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Rediscover Walking

Undoubtedly negative emotions can impact our well-being  and the spread of COVID-19 has certainly triggered a great deal of  anxiety. But there is some good news. There is something we all can do to help ourselves and it doesn’t cost a cent and no training is required.

All you have to do is commit to maintaining social distancing, open the front door and place one foot in front of the other. (Take your mask with you just in case you stop to chat.) That’s it.  You’ve already started.

If you prefer to maintain isolation and are fortunate to possess a treadmill, remove all the items you may have stored on it, placed both feet firmly in position and begin – no mask required.

Whether indoors or out, begin by reminding yourself this is not a race. Speed doesn’t really matter when walking. It’s all about the breath.

Finding, then setting your breathing pattern is important. To optimize the benefits of your walk, your ultimate objective is to take medium-to-long strides without over-reaching, while maintaining a comfortable breathing pattern.  At the onset, paying attention to your breath patterns will go a long way to reach that objective. And by the way, drifting away in thought is natural when walking. So if you find yourself all wrapped up in your thoughts forgetting about your breath counts be mindful and just reconnect.

To find your breathing pattern move in a relaxed way,  at a pace that is pleasant for you. Direct your attention to your ideal walking speed. Your pace will begin to follow its own rhythm. Take notice of how many steps you take during one inhalation and how many steps you take during one exhalation. Practice a couple of times and you’re well on your way.

Once your breathing pattern is set, it quickly becomes second nature and that brings this simple activity to a whole new level. The change of scenery and the extra oxygen helps boost your brainpower. The constant movement matched to your unique breathing pattern sparks relaxation and often brings new perspectives to situations that may be of concern.

One of the best ways to relax on your walk is to practice a gratitude walk. It will  transform your day. Unstructured, this walk is all about noticing something exciting/beautiful/beneficial or otherwise good on each block of your walk. Whether appreciating the neighbour’s well-tended garden, or how the majestic oak extends its roots up 90 feet from their trunks or that fluffy baby squirrel with that cute little tail or just being grateful for comfortable sneakers, the sunshine, a fresh breeze or the free time you have to take a walk in the first place — you’ll quickly discover gratitude never gets old.

Walking, whether inside or out has been identified as an ideal way to maintain well-being. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s ‘the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.’

Walking has a bigger impact on disease risk and other health conditions than just about any other remedy available. A number of studies show walking is as effective as drugs for decreasing depression. Walking for 2.5 hours a week—that’s just 21 minutes a day—can cut your risk of heart disease by 30%.

This free, do-anywhere, anytime, activity reduces the risk of diabetes and cancer, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and keeps you mentally sharp.

Walking is a qualitative and quantitative solution when prioritizing  health. Free and easy to fit into your daily routine, even a quick one-minuter can pay off.

A 2014 study from University of Utah found that for every minute of brisk walking that women did throughout the day, they lowered their risk of obesity by 5%.

Your mind will be clearer and tension will melt away as mood-elevating endorphin levels in your body increase.

If you’re still having a hard time getting excited about lacing up your sneakers consider walking while listening to music or a podcast.

The important thing to remember is walk for as long as you want, whether for 10 minutes or 30 or more. No matter how long you walk, your body will thank you.

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Purity Matters

Human beings are arguably one of the most complex organisms on this planet. Just image the  billions of microscopic parts, each with its own identity, working together in an organized manner for the benefit of the total being.  

That’s why we take pride in our uncompromising commitment to purity and authenticity. We combine the wisdom of the healing arts with robust nutritional science. Then we source the ingredients necessary to bring you the purest, natural products that help your body maintain a healthier you.

Suitable for a variety of dietary lifestyle choices, our products do not contain artificial or processed ingredients. Ingredients are organic whenever possible, natural, chemical and toxin free, sulphate free, palm oil free and paraben free and no refined or processed sugars, commercialized gluten, industrial seed oils, tap water or agave syrup. 

Our ingredients are listed below in no particular order. 

