For example, according to world-renown mycologist Paul Stamets, ‘of the 140,000 species of mushroom-forming fungi, science is familiar with only 10 percent.’ Such a shame – when you understand that mushrooms have some of the most potent natural medicines on the planet.
Thankfully, there are many scientists looking at the health benefits within the plant kingdom – especially with regard to the Reishi mushroom. Known for its immune building and anti-aging virtues, more recent research highlights the antibody-mediating, multi-mechanistic power that makes Reishi a super cancer-fighter.
The difference between Cordyceps ‘Militaris’ and the inferior Cs-4 Paecilomyces (Fungi).
“Browsing through the supplements at your local GNC, or searching online for relief from stress and fatigue, you might feel a little overwhelmed by the numerous choices.
If you’re considering a long term supplement, you’ve undoubtedly heard of an Ancient Chinese remedy called Cordyceps sinensis.
Many Cordyceps supplements advertise the ability to help reduce fatigue, boost immunity, promote vitality, and increase energy levels. Product descriptions focus on the miraculous effect of the Cordyceps fungus, and how this mystical mushroom has been used for thousands of years by Ancient Chinese and Tibetan doctors to treat a plethora of ailments ranging from kidney and liver disease to sexual impotency and fatigue.
In Europe and the United States, this mushroom (Grifola frondosa) is commonly called “hen of the woods,” since its frond-like growths resemble the feathers of a fluffed chicken. Maitake is the name I prefer, in a bow to the Japanese who pioneered its cultivation. Maitake mushrooms are known in Japan as “the dancing mushroom.” According to a Japanese legend, a group of Buddhist nuns and woodcutters met on a mountain trail, where they discovered a fruiting of maitake mushrooms emerging from the forest floor. Rejoicing at their discovery of this delicious mushroom, they danced to celebrate. In Italy, this species is known as signorina, or “the unmarried woman.” Today these two common names, bestowed long ago on the opposite sides of the planet, seem especially deserving and perhaps foretelling recent research findings.
Maitake is a mushroom that traditionally has been used in Japan and China as part of the diet and to treat diabetes and hypertension. Like other medicinal mushrooms, maitake contains a complex sugar called beta-glucan. In laboratory and human studies, maitake extract was able to stimulate various cells and factors in the immune system. Studies in animals show that it slows the growth of certain tumors and lowers blood sugar levels. More studies are being conducted to determine if maitake has the same effects in humans.
Reishi Extract Benefits Reishi is a herbal mushroom known to have miraculous medicinal properties and health benefits. Legends about this mushroom’s rejuvenating qualities are widespread. Known to enhance agility, suppleness, and strength, this is unarguably a herb that has given people a healthier and longer lifespan. Known as Ganoderma lucidum scientifically, this mushroom species is […]
Whether you’re a lark or an owl, sleep is not a luxury, nor is it something to be caught up at weekends, or saved for holidays. Mention the words ‘healthy lifestyle’ and the two things that generally jump to mind are nutrition and exercise. All well and good, but without sufficient daily sleep hours in […]
Traditional Chinese medicine has promoted Cordyceps as a guardian of respiratory health for more than a thousand years.
New scientific research published in the journal Phytomedicine indicates that a type of mushroom called cordyceps may be a crucial link to treating cancer.