Regeneration right after proper nutrition and proper training is an inseparable element of changing the appearance of your own figure. Proper regeneration will not only help you achieve your desired goal, but will also help to improve your well-being. Lack of proper regeneration may contribute to the opposite effect than expected. Find out what regeneration is – its importance when working on your own body!
Protein is the basic building block of our body and constitutes its 20%. Its main source is meat, sausages, cheese, eggs, fish, or animal foods. Vegetable products contain a smaller amount of this macronutrient. Despite the seemingly popular status, there are still a few myths that create confusion about protein in the diet. Here, we will overturn the 9 most popular ones.
Fats are returning to favor as ingredients that bring a lot of benefits, including for the circulatory system. Until recently, they were demonized, but today we know for sure that especially vegetable fats, not only are high-energy fuels, but I can act pro-healthy. Here are six sources of healthy fats that should not be avoided in a balanced diet.
Dietary fiber is an important element in all reduction diets and most health-related diets. Why is it so important, how does it affect the human body and from what sources it can be obtained? Find out what fiber is in the diet!
Omega 3 acids are extremely important not only for athletes and active people, but for everyone, even the average Kowalski. It is known that fish and seafood are their rich source, but not everyone will be a treat. Find out what to enter into your diet to supplement Omega 3 deficiencies.
Rice is a source of carbohydrates, appearing in almost every diet. Not all of us are aware that there are so many of its types, differing from each other not only by the taste, but above all the properties that are important for the athlete.
Reishi muschrooms, also known as lingzhi, are fungi, the properties of which have been known in Asia for more than 2 thousand years. In Far East medicine, reishi mushrooms are considered a drug for practically all diseases, including cancer. Some of these properties are confirmed by scientific studies. They prove that reishi mushrooms i.a. boost immunity and may support the fight with cancer. Check out the effects that reishi mushrooms can bring.
Reishi mushrooms (lat. Ganoderma lucidum) is a Japanese name of a kind of fungi, belonging to the family of Ganodermataceae. In the Land of the Rising Sun reishi are also known as mannentake. In China, in turn, they are called lingzhi, which means “Herb of Spiritual Potency”. In Asian countries, for more than 2 thousand years, health properties of reishi mushrooms have been used in natural medicine, but not only. Contemporary China have been considered reishi mushroom as a medicine for a long time. According to the Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China (i.e. the official formal list of drugs authorized for sale in China), lingzhi mushrooms enable to complement Qi (life energy), alleviate cough and asthma symptoms. Moreover, they are recommended for dizziness, insomnia, palpitations and dyspnea. Some people convince that reishi mushrooms also help in hypertension, high cholesterol level, cardiovascular diseases, liver and kidney diseases, respiratory system ailments (apart from asthma also pneumonia), chronic fatigue syndrome, stomach ulcers, viral infections (such as the flu), HIV/AIDS. Moreover, they alleviate pain which appears in shingles. However, most importantly – reishi mushrooms support cancer treatment.
There is some scientific evidence confirming the effectiveness of these fungi, however, they are mainly laboratory studies. Researchers are still studying their composition in order to better understand their health properties.
Reishi mushrooms boost immunity
As it results from the studies, beta-glucan, which appears in reishi mushrooms boosts the immune system by increasing the amount of macrophages and lymphocytes T. Therefore, we may take them in the state of lower immunity of the organism – as the Japanese professor Takashi Mizuno from the Shizuoka University convinces. Dr. Andrew Weil from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in turn, adds that they may be an agent for chronic fatigue syndrome.
Specialists from the University of Maryland Medical Center claim that reishi mushrooms strengthen the response of the immune system, which is weakened during chemotherapy. These properties were confirmed by studies on people.
Reishi mushrooms available in pharmacies, herbal shops or health food shops are not drugs, but only dietary supplements. Therefore, their composition and activity are uncertain and they cannot be treated as medicines for various diseases. This type of preparations may only constitute complementation of a daily diet in the ingredients contained in reishi.
