Sarah Bowmar here, owner of Bowmar Nutrition! I am so excited to finally bring our PRENATAL to our product lineup! I want to breakdown all of the details of this product as well as answer some FAQs I have been receiving on social media- let’s dive into the product!
What is a Prenatal?
A prenatal is a daily multi vitamin that is specifically designed for women who are trying to conceive, pregnant, and/or breastfeeding. With the added benefits of Vitamin E and B6, many women going through menopause often take prenatals as well to reduce day to day symptoms and Vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis (all three ingredients are in our new prenatal). I personally will continue to take a prenatal until I am done having children and beyond- it is an amazing overall multivitamin that has additional beneficial ingredients that many multis do not. As always, consult with your doctor for any health concerns.
A prenatal does not make you more fertile. It does not increase your chance of getting pregnant. It does not facilitate in conception. It is recommended by the American College of Gynecology to begin taking a prenatal AT LEAST 90 days before trying to conceive. Many nutrient deficiencies can occur while pregnant so it is best to begin your prenatal 3 months prior to conception. If you are not taking a prenatal and find out you are pregnant, begin taking one immediately!
During pregnancy (and breastfeeding), your nutrient needs are different than any other time in life, coupled with the fact that baby gets all nutrients from mom, many women find themselves deficient in nutrients even if their diet is well balanced. It is VITAL to be supplementing with a high quality prenatal to ensure a healthy pregnancy for both mom and baby. It’a also important to note that a prenatal should not replace a well balanced diet.
Vitamin A- recommended 1300mg per day
Forms healthy skin and eyesight; helps with bone growth
Vitamin C- recommended 120mg per day
Promotes healthy gums, teeth, and bones; helps your body absorb iron
Vitamin D- recommended 15mg per day
Builds your baby’s bones and teeth; helps promote healthy eyesight and skin
Vitamin E- recommended 19mg per day
Helps your body create and maintain red blood cells, healthy skin and eyes, and strengthens your natural immune system
Vitamin K- recommended 90mg per day
Vitamin K helps blood to clot. It is essential to prevent serious bleeding. Babies do not get enough vitamin K from their mothers during pregnancy, or when they are breast feeding. Without vitamin K, they are at risk of getting a rare disorder called ‘vitamin K deficiency bleeding. It does not pass through the placenta and therefore, necessary for babies to receive Vitamin K at birth
Thiamine- recommended 1.4mg per day
Enables you and baby to convert carbs to energy. It also helps your nervous system, muscles, and heart function normally and is essential for baby’s brain development
Riboflavin- recommended 1.6mg per day
An essential vitamin (also known an B2) that helps your body produce energy. It also promotes your baby’s growth, vision, and healthy skin plus it is essential for your baby’s bone, muscle, and nerve development
Niacin- recommended 18mg per day
Improves digestion and can ease morning sickness and nausea
Vitamin B6- recommended 2mg per day
Helps form red blood cells; helps body use protein, fat, and carbohydrates
Folate- recommended 640mcg DFE per day
Early pregnancy, folic acid helps form the neural tube development. It can help prevent some major birth defects of the baby’s brain (anencephaly) and spine (spina bifida). Babies tubes have formed by end of week 4 which is why it is vital to supplement with a prenatal prior to conception but at the very least AS SOON as you find out you are pregnant
There is also a huge difference in quality, effectiveness, and absorption rates between folic acid and folate (what is in our product). You can read more about the folate source in our product here
Biotin- recommended 35mcg per day
Help keep your skin, hair, eyes, liver, and nervous system healthy. A crucial nutrient during pregnancy, as it’s important for embryonic growth
Pantothenic Acid- recommended 7mg per day
Helps create pregnancy hormones and eases leg cramps
Choline- recommended 550mg per day
An important nutrient that helps your baby’s brain and spinal cord develop properly. Some studies suggest it may also protect a newborn against neural tube defects, similar to folate
Iron- recommended 27mg per day
Your body uses iron to make hemoglobin (blood) for both you and your baby during pregnancy. Iron helps move oxygen from your lungs to the baby’s body and the rest of your body. Supplementing with iron can help prevent iron-deficiency anemia, a condition that can cause extreme fatigue and other symptoms