What We Use

  • Elderberries and Blueberries: In Nature, purple and blue are dynamic health supporters. Their phytonutrients include an antioxidant called anthocyanins believed to delay cellular aging and help the heart by blocking the formation of blood clots. Blue and purple foods also contain lycopene, flavonoids and vitamins D & K. They help promote bone health, lower the risk of certain cancers, improve memory and increase urinary-tract health. Blueberries are high in fiber, vitamins E & C, and antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. Combining the two takes the power of purple and blue to a whole new level. Both Elderberry and blueberry are clinically proven to help build the immune system and should you contact cold or flu symptoms science shows elderberries help you recover twice as fast.
  • Propolis: Prized as the immune system of the hive and used by humans for thousands of years, propolis contains powerful germ-fighting properties and over 300 beneficial vitamins, minerals, and compounds—making it nature’s powerful defence system.  Loaded with powerful antioxidants, bee propolis is a mighty ally during periods of stress—like when you’re rushing through a long line at airport security, struggling under a time-crunched deadline, or running a retail marathon.
  • Astragalus: Astragalus has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  It’s used to protect and support the immune system, prevent colds and upper respiratory infections as well as lowering blood pressure, treating diabetes, and protecting the liver.
  • Alma Berries: Also know as Indian Gooseberries, Amla berries are rich in antioxidants, and an excellent source of  Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
  • Manuka Honey:  It’s not because it’s sweet, although that’s a nice bonus. Manuka honey helps fight bacterial infection and inflammation. In fact, it’s  antibacterial and bacterial resistant. This means that bacteria shouldn’t be able to build up a tolerance to its antibacterial effects. Manuka honey is said to be effective for treating everything from a sore throat to clearing up blemishes on your skin.  Another reason  to thank honeybees.
  • Vegetable Glycerine: Because we do not use chemical preservatives, ProActive Nutraceuticals uses a small amount of organic plant based glycerine to slow the growth of bacteria. instead of alcohol or sorbates.
  • D3:  Vitamin D is an essential nutrient with many important functions. Also called the sunshine vitamin, it doesn’t have to come from your diet. It’s estimated that over 40 percent of the population is deficient in vitamin D, which plays a central role in everything from regulating mood to modulating immune cells in the body and beyond. It enhances the pathogen-fighting effects of monocytes and macrophages — white blood cells that are important parts of your immune defense — and decreases inflammation, which helps promote immune response. Recent research suggests that taking this vitamin may protect against respiratory tract infections.
  • Zinc: Zinc is a nutrient that plays many vital roles in your body.  Because your body doesn’t naturally produce zinc, you must obtain it through food or supplements.  It affects different systems of the body, including the immune system, digestive tract, and brain  where it is used as a ‘building block’ for protein synthesis, enzyme creation and metabolic processes.  It  also plays an important role in inflammatory response.
  • Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals.
  • Vitamin B6 is significant to protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism and the creation of red blood cells and neurotransmitters. Your body cannot produce vitamin B6, so you must obtain it from foods or supplements
  • Natural Source Vitamin C supports the function of various immune cells enhancing their ability to protect against infection. Reduces the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections, including the common cold.


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The Power of Functional Mushrooms

Mushrooms are Nature’s original superfood and the most studied. Today, roughly 40% of Western medicines, including penicillin, are derived from mushrooms.

If the thought of medicinal mushrooms is a bit frightening, keep reading.  There is amazing healing power in this adaptogen backed by some impressive research. But first, to clarify, no, functional mushrooms  are not magic mushrooms — they are not psilocybin mushrooms.  Functional mushrooms are not hallucinogenic. 

Functional Foods

In general, functional foods and/or adaptogens are ingredients that offer health benefits that extend beyond their nutritional value. Nutrient-rich ingredients like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and mushrooms are considered functional foods. 

In addition to nutrient-rich foods like fruits and veggies, the category also includes foods fortified with vitamins, minerals, probiotics and fiber. Adaptogens are a category of non-toxic plants that help the body resist all kinds of stressors, whether physical, chemical or biological. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions and they’re having a revival today as scientific evidence points to their efficacy.

Adaptogens literally ‘adapt’ to the body’s requirements by providing maintenance support when external stressors take aim. In doing so, they help to modify and regulate hormonal production and flow.

This is an intrinsic feature of adaptogens. It sets them apart from artificial stimulants and other quick fixes – think caffeine or processed sugars.

Filling your diet with a variety of functional foods and/or adaptogenic herbs ⁠from either conventional or fortified foods⁠ helps your body get the nutritive support it needs to function effectively.

Adaptogens can be herbs, minerals or mushrooms

Functional Mushrooms

In biology, all species on Earth are categorized into kingdoms. Humans are part of the Animal Kingdom. Then there is the Plant Kingdom which includes all the fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds, grains, grasses and trees you can think of, then add many, many, more. Then there is the Fungi Kingdom and it’s six times the size of the entire Plant Kingdom.

The fungi kingdom, encompasses a wide variety of living organisms. Scientists estimate there anywhere from 2.2 to 3.8 million species on Earth, including some incredibly powerful mushrooms that have been used as medicines for thousands of years because  when ingested, they work in the most interesting ways.

There are more than 100 trillion cells in the human body and their inner workings are extremely complex as demonstrated by the image taken by Harvard University.  

Functional mushrooms are considered intelligent compounds  that work on a cellular level.

It’s important to note they are not a cure-all.  Rather they increase the cells’ ability to respond  to different stressors – anything from high level physical activities – think athletes, to inflammation, chronic disease and even some cancers. And that assists the  body’s self healing mechanisms to kick in when necessary.

