The feeling of pushing yourself to your mental and physical limits to accomplish your goals is like no other. Bodybuilding is taking health and fitness to the next level, and it’s not for everyone. But, the satisfaction, gratitude, achievement, and feelings of self-worth are hard to describe. Most people will never understand the time, dedication, and sacrifice that it takes to get where you are or where you want to be. Those feelings are what makes bodybuilding worth fighting for, I mean who doesn’t want to look at themselves in the mirror and see their absolute best selves, as close to perfection as your body will let you get? Suddenly those materialistic things you’ve been worrying about start to fade away because these are feelings that you can’t buy. These feelings are so great it can be easy to lose sight of what cost you are willing to pay to achieve your goals. How far are you willing to go in this pursuit of perfection? It’s no secret that extreme dieting and extreme supplementation can also have negative consequences on your health, the difference is it’s the things you can’t see in the mirror. But what if there were a way to greatly reduce these risks? Like having your calorie free cake and eating it too?
Introducing the most comprehensive organ support supplement ever made, NORTHERN SHIELD. With forty-two ingredients including 500mg of TUDCA per serving, there is nothing else like this on the market today. In fact, Northern Shield is the only product in Canada with enough research to have approval from the Health Canada Regulatory board to sell a product containing the liver protectant TUDCA, or Tauroursodeoxycholic acid. Over two years of formulation and development went into this product, with help from pharmacists, nutraceutical experts, and professional athletes. Northern Sheild was specifically formulated to:
- Act as a liver protectant and support healthy liver function.
- Reduce elevated blood lipid levels.
- Maintain cardiovascular health.
- Maintain kidney and urinary tract health.
- Enhance memory and cognitive function.
- Promote healthy estrogen metabolism/balance.
- Support a healthy mood balance and ease nervous tension.
- Reduce difficulties with benign prostatic hyperplasia. (enlarged prostate)
- Help in connective tissue formation and maintenance of bones.
- Aid in the muscle recovery process by reducing muscle tissue damage and supporting muscle tissue repair.
- Help collagen formation.
- Help relieve muscle and joint pain.
- Help maintain healthy skin.
- Help maintain immune function.
- Support peripheral circulation.
- Aid in the body's ability to metabolize nutrients.
- Promote healthy thyroid function.
- Act as a good source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
But I feel fine, why would I need to take Northern Shield?
First of all, just because you're feeling find doesn't always mean that you are. There are countless issues that can go on for years without ever being detected. The problem with these is the serious negative consequences of long term untreated issues like elevated liver enzymes or unhealthy cholesterol levels, etc. Secondly, Prevention! If you were doing something that put you at risk for elevated liver enzymes, prostate enlargement, or cardiovascular health issues, wouldn’t you also want to decrease those risks if you could?
When was the last time you went for a medical? Had your bloodwork done? Are you monitoring your blood pressure? These are important questions that you need to ask yourself, but nobody wants to. It’s the part of bodybuilding that just doesn’t get talked about. So we are going to talk about it.
Ok, so how does it work?
Like mentioned above, Northern Shield contains forty-two ingredients, each with a very specific goal. Instead of using just one ingredient for each purpose, we’ve used as many as possible to target these goals from every angle. We’ve taken all the work out of it and combined it into one simple dose of five capsules per day. So let’s break it down.
We’ll start with the big one, the one that all bodybuilders are concerned about, liver health. Many things can contribute to elevated liver enzymes and liver disease, from acetaminophen to alcohol, to high protein diets, to overtraining and dieting, and in some cases even supplements. If you're into the sport of bodybuilding, male or female, chances are something you are doing or taking is hard on your liver. That’s why liver health and protection was a top priority in the formulation of Northern Shield. It uses four key ingredients for liver protection, Tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA), N-acetyl-L-cysteine, Milk thistle, and Choline. Tauroursodeoxycholic acid Is a water-soluble bile acid that is showing to be an incredibly promising molecule in liver protection and reversal of liver disease. It is effective at treating bile acid backup as it is able to counteract the toxic bile buildup in the liver. TUDCA is used in clinical settings and hospitals to treat cholestasis. It is the most effective natural health product available for liver protection. It also shows positive effects on cholesterol. Healthcare providers give N-acetyl-L-cysteine intravenously for a number of things including acetaminophen overdose, and kidney failure in the presence of liver disease. It is an incredibly effective ingredient and is used in clinical settings for a very wide variety of medical conditions. Milk thistle is used as a therapeutic liver compound for overall liver health. Choline is used for liver protection through the reduction of bile buildup.
