Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Benefits of Medical Mushrooms

For centuries, traditional Asian medicine has included mushrooms for the treatment of a variety of health ailments. The wealth of historic information passed through the generations, has now been corroborated with over 2,000 peer-reviewed scientific articles. The National Institute of Health documents in its library both the nutritional and medicinal benefits of mushrooms. The mushroom is a complex organism that contains several thousand natural enzymes, nutrients and proteins in the correct ratio for maximum nutritional benefit.

Mushrooms improve health through strengthening the immune system with substances such as terpenoids and heteropolysaccarides (amongst them beta-glucans). Mushroom also contain powerful anti-oxidants, such as L-Ergothioneine. L-Ergothioneine cannot be produced or synthesized by the human or animal body, but is found in abundance in mushrooms. L-Ergothioneine plays a key role in protecting cells from oxidative damage, thereby reducing chronic inflammation and disease associated with oxidative damage including but not limited to Heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and early aging.


Study results of white blood cell (WBC) counts in 25 healthy horses. This one month study shows an average increase of 20%. A significantly improved immune response is now available to scavenge aberrant cells, as well as viral and bacterial infectious agents.

Medicinal mushrooms, particularly cordyceps, have important properties in enhancing athletic performance through increasing the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood and increasing the synthesis of ATP – the energy currency of the muscle cell. In combination with high-antioxidant levels to counteract the bi-products of exercise, athletes’ utilizing cordyceps and other medicinal mushrooms are able to train more effectively for longer periods of time, and recovery more quickly.


Study results of hemoglobin counts in 28 healthy horses. This one month study shows an average increase of 11%. Increased hemoglobin improves oxygen and carbon dioxide transport to and from the mitochondria. Increased mitochondria efficiency produces an increase in ATP, the cells energy currency, which is used in every cellular process. Improved cellular efficiency is vital to a horses’ health.

The most unique feature about the mushroom as a medicinal supplement is that it not only encompasses the components needed to create and maintain a healthy body but it also contains the chemical mechanisms needed for the body to utilize the components quickly and completely in a 100% organic-certified product. Some of the components that are unique to our mushrooms are L-Ergothioneine, Beta-Glucans, polyphenols, essential vitamin, minerals and trace minerals along with integral enzymes and proteins. L-Ergothioneine is probably the most important and potent of the antioxidants found in mushrooms. Analysis of Mushroom Matrix Products indicates superior levels of L-ERgothioneine.

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