Red Raspberry Complex with Mushroom Powder. Super Antioxidant. 60 Capsules
Red Raspberry is now considered to be the New Super Antioxidant.
Antioxidants are believed to have substantial health benefits and raspberries in particular are a good source. In fact, raspberries may have 10 times more antioxidants than tomatoes or broccoli. Further, raspberries contain some specific antioxidants that are found almost nowhere else.
In a study published in a recent issue of BioFactors, researchers from Plant Research International, Wageningen, The Netherlands, discuss specific compounds found in the berry, some appropriate methods for assaying the antioxidant concentration, and the biochemistry of antioxidant uptake in humans.
“Raspberries contain vitamin C and anthocanines,” says Jules Beekwilder, “but these can also be found in other products. However, approximately 50% of the antioxidant effect of raspberries is caused by ellagitannins. These you find in small doses in strawberries and practically nowhere else.” Some Chinese herbs may also be a source of these compounds.
The authors describe a special testing method for analyzing the antioxidant activity of raspberries. They point out that any beneficial effects will likely come from rapid chemical reactions between the antioxidant and the target molecule in the body. In a standard testing procedure, these rapid reactions may be missed, leading to confusing or conflicting results. By measuring these reactions in a 30-second window, a clearer picture of antioxidant capacity can be developed.
Native to China, Shiitake mushrooms have been eaten for nearly 6000 years. The mushrooms gained prominence during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), where they were considered the "elixir of life" and reserved to be enjoyed only by the emperor and his family. Aside from being a rich source of protein, shiitake mushrooms supply niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, potassium and iron, and are a good source of vitamins A, B and C. When used in their sun-dried form they provide a valuable dose of Vitamin D, found in very few foods. They contain more than 50 different enzymes, including pepsin that aids digestion and asparaginase, which is a substance that has been used to treat childhood leukemia.
Recent studies have traced shiitakes' legendary benefits to an active compound contained in these mushrooms called lentinan. Among lentinan's healing benefits is its ability to power up the immune system, strengthening its ability to fight infection and disease. Against influenza and other viruses, lentinan has been shown to be even very effective; it even improves the immune status of individuals infected with HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS.
A large number of animal studies conducted over the last ten years have shown that another active component in shiitake mushrooms called eritadenine lowers cholesterol levels-and this amazing compound lowers cholesterol no matter what types of dietary fats the lab animals are given. Even when lab animals are given dietary protein rich in methionine (an amino acid researchers have found causes an increase in cholesterol formation), eritadenine still lowers plasma cholesterol levels in a dose-dependent manner. In other words, the more eritadenine given, the more cholesterol levels drop.
Years ago in Japan, the Maitake had monetary value and was worth its weight in silver. Historically, Maitake has been used as a tonic and adaptogen. It was used as a food to help promote wellness and vitality. The medicinal properties of the Maitake mushroom have been studied since the mid 1980's. Clinical research of Maitake has increased dramatically over the past several years. Studies have shown Maitake to have anti-tumor, anti-diabetic, and anti-viral properties. In 1992, Maitake's anti-viral activity was confirmed by both National Cancer Institute and the Japan Institute of Health. In addition, the Maitake mushroom has been the subject of research against HIV. This mushroom contains polysaccharides which are among the most powerful studied to-date. When taken orally, it is easily absorbed. The Maitake mushroom is a delicious, soft-fleshed polypore with excellent nutritional properties. It's levels of insulin and triglyceride in plasma demonstrated a change similar to blood glucose when eaten. Many studies are continuing on Maitake Mushrooms.
The Reishi or Lingzhi mushroom is well known for its immune boosting capabilities. In ancient China it was referred to as the mushroom of immortality and eaten exclusively by royalty due to it rarity. Medicinal use of Reishi dates back over 4000 years.
Chinese and Japanese herbalists have traditionally recommended Reishi mushrooms for insomnia. Long-term use influences their sleep-promoting factors as it increases slow-wave sleep.
Other studies report that Red Reishi improves both neurological and psychiatric conditions including muscle tension, anorexia and debility following lengthy illnesses.
In Japan, the root-like body that produces mushrooms, known as the dried mycelium, has been found to be highly effective in the treatment of conditions related to environmental stress.
Red Reishi is primarily composed of complex carbohydrates called water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids. Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are the most active element found in Red Reishi that have anti-tumor, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects.
Another major active ingredient found in Red Reishi are triterpenes, called ganoderic acids. Preliminary studies indicated that ganoderic acids help alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions.
Regular consumption of red Reishi can enhance our body's immune system and improve blood circulation, thus improving better health conditions. Generally, Reishi is recommended as an adaptogen, immune modulator and a general tonic. It can also be helpful for anxiety, high blood pressure, hepatitis, bronchitis, insomnia and asthma.
|Other Ingredients: Gelatin, silicon dioxide, Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, and rice flour|
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