Northern Shield is designed with a multitude of ingredients to promote good cardiovascular health with the focus being cholesterol balance, blood pressure regulation, vasodilation and peripheral circulation, and increased cardiac output. Some of the main ingredients are coenzyme Q10, vitamin K2, hawthorn, and garlic, with secondary ingredients being taurine, TUDCA, lecithin, L-carnitine, magnesium, green tea extract, and vitamin D. Coenzyme Q10 is a molecule produced in the body which aids mitochondria in energy production. COQ10 deficiency can be linked to several diseases including cardiovascular disease and heart attack. It is often recommended to people who have had a myocardial infarction. It also enhances blood flow and protects blood vessels. It has been shown to reduce damage done from oxidized LDL and can reduce plaque buildup in arteries. Vitamin K2 is the little-known vitamin that may save your life. It is an essential vitamin that plays a vital role in protecting us from heart disease, ensuring healthy skin, forming strong bones, promoting brain function, supporting growth and development, helping to prevent cancer, and regulating blood clotting. Vitamin K2 deficiency is common in developed countries and western style diets. Hawthorn is used to treat diseases of the heart including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and irregular heartbeat. It also has antioxidant properties. Garlic is used for cardiovascular health by reliably reducing total cholesterol and LDL, and increasing HDL. It also is used for immune system support by increasing infection resistance.
Maintain Kidney and Urinary Tract Health.
Many factors can contribute to poor kidney health and function, including high blood pressure, excess toxins in the body, and improper fluid regulation due to water retention. Northern Shield contains four ingredients which directly promote healthy kidney function, N-acetyl-L-cysteine, taurine, lions tooth, and cranberry, as well as many more that indirectly support kidney function. N-acetyl-L-cysteine can be given intravenously for a number of things including kidney failure in the presence of liver disease. It is an incredibly effective ingredient and is used in clinical settings for a very wide variety of medical conditions. Taurine is a heart and blood healthy agent that has a wide variety of health benefits. It has proven benefits to kidney, eye, and nerve health and can significantly reduce muscle cramping. Lion’s tooth is used for its diuretic effect and is a good source of potassium. Cranberry is used for the treatment and prevention of urinary tract infections, it is also used for kidney stones and other urinary tract complications.
Promote Healthy Estrogen Balance and Metabolism and Increase Testosterone.
Reduced estrogen levels and increased testosterone production could be at the forefront of your bodybuilding goals and is something that resonates with most bodybuilders very well. So we’ve added six ingredients to help you achieve just that. Indole-3-carbinol, boron, manganese, tribulus, maca, and zinc. Indole-3-carbinol is used in the prevention of colon and breast cancers by reducing abnormal cell growth. It also has anti-estrogenic properties and is used in hormonal regulation. Boron is a dietary supplement effective in supporting hormonal parameters and increasing testosterone levels. Manganese is essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland and sex hormones. Tribulus is used for male virility and vitality. It boosts libido and sexual well-being. It is also used for organ protection and preliminary research is showing promising cardioprotective properties. Men supplementing maca have been known to experience an increase in sperm production. Zinc is an essential mineral with antioxidant and immune boosting properties. It is also an aphrodisiac and testosterone booster, but it will only raise testosterone levels if the user is deficient in zinc. In very high doses, zinc can act as an aromatase inhibitor and reduce estrogen levels. It can also provide benefits for prostate issues.
Aid and Reduce Difficulties with an Enlarged Prostate.
