Gluten Free Paleo Blueberry Donut Recipe:
Store these in the refrigerator.
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Chocolate Cookie Crumble (Should be thin and crispy):
Roll into thin cookies. Bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes. When cooled, crumble up.
Mix altogether in a bowl. Sprinkle in cookie crumble.
Place in dish. Freeze.
Jungle Peanut Base Ingredients:
Chocolate Layer Ingredients:
Crunchy Jungle Peanut Layer:
Caramel Sauce Ingredients:
For the Jungle Peanut Base:
Chocolate Layer Directions:
Caramel Sauce Directions:
Store in the refrigerator. When you want a slice, I suggest taking it out of the fridge and letting it come up to room temperature (about 15 minutes).
Today we're gonna talk about the best thing to put in your body before a workout. There's so many different pre-workout products in the market these days that it can be very confusing, and I wanna take things back to some basics and see what's gonna actually have the most beneficial effect. Not just in energizing you, but giving you the most bang for your buck in terms of the benefits that you get in your body. Okay, so I may be a little bit biased here as the owner of a chocolate company, but I think that really high quality dark chocolate is the best thing you can have before a workout.
The main reason, and I'm I'm gonna get into a few different reason here, they're all very interesting. But the main reason is a kind of flavonol compound called epicatechin.
There's a number of different flavanols in chocolate. The main one is epicatechins. And studies have shown, now this is still an early stage research, right. So this hasn't been studied for many, many, many years, but I know you guys love to be on the cutting edge so that's why I like to share these things with you. So you don't have to wait 20 years until it's been published a hundred times to actually start getting the benefits. So these epicatechins, it's been shown that the amount of epicatechins found in just 30 grams of chocolate. So that's like, for example, one of our bars is 48 grams. So that's a little bit more than half of our chocolate bars. This amount of epicatechins has been shown to enhance exercise capacity and promote skeletal muscle growth. So that right there, you only have a certain amount of time to work out each week, right? A lot of us are limited, we've got a lot going on. You wanna get the most benefit in return for that time you invested. So epicatechins can actually be really helpful here, it seems.
Not only do they that, but epicatechins also enhance something called mitochondrial biogenesis. Mitochondria are the power plants of your cells. They are where your body takes fuel and turns into ATP, which is like pure cellular energy. Your whole body runs on ATP. When you have more mitochondria, you can make more ATP and your whole body can run more efficiently. You can fight off disease, you have more energy to do physical activities, more energy for your brain. So much works better when you have healthy mitochondria and healthy ATP levels. And epicatechins are actually shown to help your body make more mitochondria. So this is just amazing.
The mitochondria is one of the most fascinating subjects of research in the past ten years and it's so cool to know that chocolate can really be a big help here. Also, in supplements these days in terms of pre-workout, you often see they have a lot of caffeine added to them. Now that's not even like a coffee but it's actually just synthetic caffeine. Now is that really such a good idea to be taking that in insolation as a stimulant? Maybe not the best, right. And you also hear like almost every week it seems like we're hearing about another pre-workout supplement was lab tested and found to contain like really sketchy illegal drug supplements. So there's a lot of risk out there taking some of these products.
Now cacao and chocolate contain a compound, naturally occurring, called theobromine. This is a cousin of caffeine, but it's like two cousins that don't really have that much in common. They never really hung out as kids, right. Theobromine works in quite a different way. It doesn't stimulate the central nervous system the same way that caffeine does, although it does increase energy. It also kills, as a side benefit, it kills streptococci mutans, the main bacteria responsible for causing cavities. So this is much more of a gentle and sustainable stimulant, and you don't have to be worried about what kind of a secret ingredients are being put into your pre-workout supplement that they haven't put on the label. It's scary stuff our there in the market, right.
