The Power of Medicinal Mushrooms!

Mushrooms have a long history of traditional nutritional and medicinal use for the treatment of numerous disease states due to their unique and extraordinary health enhancing properties.

What do they do?

Mushrooms come in a variety of forms and contain a wide range of constituents that are important to their medicinal properties. While much of the research to-date focuses on the various immunological and chemoprotective  properties of certain mushrooms, we shouldn’t forget that they also offer other important health benefits including

  • anti-inflammatory,
  • anti-microbial,
  • lowering blood pressure,
  • antioxidant,
  • liver protecting and detoxifying,
  • lower blood sugar levels,
  • protect heart muscle and function, AND
  • anti-allergic properties!

Better together…

When used together, medicinal mushrooms have a synergistic effect. ‘Synergy’ is generally defined as “the interaction of two or more agents to produce a combined effect that is greater than the sum of their individual effects.”  When using medicinal mushrooms, it’s best to combine several different types of mushrooms rather than using one single kind, as each species has its own properties that are boosted when used together!

In the wonderful new product that we have available, there are three types of medicinal mushrooms…

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)

The reishi mushroom is one of the oldest medicinal mushrooms on record and is often referred to as the “mushroom of immortality” because of its beneficial effects on the immune system and life expectancy. Reishi is capable of increasing immunity, and has been shown to be antitumour, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, AND anti-aging.

Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)

Both strengthening and restorative, shiitake is recognised for improving diseases when the immune system works ineffectively, in acute and chronic infections, cancer, allergies, hepatitis, and heart problems such as hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and diabetes.

Maitake (Grifola frondosa)

Current research about Maitake suggests that it improves and regulates immune function, may inhibit cancer cell growth and improve conditions like hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolaemia, obesity, and hepatitis B infection. It also has confirmed antiviral activity against human immunodeficiency virus.

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