What is a super pill?
There is a long tradition of “super pills” in the Orient. But only the rarest of the rare formulations have been called a “super pill.” A super pill is by definition a breakout formulation made from the most extraordinary materials, and that powerfully supports our health and supports one’s higher state of mind. Usually, the preparation of a super pill is in its own right an exercise of the extreme technology of the era.
What is Super Pill No.2?
Ron Teeguarden’s Super Pill No.2 is one of those rarest of the rare formulations. It is made from materials that are so rare and technologically superior that the product is virtually non-duplicable.
It is made using the most advanced nutraceutical technology in the world to assure purity, potency and efficacy. And it has been produced with naturally derived ingredients, extracted from the most powerful tonic herbs known to mankind.
Super Pill No.2 is based simultaneously on both modern and traditional principles. It is based on cutting edge scientific research in the fields of longevity, cellular biology and aging. And simultaneously it is based on the sanctified traditions of Chinese tonic herbalism, the most sophisticated herbal system in the world. It has been produced with ingredients obtained from Di Tao sources acknowledged to be the best sources of each of the herbs, and manufactured using pharmaceutical technologies and by Fingerprint Identity Transfer Technology™ (FITT™), the most advanced nutraceutical, herbal technology in the world. With FITT™, the HPLC fingerprint of the finished extract is virtually identical to the fingerprint of the freshly harvested herb.
Ron Teeguarden has developed numerous tonic formulations, most using the ultimate herbs on earth. Many could be considered “super pills,” but only one has previously received that title. But this formulation stands out, and deserves the title Super Pill No.2.
What’s in Super Pill No.2?
Super Pill No.2 is composed of three cutting edge nutraceutical compounds and five whole herb supertonic extracts (FITT™), woven together into a perfectly balanced formulation. Together, they make perfect sense in terms of the traditional Three Treasures System of Oriental herbalism, tonifying all three Treasures (Jing, Qi and Shen), and they are powerfully adaptogenic. At the same time, their properties take full account of the major theories of aging currently recognized by researchers in the fields of aging, metabolic health and gerontology.
o Astragalus root
o Gynostemma leaf
o Asian Ginseng root
o Tibetan Rhodiola root
o Polygonum multiflorum (He Shou Wu) root
Astragaloside IV is one of the ultimate nutraceuticals developed in the world in the modern nutraceutical era. It has many functions, including most of those traditionally associated with Astragalus root. Astragalus root is one of the elite tonic herbs in Chinese herbalism. It is safe for almost everyone and is a gentle giant among tonics. It ranks alongside Ginseng as the premier Qitonic of Chinese herbalism.
Astragaloside IV is a potent immune system-modulating tonic. It has been shown in human and animal studies to support the normal, healthy functions of the immune system when consumed in the doses suggested for this formula. It has been used in Asia for over a decade and its safety has been well established. It is NOT a drug and should not be used to treat, cure, prevent or mitigate any disease. It is a dietary supplement to promote normal, healthy functions and structural integrity.
Astragaloside IV is being investigated for its function as a substance that can support the maintenance of telomere integrity. Telomeres are the end caps on chromosomes. They tend to shorten during one’s lifespan as a person naturally ages. Maintaining and supporting telomere integrity is a primary function of healthy cells.
Astragaloside IV is also being investigated (in the United States) for its ability to support normal neurological functions and structural integrity.
It has been shown in Chinese studies, where it was discovered and developed, that Astragaloside IV works significantly better when combined with other Astragalus components, including a full spectrum of Astragalosides (Total Astragalosides). For that reason, the Astragaloside IV has been extracted to 50%, so that the other 50% of the extract represents a full spectrum of other Astragalus root components. It is further blended with FITT™ Astragalus extract to assure that all components of high quality fresh Astragalus are present.
Ron Teeguarden has been working on bringing an Astragaloside IV product to market since 1994. The original work was done at China Pharmaceutical University and Ron’s company purchased the rights to that research, and financially supported further Astragaloside research. Due to cost issues of producing a refined Astragaloside IV product at that time, the project has been on hold until recently. Dragon Herbs is extremely pleased to be bringing this incredible material to market in a “super pill” format.
