The Extraordinary Power of Healing Mushrooms
Most of us think of mushrooms as a topping on salads and pizza, added to soups or chinese stir fry.
reality, mushrooms are a beneficial fungus called mycelium and at least
14,000 different mushroom species have been identified, and it is very
likely ten-times (10x) more actually exist.
Of these thousands of mushrooms on our planet, a mere 8 are considered beyond extraordinary in their powers to heal and rejuvenate both body and soul.
rare, medicinal mushrooms have the ability to generate extraordinary
health within us, strengthening the body to combat disease and
activating our longevity genes. This little-known world of fungi may
turn out to be the reality to the Ponce de Leon's fabled Fountain of
We Share 50% of DNA with Mushrooms!
are considered functional food and non-toxic for daily use. When
consumed regularly, they have the ability to restore the body to its
natural state of balance.
Mushrooms share 85% of human RNA and 50% of our DNA.
When I heard that, I was astounded. I would never have thought we shared DNA with a mushroom!
Mushrooms also make up a quarter of the Earth’s total biomass and 92% of all plants are dependent upon mushrooms for survival.
Renowned researcher and mushroom scientist Paul Stamets, author of the groundbreaking book, Mycelium Running,
a mini-encyclopedia on mushrooms, theorizes that mushrooms have the
capacity to help save the world, not just for humans, but all life
forms, including our rain forests and oceans.
No wonder mushrooms have a remarkable ability to elevate health and well being in us.
Mushroom extracts have been used for thousands of years throughout Asia to fight all disease conditions, particularly those associated with impaired or deficient immune system responses.
have been shown to support cardiovascular and heart health, mental
clarity and cognition, bacterial and viral infection, lowering
inflammation, increasing energy, and especially boosting immunity.
I First Learned of Medicinal Mushrooms in China
fascination with medicinal mushrooms started way back in my journey of
healing when I was studying at the Institute of Traditional Chinese
Medicine in Shanghai, nearly 30 years ago now.
It was here in the old library where 5000 years of knowledge was collected, studying and documenting Nature in Action,
where old writings and manuscripts, mingled with current research
papers, evidencing the power of mushrooms on all disease conditions.
Big bell jars containing giant specimens of these mushrooms were displayed on shelves and used in lectures and presentations.
was here in the library that I found there are indeed thousands of
species of mushrooms, and hundreds that are spectacular. But only eight,
just eight, that are truly spectactular in their power.
I'd like to introduce you to the Mushrooms that Roared with their incredible powers!
The Magnificent 8 Mushrooms for Total Body Immunity, Brain Health and Longevity
For years I have wanted to make a medicinal mushroom formula with the capacity to change your life!
leverages the power of medicinal mushrooms for immediate - and long
lasting - benefits for immune system health, mental cognition and
Eight certified organic mushrooms are the core of
this formula, each selected for its proven capability to stimulate our
body's natural defense against colds, flu, infection and disease.
Let's take a look at each one:
Agaricus blazei Murrill
contains both alpha and beta glucan polysaccharides and is
traditionally used to boost immune system response against a range of
infections. In Japan, Agaricus Blazei is the most popular alternative
cancer treatment method.
The immunological properties of Agaricus
have led to increased scientific interest and study for suppressed
immune system response, high occurrence of infectious diseases (such as
colds and flu), allergies or skin conditions, radiation exposure,
slowing down the the aging process, diabetes and chronic fatigue and
arteriosclerosis, as it appears to have an ability to help draw extra
cholesterol from blood, thus preventing further plaque formation on the
Chaga - the Immortality mushroom
grows on the trunks of live trees and is a powerful immune system
activator and antioxidant that is rich in immuno-modulating beta glucan
polysaccharides and betulinic acid.
Chaga’s complex mixture of
these phytonutrients work by stimulating the body's ability to set up
cellular defenses. These properties are particularly important for
anyone with a yeast infection, as the compounds increase natural killer
(NK) cell activity, invigorating the immune system to consume and
eliminate the excessive bacteria and yeast.
Cordyceps sinesis - the Caterpillar mushroom
Cordyceps has been used since the 15th century in the high mountain regions of Tibet and Nepal.
unique fungi parasitizes larvae of ghost moths, growing a fruiting body
that is revered for endurance and stamina and is well documented for
enhancing athletic performance and recovery, giving it the nickname the
Cordyceps also enhances the activity of
natural killer (NK) cells, the front line soldiers of our immune system
that seek out and devour abnormally growing cells.
