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    ADAPTOGENS IMPROVE THE BODY’S ADAPTATION AND PROTECTION AGAINST STRESS

    Even a little stress can make your body change at a cellular level. It may take you weeks to recover to a normal level. Cells keep their stability through complex mechanisms,
    which can get compromised by stress. Cellular damage can provoke all sort of health threats, such as premature aging and a deterioration in the immune system.*

    Adaptogens are substances that can enhance your body’s defenses against stress and boost longevity and wellness.
    Our products are made with pure Siberian Chaga, which is one of the highly prized adaptogens present in nature.

    ADAPTOGENS BY DEFINITION

    The word “adaptogen” is still pretty unknown in America, but it was of common use for nutritional scientists of the former Soviet Union. They were discovered by Professor Nikolai Lazarev in the early 1940s and later refined by Dr. Israel I. Brekhman and I. V. Dardymov, his protégés. In one of their most important research, they found the root of the Eleutherococcus senticosus maxim bush in Eastern Siberia, also known as Eleuthero. This root was later known as the “King of Adaptogens.”

    According to these scientists’ criteria, adaptogens:

    • Present unspecified defensive effects, improving the body’s resistance to physically, chemically, or biologically harmful agents or factors. *
    • Enhance the body’s capacity to regulate internal and external stress, without being stimulatory*
    • Are not toxic, present no adverse side effects, and do not interrupt normal body functions*
    • By “unspecified” we mean they don’t act on one specific part of the body. Their effects have an impact on the body as a whole.

    In 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the term “adaptogen” as a practical specification for some products. In later years, the term was updated, and adaptogens are now presented as a new class of natural metabolic regulators that increments an organism’s ability to adapt to environmental factors and avoid the harm it may cause.

    Benefits of Adapto- gens

    ADAPTOGENS BENEFICIAL PROPERTIES

    Chinese herbalist Li Shi-Chen declared once that he would “rather take a handful of Eleutherococcus than a cartload of gold jewels”. Investigations revealed that adaptogens can back up and enhance the body’s health in many different ways:

    *Improve the Immune System – although they are not treatments or cures, Adaptogens are special in their ability to improve the body’s natural defenses towards the day to day problems and support health. Adaptogens cooperate with normal bodily processes without any sort of side effects. Adaptogens’ mechanisms are complex and still not well understood, but we are aware of their ability to support the immune system and general health of the body. If you take prescription medication, you should talk to your doctor to make sure that adaptogens will not interfere with the effects of your medication.*

    * Decrease the Negative Effects of Toxins and Radiation – Adaptogens can help reduce the adverse effects of free radicals, caused by overexposure to the sun, eating fatty foods, radiation, pollution, and smoke. Free radicals damage cells, accelerate the aging process and obstructs healthy functions of the body. Adaptogens help you recover faster from external and internal stress, and they also support your body in strengthen immune function.*

    TYPES OF ADAPTOGENS

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    Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) – Reishi, or lingzhi, is a Vietnamese word for “supernatural mushroom”. It has been highly valued in East Asia for over 2,000 years and is one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used in medicine.

    2

    Eleutherococcus (Eleutherocóccus senticósus) – Also known as Eleuthero, this Adaptogen also received the name of Siberian Ginseng. Russian Olympic teams used it for years to take care of their athletes.

    3

    Ginseng– Ginseng is a plant that grows slowly and has fleshy roots. It grows in North America and East Asia, generally in cool climates. Many types of ginseng have been used in traditional medicine in Asia and North America for a long time.

    4

    Rhodiola Rosea – Also known as golden root, rose root, or Arctic root, this flowering plant grows in cold regions in the Arctic, Central Asia, North America, and Europe.

    5

    Schisandra – Schisandra also receives the name of a magnolia vine. It’s a twining shrub and adaptogen very common in Asia and North America. In Chinese, it received the name of Wu Wei Zi (‘five-flavored berry’) as it is sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent at the same time.

