For thousands of years, practitioners of Eastern Medicine, Native Americans and indigenous cultures have used specific mushrooms for their health benefits.
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS?
These fungi are often referred to as medicinal mushrooms and like all fungi, contain compounds called beta glucans within their cell walls. Beta-glucans provide support for the immune system by activating killer T-cell response to invaders in the body.
Other facets of this powerful medicine include anti-cancer properties, antioxidant activity, cardiovascular support (anti-hypertensive and cholesterol-lowering), liver protective, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and anti-viral and anti-microbial properties.
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These blends are available in a variety of forms, such as powders, capsules, and tinctures.
TYPES OF MEDICINAL BLEND MUSHROOMS
You might find the following mushrooms in a medicinal blend:
Cordyceps is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for immune support and to replenish energy. Cordyceps extract is considered the highest class of tonic herbs for balancing the body’s internal systems (Yin and Yang energy).
Lion’s Mane tea has been used in Japanese herbalism; research indicates extracts may protect and support the immune system and play a role in stimulating nerve growth.
Maitake is used in Japanese medicine for supporting immune health and is noted for its antiviral effects. It contains a variety of beta glucans, minerals, and amino acids.
Shiitake supports the health of the liver and the immune system. It contains lentinan, an active compound associated with a healthy immune response. Shiitake also contains minerals, vitamins, and many essential amino acids.
Reishi, “the mushroom of immortality” is used in both TCM and Japanese medicine as a daily tonic for boosting immunity and protecting against cancer and inflammation. Reishi is not an a culinary mushroom because of its tough texture, which makes it difficult to chew.
The best choice of blends can vary from person to person; your holistic health practitioner can determine the best choice of medicinal mushrooms for you.
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Gaia Herbs has a variety of new medicinal mushroom blend formulas, and has generously sponsored a giveaway.
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- Cellular Immune Support (contains Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps, and Maitake mushrooms)
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*Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Closes 11:59pm EDT on July 31, 2017. Always check with your doctor before starting any new supplement, especially if you have a medical condition, are taking medication, and/or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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