Reishi mushrooms may decrease sugar level in blood
In 2009, researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in the magazine „Phytomedicine” convinced that reishi mushrooms may decrease the level of sugar in blood. For a month, the researchers administered to the mice with diabetes 0.03 and 0.3 g/kg body mass of reishi extracts. The extracts decreased the level of glucose in blood of mice during one week, which allows to believe that they inhibit the enzyme used by the liver for the production of glucose.
Other studies on diabetic nephropathy, carried out by the researchers from the Faculty of Pharmacology of the Peking University prove that reishi mushrooms may prevent or stop the progression of diabetic liver complications. After eight weeks of probation in people with diabetes, considerable decrease of markers of oxidative stress in kidneys was noticed as well as the decrease of the level of triglycerides and sugar in blood. The results of the studies were published in 2006 in the magazine “Journal of Asian Natural Products Research”.
Reishi mushrooms – contraindications
Pregnant and breastfeeding women, children.
Reishi mushrooms cannot be administered to children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, as no tests were carried out on the safety of use of these mushrooms in this group of people.
Problems with blood coagulation
Before starting the supplementation, people who have problems with blood coagulation and who take anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs (e.g. aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, warfarin, heparin) should consult a healthcare professional.
Hypertension and hypotension
Reishi mushrooms may interact with drugs for hypertension. They decrease blood pressure, therefore in combination with these drugs, they may excessively lower blood pressure. For this reason, also people with hypotension should not use them.
Before and after surgery
Reishi mushrooms cannot be used for at least 2 weeks before and after surgical procedures due to their properties decreasing blood coagulation.
After years of studies and looking for innovations, finally managed to develop bioactive, and highly bioavailable form of coenzyme Q10 – ubiquinol. This unique form is even 8-times more absorbed in our organism, than typical coenzyme Q10
What is coenzyme Q10?
Coenzyme Q10 (also called ubichinone), is an organic vitamin-like substance, which is naturally produced in most of living organismes. It’s second name – ubichinone – means, that is very common in every organism structure. Coenzyme Q10 plays very imporant role in energy production inside our organism. The reason for this, is that coenzyme is basic component of mitochondria, where it take part in fats and carbohydratesmetabolism, and cell membrane. It’s also used in some enzymatic processes, where it take part in ATP creation, and energy transfer between cells. In short way – your organism couldn’t do anything without coenzyme Q10.
What are benefits of supplementing coenzyme Q10?
- It affects positively cardiovascular system
- Strongly supports immune system
- Increases energy level
- It enchances endurance and training capacity
- It’s strong antioxidant
- It protects liver cells from toxins
- It helps to regulate blood sugar level
Why coenzyme should be considered for supplementation, for everyone in their thirties?
Coenzyme Q10 is necessary for proper fats and carbohydrates conersion to energy, but natural production of coenzyme is highly decreased with age. When your body have proper amounts of coenzyme in mitochondria, they can be much more effective in whole body.
Coenzyme Q10 is also strong antioxidant. It is protecting proteins, fats and DNA of mitochondria from oxidation, and it supports overall mitochondrial actions.
Why ubiquinol, and not ubichinone?
Supplementation of highly bioavailable ubiquinol is highly recommended if:
–if you have 30 years old, or more
– If you suffer from diabetes or liver diseases
– You suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome
– You take >10mg of statins
– If you supplement >150mg of ubichinone
Ubiquinon is over 8-times more bioavailable than ubichinone
What does it even mean?
Ubchinone, not only that is poorly absorbed in bloodstream, but it also need to be converted to ubiquinol then. That’s because ubiquinol is only form, which can be effective used by our organism. As it can be seen, it’s very complicated and long process.
Because ubiquinol is already active form of coenzyme Q10, it’s fastly absorbed in bloodstream, because there is no “brake” in form of need of conversion one substance to another before absorption. It’s absorbed more easily, and it stays in bloodstream longer.
Enchance your health with ubiquinone even today!