But before we dive into how functional mushrooms work,  it’s important to understand homeostasis which is critical to the survival of every species on Earth.  

The most detailed photographic image of inner cellular life ever taken. Source: Harvard University


When talking survival, maintaining homeostasis  is one of the most important evolutionary advantages we possess because we all live in conditions that are in constant flux.

Basically homeostasis means balance and every species on Earth constantly battles to maintain this balance in their body.

For example, homeostasis is how we maintain our internal body temperature.  As warm-blooded creatures, humans need to increase or decrease temperature internally depending on what activities we are experiencing in our external environment.

Think  taking a walk on a hot summer’s day or an icy-cold winter’s day for that matter. If our internal systems fail to adapt to these different environments our body would not be able to function.

Another example is how our bodies process glucose. It’s the only element of sugar the body uses directly and it’s  essential for the  brain to function.  Too much glucose, you get sick; too little you get sick.  Homeostasis keeps it in check. Another example is maintaining the correct balance of water in our body. Cells that have too much water bloat; those with too little shrink. Either way, bad news.   Even the nervous system requires this balancing  act. It relies on homeostasis for breathing patterns to ensure the body is getting  the appropriate amount of oxygen. When working within this very complex internal system, in an environment that is constantly changing, it’s not surprising that homeostasis can get out of whack easily.  And that’s where adaptogens and functional mushrooms enter the picture –- they help our internal systems find the ‘middle way’.


In the case of functional mushrooms specifically, the health benefits are lengthy and varied.  And,  because some adaptogens possess dual properties, the benefits overlap.  It’s their ‘adaptive’ nature that enable them to assist the body in multiple ways like  promoting both energy and sleep which help maintain homeostasis. 

Little confusing?  Think thermostat. Once a thermostat  reaches the optimal temperature, it turns off.  Should the temperature lower, the thermostat activates. Adaptogens are similar. They give the body what is needed, when it’s needed, to bring it back into balance thereby avoiding the inevitable ‘crash’ that can follow particularly when ingesting quick fixes. 

As for the immune system, functional mushrooms not only support immunity, they act as immuno-regulators, meaning  they help calm an overactive immune system when stressed or increase its activity when sluggish. That’s because they have beta glucans. 

Found in the cells of functional mushrooms, beta glucans help the immune system work at peak performance by  boosting and regulating it. Different beta glucans are specific to individual functional mushrooms, each enhancing the immune system in a slightly different way. Some have been shown to possess anti-inflammatory benefits, others anti-viral or anti-cancer properties and others cardio-protective properties. 

Functional Mushrooms at a Glance

While some functional mushrooms can be eaten, others cannot because they are too ‘woody’ or the flavour is just plain nasty. To take out the guess work on dosage and flavour,  functional mushrooms are sold as powdered extract, acting much like a food supplement so that our bodies can benefit from their amazing properties without worry.  All mushroom extracts used in ProActive products are processed in Canada. Organically grown, no  starch, mycelium or grains are used in processing and are scientifically verified by independent labs.


Found growing on birch trees in colder climate like Siberia, Northern Canada and Alaska, Chaga is loaded with impressive health benefits. Chaga  has the highest ORAC scores of any food. ORAC stands for “oxygen radical absorbent capacity.” The higher the ORAC value,  the better a food’s ability to protect the body from disease-causing free radicals. It also means that chaga mushrooms are one of the best sources of antioxidants with an ORAC value of 146,700. Chaga is rich with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals including B-complex, Vitamin D, Potassium, Rubidium, Cesium, Amino Acid, copper, zinc, selenium, iron, manganese, magnesium and calcium. As an antioxidant powerhouse, they are excellent contenders for fighting free radicals and inflammation

Researchers have also  investigated Chaga  in combating cancer for a long time .

Testing is still ongoing, but of particular interest are the ethanol-soluble lanostanic triterpenoid antioxidants. These are antioxidants that mitigate the damaging effects of free radicals that harm tissue and interfere with DNA replication. That’s important because a breakdown in the antioxidant capacity of cells is suspected to underlie various health challenges, such as inflammation, premature aging, and some cancers.


Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are one of the most popular mushrooms in the world. Not only do they taste great, they are a natural source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. In addition, shiitake contain many of the same amino acids as meat. Shiitakes contain many chemical compounds that protect your DNA from oxidative damage. Lentinan heals chromosome damage caused by anticancer treatments. Eritadenine  helps reduce cholesterol levels and supports cardiovascular health. They contain compounds that inhibit the absorption and production of cholesterol in the liver. Shiitakes contain all eight essential amino acids, long with an  essential fatty acid called Linoleic which helps with weight loss and building muscle. It also has bone-building benefits, improves digestion, and reduces food allergies and sensitivities. A 2015 study  suggests that consuming shiitake mushrooms improved cell effector function (active response to a stimulus to effect change) and improved gut immunity. The study also demonstrated a reduction of inflammation.

