Discovered by yak herders in the Himalayan mountain region. Recorded history of the mushroom’s use in Traditional Chinese Medicine started about 1,000 years ago. Traditionally recommended for various ailments and for energy. In the last few decades knowledge of the mushroom has progressed significantly. Once the most expensive edible food substance in the world and only available to the upper class recent cultivation techniques have changed this. In the last 13 years indoor cultivation methods have produced cordyceps that are bio-identical to ones found in the wild but stronger in health constituents and lower in environmental toxins. Nutritionally the most concentrated form of naturally occurring Adenosine, cordyceps have been proven to increase cellular energy by allowing the cells in the body to use oxygen more efficiently.
It is believed 2 different civilizations cultivated coconuts thousands of years ago in the Indian and Pacific Ocean basins. Both ocean currents and sea farers carried coconuts through various regions around the globe’s equator. In these sandy environments the plant thrives on an abundance of minerals and water. As a top choice of survival food besides being preserved in natural package the liquid is rich in essential minerals and the raw fruit contains high amounts of fat. Minerals are necessary for cell life and the only way to get these essential minerals is through diet and proper supplementation. Unfortunately the over use of fertilizers have decreased the amounts of trace minerals in soils in the US.
The origin of the Aloe Vera plant is believed to be in the Sudan where use dates back over 6,000 years. The virtues of this plant have been recognized by many civilizations including, Egyptians, Spanish, Persians, Greek, Italians, Africans, Japanese, and Native Americans. Presently Aloe is used for multiple applications. Apart from its use as a topical gel, nutritionally it is most noted for aiding the digestive system. Recently a known Aloe company conducted a successful study showing benefits in bladder and urinary health. The most popular Aloe products are juices, the dried extracts of the plant are rare due to production cost. Dried extracts do not require preservatives and have the most concentrated amounts of Polysaccrides.
The mushroom most known by its Japanese name which stands for spiritual mushroom has a long history in Asian cultures. Images of Reishi in Taoism art first appeared during the Yuan Dynasty. For centuries this mushroom has been sought for its medicinal properties. For the last 35 years scientific studies continue to prove many of the beneficial attributes the mushroom was already known for. Over the last 20 years cultivation techniques have progressed rapidly and like Cordyceps, Nutritionally the mushroom contains specific Beta-Glucans and Triterpines. The mushroom in most known for being an adaptogen and increasing the body’s resistance to stress and in turn improving other aspects of health.
Referenced in ancient Assyrian text describing the plant growing in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. In the middle-ages it was used for aiding digestion and blood issues. The European region first recorded the cultivation of beets for consumption in 1542. The stalks were consumed widely prior to the regular consumption of the root. Modern controversy has surrounded this plant because of its experimentation with being genetically modified, fortunately some countries do not allow this type of farming. The healthy phyto-nutrients are more abundant when grown without the use of fertilizers. Betaine antioxidant gives the root it’s deep red color. Beets are now been recognized as a performance enhancer which is connected to the Nitrate compounds.
The Camu berry is found in the South American Amazon regions. Along the banks the small bushy tree can survive submerge for over half a year. The plant requires large amounts of water and favors subtropical climates. Argument of production to satisfy the world market is effecting the population of the plant. However, the berry has it’s own Fair Trade Association and price in the US has actually dropped in the recent year due to abundance. The camu berry has tested to to be the most concentrated form of vitamin-c on the planet. Vitamin-C is the most used antioxidant in the body and recently the Daily Value requirement amounts have increased. The berry is also known to have valuable acids; Betulic and Ellagic.