*Commonly referred to as a mushroom, chaga is actually a hard sterile conk that is a canker disease on birch trees. Birch trees contain precursor compounds such as the triterpenoid betulin. Chaga draws betulin and other precursors directly from the birch tree and turns them into inotodiol, trametenolic acid and betulinic acid. Chaga is traditionally used for stomach illnesses and immunity issues.
A large body of research has demonstrated that Cs-4 has a similar profile of active compounds and activities as wild Cordyceps. It is traditionally used for fatigue, general weakness, improved respiratory function and improved sexual function. It is currently used in many athletic performance products.
Cordyceps Mushroom Extract
A large body of research has demonstrated that Cordyceps militaris has similar active compounds and activities to C. sinensis. Today, it is being cultivated on substrates free from any insects. It is traditionally used for fatigue, general weakness, improved respiratory function and improved sexual function.
Turkey Tail Mushroom Extract
Coriolus, also known as Turkey Tail, is a powerful immunomodulator that is useful for all types of conditions where immunity is compromised.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is an immunomodulator that is useful for many conditions where immunity is compromised. It has also been used for gastritis. Current research suggests that Lion’s Mane may have some effect on nerve growth.
Maitake Mushroom Extract
During the 1990’s Japanese scientists led by Dr. Hiroki Nanba carried out extensive research demonstrating the activity of Maitake beta-glucans as immune system potentiators. Their research identified and commercialized a concentrated beta-glucan called D-fraction or MT-1. This fraction has a ratio of beta-glucan to protein of 7:3.
Oyster Mushroom Extract
Oyster has demonstrated immunological activity in many research publications. Of significant value is the presence of statins, which occur in sufficient quantities to be of benefit. Numerous studies have shown the ability of Pleurotus to lower cholesterol when taken orally.
Phellinus Mushroom Extract
There has been a significant amount of research in Korea, most of it focused on the immunological activities of this mushroom. By all accounts, this mushroom is considered a potent immunomodulator.
Polyporus Mushroom* Extract
*Polyporus is a sclerotium, a hardened mass of mycelium that forms around the roots of trees. Polyporus has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. It is a rich source of carbohydrates with an atypically low amount of protein. Research has demonstrated immunological potentiation. It is also used as a diuretic.
Poria Mushroom* Extract
*Poria is a sclerotium, a hardened mass of mycelium that forms around the roots of trees. It is a rich source of carbohydrates with an atypically low amount of protein. It is used in many Traditional Chinese Formulas for its diuretic properties. Research has also demonstrated immunological potentiation.
Reishi Mushroom Extract
Scientific research into the compounds responsible for Reishi mushroom activity began in the 1970’s in China and Japan. Scientists discovered highly active beta-(1>3)-glucans with the ability to potentiate innate immunity by activating immune cells. Also discovered were secondary metabolites called triterpenoids which were present in significant amounts and sets Reishi apart from all the other medicinal mushrooms.
Shiitake Mushroom Extract
In the 1970’s the Japanese mushroom industry supported extensive research into the nutritional and medicinal properties of Shiitake. The scientist Goro Chihara fractionated Shiitake polysaccharides and named the most active fraction lentinan, a pure beta-1-3-glucan. This compound was developed into a drug that has been utilized as a complement to traditional medical practices for cancer therapy.
Tremella Mushroom Extract
Tremella is a flowery shaped mushroom with a gelatinous texture. It is a rich source of carbohydrates with an atypically low amount of protein. It has been used in skin products for its moisturizing properties and is considered to have anti-aging effects on the skin. Research has demonstrated immunological potentiation.
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