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Depleted, moody and aging? Nature has your back! Get ready to learn the top 5 health-revolutionizing reasons to take He Shou Wu!
He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiform) is a root that has been used for at least 1400 years in Asia, is one of the most famous herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoist Tonic Herbalism, and is revered for its anti-aging and longevity promoting benefits.**
He What Who? How do you pronounce this sacred herb? Don’t worry if your tongue slipped, there is no one right way to pronounce it – it depends on your dialect and accent. An approximately pronounced ‘Huh Show Woo‘ will work just finely. Now say that 5 times fast! All silliness aside, the best way to study and memorize the effects (and the names) of herbs is to take them. Being a gastronaut is an educational process.
He Shou Wu is similarly as heart-healthy and massively rejuvenating as red wine’s resveratrol, only STRONGER!
Its main active constituents are its stilbene glycosides. Many of these stilbenes are more powerful antioxidants than resveratrol. Protect and repair the body from free radical damage and restore the sense of youth that is your birthright.**
#4. GREAT HAIR!
It’s commonly known in Asia as the herb to take for naturally reversing gray hair and restoring hair color.
There is no one exact reason why many people report these benefits – He Shou Wu has many nutrients and overall effects that lead to healthier hair follicles, including its trace mineral content (zinc, iron, and many others), ability to help restore the adrenals, rich antioxidant content, and stress reducing capacity.**
Above: Sliced, prepared and dried He Shou Wu roots
Not only does He Shou Wu contain potent antioxidants, it is also an antioxidant-potentiator.
SOD (superoxide dismutase) is an antioxidant enzyme that blocks your cells and your DNA from mutagenic damage from oxygen, free radicals and radioactive isotopes – all common and pervasive oxidants to which we are each exposed.** He Shou Wu has been shown to have SOD-generating capacity. Want a healthy mind and a long living body (I mean looooooooooong living body!), then nourish your body’s ability to circulate SOD.
He Shou Wu is nature’s ecstasy.
He Shou Wu contains MAO-Is (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) – specifically inhibitors of MAO-B. MAO-B is a naturally occurring enzyme in your body that breaks down neurotransmitters like dopamine (good mood and energy) and phenethylamines (the ‘love chemicals’). Since we tend to come from a background of not having quite enough of these happy neurotransmitters, our body may be breaking these essential chemicals down too much for our own good and sustainable energy and happiness. Taking He Shou Wu is an effective strategy at perfecting the way our brain and nervous system (and our experience of reality) work. MAOI’s occur in other plants like chocolate, but He Shou Wu is considered the most powerful MAO-B inhibitor that is safe and effective for daily use.**
He Shou Wu is also a potent sexual health restoring substance and makes the perfect bliss-inducing aphrodisiac for both men and women.**
#1. STRESS RESILIENCE!
He Shou Wu is a true adaptogen. It is uplifting yet calming to both body and mind.
He Shou Wu is neither a stimulant nor a suppressant, but rather it gives your body the restorative energy it needs to combat stress.** You feel it right away but it also works on you cumulatively over time. It’s a beautiful experience to take an herb like He Shou Wu and feel gently uplifted in the body and calm and clear in the mind. This makes He Shou Wu perfect in the morning, perfect in the evening, perfect any time! In Chinese Medicine it is considered a tonic to ‘Yin Jing’ and ‘Blood’ which makes it suitable for just about everybody as a reliable way of stabilizing and thoroughly nourishing the body near daily.
All the effects listed above only apply to well-extracted prepared He Shou Wu.
Raw (unprepared) He Shou Wu is not a true tonic and is considered a laxative and mildly toxic. It has its place in tonic herbalism – usually in small amounts in certain herbal formulas. Be aware of sellers of He Shou Wu who are selling raw He Shou Wu as a tonic – they may not know any better. Here at Longevity Power we only use Prepared He Shou Wu in our formulas.
Prepared He Shou Wu is prepared by being stewed with black beans (or sometimes yams) at a ratio of about 9 parts He Shou Wu roots and 1 part black beans. Be aware of sellers who may be using genetically modified (GMO) soy beans. Here at Longevity Power we only use NON-GMO black soybeans to prepare our He Shou Wu.
