How Different Polysaccharides Help Rebalance the Immune System
Certain types of mushrooms are distinguished as important sources of polysaccharides that can help rebalance the immune system by modulating immune stimulation and immune suppression.
1. Agaricus Blazei Murill (ABM) mushrooms contain more immune modulating polysaccharides than any other mushroom, making them very effective in stimulating a weak immune system and regulating immune overreactions.
According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition:
“The ABM mushroom was tested at the Tokyo University National Center Laboratory and the Tokyo College of Pharmacy. Compared to the other commonly used mushrooms—including maitake, reishi, and shiitake—ABM exhibited far superior immune enhancing effect. This trial showed ABM to be 80% more effective than the world’s number one cancer drug PSK, an extract of Coriolus Versicolor. ABM was found to contain far higher levels of beta glucans than maitake, shiitake, and reishi.”
2. Reishi mushrooms have been shown to activate and modulate multiple immune reactions. Ganoderic acids in reishi are shown to calm hyperactive immune system, including allergies and autoimmune diseases.
3. Studies have shown improved immunity and decreased inflammation after the consumption of shiitake mushrooms over a period of time, seen by improved cell proliferation and increased sIgA production. Shiitake is also a powerful natural antibiotic.
In an article in Current Medicinal Chemistry: “The medicinal value of the shiitake mushroom (Lentinus edodes) has become a matter of great significance owing to its immunomodulatory effects, particularly in preventing or treating serious health conditions. It contains significant quantities of vitamins C, B1, B2, B12, niacin, and vitamin D (the highest content of vitamin D of any plant food). The identified bioactive compounds in L. edodes account for a wide range of beneficial biomedical effects, most notably in prevention of diverse diseases.”
4. Numerous studies and clinical trials have shown immune modulating effects of polysaccharide peptides derived from Coriolus Versicolor or turkey tail mushrooms.
A 2017 study published in Discovery Medicine reports that: “Turkey Tail mushroom (Coriolus versicolor) is one of the most well-known medicinal mushrooms. Medically used PSP is mostly obtained from the extraction of cultured Coriolus versicolor mycelia where β-glucan is the major component. The clinical data show not only solid immunotherapeutic effects but also unexpected anti-aging, learning and memory-enhancing effects.”
5. Highly desired for their immune regulating activities, polysaccharides from maitake mushrooms have been shown in preclinical studies and potential for clinical use.
6. Cordyceps mushrooms contain various powerful immune modulation properties and have been studied to effectively support the treatment of autoimmune diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis.
When you consume mushroom powder products, you don’t know how much polysaccharides are in them. There are many types of polysaccharides, and some are not digestible by the human body.
Each batch of mushroom harvest also contains different amounts of polysaccharides. In order to have an effect on the immune system, mushroom powders don’t deliver the same benefit as characterised polysaccharide products. Polysaccharide products are extremely rare on the market. I use POLY5 and EMUNITY.
Most medicinal mushroom products have also tested to contain high levels of toxic heavy metals. Make sure you choose something that is safe for you and your family.
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