Tonic Herbs and Mushrooms: Why do we need them?
Adaptogenic tonic herbs and mushrooms are loaded with antioxidants, polysaccharides, polyphenols, and beta-glucans. Scientists have discovered that beta-glucans offer a wide range of health benefits from immune system support, longevity, protection against brain degeneration, and even reduced stress. But not all herbal products are created equal, which is why you should follow these important tips:
1. Don't take pills (at least not at first)
Herbs aren't meant to be 'shoved' into the body, they are meant to be tasted, savored, enjoyed. For thousands of years, humans have consumed tonic herbs in the form of teas, elixirs, and even added to meals to boost immunity and increase longevity. The more you taste tonic herbs, the more you develop an intimate relationship with them. The deeper your relationship, the more they can help you.*
2. Really taste the herbs you consume
Scurvy (the disease) was the scourge of sailers for thousands of years. Between the 16th and 18th centuries alone, an estimated 2 million people died from the disease. What was the cure? The cure was limes! But the question is: why did it take so long for someone to figure that out? Well, most people aren't accustomed to eating limes on their own, so they didn't have the 'taste' for the cure that was in front of them all along,* which brings us to #3...
3. If you don't consume healing mushrooms and tonic herbs before your body needs them, you won't take them WHEN your body needs them most!
Each time you taste a tonic herb, you are training your body what to 'crave' when you need it most. In Asia, herbal teas are part of their daily routine. Reishi mushroom, ginseng, and chaga are staples in their diet so when they feel a little depleted or sick, they know what to crave.* Which is why it's best if you....
4. Don't take cheap herbs
Cheap herbs not only taste terrible, but they don't produce any noticeable effects in the body. Sometimes herb-manufactures cut corners, purchasing inferior herbs to save money, but this ends up costing them more in the long run since most people who try their products won't return. And even the most expensive herbs need to be extracted properly to produce the best effect, which brings us to #5...
5. Some 'cheap herbs' have expensive price tags so let the buyer beware!
Just because an herbal product is expensive, doesn't mean the per-serving dosage is high or the quality is any good. Some herbal manufactures spend most of their money on marketing campaigns and very little money on producing a high quality product.* Which is why you should...
6. Avoid powdered extracts that use fillers
An inexpensive way to grow mushrooms is to inoculate sterilized grains such as rice and oat with a live mycelium culture. Once the mushrooms have fully bloomed, the entire mass can be dehydrated and ground into a fine powder for drink mixes or capsules. This process produces 'some' functional herbal properties, but mostly contains indigestible fibers that have no flavor or beneficial effects on our health.*
7. Also avoid liquid extracts with weak herbal concentrations
Some manufactures use a small amount of herbs in their extracts and add ingredients like plum wine or coloring concentrates so the tincture itself appears and tastes 'strong', but in reality, contains very little mushrooms or tonic herbs.*
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.