So now, that would just be true of most regular chocolate. Good, high quality dark chocolate. But as you know, we always have to take it the extra mile here at Addictive Wellness. And so we have, for example, our energy chocolate which so many people love using as their pre-workout. And we put the best Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs in here to enhance your energy production. They're not stimulants, they're just helping your own body to produce more energy naturally. So of example, you have astragalus which famous for increasing strength in the extremities and also being great for supporting the cardiovascular system. Then cordyceps which improves your oxygen utilization. So more oxygen is actually making it to the blood, and the brain, and to the muscles so you can have the power that you need. And then ashwagandha which enhances your focus, your drive, and your endurance. And last but not least, mucuna which is the highest natural source actually of L-dopa, precursor to dopamine. So when you have more dopamine levels you are just feeling happier and more driven and focused. Really great for when you're working out. And mucuna also is a very rare herb in the sense that it helps support natural levels of human growth hormone. So put all this together from epicatechins, the theobromine, to these amazing herbs, and chocolate is an incredible thing to have before working out.
Last but not least, there's nothing worse than working out and being totally starving, right? It's a miserable experience. Well maybe the only thing worse is working out on a full stomach. Then you just feel like nauseous, right? I've found that cacao is the perfect middle ground because it will satiate you, you'll feel nice, you'll feel satisfied, you're not gonna be miserably hungry, it's gonna keep your blood sugar balance. And you're gonna have a nice energy to push you through your whole workout. It doesn't feel heavy in your stomach. It almost feels like it's not even there. You're just not hungry any more. And of course, with the sugar free chocolate like this you're not gonna have the blood sugar ups and downs that you would get from a more mainstream chocolate with some form or another of sugar in it.
So if you guys use chocolate as a pre-workout, I wanna hear about it. Leave us a comment below. If you're thinking about it, let me know what your thoughts are and I really wanna say thank you guys for joining me today. It's been a pleasure and I look forward to seeing you again soon. Have a beautiful day.
Today I want to share with you guys about one of my great passions, that's cacao. Now all cacao is not created equal. There's huge disparity in flavor and quality and purity. And I want to share some of my knowledge here with you guys so that you can make the choice of the best cacao for you.
Now cacao originally is coming from South America and many believe it's actually coming from Ecuador. Now most cacao is grown in West Africa, that's where you see a lot of the chocolate and child slavery problems, and where a lot of really low quality cacao's coming that's being done on an industrial level for, you know, the big large-scale companies. Nowadays Ecuador supplies less than 4% of the world's cacao.
And there is something that's important to understand is that if one chocolate bean, one cacao bean from one tree to another tree is not the same thing. There's different varieties of cacao. Now the heirloom variety which we use, the kind that's been around for thousands of years is the Arriba Nacional variety. Which is renowned for its quality and its flavor. And this was originally the only thing that was around, it was the only thing available. Later hybrids were developed to grow better in different environments, as specifically Africa. And the main ones were the Forastero and the Trinitario varieties.
Now back in the '70s, another hybrid was developed. Another genetic hybrid which was called CCN-51. And this was developed in the '70s, as I said and they had certain benefits that made it quite interesting for people growing cacao. It was resistant to some of the diseases that can attack cacao trees. So farmers didn't have to worry about that. And it also produced four times the yield. So farmers suddenly, in the same amount of land, were able to grow four times the cacao.
Sounds pretty good, right? One problem. This chocolate is very low quality and is said by experts to taste like acidic dirt. And this is what is used in the vast majority of chocolate around the world. That's why they have to put so much darn sugar in there to cover up that kind of flavor. Now this was originally developed in the '70's, but not taken into wide use until a lot of the Arriba Nacional crop was destroyed in the rains of the '97-'98 El Niño. So this has since then become a huge problem in the cacao world that the market is just flooded with these low quality cacao beans. Now you can understand why these are a problem. They're grown as a monocrop in these open fields in probably soil that is kind of becoming more and more devoid of nutrients. If you're growing something that's producing four times the yield, you're gonna be depleting the soil probably at a faster rate. So naturally you can understand why we stay far, far away from these CCN-51 beans. And we're very particular about the quality of the cacao beans that we use.
