KEY INGREDIENTS

NUTRITION:

Collagen Peptides: Bovine Collagen Peptides (Grass Fed) is a flavorless and odorless white powder derived from cow hides. This type of collagen peptide is 90 percent similar to types 1 and III collagen found in the human body. This makes it an ideal supplement for supporting the health of skin, hair, nails, tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones, gums, teeth, eyes, and blood vessels. It is also rich in glycine and proline, which are the building blocks your body uses to produce its own collagen. Eating collagen-rich foods or foods that boost collagen production may also help create the building blocks (amino acids) you need for your skin goals. “There are three amino acids important for collagen synthesis: glycine, proline, (a single teaspoon of spirulina contains more glycine and proline than a large egg white) and lysine (beets). Vitamin C plays a major role in the production of pro-collagen, the body’s precursor to collagen. Therefore, getting enough vitamin C is critical. Citrus and/or berries (cherries) and believe it or not, beets are an excellent choice.

Lion's Mane Mushroom: is commonly taken as a natural nootropic to boost cognitive function and support overall brain health. Some of the potential benefits of Lion’s Mane supplementation include improved focus and concentration, enhanced memory and learning ability, reduced anxiety and stress levels, and protection against age-related mental decline. They contain bioactive substances that have many beneficial effects on the body, especially the brain, heart, and gut. Lion’s mane mushrooms contain compounds that stimulate brain cell growth and protect them from damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease.  Lion's Mane is also one of the top prebiotic mushrooms (Prebiotics are a type of fiber that feed the good bacteria in your gut) and contains powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that may help reduce the impact of chronic illness. It also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce symptoms associated with conditions like arthritis and IBS. Overall, this powerful supplement shows great potential for supporting overall wellness and mental health. Lion's Mane exhibits adaptogenic properties, helping the body reduce stress and anxiety, potentially promoting restful and rejuvenating sleep when taken before bed. Recent studies have found that lion’s mane mushrooms contain a compound called hericenones, which has been linked to improved sleep quality and reduced anxiety.

The Lion’s Mane mushroom offers numerous health benefits, including:

  1. Boosting brain health: Lion’s Mane mushrooms have been found to stimulate the production of nerve growth factor (NGF), which plays a key role in brain health and function. By promoting NGF production, lion’s mane mushrooms may help improve cognitive function, memory, and focus.
  2. Supporting the immune system: Lion’s Mane mushrooms contain antioxidants and compounds that have been shown to boost the immune system. These antioxidants help protect the body against free radicals and oxidative stress, which can damage cells and weaken the immune system.
  3. Promoting digestive health: Lion’s Mane mushrooms have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to support digestive health. They may help reduce inflammation in the gut, promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, and improve digestion.

Cordyceps Mushroom: Cordyceps are best known for their ability to boost one's energy level, improve athletic performance and raise metabolism, thereby supporting better weight management. 

  • Cordyceps are thought to increase the body’s production of the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is essential for delivering energy to the muscles.

But cordyceps also offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits and have been used in Traditional Chinese medicine to address a wide range of ailments. Prized for their natural ability to fight free radicals, infections and inflammation, these impressive disease-fighting mushrooms have been used for centuries to reduce symptoms of respiratory disorders, coughs, colds, liver damage and much more. As a true "superfood", in addition to boosting energy levels, the cordyceps mushroom can slow the effects of aging and stress, help keep the body free from disease. Research suggests that cordyceps show potential benefits to the heart and respiratory system, resulting in energy-boosting effects and enhanced aerobic capacity.  Cordyceps do so by increasing blood supply to the organs, extremities, and the brain and defend the heart against stress. Cordyceps also increase oxygen-use efficiency, increasing stamina and endurance while improving recovery from fatigue. Taking Cordyceps before bed may offer several potential benefits. This mushroom has also been suggested to improve sleep quality. It is believed to help reduce stress and anxiety, which often interfere with a good night's rest. Furthermore, some research indicates that Cordyceps can help regulate sleep cycles, potentially aiding those struggling with insomnia. 

Reishi Mushroom: Known for its amazing healing properties, it has powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. It’s also used to boost mental clarity and help the body deal with the negative effects of stress, which is why it’s considered to act much like an adaptogen herb. Reishi mushrooms also contain polysaccharides, which give them their potential cancer-fighting capabilities. Reishi, known as the “mushroom of immortality,” has been used for centuries in Asian cultures as a universal wellness tonic to increase vitality, longevity, and energy. Early studies show that Reishi’s therapeutic potential are quite extensive, including promoting energy. Reishi has protective effects against oxidative stress from rigorous exercise by increasing antioxidant enzymatic activity. It may be is particularly good for reducing mental fatigue, studies suggest it is neuroprotective and may aid in the regeneration of neurons in the brain. The same review highlights that Reishi is rich in triterpenes, natural chemical compounds which contribute to its potent anti-inflammatory properties, diminishing the effects of stress on our bodies. It also supports recovery and reduction of fatigue.