Zinc- recommended 13mg per day
Getting enough zinc is especially important during pregnancy because there’s so much rapid cell growth. This essential mineral also helps support your immune system, maintain your senses of taste and smell, and heal wounds
Selenium- recommended 70mcg per day
Has been shown in some studies to decrease TPO antibody levels and in one study, selenium use during pregnancy decreased TPO antibodies and reduced the risk of thyroid function abnormalities after pregnancy
Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) is an enzyme normally found in the thyroid gland. TPO plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormones
Manganese- recommended 2.6mcg per day
Assists in the formation of fetal bones and cartilages. On top of that, it is needed to break down amino acids, carbs, and cholesterol- which is vital for the growth of the unborn baby. It is also an important mineral for protecting new cells from any potential damage
Chromium- recommended 45mcg per day
A mineral that helps your body break down and store fats, carbohydrates, and protein. It also works with the hormone insulin to maintain a normal level of glucose in your body. This is especially important if you become diabetic during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)
Gestational diabetes effects up to 10% of pregnancies in the United States. If you have GD, your baby is at a higher risk of:
- Excessive birth weight
- Early (preterm) birth
- Serious breathing difficulties
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Obesity and type 2 diabetes later in life
Ginger Root Extract- daily value not established
Ginger has been recognized as a popular nonpharmacological treatment for morning sickness during pregnancy
Please note, it is recommended to not consume more than 1g of ginger per day if pregnant. 2 pills (1 daily serving) of our prenatal contains 10% of the daily limit.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin – daily value not established
Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, such as kale, spinach, and broccoli, and in corn and egg yolks. The body cannot make lutein and zeaxanthin, so baby and mom must get these important nutrients from foods or supplements, or a combination.
As early as the second trimester of pregnancy, lutein and zeaxanthin start accumulating in the retina of baby’s eyes. During the third trimester, when baby’s eye and brain development are at their peak, the levels of lutein in mom’s bloodstream are also at their highest.ii A recent study found that children born to moms who had higher lutein and zeaxanthin levels in their blood just before delivery had a lower risk for poor visual acuity – the ability to see fine detail – at three years of age.iii
Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in areas of the brain related to sight, learning and memory.iv
Currently there is no global health organization recommendation for lutein and zeaxanthin intake during pregnancy.v However, health professionals suggest adults consume 10 milligrams (mg) of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin daily to support eye health and to insure adequate levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in the retina.vi
Why doesn’t this also have calcium?
It is recommended to not consume calcium with iron as your body will prioritize calcium over the iron. We recommend taking your calcium supplement and Vitamin D3 in the morning and prenatal at night, or vice versa. It is recommended to consume 1300mg of calcium per day if pregnant.
Is it vegan?
The capsules used are plant based!
Should I be worried about an iron overdose?
Iron overdose typically occurs at 45mg or higher in adults. Our product has 27mg. If your diet is heavy in iron- it is best to track iron mg consumption to ensure a healthy dosage per day.
What about DHA?
Many of our customers are already using our Bowmar Nutrition Fish Oil which contains the recommended dosage of DHA for pregnancy. Additionally, our fish oil is sourced from wild caught fish and is processed through state of the art purification processes to remove PCBs, dioxins and furans, and mercury to ensure purity levels below 0.09ppm, 2 ppt WHO TEQs, and 0.1ppm respectively
Additionally, there are several studies that prove DHA is best absorbed as a liquid in a soft gel cap (what our fish oil is), compared to the marine derived oil being converted to a powder
What other supplements can I take while pregnant?
It is always recommended to consult with your doctor regarding any and all vitamins and supplements you may be taking while pregnant. There is a full list of the products I took while pregnant with Oakley, linked here.
Can I open these capsules and consume this in a liquid?
