General Health

Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal Mushrooms: List of the Best Fungi and Their Healing Benefits

What are Medicinal Mushrooms? There are approximately 38,000 known species of mushrooms, at least 270 of which are known to possess therapeutic or medicinal properties. The use of medicinal mushrooms in the treatment of human illness dates back thousands of years; notably, Li Shizhen included numerous fungi as effective treatments in his 1578 Compendium of …

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Hawaiian Black Lava Sea Salt

Hawaiian Black Lava / Volcanic Sea Salt: Are the Health Benefits Real?

What is Hawaiian Black Lava Sea Salt? Hawaiian sea salt comes in two varieties: black and red. Both are commonly harvested in salt ponds on the shores of the island of Kauai. The reason for the difference in colors is that the red salt is infused with clay, and the black salt has activated charcoal …

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Antispasmodic

11 Best OTC Natural Antispasmodic Herbs for IBS, Bladder, Gut & Stomach

What is an Antispasmodic? Simply put, an antispasmodic is a drug, herb, or other supplement that reduces or eliminates muscle spasms. Antispasmodics can be targeted for different parts of the body and different muscle types (smooth or skeletal), but they are most commonly used to treat spasms of the stomach, intestines, bladder, or the skeletal …

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Natural Beta Blockers

A List of the Best OTC Natural Beta Blockers for Anxiety & Depression

What Are Beta Blockers and How Do They Work? Beta blockers, otherwise known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents, are a class of drugs (either natural beta blockers or synthetic beta blockers) or herbs that prevent the hormone epinephrine from binding to beta-receptors on nerves. An excess of this hormone is responsible for elevated heart rate and …

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Vaginal Health

Best Probiotics for Yeast Infections, Candida, PH, BV and Vaginal Health

How do Probiotics Help with Vaginal Health? Probiotics are strains of live bacteria cultures that can be used promote healthy functions of many organs, including the female reproductive system. In the vagina, probiotics work to maintain a good balance of the healthy bacteria and microorganisms that normally live in your body, typically by restoring a …

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15 Demulcents: Natural Herbs that Thin and Relieve, Mucus and Phlegm

Common colds, although “common”, still take getting used to—even if most of us have at least a few colds a year. Viruses contribute to most of the colds you get every year, but in some cases, bacteria are the culprits; either way, colds are still an inconvenience due to the buildup of mucus and phlegm …

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Ganoderma Coffee

Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi) Mushroom Coffee: Does it Really Work?

What is Ganoderma Coffee? Ganoderma lucidum is the binomial scientific classification referring to a species of mushroom, colloquially known as the reishi mushroom, or its Chinese title lingzhī. It is a saprotrophic fungus, meaning that it decomposes organic matter via extracellular digestion. It can be found on stumps, logs, or decayed trees, and it particularly …

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Proteolytic Enzymes

List of Proteolytic Enzymes and the Benefits of Protease Supplements

What are Proteolytic Enzymes? Proteolytic enzymes work to clean the bloodstream and soft tissues and promote healthy digestion by breaking down harmful proteins. Enzymes are proteins themselves, but their function is speed up chemical reactions within the body. Normally there are tens of thousands of enzymatic reactions occurring in the body at once, all working to …

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mushroom coffee

Mushroom Coffee: Do the Benefits Live up to the Hype?

What is Mushroom Coffee? Mushroom coffee is coffee brewed with an extra ingredient: dried or powdered mushrooms. By boiling dried and/or powdered mushrooms in a typical brew, it is thought that the coffee absorbs the extra vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are in the mushrooms. Many mushroom coffees sold now look and taste just …

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