Cacao: Cacao can enhance cognitive function, boost mental health and reduce oxidative stress with antioxidants. It supports cardiovascular health, metabolic health, and mediates the natural inflammatory response. Cacao can also boost one’s energy levels, strengthen bone and skin health, and even reduce the risk of cancer. Cacao is rich in flavanols, which lower blood pressure by improving nitric oxide levels and blood vessel function. Several studies have found that polyphenols, such as those in cacao, may reduce your risk of neurodegenerative diseases by improving brain function and blood flow. Raw cacao is an incredibly rich source of magnesium which will significantly boost your energy levels, but also help you relax and sleep better. Magnesium, often referred to as the ‘sleep mineral’ is instrumental in sleep and is a natural relaxant that helps deactivate adrenaline. And boy has everything going on in the world these days activated our adrenals! A lack of magnesium can be directly linked to difficulty going and staying asleep. And drumroll please…Cacao is said to be the highest magnesium containing food on the planet!

Spirulina: This blue-green algae is one of the top superfoods in the world today. 

  • It contains a powerful plant-based protein called phycocyanin, which has antioxidant, pain-relief, anti-inflammatory, and brain-protective properties.

In addition to being a great source of complete protein (containing all essential amino acids), spirulina is rich in antioxidants and a good source of several B vitamins, zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium and many other vitamins. Spirulina is not only super dense in nutrients, but also a very powerful energy booster. It’s used to naturally aid weight loss, diabetes, stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression and premenstrual syndrome. Blue-green algae has also been used to improve memory, improve overall digestive health (it's a powerful prebiotic) and detoxing the body of heavy metals, particularly arsenic. Its nutritional profile is loaded with chlorophyll, B Vitamins, Vitamin K and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, and is loaded with prebiotic fiber that may positively impact gut bacterial balance by enhancing the growth of beneficial bacteria while suppressing harmful species. 

Beet Root: Beet Root Powder has been shown to improve athletic performance by boosting nitric oxide levels and improving muscle oxygenation during exercise. Beet Root Powder has also been shown to lower blood pressure, aid in digestion, slow the progression of dementia, as well as increase heart health. Research has shown that drinking beet juice can help reduce stress, improve mood, and increase focus. Research has also shown that drinking beet juice before going to bed can help improve the quality of sleep and reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. This is because beet juice is rich in nitrates, which relaxes the body and helps reduce stress.

MCT Oil: Short for medium chain triglycerides, MCT Oil Powder is loaded with good-for-you fatty acids that increase energy, boosts brain function and helps with weight management by providing a feeling of fullness. Your cells convert MCT Oil to energy faster than other oils and help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels. It helps you absorb fat soluble nutrients such as Curcumin, vitamin D, magnesium and calcium better. It also helps to control harmful bacteria and viruses.

L-Theanine: is an amino acid found in green and black tea that is thought to have the following health benefits

  • Increased cognitive performance and memory
  • Increased focus, especially when paired with caffeine
  • Anxiety and stress relief, without causing drowsiness
  • Better immunity and resistance to infections
  • Improved sleep quality and relaxation
  • Weight loss, by boosting metabolism and reducing appetite

L-Glycine provides glycine in the form found in natural beings that your body can readily use to support energy, mitochondrial health, brain and cognitive function. Glycine is an amino acid that plays an important role in healthy aging, as it influences your muscles, heart, brain, digestion, blood sugar levels, immune function, and vascular and metabolic health in many ways.

  • Supports energy production, mitochondrial health and brain and cognitive function.
  • Glycine helps your body make glutathione, your body's master antioxidant, which helps prevent cellular and mitochondrial damage, including the signs of early aging.
  • Glycine helps build and protect collagen - a protein that provides structure to your bones, joints, muscles and connective tissues.
  • Supports metabolic health, including healthy weight as well as blood sugar and blood glucose levels already in the normal range.
  • Glycine acts as a calming neurotransmitter in your brain, promoting the production of your "feel good" hormone serotonin for mood, memory and sleep.
  • Supports your body's normal detoxification processes.

Glycine may promote sleep and enhance the quality of your sleep through its calming effects on the brain and its ability to lower core body temperature. Glycine helps your body make glutathione, an important antioxidant that protects your body against cell damage. Glycine is also a component of creatine, a compound that provides your muscles with energy and has been associated with other health benefits, such as improved bone health and brain function. Glycine is the most abundant amino acid in collagen, a structural protein that has several health benefits, including for your skin, bones, tendons, and ligaments. Glycine is an amino acid that plays a range of important roles throughout the body, including in the immune system, digestion, bones and joints, and the nervous system. It is also involved in the production of proteins that are needed by the immune system and helps make other amino acids, including the genetic material of the body— RNA and DNA. In the brain, glycine works as a neurotransmitter, affecting how chemical signals are sent in the body. Glycine also plays an important role in breaking down and using fat and fat-soluble vitamins after they are consumed. Overall, glycine is essential for maintaining body structures, growth, and metabolism. As you can see, glycine is a surprisingly versatile amino acid that is involved in many important tasks! However, one of its more impressive benefits is its ability to help with morning fatigue, so you can take before bed and wake up feeling refreshed. Glycine is an amino acid that influences sleep in a number of ways. Glycine may help you fall asleep more quickly, increase your sleep efficiency, reduce symptoms of insomnia and improve sleep quality. But it may also reduce fatigue and make you feel less sleepy during the day. Glycine may be beneficial for people who suffer from a lack of sleep or poor sleep quality.