Cordyceps also shows support for managing blood sugar levels, protecting the heart and kidneys, and much more.
Lion's Mane mushroom
Mane is named for its distinct resemblance to the mane of a lion, with
plumes flowing from its head and stems as a signal of the power held
Latest scientific research is showing Lion's Mane
to be a powerful brain food and may help with reducing anxiety and
depression while also supporting concentration.
consistently, Lion's Mane appears to aid in supporting cognitive
function by stimulating nerve growth factor (NGF) production, a
neuropeptide essential for neuron cells that process and transmit
information. While more studies are needed, Lion's Mane is showing
promise with dementia and Alzheimer's conditions.
is an incredibly rich, juicy mushroom that may best be known for its
cancer-fighting properties in Leukemia, as it helps the body make NK
Maitake contains grifolan, an important beta glucan
polysaccharide shown to activate macrophages, a type of cell considered
the heavy artillery of the immune system.
Researchers have found
Maitake has an ability to regulate blood pressure and blood lipids
cholesterol, triglycerides and phospholipids, which are key risk factors
in cardiovascular disease.
Maitake has also shown it may be
useful in reducing insulin resistance and moderating glucose, beneficial
for managing diabetes, and may also be useful for weight loss.
is one of the oldest mushrooms known for medicinal use, beneficial for
so many functions from supporting circulation and blood pressure,
activity against influenza, hepatitis and herpes viruses, autoimmune
disorders, stabilizing blood sugar levels, improving oxygen utilization
and lung function for bronchitis, allergies and congestion.
is generally used as a adaptogen and tonic. It may also be useful for
anxiety, bronchitis and insomnia. The ganoderic contained in Reishi may
aid in allergies and auto-immune disorders. Other components of Reishi
inhibit histamine release, improving oxygen utilization and lung
Shiitake is high in B vitamins and vitamin D, the immune system’s super vitamin.
shows that Shiitake mushrooms have anti-bacterial and anti-viral
properties, and a protective effect against cardiovascular disease by
supporting blood platelets clumping where immune cells binding to the
lining of blood vessels.
Additional health benefits include
Shiitake's ability to aid weight loss, support cardiovascular health,
fight cancer cells, improve energy levels and brain function, reduce
inflammation, antimicrobial and support the immune system.
Turkey Tail aka Coriolus versicolor
many other medicinal mushrooms, Turkey Tail mushrooms grow abundantly
all over the world, growing on dead trees, logs and stumps.
Tail has long been known for its anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant
properties, supporting the defense against infections and the common
cold or flu.
The Chinese have brewed Turkey Tail as a
medicinal tea for centuries to support energy and immunity, as well as
respiratory and gut health. The mycelium body contains prebiotics that
assist the gut microbiome, aiding digestion and immune system response,
as well as aiding leaky gut syndrome.
In Japan, Turkey Tail
has shown to be a powerful anti-cancer agent due to the special type of
polysaccharides found within, and is often used to reduce side effects
of standard anti-cancer therapy such as fatigue, loss of appetite,
nausea, vomiting, and pain.
We Didn't Stop There...
We included Astragalus root,
an herb revered for thousands of years for its adaptogenic properties,
aiding the body respond to physical and emotional stress and disease.
ability to increase immune cell function is well documented, supporting
T-cells that seek out foreign antigens and destroy abnormal and
virus-infected cells and boosting production of macrophages, special
immune cells that gobble up damaged or infected cells.
has over 100 bioactive compounds including saponins, flavonoids and
polysaccharides, special nutrients that support cardiovascular, lung,
liver and kidney health, insulin production and blood sugar management,
along with supporting the body's inflammatory response, acting as a free
radical scavenger protecting against oxidative stress.
Astragalus is well known for its longevity benefits, and science is now
discovering how Astragalus appears to strengthens the end caps of the
DNA strands in each of our body’s cells called telomeres, supporting
cell longevity and genetic integrity.
Then, we blend the entire formulation with probiotics lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium longum, friendly bacteria to support gastrointestinal health and immune system receptor cells.
Health Beyond Disease
fundamental belief of all the ancient healing sciences from India and
the Far East has been to make the body so strong that disease cannot
occur. In China, they call this
Health Beyond Disease, and is how the human body was intended to operate.
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