Research in 2016  suggests that shiitake mushrooms help fight cancer cells and the lentinan in shiitakes help heal chromosome damage caused by anticancer treatments.

Shiitake mushrooms are a great source of B vitamins, which help support adrenal function and turn nutrients from food into useable energy. They also help balance hormones naturally and even improve cognitive performance  by breaking through brain fog to maintain focus all day long.


Lions Mane

A large body of research has focused around this brain-boosting mushroom in the last few years and the results are astounding. One method by which lion’s mane affects brain function is by enhancing “neurite outgrowth” in the brain and related organs, according to research published in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. Neurite outgrowth refers to the growth of axons and dendrites from neurons. That’s a big deal in brain health research. By increasing this growth, it could potentially slow or reverse cell degeneration in the brain, the main characteristic of diseases like Alzheimer and Parkinson.

In varying degrees, compounds from or supplementation with lion’s mane mushroom, has been found to potentially slow the progression or reverse the spread of leukemia, gastric cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer,  liver cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer.

A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry lists the benefits of  lion’s mane mushroom as “antibiotic, anticarcinogenic, antidiabetic, anti-fatigue, antihypertensive, anti-hyperlipodemic, anti-senescence [anti-aging], cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective, and improves anxiety, cognitive function, and depression

A 2012 study conducted in Malaysia found that consuming lion’s mane mushroom could actually regenerate damaged cells from peripheral nerve injury, an injury affecting the delicate tissue between your brain and spinal cord.

UPDATE:  01/2021

A new report on the benefits of Lions Mane and Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has just arrived on my desk from  Dr Rhonda Patrick, one of my favourite go to sources when researching functional nutrition. It makes compelling reading.


Turkey Tail

When it comes to functional foods, the turkey tail mushroom, may top the list. It’s the most researched functional mushroom of the bunch, proven to promote immune function.

Turkey Tail is  prized for its beta glucan polysaccharides. Polysaccharides are “essential sugars” in the body that aid in activating immunity. Clinical trials suggest that  bacterial infections can be reduced using polysaccharides. The polysaccharides have strong communication with all T cells that are an essential part of white blood cells when fighting infection.

Known to stave off any infection, including those associated with the common cold or flu, it   helps the immune system become more resilient against ill-causing germs. So when flu season approaches, you may want to include turkey tail  in your dietary routine.

Studies are also focussing on how turkey tail mushrooms may help cancer patients who are going through chemotherapy. 

As chemotherapy suppresses the immune system, the hope is that turkey tail mushroom builds the immune system up to better handle the weakness that chemo all too often causes.




Used for its healing abilities for thousands of years, this edible fungus fits the definition of a true superfood. Often referenced as the king of the mushrooms, research in Japan, China, the U.S. and the U.K.  demonstrate that reishi mushrooms are capable of offering protection against numerous diseases or illnesses. Working as an “immune modulator,” reishi mushrooms help restore hormonal balance, bringing the body back to homeostasis while regulating activity of the immune system. This helps in the good  fight against tumours and cancerous cells. Reishi mushrooms act as a normalizing substance, regulating various cellular functions and systems, including the endocrine (hormonal), immune, cardiovascular, central nervous and digestive system.

Studies repeatedly show that reishi mushrooms have antioxidant abilities that allow them to strengthen the body’s defences against cancer, autoimmune conditions, heart disease, allergies, infections and more.

What makes this mushroom unique, is its calming properties — all of which are thanks to the compound triterpene, which reishi has in abundance.

The positive effects of triterpenes  is thought to also help with hypertension, high blood pressure and high cholesterol; sleep disorders and insomnia; anxiety and depression and sharpen focus.



Often referred to as Hen of the Woods, Maitake Mushrooms are not only delicious, they also boast of some amazing health benefits. From regulating blood sugar to dropping cholesterol levels, Maitake work as adaptogens. Their powerful properties naturally restore and balance the body to promote better health. Animal studies show maitake mushrooms are thought to boost immune function, reduce cholesterol, fight viruses and cancer and modulate blood pressure and sugar levels.

Recently, several promising studies have researched the potential connection between the maitake mushroom and cancer. Although research is still limited to animal models and in vitro studies, maitake mushrooms may contain powerful cancer-fighting properties .

Other research suggests maitake mushrooms may be therapeutic against PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) and could help combat common issues like infertility.

And animal studies indicates  ingesting maitake mushroom for eight weeks lowers blood pressure as well as levels of triglycerides and cholesterol.



Of the more than 400 species of Cordyceps discovered, two have become the focus of health research: Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris.

While research is ongoing, the  potential health benefits are promising.