It is NOT recommended to open our PRENATAL and consume by mixing it into a liquid. The iron should not be absorbed directly as a powder, it is to be absorbed as a capsule
Let me introduce myself, if you are new here. My name is Sarah Bowmar and my husband, Josh, and I are sole owners of our supplement company- Bowmar Nutrition. It is our mission to set the bar when it comes to transparency, consumer education, and product breakdown in the supplement industry. I feel there is a huge misunderstanding of PREworkout and it’s benefits! We offer two types of PRE: stimulant (contains caffeine and niacin- some experts consider niacin a stimulant) and a stimulant free version!
To checkout the PRE flavors we offer in each stim and stim free base, click here
Breakdown of PRE
Caffeine is 1 of 18 ingredients in our stimulant based PRE, yet majority of the consumers who use PREworkout assume they are only taking it because of the energy it gives them. In reality, it’s only 5% of the formula and there are 125mg of caffeine in one 21.5g scoop (which converts to 21,500mg). As you can see, the other remaining 17 ingredients and 95% of the formula are what make PRE amazing!
When it comes to the stimulant free PRE, there are several less ingredients as we do not need to add in vitamins. For example, caffeine can deplete vitamins such as B6 so our stimulant (caffeine) based version has vitamin B6 in it along with several other vitamins that can be depleted when caffeine is introduced into the system. Our stim free PRE has 10 incredible ingredients that I am going to break down for you to hopefully educate you on the benefits that a high quality PRE has to offer!
There are also several other benefits to consuming a caffeine free PRE such as for those who are caffeine / stimulant sensitive, those who workout at night, or those who want to consume their caffeine elsewhere during the day and not in their PRE. Whatever the case may be- I truly hope this blog provides a crystal clear understanding of why Bowmar Nutrition PRE is the best on the market. We also have samples of all of our PRE flavors in our stimulant and non stimulated based if you want to try them before committing to a tub! Find the samples here!
Potassium- an important mineral in the body, arguably one of the most important. In PRE, it regulates blood pressure levels, maintains nerve function, and controls fluid balance. It also helps support muscle health and muscle contractions.
L-Citrulline- a non essential amino acid that may increase blood flow (the pump) by increasing nitric oxide production. It can also produce positive muscle effects by decrease amino acid breakdown and stimulant protein synthesis. An increase in blood flow to the muscle can also result in strength increases during the lift as more blood in the muscle also means there are more nutrients in the muscle as well. This can also help with recovery and prevent injury when lifting with proper form.
Taurine- a conditionally essential amino acid that increases endurance performance, work load, and can reduce overall muscle soreness. There are also recent studies that prove it prevents muscle damage and protein catabolism while decreasing oxidative stress produced by exercise. Study can be found here
Betaine Anhydrous- a naturally occurring chemical in the body that improves hydration, stimulates water-based pumps (ie: shuttles water to your muscles), improves strength and powder, and, like l-citrulline, supports protein synthesis. As a side note, protein synthesis is a process in which ours cells make protein.
L-Tyrosine- this ingredient may be familiar to many of you that use our MELT fat burner- that in depth blog can be found here. It is an amino acid that has many incredible benefits. In the context of PRE workout, especially in a non-stimulant PRE, it helps with focus and reduces fatigue.
Acetyl L-Carnitine HCL- made from L-carnitine, this ingredient helps the body naturally produce more energy!
Green Tea Leaf Extract- caffeine is removed during the extraction process of our green tea leaf ingredient. During the process, tea leaves are soaked in water to release caffeine and other tea compounds. There is a relatively new study that looks directly at decaffeinated green tea leaf extract and the overwhelming results of its benefits of increased energy output during exercise. Full study can be found here
KSM-66 Ashwaganda Root Extract- this is another ingredient found in MELT and detailed in the blog listed above. In short- this ingredient helps decrease stress (cortisol) and increase testosterone in those who are active and weight train. Two additional studies can be found here and here
Citrapeak- probably my favorite ingredient in our PRE (this is both our stimulant and non stimulant based)! This ingredient is a derivative of citrus and has multiple studies that prove it’s effectiveness in increasing blood flow and the nitric oxide pump. The full studies can be found here
Citrus Bioflavonoids- another citrus derivative that has been proven in many third party studies and trials to increase blood flow (again, more blood flow to the muscle being worked = stronger output, less fatigue, more nutrients, less injuries, and better recovery).
