Friday, March 04, 2005

Mushroom Magic - Bitter medicine said to help range of health problems

It's been called the elixir of immortality and referred to as the "soup of the emperor of 1,000 mistresses." Traditionally, this rare species of mushroom, called reishi, was found in old-growth Asian forests and reserved for only the very wealthy who could afford it. Now that they are being farmed and harvested commercially, the reishi mushroom has become far more accessible to the public.
Because it's not a culinary mushroom and is too bitter to eat on its own, its extract, called ganoderma lucidum, is consumed instead in the form of capsules, teas, gourmet coffees and hot chocolates. There are claims the extract neutralizes the caffeine in the Brazilian arabica coffee to less than half the amount of what you would find in a cup of decaffeinated coffee. The tea and hot chocolate have zero caffeine.
It takes the edge off while still keeping you alert with the help of the ganoderma. The ganoderma-enhanced beverages are sold in individual sachets whose contents can be stirred into a cup of hot water. These drinks don't make you jittery like caffeine does and don't give you any withdrawal headaches.
Gano Excel, is a company based in Malaysia that owns the largest organically farmed reishi mushroom plantation in the world. The fascination surrounding the reishi mushroom is due to its claims to numerous powers such as helping to reduce fatigue, eliminating toxins from the body, strengthening the immune system and improving cholesterol levels and digestion.
Indeed, some of these effects have been researched by experts. On his website, Dr. Andrew Weil, a Harvard medical school graduate and expert on herbs and integrative medicine, says reishi mushrooms help to inhibit the growth of some malignant tumours, act as a natural anti-inflammatory agent, reduce allergic responsiveness and protect the liver.
While people on prescription blood thinners or blood pressure lowering drugs should avoid taking this product, as well as those who are allergic to mushrooms, any individual who is otherwise healthy can potentially try it out on their own, says Tracy Marsden, a pharmacist trained in natural medicines.
Marsden says she takes on a risk-versus-benefits approach to evaluating whether an organic herb, supplement or medicine should be taken by an individual.
"With taking this particular product, the risks are relatively low, but the benefits have been shown to exist," she says.
"But anyone with chronic or severe medical conditions, or who have serious health concerns, should consult with a health care professional before trying this product."

How Caffeine Can Affect Your Health

In a regular cup of coffee there are about 170 mg of caffeine and in decaffeinated coffee there are about 30/40 mg of caffeine.

On the stock market, Coffee is a 90 billion dollar industry but what is significant is that just in North America 85%+ drink 3 to 5 cups of coffee per day. A huge number of people are at risk for many of the issues surrounding coffee consumption.

Read the Top Ten Reasons why you should consider switching to a "Healthy Coffee".

Top 10 Caffeine-Related Health Problems

Cardiovascular Problems
Caffeine increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure, and can contribute to the development of heart disease. Both decaf and regular coffee increase your cholesterol and homocysteine, the biochemical that science has linked to increased risk for heart attack. Caffeine is also linked to coronary vasospasms, the cause for 20% of all fatal heart attacks which kill otherwise perfectly healthy people.

Stress
Caffeine stimulates the excretion of stress hormones which can produce increased levels of anxiety, irritability, muscular tension and pain, indigestion, insomnia, and decreased immunity. Increased levels of stress from caffeine can keep you from being able to make healthy responses to the normal daily stress everyone is subjected to in their lives.

Emotional Disturbances
Anxiety and irritability are hallmark mood disturbances associated with caffeine consumption, but equally important is depression and attention disorders. Depression may occur as part of the let down after the stimulant effects of caffeine wears off. It may also appear during the recovery period after quitting caffeine while the brain's chemistry is readjusted. Caffeine rather than increasing mental activity actually decreases blood flow to the brain by as much as 30% and negatively effects memory and mental performance.

Blood Sugar Swings
Diabetics and hypoglycemics should avoid caffeine because it stimulates a temporary surge in blood sugar which is then followed by an overproduction of insulin that causes a blood sugar crash within hours. If you're trying to loose weight, this rollercoaster will actually cause weight gain since insulin's message to the body is to store excess sugar as fat.

