There are numerous health benefits when deciding to take mushroom supplements. Read below to learn more about some of the best.
Chaga is unique among medicinal mushrooms. In addition to its potent immune stimulating properties Chaga is also a powerful antioxidant. The Mushroom Science Chaga extract was tested for its anti-oxidant properties by Brunswick Labs.
The ability of Tremella to improve the health and complexion of the skin is attributed to the fact that some of the polysaccharides in Tremella can help the body maintain the production of hyaluronic acid, the production of which normally declines as the body ages. The function of hyaluronic acid in the body is, amongst other things, to bind water and to lubricate moveable parts in the body such as joints and muscles, and to help keep the skin pliable, firm and moist from within.
Mushrooms defined as “medicinal” are those mushrooms that contain immune activating beta glucans and other polysaccharides within their indigestible cell walls. (Agaricus blazei, Chaga, Cordyceps Cs-4, Coriolus PSP, Coriolus Super Strength, Immune Builder, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, Maitake Gold 404, Reishi, Shiitake) When properly extracted with hot water these polysaccharides are used in supplemental form to maintain, protect and support immune health. Any of the mushroom extracts can be used for immune support, and the best choice for any individual may rest on some of the additional, non-immune health benefits the various mushroom extracts may provide.
Cordyceps extracts provide immuno-modulating beta glucans that support immune health. Cordyceps extracts also contain adenosine, cordycepic acid, cordycepin and other related compounds. It is the adenosine and these other related compounds that help with adrenal fatigue and adrenal depletion, and by doing so, can increase energy levels and stamina and endurance. Continued stress on the body can lead the adrenal glands to produce too much cortisol, too much cortisol in the system over time causes adrenal fatigue or exhaustion.
Reishi – In addition to the immuno-modulating beta glucans Reishi also contains active compounds called triterpenes. The triterpenes specific to Reishi are called ganoderic acids. Triterpenes can improve liver function by helping the liver to clear out accumulated toxins. This is especially important for those people that may have impaired liver function.
Shiitake – In addition to the beta glucans Shiitake contains various enzymes that may improve liver function.
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Along with supporting immune health, the other unique health benefits attributed to Lion’s Mane extracts are what some researchers are calling “Neural Nourishment”. Extracts of the Lion’s Mane mushrooms, and the mycelium grown in liquid (not rice), may enhance cognitive functions such as memory and concentration, promote or accelerate the growth of the myelin sheath (also called myelination), and enhance and promote the production of Nerve Growth Factor.
Cordyceps extracts provide immuno-modulating beta glucans that support immune health. Cordyceps extracts also contain other actives including adenosine, cordycepic acid, cordycepin and other related compounds. It is the adenosine and the other related compounds that may help to balance the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis), acting primarily through the adrenal glands, and by doing so, can be helpful to people suffering from prolonged exposure to stress.