What Really Causes Aging…
Or Why Does a Peeled Apple Turn Brown??
What you and I think of as “aging” can actually be caused by the never-ending barrage of free radicals on our body. Have you ever seen a peeled apple turn brown? Free radicals are the culprit.
The same thing may happen within our cells.
In fact, if you already notice unsightly age spots on your hands, fine lines and wrinkles, or less energy and vitality – that’s free radical damage in action. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Each time your body is exposed to emotional stress, an illness, bacteria, or even the rigors of everyday life – free radicals go on the attack. They are known to destroy cellular proteins, potentially causing our cells to weaken and help them become susceptible to illness, disease, and the array of symptoms we associate with aging.
What’s more, things like smog, pesticides, food additives, chemicals, and prescription medicines may accelerate this free radical attack process even faster.
Even scarier, if dangerous free radicals are left unchecked, they could attack our DNA – the individual blueprint of genetic material that’s contained within our cells – and possibly damage it. As a result, any new cells our body replicates could be damaged and unhealthy. Eventually, they might even mutate.
Before you know it, you might not remember things as quickly as you used to. Or perhaps your back aches when you bend over to pick up the newspaper!
Maybe your eyes don’t seem to focus so well, or you can’t play with the grandkids or walk the dog for as long as you’d like before you tire.
And you may feel “old” and “sick” way before your time.
Let Me Tell You About the Japanese island of Okinawa, Where it’s Known More People Live To Be 100!
Ancient historical texts refer to it as “the Land of the Happy Immortals”, because its people seem to have beaten the aging process.
They’re often healthy, active, and have a youthful glow beyond their years.
Energetic great-grandparents live independently in their own homes, tend to their small gardens, and enjoy visits from grandchildren old enough to qualify for Social Security in our country… Insane!
Heart disease is minimal. Cancer is so rare that mammographies and prostate screenings are virtually unheard of. And people don’t seem to suffer from the debilitating symptoms of “aging” that we do.
They have slim, lithe bodies; sharp, clear eyes; quick wits; passionate interests; amazing minds; and the kind of youthful glow we Westerners crave – but can’t ever seem to achieve.
So What is the SECRET That Allows Okinawans to Enjoy Such Long and Healthy Lives?
Multiple factors contribute to their successful aging and healthy life span, including a lower-calorie diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish.
However, one dietary factor stands out that is virtually unique to the Japanese diet:
Regular Consumption of Medicinal Mushrooms
For centuries, the Japanese have been consuming a variety of different healing mushrooms. From Chaga to Shiitake, Reishi and more. The healing benefits of mushrooms have been know far and wide. The Japanese and other Asian cultures have cooked, made tea and other healing elixirs to combat everything from over-inflammation.
Turkey tail mushrooms have some very strong antioxidant properties shown to strengthen the immune system and increase energy – when fermented with our other healing mushrooms their full strength shines through.
Chaga has been used for centuries primarily in the east. It’s known for it’s immune support and soothing properties. Many traditional healers have used it as a soothing tea for ulcers and gastritis. It’s also shown the potential to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels. Chaga also has very powerful anti-oxidant properties that make it a powerhouse on its own.
Shiitake mushrooms are the most documented of the medicinal mushrooms and has its primary function in improving the regulation of the human immune system. Perhaps its greatest influence is in the activity of the macrophages (the “pack man” like white blood cells that dissolve cancer cells, viruses, and infection).
Shiitake provides a macrophage super food called polysaccharides, especially its polysaccharide glucans. While this is already very amazing, on top of it all, Shiitake also has incredible cholesterol metabolism enhancing properties.
Lentinan is a very popular medication in Japan and China, where it has been used for thousands of years. Due to its use as an adjuvant to cancer chemotherapy and for up-regulating the immune system, Lentinan is actually covered by health insurance in these countries! Lentinan is incredibly only found only in Shiitake mushrooms…
Cordyceps was at one time so highly valued that it was only allowed to be consumed by the Emperor of China (who regularly lived to 100+ years old and still fathered children into his 100’s).
Known for its sexual and athletic enhancement ability, Cordyceps has been the most sought after Medicinal Mushroom in the Orient.
One of the more interesting mushrooms coming from the ancient east. Lion’s mane is known to boost cognitive function and memory power. It also aids in focus and function, helps aid in digestion and other stomach and gut health issues.
Reishi mushrooms have been around for hundreds of years and have been used to boost immune system function and even combat the symptoms of potentially deadly viral infections including the flu, swine flu and avain flu. It’s also been indicated in other upper respiratory conditions potentially improving asthma and bronchitis.