Agaricus is often praised as the “Mushroom of God” or “The King of Mushrooms” due to its health supporting benefits. Wildly popular for years in South America and Japan, the rest of the world is now catching on to this amazing mushroom that supports the immune system, cellular health, and blood sugar levels. WebMd writes: “Agaricus mushroom contains chemicals that might improve the body’s use of insulin and decrease insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes. Some developing research also suggests it might be able to strengthen the immune system, fight tumor development, and work as an antioxidant.” It is also used to boost the immune system and for physical and emotional stress. It is now being used for treating the following health issues:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Liver disease
- Bloodstream disorders
- Digestive problems
- Chemical/Toxin cleansing
Dr. Andrew Weil notes, “Agaricus blazei contains beta glucans, a group of polysaccharides (complex sugars) that are believed to be the compounds responsible for the mushroom’s immune-boosting effects. In addition, research has shown that Agaricus blazei has anti-tumor and anti-viral activity, as well as moderating effects on blood sugar and cholesterol.”
Paul Stamets, (video) and his website, www.fungi.com are fantastic resources for all things mushroom. Paul is a speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, is considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi: habitat, medicinal use, and production. He lectures extensively to deepen the understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep taken on this path of life
Dr. Mercola speaks about the benefits of mushrooms (video). Agaricus, along with other mushrooms, have shown exciting adaptogen and anti-cancer properties, by reducing tumor size and metastis. It has also been used to treat in people with numerous anto-immune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, Lupus, and atopic dermatitis. At the same time, while the mushroom is widely touted for its medicinal qualities, it is also low calorie and nutrient rich, containing key minerals, fibers, vitamins and amino acids. This makes it a high quality addition to any diet.
See also: 6 Mushrooms to Boost Your Immune System
Check out David Wolfe’s article Medicinal Mushrooms Benefits: What Does the Science Have to Say?
See our article Qigong Masters & Building Your Immune System
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