Cordyceps can help the body utilize oxygen more efficiently and enhance blood flow. This can be helpful for athletes or those who regularly work out.

This mushroom has been shown to not only improve exercise and athletic performance, but also speed up post-workout muscle recovery.

Interestingly, This mushroom is also known for stimulating both energy and the libido.

The elderly have traditionally used Cordyceps to reduce fatigue and boost strength and improve sex drive.  

Researchers believe their antioxidant content may explain their anti-aging potential.


ProActive Nutraceutical Immunity Booster uses a blend of functional mushroom extract specifically for immune support. ProActive Workout Tonic uses  Cordyceps Functional  Mushroom Extract for Endurance. And no, It does not affect the great taste.  All mushroom extracts are processed in Canada. They are organically grown and no  starch, mycelium or grains are used in processing.  They are  also scientifically verified by independent labs ensuring purity, consistency and high bio-availability.

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Functional Nutrition

Food isn't like medicine, it is medicine, and it's our number one tool for creating the vibrant health we deserve. Dr Mark Hyman

Whether you have a case of the sniffles, or it’s been a stressful day, or you’ve had a serious illness, or you just want to recover from a killer workout, functional nutrition can be a game changer in terms of recovery, prevention and overall wellbeing.

The word ‘functional’ gets thrown around a lot in health and wellness circles.  So let’s get rid of some misconceptions first.

In short, functional nutrition uses specific foods and adaptogenic herbs as a framework to help the body recover from whatever life may throw your way.  It’s not a fast fix.  It’s not based on generic meal plans or specific dietary preferences. Rather it takes an individual approach to maintaining wellbeing by restoring the nutritional balance the body requires to function effectively. 

The bonus is it can work  within your specific dietary framework whether you’re embracing keto or paleo or any other dietary lifestyle. It’s a modality that can be used alone, or it can complement the work you’re doing with your physician, naturopath, acupuncturist, or other health practitioner.

Functional Medicine

To understand functional nutrition, it’s best to take a look at functional medicine as a whole because  they are interrelated. Functional medicine is an approach to treating health conditions and preventing further disease by finding the root cause of a health concern. 

It’s a logical, systematic way of uncovering what ails you while paying attention to your unique life circumstances. The practice treats the individual,  not the diagnosis.  

Instead of rubber stamping a diagnosis and treating just the symptoms, functional medicine practitioners seek to discover the ‘why’ behind a diagnosis. Patients go through an in-depth assessment which examines  the body’s entire system  to evaluate how effectively or ineffectively the body’s intercellular communication system  is working.  Ultimately, the practitioner recommends interventions that help restore the body’s balance by addressing factors such as diet, stress, sleep and even relationships.

Functional medicine is the future of healthcare but not because it’s the latest trend. Rather, it brings  back the foundation of what healthcare should be — treating the needs of the individual patient.

Functional Nutrition

Functional nutrition is a cornerstone of functional medicine. 

It’s the use of whole foods and adaptogenic herbs to help replete nutritional deficiencies in the body in an effort to boost the body’s own self-healing modalities. They’re called adaptogens because of their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to the body’s specific needs. 

They can calm you down and boost your energy at the same time without leaving you feeling overstimulated. This class of plants has been used as medicine in both traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to ward off illness and improve wellness. 

By definition, adaptogenic herbs must be safe for the general population and be able to regulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis). The HPA-axis is what regulates your mood, hormones, metabolism, energy, and immune system. The sympathetic nervous system (“fight-or-flight”) also ties into that. It’s responsible for controlling body inflammation in response to stress.

Most recently, scientists have returned to these active plant compounds to help counter more modern ailments.

Research shows adaptogens contain special phytonutrients that are not present in other whole foods They  help the body stay strong by naturally balancing key hormones such as cortisol, by fighting bacteria and viruses and supporting the overall health of the body’s internal organs. While some adaptogens are familiar–think — turmeric, ginger and ginseng, others like functional mushrooms are emerging as scientists expand their research.

A diet rich in whole foods and minimally processed food is always a good foundation to wellbeing. However, in this complex world, sometimes we require a more targeted approach to maintain health. Stress levels, sleeping habits, daily routines and the environment all play huge roles in our overall wellbeing and the bidirectional effect of nutrition. For example, sleep habits and stress levels affect how nutrition is digested and absorbed in the body.  Science-based, functional nutrition helps address these negative biological interactions by  restoring the nutritional balance the body requires to function effectively and to keep you feeling great so you can get on with your day. 

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Nutraceuticals Explained

Nutraceuticals represent an exciting opportunity in the improvement of health.  The word nutraceutical is actually the combination of two words –– “nutrient” and “pharmaceutical.” A nutrient is a nourishing component found in food and a pharmaceutical is a medical drug.

