In the orient, medicinal mushrooms have played a central part in good health for over 2,000 years. The reishi mushroom was esteemed for its overall role in supporting the wellness of the population in ancient China. Extracts of turkey tail and reishi are now the top selling cancer treatments in modern day Japan. Although some people think of medicinal mushrooms as only immune stimulators, they do far more for one’s health than that! There are some conditions for which various mushroom-based therapies may be among the most effective treatment options.
Well known mycologist and author Paul Stamets said “Scientists have only recently confirmed what ancient cultures have known for centuries: mushrooms have within them some of the most potent medicines found in nature. We know that their cellular constituents can profoundly improve the quality of human health.”
When considering mushroom supplements, look for those that list the potency of the primary active ingredients on the label. The active compounds in mushrooms will be listed as beta glucan or polysaccharide (both refer to the same active compound). Look for these active compounds to be listed in the Supplement Facts Panel of the label as a percentage of the total capsule weight. If a supplement label is missing this potency information, it creates a problem for therapeutic use because there is no way to know if you are following the dosing instructions recommended in the clinical research.
For most mushroom supplements, take them twice a day, (morning and evening), on an empty stomach – 30 minutes before eating, or 2 hours after. (Always consult the label instructions.)
In China, it is called "winter worm”, “summer grass", or the "caterpillar mushroom." Cordyceps extract is effective for people suffering from asthma, reducing the number of incidences where an inhaler is required. To achieve this result, it is recommended that you take 2,000 mg per day of a Cordyceps supplement (with potency at 15–16% polysaccharide/beta glucan). It may take five to six weeks for you to feel the full effects of a Cordyceps regimen. After this initial period, most people find a substantial decrease in their inhaler use. (Always carry your rescue inhaler, just in case.) Cordyceps at this dose is also credited with increases in energy levels. It will dramatically improve your endurance and stamina. It is frequently used by world-class athletes for this purpose. Studies have found that at these dosages, Cordyceps are safe to take on a long-term basis. We recommend this supplement be taken daily to maintain the benefit for asthma sufferers.
Despite the efforts of television advertising to promote the latest new cholesterol drug, the real news may be a colorful and flamboyant mushroom called reishi. Medical research points to using just 1,600 mg per day of reishi extract can improve liver health and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol by 30-40%. Reishi Ganoderma also works in the treatment of cancer because it helps cleanse the body from toxins and it helps strengthen the immune system. Reishi enhances liver detoxification, thereby improving liver function while simultaneously stimulating the regeneration of liver cells. These properties make the reishi an important component in the treatment of those who have liver cancer. Taken daily, the reishi may be as effective as cholesterol drugs, without the negative side effects. When considering reishi supplements, you should look for potency of 10% polysaccharide/beta glucan, and 4-6% of triterpenes. Although it takes 3-4 months for the full effect to be seen in the cholesterol numbers, all of the side effects are good: fewer head colds, fewer instances of the flu, better circulation and improved liver function.
The Japanese Ministry of Health has approved a Coriolus versicolor extract for imuno-support therapy for cancer patients. The results have been spectacular. Placebo controlled clinical trials have shown that adding Coriolus to the protocol doubled and sometimes tripled survival rates for people with colon, lung, breast, and stomach cancers. Cancer patients should be taking 2,000-3,000 mg per day (with a potency of 25-36% polysaccharide or beta glucan).
According to the American Cancer Society, Asian healers have used edible mushrooms (including maitake mushrooms) to promote health for thousands of years. In Japanese, the word maitake means "Dancing Mushroom" (people were said to dance with joy when they found it). Maitake Mushroom Extract has long been known for its health benefits, specifically as it relates to cardiovascular health, supporting a healthy metabolism, weight loss and immune tonic. As an immune tonic, take 600-800 mg per day; for other purposes take up to 2,000 mg per day (with potency of 20-30% polysaccharides).
Lion's mane, (Hericium erinaceus) is a mushroom with a long history of medicinal use. It has been found to promote the process of myelination. Those with loved ones suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's, or Parkinson's disease will be encouraged to hear that promising treatments are being developed based on the nerve-growth stimulating properties of this unassuming mushroom. In addition to nerve health, the Lion’s Mane also fights inflammation, supports the immune system, and shows promise against digestive and stomach cancers. Label should list at least 16% Polysaccharide, 7% cordycepic. Start off taking a low dose 800mg daily and work your way up gradually not to exceed 2000mg daily.
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