Tart Cherry: Apart from its anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce joint pain and inflammation, tart cherry has other benefits that make it an ideal supplement for many individuals. Below are some additional benefits:

  • Improved sleep quality: Tart cherries contain melatonin which is known for regulating sleep-wake cycles.
  • Reduced risk of heart disease: The antioxidants present in tart cherries also help reduce oxidation ,reduce blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels which ultimately leads to better cardiovascular health.
  • Boosts immune system: Tart cherry supplements have been shown to boost immunity by increasing the body's natural defense mechanisms against infections
  • Anti-cancer properties: Some research studies show that compounds found in tart cherries may be able halt or slow down the spread of cancer cells.
  • In addition, tart cherries are rich in vitamin C, zinc, potassium and iron. 

Research strongly supports the anti-inflammatory qualities of Montmorency tart cherries, as well as the benefits of muscle recovery and pain relief from conditions like arthritis. Studies have also found that Montmorency tart cherries contain melatonin, a naturally occurring substance that helps regulate sleep patterns."

  • Montmorency tart cherries have strong anti-inflammatory effects, making it helpful in the treatment of arthritis, cardiovascular disease and gout. It also reduces exercise-induced muscle damage and speeds recovery
  • Tart cherry helps normalize blood pressure, thanks to antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that act like prescription angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. In two separate studies, a dose of 60 mL of tart cherry concentrate per day lowered blood pressure by as much as 7 points
  • According to research published in 2019, tart cherry juice helps improve biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress in older adults, which in turn can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis
  • Montmorency tart cherries can also help improve your sleep, as it's a natural source of melatonin.

The high levels of antioxidants in tart cherries support athletic recovery, ease muscle soreness, improve muscle strength, and help maintain immune and brain health. Supporting an already healthy normal inflammatory response, tart cherry provides antioxidant defenses inside the cells to help scavenge damaging free radicals.* In addition, tart cherries are rich in vitamin C, zinc, potassium and iron. 

Tart cherries may help improve your sleep quality. They also contain melatonin, the sleep hormone that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Plus, they contain a small amount of tryptophan, an amino acid that converts into serotonin, which not only helps regulate sleep but also influences mood. In addition, tart cherries are rich in vitamin C, zinc, potassium and iron. 

Blueberries: This small but mighty berry is loaded with nutrients. They are low in calories but high in fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K. Blueberries are one of the top antioxidant foods. Antioxidants protect your body from free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage your cells and contribute to aging and diseases, such as cancer. Blueberries are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables. The main antioxidant compounds in blueberries belong to a family of polyphenol antioxidants called flavonoids. One group of flavonoids in particular — anthocyanins — is thought to be responsible for much of these berries’ beneficial health effects.

Blueberries' natural fiber content even creates a prebiotic fiber source for probiotics to “eat” and thrive on in order to grow and support our gut, immune, and brain health.

Prebiotics/Probiotics: Prebiotics are a type of fiber that feed the good bacteria in your gut, while probiotics are live bacteria that can be found in fermented foods.

Studies suggest that supplementing a diet with the probiotics Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus may improve anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and memory.

 

5 Benefits of Raw Organic Cacao

Cacao (pronounced “cu-COW”) refers to the Theobroma Cacao tree from which Cocoa is derived and is used when referring to unprocessed versions of the cacao bean. Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols (the things that keep you young and healthy).  A recent study suggested that between 60% and 90% of the original antioxidants in cacao are lost through common “Dutch processing”.  Dutch processing was originally developed in the early 19th Century to reduce the bitterness, darken the color, and create a more mellow flavor to chocolate, but unfortunately also eliminated a bunch of the goodness.

1.  40 Times the Antioxidants of Blueberries

Raw Organic Cacao has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries.  Yes, 40 times!  It has an amazing ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g, vs blueberries at a mere 2,400.  ORAC scores measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals (that come from pollution and toxins in our environment), which cause cell and tissue damage and can lead to diseases such as cancer.

2.  Highest Plant-Based Source of Iron

On a plant-based/vegan diet and looking for iron?  The search is over!  Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 13.9 mg per 100g.  This compares to beef and lamb at 2.5 mg, and spinach at 3.6 mg. While you might not eat 100 grams of cacao in one sitting, it still makes it an admirable iron-boosting addition to your diet. Note the iron in cacao is non-heme (as is all plant-based iron), so to get the maximum benefits you’ll want to combine it with some vitamin C. 

3.  Full of Magnesium for a Healthy Heart & Brain

Raw Organic Cacao is also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in the Western world.  Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.  The reason why you might turn to a bar of chocolate during an all-nighter at your desk.

4.  More Calcium Than Cow’s Milk

Raw Organic Cacao has more calcium than cow’s milk would you believe, at 160mg per 100g vs only 125mg per 100ml of milk.  Time to switch out the trim latte for a couple of squares of dairy-free raw chocolate.

5.  A Natural Mood Elevator and Anti-Depressant

Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression.  A natural, healthy, delicious (and legal) way to get your happy buzz on.