Nutraceuticals are naturally-occurring compounds as opposed to manufactured pharmaceuticals. 

In short, a nutraceutical must be derived from a food source and it must offer additional health benefits beyond basic nutrition.  Nutraceuticals can be used as a preventative or as a treatment. Our ProActive liquid formulations ensure better absorption in the body.  

Nutraceuticals can control symptoms, may reduce the risk of chronic disease, may aid in the treatment of disease and promote general wellbeing.

Many nutraceuticals are widely recognized for joint and spine problems, such as chondroitin sulfate, fish oils, glucosamine sulfate and an herb known as Boswellia.

A nutraceutical product may offer a single nutrient or multiple ingredients together. They may also come in the form of herbal products or be genetically engineered as designer food. Processed foods with added nutrients can also contain nutraceuticals.  Basically, nutraceuticals may provide the body with added nutrition.  If your diet isn’t supplying your system with all the nutrients and vitamins it needs, then nutraceutical lend a helping hand.  

Nutraceticals are particularly important when managing an injury or illness or if you are experiencing extra strain or stress, as these situations can increase the number of nutrients the body requires to function properly from a metabolical point-of-view.

Metabolism is a process that breaks down the nutrients in our food to produce energy. Nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates and fats provide energy, while nutrients like vitamins, electrolytes, minerals and water help our bodies maintain healthy metabolisms. Having enough nutrients allows the organs and systems in our bodies to function properly and may aid in healing wounds or injuries thoroughly and quickly. Not having the right amount of nutrients can mean our bodies will take longer to heal or may even worsen.

Without a doubt, a healthy diet is one of the best ways to ensure we maintain good health. But in reality today’s diet of processed foods and high stress usually means your diet isn’t providing enough nutrients for your body. And that’s when nutraceuticals take centre stage.

There are many types of nutraceuticals:

  • Carotenoids, such as lycopene
  • Dietary enzymes, such as papain and bromelain
  • Hydrolyzed proteins
  • Mineral supplements
  • Phytonutrients, such as resveratrol
  • Prebiotic and probiotic supplements
  • Dietary fiber supplements
  • Vitamin supplements

Nutraceuticals can also come in the form of herbal products, such as:

  • Echinacea
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Ginseng
  • Onion
  • Licorice root
  • Turmeric


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FAQs – ProActive Nutraceuticals

FAQs – ProActive Plant Based Nutraceuticals

What Are Nutraceuticals?

In short, a nutraceutical must be derived from a food source and it must offer additional health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Nutraceuticals may be used to support improved health, assist in the aging process or support the structure or function of the body.  They can be used as a preventative or as a treatment. 

MORE FROM OUR  BLOG:  Under The Nutraceutical Microscope:

Nutraceuticals Explained

Functional Mushrooms and Adaptogens

What Is Functional Nutrition 

Supporting the Immune System

Why use Elderberries and Wild Blueberries?

In Nature, purple and blue are dynamic health supporters. Their phytonutrients include an antioxidant called anthocyanins believed to delay cellular aging and help the heart by blocking the formation of blood clots. Blue and purple foods also contain lycopene, flavonoids and vitamins D & K. They help promote bone health, lower the risk of certain cancers, improve memory and increase urinary-tract health. Blueberries are high in fiber, vitamins E & C, and antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. Combining the two takes the power of purple and blue to a whole new level.

Elderberry and blueberry is clinically proven to help build the immune system and should you contact cold or flu symptoms may help you recover twice as fast.  


MORE FROM OUR  BLOG:  Under The Nutraceutical Microscope:

The Nutritive Power of Elderberries and Wild Blueberries 

Where do the Blueberries and Elderberries in ProActive products come from?

All the ingredients in our products are sourced from regional Canadian farmers or product suppliers who support our values.  All suppliers must ensure the highest level of purity available and their products must  be free of chemical additives with names no one cannot pronounce or understand.

Why is Cold Pressed Important?

Cold-pressed berries retain more of their vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and antioxidants. Then the juice is carefully processed to exacting standards to preserve their nutrients to create great tasting, natural plant based wellness supplements.

Can ProActive Products Prevent Cold or Flu?

Unfortunately science hasn’t found anything that prevents cold or flu.  However,  all ProActive Nutraceuticals are formulated to  support the immune system. Use them as soon as symptoms appear to lessen ‘sick-time’ or as a preventative just before bed or when going into public places.

Elderberries and blueberries are natural antihistamines which can help with minor allergies or the sniffles.   

What is the shelf life of Throat Guard?

We use no chemical preservatives in our formulae. They are prepared in real time as per order and are  viable for three months from the date its was processed.  Always check the expiry date on the back of your bottle for the specific date. Because there are no artificial stabilizers or alcohol in ProActive Nutraceuticals please keep the tonics in a cool place like the refrigerator when not using.

