While ant extract powder is not a true herb in that it is not derived from a plant, it is used like an herb. It is a powder derived from the Polyrhachis Ant or mountain ant found in China and other parts of Asia. These ants are known to be among the strongest and purest in the world. Household ants are often exposed to chemicals, so it is not recommended to eat them.
Ant extract is a high-value food source containing the eight essential amino acids, such as Threonine, Leucine, Cysteine, and Tryptophan, as well as many non essential amino acids such as aspartic acid, glycine, arginine, histidine, glutamic acid and many more. In total, ant extract is more than 52% amino acids, providing the human body with an incredibly high value protein source for basic cell health.
It is also extremely high in calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, iron and many more minerals that support the body’s health, balance and energy[i]. Vitamins B, D and E are also included, and as are geranicaldehyde and formalindeheyd, the compounds that are believed to provide these ants with their abnormal strength and are believed to enhance the strength of those who eat these ants.
The result of this condensed form of super-herb is increased energy, increased sex drive, increased strength, immune system enhancement, joint pain relief, anti-inflammatory[ii], stress resistance, anti aging, musculoskeletal system building, liver and kidney protection, detoxification, digestive system enhancement, nervous system enhancement, and thymus gland shrinkage prevention.
How to Use It
Typically, the extract comes in powder form and can be mixed with water, juice, or blended into a smoothie. The recommended dose is a half to one full teaspoon each day. Many athletes take it just before working out to enjoy the energy and strength they feel while at the gym.
Ant extract is generally considered safe, although consulting with your doctor if you have any medical conditions is wise. Make sure the product you are receiving is an actual ant extract and not something else.
[i] Shen, L, Li, D., Feng, F. et all. Nutritional composition of Polyrhachis vicina Roger (edible Chinese Black Ant). Songklanakarin J. Sci. Technol. Vol. 28 (2006), pp. 107-114.
[ii] Kou, J., Ni, Y, et all. Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory Activities of total Extract and Individual Fractions of Chinese Medicinal Ants Polyrhachis lamellidens, Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, Vol 28 (2005), pp 176-180