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About Medicinal Mushrooms


Top10reasons why you should use
Medicinal Mushrooms!

  1. 1.

    Medicinal mushrooms have been used for thousands of years.

  2. 2.

    They do not have any negative side effects unless the user is allergic to the consumption of mushrooms.

  3. 3.

    They contain some of the most potent antioxidants know to man such as L-Ergothioneine (ERGO).

  4. 4.

    Mushrooms contain high quantities of Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to cardiovascular diseases, cancer, joint and muscle pains, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, the flu and much more.

  5. 5.

    Mushrooms contain a large amount of protein and contain all of the essential amino acids needed in our diet.


  1. 6.

    Edible medicinal mushrooms have no toxicity to the human body.

  2. 7.

    They are a wholefood and can be consumed by anyone who is not allergic to mushrooms. The benefits of wholefoods over extracted elements and bioactive ingredients have been well documented.

  3. 8.

    Mushrooms have a high content of dietary fiber that is essential to a healthy digestive system.

  4. 9.

    When in powder form, the user can achieve the maximum benefit by consuming small amounts of powder because mushrooms consist of 90% water.

  5. 10.

    And yes: they are low in calories (only 100 cal/oz).


Seven Medicinal Mushrooms you should know about

Agaricus Blazei

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Effective for the treatment of:

- Cancerous Activity
- AIDS
- Diabetes
- Hypotension

Background

Agaricus blazei (“Kawariharatake” in Japan, “Cogmelo de Deus” in Brazil) was first discovered in Florida, USA, in 1944. Its main natural habitat is the mountainous district of Piedade in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was found that the rate of occurrence of adult diseases in the Piedade region is extremely low since people took A. blazei as a part of their regular diet. The mushroom was brought to Japan in 1965. An artificial cultivation process was established in 1978, and since then this mushroom has been well evaluated in terms of biochemical and medicinal properties.

Many animal studies and clinical experience have demonstrated that A. blazei shows antitumor activity, immunological enhancement, and also the fungus is effective for treatment of AIDS, diabetes, hypotension, and hepatitis.


Hypsizygus marmoreus

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Effective for the treatment of:

- Cancerous Activity

Background

Hypsizygus marmoreus is a relatively new edible medicinal mushroom now available in the Japanese food market and concentrated extracts have shown a strong inhibition ratio for the solid Sarcoma 180 cancer cells and also for tumour metastasis in mice (Ikekawa et al., 1992a; Saitho et al., 1997).

Studies have shown that when mice were fed on a normal diet plus 5% dried fruit-bodies of H. marmoreus they displayed strong cancer prevention ability. Mice were injected with the strong carcinogen, methylcholanthrene and examined over a 76-week period. In the control group 21 of 36 mice developed tumours while only 3 of 36 mice in the mushroom augmented group developed tumours (Ikekawa et al., 1992b; Ikekawa, 2001).


Trametes versicolor

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Effective for the treatment of:

- Hormone Responsive Prostate Cancer

Background

The mushroom Trametes versicolor (also known as Coriolus versicolor), and its components, have been shown to affect the immune system of the host (i.e., an immunomodulator) and therefore some researchers have suggested it could be used to treat a variety of disease states.

For example, in one cell line study a Trametes extract was considered to have promise as an adjuvant therapy in the treatment of hormone responsive prostate cancer. The extract was also shown to have chemopreventive potential to restrict prostate tumorigenic progression from the hormone-dependent to the hormone-refractory state.


Ganoderma lucidum

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Effective for the treatment of:

- Chronic fatigue and pain
- High Blood Pressure
- Asthma
- Insomnia

Background

Ganoderma lucidum, commonly know as reishi mushrooms, grow wild on decaying logs and tree stumps in the coastal provinces of China. Reishi has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for at least 2,000 years. The Chinese name ling zhi translates as the “herb of spiritual potency” and was highly prized as an elixir of immortality. Its Traditional Chinese Medicine indications include treatment of general fatigue and weakness, asthma, insomnia, and cough.

Cardiovascular benefits

Reishi contains several major constituents which may lower blood pressure as well as decrease LDL cholesterol. These constituents also help reduce blood platelets from sticking together : an important factor in lowering the risk for coronary artery disease. Two controlled clinical trials have investigated the effects of reishi on high blood pressure in humans and both found it could lower blood pressure significantly compared to a placebo or controls.