THE CALMING SIDE OF CACAO

A cup of cocoa before bed can work wonders. It not only warms you from inside out, it also makes you euphoric and calm. Why? Because of the magnesium and tryptophan found in cacao powder. You might be wondering, but what about the caffeine? Isn’t it a stimulant? Most of us associate cacao as being a stimulating food. Think again. Most cacao out there contains a minor amount of caffeine (less than 1%), not enough to disturb you, or prevent you from a deep sleep. Even for those of you that are highly sensitive to caffeine, it’s worth giving it a try as it will actually nourish you with the calming powers of magnesium and tryptophan. However, the thought of cacao being an energizer is largely due to the Theobromine it contains, which is a stimulant, but does not affect your central nervous system like caffeine. 

CALMING + SOOTHING AGENTS:

Magnesium: Magnesium is a powerful mineral that is instrumental in sleep and is a natural relaxant that helps deactivate adrenaline. A lack of magnesium can be directly linked to difficulty going and staying asleep. Magnesium is often referred to as the sleep mineral. Magnesium also fights acid buildup, neutralizes toxins, calms sensitivity to pain, quiets nerves, builds strong bones and teeth and is essential for many other functions. Over 80% of Americans are chronically deficient in magnesium. Cacao is said to be the highest magnesium containing food on the planet.

Tryptophan: Tryptophan is an amino acid that when ingested gets turned into the neurotransmitter serotonin and then converted into the hormone melatonin. Raw cacao boosts the body’s natural production of serotonin, increasing our mood and ability to fend off stress. Both magnesium and tryptophan, are necessary chemicals for the production of serotonin. Tryptophan is heat-volatile and therefore non-existent in cooked chocolate, making raw chocolate an excellent way to obtain dietary tryptophan.

EUPHORIC AGENTS:

Theobromine: A bitter alkaloid found in cacao, also found in a number of other foods, including the leaves of the tea plant, and kola nuts. Theobromine has been studied to reduce blood pressure, support against oxidative damage, cardio-protective, raises HDL levels (good cholesterol), protects the brain, anti-inflammatory, and more. Cacao’s minimal caffeine content is often confused with a similar alkaloid, theobromine. Caffeine is said to be a nervous system stimulant, whereas theobromine is a cardiovascular stimulant, increasing heart function and blood flow and has about one quarter the stimulating power of caffeine. Cacao contains about twice as much theobromine than caffeine.

 

Organic Raw Cacao Benefits:

1. Cacao is a natural prebiotic for your gut

One of the main reasons why cacao is good for you stems from the positive impact it has on your gut health. Prebiotics and probiotics are key to promoting a healthy gut. The high fiber content in raw cacao makes it a great source of prebiotics, which are fuel the "good" bacteria in your gut needs to grow, thrive, and make sure the bad microbes can't take over. High fiber also means improved digestion and less constipation. 

2. You're getting a ton of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals

Antioxidants are substances found in foods that work to prevent cell damage in the body. Cacao beans contain polyphenols, which is a type of antioxidant. Curious about the power of polyphenols? One small study of 22 participants found that consuming cacao with a high flavanol content (a type of polyphenol) resulted in sizable increases in both Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli bacteria strains. These two strains are pretty much the gold standard and people with a healthy gut have an abundance of them. As for the role polyphenols play for gut health, they act as an anti-inflammatory agent that fortifies your gut and intestinal lining to help with conditions like leaky gut. Cacao also has a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it contains. It's loaded with iron, magnesium, copper, and zinc. You'll also find small amounts of vitamins A, B, E, and K.

3. It's good for your heart

Flavanols are compounds found mainly in fruits and vegetables but they're also found in raw cacao. They come from the polyphenol family and are known for reducing inflammation in cardiovascular tissue, easing the strain on your arteries, and lowering blood pressure. Research has also linked flavanols to a reduced risk of heart disease.

4. Cacao can improve your skin

Want to protect your skin? The antioxidants in Cacao are a great skin wellness hack. The benefits of cacao for the skin come from flavanols. Research indicates they may help mitigate negative effects of UV light, hydrate your skin, and help with wrinkles.

5. Boosts to cognitive health and mood

Once again, flavanols exist as a key driver behind the benefits of cacao. This time, it relates to your brain health and mood. Research has linked cacao consumption to regions of the brain, such as the hippocampus, that deal with improving learning and memory. The "feel-good" sensation you get after eating cacao might actually have some science behind it. Eating cacao means more "happy chemicals" like your endorphins and serotonin, both of which are mood-boosters.

