Creation Milk

 
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Set the mood this Valentine's Day with a delicious elixir meant to spice up the senses. This Creation Milk is made with activating herbs set in a delicious vegan base that will elevate all levels of being to give you and your partner all the feels. Ready for this love potion? Scroll on down for the info and the recipe.

 

But First, Science...

What's in it?

Maca, Mucuna, Epimedium, and Tribulus to guide all the hormones to the right place with some herbs impacting energy, attention, and focus while others improving libido and sexual function.

 

Maca

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a pervivan herb that is known for boosting libido and supporting fertility. Studies show that this root can support hormones (specifically luteinizing hormone) in men and women and support the quality of sperm and eggs. Research also indicates that maca can help improve energy and stamina.

 

Mucuna

Mucuna pruriens (aka Velvet Bean) has been used in ayurvedic medicine for centuries for neurological conditions and for infertility. Studies show that the main constituents found in this herb are L-DOPA, glutathione, and beta-sitosterol. L-DOPA is a precursor to dopamine, which could help support neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's Disease. Dopamine is also related to attentiveness, alertness, and mood regulation, which could all be helpful when conversing with people. The way Mucuna could support infertility is through its potential to modulate hormones. A prospective study demonstrated that when infertile males were treated with Mucuna, their testosterone, luteinizing hormone, sperm count, and sperm motility improved. Another study focusing on semen quality conducted on infertile males treated with Mucuna showed an improvement of semen quality by increasing alanine, citrate, histidine, and phenylalanine.

 

Epimedium

Epimedium (aka Yin Yang Huo) is a species of plants that have been traditionally used in Chinese Medicine to support sexual function. The main constituent in is Icariin, and it has been shown to help support erectile dysfunction in animal models. Another study demonstrated that Epimedium has strong estrogenic effects in ovariectomized animals, possibly indicating that it can have a beneficial impact on those in low-estrogen states. When combined with Angelica gigas Nakai, research reveals that Epimedium could improve sperm quality in animal models by means of its antioxidant properties.

 

Tribulus

Tribulus terrestris has been known as a potential herbal solution for low testosterone. However, recent research reveals otherwise. Studies have concluded that Tribulus does not directly increase testosterone levels, but there are studies that do indicate that Tribulus could improve semen quality and erectile dysfunction in animal models and could improve libido in menopausal women.

 

 

Creation Milk Recipe

 

Recipe yield:

One 16-oz beverage

 

Ingredients:

16 ounces Vanilla flax milk

1 teaspoon gelatinized Maca powder

1/2 teaspoon Mucuna powder

1/2 teaspoon Tribulus powder

1 teaspoon Epimedium powder

1 teaspoon He shou wu powder

 

Steps:

• Pour all powders in a blender

• Simmer vanilla flax milk over medium heat. Once steaming, place flax milk into blender

• Blend until frothy and smooth.

• Pour into a mug and serve with dark chocolate or my adaptogenic truffles.

 

 

Don't forget that little bit of chocolate! It's going to pair super well with this creation milk. Make sure to check out my other recipes to help you guide your year of having an herbal tonic a day. I have ones that focus on immune health, energy & beauty, and antioxidants & beauty. I also have other ones that I will be publishing soon that target brain health and relaxation. Until then, have fun this Valentine's Day and let me know how much you loved this love potion.

- Dr. B

 

 

 

 

 

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Kang, Hyun Ku, et al. “Estrogenic/Antiestrogenic Activities of a Epimedium Koreanum Extract and Its Major Components: in Vitro and in Vivo Studies.” Food and Chemical Toxicology, vol. 50, no. 8, 2012, pp. 2751–2759., doi:10.1016/j.fct.2012.05.017.

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DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. There are no financial ties to any supplement companies, pharmaceutical companies, or to any of the products mentioned in this post. This post is not meant to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose conditions or diseases and is meant for educational purposes. As always, please consult your doctor before trying any new treatments or supplements

 

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