Dr. Mercola Whole Food Mushroom Complex
Dr. Mercola Whole Food Mushroom Complex contains seven, whole food, organic mushrooms each carefully selected and cultivated for maximum immune support. Mushrooms have a long history of medicinal use in various cultures around the world, and medical research shows that over 300 species are thought to have health supporting properties.
Health Benefits of Mushrooms
When we think of mushrooms, what we imagine is actually the fruiting body of a larger mass called "mycelium". The mycelium actually makes up 95% of the mushroom's total biomass, with most of it hidden beneath the soil. Mycelium is a vast network of living cells that can live for decades or even centuries, with one purpose: to preserve and promote the existence of the species. In order to survive, mycelium has developed an extremely effecient and highly developed immune system.
The primary biological compounds found in mushrooms are beta glucans and proteoglycans. Beta glucans are chains of polysaccharides, and proteoglycans are special proteins often found in connective tissues.
These mushroom-derived beta glucans are able to fit perfectly into cellular receptor sites, like a key fitting into a lock, to support our immune system. By binding to receptor points on cells, beneficial polysaccharide compounds are able to positively effect immune health. With each species of mushroom offering a variety of beta glucan molecular structures, combining multiple species into one formula multiplies the number of immune cell receptor sites that can be activated.
Other beneficial compounds found in mushrooms include:
- • Alpha glucans
- • Antoxidants
- • Enzymes
- • Pectins
- • Ribonucleases
- • Ubiquitin-like proteins
- • Peptides
- • Lectins
Mushrooms support more than just immune health, they also provide a complex nutritional matrix of nutrients, dietary fiber, and fungal enzymes that support healthy digestion and GI function. The whole food, organic mushrooms in Dr. Mercola Mushroom Complex are then fermented to promote optimal digestive function. With over 80% of the immune system dependant on a healthy gut, the gastrointestinal benefits of mushrooms further supports overall immune health.
Seven Carefully Selected Species
Dr. Mercola Mushroom Complex contains seven species of organically grown mushrooms, each carefully selected for their health supporting properties.
Niu-Chang (Antrodia camphorata) is a unique and rare mushroom found exclusively in the mountain regions of Taiwan. This rare mushroom possesses powerful, bio-active coumpounds that support immune function, promote cellular function and growth, supports liver health, promotes healthy blood circulation, helps support GI health and function, and neurological health.
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) has been cultivated for use in Asian medicine for over a thousand years, and research supports shiitake's ability to support immune function, support normal cellular growth and development, support liver function, optimize blood circulation, support healthy cholesterol levels, improve oral health, and to help with stress support.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) has a long history of medicinal use, and is considered one of the "three treasures" in traditional Chinese medicine. Active compounds found in reishi can support immune function, support normal cell growth and development, promote detoxification, support liver and kidney function, support healthy blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels, promote muscular and joint comfort and movement, and support heart and neurolgical health.
Maitake (Grifola frondosa), known as the "Dancing Butterfly" mushroom, has a synergistic and complex variety of polysaccharides, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, and antioxidants. These compounds support immune function, normal cellular development, may promote healthy glucose levels, support healthy blood pressure levels, and may promote skin health.
Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) resembles it's name sake with fan-shaped, colorful overlapping layers, and has long been used in China and Japan, where it is found in Northern forests. This mushroom may promote respiratory health, support urinary and digestive health, immune support, and normal cellular growth.
Himematsutake/ Royal Sun Agaricus (Agaricus blazei) possesses immune supporting polysaccharides that promote optimal insulin response, support heart and liver health, and promotes optimal gastrointestinal health.
Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris) is a long, slender mushroom used for centuries for its potential to support atheletic perfomance and energy, support sexual function, promote optimal circulation, support lung and respiratory health, support kidney health, promote immune function, and support healthy cholesterol levels. Cordyceps has a long tradition in Chinese medicine as a replenisher of Yin and Yang Jing.
A History of Medicinal Mushrooms
Medicinal mushrooms have played a vital part in the history of cultures from Europe, Asia, and Mesoamerica. Mushrooms use can be traced back to Paleolilithic times.
- • In 1991, two tourists found the 5, 000 year old mummified remains of a man frozen in an Alpine glacier. Pouches of medicinal mushrooms were found on this "ice man".
- • Greek doctors recommended mushrooms as a remedy for tuberculosis in records going back to 65 B.C.
- • Native American tradition tells of the use of Chaga, Reishi, and Turkey Tail mushrooms as medicines used to treat diseases, such as small pox, brought over by the Europeans.
- • Asian use of medicinal mushrooms has long been recorded, with varieties such as Reishi, Cordyceps, and Shittake long revered for their ability to bestow health, longevity, physical strength, and even immortality. Texts going back as far as 200 A.D. and ancient wood-carvings and temple engravings show the long history of mushroom adulation.
Technological advances for safe and potent production
Dr. Mercola has teamed with M2 (Mushroom Matrix), a team of expert Mycologists, to produce this state of the art blend of whole food mushrooms in their labs in San Marcos, California.
Each species of mushroom is Certified Organic, and is grown in Certified Organic Whole Oats, with the outer hull intact. This un-conventional growing method allows for easier digestion of the oats by mycelium, and introduces plant beta glucans to the fungal beta glucans. M2 uses a proprietary Solid State Fermentation process that is carefully controlled to never exceed 118 degrees (F). The whole food, organic mushrooms in Immune Support Mushroom Complex preserve the live enzymes and protein structures intact.
This carefully controlled growing environment not only allows for cultivation of rare and hard to find species such as the Niu-chang mushroom, but is also ensures that the mushrooms grown for Mushroom Complex are free from dangerous levels of heavy metals. Testing is done at multiple points through the production process, resulting in a Bio-active, clean and safe supplement.
Why Choose Dr. Mercola Whole Food Mushroom Complex?
Mushroom Complex is a unique mushroom supplement:
- • Made from whole food mushroom and mycelium, not extracts or synthetics
- • Produced using fermentation
- • Certified organic and raw
- • Free from unhealthy levels of heavy metals
- • Grown and produced entirely in the U.S.
- • Grown in oats, adding valuable plant beta glucans
Note: If you are taking medication for high blood pressure, please consult with your practitioner before taking Whole Food Mushroom Complex.
About Dr Mercola, the company
Dr. Joseph Mercola is on a mission to bring people practical solutions to their health problems. As an osteopathic physician, Dr. Mercola practices a "whole person" approach to medicine, focusing on preventative health care. Dr. Mercola extensively researches and promotes premium, all-natural whole-food based products that provide broad spectrum health benefits.
Dr. Mercola focuses as much on what you put in your body as what you put on it. He offers all natural hair care, sunscreens, and oral care products in addition to his supplements, such as probiotics, multi-vitamins, and antioxidants, and whole-foods and teas. Dr. Mercola offers products for the entire family, including kids and even non-toxic products for your pet's good health as well. Dr. Mercola is an advocate for a dietary and lifestyle approach to health, and is dedicated to bringing you the products that will optimize the health of your entire family.
In addition to being a licensed DO, Dr. Mercola is also board certified in family medicine, and served as the chairman of the family medicine department at St. Alexius Medical center for 5 years, and is a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Mercola was voted the 2009 Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post, and has been featured in TIME magazine, LA Times, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, Today Show, CBS’s Washington Unplugged with Sharyl Attkisson, and other major media resources. Dr. Mercola is the author of several books, including The No-Grain Diet (with Alison Rose Levy), a New York Times Bestseller.