-GMO.

Engredea recap: What a high-energy show!

March 18th, 2013
Jonny signing another book

We had an incredible time introducing Bioenergy Ribose to thousands of people within the health and natural products industry during Engredea, which took place during Expo West 2013. Our team was crazy busy!

We talked with many manufacturers who are interested in adding Bioenergy Ribose to their beverages, chocolates and a variety of other foods. Our bright yellow Bioenergy Ribose sports packs were also a big hit.

Our sincere thanks go out to our celebrity authors. Jonny Bowden and JJ Virgin. With their help, we generated a lot of excitement with book signings, as well as JJ’s shakes and DVDs. And everyone loved our raffle: the winners of the gift basket and book giveaways were thrilled!

Rogue Nutritionist Jonny Bowden in deep conversation with Bioenergy Life Science President Tom VonderBrink.

Rogue Nutritionist Jonny Bowden in deep conversation with Bioenergy Life Science President Tom VonderBrink.

Dr. Jason Theodosakis, author of the New York Times best seller The Arthritis Cure, stopped by our booth during JJ Virgin’s appearance.

Dr. Jason Theodosakis, author of the New York Times best seller The Arthritis Cure, stopped by our booth during JJ Virgin’s appearance.

Rogue Nutritionist says Bioenergy Ribose helps people stick with fitness programs

March 11th, 2013
Running at the fitness club

Too often, we allow things to get in the way of sticking to our fitness resolutions. But don’t give up! There’s still hope even for those who haven’t set foot in the gym in weeks and have already fallen back into old, unhealthy habits. Board Certified Nutritionist and author Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS – known by millions as the Rogue Nutritionist – says starting an exercise program is easy. Sticking with it is the challenge!

He has identified the top four reasons that people abandon their fitness strategies, and reveals his best advice for overcoming them.

1. Your warm bed is more enticing than working up a sweat. “Get an accountability partner,” advises Bowden. “One big reason that people who use personal trainers get better results is that they are committed to showing up for the work outs. So make a verbal commitment to another person to be at the gym. Studies show that people are more likely to follow through on a pledge when they actually make the statement out loud and have something at stake.”
2. You’re too stiff and sore from the last work out. “While some people like that sore feeling because they think it means they accomplished something, most of us could do without the pain. Add ribose (aka D-Ribose) to your exercise program if you don’t want to be burdened by overwhelming muscle soreness and stiffness. Ribose is a natural sugar that our bodies normally make and use in producing energy molecules (ATP), but we can’t save them up. It’s not like rollover minutes. There’s no ribose savings account. You can’t store them for your next work out. That’s why you need supplemental ribose which can be found in some sports nutrition bars, energy drinks and nutritional supplements. Just make sure you are getting two to five grams at a time.”
3. You’re too tired to work out. “Studies show that if you’re dehydrated by as little as two percent, it can lower your performance. Thirst is a lousy indicator of your need for water. By the time you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Nearly every metabolic process in our body requires water. Picture two bodies of water: One is a cool clear mountain stream that is constantly replenished; the other is a stagnant pond that is full of algae. Which one do you want to represent your body? Be proactive and constantly top off your water supply.”
4. You don’t have the will power to stick with a fitness routine. “If you haven’t developed a habit of fitness, you are far better off exercising early in the day. Experts now know that self-control, or will power, is a like a muscle that can fatigue. Study after study has demonstrated that if you use it a lot during the day, you may run out by the time the evening comes. That’s why people frequently overeat when stressed. If you don’t have the fitness habit, going to the gym requires will power and a certain amount of discipline. If you wait until the end of the day, your “will power muscle” has been fatigued. Go early in the morning until it becomes habit. Plus there’s a side benefit: Now you’ve raised your endorphins, and those positive feelings will spill over into other things throughout your days.”

Bowden believes that anyone can use these suggestions to overcome the typical obstacles keeping them from getting fitter and healthier. “You don’t need expensive equipment or iron-fisted willpower. You just need to be prepared to move beyond the things that have tripped you up in the past.”

Exciting plans for this week’s Engredea and RCA Culinary Expo

March 4th, 2013

We are so excited to participate in two great events later this week! More than anything, we look forward to meeting many of you and talking with you about Bioenergy Ribose. Come ready to taste some delicious products made with ribose, and to meet interesting, informative people.

Expo West/Engredea: Booth #216
What’s a trip to Southern California without the chance to meet some celebrities? We’ll have two book signings in our booth: JJ Virgin and Jonny Bowden! JJ will be at the booth on Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30; Jonny will be at the booth on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon.

