Adaptogens for a Better Life!

Adaptogens for a Better Life!

"My father was very keen on keeping his body, mind and energetic systems highly attuned and functioning at a high level without using harsh stimulants or short cuts to wellness that would have adverse effects. He researched and utilized a regimen of Chinese medicine preparations containing what we now know as adaptogens." -SHANNON LEE

Created by the Bruce Lee Family and 38th generation Chinese medicine doctor, Dr. Mao Shing Ni, FOCUS is an adaptogenic herb mix to progressively increase focus & energy.

Based on Bruce Lee's daily supplement regimen 👇

CORDYCEPS MUSHROOMS

Cordyceps mushrooms will deliver maximum energy to the muscles by improving the way the body uses oxygen.

Cordyceps is a genus of parasitic fungi that grows on insect larva. The fungus will attack its host and replace its tissue with long, slender stems that grow outside of the body. 

Some of you may be familiar with the video posted by National Geographic depicting the fungus attacking an ant. 

Rest assured, cordyceps do not and cannot infect humans!

But what it CAN do for humans is much more beneficial!

There is scientific evidence that cordyceps mushrooms can stimulate generation of mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate (ATP) when ingested.

Previous studies also suggest that cordyceps can actually increase the VO2 max levels during exercise when compared to a placebo pill.

VO2 max is also known as maximum oxygen intake, and it measures the maximum amount of oxygen that the body can utilize during vigorous exercise. In essence, it is used as a measure of aerobic endurance in an athlete.

Astragalus Root

Astragalus root helps fight against environmental or endogenous stressors and supports overall immune function.

The Astragalus herb (also known as huáng qí or milkvetch) is a staple of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is included in our formula to support Chi, our life force energy.

Astragalus root contains a multitude of astragalosides (antioxidants) that support the health of the respiratory tract. It is also known to boost energy and contains anti-aging properties. 

Some evidence suggests that astragalus can cause an increase of white blood cell production. 

White blood cells are the body’s main defense against infectious diseases and foreign invaders, so an increase in white blood cells would make it easier to fight potential infection!

Human research is limited at this stage but promising! Research exists that suggests astragalus could assist in fighting viral infections (such as the common cold) and infections of the liver. 

Astragalus is even thought to widen blood vessels and increase the amount of blood pumping from your heart, which would lead to improved heart function!

The results from animal research are even more encouraging as astragalus root was even shown to help kill bacteria and viruses in mice.

Moringa Leaf

Moringa Leaves are used by developing countries as a source of essential nutrients that their diets may be lacking. It is also loaded with antioxidants such as Quercetin, which can assist in lowering blood pressure, and Chlorogenic acid to help moderate blood sugar levels after eating!

Moringa oleifera is a plant that has been long praised for its rich nutritional value and other bioactive plant compounds.

The Moringa tree is native to India, but it also grows in Asia, Africa, and South America. It has numerous names and is sometimes referred to as the drumstick tree, the miracle tree, the ben oil tree, or the horseradish tree. It is another plant that has been used due to its medicinal properties for centuries.

It has antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Moringa leaves pack a PUNCH when it comes to nutrition. Just one cup of fresh leaves (21 grams) contains: 

  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Vitamin B6: 19% of the Daily Value
  • Vitamin C: 12% of the DV
  • Iron: 11% of the DV
  • Riboflavin (B2): 11% of the DV
  • Vitamin A (from beta-carotene): 9% of the DV
  • Magnesium: 8% of the DV

Western countries dry the leaves and sell them as dietary supplements, but developing countries used Moringa as an important source of essential nutrients that their diets may be lacking.

Moringa leaves’ anti-inflammatory effects have been researched in test-tube and animal studies. Scientists believe that isothiocyanates in moringa leaves, pods, and seeds are responsible for its potential anti-inflammatory properties.

Moringa also contains several antioxidant plant compounds that aid in fighting free-radicals that cause oxidative stress and excessive aging. Moringa contains vitamin C and beta-carotene, but it also includes:

Quercetin: an antioxidant that can help lower blood pressure 

Chlorogenic acid: an acid found in high amounts in coffee. It may help with moderating blood sugar levels after eating.

Goji Berries

Goji berries (Lycium barbarium) are a small, bright red berry native to Asia. The fruit has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years as a medicinal herb and superfood!

While they have been used for centuries overseas, the goji berry is just starting to make waves across the globe

Present research has been hard at work investigating all the claims that have been made about the purported benefits of the goji berry, and researchers have been able to back many of them!

Goji berries contain high concentrations of antioxidants, including zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin is known to play a role in protecting the eyes from oxidation and light-induced damage (such as UV radiation) by building a yellow-colored pigment shield to protect the eye cells.

A study found increased zeaxanthin and other antioxidant levels in seniors that drank goji berry juice for 90 days, and a second study was able to show that goji berries protected the retina from the ganglion cells responsible for glaucoma.

This antioxidant rich superfood can even support the immune system and its ability to fight inflammation and harmful free radicals (unstable atoms that cause illness and aging!). 

Goji Berries have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years! They are rich in antioxidants, support the immune system, and there is evidence they can slow the natural aging process by fighting harmful free radicals!

Schisandra

Schisandra chinensis, also known as the five flavor fruit, is a fruit bearing vine that produces purple-red berries. Schisandra is not typically used as a food, but it has been used for medicinal purposes in Asia and Russia for generations.

The seeds of these berries contain substances called lignans, which may be responsible for the berry’s therapeutic effects.

A review of literature regarding lignans found that the introducing lignan to the body “may prevent certain types of cancers (e.g., breast cancer in post-menopausal women and colon cancer).” 

There was also evidence that lignan intake is associated with a lower risk of lifestyle-related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease.

Schisandra can also benefit our brain health. A study in 2017 found that Schisandrin B (a bioactive chemical compound found within the Schisandra plant) had a positive effect on blocking the development of Alzheimer’s disease. 

There is also evidence that Schisandrin B has anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects on microglial cells in the brain. This means that Schisandra may be effective against both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Schisandra berry seeds contain a potential cancer-fighting substance called lignans. There is also evidence that lignan intake is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and may even be effective against the development of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease!

FOCUS: For People in Practice

As you can see, there is a reason that the proprietary blend of herbs in FOCUS have included these specific adaptogens!

Each ingredient will work synergistically to maximize oxygen usage in the body, leading to an increased energy level and optimal energy expenditure! 

FOCUS is inspired by Bruce Lee’s daily regimen of herbs and superfoods to bring you that morning energy and focus you crave coffee for, but without the crash associated with caffeine!

 

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