One Expert Shares His Favorite Herbs and Plants to Heal
If you knew you could easily and effectively enhance your mood, energy levels, and brainpower, what would it take for you to do it?
BulletProof founder and New York Times best-selling author, Dave Asprey knows what’s possible when it comes to making changes to the human body through what he calls ‘biohacking’. This knowledge of ourselves enables us to transform our lives, live longer, slow-down the aging process, increase brain power, and enhance our overall performance.
So how do we do it? The first place to start is by cleaning up your diet, getting plenty of sleep, and managing your stress. We can easily boost the nutrient value of our foods, facilitate a healthy rest, and regulate our cortisol levels – the stress hormone – by using specific plant compounds as medicine. These can come from fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, or even some of your guilty vices. A cup of coffee, for instance, can enhance your performance and contribute to all the feel-good benefits that cascade as a result.
Plant medicine has been around for centuries and is still widely used in the East. Some of these plants we know and love, like turmeric and mushrooms, are incredibly medicinal when used correctly. Others are newer discoveries, and exploring the science behind their properties and benefits, like polyphenols and adaptogens, is a realm that we have longed to delve deeper into.
In Episode 4 of Transcendence Season 2, Dave shares his journey with coffee; the drink that was giving him headaches, energy highs & slumps, and was slowly contributing to the range of health concerns he didn’t know were happening to his body. Too often we blame coffee for our migraines and our lack of sleep, but what Dave realized was it was the mold within his coffee, ochratoxin. Roasting of beans kills the mold, but the fungal toxin remains.
Thankfully for us, there are ways of getting your coffee without the ochratoxin so you can drink up the health benefits and leave the nasties aside. Research from the Nihon University College of Bioresource Sciences has praised the health benefits of coffee polyphenols, such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-diabetes, and antihypertensive properties.
This is just one plant, and the science of plant-based medicine is abundant. In Episode 4 of Season 2, Healing Herbs & Sacred Medicine, you will discover:
- Why medical herbs and plants are on the rise and what the future of medicine could look like.
- Why mouldy-coffee could be the reason for your chronic headaches and fatigue.
- The miraculous healing powers of celery juice and how it works.
- The adaptogens and healing plants you can start using today to increase your energy, support your mood, and detoxify your body.
Dave is joined by Nick Polizzi, Anthony William, Daniel Vitalis, and Jennifer Partridge to explore how these ancient herbs can bring your health and wellbeing to new heights.
The worldwide premiere screening of Transcendence Season 2 begins on Monday, May 18. You can save your spot here to the free online premiere here.
Take this opportunity to uncover powerful healing herbs and sacred medicinal practices that can help you heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually and how some of these healing plants may even be growing in your backyard.
Agaricus Blazei, the Healing Mushroom of the Gods
Indigenous cultures have, for millennia, included fungi in their diets and medicinal foods. Modern science is just beginning to catch up to their powerful potential. Like other potent plant healers, mushrooms are multidimensional and complex sources of nutrients that work holistically, rather than pharmacologically. Alternative medicine has experienced so much success in its employ of mushrooms to cope with an array of ailments that, at long last, modern medicine has taken notice and has funded a series of promising studies.
Now traditional oncologists and alternative practitioners alike have found success with mushrooms in patients battling cancer. Of the myriad mushroom species commonly used in traditional medicine, the Agaricus blazei has recently been the subject of numerous trials.
It is known in Brazil as “Cogumelo de Deus,” or “Mushroom of God,” because of its reputation for bestowing health and longevity on those who consume it. Although modern researchers maintain that more studies are warranted before Agaricus blazei’s medicinal value is confirmed as a curative, growing evidence, along with traditional usage, shows that a great part of its potential lies in such arenas as cancer treatment and immune system function for both humans and animals.