As I mentioned, we use exclusively Arriba Nacional beans. Now these, that name, Arriba Nacional originally comes from when the Conquistadors were asking the natives where to find the higher quality, better tasting cacao beans, and they would say, "Río arriba." Meaning "up river." And that's where you find 'em in a slightly higher altitude area, up river, and these are, the ones that we use are grown in volcanic soil in an intact rainforest environment. Why is that important? Well any plant, any food is only gonna be able to pull out of the soil the amount of minerals that are there. For example a tomato can have over 50 different minerals in it. But if it's grown in crappy soil, can have as few as four minerals in it. So the quality of the soil dictates the quality and the quantity of the minerals that you're gonna be able to be up-taken into the food. So volcanic soil is incredible because it contains minerals that have been brought up from deep within the earth.
And why do we want it grown in its intact rainforest environment? Well more and more we're learning that just like our microbiome is very important in our body in ways that science never previously before could have even imagined, we're also seeing that the mycelium that grows within the earth, these mycelial fungal networks, that allow for communication between plants and passage of nutrients and break down the soil into nutrients that can actually be absorbed by the plants. You know, not just rocks. Actually these are able, the mycelium is able to break down things like rocks and really tough soil into nutrients that become bioavailable for the plants. It's an amazing life-cycle. And so when you have monocrop soil that has been sprayed and polluted and all kinds of different problems happening to it, you're not gonna have this incredible, mycelial network that you're gonna get in an old growth forest or in an intact rainforest environment as we're using here. The other great thing about that, being an intact rainforest environment, is that the grooming of this cacao and the fact that we are paying for this cacao, we are incentivizing the local people to have a good reason to be great environmental stewards for the jungle and for the rainforest. And there is nothing more important than that in our modern world. And then it's just the best when it comes to the flavor. Has an incredible, floral flavor to it, and if you've ever opened a box of our chocolate or a bag of our cacao powder, and just taken a deep inhalation, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Now we don't stop there with our cacao. Our cacao as you may know, is raw. And it is mycotoxin free, and it is very, very clean when it comes to heavy metal contamination. These are three things that are very unique to what we're doing here. So most all cacao out there is roasted. That is interesting in certain ways from flavor profile perspective, but it is destroying some of these very heat sensitive compounds. Some of these really interesting neurotransmitter type of compounds that are found in the chocolate.
Then cacao in the traditional sense is processed in such large batches and in a fashion that leads to a lot of mold being able to grow in the chocolate. And the mold may be destroyed during the roasting process, so it may not show or test positive for mold in the final production, but what's left behind is mycotoxins. These are toxic byproducts of that mold that remain in the chocolate and can have a really detrimental effect on your health. Now our chocolate is done in small batches in a very particular environment with particular methods that are designed to prevent any kind of mycotoxin production or mold contamination and this is something that we actually test for, to show that we are, and be sure that we are bringing only the highest quality cacao to you guys. 'Cause we care about your health like we care about our health.
Then, last but not least, heavy metal contamination is a huge problem in the chocolate world. And chocolate and cacao are notorious for having heavy metal problems, and in a similar way, our partners who are procuring the cacao for us are extremely particular about the way in which it's processed. And that's something we test for as well, to make sure that we're very clean when it comes to heavy metals. We don't want arsenic, we don't want lead, we don't want mercury, none of this. We don't want any of that in our chocolate. We just want the purest, highest quality cacao to give you the ultimate experience.
So if you've had an experience that you've enjoyed with our chocolate, please let us know. Leave us a comment below, give us a like, share this with your friends if you think they might benefit from learning a little bit more about the different kinds of cacao out there in the world and how to really be knowledgeable about selecting the best one. Thank you guys so much for lending me your time and I hope this has been informational and beneficial for you. Wishing you an incredible day and hope to see you back here again soon.
Hi, I'm Sage. Welcome to back to the Addictive Wellness Channel. Today I want to talk about green smoothies. This is a really interesting topic to me because so many people experience tons of benefits from drinking green smoothies in which they are, say, using almond milk as the base, adding some bananas and some berries, maybe some other fruit, and then some kale or spinach, different greens like that, and they get great benefits from these in the beginning because they're coming off, probably a conventional diet, and for the first time they're getting living foods into their body, they're getting whole plant foods, they're getting a good dose of all these different vitamins and minerals. For all those reasons, they are getting benefits. They are feeling amazing, they have tons of energy afterwards, might kinda be to do with all the sugar of those bananas, but they're also even maybe detoxing if they've got lots of toxins onboard.
