Black Ant Facts, Science, and Medicine - Duke's Materia Tonica
February 24, 2020 08:18
Category: Superfood and Adaptogen
Grade: Dietary Supplement
Tastes: Sweet, Spicy, Meaty
Used By: Male, Female, Young Adult to Elderly
Usage: Powder, Capsule, Tincture
Benefits: Anti-fatigue, Stress-Tolerance, Immunity; Rejuvenative, Antioxidant, Hormonal, Sexuality
The subtropical species of edible black ants are found throughout Asia where they have been commonly consumed as food and supplements for thousands of years.
Black ants were once given as a gift to Chinese emperors, to show them respect, gratitude or admiration and to promote a long productive life while ruling their empires. Still very popular in China, they are used as a nutritious addition to foods and bottled drinks, low alcohol wines and powder capsules.
Type: Polyrhachis Vicina Roger
Cultures: Asian, Polynesian and Indian
Sources: China, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Edible black ants are captured wild and quickly dried to preserve their wide spectrum of nutrition. They are particularly high in amino acids, trace minerals and vitamin E..
Black ants are noted for their anti-fatigue benefits of developing increased stress resistance and increased tolerance to physical and mental work. It is also important to take them with a complete meal to benefit from their essential nutrition to promote rejuvenation from work, stress and sex.
Constituents: All amino acids including high concentrations of glutaminic acid, glycine, aspartic-acid, and alanine and the three branch-chained amino acids (BCAA's) leucine, isoluecine, valine; Vitamin E; creatine and creatinine; polyphenols, including anthocyanin; superoxide dismutase (SOD); various fats including omega-3, 6, and 9, saturated fat; cholesterol; formic acid; neurotransmitter hormones; minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron; and trace minerals such as manganese, zinc, selenium, copper, chromium.
Body Parts: Muscles, Joints, Eyes
Organs: Brain, Heart, Liver, Kidney
Glands: Adrenal, Hypothalamus, Thymus, Thyroid/Parathyroid, Pancreas, Pituitary, Pineal, Sex
Systems: Immune, Lymph, Nerve, Hormonal, Parasympathetic, Sympathetic
What does Black Ant do?
Black ant supports, promotes and maintains immune function, stamina, stress-tolerance, circulation, nerve function, sex and adrenal hormones, sexual function, liver detoxification, and muscular strength.
Black ant strengthens the immune system from the concentration of the amino acid glutamine, vitamin E, the minerals zinc and manganese, and polyphenols, such as SOD antioxidants.
Stamina and Stress-tolerance
Black ant naturally contains superoxide dismutase (SOD), which is a powerful antioxidant made in the liver to support oxidation for energy production. It also contains substantial amounts of the mineral selenium, which is used by the liver to make SOD, further increasing stress-tolerance and stamina. In addition, high amounts of vitamin E in black ant increase the stress-resistance benefits.
The combination of vitamin E, SOD, selenium, and the anthocyanin pigments of black-purple-green found in black ant assist the removal of the by-products of fatigue that may build up during physical or mental effort and/or by contact with environmental toxins.
In black ant, amino acids, such as alanine, and certain trace minerals, such as selenium, maintain and promote protein synthesis for rest and recovery support after physical and mental work and stress. Chromium, another essential mineral, also stabilizes the production of energy and blood sugar for more efficient protein metabolism.
Black ant contains small amounts of iron for red blood cell oxygenation and copper to promote vascular blood vessel strength and tone. It also contains high amounts of omega-9 fatty acids that promote blood-flow.
Black ant contains cholesterol and fatty acids that are used by the nerves for repair and maintenance. It also contains neurotransmitter hormones, similar to dopamine, that support nerve impulses in the brain for optimal mood, clarity of thought and also within the nervous system for muscular stamina.
Muscular Strength and Joint Health
Black ant contains many muscle and joint nutrients, including BCAA's that support muscle growth and recovery. Glutamine and aspartic acid also promote muscle building. Calcium and magnesium work together to control muscle contraction and relaxation, while the trace mineral manganese supports joint flexibility; as does formic acid in black ant. Ants also contain creatine and creatinine as their main energy source, which do not require air to work, meaning that they are 'anaerobic'; thus promoting strong and lasting muscular contractions during work and exercise.
Vitamin E is found in high concentrations in black ant that maintains male and female reproductive health. They also contain cholesterol, which is nearly identical structurally to adrenal and sex hormones and will support their production, combined with omega-3 fats, saturated fats and several other minerals such as zinc.
A full-spectrum black ant formulation with additional tonics to strengthen the nutritional benefits, including citrus peels and ginger to digest and absorb the proteins and fats, and, turmeric for additional circulation benefits and antioxidant potency.
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