    6

    Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) – This is one of the most valued adaptogens in nature. It’s a small yet powerful medicinal fungus that we offer in its purest, strongest version in all our products.

    These are some of the most common adaptogens and their details

    Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) – This is one of the most valued adaptogens in nature. It’s a small yet powerful medicinal fungus that we offer in its purest, strongest version in all our products.

    The Khanty people (formerly called the Ostyak) in West Siberia were among the first ones to use Chaga for medicinal purposes. “Chaga” is actually a word derived from the Khanty language. They drank Chaga as a tea to boost their health in many ways, like promoting general well-being, supporting detoxification and maintaining healthy digestive function.* They also prepared “soap water” with Chaga by heating Chaga in a fire, then dissolving it in hot water. This black water was useful for several washing purposes, like general sanitizing of the body, hands, and feet, for women during menstruation and after birth, and for cleaning new-born babies.

    Elements with a high concentration of ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) help your body fight against oxidative stress and free radicals. Chaga mushroom immune-supporting properties are even better than some popular superfoods. Other elements like polysaccharides, beta-glucans, and polyphenols provide additional natural support for cellular defenses and enhance energy levels. There are many health benefits present in Chaga. It can help improve the immune system, detoxify the body, enhance energy and stamina, back up health digestion, and improve hair and skin health.*

    Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) – Reishi, or lingzhi, is a Vietnamese word for “supernatural mushroom”. It has been highly valued in East Asia for over 2,000 years and is one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used in medicine. Its first documented use was in the Eastern Han Dynasty. In the Book of Han, it was called “The Mushroom of Immortality.” Reishi mushroom is popular for its ability to enhance the immune system.* Reishi mushrooms grow on deteriorating tree stumps in East Asia and North America. Reishi mushroom has 5 different colors, being the red variety the one used in alternative medicine. In traditional Chinese medicine, reishi mushrooms are usually dried and ground into a powder to prepare tea. A Scientific investigation conducted by Jin X, Ruiz Beguerie J, Sze DMY, Chan GCF revealed that people who received Ganoderma lucidum along with chemo/radiotherapy were more likely to respond positively compared to others receiving only chemo/radiotherapy. Another research from 2008 concluded that reishi extract enhanced immune function.*

    Eleutherococcus (Eleutherocóccus senticósus) – Also known as Eleuthero, this Adaptogen also received the name of Siberian Ginseng. Russian Olympic teams used it for years to take care of their athletes. Professor N. V. Lazarev and his researchers studied those athletes and discovered that Eleuthero helped improve their performance, incremented stamina, and made them recover quicker after exhausting exercises. This recovering effect meant they could perform more workouts and needed shorter breaks to regain strength. Dr. Stephen Fulder, a gerontologist, declared (in his article “The herb that builds Russians,” ) that extract from the shrub Eleutherococcus improved the mental and physical powers of Soviet athletes, astronauts, and workers. Russian astronauts used to take only vitamins, minerals, and Eleuthero to restrain the harmful effects of weightlessness. Eleuthero was proven to improve their adjustment to weightlessness and re-adaptation to gravity, and to support health, mental focus, and immunity.*

    Ginseng– Ginseng is a plant that grows slowly and has fleshy roots. It grows in North America and East Asia, generally in cool climates. Many types of ginseng have been used in traditional medicine in Asia and North America for a long time. Ginseng is one of the most prominent herbs in the world when it comes to enhancing health. Nowadays, there are many products made with ginseng extract available in America’s convenience stores.