Please note, it is most beneficial to consume PRE 15-20 minutes prior to your lifting session. As you can see from the above, these ingredients are geared towards weight lifting. We do not recommend PRE before a cardio-only gym session as many of the ingredients will simply go to waste. And this is coming from the owner of a company who could sell you this product and tell you to take it before cardio and sell twice a much product- but we aren’t about that over at Bowmar Nutrition!
As you can see from the above breakdown, caffeine plays a SMALL role in the overall benefits and intent of a good PRE formula. I personally prefer the non-stimulant base we offer over the stimulant base and I know thousands of our customers do as well! Please leave a comment if this blog helped!
It’s not the sexiest product we sell, but it is one of the most important! 70% of your immune system stems from your gut and chances are, if you are sick often, you are also bloated constantly, have inconsistent bowel movements, and don’t get enough fiber. Too many people associate their immune system to strictly Vitamin C and that is simply not the case. While Vitamin C is a great vitamin to maintain a healthy immune system, ensuring you are getting enough fiber is also vital. Plus- you will probably experience some other amazing benefits such as less bloat, less gas, k feeling fuller longer, and being more in control of your hunger cues.
Only 5% of Americans consume the adequate amount of fiber per day!
There are 2 types of fiber: insoluble fiber and soluble fiber.
Sources of insoluble fiber: wheat bran, whole grains, cereals, seeds, and the skins of many fruits and vegetables.
Sources of solute fiber: dried beans, oats, oat bran, rice bran, barley, citrus fruits, apples, strawberries, peas, and potatoes.
Both can be consumed in a supplement, as well!
Dietary fiber increases the weight and size of your stool and softens it. A bulky stool is easier to pass, decreasing your chance of constipation. If you have loose, watery stools, fiber may help to solidify the stool because it absorbs water and adds bulk to stool.
It is recommended, for an adult, to consume 14g for every 1,000 calories you consume. For example, if you are dieting on 1,500 calories, you should be consuming 21g of fiber. 2,000 calories = 28g of fiber and so on. The only way to know how much fiber you consume per day is by keeping tracking and tallying it at the end of the day. If you are underrating on fiber through your whole food sources, supplementing with Bowmar Nutrition Fiber is a great way to fill the gap. One scoop of our fiber is 10g which makes filling the fiber gap extremely easy. If you’re under by 5g- you can use 1/2 a scoop! There is such a thing as too much fiber and it can have the opposite effect (more bloating and less regular trips to the bathroom) so you want to ensure you are getting the perfect amount!
The active ingredient in our Bowmar Nutrition Fiber is psyllium husk!
When combined with water, many studies have shown that psyllium husk relieves constipation. When combined with water, it swells and produces more bulk, which stimulates the intestines to contract and helps speed the passage of stool through the digestive tract. This is why we recommend taking fiber before your first meal or at the very end of the day before bed!
As stated above, getting enough fiber throughout the day will help to reduce bloating, less gas, more regular bowel movements, improved immune system, etc. There are also many studies that prove fiber helps reduce bad cholesterol, improves insulin sensitivity, helps regulate body weight, and help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes!
Hi guys! It’s Sarah Bowmar and I am just here to answer your frequently asked questions! Thank you so much for visiting the blog!! We receive a lot of frequently asked questions regarding Bowmar Nutrition. We have a FAQ page on the Bowmar Nutrition website, but I just wanted to get them on to the blog as well!
When I mix my protein in hot liquids, why is it gritty?
Bowmar Nutrition was founded with protein hot chocolate. Our protein is formulated to be enjoyed hot or cold. There are some tips and tricks that we have learned along the way to ensure that whenever you mix protein in hot liquid or coffee you get the best tasting drink.
Tip 1: The coffee or liquid cannot be boiling hot because it will denature the protein.
