At the tiny nodules of mycelia networks, under the right conditions, primordia can form. Contained in the primordium is the nascent, first visible sign of the mushroom form we all know—the stem and cap. The mushroom’s fruiting body can fully mature in a matter of days. It is this fruiting stage, with its underside gills or pores, that will then produce fine, dust-like spores that can be spread far and wide by weather and by animals. The mushroom life cycle is a whole, largely invisible, substratum of the biosphere, creating, absorbing, and integrating nutrients, resulting in important health tonic benefits for us. And every part of the mushroom life cycle has nutrient, as well as medicinal, value.
For thousands of years, mushrooms have been a staple in Chinese medicine. Many clinical studies, in addition, have shown the wide range of their tonic, adaptogenic abilities. Above all, they are known to enhance immune functioning and increase antibody production, stimulating and modulating the immune system toward an optimal state. They are therefore a natural defense system in fortifying the body, revered for their traditional longevity properties. They build stamina, and assist with glucose metabolism and cholesterol management. They also have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory properties. Mushrooms help with cold and flu recovery, stress relief, allergic responses, hypertension, diabetes, and support the proper modulation of blood pressure, blood sugar, and the body’s oxygen utilization. They offer circulatory support, which then helps with memory, and have antioxidant and detoxifying properties—liver and kidney studies show their ability to correct toxic overload in the body. They provide endocrine support, and aid in the formation of T-cells, which are important in cell-mediated immunity. Included in their wide range of nutrient compounds, mushrooms contain beneficial complex carbohydrates (polysaccharides), amino acids, proteins, beta glucans, glycoproteins, B vitamins, and a wide range of minerals. Their biochemical profile works in synergy with vitamin C. They also provide both digestive and antioxidant enzymes. They are also high in fiber. Note that Herbal Products & Development’s Mushroom Power Supreme is non-candida forming and, in fact, helps keep candida in check.