Immune Support, Stress, Fatigue, Debility, Chemotherapy, Recovery Programs,
Immune Deficiency (auto-immune disorders)
Mushroom Immune is a synergistic blend of 14 powerful organic mushroom mycelia. The formula can be used as both a preventative to maintain a strong immune system and protect one from immune breakdown, and as a treatment for those in the midst of immune deficiency, chronic stress and fatigue, debility, illness, and disease. Many diseases are linked to immune dysfunction, including cancer, AIDS/HIV, hepatitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and autoimmune disorders. Medicinal mushrooms are believed to have approximately 125 therapeutic effects including, immunomodulating, antioxidant, antitumor, antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic, hepatoprotective, and antidiabetic properties. Many of the medicinal benefits of mushrooms are derived from glucan polysaccharides and polysaccharide-peptides found in their cell walls. Polysaccharides are long molecule chains that have antitumor and immunostimulating properties. They have been shown to activate the immune response and potentiate a variety of immune cells including host cells, such as monocytes, neutrophils, dendritic cells, natural killer (NK) cells, and macrophages, plus chemical messengers, such as interferons, cytokines, and interleukins. Some
polysaccharides act as immune system enhancers and some have direct cytotoxic effects on cancer cells. Certain immune cells have specific receptors for specific polysaccharides present in mushrooms, such as Dectin-l, TLR and CR3, which explains why mushrooms have such a profound effect on immunity. Research has reported that mushrooms used in combination with each other have a multitude of beneficial effects, including increased longevity and reduced side effects in advanced cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Maitake stimulates regulation of interleukin-1, NK-cells, cytotoxic T-cells, and superoxide anions. The polysaccharides it contains have a unique structure and have been extensively researched for their immunomodulating activity Maitake's primary polysaccharide, beta-D-glucan is well absorbed orally. It has been shown to enhance immune function and has been studied for its benefits in cancer treatment and blood sugar support. Maitake is considered to be anti-HIV, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, and antiobesity. It is used for the prevention and treatment of flu, diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, urinary tract infections, and HIV.
Reishi contains numerous polysaccharides as well as triterpenes and amino acids that increase immunity and provide cardiovascular and blood sugar support. It stimulates circulation and helps lower blood pressure. Its water-soluble polysaccharides have been shown to have antitumor and immunostimulating activity. Studies report
Reishi helps reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels inhibits platelet aggregation and alleviates altitude sickness. It is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, and demonstrates anti-allergic activity.
Turkey Tail, also called Coriolus, has a multicolored cap resembling a turkey tail. It has been heavily researched for its anti-cancer properties and its ability to sup-
port immunity. PSK, a water-soluble protein-bound polysaccharide and PSP, a polysaccharide-peptide are two key compounds in Turkey Tail that have been the focus of much research. PSK acts both directly (stimulates immunity) and indirectly arterties. It has been used to treat many diseases including cancer, chronic hepatitis,
diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and AIDS. It supports the immune system and has shown immunomodulating and antitumor activity. Mesima, also known as Phellinus Linteus, contains beta D-glucan and lectin, which enhance immune activity, and a compound called interfungins A, which has been reported to help balance blood sugar levels. It also exhibits antioxidant, anticancer, and antibacterial effects. It has been used to treat gastroenteric dysfunction and can help in conditions of constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel.
Tramella is thought of as a tonic to the immune system and has been traditionally used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for exhaustion and debility. It enhances immune function and leukocyte activity and is an anticancer. It contains the acidic polysaccharide glucuronoxylomannan. Clinically, Tramella has been shown to be an effective treatment for chemotherapy-induced leukopenia. Velvet Foot, known in China and Japan as Enokitake, is traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat liver disease and gastric ulcers. It is an anticancer and antitumor and contains the beta-glycoprotein Proflamin, which has been used as a combination therapy in cancer treatment.
Zhu Ling (Polyporus umbellatus) has been traditionally used to treat edema, urinary problems, vaginal discharge, jaundice, and diarrhea. It possesses diuretic activities and has been used in the treatment of kidney diseases. It has anticancer, immune-
enhancing, and hepatoprotective properties. The liquid blend is initially extracted in a highly controlled hot water process to pull out the water-soluble compounds over a few days. It is then pressed, concentrated and the mushrooms are then re-extracted in alcohol over 30 days to pull out the non-water-soluble immunomodulating compounds.