Free Radical Fighter
A Spice Of Life
Exotic cousin of ginger, turmeric has been thrown at rheumatoid arthritis, skin disorders, smallpox, chicken pox, urinary tract infections, and liver ailments. For centuries.
Earliest known use some 7,000 years ago in healing and religious rituals, ginger has earned its reputation. Controlled scientific studies today focus on its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti nausea and anticancer characteristics.
Flavonoids (plant-based protective compounds) in cinnamon work mightily to protect your cells from oxidative stress. Cholesterol-lowering, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and terrific on waffles—cinnamon rules.
Lemon-scented and related to mint, this stuff has long had its uses. Anxiety? Insomnia? Cold sores? Volcanic tummy? Lemon balm is here to save the evening.
This plain-faced hero is key to getting the goods. Why? Black pepper's alkaloid piperine stimulates the digestive tract, opening the metabolic door to the nutrients residing in turmeric, ginger, and all the other hotshots.
Triterpenes (just you try to pronounce it) are a contributor to disease resistance. Red reishi (G. lucidum) contains about 100 triterpenes and counting. 50 of them don't as yet appear to be in any other mushroom.
In the wild this stuff looks like a frozen firework. Once in the body it gets even weirder- and more wonderful. Brain-friendly, cholesterol-lowering, tumor-starving—this ancient life-form wants you to live.
This mushroom has life force—which it acquires like an alien on a crippled spaceship would (look it up and hang onto your hat). More to the point: this immunity-boosting, tumor-slowing, respiratory infection-fixing, kidney-and-liver healing, cholesterol-lowering aphrodisiac delivers.
Have a little trouble falling asleep (though if you snore like a freight train we can't help you).
Suffer anxiety and could use a little nature to calm the storm.
Want to sip something whose compounds may preserve cognition.
Want the light, organic lift of a natural mood elevator.
Sometimes have a little late-night tummy trouble.