Medicinal mushrooms – health from nature
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The most important information on medicinal mushrooms
Medicinal mushrooms are also known as vital mushrooms. They contain well researched, scientifically proven active ingredients that we can use to maintain health and above all to support therapy of illnesses. Among other things, they stimulate the body’s self-healing powers. This strengthening of the immune system is important for many diseases and often the decisive point for complete recovery.
Mycotherapy is one of the oldest natural healing methods in the world. Its origin lies in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In TCM, medicinal mushrooms such as reishi, shiitake or maitake have already proven their worth for centuries – both in preventive health care and in the treatment of a variety of diseases. Even in the case of cancer, medicinal mushrooms are a valuable supportive aid, as experience from practice, but also a large number of international studies show.
Medicinal mushrooms for prophylaxis and therapy
Especially the mushroom powder from the whole mushroom contains thousands of ingredients. These include, for example, glycoproteins, triterpenes, adenosines, vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and above all the very important enzymes as well as many other ingredients. They all have an influence on the human organism. And amazingly they boost each other in their effect.
This means that the individual valuable ingredients of the whole medicinal mushrooms work as a compound. On the one hand they stimulate certain metabolic reactions in the organism, on the other hand they inhibit certain processes. This is a sensible and balanced process that enables us to make full use of nature’s power for our well-being. Vital mushrooms have a balancing and regulating effect.
Strengthen the immune system
For example, if our body is exhausted or burdened with stimulants and environmental toxins, the immune system works slowly and rather sluggishly. Studies on cancer patients, for example, have shown that taking medicinal mushroom powder made from the whole mushroom reactivates the defence cells. A healthy immune system, on the other hand, is not getting “overactivated” by the mushrooms. If, on the other hand, the immun system reacts to completely harmless substances, such as in the case of allergies, then the vital mushrooms ensure that this “excessive” immune reaction is brought down. This means that medicinal mushroom powder from the whole mushroom has an adaptogenic, i.e. balancing and regulating effect and therefore brings the immune system back into balance.
Medicinal mushrooms detoxify the body
When using medicinal mushrooms for therapeutic purposes, it is essential to ensure that only the best quality products are used. Because of its high concentration of enzymes, mushroom powder from the whole mushroom is able to break down toxins in the body and make them excretable. For this reason, the mushrooms should come exclusively from BIO-certified cultivation in Germany. This ensures that there are no toxins or pollutants in the mushrooms to be used. These unpolluted mushrooms then act like a catalyst and extract the toxins from the body. During the detox process, the enzymes that are abundantly contained in the mushroom powder from the whole mushroom are of particular importance.
This is why the use of powder from the whole mushroom is so important to us. In order to preserve as many valuable ingredients as possible in a mushroom powder preparation, a gentle drying of freshly harvested mushrooms at a maximum of 40° C is a requirement. This ensures that the heat-labile ingredients of the medicinal mushrooms – such as enzymes and proteins – are also preserved!
„Anyone who has heartburn all the time knows how I suffered. In addition, the permanent intake of acid blockers damaged my liver. After only a short time of taking the Hericium mushroom capsules, I felt much better. Since then, I have had neither stomach pain nor problems with my oesophagus.“
„I have been taking aspirin every day for years as a preventive measure. For some time now, I have been getting more and more stomach aches from it. Since I have been taking Auricularia, the stomach pains are gone. My risk of thrombosis has also been eliminated and yet I have no problems with blood clotting when I injure myself.“
„After 80 chemotherapies, I was diagnosed with two tumours again. I was given up by conventional medicine. That's when I learned about the healing effect of mushrooms and grasped at the last straw. Today I am tumour-free and cured of cancer.“
Particularly effective – triterpenes and glycoproteins
The triterpenes are among the most effective ingredients of medicinal mushrooms. They are mainly found in the fruiting body, predominantly in the lamellae and the spores of the mature mushroom cap. The spectrum of activity of the triterpenes is very broad. They can have anticarcinogenic, antiviral, antibacterial, fungicidal and antioxidant effects. Triterpenes include molecules such as steroids, vitamin D and bile acids.
