“A healthy outside starts from the inside” – Robert Urich
Flourish 580 is a dietary supplement containing plant substances derived from the plant Rhaponticum carthamoides. By itself, this is not so unusual, because plants have been used as food or as remedies for a host of ailments since the beginning of mankind. Still much of the world’s population uses plant-based resources for the latter purpose. Indeed, in pharmacies they have many drugs, which originate from plants, such as aspirin, which comes from Willow bark, morphine from Poppy, digitalis preparations from Foxglove or metformin from Galega officinalis (Lévesque & Lafont, 2000; Duke, 1973; Hardie, 2022; Heart Center Hasselt, 2022). In everyday life, plant-based beverages have also long been part of our lives, for example, coffee, tea, juice, cola, tonic beer, liqueurs or wines, all made from plants and herbs.
Plants consist of a collection of a large group of substances. Nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fats, as well as substances with other functions, such as coloring, fragrance and flavorings. Colors and fragrances are used by plants to survive or attract insects, such as marigold (color, attracting) or daisy (fragrance, against aphids). Flavor compounds are produced in a plant to deter insects when they eat from the plant, such as the oil from the peel of a citrus fruit (War et al., 2012). These substances are harmful to insects, but in minute quantities often have beneficial effects on the human body by prompting cells to self-protect.
Plants have contained a wide variety of substances, so they also often have versatile effects on different tissues, organs and cells. A good example is the Poppy (Duke, 1973). Among other things, the Poppy produces morphine, which is strongly analgesic, narcotic, and addictive. Also, this plant produces codeine and noscapine, which are precisely little analgesic, narcotic, or addictive. They very specifically dampen the cough stimulus. Therefore, it is often important to process a plant as a whole for a balanced effect.
Having explained this, we return to the main ingredient of Flourish 580, namely Rhaponticum. Rhaponticum is particularly special because it cannot grow everywhere and is difficult to grow. It requires special circumstances. The plant is native to Kazakhstan and Siberia (Altay). The local people of these regions have known it for centuries and use it as a tea or tincture to invigorate, for loss of vitality, after illness, or in times of stress (Kokoska & Janovska, 2009). There has also been an extraordinary amount of scientific research on Rhaponticum and plants with similar effects.
In the literature, Rhaponticum is referred to as an “adaptogen.” An adaptogen is a substance, usually of a complex plant, animal or mineral nature, that helps the body cope with a variety of stressors (Todorova et al., 2021). In short, an adaptogen improves adaptation to mental and/or physical stressors.
Rhaponticum also has a supportive effect on our muscles. There are about 580 muscles in our body. Our body consists of 40% muscle mass, muscles enable us to move and communicate (Sandri, 2010). One of the problems of aging is that both muscle mass, muscle strength and muscle function decline. This phenomenon is called sarcopenia and reduces quality of life and vitality (Santilli et al., 2014). Research shows that Rhaponticum also has positive effects on one of the important key substances for muscle growth, supporting muscle mass, muscle strength and muscle function (Talarek et al., 2015). In short, experience the benefits for yourself with Flourish 580.
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