Discover Our Ingredients
The LifeShield formula is not an accident. It’s not a random collection of herbs thrown together because “ten” sounded like a great number of ingredients to have in a product. Quite the opposite. Expert formulators scoured the world of herbal super-ingredients to not only find potent bio-actives, but to find a group that would complement one another to deliver healthy inflammation balance. In fact, a rigorous analysis based on preclinical data of the product shows they work better together. In other words, 1 + 1 is greater than 2 (or 10 in this case!).
The stories behind these herbs are fascinating. We encourage you to learn more about these super ingredients, and to get you started we share a little about each in the section below.
Oregano is in the mint family and is native to continental Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia. Like other plants in the mint family, oregano is high in antioxidants due to high level of phenolic acids and bioflavonoids. Oregano has been studied across multiple wellness areas and is frequently recommended to support a healthy immune system, digestive system and support respiratory health.
Green tea is more than a delicious beverage, it is also a great nutritional supplement. There are potent ingredients in green tea that can help support daily wellness. For example, green tea contains an extensively studied polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG for short – feel free to Google it). Polyphenols are found in many fruits and vegetables and protect your body from free radicals and oxidative stress.
Turmeric, a plant in the ginger family, is both a potent spice and a nutritional supplement. The power of turmeric comes from potent compounds called curcuminoids. These are powerful antioxidants to protect the body from cell- and DNA-damaging free radicals. Turmeric has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine (4500 years!) and is studied for its activity in supporting multiple parts of the body - joint, heart, brain, immune/inflammation. Some cultures of South India wear turmeric as an amulet to ward off evil spirits. The success of this has not been validated by scientific study.
Chinese Goldthread (or Huanglian) is a popular herb in traditional Chinese medicine. A member of the buttercup family of flowering plants, Huanglian is found in mountain forests (up to a mile above sea level) and is typically harvested in autumn. The root of the goldthread has been used since the Han Dynasty (200 BC) to prepare potent herbal teas. The actives in goldthread are proto-berberine alkaloids (similar to Barberry below) with antioxidant properties that express strong support of healthy inflammation, and the cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory and nervous system.
Holy Basil is a leafy, aromatic shrub (also known as tulsi) native to India with a long history in Ayurvedic medicine (traditional Indian medicine). While called "basil", it has very little in common with the basil used in Italian or Thai cooking. Holy basil is an adaptogen, a substance that helps the body adapt to stress. Within ayurveda it is known as "the Incomparable One" and "The Queen of Herbs". People who consume tulsi tea refer to it as "liquid yoga". It has been studied in many bodily functions, including digestion, movement, metabolism, mental health, skin health and inflammation. If you visit India, look for a tulsi plant when visiting friends. A Hindu household is considered incomplete without one.
In addition to being one of the most consumed "spices" in the world, ginger is one of the most analyzed and studied dietary supplements. Its use dates back over 5000 years to both India and China, where its roots were used to produce a tonic for many ailments (we all like a nice glass of ginger ale when we feel a little queasy). Ginger was also popular among the British monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth I credited with inventing the gingerbread man cookie. Modern analysis isolated 14 distinct bio-active compounds in ginger, many of which are potent antioxidants. Research on ginger spans many areas of wellness, including nausea, inflammation and heart health.
Native to Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Barberry (or Berberis) is a medicinal plant used by practitioners for over three millennia. Barberry contains berberine, a potent alkaloid with antioxidant properties found in the bark and root of the shrub . While some cultures use the barberry fruit, Eastern European and Asian cultures prize the root for supporting healthy joints and inflammatory response.
Native to the Mediterranean (and brought to Britain by Roman soldiers), rosemary is a sun-loving, small, fragrant evergreen plant related to the mint family. In ancient times, students would wear sprigs of rosemary in their hair to improve memory. The Queen of Hungary bathed in rosemary water each day and was asked for her hand in marriage at the age of 75 due to her amazing beauty. Modern research reveals rosemary as a potent antioxidant rich in flavonoids. Rosemary research continues in the areas of cognition, mood, circulation, inflammation and digestive wellness.
Hu Zhang (also known as Japanese knotweed) is an herbaceous, fast-growing perennial. Native to Asia, it has been used in Chinese, Japanese and Korean traditional medicine for over 3000 years for such conditions as alleviating "damp heat". Rich in flavonoids and resveratrol, Hu Zhang is the subject of extensive clinical research in the areas of joint, heart, metabolic and brain health.
A member of the mint family, Chinese Skullcap is a perennial herb that flourishes in sunny, sandy, sloped habitats. It is native to South Korea, China and Russia, and collected in the spring and autumn. The root is traditionally used by herbalists in combination with other bio-actives to "clear heat" and "purge fire". More recently, the antioxidant actives have been studied to support respiratory, joint and mental health.
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