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Health Benefits of Agaricus Blazei.

ABM Mushroom

In Brazil, China, Taiwan, and Korea, Agaricus blazei is believed to stimulate the immune system, fight cancer, reduce blood cholesterol levels, cure digestive and circulatory disorders, prevent peptic ulcer and osteoporosis, improve the quality of life of diabetics, and fight emotional and physical stress. A growing number of scientific researches support these claimed health benefits of the Agaricus blazei, especially on cancer treatment.

Complex polysaccharides isolated from Agaricus blazei like beta-glucans have been found in laboratory studies to inhibit tumor growth and directly kill cancer cells. Other studies also suggest the ability of Agaricus blazei extract to inhibit cancer metastases.

Beta-glucans from Agaricus blazei works on a cellular and molecular level to stimulate the vital components of the immune system such as neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, monocytes, and natural killer (NK) cells. These immune system cells do not only help the body fight infection but also fight tumors and cancer cells.

Agaricus blazei has also been found to exhibit antioxidant properties. The antioxidants in the mushroom will prevent the oxidation of cholesterols, which form plaques in the inner linings of blood vessels, hardening blood vessels and obstructing blood flow. Cholesterol plaques in blood vessels are the major culprits in incidents of heart attack and stroke. Antioxidants also benefits the body by neutralizing unstable and harmful free radicals that damages cells and tissues.

In one study, Agaricus blazei extract protected laboratory mice from fatal septicemia (serious bacterial infection). The extract also increased the survival rate of the infected mice.

Agaricus blazei extract showed anti-hyperglycemic, anti-hypertriglyceridemic, anti-arteriosclerosis, , and anti-hypertriglyceridemic activities in laboratory rats with streptozocin induced diabetes.

In Japan, thousands of patients are using Agaricus blazei to improve their quality of life after undergoing chemotherapy. Patients who are taking Agaricus blazei report improvement of the side effects of chemotherapy such as appetite loss, alopecia (hair loss), emotional instability, and general weakness.

Studies on human subjects show that both systolic and diastolic blood pressures were significantly reduced in subjects that take Agaricus blazei than those who take placebo.

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Ganoderma Lucidum

ganoderma lucidium the reishi mushroom

Reishi mushroom is also know as Ganoderma Lucidum, it is one of the olders herbal mushrooms used in today’s medicine. It has been used for centuries in China as it has been thought to aid patients with a large variety of medical conditions. As the mushroom was rare and expensive treatments were reserved for royalty. Through tecnological advancements growing Reishi Mushrooms has now become a reality thus lowering the cost of this mushroom making it available to the everyday person.

The Reishi mushroom is thought to improve the body’s immune system and aid in rehabilitating the immune system if needed. While some of todays western medicine actually don’t work as well after a period with Reishi Mushroom the body nevers seems to fully get used to the effects that is has , thus promoting a stronger immune system

People who have allergies may find some relief when using Reishi Mushroom. In addition people who suffer from simple mental problems such as stress, concentration problems, fatigue and sleep deprivation have also found the mushroom to be of tremendous aid.

Reishi Mushroom has also been known to prevent health problems that may lead to more serious problems such as heart attack or other heart conditions. It is cliamed that it can also help people with liver disorders, blood circulation , lung disorders and even help with symptoms of HIV.

The Reishi Mushroom also is known to have wonderful effects on the skin as it helps to increase the delivery of nutrients to the skin. It may also help control acne and minimize fine lines and age spots.

As with all types of treatment one should always consult with the medical practitioner before starting any type of therapy, we suggest you check with your doctor should you want to try alternative remedies.

Terry Dunn is webmaster of an information resource about Ganoderma and how it can help you.

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