Gastrointestinal Problems
Many people experience a burning sensation in their stomach after drinking coffee because coffee increases the secretion of hydrochloric acid leading to an increased risk for ulcers. Coffee, including decaf, reduces the pressure on the valve between the esophagus and the stomach so that the highly acidic contents of the stomach pass up to the esophagus leading to heartburn and gastro-esophageal reflux disease. With America's high consumption of coffee, its no wonder the best selling over-the-counter drugs are the so-called antacids.

Nutritional Deficiencies
Caffeine inhibits the absorption of some nutrients and causes the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and trace minerals, all essential elements necessary for good health.


Male Health Problems
Male Health Issues: Coffee is an irritant to the urinary tract and bladder. It is also a diuretic that aggravates conditions associated with frequent urination. Eliminating coffee and caffeine often relieves symptoms associated with frequent urination due to enlarged prostate glands.

Dr. Milton Krisiloff, M.D. has found that in the majority of cases, men can significantly reduce their risk for urinary and prostate problems by making dietary changes which include eliminating coffee and caffeine.

Female Health Problems
Fibrocystic breast disease, PMS, osteoporosis, infertility problems, miscarriage, low birth weight infants, and menopausal problems such as hot flashes are all exacerbated by caffeine consumption. Women on birth control pills are particularly at risk since they have a decreased ability to detoxify caffeine.

Adrenal Exhaustion
Caffeine consumption leads to eventual adrenal exhaustion which can leave you vulnerable to a variety of health disorders related to inflammation, autoimmunity, and fatigue.

Aging
Many people find in their forties that they can no longer tolerate the same level of caffeine consumption as they could in their twenties and thirties. The production of DHEA, melatonin, and other vital hormones start to decline and caffeine speeds up that downhill drop. Caffeine dehydrates the body and contributes to the aging of the skin and kidneys. It has been shown to inhibit DNA repair and slow the ability of the liver to detoxify foreign toxins.

Exhausted Adrenal Glands:
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It causes the adrenal glands to secrete adrenaline, the hormone your body depends on in emergencies to elevate your heart rate, increase your respiration and blood pressure for a rapid flight-or-fight response. When you overuse stimulants, the adrenals become exhausted. If your caffeine sensitivity has diminished or you’re one of those who claims you can drink 3 shots of espresso and go right to sleep, guess what? Your adrenals have given up responding. This means you have less resistance to stress, which leaves you vulnerable to health hazards such as environmental pollutants and disease pathogens

Severe Blood Sugar Swings:
Caffeine forces the liver to release glycogen into the blood stream. The pancreas responds to the sudden rise in blood sugar by releasing insulin, the hormone which causes excess carbohydrates to be stored as fat. Within the span of an hour or two, the result is a sharp blood sugar drop resulting in a state of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). That’s when you think it’s time for another cup of coffee and the whole cycle starts up again.

Acid Imbalance:
Over 208 acids in coffee can contribute to indigestion and a wide variety of health problems resulting from over-acidity associated with arthritic, rheumatic and skin irritations. Many people experience a burning sensation in their stomach after drinking coffee because coffee increases the secretion of acid in the stomach. Optimal health calls for an alkaline pH balance in the body.

Essential Mineral Depletion:
Coffee inhibits the absorption of some nutrients and causes the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and trace minerals, all essential elements necessary for good health. Women need to be concerned about osteoporosis as menopause sets in. Studies show that women who drink coffee have an increased incidence of osteoporosis compared to non-coffee drinkers. Men are not immune to osteoporosis either

These are a number of health conditions for which doctors advise their patients to eliminate coffee and all caffeine from their diet.

Acid indigestion
Anxiety, irritability and nervousness
Candida or yeast problems
Colitis, diverticulitis, diarrhea and other irritable bowel symptoms
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other auto-immune disorders
Diabetes or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Dizziness, Meniere’s syndrome or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

Gout (Elevated Uric Acid levels)
Heart disease or heart palpitations
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Insomnia and interrupted or poor quality sleep
Liver disease and gallbladder problems such as gallstones
Kidney or bladder problems including kidney stones
Migraines or other vascular headaches
Osteoporosis
Skin irritations, rashes and dryness
Ulcers, heartburn, and stomach problems such as hiatal hernias
Urinary tract irritation

IS THERE A HEALTHY COFFEE BECAUSE I LIKE MY CUPS OF COFFEE?

Now available here in the USA & Canada is a 10 year old company that operates in 22 countries and is now offering a HEALTHY COFFEE to the masses.

