Medicinal mushrooms are an incredible superfood—benefitting athletes, people who want to improve their overall health, and those suffering from chronic illness. Mushrooms like Chaga, Shiitake, Lion’s Mane, Maitake and Reishi all have unique health benefits. Important nutrients in mushrooms include selenium, vitamin D, glutathione and ergothioneine. All are known to function as antioxidants that can mitigate oxidative stress and all are known to decline during aging. Oxidative stress is considered the main culprit in causing the diseases of aging such as cancer, heart disease and dementia.
Ergothioneine, or ergo, is actually an antioxidant amino acid that was initially discovered in 1909 in ergot fungi. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Ergo is produced in nature primarily by fungi, including mushrooms. Humans cannot make it, so it must be obtained from dietary sources. There was little scientific interest in ergo until 2005, when pharmacology professor Dirk Grundemann discovered that all mammals make a genetically coded transporter that rapidly pulls ergo into the red blood cells. They then distribute ergo around the body, where it accumulates in tissues that are under the most oxidative stress.
What Medicinal Mushrooms Offer Your Body
Without antioxidants, your body would be overrun by free radicals — agents that cause cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart problems, premature aging, cataracts, Parkinson’s, and many more debilitating issues. Medicinal mushroom extracts are packed with antioxidants that break down free radicals to help the body stay healthy. Consider them your personal bodyguards against dangerous free radicals so you can stay active, fight off sickness, and live your best life.
According to research, Reishi and Chaga mushrooms have been found to inhibit inflammation in the human body. Chronic inflammation is known to contribute to type 2 diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s, and more serious problems. Athletes, active individuals, and those with inflammation problems caused by arthritis, celiac disease, asthma, and skin conditions like psoriasis may benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of medicinal mushroom superfoods.
Immune System Boosters
Medicinal mushrooms like Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake are valued for their ability
to boost the immune system—thanks to mighty beta-glucans.
Mushrooms have a powerful property called triterpenoids that help with weight control. This agent has been found to improve gut flora and therefore help with obesity and overall weight management. Maitake has also been shown to help with weight regulation because of its ability to stabilize blood sugar and insulin production.
Increased Energy and Stamina
Researchers have reported that Chaga increases energy and endurance and decreases fatigue as well. If you’re an athlete or someone who suffers from chronic fatigue, you may benefit from these superfoods.
Reproductive and Hormonal Support
Whether you’re having difficulty getting pregnant, suffering from painful intercourse, or feeling the effects of aging on your sex drive and performance, medicinal mushrooms may help. Researchers have discovered that some medicinal mushrooms benefit to the libido, sexual dysfunction, and fertility!
Mental Health Support
Lion’s Mane is the ultimate “feel good” medicinal mushroom. This fungus boosts mood, decreases anxiety, and has been shown to improve the mental capabilities of patients who have early-stage dementia. Shiitake is also a powerful supplement for brain health. According to research, this superfood boosts brain function in older adults thanks to its concentrations of B vitamins and folate.
Mushrooms are an abundant source of the following nutrients:
• B vitamins
• Vitamin D
• Ergothioneine - a sulfur-based amino acid that help the body build proteins.
• Glutathione (another antioxidant)
• More protein than most vegetables
• One of the special components found from mushrooms is beta-glucan, which is predominantly composed in the fungal cell wall and is mostly composed of beta-D-glucose. In many researches, beta-glucan effectively stimulates the host immune response to defend against bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic infections.
What gives mushrooms such a potent punch are their bioactive compounds, mostly the polysaccharides — a slow carbohydrate that takes a long time for your body to break down and digest — found in mushrooms. Depending on their structure, polysaccharides can store energy, send cellular messages, and support cells and tissues. Mushrooms contain a specific powerful polysaccharide — β-glucans — often found in fungi, bacteria, yeast, and algae — that stimulates the immune system. And studies have found mushroom β-glucans are linked to health benefits and properties including anticancer, cardio protective, hepatoprotective, antioxidative, antimicrobial activities, and immunomodulatory (stimulates or suppresses the immune system depending on what the body needs to fight infections and cancers), and antibiotic properties.
To maximize the benefits you get from medicinal mushrooms, they need to be taken in a formula featuring a blend of varieties. Mushrooms are communal organisms, and research, traditional formulation practices, and extensive clinical use show how certain mushrooms work synergistically to supercharge and enhance each other’s benefits. DNA Mushrooms, an expertly formulated mushroom blend, can offer much greater support with faster results against colds and flu, and other areas of health.
