I thought it was 1 tsp... and it has to be ceylon organic.....
Hi megs, great question.
So your right if your going to use it for best 'so called' medicinal quality.
Itâ€™s all about the cinnamon oil or really the cinnamaldehyde content regarding taste.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?uid=15934022&cmd=showdetailview&indexed=google
Donâ€™t waste your money with the more expensive type. Don't use the Saigon is our opinion in this hack.
The coumarin content is too high. Use the Ceylon.
You'll note the study says 5g. (3g is a teaspoon). 6g is two teaspoons per 'day'.
If your going to try this as a study may we suggest you drink two coffees each with 3g or a teaspoon in each.
This maybe reduced if your sensitivities are high.
Lastly the reason why this is a short term solution and should not be an every day one is because there are studies that say that cinnamon contains high-ish levels of coumarin which 'could' encourage liver damage (over a prolonged period). Of course the levels of coumarin will differ from different bark samples too.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691511006703
Probably best to use this as a short term 20 day hack tool.
(Although some have used cinnamon daily for years).
No maximum level has been established for coumarin as yet. Consumer safety is, however, ensured by the general food law provisions which prohibit the marketing of â€œunsafe foodsâ€. Furthermore, BfR believes it would be prudent to establish maximum coumarin levels for cinnamon. BfR will prepare the scientific basis for this. If coumarin-containing plant parts like cinnamon are used for flavouring, then the amount of coumarin is limited to 2 milligrams per kilogram food according to the Flavourings Ordinance.
Food manufacturers and importers are responsible for ensuring compliance with maximum levels. They may not place harmful foods on the market.
For coumarin levels see Daz explanations:
It has been summarized well there.
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Decided to give Astragulas tincture the fist shot. Then Ashwagandha as a comparison later. (So far the bigest noticible difference is how astragulas raises body temp...almost a sweat. Taking this with ginger is going to hot things up a little).
Decided to give Astragulas tincture the fist shot. Then Ashwagandha as a comparison later.
Interesting about Astragulas raising your body temp. Just did a quick google & that seems to ring true.
I will look at buying some astragulas root capsules the next time i place an iherb order & see if they have that effect on me.
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Thanks to Classic who posted Daveâ€™s â€˜Advanced Supplementsâ€™ in a pdf in the thread: http://forum.bulletproofexec.com/index.php?/topic/12393-daves-top-ten-supplements/ throws further mention to Astragalus, herbs and their use in BP-ism.
Adaptogen herbs (as Dave puts it):
Adaptogens have stress protecting and stress normalizing effects because they help your adrenal glands create a stronger hormonal response when your system is stressed, and then shut it down faster when the stress stops.
For chronic stress (job stress, over training, etc.)
Adaptogens maintain hypothalamic receptor sensitivity, which significantly delays adrenal exhaustion.
The following adaptogens herbs were mentioned:
Ginseng (Asian, Siberian, American species)
Eleutherococcus senticosus is the Siberian species that is strongest
Your dose and responsiveness may vary to each, but they can help you do and be more than you thought possible, without incurring the physiological cost of stress.
Personally I find that 500mg of Astragalus good start (twice a day if needed).
For the full pdf:
Here is a link to a thread already started regarding Adaptogen Herbs:
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Holy Basil....has anyone got any comments. Please contribute if you can.
Got no comments, but over the weekend a highly knowledgeable employee my local supplement shop (a Phd student in nutritional biochemistry who is well versed in BP) highly recommended it - I plan to check it out.
Holy Basil (please donâ€™t confuse it with sweet basil used in Italian cooking) is another adaptogen herb and as a leaf has peppery taste. You can also use it in cooking or making oils (all have great benefits) but the easiest way to use the herb is as an extract or dry leaf powder.
You might like to try it out first as a remedy for the common cold or a cough by mixing the extract or powder with a little honey or ginger in hot water. If sipped every few hours it will bring a temperature down too. It should work quickly.
