All About Cordyceps Sinensis

The cordyceps sinensis is a mushroom of the Funghi family. The name comes from the Latin language, “Cordy” which roughly translates as “Club Head” and “Sinensis” meaning “from China”. The name it thought to describe its unusual appearance. It is native to the Himalayan Mountains. This is how it developed its unique resistance to high…

All About Quercetin

Quercetin is classified as a bioflavonoid. The name is thought to be linked to the Alchemist Joseph Quercetanuis Duchesne. It was discovered in 1857 and exists as a yellow crystalline powder. Its chemical name is 3,3,4,5,7 – pentapentahydroxyflavone. Also the name may come from the tree bark glycoside Quercus Tinctoria (American oak), in which Quercetin…

All About Astaxanthin

It is pronounced as Asta.zan.thin. Astaxanthin nicknamed “King of the Antioxidants”. Asta means crab and Xanthin is closely associated with xanthophyll meaning “yellow leaves” or “blonde edges” which refers to colour and natural source of Astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is rich in carotenoids, which are derivatives of vitamin A. One study showed Astaxanthin’s superior antioxidant powers known…

All About Selenium

Selenium is an essential trace element in the diet. In the world selenium exists in 4 forms, that is inorganic Selenite and organic Selenomethionine, but also selenate and elemental selenium. There is evidence that selenium was first founded in the 1300 by Chemist Arnold of Villanova. The official discovery date was 500 years later in…

All About Psyllium Husk

Psyllium Husk is a powdered form of fibre. Psyllium Husk powder is made from the seed husks of the Plantago Ovato plant. Psyllium Husk is a traditional ingredient used in Ayurvedic medicine used to treat gastrointestinal problems and constipation. Fibre is known for its ability to promote satiety and promote weight loss by bulking out…

All About Green Tea

Green Tea is extracted from the Camellia Sinensis plant. The earliest recording of Green Tea use was in China, but it is now cultivated in Japan, Vietnam and India. All of which claim to be the founders of Green Tea. Green Tea was thought to have been discovered by Emperor Shen Nong who witnessed Green…

All About Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera extract comes from the Aloe Barbadensis Miller plant. Aloe Vera is known as the “Miracle Plant” because it is highly valued in many Traditional Medicinal Practices. There is evidence of Aloe Vera treatments as far back as the Egyptian Era. Papyrus Ebers has detailed drawings of Aloe Vera being used for internal and…

Different Types of Sugars

Granulated, raw, powdered, brown: can you distinguish the differences among all these types of sugars?┬áTo understand the basic distinctions between the different types of sugar, you must first understand how sugar is made. The sugar we use as sweetener comes from juice extracted from plants that naturally have a high amount of sugar: sugar beets…

All About Chlorella

Chlorella gets its name from the Latin language “Chloros” meaning green, and “Ella” meaning little. It is blue/green in colour due to its high level of naturally green compound chlorophyll. Chlorella is thought to be one of the oldest plants on the earth, with evidence it has existed for over 3 billion years. It was…

All About Papain and Bromelain

Papain and Bromelain are proteolytic enzymes extracted from fruits. In the past, Papain has been used for meat tenderising and in some natural cosmetics. In years past Papain has been used to remove overgrown warts and boils. Papain and Bromelain have long been used to improve digestion. Helping to break down tough and stubborn food…