Brief history of mushrooms as food.
Humans have eaten mushrooms as part of their diet for approximately 13,000 years. Most likely because of the health benefits they provide, most edible mushrooms are high in vitamin C levels, vitamin B-12 which is very uncommon in plant produce.
A traditional Chinese tonic used for over 2000 years, Maitake is considered to be an adaptogen, which means it can help the body to better manage its stress response on a day-to-day basis. It can also help with chronic fatigue. It has been used traditionally to help balance out the body, for immunity, blood pressure and for normalising blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It is a source of beta-glucans and polysaccharides.
A 2013 study found that Maitake mushrooms could help in preventing and treating breast cancer.
Maitake mushroom has been shown to suppress tumor growth in mice. It can also increase the number of cells fighting against the tumor. This suggests that it could also be effective in managing cancer in humans when taken orally.
Another adaptogen, one of the other main benefits of Reishi mushroom is that it contains high levels of beta-glucans, one of the most powerful immune system boosters. It is arguably the most effective mushroom for managing inflammation, as it works on the histamine pathways, re-regulating the immune response and influencing immune signalling. For this reason, it can also be beneficial for respiratory health.
Shiitake mushrooms are members of a special group of medical fungi or mushrooms that have been used in Japan and South East Asia from over 1000 years. They can help to lower cholesterol levels, as well as fight infection (by producing interferon, a group of natural proteins that stops viruses from multiplying). Shiitake is naturally rich in polysaccharides, lentinan in particular, which is a beta-glucan. They are one of the most cultivated varieties of mushroom and are an excellent source of copper, the antioxidant selenium, and pantothenic acid.
The Shiitake mushroom is a particularly interesting mushroom, it has been proven to help boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and have been used in south east asia and japan for over 1000 years. They can help to lower cholesterol levels, as well as fight infection (by producing interferon, a group of natural proteins that stops viruses from multiplying.
Lion's Mane mushroom
Lion's Mane (or "mountain priest") mushroom helps boost the immune system by encouraging the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. It can also reduce inflammation and prevent tissue damage in the intestines, thereby helping to improve digestion. It is one of nature's most effective brain foods and can help support learning, memory, focus and concentration by assisting in the production of nerve growth factor. Buddhist monks were said to have used Lion's Mane in tea to enhance brain power, heighten their focus during meditation and to generally benefit from its effects on cognitive health. Studies have found that this mushroom can also reduce feelings of anxiousness and irritability. A great natural solution to improve overall mental wellbeing.
New animal research has shown that Lion's Mane has anti-inflammatory effects which can reduce symptoms of anxiety in mice. Other research has shown it can help reduce risks of heart disease.
Test-tube studies have also found that lion’s mane extract can help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the bloodstream. Oxidized cholesterol molecules tend to attach to the walls of arteries, causing them to harden and increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Therefore, reducing oxidation is beneficial for heart health. what’s more, lion’s mane mushrooms contain a compound called hericenone B, which can decrease the rate of blood clotting and lower the risk of heart attack or stroke.
For centuries, Chaga has been used traditionally to aid immune system function and also to boost overall health. It helps with the reduction of inflammation and its antioxidant and immune supporting properties help to reduce oxidative stress on the body. An excellent health tonic and detoxifier.
About the other ingredients in our Ultra Shroom-Complex...
Astragalus root has been used as a popular herbal tonic in China for many centuries. Some of the known active components include flavonoids, free amino acids, trace minerals and polyphenols.
Acerola cherries are nutrient-dense and, in particular, are exceptionally high in naturally bio-available vitamin C. In fact, researchers have identified nearly 150 nutritive constituents, which include bioflavonoids, proteins, mineral salts, iron, calcium and phosphorus.
Black pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant from the Piperaceae family. Piperine is the alkaloid within black pepper that is responsible for its pungency. Not only is it a very good anti-inflammatory agent, it has been added to increase the absorption and utilisation of the beneficial ingredients in the formula
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