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MACA! March 2, 2012

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Maca is root that grows in severely high altitudes in the Andes Mountains, and is part of the cruciferous family. Maca goes through intense temperature changes throughout the day, very similar to the Goji Berry, which is why they are Super Adaptogens!! Maca is a powerful strength and stamina builder and is also known to enhance the libido quite a bit!

So what is an adaptogen? An adaptogen is a non toxic substance that increases your ability to resist stressors physically, mentally, and biologically. When you start adding in adaptogens to your diet, you will notice a difference within a few weeks. I sure did. I eat a TON of adaptogens, and i noticed that it takes a lot to stress me out, when before i would get stressed out fairly easily. This is great for those of us with high stress jobs.

Not only does maca serve as a great adaptogen, it is also known to:

  • Increases Energy
  • Increases endurance
  • Increases oxygen in the blood
  • increases physical strength
  • Increases libido
  • Increases neurotransmitter production
  • Supports endocrine system
  • Supports Adrenals
  • Supports Thyroid
  • Improves mood
  • Balances and improves hormones
  • Improves Anemia
  • Helps chronic fatigue
  • Helps Depression
  • Increases nutrition
  • Helps menopausal and menstrual discomfort
  • Improves memory
  • Has been used to help treat Stomach Cancer and TB
  • Relieves stress
  • Supports Cellular function in the body

It is also rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, sulfur, iodine, zinc, potassium, iron, selenium, manganese, tin, silicon, vitamins B1, B2, C and E, and has over 31 trace minerals! Maca is also very high in sterols, which is great for immune system enhancement!

Maca is super powerful, and should be slowly introduced into the body. I would say start with a teaspoon and work your way up. I would never recommend going over a heaping tablespoon. When maca goes into the body it can work wonders, just by balancing hormones! Being such a powerful adaptogen you will notices so many great things start to happen when you take it. I immediately noticed good mood increase and stress decrease! Peruvians even feed maca to their animals! I have clients who like to take maca right before a work out because of the increased energy, stamina, and strength they feel! Try it out for yourself and see how you like it!

Being that Maca is NOT tonic, it should not be used everyday, as your body will become used to it. The best way to injest it is in a random order, so your shocking your body every time. For example, maybe you use it one day, skip the next, then use it the next three days, and then take two days off. This way when your body gets it, its like “Yes! Its maca time!” and uses it up!

I just got a fresh bag in last night and it was an incredibly fresh batch! The smell and texture was amazing! If you would like to order some and give it a try check it out here! There is a great sale price right now so if you have ever been considering to try it out it would be a great time to do it!

 

Bacopa Monnieri- Feed Your Head Again! November 8, 2011

Bacopa Monnieri, also known as Brahmi, is my newest and latest favorite herb. I use it every morning in my “Superfood Coffee” that I make and Im not sure how I went without it before. Being that I currently re-entered school to gain my BS in Psychology and am taking courses to become a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, I have a lot of studying to do in between the eight million other things I need to get done in a day.

Bacopa is an adaptonagentic neuro tonic that enhances your memory and your ability to learn and recall information. It is extremely beneficial for the brain, mental deficiency, learning new skill, anxiety, depression, stress, Alzheimer’s Disease and “ADHD”.  As you can see, this herb mostly affects the Hippocampus in the brain, stimulating it in order to build new neurons.

The brain works like this: When we go to learn a new task, neurons in certain parts of our brain become stimulated and they become stronger. When they become stronger and more powerful they connect with stronger neurons and also attach to weaker ones of the same area. However, when that same neuron is again stimulated, it strengthens that weaker neuron making it strong, and therefore building your ability at that particular skill.  Bacopa stimulates neurons in the hippocampus and allows your ability to learn and recall to grow. This is why this herb is especially good for children . A child’s brain is extremely plastic (plasticity is the brains ability to learn new things)  and do not have many weak neurons. When their brain is stimulated the appropriate neurons become stronger. The brain then gets rid of the ones that have little or no activity, and this is why it is easier for children to learn new tasks (such as foreign languages) than adults. Proving a child with this herb can help with neuronal stimulation allowing them to obtain more information and learn many new skills.

Clinical Research:

In a study of Neuropsychopharmacology Bacopa was tested to see the benefits of the herb on the brain. This study came to the findings that Bacopa decreases the rate of forgetfulness of newly acquired information, and an increase in verbal learning and memory consolidation.

In another study that was preformed, it was found that students who used bacopa retained more information than those who did not. Six months later the students were retested on this information and the ones still taking Bacopa were able to recall all of the information learned prior.

The Triterpenoid saponins and Bacosides of Bacopa are what enhance the nerve impulse transmission. It enhances kinase activity, neuronal synthesis, and the restoration and regeneration of synaptic activity. This is what makes Bacopa so nerve nourishing. It is stimulating and strengthening your neurons, creating optimal brain functioning.

It was also found that Bacopa had the ability to stimulate GABA, an amino acid that is found in the central nervous system and transfers nerve impulses. When GABA production is enhanced, improved memory, the ability to adapt to new conditions, and improved acquisition will be found.

Bacopa Vs. Depression:

A study has shown that this herb has the same effect as SSRI’s and MAOI’s in the fact that they block serotonin from reuptake back into the brain cell once it is released. (That’s how anti depressants work, the keep your brain flooded with serotonin) Bacopa was found to increase serotonin content.

As you can see this is an amazing herb. Try it for yourself and reap the benefits first hand!

 

 
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