So people have a great experience of these very often in the beginning. But the scary thing is that they label them as being so good for you and then, over time, problems can creep up, and because they've labeled them as being so super healthy, you don't necessarily realize that that smoothie that was making you feel so good in the beginning can actually be causing you problems later on. What's going on here? What's happening is that this is not a good recipe for optimal digestion. When you combine things that require a lot of energy to digest and lots of time, they move through slowly, like kale, for example, it's not gonna go so well with something like a banana. This is something that's very starchy, very sugary, burns up very fast and moves through quickly.
To give you a bit of a metaphorical understanding, if you imagine a one-lane road, right, going one direction, and you could only fit one car at a time, and you have a car on there that loves to be driven fast, you have a Ferrari, that's the banana, right? And it wants to go, it doesn't want to sit in traffic, it wants to go. And then you have kale carrying, it's like a big rig carrying lots of stuff, it's got lots of nutrition on board, lots of fiber, takes time, doesn't go anywhere fast. It maybe maxes out at 55 miles per hour on the freeway with the pedal to the metal. You've got a bunch of Ferraris and a bunch of big rigs all interspersed, right, when you got that banana and that kale coming in at the same time. The Ferrari wants to go, but it can't. It gets stuck there, it gets angry. It starts to really get upset and get road rage. This is happening in your gut. The banana, those starches and sugars, can't get through, and what happens is they start to ferment and you can actually get a proliferation of bad bacteria. This is really not a good situation for gut health, and you're gonna be throwing off your whole microbiome, essentially, in your gut. This is not gonna lead anywhere good.
Again, I said you can get a lot of benefits at the beginning because this is better than going and having McDonald's, but in the long-term, you may get some real gut microbiome issues, you get a lot of boating and things like that. I have known people who, they drank green smoothies for a really long time and they say, "I love these green smoothies, and they really connect with them." But they say, you know, "I've also got these problems with bloating. It still comes up for me sometimes." And I say, well, have you connected the two? And they don't really make the connection at first. I love the idea of getting all this great nutrition in our bodies through blended foods, but you gotta be strategic about how you're gonna do it. You can't just combine willy-nilly and think it's all gonna digest very smoothly.
Now that said, some people just have this incredibly powerful digestive fire and they can just crush anything, but for most people, this is gonna be problematic in the long run, even maybe in the short run. What can you do if you want to be able to have a green smoothie and get all these greens in blended form so you can get as much nutrition in your body as possible? Here's what you can do. You gotta get the fruit outta there. You gotta go for a different kind of flavor other than just this total sweetness. You start out putting some ice in the blender, then you put a big cucumber in there, you put a couple stalks of celery, you could even put like some arugula and some kale, if you wanted to do that, and then, you add, and you can do maybe half a green apple, quarter of a green apple, Granny Smith apple, not sweet, really sour, not much sugar in there, and then, you could put some parsley or some cilantro, a little bit of cayenne, some lemon juice, and blend that, you don't need to add any liquid. Between the ice and all the liquid in the cucumber and the celery, it's gonna be enough. That's gonna blend smooth. It's gonna be incredible.
Me personally, I love to add a tablespoon of spirulina and a tablespoon of chlorella into there. That's just me, it's a bit of an acquired taste. If you love those super greens, go for it, but start out with just the plain, basic recipe. And we'll make a video soon of that recipe to show you the exact proportions and how it's done. But that's a much better way to do a green smoothie that actually is gonna be able to digest well and not lead to gas and bloating and bacteria and fermentation and things like that.
Guys, let us know what your experience has been with green smoothies. Leave the comment below. We'd love to hear. Thank you for joining us. I really appreciate you taking the time to watch this video, and I hope to see you again soon. Have a great day.
