Mighty Medicinal Mushrooms

Mushrooms are the fleshy, spore-bearing, and fruiting bodies of specific fungi originating on soil located above ground, or produced on the particular mushroom’s food source.

Edible mushrooms are consumed for their nutritional value and include the common White Button, flavorful Shiitake, prized Morel, and meaty Portobello. Certain strains of the mushroom species used for their powerful health enhancing properties are often referred to as “Medicinal” mushrooms. These potent super-foods contain polysaccharides, like beta-glucans, as well as additional myco-nutrients and antioxidants, including triterpenoids, gylcoprotiens, flavonoids, and ergosterols, all of which are extremely beneficial for building a natural resistance to disease, viruses, and environmental toxins. “Biological Response Modifier” (BRM) is a descriptive term frequently used to characterize the immune stimulating effects that medicinal mushrooms can have on infection and disease.

Mycelium is a network of cells composed of fine, white, thread-like fabric that decomposes plant and animal matter. The mushroom is the fruit of this complex matrix. Mycelium is the mushroom’s immune defense system and an essential contribution to the medicinal mushroom’s development. Varieties of medicinal mushrooms classified as “Host Defense Potentiators” (HDP), point to their ability to inhibit certain conditions, such as viruses and tumor growth. This is achieved by boosting the host’s defense system rather than directly killing the pathogen.

Considering your individual needs, taking advantage of one or more of these mighty medicinal mushrooms may help you reach your personal health goals.

1) Chaga (cinder conk) – Number one mushroom for autoimmune disorders. Restores vitality. Currently gaining recognition for its ability to help inhibit tumor growth.

2) Lion’s Mane – Excellent for the nervous system. Positive effects on cognitive brain functions and memory enhancement. Assists reduction of amyloid plaque build-up known to interfere with brain neurotransmission. Beneficial for those who have experienced seizures, strokes, dementia, or cognitive neurological disorders.

3) Maitake (hen of the woods) – Powerful immune modulating activity, recognized as a potential anti-cancer agent. Benefits the spleen and stomach.

4) Coriolus (turkey tail) – Contains two specific polysaccharides: Kresin (PSK) and polysaccharide peptide (PSP), two elements that have shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. PSK extract has been used by the Japanese since the 1980’s as an approved natural medicinal treatment for several types of cancer.

5) Cordyceps – Strengthens weakened immune systems. Repairs, nurtures and supports the adrenal system. Works in unison with the endocrine system to balance hormones. Benefits the lungs, kidneys, and sexual organs, both male and female. Makes a great tonic for improving athletic performance.

6) Agaricus Blazei (Brazilian origin “cogumelo do sol” mushroom of the sun) – Stimulates immune cell production, possesses cholesterol lowering effects, assists the formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones, and is beneficial to the circulatory system.

7) Reishi – Considered a potent “Shen” tonic – Calms the nerves and kidney system. Known in Traditional Chinese Medicine to “Open the spirit” and has been used by Taoists for achieving “Spiritual immorality” or enlightenment. Assists in nerve rejuvenation and insomnia. Contains anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor agents.

8) Shiitake – Boosts immunity, lowers cholesterol, and contains active ingredients proven beneficial in inhibiting certain types of cancer, like gastric or stomach cancer.

Medicinal mushrooms release their beneficial healing properties when heated. Tea decoctions provide an easy and flavorful means of consumption. Mushroom extracts are equally effective. The historical and cultural use of mushrooms around the world show that these medicinal fungi have a powerfully positive relationship with, and influence on the biological functions and systems of the human body.

Rennae Hardy

FDA Disclaimer: This Information has not been evaluated by the FDA, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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