Beta D Glucans And The Truth About Mycelium Mushroom Extracts
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Beta D Glucans? There is a problem with many mushroom extracts on the market today, one that many people are not even aware of. This issue is very important and effects how medicinal your medicinal mushroom extract is, you know the one you payed a lot of money for, the one with all these amazing health giving properties right?
SO WHATS THE PROBLEM?
When you go online or you visit a local health food store and you take a look at a mushroom extract product, you will most likely see a picture of a mushroom on the packet and a list of ingreadients including the mushroom used and probably some kind of bulking agent etc.
But what most companies do not tell you is this……..
THE MUSHROOM POWDER IN THEIR EXTRACT IS MADE FROM
MYCELIUM GROWN ON GRAIN. NOT ONLY THAT MOST OF THE POWDER ITSELF IS JUST GRAIN GROUND TOGETHER WITH THE MYCELIUM!
WHATS MYCELIUM I HEAR YOU SAY?
Well before a mushroom fruits and turns into something we all recognize as a the classic mushroom (think Mario), it begins life as a mass of interconnecting threads called hyphae that seek out nutrients that the mushroom can absorb and assimilate.
MYCELIUM VERSUS THE FRUITING BODY
Mycelium does not contain enough of the medicinal components found within the fruiting body of mushrooms and due to this fact any extract made from mycelium cannot be regarded as adequate.
For example Cordyceps Militaris extract made from mycelium grown on grain has a high number of alpha glucans but very little beta d glucans.
These alpha glucans are basic starches with no health promoting properties, whilst the immune modulating beta d glucans do have very profound health benefits!
Now there are some exceptions to this rule when certain active compounds are the target of extraction. For example the mycelium of the Lion’s Mane mushroom is often extracted in studies as it has most of the active compounds needed for NGF (nerve growth factor). These compounds called erinancines have been shown to improve brain injuries in animal studies as well as improve mood.
For a detailed Lion’s mane study into erinacines click here.
THE BETA D GLUCAN EFFECT
Beta d glucan is a scientifically proven biological defence modifier (BDM) that nutritonally potentiates, modulates and helps normalise the immune system response. Studies also show that beta d glucan exerted potent enhancement of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), this means more when you know necrosis means killing.
Another study concluded that beta d glucans can be used to reduce the adverse effects of chemotherepy, including reducing the chance of getting secondary infections as a result of irradiation.
The common cold is also not safe from the power of beta d glucans either, as beta d glucans reduced the number of symptomatic common cold infections by 25% as compared to placebo. Also the severity of cold symptoms were reduced in the group taking the beta d glucans.
HOW TO GET THE BEST MUSHROOM EXTRACTS
The best way to make sure your getting a high quality mushroom extract is to always ask for a detailed analysis certificate of the product your buying. This certificate should tell you what mushroom was grown to make the extract, on what growing medium eg wooden logs, Beta d Glucan percentage and if the extract was made from mycelium or the fruting body.
Do not just go by the label or the sales blurb as these can easily be made up by unscroupulous companies.
We hope that has helped clear a few things up for you around the subject of medicinal mushrooms and if you would like to learn more please visit us at Vitalherbs.co.uk home of organic medicinal mushrooms you can trust.
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