Cordyceps sinensis

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Effective for the treatment of:

- Cancerous Activity
- Immune Problems

Background

Cordyceps is a mushroom found on the high plateaus of western China. Cordyceps’ Mandarin name (dong chong xia cao) literally means “winter bug, summer herb". This accurately describes the fact that the worm dies in the summer, and a mushroom grows on it. It was discovered 1,500 years ago when Tibetan herdsman found that their yaks were much livelier after eating this worm-mushroom from mountain pastures. Eventually, Cordyceps found its way into the hands of the Emperor’s physicians who considered it to have ginseng-like properties.

Clinical trials

There are some clinical trials supporting the efficacy of cordyceps, particularly for liver, kidney, and immune problems. A number of studies indicate that cordyceps may have anti-cancer, anti-metastatic, immuno-enhancing, and antioxidant effects.

Endurance properties

In April of 1993, eight Chinese women runners broke 2:27 time-record in the Tianjin (China) Marathon, by far the greatest on-nation showing ever for 26.2 miles. In August, Chinese women won every track distance event in the Stuttgart World Championships. They easily took first place in the 1500-meter race, first, second and third place in the 3000-meter race and first and second in the 10,000-meter race. In September, Chinese women ran their most astonishing race yet, demolishing the world records for the 1500-, 3000- and 10,000-meters in their National Games in Beijing. Almost overnight, they became by far the greatest female distance runners the world has every seen. How did these Chinese runners achieve these incredible records? Through new and improved training techniques, dedication or other methods? Certainly these were important factors, but there was one other vital factor: Cordyceps sinensis. The winning Chinese distance runners trained on a diet that included Cordyceps.


Grifola frondosa

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Effective for the treatment of:

- Cancerous Activity
- Immune Problems
- HIV
- Obesity

Background

Grifola frondosa, commonly known as maitake, is a mushroom which is famous for its taste and health benefits. It is also known as the “dancing mushroom” since legend holds that those who found it began dancing with joy. Maitake has been used historically as a tonic and adaptogen; that is a substance that invigorates/strengthens the immune system and helps it adapt to stress. Along with other “medicinal” mushrooms, such as shiitake and reishi, maitake is used as a food to help promote wellness and vitality.

An immunomodulator

Maitake contains complex polysaccharides which act as immunomodulators, helping to support immune system function. The polysaccharides present in maitake have a unique structure and are among the most powerful studied in test tubes to date. The primary polysaccharide, beta-D-glucan, is well absorbed when taken orally and is being studied as a potential tool for prevention and treatment of cancer and as an adjunctive treatment for HIV infection.

Obesity

Japanese scientists undertook an in vitro experiment to see what effect maitake had on the C3H10T1/2B2C1 cell. This cell is normal in most aspects, but it has the potential to balloon and turn into an adipocyte, a fat cell. The results of the experiment showed that maitake inhibits the conversion of normal C3H10T1/2B2C1 cells into adipocytes. The question is: will this inhibition process actually translate into beneficial results in overweight individuals? In at least one human study, this does seem to have been the case. Thirty-two overweight subjects were given 10 grams of maitake powder for two months. Without changing their diets, all subjects lost an average of 12 pounds.

Serum lipids

Animal studies suggest maitake may also lower serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels.


Pleurotus eryngii

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Properties of this mushroom:

- Anti-tumor
- Antioxidant
- Anti-Inflammatory

Background

Recent studies on various Pleurotus species (Oyster mushrooms) have shown a number of therapeutic activities, such as antitumor, immunomodulatory, anti-genotoxic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolaemic, antihypertensive, anti-platelet-aggregating, anti-hyperglycaemic, antimicrobial and antiviral activities. Oyster mushrooms produce a natural form of the drug Lovastatin® a drug used for treating high blood cholesterol. The fiber in the Pleurotus eryngii mushrooms appear to be helpful in promoting healthy bowel function. In a study conducted by Jung-In Kim et al and documented in the research paper “Effect of King Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus eryngii) on Insulin Resistance and Dyslipidemia in db/db Mice”- , it is shown the results indicate that king oyster mushroom improves insulin sensitivity and exerts anti-hyperglycemic and anti-hyperlipidemic effects in db/db mice.