2019 Taste For Life Essentials Award in the category of Sports Performance
HOW MANY SPORTS METAPHORS CAN FIT IN ONE PARAGRAPH?
Hey, Ace! We went to the mat for our sporty McSportsers, who like to sport while breathing as most sportsmen (and sportswomen) do. Nothing will put you down for the count faster than squaring off with the lungs. So RidgeCrest Herbals used our wheelhouse to run interference, making sure you can push your ball over the goal line. ClearLungs® Sport is a 1-2 punch combining the core ingredients of RidgeCrest Herbals' heavyweight ClearLungs® respiratory support with a knockout punch of herbs designed to support normal oxygenation so you won't get left on the ropes. So go sport all the sports!
HERBS IN CLEARLUNGS® SPORT
Dong Quai Root
The phytochemicals within this plant are said to help support the body in white blood cell production. Renowned for its ability to encourage a positive immune response, Dong Quai Root has many wellness-promoting properties. Studies show it may help the body's ability to naturally dilate bronchioles to support open airways and encourage circulation to the lungs and respiratory system. In addition, it contains small amounts of vitamins A and E, biotin, carotene, and pantothenic acid.
Ophiopogon helps restore the human systems' essential moisture and bodily fluids. It is especially effective in bringing moisture back to the lungs and helping the body to balance normal mucus levels. Exceptional for treating external conditions that may dry and irritate lungs, such as smoke to dust, inversion, winter weather, insufficient humidity, etc.
Poria Fungal Body
Poria, which contains multiple vitamins and other nutrients essential to healthy cardiac function and blood circulation, is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to rid the body of excess "dampness." In the process, it helps balance electrolytes and revitalizes the spleen, which is responsible for storing half of the body's white blood cells (monocytes). This supports the immune system and helps it function properly.
Chinese Asparagus Root
Chinese asparagus root is called the "Queen" of herbs due to its wide range of effective properties. It is particularly known as a lung tonic recognized for its potential to help support the body moisten and gently cleanse the lungs and respiratory tissues.
Chinese Skullcap Root
Chinese Skullcap is one of the most widely-used herbs in Chinese medicine, particularly as support for the bronchioles and the larger respiratory system. Skullcap contains compounds that support the body's natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation, encourage natural immune function, and promote healthy urine flow, bile production, and more.
In TCM, Gardenia is most commonly used to "drain fire," i.e. to help support normal temperature and the body's natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation. Gardenia is also commonly used to help maintain healthy nasal pressure, calmness within the body, and muscle relaxation.
Luo Han Guo Fruit
Luo Han Guo Fruit is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for respiratory and lung support. High in Vitamin C, it is also recognized in TCM as a "guiding herb" to direct other herbs towards the upper body, especially the respiratory system.
Platycodon is included in this formula for its ability to focus support on the chest, help phlegm management throughout the system, aid respiratory and sinus health, and support loosening and comfort in the lungs.
Tangerine Mature Peel
Tangerine peel serves to balance and regulate Qi (chi), i.e. air, gas, and energy flow throughout the body. The tangerine peel helps provide Qi energy to each organ throughout the human system, especially to the lungs.
White Mulberry Root Bark
Commonly used in traditional Chinese herbal combinations for its ability to help the body build respiratory function, and for its properties as a tonic for the liver, kidney, and lungs.
Zhejiang Fritillary Bulb
Most commonly used to support the body's ability to deal with conditions relating to the heart and lungs. Specifically, it is used to help balance mucus, avoid system stagnation, nourish the lymphatic system, and support overall cardiovascular function.
Known for its extraordinary adaptogenic properties including the ability to potentially help normalize and balance multiple human systems, this herb promotes oxygen supply for the cells, supports the body's immune system, protects against stress and builds stamina.
Chinese Licorice Root
One of the most widely-used herbs in TCM, licorice is used to stimulate, support, and harmonize gland function. It helps support the adrenal glands and immune system, energy production, and aids cellular removal of toxins. Scientific evidence exists indicating its ability to reinforce the body's natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation. Licorice root contains glycyrrhizin, a chemical compound that maintains the body's ability to block enzymes that lower the prostaglandin levels responsible for mucus production. It also acts as a guiding herb to enhance the activities of other key ingredients.
