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Science Behind Chaga

1 How Chaga and Caffeine Work Together

Today, approximately 90% of American adults consume caffeine in some form each day (coffee, tea, chocolate, etc). While many are probably reaching for caffeine to obtain the boost of energy it provides, most know that caffeine can also have its downsides if consumed in excess amounts.

Caffeine can have an effect on the body when it comes to acidity, digestion, energy crashes, brain fog, and several other factors. As it turns out, adding chaga extract to coffee has the potential to offset many of the potential downsides.

Here is how chaga extract can balance out many of the unwanted side effects:

  • Supports Digestion
  • Has an alkalizing effect (combats acidity)
  • As an adaptogen it helps with stress management
  • Increases sustainable energy levels (can prevent crashing)
  • Tonifies/ Suppports the liver
  • Has one of the highest anti-oxidant levels found in plants (can combat brain fog)
2 Chaga May Improve Digestion
3 Chaga Is High In Alkalizing Minerals
4 Chaga’s Antioxidant Activity
5 Chaga May Balance Blood Sugar
6 Chaga May Boost Immune System and Regulate Inflammatory Response
7 Chaga May Support Apoptosis (Important Function In Fighting Cancer)
8 Chaga May Benefit Cholesterol Levels
9 Chaga Anti-Aging Studies
10 Chaga May Improve Skin Health
11 Chaga May Reduce Herpes Outbreaks
12 Chaga May Help Heal Psoriasis
13 Chaga May Improve Physical Endurance
14 Traditional Use Of Chaga Extract

Science Behind Cordyceps

1 Cordyceps May Boost Exercise Performance

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

This may improve the way your body uses oxygen, especially during exercise (Show Study1,Source1).

In one study, researchers tested their effects on exercise capacity in 30 healthy older adults using a stationary bike. Participants received either 3 grams per day of a synthetic strain of Cordyceps called CS-4 or a placebo pill for six weeks.

By the end of the study, VO2 max had increased by 7% in participants who had taken CS-4, while participants given the placebo pill showed no change (Source2).

VO2 max is a measurement used to determine fitness level (Show Study2).

In a similar study, 20 healthy older adults received either 1 gram of CS-4 or a placebo pill for 12 weeks (Show Study3).

While researchers found no change in VO2 max in either group, participants given CS-4 improved other measures of exercise performance.

One study also tested the effects of a Cordyceps-containing mushroom blend on exercise performance in younger adults (Show Study4).

After three weeks, participants’ VO2 max had increased by 11%, compared to a placebo.

2 Cordyceps May Enhance Sexual Function
3 Cordyceps May Have Anti-Aging Properties
4 Cordyceps May Promote Apoptosis (Important Anti-Tumor Function)
5 Cordyceps May Alleviate Side Effects Of Chemotherapy and Radiation
6 Cordyceps May Help Balance Blood Sugar Levels
7 Cordyceps May Support Cardiovascular Health
8 Cordyceps May Improve Healthy Inflammatory Response
9 Cordyceps in Ayurveda, TCM & Traditional Medicine

Science Behind Lion’s Mane

1 Lion’s Mane May Boost the Immune System

A strong immune system protects the body from bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing pathogens.

On the other hand, a weak immune system puts the body at a higher risk of developing infectious diseases.

Animal research shows that lion’s mane mushroom can boost immunity by increasing the activity of the intestinal immune system, which protects the body from pathogens that enter the gut through the mouth or nose (Show Study).

These effects may partly be due to beneficial changes in gut bacteria that stimulate the immune system (Show Study).

One study even found that supplementing with lion’s mane extract daily nearly quadrupled the lifespan of mice injected with a lethal dose of salmonella bacteria (Show Study).

2 Lion’s Mane May Improve Cognitive Function
3 Lion’s Mane May Speed Recovery from Nervous System Injuries
4 Lion’s Mane May Support Digestive System
5 Lion’s Mane May Improve Fat Metabolism And Cardiovascular Health
6 Lion’s Mane May Balance Blood Sugar Levels
7 Lion’s Mane May Support Apoptosis (Important Function in Fighting Cancer)
8 Lion’s Mane May Reduce Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
9 Lion’s Mane May Elevate Mood
10 Lion’s Mane And Healthy Aging
11 Lion’s Mane May Support Liver Function
12 Lion’s Mane Use In TCM And Traditional Medicine

Science Behind Reishi

1 Reishi May Boost the Immune System

One of the most important effects of the reishi mushroom is that it can boost your immune system (Show Study).

What’s more, these studies have found that some forms of reishi may alter inflammation pathways in white blood cells (Show Study).

Research in cancer patients has shown that some of the molecules found in the mushroom can increase the activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells (Show Study).

Natural killer cells fight infections and cancer in the body (Show Study).

Another study found that reishi can increase the number of other white blood cells (lymphocytes) in those with colorectal cancer (Show Study).

Although most immune system benefits of reishi mushroom have been seen in those who are ill, some evidence has shown that it can help healthy people, too.

In one study, the fungus improved lymphocyte function, which helps fight infections and cancer, in athletes exposed to stressful conditions (Show Study1,Show Study2).

2 Reishi May Protect Against Infections And Viruses
3 Reishi May Have Anti-Cancer Properties
4 Reishi Could Fight Fatigue and Depression
5 Reishi May Balance Hormone Levels
6 Reishi May Help Regulate Sleep
7 Reishi May Support Cardiovascular Health
8 Reishi May Improve Liver Function
9 Reishi May Benefit Blood Sugar Levels
10 Reishi May Fight Allergies And Asthma
11 Reishi Has Antioxidant Properties
12 Traditional Use Of Reishi Extract

Science Behind Turkey Tail

1 Turkey Tail Is Packed With Antioxidants

Antioxidants are compounds that help inhibit or reduce damage caused by oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress results from an imbalance between antioxidants and unstable molecules known as free radicals. This can result in cellular damage and chronic inflammation. (Show Study1)

This imbalance has also been linked to an increased risk of developing health conditions, such as certain cancers and heart disease. (Show Study2,Show Study3)

Thankfully, eating foods rich in antioxidants or supplementing with these powerful compounds can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. (Show Study4)

Turkey tail contains an impressive array of antioxidants, including phenols and flavonoids. (Show Study5)

In fact, one study detected over 35 different phenolic compounds in a sample of turkey tail mushroom extract, along with the flavonoid antioxidants quercetin and baicalein. (Show Study6)

Phenol and flavonoid antioxidants promote immune system health by reducing inflammation and stimulating the release of protective compounds. (Show Study7)

For example, quercetin has been shown to promote the release of immunoprotective proteins like interferon-y, while inhibiting the release of the pro-inflammatory enzymes cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase (LOX). (Show Study8)

2 Turkey Tail May Reduce Inflammation
3 Turkey Tail May Strengthen The Immune System
4 Turkey Tail May Have Anti-Tumor Properties
5 Turkey Tail Benefits When Used With Conventional Cancer Treatments
6 Turkey Tail May Enhance Gut Health
7 Turkey Tail May Combat Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
8 Turkey Tail May Have Antiherpetic Properties
9 May Help With Symptoms Of HIV/AIDS
10 Turkey Tail May Improve Athletic Performance
11 Turkey Tail May Have Antibacterial Qualities
12 Turkey Tail Uses In TCM And Other Traditional Medicine

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