A mushroom is a unique yet complex organism that is packed with thousands of enzymes and a number of nutrients offering numerous health benefits. They are a group of fungi with above ground fleshy reproductive structures or fruit bodies which we generally call mushrooms. Across the world, many ancient cultures have trusted mushrooms’ ability to promote health and wellness including ancient Egyptians, who believed it to be ‘the plant of immortality’ about 4600 years back. Mushroom rituals were practiced in civilizations throughout the world, including Russia, China, Greece, Mexico and Latin America, which shows their historical significance. Mushroom Complex 6 contains extracts of six mushrooms from the world’s ancient traditions.
When talking about a healthy diet, mushrooms carry immense value as they check all the nutritional boxes. There are two primary biological compounds identified and they are beta glucans and proteoglycans. Beta glucans are chains of polysaccharides and proteoglycans are specialized proteins located in our connective tissues that connect or separate other organs. Each species offers a variety of beta-glucan molecular structures that provide different benefits making each member unique.
Mushroom Complex 6 contains 6 carefully selected mushrooms namely Chaga, Cordyceps, Shiitake, Reishi, Lion’s mane and Maitake that work synergistically promoting each other’s benefits for an exemplary total return. Let’s have to peek at the unique benefits of each, in brief.
- Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)
The famed ‘Chaga’ has been used as a folk remedy for centuries in Russia and other North-European countries for its health benefits. According to the Russian Medical Academy, it can boost the immune system reducing the incidence of infections, calm the nervous system and help reduce blood sugar thereby fighting diabetes. Studies have demonstrated that regular consumption can prevent lung and liver cancers.
- Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis)
Being globally available and relatively inexpensive, Cordyceps are used in herbal medicine for centuries especially in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine. These ‘clubhead’ herbs are commonly used for correcting respiratory disorders like a cough and bronchitis and also for alleviating kidney problems. Regular use can significantly reduce blood bad cholesterols (LDL) and frequently used for strengthening the immune system.
- Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
Shiitake is the third most widely cultivated mushroom in the world and the earliest record of shiitake cultivation was from southern Song dynasty in China thousands of years back. Its chemical components are shown to increase satiety thereby reducing the food intake which is ideal for fighting obesity. Regular consumption can drastically reduce the fat deposition when consumed with a high-fat diet. In our body, numerous cell mutations take place at a given time and almost all of them are destroyed by our immune system (apoptosis). If not controlled they can lead to cancers. Shiitake mushrooms can promote apoptosis inhibiting the cancer growth.
- Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
Relatively unknown to western cultures Reishi mushroom are famed for its ability to promote longevity. It aids the immune system and prevents abnormal blood vessel formations that could lead to life-threatening cancerous growths. It has neuroprotective properties that prevent or slow memory loss in Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases. A 2013 study has shown that regular intake can stop ongoing liver damage and regenerate liver cells, preventing cirrhosis.
- Lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus)
According to Asian culture, it is said that lion’s mane gives you “nerves of steel and the memory of a lion”. Despite the literal meaning, it depicts the potential benefits of lion’s mane for the nervous system. Frequent consumption can regenerate nerves and improve memory. Just like Vitamin C and E, this mushroom is also a potent antioxidant that can reduce the oxidative stress in our body thereby alleviating heart diseases, strokes and promote longevity.
- Maitake (Grifola frondosa)
Maitake mushrooms have been used as both food and medicine in Asian cultures for many centuries and are capable of reducing blood sugar levels in diabetes. Currently, many Japanese doctors are using Maitake mushrooms to lower blood pressure and blood lipids, two key risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
It’s important to eat only organically grown mushrooms because they absorb chemicals from whatever they grow in either good or bad. Mushroom Complex 6 contains extracts from mushrooms organically grown on hardwood logs and not fed anything (please note they are not certified organic so we cannot advertise them as organic). There are no artificial flavors or preservatives and are dairy free, soy free, corn free and gluten free.
The term ‘bioavailability’ means the ability of our body to digest and absorb the ingredient. A number of mushroom supplements in the market do not contain any bioactive elements resulting in zero bioavailability. Mushrooms must be subjected to an extraction process otherwise, they are indigestible. In Mushroom Complex 6 we use an dual water/ethanol extraction process which is far more sophisticated than the traditional hot-water extraction and is capable of releasing water and non-water soluble substances in the mushrooms creating a far superior extract.
Using these revolutionary techniques in extraction we have been able to bring forth an ultimate extract of six mushrooms with the highest bioavailability, the Mushroom Complex 6.