Darin Olien the Nutritional “Indiana Jones”

March 10, 2012

Darin Olien is “The Ingredient Hunter” in this article from Discovery.com.  He’s spent much of the last decade circling the globe, traveling to the most remote areas on the planet, in search of the ultimate super foods.

As the developer of Shakeology with co-creator Isabelle Daikeler, the “healthiest meal of the day” shake from fitness behemoth Beachbody (the people who brought you P90X), Olien wanted only the absolute healthiest, most nutritional ingredients for the product. Ingredients that have very powerful antioxidant and adaptogen abilities like acai berry, Camu-Camu, maca root, and Sacha Inchi.

Darin Olien examining cacao pods in Indonesia (Photos: Shakeology)

Successfully Used for Millennia

And because you can’t just head down to the corner store for those things, since 2006 he’s been trekking to tiny, isolated villages around the world, and meeting with the local medicine men and shamans to discover what foods they’ve been using to heal and promote health for centuries. Foods that western civilization has never been exposed to, but, as Olien tells me, could hold the key to untold health and wellness.

“This is not us coming up with some magic effect from these foods,” he says. “It’s observing what these ingredients provide, and being humble to what these people have been using successfully for millennia. That’s the power.”

Olien often helps the locals set up farms and create jobs to sustainably supply these nutrients

“Profound results”

Some of the 70 or so ingredients he has included in Shakeology have caused “incredible and profound” results according to Olien. He’s seen people who were overweight with dangerously high cholesterol drop significant weight and 80 or more points on their cholesterol levels once they drink his shakes. Enough that they can get off their prescription medications.  Continued…

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