Dr. Beverly Yates, Naturopathic Physician, talks more about itâ€™s health benefits uses and dosage here:
Interesting about Astragulas raising your body temp. Just did a quick google & that seems to ring true. I will look at buying some astragulas root capsules the next time i place an iherb order & see if they have that effect on me.
Okay so the normal oral body temperature averages out at 37Â°C (98.6Â°F) but can fluctuate by 0.6Â°C (1Â°F) above or below that. Of course depending how active you are also makes a huge difference but so does the time of the day.
This got me thinking about the timing of the astragalus I have been taking. Really should have looked at that a little more in depth. Sure it heats me up and will undoubtedly make a difference when I need additional help over the winter months. Maybe even help with Seasonal Affective Disorders for all I know too. But it is the daily regulated body temp rhythms that I am most keen on exploiting now. Routinely taking it every day just doesnâ€™t give it any real credit.
On sleeping body temperature drops and on waking there is a body temp rise. This can be explained by sunlight entering the eyes and giving a wakefulness alert feeling due to melatonin decreasing in its concentration. (Thatâ€™s basically why I want to try a Phillips Wake-Up Light). Anyway there is a slight dip in the afternoon when the body temp decreases before rising again and hitting a higher peek temp by 6pm.
Late mornings are when I feel most alert and early evening when I start to feel less so. Again body temp begins to drop. This cycle repeats itself every day.
The trouble is that because of modern trends in up scaled living we tend to alter these patterns through heating (or cooling) our environment, the use of hot computers and giant sized TVâ€™s (and the list goes on) all influence our body temp as much as the weather outside can.
Itâ€™s awareness time and my aim is to pay further attention to when I take astragalus. That dip in the afternoon might be better negotiated with the added rise in temp. Boosting the morningâ€™s effect might be nice on cold days and maybe keeping it away from mealtimeâ€™s altogether and anywhere in the evening too.
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Thanks to the internet, health experts, and my unending curiosity, I have overcome: excessive sweating (adrenal fatigue), anxiety and panic attacks, extremely high estrogen levels (man boobs), chronic brain fog (yeast overgrowth), depression, and am currently battling SIBO (took it from being so bloated it felt like my stomach skin was going to rip, slept 2 hours per night for a week because of upset stomach and being chronically fatigued to very mild, manageable but still annoying symptoms) and currently battling sleep deprivation/insomnia probably due to the SIBO/Leaky Gut and resulting histamine intolerance.
Tried ashwaghanda two nights in a row, first at 4pm as I wasn't sure if it would stimulate me, then again at 7pm the next night. Pretty happy with results. Have a bottle of holy basil have not used it.
That's awesome. Nice feedback and am looking forward to trying ashwagandha soon.
Let us know how the holy basil goes.
Decided to add the ashwagandha to our stack today. Started with a low dose 500 mg but might up to 1000 mg twice a day.
Currently taking at 3pm to see what happens re: sleep/stimulant/anything else.
Decided that the ashwaganda is kryptonite. The headaches, sweats and general feeling of being unwell has made me think I have some sort of allergy to it. No thyroid tightening as some people have reported and no feeling of dizziness as others have mentioned from it. Have cycled it on and off and have taken it for a month to no benefit and so as much as I wanted this to work, it`s now off my list to take.
That's awesome. Nice feedback and am looking forward to trying ashwaghanda soon.
Let us know how the holy basil goes.
Siberian Ginseng Update(Nic) :
Energy was initially up but has now reverted to my norm quickly. Dosage was 250mg at start and had to move it up to 550mg.
Taking the dose twice daily and thinking on taking three times a day (doesn't`t seem to inhibit sleep at all). Works well with astragalus in that it seems to combat stress related cold symptoms.
Plenty of colds around at work and still going strong. Happy with the combo.
Decided to keep it at twice daily at 600mg each time. Energy up again.