Tip 2: Always add powder to the liquid. Never add liquid to the powder in your cup.
Tip 3: Always use a rapid mixer to ensure mix-ability
Tip 4: If you’re having issues using a metal tumblr, mix in a different cup and then pour it into your metal tumblr.
You can also enjoy any of our whey, egg based or vegan proteins in hot liquids or cold brew coffee!
What supplements should I take?
Supplements are meant to fill the gaps in your diet and daily routine. Everyone’s goals and needs are different which is why there is not a one size fits all for this question. For example, if your daily protein goal is 120 g of protein but through your whole food sources you’re only getting 95 g of protein, supplementing with a protein bar or protein powder is a great way to fill the gap. Supplements are never required or necessary, however they do make your life easier when if comes to ensuring that your nutritional goals are met.
If you are more of an auditory learner, here is a link to a podcast that I created that goes more in depth in this topic.
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What makes your product different?
We spent almost two years perfecting these products to ensure they would withstand being heated (protein hot chocolate). Our products are also manufactured in a GMP certified facility and undergo routine tests to ensure shelf life and accurate nutritional information
Can I take your products while pregnant or nursing?
As all pregnancies are unique, we recommend speaking to your doctor. All ingredients are listed on our website for your next appointment. That being said- a lot of pregnant and nursing women do enjoy our products once cleared.
Are your products gluten free?
The majority of our products are gluten free, there are some of our nut butters that are not.
Can I mix my greens and my fiber together?
Due to the nature of the fiber and the need to drink it quickly, we do not recommend adding anything to the fiber. You can, however, mix collagen, greens and BCAAs together.
Are your products NSF certified or WADA approved?
Products are manufactured in a facility that is certified by NSF through the GMP and Certified for Sport programs.
Are your products safe for kids?
Yes- our products are stimulant and hormone free so they are safe for children
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I ordered clothes and supplements but I only received supplements
Clothing and other apparel comes form a different warehouse- a separate tracking number and package will arrive
My product says it has been delivered, but I can’t locate. What should I do?
Once the product leaves our warehouse, you will need to contact the shipping provider for updates regarding shipping and delivery. A tracking number is sent to the email address on file
Can I return clothing?
Clothing is all final sale based.
Will my item ship on my first or last Sezzle payment?
Your item will ship on your first installment
What qualifications are needed to become a Bowmar Nutrition athlete?
We truly appreciate everyone who believes in us enough to want to become an athlete. All sponsorships are an investment from us into the athlete- that being said, we always need to make sure we are making an ROI. We do this by ensuring our athletes have enough of a following and an influence (online and in their community), to reach enough people to market to. We prefer our athletes to have at least 10,000 real followers to utilize the story swipe up features for custom athlete links. Application can be found here.
Can I use with boiling liquid?
Protein Hot Chocolate can be used with hot liquid but please be advised that mixing with any liquid over 212˚F (liquid boiling point) will cause the PHC to breakdown and seem gritty. Typically, serving temperatures at coffee shops or popular coffee makers is between 170˚F – 195˚F and will not cause any issues.
My collagen is goopy when I mix it, what am I doing wrong?
If you are using water to mix your collagen, we recommend using room temperature water. You can always add ice once it is blended. If you are mixing the clear skin cocktail (collagen, greens, and BCAAs), we recommend using 20oz of water. Make sure you are always shaking your collagen in a blender cup if you are using water. Please use the rapid mixer if you are adding it to coffee or other hot liquids
My tub didn’t last as long as I thought it would-why is that?
When our products are measured, it is right when it is made (which is when the product is at it’s “fluffiest”). During transit, the ingredients settle and the product becomes denser. We recommend shaking the tub when you receive it and then once every week or so that you have it to “fluff” it up and get more out of each tub! Each product is measured weight when manufactured.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes, we ship to 240 countries. Please note that some additional taxes may apply that is outside of our control
Is there a scooper in the container?
Yes- you may need to sift for it as it may have settled to the bottom during shipping
Can I use your protein as a meal replacement?
