Medicinal mushrooms are powerful healers — and their benefits never cease to amaze me. I first learned about these remarkable fungi during my early exploration into traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) more than 30 years ago. Back then, however, nobody was talking about mushrooms outside of the TCM pharmacopeia.
But eventually, the secret got out.
As the research advances, medicinal mushrooms are earning widespread recognition as potent, versatile, and extremely beneficial natural agents, capable of repairing and enhancing your health on every level.
It all starts with immunity — but the benefits that mushrooms deliver certainly don’t end there. As powerful natural healers, medicinal mushrooms work to improve fundamental longevity processes in your body. So, you can break through your plateau and achieve next level health and wellness.
After all, wild mushrooms can grow just about anywhere, but they especially thrive in conditions of deterioration and decay — so they can help you thrive too, regardless of the challenges you may face.
Past, Present, Future — the Infinite Healing Power of Mushrooms
The unparalleled, multi-dimensional benefits of certain medicinal mushrooms allow them to work not only on diverse organs and systems of the body, but also on different aspects of your health along the spectrum of time.
For this reason, I often say that medicinal mushrooms support past, present, and future health. You might be wondering, what does that mean? Let me explain.
Addressing Problems from the Past
Medicinal mushrooms are outstanding for their ability to repair past damage to organs and tissues. For example, certain mushrooms have been shown to repair injury to the kidneys from antibiotics. Mushrooms in general have an affinity for areas of decay. In your body, this means areas that have become stagnant, with reduced circulation and oxygenation — areas where tumors, infections, and toxins can hide out.
Like bioactive sponges, medicinal mushrooms seek out these stagnant areas of your body and clean them up by absorbing toxins and dead tissue, and exchanging them with potent therapeutic compounds that work to repair the damage.
Medicinal mushrooms can have an immediate effect on immune response. This means they can offer fast-acting support and rapid results against infections from viruses, bacteria, and other microbes.
Medicinal mushrooms are potent immune trainers that work to fine-tune and optimize immune response over time. For example, if the immune system is suppressed, you may experience more frequent infections and even cancer. In this case, mushrooms help to increase immune response to the appropriate levels.
On the other hand, if your immune system is overactive, you may experience autoimmune symptoms such as inflammatory flare-ups. In these cases, medicinal mushrooms work to help reign in the immune system and prevent damaging inflammatory reactions.
Importantly, the effects of mushrooms on the body do not diminish over time (like some other natural therapies can). This means you can continue to see positive results with ongoing use. Mushrooms can also be taken at high doses when additional support is needed.
These highly adaptable features are unique to mushrooms, and make them excellent choices for improving your health in both the immediate and long-term.
Antiviral Actions and More
Immune system training and balance (aka modulation) is fundamental — and can go a long way in helping you achieve your best health.
But the immune benefits offered by different mushrooms extend beyond this, delivering powerful antimicrobial activity against bacteria, viruses, and other infectious agents.
Unique antiviral properties are present within many medicinal mushroom species. These actions include:
- Inhibition of enzymes that allow a virus to replicate
- Inhibition of enzymes that allow viruses to attach to and infect healthy cells
- Blocking the spread of viruses within the respiratory system
So What’s Their Secret?
In essence, medicinal mushrooms are some of the most concentrated sources of highly active, health-promoting compounds and “myco-nutrients”. These unique components deliver a diverse array of benefits for immunity, with additional targeted support for major organs and systems including:
- and much more …
For example, varieties like cordyceps, tremella, and Reishi are very high in nutrients called phospholipids, which can penetrate into the cell membrane to exchange with/remove fat-soluble toxins, while actively protecting your nervous system and brain.
Top Mushroom Varieties
There have been more than 260 species of medicinal mushrooms identified to date. Compelling research and a long-history of traditional use have helped identify some of the most powerful and effective species for total-body health and wellness.
Mushrooms can be taken individually; however, over the years, I’ve learned that taking them together in a combination formula. Combining different mushrooms gives you broad-spectrum support and coverage for your most critical areas of health. And believe me, you’ll notice the difference!
Here are a few of the top varieties I use often in my practice to help my patients— as well as myself and my family — achieve greater health and longevity.
Ganoderma (Reishi) — Antiviral actions, supports front-line immune activity, reduces symptoms of bronchitis and asthma, lowers cholesterol, enhances oxygenation of blood and tissues, reduces inflammation, supports detoxification, protects against radiation damage, and more.
Cordyceps (Caterpillar Mushroom) — Immune regulating and enhancing properties: enhances phagocyte, macrophage and NK cell function, improves bone marrow, anti-tumor activity; reduces LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol, lowers triglycerides, improves oxygenation and vital energy levels, anti-aging benefits, and more.
Coriolus (Turkey Tails) — A primary anti-cancer mushroom with unique compounds that demonstrate potent activity against pancreatic, cervical and other cancers; antiviral, supports front-line immunity, reduces symptoms of autoimmune conditions, anti-inflammatory benefits, and more.
Botanically Grown Mushrooms: Faster Growth, Greater Clinical Benefits
In my quest for the most effective natural therapies that can deliver the greatest clinical benefits, I came to develop a unique method that makes the already-powerful benefits of mushrooms even more potent and effective.
Known as “botanical-enhancement,” this revolutionary method relies on the ability of mushrooms to absorb nutrients from their surroundings during growth. Botanically enhanced mushrooms are cultivated on a milled blend of immune-supportive, adaptogenic herbs — instead of the normal wood pulp or brown rice substrate that most commercial mushrooms are grown on. This unique herbal growth formula fortifies the mushrooms with additional therapeutic compounds, resulting in even greater benefits for immune health and overall vitality.
Medicinal mushrooms help your immune system work smarter, not harder. With powerful adaptogenic support, mushrooms help to adjust immune responses as needed, while also helping to enhance organ systems achieve balance and optimal function. And when we use mushrooms together with other powerful natural agents like Modified Citrus Pectin, the synergistic benefits you experience can increase exponentially.
The more we learn about medicinal mushrooms, the more we come to realize the innate intelligence of these time-honored natural healers.
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