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The Mushroom of Immortality

The fungus from the East. Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is a mushroom that predominantly grows in the humid climates of eastern Asia. Like many varieties of mushrooms they have been used for thousands of years in traditional eastern medicine.  Reishi contain a wide variety of beneficial bioactive compounds and nutrients such as polysaccharides, fiber, oligosaccharides, triterpenoids, peptides, phenols, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. This rich source of compounds has made reishi known to help support the immune system. Some of the bioactive compounds in reishi such as polysaccharides have been shown in some studies to support stimulation of the cellular immune system. Increases in lymphocyte function and an increase in a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells have also been seen. These actions...

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Beta-Alanine

Improving athletic performance and strength is one of the main goals of athletes and those living a fitness lifestyle. One popular ingredient, especially in pre-workout products is beta-alanine. Beta-alanine is a non essential amino acid that combines with histidine in muscle cells and converts into carnosine (beta-alanyl-L-histidine). Carnosine is then stored in muscle fibers where it mainly sustains the acid base equilibrium. This balance is where beta-alanine lends its hand to performance.  During exercise muscles breakdown fuel (glucose) into lactic acid that is then converted into lactate. This builds up in muscle cells causing them to be more acidic. The acidity build up reduces the amount of glucose that can be broken down into fuel leading to muscular fatigue. Carnosine acts as a buffer against...

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Zylaria - Sleep Quality & Relaxation

Insomnia, stress, and anxiety are almost too common in modern day life. With information coming at us from all directions it can be difficult to wind down and relax in the evening and catch up on restorative sleep. Taking a look at classic traditional medicines just might be the solution to modern problems. Xylaria nigripes are a not so commonly discussed and hard to find species of mushroom that grow underground. They have been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for centuries as a way to support wake and sleep cycles. With these benefits in mind the ingredient manufacturer NuLiv Science utilizes patented fermentation technology to grow xylaria nigripes mycelia and produce a proprietary extract known as Zylaria™. Zylaria contains many essential amino acids, vitamins,...

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Chromium

In the modern world of over processed nutrient stripped foods it could be important to focus on trace minerals to maintain optimal health.  Chromium is an essential mineral that plays a role in metabolic health and function. People are rarely deficient of chromium but most diets are very low in chromium intake. Strenuous exercise, high intake of refined foods, and old age can lead to chromium deficiency. Chromium supplementation could improve the bodies response to insulin, blood sugar levels, and glycemic control especially in the case of those with type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance. According to a study completed by the United States FDA: “One small study suggests that chromium picolinate may reduce the risk of insulin resistance, and...

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The mushroom that awakens the mind.

Appearing on hardwood trees all over the world shaped more like a snowball than a typical mushroom, lions mane is a truly unique species of mushroom. They are frequently consumed in supplement form being most famous for brain supporting benefits, but has other uses as well. Lions mane has two bioactive compounds - hericenones and erinacines that have been found to support the growth, maintenance, and longevity of brain cells in some studies. Nerve growth factor (NGF) is essential for the brains cholinergic system and lions mane was shown to promote the growth and differentiation of neurons by inducing NGF synthesis in nerve cells.  These same NGF effects could also protect the brain from neural damage caused by amyloid-beta plaques, supporting mental functioning and...

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