Gypenosides are the main active constituents of Gynostemma pentaphyllum, one of the premier antiaging herbs used in Chinese herbalism. The 99% pure Gypenosides would be the richest possible source of Gypenoside XLIX, believed to be the most potent component of Gynostemma.
Gypenoside XLIX has been demonstrated to support modulatory processes of the Nuclear Factor Kappa B (NFкB) a transcription factor found in all cells of the human body.
Morinda is an excellent Yang essence tonic. It is used in superior tonic formulas for strengthening the body. It is widely used in primal essence formulations, often as the main ingredient. It is also considered in Chinese traditional health care to to support the heart function by improving circulation. It is a superb athlete’s herb and ranks among the most important Qi and Blood vitalizing herbs of the tonic system. It is likewise considered a major tonic herb and is a regular ingredient in Taoist formulations.
Super-Pill No.2 also contains the full-spectrum powdered non-saponin extract of Gynostemma. That means that all the other beneficial components of Gynostemma are present in this formulation.
Gynostemma is one of the most popular tonic herbs in the world and this product contains the most potent form, being a blend of FITT™ full spectrum extract and pure Gypenosides.
Trans-Resveratrol is one of the most popular and well-studied nutraceuticals in the world today. It is a polyphenol molecule found naturally in many plant species including grapes, peanuts, cranberries, Polygonum cuspidatum (a Chinese herbs that is not He Shou Wu) and others. Polyphenols are common in the human diet (at least among those who eat a healthy diet), where they act as antioxidants.
Trans-Resveratrol exerts anti-aging effects in animals. Nothing has been proven in humans as far as longevity is concerned. Numerous studies have shown resveratrol has potent antioxidant effects in humans, supports vascular endothelial function and normal lipid metabolism. It appears that resveratrol has numerous mechanisms by which it exerts its effects on the human body.
Like the Gypenosides, Trans-Resveratrol, the form of Resveratrol that has shown health-related functionality, modulates NFкB signaling, which in turn decreases some transcription of DNA and regulates cytokine expression. Resveratrol plays a powerful supportive role in immune regulation by modulating (supporting normal balance of) the secretion of numerous cytokines.
Trans-Resveratrol is being widely investigated for its proposed ability to support normal healthy blood flow, sometimes referred to as “cerebral sufficiency.” Cerebral blood flow is an important component of cognitive function. Human studies have shown that Trans-Resveratrol supports blood circulation in a dose dependent manner.
Current research indicates that a daily dosage in humans of 200 – 400 mg of trans-resveratrol can support immune and liver functions.
Astragaloside IV, Total Astragalosides, Total Gypenosides and Trans-Resveratrol work synergistically together to support immune functions in the body and to support normal cellular activities and functions. Dragon Herbs Website.
I personally take this formula myself, at 1 cap twice a day, breakfast & dinner, and recommend it highly.
Introducing The 8 Immortals…
Eight Immortals is a supertonic antiaging formulation of the highest order. All of the herbs in this extraordinary tincture have antiaging, immune strengthening, spirit lifting, mind strengthening qualities. This is the ultimate example of an adaptogenic herbal supplement. It is composed of eight of the elite tonic herbs, and all of the herbs used are super-premium grade, far beyond conventional commercial grade – in fact, most of the herbs are wild harvested in the remote mountains where they gained their reputations over many centuries. A few are the best cultivated or cultured variety available in the world. The product is named in honor of the “eight immortals,” eight Taoist adepts who were said to have achieved immortality. All of them are associated with tonic herbs.
The wild Ginseng comes from Changbai Mountain, the 65 million year original source of Ginseng. All roots are at least thirteen years old, meaning the roots have achieved immortality (the genetic “death domain” has shut down). The Reishi used is also from Changbai Mountain and is also collected wild from the ancient forest. Wild Reishi has traditionally been known as the “mushroom of immortality.” Wild American Ginseng has been part of Chinese herbalism for over six hundred years. We use only immortalized roots from the Catskill Mountains, the favored choice of Asian Ginseng connoisseurs. Eight Immortals also contains the herb known as the “quintessence of Chinese tonic herbs,” Wild Schizandra from the remote and pristine forests of Changbai Mountain. This Schizandra is not cultivated or collected at low elevation. It is the real deal, the same Schizandra consumed by Taoist hermits for thousands of years as an elixir of immortality. This Wild Schizandra imbues mental, physical and psychic power, preserves youthfulness and robust inner power. Wild Snow Lotus is collected above the snow line of Tibet. The white flower blooms just once every five years at altitudes above 18,000 feet. It is one of the three herbal treasures of the Himalayas (along with Cordyceps and Rhodiola, also in this formula). It is a powerful adaptogen and superb cleansing tonic. Tibetan Rhodiola is collected likewise from above the snowline of the Himalayas. The red aromatic root is one of the world’s most powerful adaptogens and has many powerful tonic properties. Wild He Shou Wu, from the mountains of Yunnan, is one of the most famous tonic herbs in the world.