Prostate health has gained a lot of attention over the last few years and is an important topic that should not be taken lightly. Northern Shield has four ingredients specifically targeted at prostate health, maca, selenium, vitamin K2 and common nettle. Maca is a potent suppressor of prostate hypertrophy, with potency similar to finasteride, a synthetic drug for the treatment of enlarged prostates. Selenium is used for the reduction of prostate cancer risk and as an antioxidant. Supplementation of vitamin K2 has been shown in studies to reduce prostate cancer rates by up to thirty-five percent. Common Nettle is a potent anti-inflammatory and aids in reducing benign prostate hyperplasia.
Promote Healthy Skin, Bones, and Joints.
Oily skin and sore joints are a common side effect of intense training regimes but don’t worry we’ve got you covered on that too. Vitamin K2, curcumin, biotin, manganese, selenium, and other vitamin and minerals are working on your side to aid in reducing these side effects too. Vitamin K2 is an essential vitamin that plays a vital role in protecting us from heart disease, ensuring healthy skin, forming strong bones, promoting brain function, supporting growth and development, helping to prevent cancer, and regulating blood clotting. Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory molecule with significant anti-cancer properties. Its oral bioavailability is greatly enhanced with the inclusion of piperine. Biotin is an essential B vitamin used by the body and its supplementation helps with hair, skin, and nail health. Manganese benefits healthy bone structure, bone metabolism, and helps to create essential enzymes for building bones. It also helps in the formation of connective tissues and the absorption of calcium. Selenium is used for the reduction of acne and as an antioxidant.
Cognitive Function, Mood enhancement, and Stress Reduction.
Has contest prep or dieting gotten you down? We feel you, combining the stress of bodybuilding with everyday life stresses can take its toll on the mind and body. So we’ve added ingredients like ashwagandha, grinko, choline, lecithin, st john’s wort, and L-carnitine to ease stress and keep you feeling your best. Ashwagandha is supplemented primarily for its ability to prevent anxiety. It shows promise for relieving insomnia and stress-induced depression. It can significantly reduce cortisol concentrations and the immunosuppressive effect of stress. It also provides neuroprotection and anti-cancer effects. Ginkgo is the most commonly ingested herb for brain health and cognitive function. It helps reduce cognitive decline, increases memory capacity and also increases ocular blood flow. Choline is used for the enhancement of cognitive function. Lecithin delivers a high level of phosphatidylserine, phosphatidylcholine, and phosphatidylinositol, which enhance cognitive function. Lecithin also reduces LDL, total cholesterol, cortisol, and reduces stress. St John’s Wort is an effective dopamine-related antidepressant that enhances mood. L-Carnitine has been shown to be very effective at alleviating the side effects of aging, like neurological decline and chronic fatigue. It is often used as a brain booster, due to its ability to increase alertness and mitochondrial capacity.
Immune System Support
Illness can set you back a few days to a few weeks or more, and we know you don’t have time for that. So we’ve added a combination of ingredients to help support a healthy immune system during times of stress. Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K2, along with L-Glutathione, L-lysine, and zinc have been added to support immune function.
Minerals and Other Body Systems.
Northern Shield also contains important ingredients like black cohosh, piperine, green tea extract, iodine which support multiple body systems. Black Cohosh is used to treat hot flashes and night sweats. Piperine (Black pepper) inhibits enzymes that attack molecules of other supplements. This increases the bioavailability of orally ingested supplements. Green Tea Extract benefits almost every organ system in the body. It is cardioprotective, neuroprotective, anti-obesity, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, anti-atherogenic, liver protective and beneficial for blood vessel health. Iodine is an essential mineral for active thyroid function of the T3 and T4 hormones.
As you can see, a lot of time and research has gone into developing this product with your health in mind. As athletes, we owe it to ourselves to make out health a priority. We strongly advise you to take your health seriously. Don’t put a price tag on your health, supplement with the best liver protectant and organ defender on the market, NORTHERN SHIELD, and feel GOOD about what you are achieving.
Nelson Bate Founder and Owner, Northern Sports Nutrition Inc.