He Shou Wu must be well-extracted. Pouring hot water over roots and briefly steeping does not work (this only works with delicate leafy plants like green tea or gynostemma). Prepared He Shou Wu must be decocted in hot water for hours to unlock the active nutrients from the fiber of the root and dissolve them into the water. Here at Longevity Power we take things to a whole new level and decoct using pressure reiteration to further break open the roots’ cell structure and dissolve the active nutrients into sub-boiling (<90*C – better for preserving heat-sensitive nutrients) pure water. We take this water extract and dehydrate it into a malty-tasting water-soluble brown powder. It takes about 16 pound of dried Prepared He Shou Wu roots to make 1 pound of our dried extract. Our Prepared He Shou Wu Extract Powder contains about 8% stilbene glycosides (the resveratrol-like antioxidants described in reason #5 above).
I hope this article brings you clarity and upliftment on your path of health. Please consider taking He Shou Wu as your next healing strategy – add it to your very important life.
Founder and Formulator, Longevity Power
**Disclaimer: Results may vary from individual to individual, based on health conditions, diet, weight, physical exercise and lifestyle habits. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and are for informational and educational use only. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Individuals taking medications and those with known medical conditions, as well as pregnant or breastfeeding women, should consult with their holistic physician before using these or any nutritional products.
In this article, not only will you discover 2 of the world’s greatest immune strengthening herbs, you’ll find what they contain: an immensely important category of nutrients that governments don’t mention in their Recommended Dietary Allowance, but are very important for our health.
We often think of our body as this unit which needs certain minimums of macronutrients and micronutrients.
But, it is a whole unit made up of interconnected parts: each part thrives on an array of notable nutrients.
It’s strange: Many of these body parts and systems are just not talked about with regard to our daily diet. Each system of your body has spent a lifetime malnourished (sorry but it’s true – continue reading and we can change this quickly!) due to the modern westernized diet which lacks variety, trace minerals, medicinal substances, and is loaded with toxins.
Let’s get right up close to the most important system in your body today: your IMMUNE SYSTEM.
Some might say it’s tied in 1st place with your endocrine (hormones) system.
This complex army needs to be fed daily to fulfill its lifelong double-sided challenge:
1. How to neutralize pathogens: because to not means the body is in a Hypo-Immunological state, susceptible to colds, flues, candida overgrowth and more severe disease-causing pathogens.
2. How to efficiently rid the body of (while remaining “cool”) toxins and allergens: because to not means the body is in a HYPER-immune state, causing inflammation and autoimmune takeover.**
Every moment your body has a new micro-terrain of pathogens, allergens, and toxins to deal with, so your immune system must be able to fulfill both ends of the spectrum (Do: attack foreign invaders; Do not attack human self) without going out of balance (hypo and hyper).
Great, we’ll just take some immune-stimulating drugs and some immune-suppressants, and we’ll be balanced, right? NO! Thankfully, nature found a way: We must consume natural substances which have a DOUBLE-DIRECTIONAL effect on the immune system. Did you feed your immune system today?
ENTER: Medicinal mushrooms and adaptogenic herbs – most notable the top dogs of the fungi kingdom Reishi mushroom and Chaga mushroom. Hundreds upon hundreds of scientific studies, thousands of years and millions of people’s multi-generational use has placed these 2 mushrooms as the most successful immune system enhancements of humanity.**
Should everyone be consuming Reishi and Chaga everyday for a robust immune system, long life, mental calm and clarity, and peak physical performance? Read on to decide for yourself.
There is a category of nutrients that is NOT represented in a government’s Recommended Dietary Allowance: the polysaccharides.
Polysaccharides (multi-carbohydrate) aren’t just fiber – many of these “essential healing sugars,” like beta-glucans, have complex structures that fit into the receptor sites of your immune system and train the immune system to do a better job. Countless studies have demonstrated that polysaccharides and herb extracts and superfood extracts high in polysaccharides promote a revitalizing amount of immune system support to humans and animals, help fight off mutagens and disease, and promote a healthy homeostasis within the body.**
Medicinal mushrooms (Reishi, Chaga, Turkey-Tail, Cordyceps, Royal Sun Agaricus, Shiitake, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, etc.) are the quintessential source of polysaccharides. Reishi and Chaga are considered the world’s greatest mushrooms. Therefore, anyone interested in the immunological and revitalizing benefits of polysaccharides should go to extracts of these two mushrooms first and consume them every day.
What really makes these herbs over the top is that they are truly tonics: you can take them daily with no negative side effects. They work immediately and cumulatively over a lifetime.