The Duanwood Reishi (organically grown on Duanwood logs in the high mountains on mountain water), Heaven Mountain Goji (grown on glacial melt), organically grown Cordyceps fruiting bodies and are the best you can buy of each of these herbs. All of them have potent antiaging properties.
The herbs combine to build the body’s and mind’s ability to resist stress and overcome challenges on both a short term and long term basis. The herbs have a profound influence on the quality of the skin, mind and vitality.
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Scientists have identified a compound in the Corydalis plant that effectively relieves pain — and the same plant has long been used in Chinese medicine as a pain reliever.
The compound, called dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB), works by acting on a receptor that binds to dopamine, which University of California, Irvine researchers said adds further evidence that dopamine and pain sensation are linked. Researchers tested the compound on mice to find that it seems to relieve both inflammatory pain and injury-induced neuropathic pain.
The compound could be especially useful in the future for treating chronic pain, as it doesn’t seem to become less effective over time.
“We show that repeated DHCB administrations do not lead to development of tolerance and thus that DHCB may present advantages over morphine in chronic pain treatment,” researchers wrote in the study.
However, they noted that more testing on toxicity is needed before the compound should actually be used to treat pain in humans.
The new findings are published in the journal Current Biology.
Note: I haven’t personally tested this yet on clients. But I will soon.
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Japan has the highest life expectancy rate in the world. Okinawa is the region with the highest longevity in Japan. Their unique diet is one of the reasons for the longevity: the regular intake of seaweed, which is lacking in other cultures.Japanese consume about four to six grams of seaweed daily. Meanwhile, the incidence of most chronic diseases and age-related diseases is lower than western populations.
There are many types of seaweed. Wakame, mekabu, and kombu are commonly consumed by the Japanese population.
The main ingredient in seaweed is fucoidan. Fucoidans are a class of sulfated, fucose-rich polymers and a source of required components of cell-surface molecules that facilitate cell-to-cell signaling, the essential regulatory process responsible for everything from immunity and cardiovascular function to healthy cellular proliferation.
Researchers believe western populations have shorter life expectancy because of the absence of fucoidans in their diet.
The elderly around the world are known to have insufficient immune response to vaccinations. Mekabu fucoidan is a traditional food in Japan which has been shown to have immune-modulatory effects. A study was done to determine the effect of fucoidan intake on the antibody production in elderly Japanese men and women after an influenza vaccination. The result showed that, mekabu fucoidan intake was positively associated with the production of antibodies in immune-compromised elderly. Thus the possible immune-potentiation of mekabu fucoidan can decrease the burden of infectious diseases in the elderly.
Fucoidan consumption can help to attenuate diseases caused by inflammation. Inflammation can be classified as either acute or chronic. Fucoidan possesses anti-inflammatory effects through the inhibition of selectins, inhibition of complement and enzyme inhibitory activity. A study indicated that fucoidans exhibit anti-inflammatory properties through inhibition of NF-κB, MAPK and Akt activation in lipopolysaccharide-induced BV2 microglia cells. Therefore fucoidans may provide substantial therapeutic potential in treating neurodegenerative diseases that are accompanied by microglial activation.
According to Biomedical Research Laboratories of Takara Shuzo and the Research Institute for Glycotechnology Advancement, fucoidan’s anti-cncer properties cause apoptosis or self-destruction in certain types of rapidly growing cancer cells without affecting normal cells. Fucoidan is an anti-tumor agent that prevents proliferation and stimulates apoptosis in human lymphoma HS-Sultan cell lines.
