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Good Craving: Brain Dust

I recently purchased a container of Brain Dust, sold by Moon Juice.

I had seen it mentioned in the Health and Wellness world on social media in the past and decided to give it a whirl.

The name sounded cool (which is always a good reason to buy something, right?) and after looking through the ingredients list I thought this could be a great addition to my morning smoothies or coffee.

Brain Dust contains the following ingredients:

  • Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract°
  • Maca Root Extract°
  • Astragalus Root Extract°
  • Rhodiola Root Extract
  • Ashwagandha Root and Leaf Extract°
  • Ginkgo Leaf Extract
  • Stevia Leaf Extract °
  • (°organic)

Brain dust is said to help enhance focus and mental stamina, promote mental clarity and concentration, help to alleviate the effects of stress and tension and promotes positive mind and mood.

I could use help in all of those departments, but how do these ingredients actually work?

I did a little research and found out some key information on the ingredients – check it out:

Organic Astragalus: Astragalus has a rich history of use in Chinese and Asian cultures and is an ancient component of traditional Chinese medicine. This plant is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for a variety of ailments and functions. It is traditionally valued for supporting healthy immune function & has been found to support the heart in healthy subjects. This adaptogen herb lowers cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, while fighting disease at the same time.

Shilajit: This herb has been known to balance hormones, improve energy, mental clarity and promote brain health. One reason Shilajit is such an effective medicinal herb is due to its high fulvic acid content. Fulvic acid has many proven benefits, from improving gut health to keeping skin healthy. This herb has been shown to boost energy revitalize the body because of the way it it increases the function of mitochondria within the body. (the power house of the cells!)

Maca: Maca is an Adaptogen. Adaptogens are very rare plants that raise the physical body’s state of resistance to diseases through physiological and emotional health improvements. They also have a normalizing effect, which means it can counteract or prevent disturbances to homeostasis brought on by stressors. They also offer a broad range of therapeutic effects without causing any major side effects. Maca has also been shown to balance hormones in both men and women. Balancing your hormones is important as it can result in sustained and elevated energy.

Lion’s Mane: Lion’s Mane is an edible mushroom filled with vitamins and nutrients. Different components and extracts of Lion’s Mane have proven antibiotic, anticancer, neuroprotective, fat- and glucose lowering effects. This mushroom also protects against stomach ulcers, improves anxiety cognitive function, and depression, and has anti-fatigue and anti-aging properties.

Rhodiola: Rhodiola is also considered an adaptogenic herb. This means it can increase resistance to stress, without disturbing normal biological functions. The herb Rhodiola rosea grows at high altitudes in the arctic areas of Europe and Asia, and its root has been used in traditional medicine in Russia and the Scandinavian countries for centuries. It has been widely used as a tonic and remedy for fatigue, poor attention span, and decreased memory.

Ginkgo: For thousands of years, leaves from the Ginkgo biloba tree have been a common treatment in Chinese medicine. In the U.S., many take ginkgo supplements in the belief that they will improve memory and sharpen thinking. Ginkgo improves blood flow to the brain and acts as an antioxidant.

Bottom line is – Adaptogenic Herbs are SUPER good for you and can have all of these amazing side effects. Whether you want to try out Brain Dust or if you want to get one of the supplements above, you can’t go wrong.

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