Best-selling author JJ Virgin is one of the nation’s foremost fitness and nutrition experts. She’s worked with such A-list celebrities as Gene Simmons and Ben Stiller; and she has appeared on such top-rated TV shows as the Dr. Phil Show and The Doctors. She’ll be signing copies of her Get Fit Fast DVDs, which combine burst training and resistance training, tips on eating for performance, how to use an exercise ball and more. You’ll also want to sign up for your chance to win a beautiful gift basket that JJ and Bioenergy Life Science have created.

We are also pleased to welcome Jonny Bowden, aka The Rogue Nutritionist, to our booth. You might have seen Jonny on The Dr. Oz Show. He is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition and health. He is a board-certified nutritionist and the author of 13 books on health, healing, food and longevity including three best-sellers. He’ll be signing copies of his book, The Most Effective Ways on Earth to Boost Your Energy, in which he introduces a complete program that will help you go from exhausted to energized.

RCA Culinary Expo: Booth 405P
As Americans turn a more critical eye on caffeinated products, Bioenergy Ribose is becoming a rising star. This is the perfect time to get your questions answered about formulating with ribose, and to learn what to expect when you start working with us here at Bioenergy Life Science. Stop by our booth to meet two top ribose experts.

Our Product Development Manager Donna O’Connor is a leading food scientist with years of R&D experience. Donna manages our Ribose Formulation Center, where she helps current and future customers identify new opportunities using pure, patented and GRAS Bioenergy Ribose.

Our Vice President of Sales, Functional Foods Mark Johnson is another go-to guy if you want to incorporate Bioenergy Ribose into a variety of functional food products to help improve both the functional and health benefits of those products. Mark is an industry veteran who knows how to grow bottom-line profitability.

Donna and Mark are excited to be participating in their first industry expo as members of Team Ribose.

Visit Bioenergy Life Science at next month’s ExpoWest and RCA

February 25th, 2013
Expo floor

Bioenergy Life Science presents two fabulous opportunities to learn how products formulated with ribose help to improve energy levels, fight fatigue and boost exercise recovery. Join us next month at Natural Products Expo West and Research Chefs Annual Conference and Culinary Expo to discover why there is so much excitement about ribose.

Natural Products Expo West: March 8-10 at Anaheim Convention Center

Bioenergy Life Science will be hosting two of this country’s most popular fitness and nutrition gurus – JJ Virgin and Jonny Bowden – at our booth #216 during this show. We will also hold several great prize drawings and offer attendees samples of many different types of products made with energy-sustaining ribose.
• Best-selling author JJ Virgin has worked with high performance athletes, CEOs, and A-list celebrities from around the world. Her TV appearances on such top-rated shows as the Dr. Phil Show and The Doctors have brought her household fame. Virgin will sign copies of her 4×4 Workout DVDs in the Bioenergy Life Science booth. We will also hold drawings for her books and a gift basket that she has personally created.
• Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, (aka “The Rogue Nutritionist”) is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition and health. He is a frequent guest on television and radio, including The Doctor Oz Show. He has also appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS as an expert on nutrition, weight loss and longevity. Bowden will sign copies of his new book, The Most Effective Ways on Earth to Boost Your Energy.

Also, stop by our booth to sample:
• Fruit Snack Chews
• Dark Chocolate- and Greek Yogurt Cranberry Cinnamon-flavored protein ribose balls with whey crisps
• White and Chocolate Drizzle chewy granola bars.

RCA Culinary Expo, March 8, Charlotte, NC

Stop by our Booth to sample a variety of products made with ribose, meet new Vice President of Sales Mark Johnson, and get many of your ribose formulation questions answered on the spot by Product Development Manager and expert food scientist Donna O’Connor. As manager of the Ribose Formulation Center, O’Connor is eager to discuss this ingredient’s uses in formulations of functional foods, beverages, sports nutrition, dietary supplements and other nutritional products.

• Products available for tasting at Booth #405P will include Fruit Snack Chews made with ribose, White and Chocolate Drizzle chewy granola bars made with ribose, and Dark Chocolate- and Greek Yogurt Cranberry Cinnamon-flavored protein ribose balls with whey crisps.

• And be sure to stop by the networking coffee break on Friday March 8 from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., where you will get to try the White and Chocolate Drizzle chewy granola bars made with ribose.

In the wake of the caffeine/energy drink headline-making controversies, discover how energy-sustaining ribose is offering a more common sense, natural alternative. Bioenergy Ribose and its sweet taste, already popular in an array of beverages and supplements, can improve the nutritional profile and benefit claims of your food applications.