Plant Extracts | Maca, Wood Ear, Bitter Orange, Cranberry, Rosemary, Green Coffee Bean, Resveratrol
Plant Extracts | Maca, Auricularia Auricula (Wood Ear), Citrus AUrantium (Bitter Orange), Cranberry, Reishi, Rosemary, Green Coffee Bean, Polygonum Cuspidatium (Resveratrol), Green Sichuan Pepper (Prickly Ash), Sophora Japonica
Black fungus, or Auricularia polytricha, is sometimes known as wood ear, cloud ear, Judas ear or tree ear. It is a mushroom that is dark brown to black and native to Asia and some Pacific islands with humid climates. Its benefits include increasing blood circulation, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, natural anti-viral properties, and thought to prevent dryness due to its moistening properties.
Though bitter orange extract has been used in many formulations as a weight-loss dietary ingredient, marketed as an 'ephedra' alternative, due to its ability to increase lipolysis, its medical uses spans from being an antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory agent to a vascular stimulant.
Cranberry is known as a common treatment for bladder and kidney ailments, with many different OTC products aimed at tackling UTIs. Aside from this, cranberry extract can be used in stomach ulcer and other wound treatments. Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, cranberry extract may possibly reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer treatment.
Green coffee beans are coffee beans that have not yet been roasted. These coffee beans contain a higher amount of the chemical chlorogenic acid. This chemical is thought to have health benefits. For high blood pressure it might affect blood vessels so that blood pressure is reduced.
For weight loss, chlorogenic acid in green coffee is thought to affect how the body handles blood sugar and metabolism.
Sichuan green peppercorns are a rich source of vitamin A, carotenes, pyridoxine, and thiamin. Similar to black peppercorns, they ad in digestion, increasing gastro-intestinal juices and enzyme secretion inside the gut. Additionally, unlike other pepper varieties, Sichuan green peppercorn contains essential oils, and is also a natural antioxidant.
Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru in the high plateaus of the Andes Mountains. It has been cultivated as a vegetable crop in this area for at least 3000 years. Maca is a relative of the radish and has an odor similar to butterscotch. Its root is used to make medicine.
People take maca by mouth for "tired blood" (anemia); chronic fatigue syndrome(CFS); and enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, and memory. People also take maca by mouth for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems,symptoms of menopause, improving fertility, and sexual dysfunction caused byantidepressants, weak bones (osteoporosis), depression, stomach cancer, leukemia,HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction (ED), to arouse sexual desire, and to boost the immune system.
Resveratrol has gained a lot of attention for its reported antiaging and disease-combating benefits. It helps reduce inflammation, prevents the oxidation of bad cholestrol, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease. It's also thought to limit the spread of cancer cells and trigger the cancer cell death process (apoptosis). Reservatrol may also protect nerve cells from damage and the buildup of plaque that can lead to Alzheimer's disease. Finally, resveratrol helps prevent insulin resistance, thereby also playing a key role in combating diabetes.
Reishi mushroom is used for boosting the immune system; viral infections such as theflu (influenza), swine flu, and avian flu; lung conditions including asthma andbronchitis; heart disease and contributing conditions such as high blood pressure andhigh cholesterol; kidney disease; cancer; and liver disease. It is also used forHIV/AIDS, altitude sickness, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), trouble sleeping(insomnia), stomach ulcers, poisoning, and herpes pain. Other uses include reducing stress and preventing fatigue.
In combination with other herbs, reishi mushroom is used to treat prostate cancer.
Though widely used as a culinary spice, Rosemary is also a natural antioxidant, a natural preservative and an antimicrobial agent.There are numerous reports available evaluating rosemary's anticancer effects. The extract induces an anticarcinogenic enzyme. Other anticancer mechanisms include polyphenol constituents that inhibit metabolic activation of procarcinogens. Rosemary has been reported to decrease capillary permeability and fragility. The plant may have spasmolytic actions, liver, and immune effects. Rosemary also may reverse headaches, reduce stress, and aid in asthma and bronchitis treatment. Rosemary antioxidants have less scavenging potential than green tea polyphenols, but have more potential than vitamin E.
Sophora japonica contains two potent flavonoids, troxerutin and oxymatrine, which exhibit strong antioxidant activity and have repeatedly been shown to support circulatory system health. Other benefits of sophora japonica include the prevention of intracerebral hemorrhage, reducing hypertension, retinal hemmorrhage, strengthening capillary resistance, increasing coronary atery glow and treatment of chronic bronchitis.