For most of us, the holidays are classically the least healthy time of the year as we overindulge and put our high standards on hold when it comes to the kind of ingredients we would normally allow into our bodies. But it doesn’t have to be this way! It’s possible to experience all the beauty, magic, and delicious food the holidays have to offer without forcing your body to pay the price!
Nothing ruins the holidays quicker than coming down with a cold or flu and not being able to fully enjoy being with your loved ones. There are a number of factors that leave our immune systems more vulnerable at this time of year.
So let’s start off by arming our bodies with the best weaponry possible in the form of immune-enhancing adaptogenic herbs. Some of our favorites include reishi mushroom, chaga mushroom, agaricus blazei, and astragalus. These contain long-chain polysaccharides called beta-glucans which essentially give your immune system an “operating system update,” so you’ll be prepared to handle whatever comes your way. These herbs also have stress-modulating effects, so they can also help prevent the immune-exhausting effects of holiday stress. Click here to learn how to make an easy, delicious, and very powerful chaga tea!
If you do end up eating some things that you know aren’t the best for you, it can be great to take a couple of capsules of activated charcoal right away. Our favorite is the coconut charcoal from our friends at Schizandu. The charcoal can help to absorb toxins and other harmful compounds, preventing them from being absorbed and drawing them out of your system. Medical note: If you are taking drugs or other medications, do not take activated charcoal at the same time as it will interfere with their absorption.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is high in acetic acid and has many amazing properties, including the abilities to lower blood sugar (this is a big one during the holidays!), kill harmful bacteria, burn fat, and improve heart health! You just have to add 1 teaspoon-1 tablespoon to a glass of water and it can also do wonders for digestion. The taste is a little intense, but adding just a couple of drops of liquid stevia and a few ice cubes can turn it into a delicious, refreshing drink!
Holiday eating tends to center much more around lunch and dinner than breakfast, making it very easy to leverage the power of intermittent fasting during this time! If you can limit your food consumption to the window of 12PM-8PM, you’ll be able to cut into your total calorie intake, strengthen your mitochondria, protect cognitive health, and clean out damaged cells.
Healthy Holiday Foods
We’re no longer living in the ‘90s when food was either good for you or good tasting. We now live in an incredible time when we can have our cake and eat it too- if we make it the right way! For basically any traditional holiday food you can imagine, there are countless modified recipes online featuring clean healthy fats, gluten-free flours, and the best sugar-free sweeteners. If the intention is there, anything is possible and it’s a great opportunity to quietly introduce the family to healthier options that taste just as good (and quite possibly even better) than what they’re used to!
And finally, always have a bar of your favorite sugar-free chocolate nearby! That way if you’re feeling tempted to take a bite of an unhealthy treat, you can go for the chocolate to satisfy your cravings with a flavor you know you’ll love!
Tonight we'll be talking about how we harmoniously thrive in a relationship where we have significant differences in our diets! Food is such a central part of any relationship and many people struggle when their partner isn't aligned with their health journey or may just eat a completely different diet. We're going to talk about how we navigate this in our own relationship and also having an open Q&A answering questions on this topic and anything else that may be on your mind!
If you've been interested in natural health for a little while, you'll probably know that turmeric has become famous for it's anti-inflammatory properties. But if you don't take turmeric in just the right way, it doesn't actually get digested and the vast majority of the benefits are missed out on?
The key to making sure turmeric actually gets absorbed into the body is to consume it with a small amount of black pepper. (Alternatively, it could also be consumed with piperine, a compound extracted from black pepper.) Just a tiny amount of black pepper can result in significantly better absorption of turmeric and the beneficial curcumin it contains. (Curcumin is the main bioactive substance in turmeric responsible for fighting inflammation at the cellular level.) This is why black pepper is also traditionally a common ingredient in curry and curry powder! Consuming turmeric with healthy fats, as is also traditionally done in Indian cuisine, will also help escort the cucurmin into the bloodstream.
How does this work? Even just a very small amount of black pepper stops the liver from eliminating the turmeric curcumin too quickly, allowing turmeric levels in the blood to significantly increase. Just 1/20th of a teaspoon of pepper can increase the bioavailability of turmeric by 2000%. On top of that, eating turmeric with healthy fats allows the curcumin to be absorbed through the lymphatic system and partially bypass the liver.