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Vitamin C Benefits

black and white icon of a plus sign within a shieldBoosts Immunity

Keeping your immune system strong throughout the year is critical, but especially during times when viruses, the flu, and common cold are in full swing. Studies have confirmed that by getting the proper amount of vitamin C, one may be able to reduce the severity and duration of respiratory viral and flu infections.6

Antioxidant IllustrationPowerful Antioxidant

Our bodies are constantly under attack by free radical scavengers, which cause damage to our cells and cause disease. These free radicals are brought on by oxidative stress caused due to our daily exposure to the sun, pollution, stress, alcohol, smoking, and diets high in trans fats and sugars.7 Vitamin C has been shown in studies to be a potent antioxidant that fights free radicals and even helps revive other antioxidants like vitamin E.8,9

MemoryEnhances Brain Function

A systematic review of 50 clinical studies looking at the link between vitamin C and cognitive function found that patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia had lower plasma vitamin C levels.10
However, a study found that supplementing with vitamin C and other antioxidants can help slow cognitive decline by reducing the damage caused by free radicals.11

Heart IconImproves Heart Health

A meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled clinical trials found that supplementing with vitamin C may help improve heart health by significantly lowering LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.12

CollagenImproves Collagen Production

Your body needs vitamin C to hold cells together during the formation and storage of collagen. With sufficient vitamin C levels, your body can best produce healthy nails, hair, and skin.13

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Turkey Tail Mushroom: Turkey tail is a medicinal mushroom that’s full of prebiotics, antioxidants and other compounds. Evidence shows it may help fortify your immune system, maintain healthy gut bacteria, and support the treatment of some cancers. Turkey tail mushroom is loaded with prebiotic fiber that may positively impact gut bacterial balance by enhancing the growth of beneficial bacteria while suppressing harmful species. Turkey tail also contains a wide variety of phenol and flavonoid antioxidants which help promote your immune system health by reducing inflammation and stimulating the release of protective compounds. PSPs are powerful polysaccharopeptides found in turkey tail mushrooms that may strengthen the health of your immune system.

Shiitake Mushroom: Shiitake mushrooms contain many chemical compounds that protect your DNA from oxidative damage, which is partly why they’re so beneficial. Shiitakes are also unique for a plant because they contain all eight essential amino acids, along with a type of essential fatty acid called linoleic acid. Linoleic acid helps with weight loss and building muscle. It also has bone-building benefits, improves digestion, and reduces food allergies and sensitivities.

Chaga Mushroom: Chaga mushrooms are a natural superfood that is believed to have originated in the northern regions of Russia and Korea. These mushrooms are renowned for their potent healing properties, which are thought to help treat a wide variety of symptoms, including chronic fatigue, digestive problems, and inflammatory conditions. Known as a “cure-all” supplement, chaga mushrooms have long been used by herbalists and natural health practitioners to promote overall wellness and improve overall vitality.  If you’re looking to boost your energy levels, improve your digestion, or relieve pain and inflammation, chaga mushrooms may be just what you need! Chaga may boost immunity, prevent chronic inflammation, fight cancer, lower blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol. Studies suggest that chaga can positively impact immunity by reducing long-term inflammation and fighting harmful bacteria and viruses. By promoting the formation of beneficial cytokines — specialized proteins that regulate the immune system — chaga stimulates white blood cells, which are essential for fighting off harmful bacteria or viruses. Chaga is also loaded with fiber and packed with antioxidants. It’s thought that the anti-cancer effect of chaga is partly due to its high content of antioxidants, which protect cells from damage by free radicals. In particular, chaga contains the antioxidant triterpene. Studies reveal that very concentrated triterpene extract can help kill cancer cells. Early research suggests that chaga enhances the uptake of glucose to cells, which maximizes energy pathways in the body. Chaga has demonstrated increased endurance in animal studies and showed greater energy stores in liver and muscles in mice., Chaga has some of the highest levels of antioxidants found in mushrooms! 

Mushrooms: Five major systems in the body are targets for the energizing effects of mushrooms - the muscular system, the antioxidant system, the cardiovascular system, the hormonal system, and the immune system. Muscle fatigue is largely driven by the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles. When they become depleted lactic acid accumulates in the muscles. That’s the burn you feel during exercise. Mushrooms increase liver and muscle glycogen storage capacity and reduce blood lactic acid. Mushrooms enhance the body’s antioxidant system by stimulating enzymes and limiting the detrimental effects of free radicals and environmental stressors. As for the immune and hormonal systems, mushrooms stimulate immune cells and the expression of cytokines (small proteins in the body that trigger immune response), as well as stabilize testosterone levels to provide a sustained feeling of energy. Mushrooms also enhance liver efficiency, blood circulation, and blood glucose regulation. All in all, mushrooms promote proper function of our bodily systems to maintain balance and fight fatigue, leaving you feeling energized over longer periods of time.

Tumeric (Fermented): Fermented turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, and the fermentation process makes the compounds more bio-available than regular turmeric. The amounts of key nutrients within turmeric are significantly increased through fermentation. Research shows that when curcumin, one of many curcuminoids within turmeric, is fermented, a substantial amount of it is transformed into a compound called tetrahydrocurcumin. This activated, water-soluble curcuminoid has superior antioxidant activity and is better absorbed by the body than curcumin (which is fat-soluble). Interestingly, curcuminoids also work better together rather than on their own, so fermenting whole turmeric provides the greatest synergy and benefit. Turmeric is not a prebiotic food, but it has prebiotic-like properties that can positively influence gut microbiota, thus supporting the gut-immune connection. In addition, the fermentation process creates probiotics.

Curcumin/Turmeric: Curcumin, a polyphenol in Turmeric, is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and antioxidant effects. Studies show that curcumin use improves cognition and memory and is associated with longevity and reduced risk for chronic age-related disease. The average Indian diet provides around 2,000–2,500 mg of turmeric daily, which translates to around 60–100 mg of curcumin. 

