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This heavenly rich and malty flavored ice cream doesn’t contain cannabis or THC, but it does contain an herb that around these parts we call Glow and is renowned for its anti-aging and gray hair reversing effects, among many other benefits.**
Glow (aliases: He Shou Wu, Fo-Ti, and Polygonum multiflorum) is an herb that is often put in first place (out of thousands of other herbs) by tonic herbalists as the most health transforming and nutrient dense tonic bang for your buck in Chinese Medicine. I was first introduced to it one night ten years ago by a well known nutrition teacher who emptied out several capsules of He Shou Wu into his raw ice cream from Cafe Gratitude. He got very blissed out yet was looking deeply calm, rejuvenated and sharp. His state of consciousness was sustainably enhanced. I was so envious because I didn’t get any of that ice cream and I wanted those benefits for myself in the form of an extra blissful and guiltless frozen dessert experience!
That evening planted a seed in me to, after many years, launch my own extra powerful, consciously sourced, tasty and UNencapsulated He Shou Wu extract, now called GLOW.
Also in the time since, I’ve created about 500 ‘alternative’ (my body doesn’t like cream and sugar) ice cream recipes. Most of these contained heroic doses of tonic herbs: Frozen dessert nutrition therapy at its finest!
Today I present an ice cream with the hero’s dose of Glow He Shou Wu to get the eater high, motivated, euphoric, mentally and physically enhanced, youthenned, self reflective, socially lubricated yet crystal clear. Unlike most of my recipes, this is not a recipe for everyday use (unless you ease back the He Shou Wu dosage). In fact, if you eat this whole recipe (which I recommend you do slowly) don’t plan on driving or operating heavy machinery for a couple hours. Why? All good reasons. Don’t worry, this recipe makes the mind sharp as a tack and makes one fully physically and mentally functional with a smaller dose, but in a larger dose it can make dopamine levels extra high which can sometimes make driving a car overwhelming for such a happy brain.**
He Shou Wu is an MAO-B inhibitor, which naturally inhibits the body’s own rate of dopamine breakdown thus allowing dopamine levels to gently rise. An increase in breakdown and lower levels of dopamine and decrease in MAO-B inhibitor levels, typical of people 40 or 50 years of age and older, is associated with mental distress and rising rates of mental imbalance.**
There is no habit forming or addiction associated with He Shou Wu. In fact for those dealing with addiction (drugs, porn, Facebook, gambling, sugar, bread, and other substances and activities that unsustainably reward your brain with dopamine but ultimately cause a tolerance and dopamine crash) He Shou Wu may be helpful in gently biohacking your brain to feel healthy, sharp, motivated, satisfied, stress resilient, nourished, happy, loving and less prone to impulsively engage in addictions.**
In larger doses He Shou Wu is a very mild laxative. If you’re constipated that’s usually great news. If it causes you loose stools, just ease up and stick to a normal dosage which is about 1 teaspoon (this ice cream recipe contains several teaspoons of He Shou Wu).
This recipe has many ingredient options in hopes that you can both more easily gather a minimal set of ingredients (many of them at natural foods stores, many on Amazon) and select which ingredients you think you’d prefer based on existing taste and dietary preferences and sensitivities.
The one ingredient that isn’t optional is the Glow He Shou Wu itself. Glow is a very taste-compliant (it’s slightly bitter by itself but when mixed and sweetened it takes on a pleasant malty nutty flavor – other He Shou Wu extracts tend to be terribly astringent which will ruin the ice cream for your tongue) and potent (it takes 16 pounds of prepared dried he shou wu roots to make just 1 pound of this Glow extract powder which contains about 8% stilbene glycosides – resveratrol-like antioxidants that make He Shou Wu so cell-protective and anti-aging. 8% stilbenes is a truly and significantly biologically active** amount and other He Shou Wu products are either half or a quarter this amount or they just don’t test for it at all and you don’t know what you’re getting.)
Recipe: The Healthful Ice Cream That Gets You High and Glowing!
Blend in blender for 30 seconds:
2 organic pasture-raised egg yolks (no whites) or 1-2 tablespoons of non-GMO lecithin
1/3 cup organic refined coconut oil or ghee or butter or cacao butter
1/3 cup sweet LUV (a sugar free sweetener) or any sweetener of choice (maple sugar, honey, etc.)
1/4 cup protein powder (collagen protein powder, colostrum powder, grass fed whey, plant based protein powders, etc.)
1/4 cup a different from above protein powder (collagen protein powder, colostrum powder, grass fed whey, plant based protein powders, etc.)
1-3 TABLESPOONS Longevity Power GLOW He Shou Wu (Beginner’s, use 1 tablespoon. He Shou Wu experienced, cautiously use more to insure the title of this recipe HIGHly lives up to its name.**)
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla bean
Just barely 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup warmed spring water
OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup organic cacao/cocoa powder
OPTIONAL: 1 pinch stevia extract, to taste, if using more Glow He Shou Wu
Pour into ice cream maker or pour into bowl and let set in refrigerator for 2 hours, then whisk to aerate and place in freezer for several hours. Eat as much as you’d like, but not all at once if you are new to such heroic doses (I’m serious about this, go easy, be gentle, be kind to your brain and you digestive system). Share with a lover, a friend or family members with whom you’d like to deepen your connection.
To you being the greatest, highest, clearest version of yourself!
P.S. Further reading to help you on your way to making all your health goals come true:
More Glow He Shou Wu containing natural high elixirs.
5 more reasons to take He Shou Wu.
**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.
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