Yes, here’s a great blog from Sarah regarding protein powder and when to use it**
I’m having trouble downloading or finding the update to my recipe book I ordered-what should I do?
-If you’re having trouble downloading either cookbook- please ensure you’re only clicking the “download” button once
-Please use the mail service on your phone and not an app like the gmail app
-On iPhones- books will be saved and open either in iBooks or iCloud
-On android- books will be saved under files and phone files under download
-If your phone isn’t working, try opening it on your computer. If it works there- it’s a phone timeout or storage issue
-Updates are sent 2-3 times per month. They come from Shopify so please be sure to add the email to your address book so emails aren’t sent to spam
Why do you use sucralose in PHC?
I would highly recommend listening to this podcast from Lacey Dunn regarding artificial sweeteners, the research, and the safety of their use in small doses (like our product).
Are your products keto friendly?
As “keto friendly” is a subjective term and means different things to different people who are following the keto diet, we do not label our products one way or the other. Many of our products are low carb and all of our products have open labels on our website for you, the consumer, to make the final call on if our products align with the style of meal plan you are following
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Thank you all for your love and support of Bowmar Nutrition! We really appreciate it!
We want to start off by THANKING all of you for your support of Bowmar Nutrition and because of you, we saw immense growth in 2020! We have always prioritized giving back and now with our exponential growth, we are giving away more than we ever have. This is the biggest giveaway in Bowmar history! It is such a blessing that we are able to do this during such a crazy year, and we seriously could not have done it without all of you.
We know this year was hard for so many and we wanted to give back and hopefully bring some cheer to the close of 2020. Two weeks ago, we asked for nominations from our followers and we are so honored to announce we are able to donate product to:
- 11 food banks
- 20 military bases
- 750 front line workers (police officers, teachers, nurses, first responders, etc)
Totaling over $700,000 in product!!!
It absolutely blows my mind that Josh and I are in a position to donate almost $1,000,000 back to our community through various places. We hope this also encourages all of you to give back to your communities! You can find some ideas on some of my other blog pages like “Sarah Bowmar’s Holiday Giving Ideas – Operation Give Back.” If you want to see some of the other donations we have done both this year, you can get a glimpse of that by going to the life section of my blog. I say all of this so that you may be inspired and so you can see some ways we give back, not to brag or show off. We pinch ourselves every day over the love and support you guys give to our brands. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We are so excited for what 2021 will bring for us and our supporters!
Welcome to Brack & Pine Jewelry, created by Sarah Bowmar. Minimal, elegant, and everyday wear- this is the story!
I was never one to accessorize, simply because I prefer smaller, more elegant pieces for every day wear. I could never find exactly what I was looking for and was very inspired by Kristin Cavallari and her success with Uncommon James (I was team LC in high school but Kristin and her business endeavors have very much shifted by 16 year old opinion).
Brack and Pine (the name) was inspired by the library at Ball State- Bracken. I always loved the name but with Josh having went to a different university, I didn’t really think he would find any desire to name our potential boy Bracken. I decided to break the name apart (Brack and). Pine comes from my love of the outdoors and the vision I had for the branding and the logo.
A custom jewelry line is quite simple to start! I started looking on Etsy for pieces that were similar to what I had in mine (dainty, small, minimalist) bracelets and necklaces. I ordered a ton of pieces from a bunch of different shops to quietly test the quality. I finally found a shop owner that produced extremely high quality pieces so I sent her a message to ask if she offered wholesale and if she would be willing to do some custom pieces for me- she agreed! We worked on a few different designs before launching Raven- which was my first piece! Since then, I have worked on designing nearly a dozen different offerings from necklaces, to bracelets, and most recently- earrings! I also have three different metals- silver, gold, and rose gold. It has been such a fun process and I really hit a home run with the shop owner that I now work with. She is based in the USA and we have so much fun coming up with new pieces!
Brack and Pine has been such a fun project for me and so many people message me daily about how much they love their pieces!
If you would like to shop, head over to brackandpine.com!