Health & Wellness

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One of the most critical factors in human life is our “Health”. If the person is unhealthy, there is not as much that they can to do have a productive life. Keeping ourselves healthy in today’s world can be very challenging. From processed foods to environmental toxins, there is a host of things that can fatigue the body and cause sickness.

 

The three main ways of keeping good optimal health are:

 

Regular Exercise: We need to do exercise to keep or body fit and healthy. Whether it is cardio, weights, cross-fit, calisthenics yoga or team sports the main thing is to do it regularly and push yourself the whole time. Use the whole body, make sure those lungs are expanding and that heart rate is up. This is not a time to be a spectator.

 

Proper Diet: The food that we eat is one of the major causes of our sickness. If we love to eat processed and fatty foods then don’t be surprise if in the future you will suffer from hypertension, or kidney disorders, and other diseases. That’s why if you want to be and stay healthy, you need to pay close attention to what you eat. You need to eat nutritious foods like organic fruits and vegetables.

 

Take Herbal Supplements: this could be optional but since the food that we eat nowadays are not that safe and nutritious, supplements are required especially to those people who always feel down & weak. Supplements could help you become energized and also boost up your immune system so you won’t get easily sick.

 

Conclusion: If you pay close attention to these three factors and practice them regularly, your health will be optimal and you should be able to enjoy it for many, many years.

 

Viking Approved!

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The Golden Root

Roseroot is also known by the common names Rhodiola, Rosenroot, Golden Root, Arctic Root, Orpin Rose, Rhodiole Rougeatre. Legend has it that roseroot was in used by the Vikings as a medicine and for its strengthening properties & to increase stamina. It is know in Iceland that roseroot is used to “enhance the intellect”, “reverse physical weakness” and “to restore weak nerves”. In Sweden the Lapps or indigenous people are said to chew on bits of roots during long journeys to give them much needed endurance. And note: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) states that roseroot “contributes to optimal mental and cognitive activity”.

History of Roseroot

A unique arctic herb that grows and thrives in dry, sandy ground at high altitudes. Roseroot has a legendary history dating back thousands of years. In 77 A.D., the Greek physician Dioscorides documented the medical applications of the plant. The Vikings depended on the herb to enhance their physical strength and endurance, while Chinese emperors sent expeditions to Siberia to bring back “the golden root” for medicinal preparations.

Research on Roseroot aka Rhodiola rosea and other medicinal herbs was part of the Soviet Union’s great push to compete with the West in military development, the arms race, space exploration, Olympic sports, science, medicine, and industry. It is a popular plant in traditional medical systems in Eastern Europe and Asia, with a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression, enhancing work performance and eliminating fatigue.

Rhodiola rosea (pronounced /”Roh-dee-oh-luh Rose-ay-uh”/) is a powerful adaptogen that increases resistance to physical and mental stress. However, rhodiola does much more than that. It also enhances your mood, focus and physical energy while reducing anxiety, depression and fatigue. And the list of benefits goes on. It is one of those rare and magical herbs that has so many varied benefits, you have to marvel at how Mother Nature could concentrate so much healing power into a single plant!

For the use of:

• Mental exhaustion

• Low energy

• Weakened immune system

• Stress

• Tiredness and loss of vitality

Effect:

• Increases physical and mental performance

• Prevents tiredness and loss of vitality

• Lessen physical and mental stress (depression)

• Increases the resistance to cold and flu

• Increase sexual lust

• Improves mental mood and outlook

Constituents

Phenylpropanoids such as rosavin, rosarin and rosin are typical components of Rhodiola rosea root. Other constituents include salidroside (a hydroxyphenethyl (tyrosol) glucoside) and the monoterpene rosiridin. Salidroside is present in a variety of species, including some outside the Rhodiola genus. The term rosavins is used collectively for rosavin, rosin and rosarin. Because of the occurrence of salidroside in other species, Rhodiola extracts are best standardised for both rosavins and salidroside. The naturally occurring ratio of rosavins to salidroside in the authentic root is approximately 3:1.

Other species containing salidroside but not rosavins have been substituted for R. rosea. Analysis of commercial samples of Rhodiola available in the United States in 2000 found that although all of the samples contained R. rosea extracts, the amounts of phenylpropanoid constituents were lower than in the reference plant material, suggesting admixture with other species. The daily dose of phenylpropanoid constituents varied widely from 0.78 to 6.87 mg, based on the manufacturers recommended tablet dosage.Russian experience in the 1980s found that products manufactured with Rhodiola root not containing rosavins were therapeutically inferior.