A form of mushroom, Cordyceps have been used both in TCM and Tibetan traditional medicine for at least 600 years, and possibly much longer. Believed to tonify the lungs and assist with Yin deficiency symptoms and moisture overproduction in the lungs, cordyceps attach to plants, insects, and even other fungi. Some research has shown they may help assist with muscle recovery after exertion and support the body's natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation.
First notated in Ancient Greece, Rhodiola is known to have been used in Tibet and China in early civilizations. Seen as a blessed plant, it was often bequeathed to newly-married couples in Siberia as a good luck charm. In TCM it was believed to nourish Chi and with over 180 studies internationally, it is now known to have adaptogenic properties. Though only newly popular in the West, it has been used as a supplement for Russian Olympians and cosmonauts to support physical endurance.
Eleuthero root was the first well-studied adaptogen and is responsible for the entire classification. An adaptogen is a substance that promotes the body's overall capacity to handle non-specific forms of stress. By helping the body find homeostasis, it supports the ability to respond to external forces. It has been part of TCM since its foundation but was only recognized by the rest of the world in the 1960's thanks to the work of Russian scientists.
Availablend® Bioavailability Complex
Availablend® is RidgeCrest Herbals' patented blend containing several ingredients that have been recognized for their digestive and bioavailability-supporting properties. It includes ginger root, black pepper, habanero pepper, and Sichuan pepper.*
*Clinical studies have not been done on Availablend® linking it to increase bioavailability.
Is ClearLungs® Sport safe to take with other herbs or medications?
Yes. ClearLungs® Sport is very safe with no known contraindications. It is safe to take with any other herb or medication.
Is ClearLungs® Sport safe to take while pregnant or nursing?
Yes. All the herbs in ClearLungs® Sport are mild and none are contraindicated during pregnancy or nursing.
Will ClearLungs® Sport make me jittery or nervous?
No. ClearLungs® Sport does not have any stimulants and will not make you feel jittery or nervous. If you struggle with these symptoms on a regular basis we recommend our Adrenal Fatigue Fighter™ Formula or Anxiety Free™.
Will ClearLungs® Sport keep me awake at night/prevent me from sleeping?
No. There are no stimulants in ClearLungs® Sport and it shouldn't affect your sleep. If you struggle with falling or staying asleep we recommend our product DreamOn™ Zen.
Are there any side effects from taking ClearLungs® Sport? (Risks?)
No. ClearLungs® Sport has no known side effects and is made of gentle herbs that are not known to create any negative issues. However, as each individual is different if a reaction does occur we ask you to contact our customer service department so we can track it.
Is ClearLungs® Sport habit-forming?
No, ClearLungs® Sport cannot cause dependence.
Will the licorice in ClearLungs® Sport raise my blood pressure?
It is not likely. While European licorice has been shown to raise low blood pressure in large doses, Chinese licorice has not been shown to have the same effects and is not used for that purpose in herbal medicine. Our ClearLungs® Sport formula contains a small amount of Chinese licorice, while it takes over 400mg of European licorice to effectively raise blood pressure. You should always consult with your physician before making changes to any blood pressure regimen.
What is the difference between your AirwayClear™ and ClearLungs® formulas?
The main difference lies in the TCM ideas of Cooling and Warming formulas. Cooling formulas are designed to calm and relax, while warming formulas are intended to stimulate the body. AirwayClear™ is a cooling formula, designed to cool irritation and support the body's natural state free from excess inflammation, helping the airways to relax and soothe. ClearLungs® is designed to stimulate the lungs and balance mucus levels while maintaining healthy airways. You can take AirwayClear™ and ClearLungs® together.
All ClearLungs formulations are most effective when paired with a healthy lifestyle:
- Losing extra pounds, especially around the middle, will positively impact respiratory function.
- Cultivating a habit of deeper breathing.
- Sufficient rest and exercise.
- Removing inflammatory foods from the diet.
- Avoidance of allergens and dust, and from warm, humidified air in winter.
Over the next year, RidgeCrest Herbals will be focusing on a transparency initiative to make our processes and sourcing more accessible for the curious consumer. Stay tuned as we work to bring you product-specific transparency information.
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