What The Herbal Equivalent is About

You see supplement ads on a daily basis. More than 170 million Americans take some form of dietary supplement and you’re likely one of them. How do you know what works and what doesn’t work? Do the label claims match up to the research? Do you even have the time, energy, or capability to sift through the journal articles to figure out if your latest purchase is going to do anything more than burn a deeper hole in your wallet? That’s why we created The Herbal Equivalent. We have over 20 years of combined experience working in the field of supplemental nutrition and our mission is to disseminate the science and provide you with the best possible information to make informed decisions about your supplement regimen.

We are two people passionate about nutrition and we like to really dive into the research so you don’t have to. Meet The Herbal Equivalent writers and podcasters:

 

Blake Johns

"Calisthenics are my favorite form of strength training due to the complexity and overall demand of learning new skills."

"Calisthenics are my favorite form of strength training due to the complexity and overall demand of learning new skills."

Blake has been working in the supplement field for over 7 years and has background experience in obesity research at Texas Tech University. He enjoys calisthenics, hiking, and mountain biking and has been passionate about nutrition since the age of 14. He lost over 60 pounds of fat from growing up as an unhealthy and obese child and has worked on gaining muscle and strength to perform at his highest level. Supplements have always been an integral part of his nutrition regimen, but after wasting hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on useless products over the years, he has since taken a stance on fully researching what will provide the best benefit. “Shady marketing tactics and overblown claims will have to stand up against what the research shows us.”

Lindsay Aragon

I've always been athletic, but my passion for sport has recently led me to training for my first season of triathlons and I'm hooked already.

I've always been athletic, but my passion for sport has recently led me to training for my first season of triathlons and I'm hooked already.

Lindsay brings a wealth of knowledge combined with her 14 years of experience in the supplement industry.  She graduated with a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition in January of 2017 and also holds a certification as a Holistic Health Coach.  A Southern California native, she moved to North Texas in 2013 and hasn’t looked back.  Her stunning pointer-pit mix Nanuk keeps her active, as does her multi-sport lifestyle.  Training for Ironman triathlons has added a new level of complexity in her nutrition and supplementation protocol; yet, she truly believes that everything comes down to simply knowing your own body.

We are here for you to gain the best information and for your entertainment. The Herbal Equivalent is about gaining an understanding of human interaction with supplements and functional foods. We want you to feel secure in knowing that the information we provide is objective and based on real research with real people. We don’t rely on rat studies to form conclusions about humans because you are not a rat (except gym rats of course). While those studies are great for looking at how supplemental compounds and foods might affect humans before human studies are conducted, they are not truly indicative of the real human effect matrix. In short, we won’t give you fluff to believe something that isn’t tried and true.

So, we invite you to tune in to our first podcast episode over Medium Chain Triglycerides and also to check out our companion blog post which will provide references to the studies we read. Feel free to leave comments and suggestions here or on the podcast. We also invite you to submit questions and stories about new topics and featuring them on our podcast. Email us at info@theherbalequivalent.com with your comments, questions, and stories for the upcoming episode on Medium Chain Triglycerides aka MCT Oil.

Thanks everyone, and remember that H = health!