A cruciferous vegetable that grows in the Peruvian Andes of South America at altitudes of up to 16, 000 feet above sea level. Maca is known for its beneficial affects on fertility, hormonal balance and libido. Since Maca does have beneficial hormone affects in the body, people who are at higher risk of breast or prostate cancer are cautioned against it’s use since it could raise some of the hormones that also place these people at higher risk.
2. Goji Berries
A bright red berry that grows abundantly in Asia, North and Central America in vast climates, the Chinese believe goji berries significantly extend life. They are an immune booster, increase alkalinity and vitality, protect the liver, improve the eyes and blood and deliver anti-aging benefits.
3. Reishi Mushroom
Originally found in nature on plum trees, they were extremely rare and only consumed by royalty in China and Japan for thousands of years. Today, the reishi is widely cultivated in Japan, China, North America and other parts of Asia. Reishi is primarily used to enhance the immune system and improve blood circulation.
A remarkable herb used in history for various health purposes. Its main uses are to strengthen the nervous system, fight depression, enhance immunity, boost energy, improve memory, aid in weight reduction and increase sexual function.
A root that has a variety of types including: Siberian, Korean and American. It was documented being used in China over 2000 years ago. Healers have used it as a tonic to cure lethargy, arthritis, impotence, diabetes and to calm the mind. Ginseng is also known to be one of the most effective anti-aging supplements.
A potato sized fruit that grows from a tall perennial evergreen tree. It has a peculiar odor and is sometimes referred to as the “cheese fruit.” The juice is consumed and used as a pain killer, laxative, wound healer, immune strengthener, and anti-inflammatory agent. It helps lower blood pressure, treat arthritic and joint pain, levels blood sugar, and increases energy.
The sweet flavoured root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant that resembles plain wooden sticks. It is used to nourish the adrenal glands, for auto-immune conditions, to treat viruses (particularly herpes), for ulcers and for digestive troubles.
8. Holy Basil
Also known as tulsi, it is an aromatic plant native to the Old World tropics. In Ayurveda, it is dubbed the “elixir of life” and believed to promote longevity. It is excellent for coping with stress, helping immunity, stomach disorders, and heart disease.