Other constituents of Rhodiola root include flavonoids, tannins and an essential oil. (In comparison with some other medicinal roots, Rhodiola root contains a low content of essential oil.) In terms of the characteristic rose fragrance of the root, several compounds with a rose odor and other floral notes have been identified from specimens grown in Norway. Geraniol was found to be the main rose-like odor compound, which is one of the most abundant monoterpene alcohols in the essential oil from roses.

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References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodiola_rosea

Natural Herbs for Muscle, Suma Root aka Brazilian Ginseng

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Suma Root (Pfaffia paniculata)

Common Use
Suma root, also known as Para Todo (For All Things) is called “Brazilian Ginseng” by some herbalists and is one of the most highly regarded South American herbs. While not a true member of the Panax ginseng family, it is an authentic adaptogenic herb, and as such exerts a normalizing influence on your body and can help regulate and enhance your endocrine, nervous, digestive, cardiovascular and immune systems. South American Natives have used Suma for centuries to treat wounds, skin rashes, low energy and sexual disinterest. The overall effect is to give you an increased resistance to stress while having a cell-building and regenerating effect.

History
The rain forests in Brazil are home to suma root. Some of the world’s best therapeutic plants are found throughout the rainforests of South America. Pfaffia paniculata, better known as suma, is a ground vine whose root has been used for centuries to promote health. In Portuguese, Suma Root is called “para tudo” which means “for everything”. The name is likely in reference to use it being used to improve various ailments including fatigue, anxiety, erectile malaise, and stress.

Ancient Uses
Ancient tribes of South America have high regard for the Suma root. It is used to treat fatigue, loss of weight, stress, low immune system functioning and many other illnesses.

Modern Uses
In modern times, the Suma root was studied and seen to contain amino acids, minerals, electrolytes, saponins and many other chemicals that may support its therapeutic healing abilities. It is used to treat hormonal imbalances and can also be beneficial to help people with thyroid problems.

It has anti inflammatory effects that could benefit people who suffer with arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It can reduce swelling, pain, inflammation and reduced joint mobility. It has the ability to enhance immunity and to increase libido as well. It can provide cell and tissue rejuvenating effects; this is the main reason why it is thought to have anti cancer preventing capabilities.
Experts believe that the Suma root is a promising treatment to reduce cancer cells and leukemia cells. The ability of this herbal remedy to increase cellular oxygenation is possibly the backbone of this claim.

The Suma root has a spicy yet vanilla like flavor and is usually made into teas. When reduced to powdered form, it can be sprinkled on foods and can also be used to add flavor to certain beverages. In addition, it can be used as an herbal supplement, an extract and is also available in powdered form to be processed as capsules, or in tablet form.

Suma and Strength Building
Suma also has a nickname of “The Russian Secret”, and that’s because back in 1976 a Russian scientist called V.N. Syrov extracted an ergogenic compound called ecdysterone from the plant, and found out that it exerted more of an anabolic effect in-vitro than Dianabol and methandrostenolone, which are both anabolic steroids.

After that Syrov introduced suma and ecdysterone extracts to the Russian olympic team, and conducted several trials on the herb and extracts…

Here’s one abstract from Syrov’s trial on amateur athletes:
Experiment participants first noted a “sense of well-being” within 3-5 days, and a new increased desire to get to their next training session. Weight lifters experienced much less pain during heavy lifts when they took Suma. These researchers recommended 500 mg. for every 40 lbs. of body weight, spread out evenly in two divided doses, for the maximum gain in muscle strength and size. During a 54-day period (almost 8 weeks), the dosage was only taken on days 1-10, 16-25, and days 31-40. Despite the 24 days off the herb, researchers reported that Suma’s effects were still felt by the athletes on the off days.

This all happened during the cold war, and as suma gave a competitive edge to the Russian athletes who participated in the Olympics against U.S, it’s pretty clear that the knowledge and research conducted by V.N Syrov was kept as a secret…

Properties & Constituents
Suma root is also quite valuable nutritionally as it contains essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, plant sterols, steroidal saponins, nortripenes, ecdysteroids, pfaffic acids, electrolytes and trace elements. Researchers have identified 152 chemical constituents in the root, including 19 amino acids, electrolytic and trace minerals such as iron, magnesium, cobalt, silica and zinc, as well as vitamins A, B-1, B-2, E, K1, K2 and pantothenic acid. It contains high amounts of the trace element germanium, which is a powerful immune stimulator. The germanium may be partly responsible for Suma’s powerful ability to bring more oxygen to the cells.

