An Introduction to the World of Nutraceutical Mushrooms
Part 1 – The Overview
This is the first of our 4-part series exploring health giving mushrooms. These four interviews will be posted one after the other over the next 4 weeks, so you will be able to follow along and have the grand overview. The are a lot of powerful benefits to mushrooms and we now understand much more about their nutritional and nutraceutical benefits. Each of these mushrooms that we will explore are considered among the best and most powerful.
Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years for their nutritional and healing properties. In some cultures, mushrooms have been revered and prized as food and medicine. Modern science now has several decades of scientific and clinical research into the benefits of mushrooms. Researchers are able to study very specific compounds found within the wide world of fungi.
Maitake is a delicious mushroom that promotes a healthy immune system, healthy blood pressure and healthy blood sugar levels. In Japan, it is known as the “King of Mushrooms.” Its name literally means “Dancing Mushroom,” because upon finding Maitake deep in the mountains the lucky discoverers, often local people, would dance for joy. Maitake was introduced to America in 1991 by Mike Shirota, President & CEO of Mushroom Wisdom.
In this interview, Mark will discuss the D Fraction extract from maitake mushroom and the clinical benefits that have been discovered for powerful immune support.
In this part, Mark will discuss nutritional support for healthy blood sugar levels. He will discuss the problem of syndrome X (metabolic syndrome) and the best ways to manage these levels. He will also discuss specifically the SX Fraction of the maitake mushroom.
Part 4 – Lion’s Mane Mushroom – Brain Health and Memory – Coming Soon
Named for its cascading tendrils, Lion’s Mane mushrooms have long been used in China and Japan to promote immune and digestive health. Recent research supported by Mushroom Wisdom demonstrates that a substance in Lion’s Mane inhibits the formation of toxic peptide in brain cells. Another substance stimulates the production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) in the brain. Lion’s Mane extract is showing promise for Alzheimer’s, dementia and possibly schizophrenia.
For more information: Go to BioResearch Update. BioResearch Update documents breakthrough research and insightful information about medicinal mushrooms. Here you can read about the clinical studies that can reveal some of these impressive benefits.
To review more studies go to PubMed, the government clearing house for clinical studies. There I found 272 references for maitake, 36 references for maitake d fraction, 31 references for SX fraction and 22 references for Lion’s Mane.
About Mark Kaylor
Mark J. Kaylor, Ph.D, C.N., M.H., is Vice President of Research & Education for Mushroom Wisdom. He has been a holistic healing practitioner and educator in southern California for 10 years. He has worked at a variety of levels in natural health retail, consulted with companies in formulating products and provided herbal training and formulas for national herbal extract manufacturers. In his efforts to share the gift of healing he has lectured internationally, written numerous articles, and appears frequently on radio and television.
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