As I celebrate a succesful midterm, I toast myself a shot—a short detour before I open a desolate word document and hammer out a 2,500 word essay.

Ah, yes, youth. Going back to school always sounds good, and safe, ’till you hit this part. And then it’s 25 degrees outside and writing an essay seems like modern-day water boarding. But I digress..

It’s grind time, and time for high-functioning. Giving up caffeine at this time of the year was probably foolish, but alas, I have a substitute—served like an espresso shot, no less.

As someone who doesn’t eat meat often, I’m somewhat concerned (okay, my mom is concerned) that I’m not getting enough B12. It’s only found in animal products, or fortified products, or supplements. Of course, it isn’t as bioavailable—or easily absorbed by the body—when it’s consumed out of it’s natural package, the foods in which it is found. And B12 plays a big part in the functioning of the brain and the nervous system, so it’s a pretty big deal.

Some vegans inject themselves with B12. Others take supplements, most of which their body won’t absorb. And I take this. BLAMM-O! (Yes, far above the RDI. Side note: I don’t really do RDIs. More on that later? Only if you insist). This stuff is a naturally-occurring, real food MEGAvitamin.

E3 Live is a natural blue-green algae taken from Klamath Falls, Oregon that packs more than 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and EFAs (essential fatty acids, meaning the ones your body can’t produce naturally). And the best part? It’s 97% bioavailable. That means your body is actually taking in virtually every last drop of the good stuff. Which is amazing, if you’ve got lazy nutrition habits, poor digestion, or malabsorption issues. Or if you want to be a superhuman.

Now, back to the books—the E3 live I’ve been taking has an addition called BrainOn, made up of phenylethylamine, or PEA, to promote clear thinking and focus. I guess when I get my midterm back next week we’ll find out if the addition works..

I dare you to try it yourself—I’ve seen it in Toronto at both Rawlicious and Belmonte Raw, and at Noorish in Edmonton. Invite your other healthy-nutty friends and do a round of shots? And have one for me. Hey, you might even get a little buzz.

Okay, now, back to the books.


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