It is considered one of the richest sources of B-Ecdysterone, a plant hormone that can help maintain your youth and strength. B-Ecdysterone can also accelerate wound healing , along with allantoin (comfrey also contains allantoin), a known cellular rebuilder that is present in this plant. Research in Brazil, Japan and the United States has found unique natural substances in Suma called pfaffosides which are believed to regulate blood sugar levels. Suma helps regulate blood pressure, cholesterol, hormones (especially estrogen) and acid-base balance. You can benefit by using Suma root as a healing agent, tonic or aphrodisiac. Suma also has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate chronic and acute pain. Not recommended if pregnant or nursing mothers.

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Herbs for Yoga. Brahmi-Gotu Kola

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History of Brahmi

Gotu Kola also known as “Brahmi”, which is derived from Hinduism meaning the “Brahman”. The Brahman is the unchanging reality amidst and beyond the world. In Sanskrit it is Sat-cit-ananda, which is being-consciousness-bliss and is the highest reality.

Throughout its history, Brahmi has been one of the more important herbs when it comes to Ayurvedic medicine. In India, the herb was used with newborn children, with the wide held belief being that the herb would cause the child to become more open minded and intelligent; essentially the Brahmi was actually believed to free the mind of the child.

Additionally, the herb was well known and used by the great sages of Indian philosophy, who appropriately gave it its name which means ‘knowledge’. Charaka, Ayurveda’s third legendary physician, who identifies the seasons and times of day when a particular plant’s medicinal powers achieve their maximum potency, states that the true value of brahmi lies in its outstanding performance against senile decay and loss of memory, and its capacity for enhancing verbal articulation.

One interesting piece of evidence for its effectiveness is given by Appa Rao in Medicinal Plants of India: “A double blind clinical test was conducted on thirty mentally retarded children, who were free from epilepsy and other neurological conditions, to study the effect of the drug extracted from Indian pennywort (brahmi) on general mental ability. The results indicated a significant improvement in both general ability and behavioural patterns when the drug was administered for a short period of twelve weeks.”

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About the plant

Brahmi, a plant from the Umbelliferae family, is the Sanskrit name for the Indian pennywort, also known as khulakudi in Hindi. In the dictionary of herbs it is known as somavati or saraswati. It is a so-called ‘weed’ which is found growing wild in marshlands and reservoirs, and near the banks of rivers and lakes all over India and South Africa. This herb creeps along the ground, rooting at the nodes, and has small light green leaves fluted around the edges. In taste it resembles parsley, but unlike parsley it is slightly bitter. The entire plant, especially the leaves, is used for medicinal purposes. It is perhaps the most important nervine herb used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Brahmi and the yogi

Brahmi is an important food for yogis and improves meditation. A dosage of brahmi taken before meditation is a great aid in this practice. It helps to awaken the crown chakra at the top of the head (sahasrara), and balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Brahmi is one of the best herbs for balancing and rejuvenating the whole mind and consciousness system.

Constituents
Consisting of triterpenoid saponins, sapogenins, Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron, Potassium, Beta-Carotene, Thiamine, Riboflavin and Niacin.

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Cordyceps Promotes Exercise Endurance – Even Without You Having to Exercise!

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Cordyceps medicinal mushroom is believed to promote longevity and health and improve athletic performance and endurance. However, the specific mechanism for fighting fatigue and boosting physical fitness has long remained a mystery to scientists.

Researchers at the Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences in Delhi, India, set up a study to evaluate the exercise endurance promoting activities of Cordyceps Sinensis medicinal mushroom.

Cordyceps supplements were given orally to rats for a little over two weeks. The results were remarkable. Rats who did not exercise, but consumed Cordyceps, were able to improve their exercise endurance by 1.79-fold. Rats who exercised and consumed Cordyceps, increased their endurance 2.9-fold as compared to placebo rats, i.e. rats who did not receive any medicinal mushroom supplements.

According to researchers, the mechanism through which Cordyceps supplementation produced results, was the upregulation of the skeletal muscle metabolic regulators, angiogenesis and better glucose and lactate uptake.

Unbelievable, But True — Cordyceps Improves Endurance Even If You Are Not Exercising

What does this mean to you? The study clearly suggests that you can (or at least test animals could) improve your exercise endurance even if you are not exercising, simply by consuming Cordyceps supplements.

Does this work with humans as well? We will look into human clinical studies and will report back to you as soon as we have more information on medicinal mushrooms’ ability to boost exercise endurance in humans.

Courtesy of Medicinal Mushroom Info. http://medicinalmushroominfo.com/