So it should come as no surprise that this is how turmeric is traditionally consumed- with black pepper and fat! Now that the turmeric has actually made it into the blood, watch the video above to learn about the incredible benefits of this radiant root!
This is a recipe we've been looking forward to making for a really long time! It's not just a treat for the tastebuds, but also a treat for the eyes- that blue color is just so incredible! And of course the texture and flavor are downright addictive ;) If that wasn't enough, watch the video to learn why the star ingredient has serious anti-aging benefits.
If you don't have a high-power blender like a VitaMix, you can use 6 oz of ice and 12 oz of almond milk or coconut milk to make a blue milk shake... not quite the same thing as ice cream, but still totally delicious!
In a VitaMix Blender put:
10 lage Ice cubes (Approx. 24 oz ice)
2 Tablespoons Hemp Seeds
2 Tablespoons Lucuma
1 Tablespoon Non-GMO Lecithin
1 teaspoon Tremella powder (optional)
2 teaspoons Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Powder
1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Powder
1 Tablespoon Grass-fed Ghee (vegans can substitute coconut oil, mct oil or soaked cashews)
20 drops Omica Liquid Stevia
Blend on high until smooth while aggressively using the tamper/plunger to drive the ingredients down into the blade. Enjoy!
By Shanna Fanelli
Figuring out health these days can be intimidating. Looking at a list of popular diets and lifestyle hacks holds more shout-outs than any rap song roll-call. An innocent run to the grocery store becomes a race where items are either quickly tossed into the cart before that “health-nut” you always run into can scan your selections, or you end up with a walk-of-shame over the extraneous amount you spent on organic, biodynamic superfoods.
All in the name of health.
But really, what is health? Is it simply the act of feeding our bodies the energetic fuel it needs? Is it creating a rigid schedule of yoga and alternating between calisthenics and cardio? Is it being in the BBG community? Is it looking lean and amazing or is it being able to count grams and be the Jeopardy Master of the nutritional content of everything?
We count and chart and macro until we’ve cornered our gastronomic experiences into such a microcosm of rules and comparisons that we throw in the proverbial towel and wind up doing exactly what we should be doing, only with the wrong types of foods, drinks and activities – and that, my friends, is the simple act of eating and doing what we want.
To be truly nourished encompasses the entire BE-ing; that is, your mind, body and heart. When you nourish yourself, you honor yourself. Yes, investing in the best foods and supporting local farmers and craftsworkers will connect your spirit to your intentions of humanity, love and respect, but are you encompassing these beliefs in all that you do? Even if you’re eating the most nutritious, paleo, sugar-free chocolate treats, staying in ketosis and doing high intensity interval training, you likely won’t reach your true goals without practices to nourish yourself on a deeper level.
It’s this authentic concept of nourishing ourselves - on all levels - that is what we are really craving. Digesting feelings of gratitude for the air we breath, love and respect for the earth we harvest from, grace and empathy for those around us (in addition to our daily practices of ingesting pure foods and drink) – this is true wellness. Moving our bodies with awareness, noticing the small magic in the everyday, being conscience and truly tapping into our intuition of what we really want grounds us and keeps us in tune with who we are. Nourishment is provided in the warming sun, the wet waters, the physical earth and the invisible winds. These elements are in everything and in us. Our authentic selves want to connect to all the earth provides – every natural experience, taste, and sound is not only exciting but healing and regenerative!
True nourishment is not a trend, it’s not a list, it’s not waiting to be read or bought and it certainly isn’t out to intimidate or impress.
Don’t worry about doing diets, trends or health. Just BE well, be grateful, aware, respectful to life and self-honor. And listen to YOUR body – it is a sacred vessel, and it will tell you what you really want. Without any roll-call.
This chocolate ice cream recipe is so smooth, creamy, and delicious, you would never guess that it is packed full of potent herbal extracts! If you don't have a high-power blender like a VitaMix, you can use 6 oz of ice and 12 oz of almond milk or coconut milk to make a chocolate milk shake... not quite the same thing as ice cream, but still totally delicious!