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Formulated using principles of Traditional Tibetan and Chinese Medicine, the mushrooms in this blend include:
Anticancer - Heart Support – Immune Support - Body Composition
Prized as a delicacy and native to East Asia, the shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) has enjoyed a role in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Russian medicine for thousands of years. This “Queen of Mushrooms” is known as an elixir of life. In China it symbolizes youthfulness and virility, and it is known for having aphrodisiac properties. Found on fallen logs, the Chinese have also turned to shiitake mushrooms to support circulation and longevity. This is because shiitake mushrooms contain high amounts of natural copper–a mineral that supports blood vessels and the immune system. Shiitakes also contain polysaccharides that contain a compound known as lentinan, which strengthens the immune system. Shitaki mushrooms contain high amounts of beta-glucans that can boost white blood cell production and enhance your body’s ability to fight off harmful viruses, bacteria, and toxins. Shiitake mushrooms are commonly used to help treat fatigue, indigestion, edema, anemia, chronic hepatitis, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia.
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Immune Support – Emotional Regulation and Stress Management - Reduce Fatigue
Reishi is also called the “Supreme Protector,” it was originally placed in the Superior Class of medicine, meaning it goes beyond most medicines and facilitates realization of human potential. Through the ages, Reishi has been used for its positive effects on the immune system, fatigue-fighting properties, and emotional and mental regulation. It truly is a mind-body-spirit medicine. Reishi is believed to be especially effective if you’re already under the weather or are undergoing or just completed cancer treatments. Found in Asia, North America, and Europe, studies show Reishi may alter inflammation pathways in white blood cells In people battling cancer. Molecules in Reishi have been found to increase activity in the natural killer cells (an important white blood cell that fights cancer. Considered an adaptogen, Reishi mushrooms help to regulate your nervous system and helps to manage stress better. Adaptogens also support energy levels, helping fight fatigue.
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Brain Booster – Reduce Anxiety and Depression – Immune Support - Digestion
Lion’s Mane improves sleep quality without making you drowsy. It is a safe nootropic that works to support sleep by calming the nervous system, reducing anxiety and boosting mood.
Lion’s mane also stimulates the vagus nerve and regulates the gut-brain axis. In digestive disorders, low mood or stress often makes symptoms worse, such as in IBS, which usually coincides with a dysregulation of the gut microbiota (intestinal flora). Compounds in Lion’s Mane can both help restore the balance of intestinal microbes, which as we know are linked to brain function, health and mood by the gut-brain axis, as well as helping to regenerate nervous tissue in both the enteric (digestive) and central nervous system.
Lion’s Mane contains interesting molecules called hericenones. These compounds are unique in their capability to promote neurogenesis (the formation of neurons), a process directly related to their antidepressant and anxiety-reducing effects. Scientific studies on hericenones show that they are neurotrophic and encourage the production of NGF (nerve growth factor), which helps the brain make more neurons for better memory and focus. There is evidence that they promote BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which supports cognition, mood, stress resistance and sleep, as well as helping control anxiety.
Ease Physical and Mental Stress - Immune Support – Lowers Blood Sugar
Known as “The King of Mushrooms,” Maitake mushrooms (Grifola frondosa) have long been used in Asian cultures as a tonic to support longevity, improve vitality, boost the immune system, and lower blood sugar. Maitake actually means “dancing mushroom” and as the legend goes, ancient foragers literally danced for joy upon finding this gem in the woods. Maitake is rich in β-glucans that can activate and stimulate white blood cells including macrophages, T-cells, natural killer cells, and neutrophils. It is also an adaptogenic herb, helping to regulate the body when it’s under stress, providing both physical and mental relief. Research also suggests that Maitake mushrooms may help lower blood sugar which can help people with type 2 diabetes. It’s commonly used to help treat metabolic syndrome, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, and osteoporosis.
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Immune Boosting – Anti-Inflammatory – Longevity - Digestion
Harnessed by the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Chinese, and Siberian cultures for over 4,000 years, you can find Chaga mushrooms (Inonotus obliquus) anywhere you find birch trees. Known as a “Gift from God” by Siberian cultures, Chaga mushrooms are used to aid the digestive system and liver, where it can treat hidden pathogens. Chaga is loaded with b-complex vitamins, vitamin D, potassium, cesium, amino acids, fibre, copper, zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium, and calcium. It is high in antioxidants that could slow the aging process or reverse signs of it. Chaga can also help reduce chronic inflammation which may help reverse or lessen symptoms caused by other chronic conditions including autoimmune diseases and rheumatoid arthritis. Chaga also supports the immune system.
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The mushrooms used in DNA-Mushrooms are produced according to the international technical standards of organic agriculture and are certified by an independent organic food certification body to allow the use of the organic food mark. Organic plants must strictly follow the technical standards of organic food production in the whole production process, that is, no pesticides, fertilizers, growth regulators and other chemical substances, organic fertilizers are allowed, mainly for base fertilizers, no use of genetic engineering technology in the production process, but also must pass the whole process of quality control and review of an independent organic food certification agency. Pollution-free, nutrient-rich and high quality.
Medicinal mushrooms are recognized as the most powerful natural immune support agents, with a wealth of unique immune enhancing properties that work to train, balance, and optimize immune cells of every kind.