Glycine is one of the main amino acids that form the protein collagen, a component of skin, bones, tendons, and ligaments. Glycine is an amino acid that plays a range of important roles throughout the body, including in the immune system, digestion, bones and joints, and the nervous system. It is also involved in the production of proteins that are needed by the immune system and helps make other amino acids, including the genetic material of the body— RNA and DNA. In the brain, glycine works as a neurotransmitter, affecting how chemical signals are sent in the body. Glycine also plays an important role in breaking down and using fat and fat-soluble vitamins after they are consumed. Overall, glycine is essential for maintaining body structures, growth, and metabolism.

Prebiotics/Probiotics: Prebiotics are a type of fiber that feed the good bacteria in your gut, while probiotics are live bacteria that can be found in fermented foods. Studies suggest that supplementing a diet with the probiotics Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus may improve anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and memory.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): is a natural antioxidant, with anti-oxidation, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and other functions. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the formation of collagen. Vitamin C is important for bones and connective tissues, muscles, and blood vessels. Vitamin C cannot be manufactured by the human body and must be acquired through diets high in fruits and vegetables or outside supplementation. 

Green Tea Extract: used to improve mental alertness and thinking as well as being used for weight loss and to treat stomach disorders, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, bone loss, and solid tumor cancers. Green Tea Extract contains 2% to 4% caffeine, which affects thinking and alertness, increases urine output, and may improve the function of brain messengers important in Parkinson’s disease. Caffeine is thought to stimulate the nervous system, heart, and muscles by increasing the release of certain chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters.

Grape Seed Extract: formed from grape seeds which are extremely rich in antioxidants and oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes. Grape Seed Extract has been linked to a wide range of possible therapeutic properties including healing wounds and treating conditions such as high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, macular degeneration, poor circulation, nerve damage, as well as preventing cancer. Grape Seed Extract also shows to improve bone strength as well as lower high blood pressure.

Grape Skin Extract: is derived from the outer layer of grapes. It is taken as a supplement to help promote skin elasticity, prevent diabetic complications, inhibit the growth of certain cancers, and prevent oxidative damage. It is rich in antioxidants like resveratrol which is touted for its health-giving benefits.

Ginger Root Extract: is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that help fight infections, decrease cholesterol levels and enhance weight loss. Its main beneficial component is gingerol, a phenol phytochemical that activates the spice receptors on the tongue. It also has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antioxidant, neuroprotective, and gastroprotective properties.

Wheatgrass: Wheatgrass is a superfood packed with nutrients and antioxidants. It may help boost your immune system, aid in digestion, and give you energy.

Bromelain: is a digestive enzyme derived from pineapples used to reduce swelling and inflammation, preventing the collection of water in the lungs, relaxing muscles, stimulating muscle contractions, slow down clotting, improve the absorption of antibiotics within the body, and help the body get rid of fat.

Papain: is a digestive enzyme derived from the fruit of the papaya tree that helps break down proteins within the body.

Biotin: is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a crucial role in converting certain nutrients into energy. It is an important component of enzymes involved in metabolizing fats and carbohydrates for cell growth and protein synthesis. It also assists in the transfer of carbon dioxide and may be helpful in maintaining steady blood sugar levels.

 

SKIN CARE:

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Apricot Oil: is high in omega-6 and 9 fatty acids, linoleic acid, vitamins A and E and has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and antibacterial properties. Packed with antioxidants, apricot kernel oil can help to tighten and tone the skin, reducing the appearance of age spots and preventing cellular mutation, which can lead to skin cancer. 

Argan Oil: contains omega-6 fatty acids, linoleic acid, antioxidants, vitamins A and vitamin E, which puts it right on top of the “best carrier oils” list. It’s relatively light, absorbs quickly, and it doesn’t make the skin greasy. Just like jojoba oil, it inhibits the production of excess oil, so you can use it for acne-prone and oily skin. The tocopherol from vitamin E promotes cell turnover, which means it helps the skin heal faster, can reduce the appearance of superficial lines and wrinkles, and improves discoloration. 

Avocado Oil: is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E which make it a potent anti-inflammatory agent suitable for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It's rich in palmitoleic fatty acid, a type of acid that is naturally found in the skin’s fat tissue just under the skin. This allows the oil to be deeply absorbed in the skin providing exceptional nourishment for mature and thin skin.

Beet Extract: Sugar Beet extract is a food grade moisturizer and anti-irritant naturally derived from a renewable source of beet sugar. Being a betaine and one of the four classes of osmolytes, it acts to maintain intracellular water levels, preventing damage due to environmental stressors such as UV radiation and oxidation.

Beta Glucan: promotes collagen synthesis and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Enhances moisture retention and healing.

Black Raspberry Seed Oil: Packed with essential fatty acids and antioxidants, this powerhouse oil provides some of the best natural sun protection available with remarkable protective and healing benefits not delivered by other oils.

Calendula Extract is packed with potent flavonoids, saponins and triterpenoids, making it a powerful anti-inflammatory. Flavonoids also function as a powerful antioxidant, which helps protect your skin against free radical damage. Protective, soothing and healing.