Do you add sugars or flavours? 

Never.  No processed sugars, no alternative sweeteners and no artificial flavours are used ProActive Nutraceuticals.   Propolis has no sugar but it does have a natural sweet taste. Manuka honey is added to help fend off further infection.  

How many sprays are in a bottle of Throat Guard or Immune Support?

Each bottle contains approximately 200 antioxidant-filled, immune supporting sprays.  Typically a spray bottle will last anywhere from three weeks to a month depending on usage.

Can children use ProActive Nutraceuticals? 

Some blends are available in adult and child strength. The dosage of Vitamin D and zinc is different – more appropriate to children.  The Immune Boosters  have a chart that outlines the dosage for adults and children. Children 4 – 10 years of age  can use the throat sprays for up to 10 days if they do not have allergies.  

As always, speak with your child’s health care provider before starting any elderberry supplementation, if your child is immunocompromised,  undergoing chemotherapy, or if any another underlying health condition exists.

How many sprays of Throat Guard should be taken daily?

That depends on how you want to use it.  Some use it proactively when going  on errands or when travelling as a preventative.  Others use it at night to help alleviate a dry or itchy throat.  We recommend spraying 2-4 sprays, 3-6 times per day when you have first experiencing a dry or itchy throat. Spreading your throat just before bedtime is always a good idea.   If travelling  more frequent spraying is recommended.

How many sprays of Immune Support should I take daily?

Spray 3 or 4 sprays in the morning and again in the evening just before bed. If you are experiencing the symptoms of cold and flu use the immune boosters.  The dosage is more concentrated. 

Should I avoid honey bee propolis or astragalus while pregnant or breast feeding?

Pregnant women or women who  are breast feeding should always consult their health care professional before taking any products that contain honey, propolis, or astragalus.

Is the Manuka honey pasteurized?

We use a  premium, high grade, unpasteurized Manuka honey from New Zealand that is tested and certified  400+ MGO (Monofloral) for potency, purity and quality with an UMF 13+ rating.

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The Nutritive Power of Elderberries & Blueberries

In Nature, purple and blue are dynamic health supporters. Their phytonutrients include an antioxidant called anthocyanins believed to delay cellular aging and help the heart by blocking the formation of blood clots. Blue and purple foods also contain lycopene, flavonoids and vitamins D & K. They help promote bone health, lower the risk of certain cancers, improve memory and increase urinary-tract health. Blueberries are high in fiber, vitamins E & C, and antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. Combining the two takes the power of blue to a whole new level.

The plant’s anthocyanidins have a broad spectrum of therapeutic value ranging from an effective treatment for both cold and flu symptoms to pharmacologic and anti-carcinogenic properties. 


One of the most important health benefits of elderberries is the plant’s ability to support our immune system function. That helps the body’s fight against bacterial and viral  infection.

And, because of it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, to also helps to clear up sinus infections and allergenic reactions.

There has been reference to elderberries exacerbating a cytokine storm because of its  immune boosting properties. Research has shown elderberry does not act as an immune stimulant. Rather,  its properties are immunomodulators, meaning they support the immune system needed and help to balance it at other times.

Elderberries help reduce blood pressure and support the management of diabetes. It’s a natural diuretic and helps with weight loss.  If that isn’t enough,  the plant’s high levels of Vitamin A,  bioflavonoids and antioxidants make it a natural  for skin health. What more can you ask for?  Blueberries.

Studies show individuals who eat a diet rich in blueberries had increased blood flow and oxygen to the brain, keeping the mind active.


Besides their great taste, these little berries are packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids.  They’re also high in potassium and vitamin C.  Vitamin C has the ability to protect cells DNA by trapping free radicals and inhibiting the formation of carcinogens. Studies show that consuming blueberry extract can lead to a 25% reduction in cancer cells.  

Consuming blueberries daily also helps lower blood pressure and  their polyphenols help boost bone growth and prevent osteoporosis by delaying the osteoclast action which is  breaks down bone minerals.  And they’re an anti-inflammatory. 

Known as a superfood, blueberries have many specific antioxidants including anthocyanins, phenols, and flavonoids. They boost the immune system with antioxidant properties to protect the human body from those damaging, daily stressors in our environments.

Oxidation is a chemical reaction that produces free radicals. Free radicals lead to damaged cells and variety of diseases. The antioxidants in both blueberries and elderberries are molecules that inhibit the oxidation of other molecules  thereby protecting the body from chronic disease and slowing the natural aging process. Packed with vitamin E, the nutrients in blueberries help protect eyes from damage from free radicals and plays an important role in the reduction of cataract formation and age-related macular degeneration. When compared to other berries, like blackberries, blueberries had the highest total antioxidant capacity.

