Eleuthero Root: Health Benefits and Usage (Siberian Ginseng)

September 06, 2019 0 Comments

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Wellness Spotlight: Shalanda Grier

Wellness Spotlight: Shalanda Grier

August 02, 2019 0 Comments

Our wellness spotlight interview with Shalanda Grier, where she highlights her tools and tips for wellness and self-care.

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Wellness Spotlight: Chef Tara Thomas

Wellness Spotlight: Chef Tara Thomas

July 12, 2019 0 Comments

Here, we interview Chef Tara Thomas, a chef and foodie from Portland OR, living in New York City. 

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Wellness Spotlight: Danielle Alvarez

Wellness Spotlight: Danielle Alvarez

July 01, 2019 0 Comments

Here at Pretty Mushroom, we have been interested in topics surrounding self-care/wellness. The term self-care specifically is starting to become an overused buzzword in marketing and news outlets. Separating out what self-care means for you personally means ignoring a lot of marketing jargon and messaging. We all have to remember that self- care doesn't have to be expensive or exclusive. Given that, we are introducing an interview series where we ask people what self-care and wellness mean to them. Here, we interview Danielle Alvarez @Zelue Wellness, wellness advocate, lifestyle + Christian blogger, and pediatric nurse practioner.

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Wellness Spotlight: Leah Thomas

Wellness Spotlight: Leah Thomas

June 17, 2019 0 Comments

Our Wellness Spotlight interview with  Leah Thomas, @GreenGirlLeah, a wellness and environmental justice writer living in Santa Barbara, CA. She works full-time at a sustainable apparel company and, in her free time, writes on her blog.

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Eleuthero Root

January 28, 2019 0 Comments

Also known as Siberian Ginseng, this adaptogen is the “king” of them all. There are more published studies on Eleuthero Root than any other herb (wow!). This superherb decreases fatigue by increasing your work and exercise capacity without the “crash” that comes with a morning cup of coffee. With this herb, you’ll also recover faster from acute stress and intense workouts. Check out the research for more interesting tidbits on what Eleuthero can do.

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Reishi Mushroom 101: Ganderma Powder/Extract Health Benefits

Reishi Mushroom 101: Ganderma Powder/Extract Health Benefits

January 28, 2019 0 Comments

Reishi is an ethereal yellow-red mushroom that has been used as a medicine for over two thousand years. It both regulates and restores the body to homeostasis as well as relieves one from stress.

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Turmeric

January 28, 2019 0 Comments

This bright yellow root has been used in both Indian and Chinese traditional medicine for centuries. Curcumin, the active chemical compound in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce depression and pain. Studies have shown that oral intake of curcumin helps with acne, atopic dermatitis, and facial photoaging (sun damage). In this formulation, turmeric is paired with black pepper in order to increase the bioavailability of curcumin.

 

Further Reading

Thangapazham, R. L., Sharma, A., & Maheshwari, R. K. (n.d.). Beneficial Role Of Curcumin In Skin Diseases. ADVANCES IN EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY The Molecular Targets and Therapeutic Uses of Curcumin in Health and Disease, 343-357. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-46401-5_15

 

Vaughn, A. R., Branum, A., & Sivamani, R. K. (2016). Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence. Phytotherapy Research, 30(8), 1243-1264. doi:10.1002/ptr.5640

 

Disilvestro, R. A., Joseph, E., Zhao, S., & Bomser, J. (2012). Diverse effects of a low dose supplement of lipidated curcumin in healthy middle aged people. Nutrition Journal, 11(1). doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-79

 

Kalpravidh, R. W., Siritanaratkul, N., Insain, P., Charoensakdi, R., Panichkul, N., Hatairaktham, S., . . . Fucharoen, S. (2010). Improvement in oxidative stress and antioxidant parameters in β-thalassemia/Hb E patients treated with curcuminoids. Clinical Biochemistry, 43(4-5), 424-429. doi:10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2009.10.057

 

