WHAT ARE MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS?
By the term mushrooms, we generally mean the definition of Chang and Miles (1992): a macro fungus with a distinctive fruiting body which can be hypogeous or epigeous, large enough to be seen with the naked eye and to be picked by hand. Numerous studies have demonstrated that certain components present in medicinal mushrooms have been responsible for the modulation of cellular and physiological changes in the host. It is for this reason that mushrooms are often used as cancer therapeutic agents.
The number of mushroom species on Earth is estimated at 140,000, yet maybe only 10% (approximately 14,000 named species) are known. Mushrooms comprise a vast and yet largely untapped source of powerful new chemical and pharmaceutical products. They represent an unlimited source of polysaccharides with antitumor and immuno-stimulating properties. Data on mushroom polysaccharides have been collected from 651 species and 7 infraspecific taxa from 182 genera if higher Hetero and Homobasidiomycetes. Mushroom polysaccharides prevent oncogenesis, show direct antitumor activity against various allogeneic and syngenetic tumors, and prevent tumor metastasis. Polysaccharides from mushrooms do not attack cancer cells directly, but produce antitumor effects by activating different immune responses in the host.
These substances are regarded as biological response modifiers. This basically means that: (1) they cause no harm and place no additional stress on the body; (2) they help the body adapt to various environmental and biological stresses; and (3) they exert a non-specific action on the body, supporting some or all of the major systems, including nervous, hormonal, and immune systems, as well as regulatory functions.
Fungi working in a synergistic way, which have direct biological activity on mammals. These fungi live via an extra cellular process of digesting the food environment around it. The organic chemicals of fungal food are broken down by the mushroom’s catalysts, (enzymes), and these smaller molecules are absorbed and used within the mushroom’s cells. Fungal food sources are broken down, by a large contingent of special and diverse enzymes. Consumption of these mushrooms then makes these enzymes available to the user.
In the process of the fungal cell growth, its cell structure is built from simple sugars, assembled into large macro molecules called beta-glucans. These large sugars have unique special characteristics. These stereo specific structures are produced by the fungi, and their shapes are regulated by the way the sugars attach to each other through linkages. These specialized sugar shaped molecules (Beta-glucans), attach to the surface of the cells within our bodies, just as a key fits a lock. The human cell receptors, then through a multi-step process perform chemistry within the cell. Some beta-glucans cause the cells to send communication signals, which adjust the internal chemistry of the cell, like the regulation of calcium and sodium concentrations. Some cell signaling (transductance) causes RNA to be transcribed through ribosomes into functioning proteins, and critical enzymes, regulating these newly formed proteins.
Beyond Beta-glucans are glycoproteins. Complex sugar structures are attached to a protein stem. These structures look like a bristle brush, and act by attachment to human cell surfaces to express a large amount of functional chemistry. Through this process of cell transductance, receptors can open the cell walls to increase the flow of glucose, adrenaline, and insulin across the membrane. In these types of processes, blood glucose may be balanced, cholesterol and blood lipids may be lowered, nitric oxide may be produced, causing the dilation of blood vessels, macrophage cells may be activated, the efficiency of the ATP cycle may be enhanced, or enzymes may be created which quench free radical cascades.
Enzymes, within the medicinal mushrooms are specific to breaking apart large cellular molecules of foods. When the Medicinal Mushrooms are consumed by the host, these enzymes act within the digestive track to break bonds of food complexes containing phosphorus, transition metals, vitamins, and other valuable organic chemistry. Now, these previously unavailable chemicals may be better absorbed through the animal’s digestive system, enabling previous cellular deficiencies to be fulfilled.
The body processes chemistry and information through a cascade of protein to protein interactions. These cycles rely on the cells possessing chemistry to complete the cycle. When an intermediate chemical is non existent, the cycle stops, and the biological function cannot be accomplished. The medicinal Mushrooms are composed of three to four thousand specific biological acting chemicals. These chemicals are provided in a ratio which is beneficial to the host’s body. Because there are no large amounts of detrimental chemicals (as seen with drugs), the body’s natural processes use what they need and dispose of the rest. Therefore medicinal mushrooms can be consumed in large quantities as a whole food with no adverse effects.