Fucoidan, the main ingredient in seaweed, has a wide variety of biological activities, which includes immune-modulatory activity, anti-inflammatory activity, and anti-cancer activity. Therefore, consumption of seaweed is one of the main factors or secrets in the long life expectancy of the Japanese.
Sook Yuin Lee is in her senior year BS Nutrition and is a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, chapter Nu Omega. References available upon request.
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A mushroom is the fleshy body part of some fungi. Over 14,000 different kinds of mushrooms are in existence, but some are poisonous and only 3,000 are considered edible.
Everyone knows about the great nutritional value of fruits and vegetables, but the less spectacular mushroom has been often overlooked. Oriental cultures have used mushrooms for a long time for their health benefits and as a source of powerful nutrition, and now modern scientists are nodding their heads in agreement.
A nutritious food
Mushrooms provide many of the nutritional benefits of the colourful vegetables combined with other ingredients like protein that is usually associated with beans, nuts, or meats. Mushrooms are low in calories, salt, and fat, free of cholesterol, yet provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, the B vitamins, vitamin D, and copper.
Mushrooms supply hard-to-get nutrients. One medium portobello mushroom supplies over 20 per cent of the recommended daily intake of selenium and over 30 per cent of your need of copper. Copper is a little mentioned but essential mineral that helps to protect the heart, circulation, and nervous system and build red blood cells.
The mushroom serving also has as much potassium as a medium-size banana. Potassium is an important mineral many people do not get enough of. It helps to maintain normal fluid and mineral balance and control blood pressure. It also assists in the normal function of nerves and muscles, including the heart.
Other varieties of mushrooms are just as rich in minerals, and fortunately, mushrooms retain their nutrients when stir-fried, grilled, or microwaved. Most edible mushrooms are available either raw, dried, or canned. The most popular commercially available varieties include the white button, Portobello, crimini (small Portobellos), oyster, maitake, and shiitake mushrooms.
A weight-loss food
When looking for nutritious weight-loss foods, mushrooms are a good option. The human metabolism is stimulated to burn excess fat by optimal quantities of protein, fibre, and B vitamins. Mushrooms supply all three of these metabolism-boosting nutrients.
Mushrooms are low in calories, carbohydrates, fat, and salt but have a very high water (over 80 per cent water) and fibre content that makes them a great weight-loss food.
Traditional Chinese medicine has used mushrooms for thousands of years, and in China, over 200 species of mushrooms are used as medicine. However, three mushrooms – shiitake, reishi, and maitake – have been most researched for medical use.
Shiitake mushrooms – The shiitake mushroom is one of the most popular medicinal mushrooms that Asians use to stimulate and boost health, prevent strokes, and improve circulation. Shiitake mushrooms contain a substance called lentinan (beta-glucans) that has been shown to reduce the side effects of common anti-cancer treatments. In Japan, a purified form of lentinan has been approved for treating cancer and the effects of chemotherapy. Side effects associated with shiitake mushrooms, include skin irritation, diarrhoea, and blood-thinning effects.
Reishi mushrooms – Chinese medicine often utilises reishi mushrooms for their antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immune-strengthening abilities. Reishi mushrooms are considered particularly beneficial for heart and prostate health and for fighting cancer.
Western medicine is now researching reishi mushrooms to treat hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, muscular dystrophy, and prostate cancer. Reishi mushrooms also have a calming effect and promote restful sleep.
Maitake mushrooms – Maitake mushrooms are popularly used in the Orient to strengthen and improve general health and to manage emotional and physical stress. Modern research shows that the maitake mushroom enhances the immune system, helps stops tumour growth, can make some chemotherapy drugs more effective and reduces dosage.
Additionally, maitake mushrooms may help individuals with high blood pressure, prostate cancer, HIV infections, and diarrhoea.
Mushrooms and cancer
Research published in the International Journal of Cancer found that mushrooms have breast cancer-fighting properties. Researchers at the University of Western Australia in Perth discovered that women who ate at least 10 grams of button mushrooms per day were 64 per cent less likely to develop breast cancer.
