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Enhancing your wellness is much more than just being free of disease; wellness means enhanced health and includes looking, feeling and being “well.” This implies having healthy skin, hair and nails, mental clarity, physical strength and stamina, along with maximum resistance to stress, disease and the ravages of aging. Wellness, therefore, naturally leads to longevity and achieving the more enjoyment and fulfilment from life.

Why Medicinal Mushrooms?

Cornerstones of Traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine for thousands of years, humble-looking fungi have recently claimed the attention of natural healers and scientists alike in the West, for they have the potential to be immune stimulants and helpers in the fight against disease. Their names sound exotic, yet hint at the esteem in which they’re held in Asia: maitake (Grifola frondose) means “dancing mushroom” in Japanese because mushroom hunters were said to dance for joy when they found it in times past. The Chinese name for reishi mushroom is (Ganoderma lucidum) is lingzhi, which means “herb of spiritual potency.” Along with shiitake (Lentinus edodes) and turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), and other varieties as well are worth taking to bolster your defenses.

How Medicinal Mushrooms Work to Keep You Healthy

Most medicinal mushrooms contain large, sugar-based molecules called polysaccharides that have demonstrated positive effects on components of the immune system and the ability to stand up to cancer cells—in test tube studies at least. More recently, preliminary research in people suggests that extracts from some of these fungi may also strengthen and balance immune response and may work alongside conventional chemotherapy drugs, in experimental protocols, to better attack a wide variety of cancers. Exciting news in the ongoing quest to find more effective cancer treatments.


In one review of five well-designed human studies, researchers concluded that adding a reishi extract to chemotherapy or radiation therapy improved effectiveness by 27 percent. Studies of a Japanese maitake extract suggesting it also helps, though cancer experts say more research is needed. A turkey tail extract called PSK, along with other treatments, seems to have helped people with cancers of the oesophagus, stomach, colon or breast to survive longer. And a polysaccharide from the shiitake mushroom, called lentinan, also seemed to improve quality of life and survival in people undergoing treatment for cancers of the colon, stomach and pancreas.


In an article entitled: “Edible Mushrooms: Improving Human Health and Promoting Quality Life” by Maria Elena Valverde, Talia Hernández-Pérez and Octavio Paredes-López, published online in the International Journal of Microbiology, the authors have created an exhaustively researched treatise on the enormous potential and value of medicinal mushrooms to human health: “A large variety of mushrooms have been utilized traditionally in many different cultures for the maintenance of health, as well as in the prevention and treatment of diseases through their immunomodulatory and antineoplastic properties. In the last decade, the interest for pharmaceutical potential of mushrooms has been increased rapidly, and it has been suggested that many mushrooms are like mini-pharmaceutical factories producing compounds with miraculous biological properties. In addition, the expanded knowledge of the molecular basis of tumorigenesis and metastasis has given the opportunity for discovering new drugs against abnormal molecular and biochemical signals leading to cancer.


“More than 100 medicinal functions are produced by mushrooms and fungi and the key medicinal uses are antioxidant, anticancer, antidiabetic, antiallergic, immunomodulating, cardiovascular protector, anticholesterolemic, antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antifungal, detoxification, and hepatoprotective effects; they also protect against tumor development and inflammatory processes.” 1


1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4320875/,

How Medicinal Mushrooms Work to Keep You Looking Young and Beautiful

While we can’t control our age, we can control numerous factors that accelerate the aging process, including excessive exposure to sunlight, poor nutrition and stress. Unlike other organs in our body, we can apply sunscreens, moisturizers and other healthy beauty products directly to the skin. For that reason alone, there is absolutely no reason you can’t have healthy attractive skin throughout your life at any age.


Natural ingredients are at the forefront of today’s skin care research and can be found in many of the latest beauty products. From soy and oatmeal to complete organic formulations, scientists have identified a variety of skincare and beauty benefits within everyday natural ingredients—fusing science with the art of natural healing and adapting holistic wisdom from many different cultures. Recently added to this beauty-secret roster is the shitake mushroom and other medicinal mushrooms.


First cultivated in Asia over 1,000 years ago, shiitake mushrooms were recognized for their ability to enhance vitality and help slow the aging process. Now researchers have captured the natural benefits of rejuvenating shiitake mushrooms through the creation of natural shiitake products and along with other medicinal mushroom formulations that are able to accelerate the skin’s own natural renewal process. As we age, our collagen breaks down and that’s why we develop wrinkles. Natural medicinal mushroom products replenish surface cells faster so your skin looks and feels younger.

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Used as a medicine for several centuries, Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushrooms shows promise in the treatment of: mitochondrial damage, gut issues, viral/bacterial infections, and pain and anti-inflammatory properties. However, this mushroom is now being researched as a potential aid in cancer treatments, chronic fatigue and healthy cell regeneration.

Lion’s Mane

Lion’s Mane or Hericium erinaceus is gaining significant ground in the field of neurological medicine as it has been shown to aid in the demyelination (reversing of plaque buildup) of nerve axons. It’s also being studied as a potential treatment for cognitive disorders associated with old age, including Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and motor impairments caused by nerve damage.


This mushroom has delivered promising results in recent decades in scientific studies that show strong immune-boosting, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. The most common trigger of chronic disease is almost always inflammation. Everything from cardio-vascular conditions, to cancers, to gut based diseases, to asthma—can all be linked to a type of systemic inflammation. Chaga possesses an extraordinary property of helping block overactive inflammatory response mediators right down to the cellular level. Hot water is traditionally used to extract woody chaga mushrooms (Inonotus obliquus) into a tea, a powdered supplement, or as an extract.


Cordyceps mushrooms (Cordyceps militaris) provide much of the same benefits as the other mushrooms above in varying degrees, but this mushroom is unique in that it may produce an anti-apoptosis effect within the neurons of the brain. Preliminary data suggests a potential for an extract of Cordyceps militaris, cordycepin, could help treat Alzheimer’s disease. This mushroom is also being studied as an alternative treatment to type 2 diabetes.

Turkey Tail

Studies conducted since the late 2000s to early 2010s have shown that Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor), more than any other medicinal mushroom, showed a significant influence over the regeneration of the immune system following radiation and drug treatments in breast cancer patients in various stages of progression of disease. The fungus achieves this by impacting the function of killer T-cells as well as improving immune signaling responses so that these T-cells can better identify pathogens, viruses, bacteria and cancer cells.

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