    There are two main types of ginseng:

    American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) – An herbaceous plant that grows in eastern North America and China. It has been used in Chinese and Native American traditional medicine. It helps to regulate stress; supports the immune system, improves digestion, stimulates appetite, supports healthy levels of iron in the blood, enhances health in people with diabetes symptoms, promotes good sleep and health in many different ways.* Panax Ginseng (Asian Ginseng) – this is an adaptogenic herb and species of ginseng common in North America and East Asia. It usually grows in cooler climates. Panax Ginseng is used in folk medicine to support healthy functions in many different ways.*

    Rhodiola Rosea – Also known as golden root, rose root, or Arctic root, this flowering plant grows in cold regions in the Arctic, Central Asia, North America, and Europe. It’s classified as an adaptogen by Russian researchers and used in traditional medicine in Russia, China, and Scandinavia to enhance health. In 77 A.D., in his classic medical text De Materia Medica, Greek physician Dioscorides gave details about the plant’s medical uses. Some investigations have revealed that it may aid mental health, support physical and mental performance, and enhance strength and stamina. It’s also been proved that Rhodiola decreases fatigue and recovery time after extensive workouts.

    Rhodiola Rosea could help to increment attention span, back up memory, and boost muscle strength. It could also contain detox action and support the body for altitude sickness. This adaptogen can also improve energy, cognitive function, and detoxification. It may also enhance sexual function.

    A study published in the Nordic Journal of Psychiatry in 2007 demonstrated that Rhodiola can improve the mood in people with mild to moderate depression. Some other studies have proved that Rhodiola can improve the mood and energy in individuals going through depression and fatigue. Investigations of people with stress-related fatigue in Sweden revealed that Rhodiola can boost energy, mental performance, and calmness. Another research published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine revealed that Rhodiola can improve the mood of people suffering from generalized anxiety disorder. A study in Armenia also showed that it can improve general mood.*

    Schisandra – Schisandra also receives the name of a magnolia vine. It’s a twining shrub and adaptogen very common in Asia and North America. In Chinese, it received the name of Wu Wei Zi (‘five-flavored berry’) as it is sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent at the same time. Its dried berries can be used to boost energy levels, enhance physical performance and endurance, spark the immune system, quicken recovery after surgery, support skin health and good sleep.*

    This adaptogen is usually dried under the sun, but the berries can be deep refrigerated and then used to prepare health juices, especially in Korea. Athletes like distance runners, skiers and gymnasts enhance their performances using Schisandra. It is known for its benefits to concentration, mental alertness, and coordination.

    Schisandra is available in many forms, like dried berries and supplement capsules. Schisandra has been studied widely in China and Japan, where it has been proven to support the health of the liver, heart, lungs, and sexual organs.* This adaptogen is pretty unknown in the West, which should change as more people get to know its many health benefits.*

    Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) – This is one of the most valued adaptogens in nature. It’s a small yet powerful medicinal fungus that we offer in its purest, strongest version in all our products.

    The Khanty people (formerly called the Ostyak) in West Siberia were among the first ones to use Chaga for medicinal purposes. “Chaga” is actually a word derived from the Khanty language. They drank Chaga as a tea to boost their health in many ways, like promoting general well-being, supporting detoxification and maintaining healthy digestive function.* They also prepared “soap water” with Chaga by heating Chaga in a fire, then dissolving it in hot water. This black water was useful for several washing purposes, like general sanitizing of the body, hands, and feet, for women during menstruation and after birth, and for cleaning new-born babies.

    Elements with a high concentration of ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) help your body fight against oxidative stress and free radicals. Chaga mushroom immune-supporting properties are even better than some popular superfoods. Other elements like polysaccharides, beta-glucans, and polyphenols provide additional natural support for cellular defenses and enhance energy levels. There are many health benefits present in Chaga. It can help improve the immune system, detoxify the body, enhance energy and stamina, back up health digestion, and improve hair and skin health.*

    Sayan teas, extracts, supplements, and powders are made with 100% pure Chaga mushroom.

    Soon we will share more information regarding these other popular adaptogens:

    • Astragalus
    • Codonopsis Root (Codonopsis lanceolata, Dang Shen)
    • Cordyceps
    • Goji Berry(Lycium barbarum)
    • He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorum)
    • Holy Basil (Tulsi)
    • Indian Ginseng (Withania somnifera, ashwagandha)
    • Jiaogulan(Gynostemma pentaphyllum)
    • Licorice Root(Glycyrrhiza glabra)

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