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Is Chaga Mushroom an Antioxidant? What's Chaga's ORAC?

ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity. It's a measure of something's ability to act as an antioxidant.   Chaga's ORAC score of 146,700 μ mol TE/100g. By comparison, Acai berry has 102,700 μ mol TE/100g.   It can be hard to understand what this actually means unless you're a biochemist, but it's safe to say that Chaga has a tremendous capacity to act as an antioxidant.   Antioxidants are mentioned constantly in food and beverage marketing, but most people have little understanding of what they actually do. In simple terms, antioxidants protect cells from oxidation, which causes damage.   When you're exposed to pollution, radiation, and even stress, cells can be damaged by free radicals and other byproducts. Antioxidants...

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Can Lion's Mane Really Improve Cognitive Function?

A Japanese study from March 2019 study says yes.  It found that oral intake of Hericium erinaceus (Lion's Mane) fruiting body "significantly improved cognitive function and prevented deterioration". The study was randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, and lasted for 12 weeks. It subjected participants to three different tests to measure cognition. Note that Lion's Mane fruiting body was used as the supplement in the study, NOT mycelium. The study states, "Oral intake of H. erinaceus is a safe and convenient method for dementia prevention", citing hericenones and the way they affect the brain's neural networks in positive ways, such as increasing the neuropeptide Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). Hericenones increase NGF safely and naturally, and other studies point to it being an effective adjunct...

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Rhodiola Rosea Research

Rhodiola is a powerful and well-researched herb. Check out some recent Rhodiola studies: This study found anti-gastric cancer effects from Salidroside, a compound found in Rhodiola. Salidroside appears to elevate the expression of certain genes which help fight gastric cancers. This study also focused on Salidroside, this time with regard to how it may protect neurons from Parkinson's Disease via a mitochondrial pathway. Pro-inflammatory cytokines are proteins your immune system secretes to send signals in your body. While they have many functions, they are strongly associated with muscle atrophy (or wasting). This study found that Salidroside may be valuable in reducing the inflammation and muscle-destroying effects of cytokines.  

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Sacred 7 Does Not Contain Cocoa Powder

One of the most pervasive issues we face is a false perception that Sacred 7 contains cocoa powder. This post is dedicated to explaining in detail why that's not true, and hopefully instilling trust and confidence in our customers. Well, here it goes. We used to have two varieties of Sacred 7: Original and Chocolate. Now Sacred 7 Original is the only variety that exists. Chocolate was discontinued and its inventory was depleted by early 2019. There are no added ingredients whatsoever in Sacred 7. The product is 100% mushrooms, and its smell and taste result from natural characteristics of the mushrooms. Something smelling chocolately doesn't necessarily mean there is any chocolate in it. Smell and taste can be extremely...

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Lion's Mane is More Than Just A Nootropic

Lion's Mane receives all of its enormous hype exclusively for being a nootropic and a brain health supplement, but science is showing it may be able to confer health benefits which extend beyond the brain. The science is piling up that Lion's Mane is gastro-protective. In other words, it may be great for gut health! A 2019 study found that a Lion's Mane extract inhibited the growth of H. pylori (the bacteria known for causing stomach ulcers): A 2018 study found found a polysaccharide in Lion's Mane to have gastroprotective activity as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties: A 2016 study found a Lion's Mane extract got rid of ulcerative colitis in mice by suppressing inflammation: These studies all say...

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