Why We Blend Blueberries and Elderberries

In Nature, purple and blue are dynamic health supporters. Their phytonutrients include an antioxidant called anthocyanins believed to delay cellular aging and help the heart by blocking the formation of blood clots. Blue and purple foods also contain lycopene, flavonoids and vitamins D & K. They help promote bone health, lower the risk of certain cancers, improve memory and increase urinary-tract health. Blueberries are high in fiber, vitamins E & C, and antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. Combining the two takes the power of purple and blue to a whole new level.


“What our study has shown is that the common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus,” said Dr Golnoosh Torabian. “It inhibits the early stages of an infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for both the viral attachment and entry into the host cells.”

Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections

As we age, enzymatic capacity to produce our master anti-oxidant (glutathione) is markedly decreased.

Free Radicals, Antioxidants in Disease and Health

Survey of antioxidant capacity and phenolic composition of blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry in Nanjing

The effect of wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) consumption on postprandial serum antioxidant status in human subjects

Polyphenols from blueberries modulate inflammation cytokines in LPS-induced RAW264.7 macrophages

All  this functional nutrition is why we combine the nutritional power of elderberries.  Then we make it easy and convenient to take so you can get on with your day. 

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A Better Night’s Sleep

We spend a third of our lives asleep. That’s about 25 years!  But almost 60% of Canadian adults are sleep deprived, averaging 6.9 hours of sleep a night. Thirty percent of adults get less than 6 hours a night which can negative affect behaviour and productivity.

 Experts recommend 7–9 hours because a good sleep can help you eat less, exercise better and be a healthier you. If you want to optimize your health or lose weight, getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do. You can start by optimizing your sleep hygiene.

Practicing Sleep Hygiene

A good night’s sleep is just as important as regular exercise and a healthy diet. Research indicates that poor sleep has immediate negative effects on your hormones, exercise performance, and brain function. It can also cause weight gain and increase disease risk in both adults and children.

1. Increase day light exposure

Natural sunlight or bright light during the day helps keep your circadian rhythm healthy. This improves daytime energy as well as nighttime sleep quality and duration.

2. Reduce Blue Light Exposure

Due to its effect on your circadian rhythm, blue light exposure from electronics like smartphones and computers, trick your body into thinking it’s daytime. Stop watching TV or computer stream two hours before heading to bed or wear glasses that block blue light. 

3. Cut the Caffeine & Alcohol

Caffeine can stay elevated in your blood for 6-8 hours. Consuming it late in the day, stimulates your nervous system hindering your body from naturally relaxing at night. Alcohol can increase symptoms of sleep apnea, snoring and disrupted sleep patterns while altering natural melatonin production. 

4. Optimize Bedroom Environment.

The way your bedroom is set up can be key factor  to quality of sleep. Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, relaxing and clean.  Bedroom temperature also has a profound affect on sleep quality.  One study found bedroom temperature affected sleep quality more than external noise. 

5. Rule Out Sleep Disorder

If you’ve always struggled with sleep, consult your healthcare provider.  A common issue is sleep apnea which causes inconsistent and interrupted breathing.  Other common  issues can include sleep movement disorders and circadian rhythm sleep/wake disorders which are common in shift workers.  

6. Reduce Nap Time

Napping is one of life’s little pleasures but long naps may impair sleep quality at night.  Either stop napping or shorten naps.

7. Sleep and Wake at Consistent Times. 

The body’s circadian rhythm functions on a set loop aligned with sunrise and sunset. Being consistent with your sleep and waking times (even on weekends) can aid long term sleep quality. 

8. When all else fails, try a natural supplement.

When taking ProActive Sleepy Time Drops, start with a low dose to assess your tolerance and then increase it slowly as needed. If sleeplessness persists seek medical advice.

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Supporting the Immune System

When our body is functioning optimally,  our natural immune system does a great job protecting us from various ailments like colds, flu and viruses. Being proactive supports a healthy immune system through a healthy diet and rest, but sometimes, our immune system needs a helping hand.

Habits That Weaken The Immune System

  • Poor diet, including too much sugar intake.
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Not enough sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Not maintaining regular exercise
  • Obesity
  • Stress


Habits That Support The Immune System

  • The more you gravitate toward a whole, clean, minimally-processed diet, the healthier your immune system will be.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Sleep is critical for cellular repair, recovering from an illness and maintaining a strong immune system. 
  • Exercise is a powerful health enhancer and a great stress reliever. Even moderate exercise like walking, helps.
  • Learn good stress management and coping skills

But as we all know, sometimes, we need a little help when fighting the good fight against germs.  ProActive Nutraceuticals for Immune Support  taken daily helps  boost your immunity.  But should you start to feel the aches and pains of cold and flu symptoms increase the dose to help reduce severity of symptoms and  down-time.