Al-Jassabi, S., Ahmed, K., & Abdulla, M. (2012). Antioxidant Effect of Curcumin Against Microcystin- LR-Induced Renal Oxidative Damage in Balb/c Mice. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, 11(4). doi:10.4314/tjpr.v11i4.2

 

Biswas, J., Sinha, D., Mukherjee, S., Roy, S., Siddiqi, M., & Roy, M. (2010). Curcumin protects DNA damage in a chronically arsenic-exposed population of West Bengal. Human & Experimental Toxicology, 29(6), 513-524. doi:10.1177/0960327109359020

 

Chainani-Wu, N., Madden, E., Lozada-Nur, F., & Silverman, S. (2012). High-dose curcuminoids are efficacious in the reduction in symptoms and signs of oral lichen planus. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 66(5), 752-760. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2011.04.022

 

Khajehdehi, P., Pakfetrat, M., Javidnia, K., Azad, F., Malekmakan, L., Nasab, M. H., & Dehghanzadeh, G. (2011). Oral supplementation of turmeric attenuates proteinuria, transforming growth factor-β and interleukin-8 levels in patients with overt type 2 diabetic nephropathy: A randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled study. Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology, 45(5), 365-370. doi:10.3109/00365599.2011.585622

 

Khajehdehi, P., Zanjaninejad, B., Aflaki, E., Nazarinia, M., Azad, F., Malekmakan, L., & Dehghanzadeh, G. (2012). Oral Supplementation of Turmeric Decreases Proteinuria, Hematuria, and Systolic Blood Pressure in Patients Suffering From Relapsing or Refractory Lupus Nephritis: A Randomized and Placebo-controlled Study. Journal of Renal Nutrition, 22(1), 50-57. doi:10.1053/j.jrn.2011.03.002

 

Disilvestro, R. A., Joseph, E., Zhao, S., & Bomser, J. (2012). Diverse effects of a low dose supplement of lipidated curcumin in healthy middle aged people. Nutrition Journal, 11(1). doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-79

 

Kalpravidh, R. W., Siritanaratkul, N., Insain, P., Charoensakdi, R., Panichkul, N., Hatairaktham, S., . . . Fucharoen, S. (2010). Improvement in oxidative stress and antioxidant parameters in β-thalassemia/Hb E patients treated with curcuminoids. Clinical Biochemistry, 43(4-5), 424-429. doi:10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2009.10.057


Pungcharoenkul, K., & Thongnopnua, P. (2011). Effect of Different Curcuminoid Supplement Dosages on TotalIn VivoAntioxidant Capacity and Cholesterol Levels of Healthy Human Subjects. Phytotherapy Research, 25(11), 1721-1726. doi:10.1002/ptr.3608

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Cordyceps

January 28, 2019 0 Comments

Found in the highlands of Nepal, Tibet, and China, cordyceps is often called the “caterpillar mushroom.” In our formulation, we use cordyceps’ adaptogenic ability to decrease fatigue and increase physical endurance. Studies have also shown that cordyceps protects the skin against ultraviolet radiation damage (the sun!).

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Astragalus

January 28, 2019 0 Comments

Astragalus has been prescribed for centuries as an immune system supporting herbal remedy. Studies have shown that this immune support can translate into a reduction in atopic dermatitis (eczema). Other than soothing allergic and inflamed skin, Astragalus has been shown to protect the skin against photoaging associated with UV radiation. In this formulation, Astragalus is paired with Angelicae Sinensis in order to increase bioavailability.

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Rose Hips

January 28, 2019 0 Comments

Rose hips are the edible part of a rose plant that contains sixty times the vitamin C content of citrus fruit. Studies have shown that orally ingest rose hips are an effective treatment against hyperpigmentation and skin wrinkles, as well as improve skin moisture and elasticity after four weeks if intake.

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Maca Root

January 27, 2019 0 Comments

This peruvian root, long used by spanish royalty, helps improve memory recall ability and overall learning ability. This super root is also known for its ability to protect against depression and age-related cognitive decline.

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