The mushrooms contain all the essential amino acids and nucleosides, which are needed for protein synthesis. They contain transition metals which are incorporated within proteins to make up specific catalysts. These metals, are bound up in an organic matrix, which allows transport across the digestion membrane, making them bioavailable. The mushroom contains specialized catalysts, vitamins like B12, C, D, selenomethioneine, Lergothioneine. Also contained, are very specialized small organic molecules like dilinoleoyl-phosphatedylethamine, cordycepin, hericium, triterpenes and other unique chemicals which cause specialized host response.
Disease states originate from excess or deficiency within metabolic cycle process of the body. When downstream protein to protein transductance from an insulin receptor are inhibited by deficiency of essential proteins, or organic chemistry, blood sugar levels may become hyper or hypo. Because of a lack of blood glucose the Crebs cycle produces less chemical energy which is ultimately stored in ATP. As cellular energy is decreased, the gene expression of RNA is diminished. The essential catalysts and proteins which should be produced now are not. As cells realize they are not functioning properly, the cell may signal programmed cell death, apoptosis. The build up of b-amylate, (plaques), on nerve tissue leads to diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. High blood sugar levels leads to diabetes, and kidney failure. Excess free radical cascade reactions lead to athlesclerosis, high blood pressure, and heart disease. With deficiencies the Liver now has problems with the 157 separate chemical production cycles, leading to liver cirrhosis. People with serious deficiencies and chronic illness, usually find fast and significant improvement with their symptoms upon consuming the medicinal mushroom blends. The medicinal mushroom blends called myshroom (myshroom.com) originates from living fungal life forms, which, because of their structure and life process being very similar to ours, has within its biological matrix, the correct ratio of essential chemistry, for our cells daily needs.
A medicinal mushroom blend product made from hybrid strains of medicinal mushrooms is available. The strains are grow on a proprietary substrate in a clean room environment and are certified organic. This whole food product is unadulterated, organically grown, whole medicinal mushroom dried powder blends that come from rare strains of rare species of mushrooms. You get all of the beneficial chemistry from the whole mushroom. The mushroom product supports oxygen utilization and cellular protein synthesis and supports the body’s natural production of ATP. This blend of mushrooms also supports the essential enzyme transport system shuttling anti-oxidants to points of oxidative stress. By improving the body’s anti-oxidant cycle, fewer of the body’s cells are destroyed through oxidation. Then the body’s innate immune system spends less energy cleaning up dead cell debris, and is ready to defend against future invaders, thus improving your body’s overall health.
The blends contain seven novel hybrid strains not available in the wild, including Almond mushroom or Royal Sun Agaricus (Agaricus blazei), Cordyceps senensis, and Turkey Tail (Coriolus versicolor). The proprietary formulation and novel growing medium is produced in a GMP certified, sterile clean room environment facility.
Most mushroom products on the market are different in that they are grown to generate quantity as opposed to quality. Many of these end-products are merely extracts, not whole foods. Why settle for anything less?
You get all of the valuable culinary benefits of whole mushrooms in a simple, flavor enhancing powder. This makes it simple to boost the taste of many of your favorite foods (including desserts) and beverages. Many folks start with mixing 2 teaspoons per day into their food and/or beverages. And much more may be safely consumed daily (up to 16 teaspoons daily) – it’s just a food!
See our recipe suggestions below…
1/3rd cup of hot water or your favorite herbal tea
Stir 2 or more teaspoons of the powder
Add in organic honey, Lo Han or stevia to taste.
Cocoa may be added to taste.
You may also sprinkle the mushroom powder on your food or snack, or add it to a salad dressing, poultry, steak, salsa or fish sauce, soup or baking mix. It can be added to a bread, pancake mix or an omelet. Standard cooking temperatures do not negatively impact the product.