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Chaga Mushroom, Kaffir Lime & Ginger

Chaga Mushroom, Kaffir Lime & Ginger

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There are huge amounts of information on the amazing mushroom named the King Of Mushrooms and Mushroom of immortality the mushrooms we use are from the border of Mongolia and Ukraine. I did not hand pick these.

Chaga mushroom is a fungus that grows primarily on birch trees in cold climates. It has an appearance similar to burnt charcoal, it has been harvested for centuries as a traditional medicine. Inflammation is a natural response of your immune system that can protect against disease. However, long-term inflammation is linked to conditions like heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

 Prevents and Fights Cancer Several animal and test-tube studies show that chaga can prevent and slow cancer growth. In a study in mice with cancer, chaga supplements resulted in a 60% reduction in tumor size. In a test-tube study, chaga extract prevented the growth of cancer in human liver cells. Similar results were observed with cancer cells of the lung, breast, prostate and colon It’s thought that the anticancer effect of chaga is partly due to its high content of antioxidants, which protect cells from damage by free radicals. In particular, chaga contains the antioxidant triterpene. Test-tube studies reveal that very concentrated triterpene extract can help kill cancel cells. 

Lowers Cholesterol Chaga extract may also benefit cholesterol levels, reducing your risk of heart disease. In an eight-week study in rats with high cholesterol, chaga extract reduced “bad” LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing antioxidant levels.Similar studies gave the same results and observed that in addition to reducing “bad” LDL cholesterol chaga increases “good” HDL cholesterol). Researchers believe that the antioxidants present in chaga are responsible for its effects on cholesterol.

Kaffir lime, is a tropical citrus fruit that is native to several parts of Southeast Asia. Due to its special tart but delicious flavour, kaffir lime is popular for its culinary use. The kaffir lime is also widely used in herbal medicine, because of its high content of several beneficial organic compounds that are good for the body systems. The fruit, rind, and leaves of kaffir limes are used for many different purposes.

 Kaffir lime leaves are known to bring many herbal medicinal benefits. They are most commonly used to improve oral health by rubbing it onto the gum. Studies have shown that essential oils from the leaves can help get rid of harmful bacteria within the mouth. Here are the health benefits of kaffir lime leaves; promotes good oral health and eliminates many harmful bacteria that can build up in the mouth. Helps Digestive Issues (helps with constipation, hemorrhoids, gastric ulcers).The constituents are anti-inflammatory in nature,  they are also stimulating for the digestive system Skin pare and packed with antioxidants.  May help with breakdown of cells and minimize the appearance of age marks, scars,  pimples and Anti-Inflammatory it may also help with rheumatis arthritis, migraine, strengthen hair follicles hair shine and Detoxify the blood.

Ginger is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Under 2  grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea. This applies to sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery and morning sickness. Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes. Ginger occurs to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort, it appears to be very effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period, it contains a substance called 6-gingerol, which may have protective effects against cancer­­­.

Caution: Be sure to refrigerate for at least 2 hours before opening. When opening, open slowly as it is naturally carbonated!!!