This study also found that women who combined mushrooms with regular consumption of green tea had an even greater reduced risk of almost 90 per cent! Special substances in mushrooms like beta-glucans, germanium, polysaccharides, selenium, and linoleic acid may all contribute to their anti-cancer properties.
Beta-glucans, found in many mushroom species, have marked immunity-stimulating effects. The beta-glucans contained in oyster, shiitake, and split gill mushrooms seem most effective. Germanium boosts the body’s oxygen use and helps counteract environmental toxins and increase resistance to disease.
Polysaccharides enable mushrooms to boost the immune system and fight the growth of tumours. The antioxidant selenium works to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Linoleic acid naturally works like the breast cancer drug Arimidex to protect against breast and other cancers.
In addition, mushroom extract has been linked to some treatments for both migraines and mental disorders.
Some mushrooms can affect the mental and emotional states of the individual. Such mushrooms with psychoactive properties have been used in various native medicine traditions in cultures all around the world. They have been used in rituals aimed at mental and physic healing and to facilitate visionary states.
Psilocybin mushrooms possess psychedelic properties and have been reported as facilitating profound and life-changing insights and mystical experiences. Recent scientific work has supported these claims as well as the long-lasting effects of such induced spiritual experiences.
Psilocybin is being researched for treating people suffering from psychological disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, and small amounts have been used to stop cluster and migraine headaches.
The bottom line is that mushrooms are great food and can make great medicine.
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Scientists have discovered the mechanisms located inside the cells that are influenced and regulated by vitamin D3 according to a study published on the 6th of March in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. This new research could probably solve the problem of amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The study currently suggests that vitamin D3 could be responsible for the activation of genes and signaling networks that could influence the immune system to clear the amyloid proteins.
There have been earlier studies that suggested a link between vitamin D3, curcumin (also known as E100, a chemical substance found in Indian spices) and the stimulation of the immune system that led to clearing the amyloid proteins.
“This new study helped clarify the key mechanisms involved, which will help us better understand the usefulness of vitamin D3 and curcumin as possible therapies for Alzheimer’s disease”, said Dr. Milan Fiala, lead author of the study and researcher at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Scientists used the blood of healthy patients from the control group and patients that suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and isolated the immune cells that deal with the destruction of amyloid proteins. These cells are called macrophages and are in charge of clearing residual cells and other non-self particles from the body.
After the macrophages were isolated the team stored them in an enclosed space along with a quantity of amyloid. 1a,25–dihydroxyvitamin D3, which is one of the active forms of vitamin D3 was added to the mixture in order to see what effect it had on the consumption of amyloid.
Earlier research conducted by scientists has shown that patients with Alzheimer’s have two types of macrophages. The first type (called Type I macrophages) show an improved rate of consumption after adding curcuminoids along with 1a,25–dihydroxyvitamin D3, whilst the second type of macrophages (Type II macrophages) show an improved rate of consumption after adding only 1a,25–dihydroxyvitamin D3.
However, researchers have found that 1a,25–dihydroxyvitamin D3 has the important role of opening the chloride channel 3 (an important channel that supports the phagocytosis done by the macrophages. The addition of curcuminoids only affected the opening of this particular chloride channel in the Type I macrophages. Research also shows that 1a,25–dihydroxyvitamin D3 plays a very important role in the triggering of the transcription (the first stage of gene expression) of these particular chloride channels.
There are very complex mechanisms that stand behind the effects of 1a,25–dihydroxyvitamin D3 on phagocytosis, being dependent on calcium. With the help of Dr. Patrick R. Griffin and Dr. Mathew T. Mizwicki, the team of scientists have shown that 1a,25–dihydroxyvitamin D3 has a crucial effect, by using a method called mass spectrometry. They have shown that 1a,25–dihydroxyvitamin D3 has a greater effect than curcuminoids.
“Our findings demonstrate that active forms of vitamin D3 may be an important regulator of immune activities of macrophages in helping to clear amyloid plaques by directly regulating the expression of genes, as well as the structural physical workings of the cells”, said Dr. Mizwicki.
The team of scientists suggests that the next important step in the research would be to assess the impact of vitamin D3 on Alzheimer’s disease patients through a clinical trial. The also add that ongoing studies already show that vitamin D3 could also be beneficial in the case reduction of other diseases as well, not just Alzheimer’s disease.