Their Coffee Products reduce the caffeine to about 7 or 8 mg per cup and gives you the same energy boost without the health risks.

Here is the information on the product and the company:

The Company:
Gano Excel™ is positioned to meet the demands of a busy, modern day, society searching for natural and health-enhancing products. Gano Excel™ offers the consumer drug-free alternatives for optimal health and longevity for all ages, including a special focus on the Baby Boomers.

OUR MISSION
Improving health and the quality of life of all generations is important to everyone. For this reason, Gano Excel™ is dedicated to “bringing health and wealth to every family.”

THE PRODUCT
Gano Cafe is the first known "“Healthy Coffee” in the world . . . brought to you exclusively by Gano Excel. Gano Café is a delicious, healthy beverage blended with Ganoderma extract and helps to provide more energy and vigor, while reducing fatigue. The taste alone will tell you how good it is.

GANODERMA
Health Benefits

Ganoderma lucidium has No Known Herb Drug Interaction
In general, Ganoderma has been shown to be safe and non toxic even at very high doses in animal and human studies. Our family has been enjoying Ganoderma's wonders for quite some time and have yet to experience any side effects
During the past 50 years, Asian countries have conducted an abundance of research on the medicinal value of several edible mushrooms. Their claims include reduction of blood pressure and cholesterol, enhancement of the immune system, cancer therapy, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, treatment of anaphylactic shock, anti-HIV properties, increase of oxygen utilization, and antioxidant properties (Chen and Miles, 1996). Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), Lentinula edodes (Shiitake), Hericium


A Healthy Coffee with very low caffeine or none at all will help you feel better and live a Healthier Life by limiting your health risks caused by Caffeine.

WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER USING GANO EXCEL PRODUCTS?

Gano Excel™ will never compromise on the quality and effectiveness of our products. Our products are made with the finest natural and scientifically-researched ingredients known for their effectiveness. For you, it means receiving the health support you need from supplements that you can count on.

Gano Excel™ places the highest importance on quality control in all its divisions, from the cultivation of the Ganoderma to packaging. We make no compromise on quality, as this is a the guiding principle diligently practiced by our researchers and quality control team. This commitment towards excellence and the sophistication of our modern technology have made it possible to produce a range of high quality products that meet consumer demands.

HERE ARE A FEW OF GANO EXCELS TOP PRODUCTS

Gano Café
Gano Café is a nutritious health beverage that is made from Ganoderma extract, high quality coffee, non-dairy creamer and sugar. Gano Café is the first known beverage in the world that comes in a combination of coffee and Ganoderma brought to you exclusively by Gano Excel™.

Gano Shokolade
This nutritious , energizing health drink is enriched with Ganoderma extract, high quality cocoa, non-dairy creamer and skimmed milk. Gano Schokolade is the brainchild of Gano Excel™. Enriched with Excellium, "The Brain Tonic," this is an excellent drink for kids of ALL ages.

Ganocafe Mocha
Ganocafe Mocha is a luscious combination of premium coffee beans, cocoa beans and Ganoderma extract. Specially blended to give you an authentic cup of smooth and creamy coffee. It is distinctively local, yet international in flavor.

Ganocafe Classic
A rich blend of nutrition and pleasant aroma come together with a taste you will fall in love with. A genuine black coffee made from our famous Brazilian coffee bean and Ganoderma extract. Spare yourself some free time and enjoy your next cup of coffee. You can even flavor our Ganocafe Classic coffee to your own personal taste.

Ganocafe Ginseng Tongkat Ali
Want to try a truly unique blend of Coffee? Ganocafe Ginseng Tongkat Ali is an exotic balance of coffee, Ganoderma extract, Ginseng extract, Eurycoma Longifolia Jack (also known as Tongkat Ali), non-dairy creamer and sugar. It's a distinctive cup of coffee.

Gano Tea SOD
Gano Tea SOD (Super Oxide Dismutase) is a beverage made of Rooibos Tea leaves from South Africa and Ganoderma extract. You'll experience the pleasant aroma and taste of our tea with added healthy benefits. Gano Tea SOD is also a powerful anti-oxidant that helps to eliminate free radicals. You'll like it!

All of Gano Excel Products has the herb GANODERMA added into them for Greater Effect.


Start Drinking Healthier Coffee Today!

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