Camellia (Green Tea) Oil: Quick to absorb leaving no greasy feel behind, this very stable carrier oil is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A, D and E, oleic acid, and Squalene. Studies conducted on this oil have shown it to increase procollagen, which is required in the process of collagen synthesis. Historically this oil has been a personal care secret in Japan and its remarkable anti-aging properties have only recently been discovered by western countries.

Ceramides: are naturally occurring lipids in the skin that help form the skin's moisture barrier. They are made up of long-chain fatty acids that link with other important molecules to promote cellular function. They help create a barrier that locks in moisture, helping to protect your epidermis from environmental damage. In short, ceramides hold moisture in the skin leading to a more hydrated complexion.   

Cupuacu Butter: contains high amounts of antioxidants and phytosterols which help fight inflammation and protect skin from environmental damage.

Glycolic Acid: Derived from sugar cane, is the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) with the smallest molecules. Like all AHA's, it's a chemical (rather than a physical) exfoliant. Where physical exfoliants remove the build-up of dead skin through scrubbing, chemical exfoliants like AHA's do so by dissolving, making them gentler on the skin. Using Glycolic Acid will leave your skin looking radiant and more youthful.

Gotu Kola: Protect, tighten and heal the skin. Collagen support.

Hazelnut Oil: Is loaded with skin-nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids that help protect skin against sun damage, boost collagen production, and more. It's a particularly good source of Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and oleic acid. It has powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, and astringent properties that can help heal damaged skin and make the tissue firm again. The tannins found in hazelnut oil are both potent antioxidants and natural astringents and can help cleanse and tighten the skin, shrink the pores and eradicate bacteria. Comedogenic rating of zero!

Hyaluronic Acid: This very powerful humectant is one of the most moisturizing agents available! Hyaluronan is a natural component in the skin and serves to keep skin tissues soft and supple. We are born with high levels of Hyaluronic Acid in our dermal tissue, but aging and environmental stress can deplete skins natural HA.

Jujuba fruit extract has high concentrations of flavonoids, antioxidants, and phenols and can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, promote cell turnover, and may improve elasticity and firmness of the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve dry skin, promote wound healing, and may soothe sunburned skin.

Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly minimize enlarged pores, improve uneven skin tone, soften fine lines and wrinkles, diminish dullness, and strengthen a weakened surface. Niacinamide also helps renew and restore the surface of skin against moisture loss and dehydration by boosting the natural production of skin-strengthening ceramides, thus improving the skin's barrier. Niacinamide has even been shown to boost the hydrating ability of moisturizers.

Oat Beta Glucan: promotes collagen synthesis and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Enhances moisture retention and healing.

PhospholipidsEnhanced Delivery & Barrier Repair. The primary component of skin's barrier, phospholipids are crucial for keeping the skin hydrated by replenishing the skin's moisture barrier and protecting the skin from drying environmental aggressors. Due to its moisturizing and solubilizing properties, phospholipids help improve absorbability of potent ingredients such as vitamins into the skin’s surface.

Red Raspberry: Packed with essential fatty acids and antioxidants, this powerhouse oil provides some of the best natural sun protection available with remarkable protective and healing benefits not delivered by other oils.

Rice Bran Oil: has the potential to promote hydration, reduce pigmentation, even out skin tones, and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These skin benefits of rice bran oil are largely attributed to the high level of squalene, vitamin E, vitamin B, omega-9, a rich array of fatty acids. In addition, it contains a rich source of antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, CoQ10, and lycopene, that can shield skin from environmental and internal stressors. 

Rose Hip Oil: An exceptionally active oil, studies have shown it to be one of the most regenerative oils, improving skin texture, reducing scars and skin discoloration. Rosehip oil has significant anti-aging benefits due to it being packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids. It contains vitamins E, F and pro-vitamin A, which contribute to its antioxidant effect. The presence of vitamin A also stimulates collagen production in the skin, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The fatty acid vitamin F works with vitamin A to help improve overall skin tone and texture.

Royal Jelly: Royal jelly is rich in protein, lipids, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins. It also contains bioactive compounds such as peptides, flavonoids, fatty acids, and phenolic acids, all of which make royal jelly a phenomenal skincare ingredient.

Sea Algae: Nourishes and detoxifies the skin and is rich in antioxidants with a blend of marine minerals, amino acids and sea proteins that help to protect, hydrate and renew.

Sea Buckthorn: With it's a unique combination of unsaturated and saturated fatty acids, plant sterols, and carotenes this oil one of the most powerful in the fight against dry, lack lustre, and aging skin and is commonly used to prevent and treat UV radiation burns due it's high ability to absorb UV radiation.

Squalane: Derived from olives, a fast absorbing, non-comedogenic moisturizer and antioxidant, squalane is naturally antibacterial, helps protect skin from the free radicals that can cause age spots and premature aging, deeply hydrates skin and regulates excess oil production. Neutralizes damage caused by UV rays and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by fighting free radicals. Also aids in many other skin inflammatory problems.

Sunflower Seed Oil: is non-comedogenic and rich in vitamin E, and also contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin D, which help to protect from environmental stressors that can cause premature aging. 

