Ben Greenfield Fitness
Altitude Training, Red Blood Cells & Shellfish: Are Clams The Next Big Performance Enhancing Supplement?
Feb 23, 2019 · 51 min
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When it comes to nutrition benefits, clams are interesting creatures. For example, they are a well known as a source of iron.  There are two types of iron - heme and non-heme iron. Heme-iron is more bioavailable, which means it is better absorbed and can be utilized by the body. Clams have both versions of iron, and a 3-ounce serving of clams can provide up to 24 mg of iron. But they are an excellent source of: - Omega-3 fatty acids - Protein - Vitamin A - Niacin - Potassium - Thiamin - Calcium - Thiamine - Folate - Choline - Magnesium - Sodium - Iron - Vitamin B12 - Selenium -Manganese -Vitamin C -Copper - Phosphorus -Riboflavin - Zinc - Vitamin E - Vitamin B6 - Vitamin K The list goes on and on...and my guest on today's show, Craig Dinkel - a supplement formulator, ultra-endurance athlete, altitude specialist and much more - has managed to study and harness the power of clams. On today's show we take a deep dive into clams, his new Altifuel supplement, and much, much more. During our discussion, you'll learn: -About Craig's adventure on the Hardest Hike in America (which we talked about )...4:30 Along the Sierra High route; At altitude (9-12k feet); 33 mountain passes Takes over 3 weeks to finish Pack ultra-light everything Big mistake: Bought ultra-light backpack Not designed to carry as much weight. Excess weight caused strain on lower back and glutes Get the weight higher up (mid-back or higher) Decided to pull out the 3rd day - potentially dangerous situation -Why Craig initially sought the health benefits of clams...19:20 Desiccated liver extract powder great for high-altitude events Clams have highest amount of iron and Vitamin B12 available Clams are a more potent version of the desiccated liver -Concerns about the level of contaminants found in clams...23:45 Use wild, farm-raised clams Small serving (3 oz.) of clams contain 1500% of daily iron intake Heme vs. non-heme iron Great source of minerals High amount of Omega 3 and Vitamin K2 -What Craig combines clams with to get the highest level of efficacy...30:30 Cordyceps, rhodiola, ginkgo biloba Rhodiola crenulata vs. Rosea Maintains sodium pulmonary transport in the body Helps reverse altitude sickness AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness Cordyceps - Oxygen producing capabilities with poly saccharides Why not add blue-green AFA to his ingredients... Strong nootropic effect Helps with muscle recovery Wanted most powerful source to work with blood development; clams superior. Have to pick and choose what you think is the best -Best practices for taking the capsules...43:00 Find lowest dose for highest impact -And much more... Resources from this episode:  -Kifaru backpacks -Altifuel supplement with clam option and liver option -Biotropic Labs  -My previous episodes with Craig Dinkel: Episode Sponsors: -: The Recovery Bundle Contains Kion Flex, Kion Aminos Tablet, LivingFuel SuperEssentials® Omega 3EDA+. Use discount code "bgf10" and receive 10% off your order. -: A “Tart-Sweet” Custom Brew With The HOTTEST Fat Melting And “Skin-Firming” Superfoods In The World. Use code "greenfield" at checkout and receive 20% off your order. -: Stay in ketosis, shred fat off your body, experience sustained energy throughout the day… and… break through plateaus to reach the next level that once felt out of reach. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Craig or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
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