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Organic; Reishi, Chaga and the Cordyceps family have a very impressive line up of health benefits, below are the most prominent, but for further details, head over to their individual product pages.
Having a weakened immune system and excessive inflammation can have many negative health implications, all Medicinal Mushrooms have been studied to suggest that they help modulate, improve, and protect the immune system—the system responsible for fighting off every disease—whilst at the same time potentially decreasing inflammation. Coupling compounds that may enhance immune system function and fight inflammation seems intuitive if you wish to feel and perform your best, Reishi, Chaga and Ophiocordyceps may naturally facilitate this—all on their lonesome—when combined it would suggest a winning combination.
Many studies have been performed surrounding the benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms and their ability to slow the growth or spread of various cancerous tumours, obviously science is still very active in researching the potential benefits for this terrible disease, but current studies suggest that Reishi, Chaga and Ophiocordyceps may potentially help as an adjunct treatment to: lymphoma, lung, colon, cervical, breast, prostate, and skin.
Antioxidants play an important role when preventing the body from oxidising and thus put under more stress. The high anti-oxidants values within Reishi, Chaga and Ophiocordyceps contribute to many health benefits. Recent studies (2015) suggest that the anti-oxidant levels of Chaga and Ophiocordyceps actually increase when subjected to low levels of gamma irradiation.
Studies also show that when Ophiocordyceps and Reishi are supplemented in the diet over a 3 month period, the male hormone (testosterone) and the stress hormone (cortisol) ratios changed, which is great for athletes who are at risk of over-training or overreaching in the lead up to an event. Further studies suggest that supplementation with Ophiocordyceps can improve:
- exercise performance by increasing the metabolism as well as extending the time before becoming out of breath.
- endurance by lowering fatigue.
Oxidative stress is implicated as a cause for various neuro degenerative diseases. Studies have shown that Chagas adaptogenic effects help in reducing the oxidation of the cells responsible for causing these types of degenerative diseases. Reishi has also been shown to potentially have positive impacts on brain function.
FATIGUE and DEPRESSION
Due to the adaptogenic and immunomodulating qualities of Reishi and Ophiocordyceps, studies have shown that they may have the ability to aid the treatment of fatigue and depression—which often come hand in hand. This makes perfect sense, since having a compromised immune system coupled with excessive inflammation requires the body to work harder and thus you to feel less energised/fatigued. Once fatigued you are then less functional, mentally and physically, chronic fatigue can potentially lead to depression. Obviously fatigue is not caused or solved by one thing, but by looking beyond fatigue as the symptom and paying attention to the cause, invariably the fatigue could be helped and so could depression (that age old saying "prevention is cure").
CIRCULATORY (BLOOD SUGAR)
Ophiocordyceps similarly to the other medicinal mushrooms, has also been shown to aid in the management of blood sugar, proving that this could be beneficial for those suffering from Diabetes. The fermented variety of Ophiocordyceps has been suggested to have anti-diabetic agents that may help those at risk. It has also been studied to suggest that Ophiocordyceps may help reduce diabetic induced endothelial dysfunction by reducing oxidative stress. (8, 18)
SUGARS and CHOLESTEROL BALANCE
Studies suggest that when consuming all of these Mushroom/Fungi individually, they have the ability to maintain balance of the blood sugar, proving that this could be beneficial for those suffering from Diabetes. Chaga has been shown to manage cholesterol by lowering your bad cholesterol 'LDL' and increasing the good cholesterol 'HDL'.