Tripeptide: Helps boost skin's visible firmness and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles while keeping skin plump and hydrated.

Vitamin C Ester: A more potent, highly stable and less irritating form of antioxidant-rich Vitamin C, Vitamin C Ester helps to increase collagen levels, reduce melanin production, brighten skin and repair the effects of UV exposure and other environmental damage, such as age spots and wrinkles. It penetrates directly into the epidermis and dermis, acting both as an antioxidant and a direct stimulant to collagen. Unlike traditional Vitamin C, Vitamin C Ester is fat-soluble and easily absorbable for maximum antioxidant benefits. Supercharged Brightening & Smoothing

Benefits of Niacinamide for Skin

Overall, niacinamide can help build proteins in the skin and lock in moisture to prevent environmental damage.

Individual benefits include:

  • Immunity. Niacinamide helps build keratinTrusted Source, a type of protein that keeps your skin firm and healthy.
  • Lipid barrier. Niacinamide can help your skin grow a ceramide (lipid) barrierTrusted Source, which can, in turn, helps retain moisture. This is beneficial for all skin types, especially if you have eczema or mature skin.
  • Minimizes redness and blotchiness. Niacinamide reduces inflammationTrusted Source, which may help ease redness from eczema, acne, and other inflammatory skin conditions.
  • Minimizes pore appearance. Keeping skin smooth and moisturizedTrusted Source may have a secondary benefit — a natural reduction in pore size over time.
  • Regulates oil. The benefits of moisture retention aren’t just for those with dry skin types. Niacinimide can also help regulate the amount of oil the sebaceous glands produce and prevent your glands from going into overdrive.
  • Protects against sun damage. Niacinamide can concurrently rebuild healthy skin cells while also protecting them from damage caused by ultraviolet rays.
  • Treats hyperpigmentation. Some research has found 5 percent niacinamide concentrations can be helpful in lightening dark spots. Benefits were seen after four weeks, but not beyond two months. This benefit may be due to increased collagen production.
  • Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. Research has also found that the same concentration was helpful in reducing some signs of sun damage that come with aging. This includes fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Protects against oxidative stress. Niacinamide helps build cells in the skin while also protecting them from environmental stresses, such as sunlight, pollution, and toxins.
  • Treats acne. Niacinamide may be helpful for severe acne, especially inflammatory forms like papules and pustules. Over time, you may see fewer lesions and improved skin texture.

Benefits of Royal Jelly for Skin

Royal jelly is rich in protein, lipids, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins.3 It also contains bioactive compounds such as peptides, flavonoids, fatty acids, and phenolic acids, all of which make royal jelly a phenomenal skincare ingredient.

 Promotes skin hydration and elasticity: The high lipid content of royal jelly is amazing for keeping skin plump, moisturized, and bouncy. "Royal jelly is highly moisturizing and affects hydration of the stratum corneum by retaining water in it," King says. "In consequence, the skin becomes more elastic."

  • Encourages collagen production: Royal jelly contains an overachieving acid called 10-hydroxy-trans-2-decenoic acid,4which "stimulates fibroblast production in collagen," King explains. By increasing skin's collagen production, royal jelly can help treat and prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and skin sagging.
  • Fights inflammation: Dealing with uncomfy symptoms like swelling, itching, and redness? Royal jelly helped relieve skin conditions like atopic dermatitis and skin inflammation in mice, King says. Try it on skin irritation and sunburns.
  • Speeds healing of acne and other wounds: Royal jelly not only has an anti-inflammatory effect, but it also keeps bacteria at bay.5 When applied to skin ulcers, burns, and shingles, royal jelly produces "strong antimicrobial activity within skin tissue," Koestline says. "It also helps reduce the redness [and] speed up healing of acne wounds."
  • Brightens dark spots: The same acid in royal jelly that boosts collagen production also suppresses skin pigmentation, which means it can help fade melasma and dark spots caused by acne and sun exposure, Koestline advises. Bonus: Royal jelly can help prevent hyperpigmentation from forming in the first place.6
  • May regulate oil production: Suffer from greasy skin? Try using royal jelly to balance your complexion. "For people with oily, acned skin, [royal jelly] is found to help normalize sebum production," Koestline says, although more research about this topic may be needed. (Ciraldo cautions that "there isn't much peer-reviewed work confirming this benefit.")
  • May have antioxidant effects: Research indicates that the phenolic acid in royal jelly may counteract skin aging.7
  • Benefits of Calendula Extract

    1. Calendula Extract prevents aging in two different ways: It promotes skin tightness, which reduces day-to-day damage, and it also increases hydration within the skin, which is one of the main ways to prevent signs of aging.
    2. This ingredient also promotes wound healing while reducing inflammation. That makes Calendula Extract ideal for healing redness, acne and sunburn.
    3. Another great reason to make Calendula Extract a part of your routine is because, similarly to sunscreen, this extract helps protect skin against UV rays.
    4. Calendula has antiseptic properties, which are helpful for treating wounds and preventing acne.
    5. As a skin conditioner, Calendula Extract stimulates collagen production and it also reduces the occurrence of dry skin.
    6. Calendula is a naturally occurring antioxidant. It’ll help protect against pollutants and photoaging caused by sunlight. 

     

     
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