Glycoproteins are high-molecular and complex molecules of ß-glycans (polysaccharides) and proteins. The effect of the glycoprotein is higher than the effect of the ß-glycan alone. The glycoproteins have an immunomodulating and antitumour effect.
The right enzymes for a healthy body
Basically, almost all life processes are based on enzyme reactions. For example, they play an important role in cellular respiration and support our life energy. Metaphorically speaking, one could even say that they are the ignition spark or the hub of life. There are enzymes that the body can produce itself and enzymes that have to be ingested with food.
In total, the various metabolic processes are influenced by over 5,000 different enzymes and their supporting vitamins and minerals. Mushrooms are generally very rich in enzymes. If powder is made from the whole mushroom and has been gently dried, the enzymes contained in the whole mushrooms remain intact. Enzymes are biocatalysts that are extremely heat-labile and are completely destroyed at temperatures as low as 40°C.
The enzymes of the mushrooms are, on the one hand, antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione (GSH) and laccase.
dismutase (SOD), glutathione (GSH) and laccase. Furthermore, they are enzymes that participate in the suppression of cell proliferation (glucose-2-oxidase and protease) and enzymes that are involved in the detoxification of the organism (peroxidases, monoxygenases, dehydrogenases and reductases).
Whenever an enzyme system is missing in the body or has become disordered, the metabolism gets out of balance. While the blood of healthy people is rich in enzymes, diseases lead to a lack of them. Cancer patients usually have by far the lowest enzyme content in their blood.
The detoxifying effect of medicinal mushrooms
We know from mushrooms that they can break down toxins, change their structure and therefore transform them into a form that can be excreted. Mushrooms are very rich in enzymes and possess – and this is unique – not only the enzymes necessary for phase I, but also for phase II of detoxification. In phase I, the toxins are broken down, producing a very high amount of free radicals. However, due to their antioxidant effect, the mushrooms can capture the harmful effect of these free radicals.
Only with the enzymes of phase II the broken down toxins are then transformed into a form that can be excreted and is therefore harmless. A detoxification process also constantly takes place in our organism. Especially in stressful situations and during an illness, this process runs at full speed. The medicinal mushroom powder from the whole mushroom supports the organism with various enzymes that stimulate the detoxification process. In addition, the ingredients of the whole mushrooms stimulate the body’s own detoxification systems.
Medicinal mushroom powder from the whole mushroom
Mushroom powder from the whole mushroom is rich in minerals and trace elements; it probably contains every mineral of its growing substrate. Therefore, it is crucial on which substrate the mushrooms are grown. Potassium and phosphorus are found in large quantities and calcium and iron in small quantities, as well as trace elements such as copper and especially selenium. Mushrooms are also rich in vitamins. The group of B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12) is particularly worth mentioning. Vitamins D and E are also found in mushrooms. Some mushrooms also contain vitamins A and C; however, only in small amounts. We need these different vitamins to support our enzymes.
Medicinal mushrooms contain valuable chitin
Another interesting component of the whole mushroom powder is chitin, a ubiquitous polysaccharide found in fungi, insects and parasites. To break down chitin, the human organism has developed the enzyme chitinase, which is located in activated macrophages. The macrophages react to chitin as they would to a pathogen. Therefore, chitin exerts a stimulating as well as training effect on our immune system to be able to fight parasites better. At the same time, chitin reduces fat absorption in the intestine and is therefore helpful for a slim line.
Chitin also reduces the amount of cholesterol absorbed through the intestine, which also helps to lower cholesterol. The chitin in mushrooms also contains glucosamine. Glucosamine is the basic building material for cartilage, tendons, ligaments and bone structures. It is needed in the body to repair and rebuild damaged cartilage in the joints and spine, protects the joints and has a positive effect on maintaining mobile joints.
Chitin is broken down by the enzyme chitinase and converted to N-acetylglucosamine. In young and healthy people, the body produces enough glucosamine on its own to keep the joints functional. In older people, glucosamine is no longer produced in sufficient quantities and should be supplemented daily. Chitin has a very large surface area and is therefore even able to absorb and excrete radioactivity. Chitin is therefore very valuable for our well-being.
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