Reishi is the Queen of mushrooms and Chaga is King.
Both are considered the mushrooms of immortality within the legend and lore of Chinese Medicine, specifically Taoist Tonic Herbalism, as well as in Siberian tradition.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), after inoculating a tree or medium of dead plant matter with its mycelial growth, produces a beautiful shiny red fruitbody. The fruitbody (literally the fungi’s reproductive organ) and the spores it secretes are LOADED with polysaccharides and rare myco-chemicals that feed the immune system.
The subjective effect of reishi is particularly calming while deeply energizing. That isn’t an oxymoronic statement. The best foods and herbs in the world should make you feel that way: deeply energized (without feeling stimulated), mentally nourished and relaxed.
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) prefers to inoculate living trees, usually birch, in a mostly symbiotic (arguably not parasitic or decomposing) relationship. Chaga is rich in polysaccharides and has countless Russian scientific studies to back its effects. Chaga is darkly pigmented with an ORAC (antioxidant scale) off the charts. It is perhaps the highest antioxidant herb ever that is safe to consume daily.
Both mushrooms are polypores, a variety of mushrooms which have tiny holes (or poly-pores) on their underside (instead of gills) which secrete spores. Within the herb-loving and myco-phile world, polypores are considered very evolved and benevolent mushrooms (compared to mildews and yeasts).
ALL MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS FIGHT CANDIDA!
They don’t feed Candida overgrowth – unlike the fallacies you may have heard.
In order for a mushroom to survive in the wild and claim a tree for itself, it must have anti-fungal properties to compete with the other fungi. A pure extract of Reishi and Chaga has nothing in it to feed candida overgrowth or other fungal infections – it can only fend off such overgrowths in the body.
It’s ideal for just about everyone to consume Reishi and Chaga every day for a robust immune system, long life, mental calm and clarity, and peak physical performance.**
Speaking of such benefits, I’d like to share with you my top 2 sources for these top 2 immune strengthening medicinal mushrooms.
You see, I’ve dedicated my life to this area of study. I search the world to find only the best of the best, elite-quality, and most potent healing substances possible. Herbs for connoisseurs made by connoisseurs. In the past 10 years, I’ve tried countless Reishi and Chaga products – and let me tell you – most of them are made cheaply and are not very potent! However, I know for certain that I now have the absolute best: Medicinal mushroom extracts that meet and exceed the specifications that all the medicinal research and scientific studies use.
I’ve carefully chosen powerful doses of my signature…
Freeze-dried wilderness-sourced low-temperature high-superoxid-dismutase (SOD) Chaga freeze-dried extract!
100% Certified Organic JUNCAO (method of growing mushrooms on an outdoor composted substrate of up to 40 different herbs and grasses – NOT on logs or sawdust) Reishi fruit body triple-hot-water-extract and cracked-cell-wall spores.
These are the heavy hitters. But I take the application strategy of these extracts to an even greater level. I synergies them with other same-high-quality medicinal mushroom and tonic herb extracts in my 2 favorite immunity and mental clarity products:
Mushroom Immunity: Over half the formula is Chaga and Reishi. The other half is 32 other extremely potent medicinal mushroom extracts and concentrates. That’s 35 medicinal mushrooms in 1 easy to take formula. It’s a water-soluble dark powder with a mocha-like taste – delicious! Grab yourself a bottle HERE. It’s ideal for us humans to consume Reishi and Chaga near daily for a robust immune system, long life, mental calm and clarity, and peak physical performance.
Longevity in a Bottle: About a 1/4th of this 40-herb formula is medical mushrooms. The other 3/4ths are a huge array of tonic roots, berries, and plants with more of that great immune-strengthening nutrient category: the polysaccharides. Build resilience to stress and massively revitalize your body without have to buy 30 different products. Achieve your next-level health goals with 1 quick and easy tool with thousands of years of medicinal culture behind it: Longevity in a Bottle – grab yourself a bottle HERE.
To your greatest state of health possible,
**Disclaimer: Results may vary from individual to individual, based on health conditions, diet, weight, physical exercise and lifestyle habits. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and are for informational and educational use only. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Individuals taking medications and those with known medical conditions, as well as pregnant or breastfeeding women, should consult with their holistic physician before using these or any nutritional products. You assume all risks for the use, non-use, and mis-use of the materials above. Your healing powers are alive within you. Thank you.