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Mushrooms, the Immune System and Whole Body Health

Certain mushrooms, like reishi, have long been used by Asian countries for their immune system enhancing properties. Immunesysteminfo.com also lists maitake, shiitake and cordyceps as highly beneficial. Maitake mushrooms can help to increase production of white blood cells that destroy abnormal, infected or cancerous cells and, according to cancer.org, compounds in shiitake mushrooms are known for their effectiveness in cancer treatment. One compound, lentinan, has been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors, and beta glucans (sugars that exist in the cell walls of all mushrooms) may also slow tumor growth. And the Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center says that cordyceps can be used for a variety of ailments, including “as an adaptogen or immune stimulant.” The newest medicinal mushroom to hit the natural health world, the Agaricus blazei, has long been shown to be so effective as an immune system booster that native Brazilian cultures called it the Mushroom of the Gods. And according to naturalnews.com, the Coriolus versicolor, another medicinal mushroom, “stands out above the rest for regulating the immune system” in recent research.

As if the immune system enhancing abilities of mushrooms were not enough, these natural wonders have shown promise in other areas as well, including stamina, stress relief, and skin and liver health. Immunesysteminfo.com tells of athletes taking notice of codryceps in 1993, “when nine women who were taking cordyceps reportedly broke world records at the Chinese National Games.”  Cordyceps extracts also contain active compounds that  can help to balance the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis, a crucial part of the neuroendocrine system that regulates mood and controls reactions to stress. Chaga mushrooms contain antioxidant compounds that give them antioxidant levels similar to blueberries, a well-known super food, and make them great for anti-aging. Tremella mushrooms are also great for the skin due to their ability to help the body produce hyaluronic acid, which also helps to lubricate joints and muscles, making it great for athletes. And Lion’s Mane mushrooms have been shown in recent studies to strengthen memory and concentration and boost cognitive function.  Last, but certainly not least, active compounds and enzymes in reishi and shiitake mushrooms even promote liver health, which is crucial to a healthy body.

Pacific Health now offers a wide range of medicinal mushroom supplements from trusted brands like Mushroom Science and New Chapter. Mushroom Science offers individual medicinal mushroom supplements, as well as an Immune Builder blend with concentrated extracts of Agaricus blazei, Coriolus, reishi, shiitake and maitake to provide a huge immune system boost. New Chapter’s LifeShield Immunity is formulated with select species of organic mushrooms, including Reishi, Shiitake, Maitake and Cordyceps, also to provide optimal immune system support. Click here http://www.pachealth.com/Mushrooms-s/176.htm to read more about Mushroom Science products, LifeShield Immunity and many more premium supplements.


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