Featured: Lithothamnium Calcareum

Algae are, where life is. They produce ninety percent of the oxygen on our planet. Algae are one of earth`s oldest lifeforms and are distinguished by particularly valuable ingredients and a rich composition. And most notably, they are responsible for high-quality calcium in the vegan version of BERTRAND.

Lithothamnium belongs to the species of fossil red algae. The small algae is colored red and purple and only grows 1mm per year, making it grow very slow. Because of its ability to concentrate the nutrients found in the water of the sea within itself, lithothamnium-algae contain more than 32 rare trace elements (e.g. iodine, selenium, zinc, cobalt, copper and chrome), that support the mineralization of the human organism.
It is abundant with mineral supplements, vitamins, amino acids and especially with iron, which is necessary for the production of hemoglobin. Its high concentration of calcium helps in preventing loss of calcium and in preserving the structure of the bones. The outstanding biological availability makes lithothamnium a great alternative to former sources of calcium. Lithothamnium is composed of 34 percent organic and natural calcium, of which 96% are available to the body for processing . The natural and therefore highly biologically available elements of the lithothamnium-algae are absorbed continually and harmonically by the human organism.

How does it get into the product?

The lithothamnium-algae in BERTRAND is harvested on the French coast, dried and processed into a fine powder.
There is no additional chemical treatment after the harvest. No additives that could cause contamination are added to the product and every batch is individually examined in the laboratory for its content of toxic substances, so that you can benefit of this natural resource without having to worry about such things.

Contrary to calcium made from corals, lithothamnium is completely vegan, so it is no product of animal metabolism and the harvest of lithothamnium does not damage the sensible coral reefs in any way.

Rene’s experience with BERTRAND

I came across Bertrand while searching for a good alternative to the trekking diet. I’m vegetarian and unfortunately also lactose-intolerant, which means I’m somewhat challenged on the nourishment front. That’s why I was looking for something with no meat, that was still delicious, and that would still get me through the day without putting on much weight.

unspecifiedThe answer came through Youtube and I thus quickly decided I would give Bertrand a shot.
The ordering process leaves no room for playing around, which meant I quickly decided to go all the way and convert my diet completely to Bertrand for 30 days. My partner’s concerns that I would use up almost my entire monthly budget for shopping were quickly brushed aside, and just like that the order was placed. The 15 kilogram package arrived at my office and I quickly prepared my first shake.

– What can I say? It tasted fantastic.

He who has ever made a shake from Muesli (Firestarter), knows more or less what awaits him. As for flavor, I went for vanilla, closely followed by blueberry.
The one without crumbs is also not too shabby, but since I have to choose…
It had been getting harder and harder to combine my increasingly higher dietary standards with my job. Too often were the times I swapped a home-made salad for a sandwich from the bakery, due to time constraints. That’s why Bertrand is the perfect answer to a purposeful and healthy diet.
I quickly add a package of my choice to my basket, throw in a shaker for good measure, and just like that it’s on the way. While everyone at my workplace are drinking their first coffee, I’m shaking away happily and getting the day off to a good start.

Preparing the shake as Muesli in a bowl for lunch with my coworkers?
– Not a problem, works wonders. I put in the powder, add a little hot water, and let it sit for a while. Then afternoons on the couch with my girlfriend watching an episode of Game of Thrones? Of course that’s also shake time… although I admit sometimes it is really tough. 😛

On top of all that I’ve also discovered a cool side effect.
Since I now consistently intake 2000 calories, which at the moment roughly cover my needs, I’m also quickly losing weight. Something I had been putting off for a long time. 😉

What’s next?
I will stick to Bertrand, continue to prepare my shakes in the morning and at lunchtime, and cook a healthy meal in the afternoon.

Even when away from home for longer periods, Bertrand is still the only and obvious choice.  A five-day test in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains just served to validate the “food and drink to go” concept.

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