In a VitaMix Blender put:
10 lage Ice cubes (Approx. 24 oz ice)
2 Tablespoons Addictive Wellness Cacao Powder
2 Tablespoons Hemp Seeds
1 Tablespoon Lucuma
1 Tablespoon Mesquite
1/2 teaspoon ashwagandha
1/2 teaspoon cordyceps
1/2 teaspoon reishi
1/2 teaspoon he shou wu
1 tablespoon almond butter or grass-fed ghee
1 tablespoon C8 Caprylic Acid MCT OIl from Coconuts
20 drops Omica Stevia
Blend on high until smooth while aggressively using the tamper/plunger to drive the ingredients down into the blade. Enjoy!
At some point or another, we’ve all imagined a sci-fi future with robots that can predict our needs, knowing what we need before we even know it ourselves. They would have the shower turned on for us before we got out of bed, breakfast waiting for us at the table, and they might even drive our cars (or hovercrafts!) for us. And of course, they’d know exactly what to do to promote our optimal levels of physical, mental, and spiritual health, leaving no detail overlooked. While it may be a few years before we have stainless steel butlers, unbeknownst to most people, for thousands of years, nature has provided humans with intelligent adaptogenic herbs to regulate their bodily functions and achieve optimal health.
Adaptogens, especially well known in Ayurveda, Taoist Tonic Herbalism, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, are also known as dual-directional herbs. This means that they are able to regulate certain bodily functions in whatever direction is needed by the body, distinguishing them from all other herbs, which will only be able to push bodily functions in one direction or another. There are many different adaptogens in the world, including ginseng, maca, gynostemma, astragalus, and ashwagandha, to name just a few.
Gynostemma wasn’t widely known, even in China, until the early 1970s when Japanese researchers took a closer look into the incredible longevity being achieved by residents of a particular region in Southern China where gynostemma tea was being consumed on a daily basis. The dual-directional nature of adaptogens is generally attributed to compounds in the herbs called saponins. While the most famous adaptogenic herb in the world, ginseng, contains on average 36 saponins, the Japanese researchers found that gynostemma contained over 80 different saponins. Gynostemma holds the record to this day for the broadest range of saponins of any known plant in the world. The similarities in the saponins between ginseng and gynostemma earned gynostemma nicknames such as “7-Leaf Ginseng,” “Southern Ginseng,” and “Ginseng at a tea price,” reflecting how affordable it was compared to ginseng of comparable potency. However, the people who have been drinking it for hundreds, if not thousands of years still call it “The Magical Grass.”
Gynostemma’s incredible saponin profile gives it the ability to regulate a vast myriad of bodily functions, covering everything from energy, to immunity, to weight and cholesterol. For example, whether one is tired or overly-anxious, gynostemma will help restore a state of peaceful vigor, without being stimulating or sedative. Both athletes and those wanting to lose weight will equally appreciate that gynostemma simultaneously increases the body’s ability to burn fat and build lean muscle. Furthermore, studies in Japan and China have shown gynostemma to have an effective rate of 94.8% in lowering “bad” cholesterol while increasing “good” cholesterol.
Now you’re probably wondering, “This all sounds fantastic, but how do I get this herb into my body? And surely something so healthy must taste horrible!” Firstly, your taste buds need not fear, gynostemma tea is actually slightly sweet and very tasty! Where as many herbs must be cooked for long periods of time to extract their beneficial compounds, gynostemma comes in easy-to-use tea bags and need only be steeped in near-boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Not in the mood or don’t have time for a hot tea? No worries, gynostemma is also available in capsule form. No matter how you take it, this is an incredible herb that can be taken throughout the day, by just about anyone at any stage of life to build great health and vitality.
Our favorite gynostemma tea product is Spring Dragon Longevity Tea from Dragon Herbs- at just $9 for a box of 20 teabags (each of which is strong enough to make 3 cups of tea), you've got nothing to lose- give it a try!
Stay tuned to future blog posts to learn how we use gynostemma tea to create a wide variety of delicious and potent hot tonic creations!