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With a Full-Spectrum Fermented Multi Mushroom Complex (Turkey Tail, Reishi, Shiitake, Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Cordyceps, and Maitake), Fermented Warming Botanical Blend, Organic Ashwagandha Extract and an Organic Fermented Bitter Botanical Blend, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Multi Mushroom Complex is specially formulated for immune system support.
By themselves, certain beneficial mushrooms have amazing compounds to support health. When combined, those compounds can provide a synergy of support! That’s why there are several beneficial mushrooms in Multi Mushroom Complex.
In fact, the combination of compounds in mushrooms can support a healthy immune system and brain, metabolism and the transport of nutrients and oxygen.
How can mushrooms have such a wide variety of benefits? Perhaps one of the best explanations is this: Eastern thought points out that the body needs to defend itself against threats to its “equilibrium.” Those threats can be microbial, emotional (such as stressors) or others. Beneficial mushrooms help the body maintain its defense against these threats to its equilibrium, helping the body maintain its balance.
Some of the beneficial compounds in these mushrooms include polysaccharides and polysaccharide peptides, beta glucans, glycoproteins and triterpenes. Take a look:
Polysaccharides and Polysaccharide Peptides
Polysaccharides are carbohydrate structures which produce a long chain of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen cells. What’s most interesting is that, nutritionally, polysaccharides are digested by and used by the body as potential energy sources, but have a low glycemic index. Polysaccharide peptides are derived from Turkey Tail mushroom and are being studied for their immune-supporting benefits as well as their cellular health benefits.
As a group of glucose polysaccharides naturally occurring in the cell walls of fungi, bacteria, yeasts and more, beta glucans are natural immune system supporters. The body doesn’t produce beta-glucans, so they have to come through the diet, including certain beneficial mushrooms, such as those found in Multi Mushroom Complex. Beta glucans support a healthy immune system, and are important players in healthy immune system function support.
Glycoproteins are just what they sound like: molecules which have sugar and protein bonded together. The sugar chains of glycoproteins play a role in determining where they go in the cell or the body, as well as determining the interaction with other molecules in the cell. In short, glycoproteins on one cell bind to the glycoprotein receptors on another cell, allowing the cells to communicate with one another, which affects health.
Glycoproteins are often considered essential nutrients, much in the same way essential fatty acids or essential amino acids are essential. You must get them from your diet because the body can’t produce them. Since they make such determinations at the cellular level, they carry a lot of weight when it comes to overall health. In fact, glycoproteins support immune health, cellular health, a healthy inflammation response, muscular and joint health as well as supporting a healthy response to stress.
Triterpenes are a group of terpenes—a large and diverse class of organic compounds—found in plant gums and resins. Triterpenes have antioxidant properties which support cellular health. They also support healthy immune system function.
The Importance of a Healthy Immune System
Our built-in system to ward off the unhealthy microorganisms and foreign invaders we continually come into contact with—our immune system—is always on call. Its first line of defense and duty is to block the invasion of these unwanted critters.
The immune system is the body’s system to keep us healthy, protecting the body from outside microbial and other threats. And, of course, we come into contact with various microbes—good and bad—each day via the air we breathe, fluids we drink, food we eat and environments or people we come into contact with.
So, what guards us from “catching” something? A healthy immune system.
Thank goodness for our immune systems! Of course, there are a lot of variables that affect how well the immune system functions, including dietary and lifestyle habits, such as sleep, stress and more, so we have to take care of ourselves overall. Everyone’s immune system is different, of course, but one thing is for certain: a healthy immune system is necessary for optimal health. It’s also important what you feed your immune system.
Turkey Tail Mushroom Benefits for Immune Defense
For thousands of years, Eastern cultures have revered mushrooms’ health benefits, while also being celebrated as a source of powerful nutrients. Mushrooms are fungi, which are so distinct in nature that they are classified as their own kingdom—separate from plants or animals.
There are approximately 140,000 species of mushroom-forming fungi in the world, but science is familiar with only approximately 10%, while only 100 species or so are being studied for their potential health benefits. Turkey tail mushroom is one of them. Known as Trametes versicolor, “Turkey Tail” mushroom is often referred to as “the turkey tail” mushroom due to its variety of colors and its resemblance to the tail feathers of a wild turkey—often in brown, cinnamon, buff or reddish-brown colors, but with varying colors, as well. It also goes by Coriolis, or “cloud mushroom.”
Known as bracket fungi, it forms thin, leather-looking and leaf-like fungi in circular fashion. Turkey tail mushroom helps support a healthy immune defense and cellular health,† and has a long history of beneficial uses in Asia, Europe and indigenous people in North America. It’s filled with healthy polysaccharides, beta glucans, glycoproteins, triterpenes and other beneficial nutrients, and possesses compounds to support a healthy immune response.
Reishi Mushroom Benefits for Immune Defense
Scientifically known as Ganoderma lucidum, “reishi” is the name by which these beneficial mushrooms are known in Japan, but they’re called “lingzhi” mushrooms in China. No matter what they’re called, they have a unique collection of compounds, including antioxidants, beta glucans, triterpenes, alkaloids, sterols and a variety of essential polysaccharides.
Beta glucans are considered some of the most effective and powerful immune system supporters known to humankind.† In fact, studies show that the polysaccharide beta-1,3 D-glucan in reishi boost the immune system by supporting important immune cells.† Studies also point to reishi’s positive influence on immune cells to keep the immune system in tip-top shape.
Reishi can also build resistance to stress by strengthening the immune system, while providing key B vitamins for liver support and more, plus supporting the adrenals with their high concentration of pantothenic acid.
Shiitake Mushroom Benefits for Immune Defense
In Japanese, shiitake literally means tree (“shii”) mushroom (“take’), referring to the tree on which these amazing mushrooms originally grew. Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, shiitake mushrooms supply ample amounts of copper, pantothenic acid, selenium and linoleic acid along with iron, riboflavin, niacin, zinc and manganese. It also contains ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant.
Shiitake mushrooms also contain powerful compounds which have the natural ability to support a healthy immune response. In fact, shiitake mushrooms contain lentinan, a potent protein that helps keep the immune system strong, and can support healthy fungal balance and cellular health.
Studies also point out that the spores of shiitake—mycelia—can help support liver health and support cellular health. Shiitake mushrooms also contain a compound called D-Eritadenine (DEA), which helps to support cardiovascular health and healthy cholesterol levels.†
Like reishi mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms can help build stress resistance by boosting the immune system, while supplying those key B vitamins for liver health and more PLUS boosting the adrenals with a high amount of pantothenic acid. And like reishi and maitake mushrooms, shiitake contains beta-1,3-D-glucan, a type of polysaccharide that boosts a positive immune response.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits for Immune Defense
Similar to the other mushrooms selected for the Fermented Multi Mushroom Complex, lion’s mane is also loaded with antioxidants, polysaccharides, beta glucans and beta-glucoxylan—compounds which can help support a healthy immune system and its equilibrium. Some of those benefits include Lion’s Mane having the ability to support the health and healthy function of cells, including having positive effects on the activity level of certain cells in the body’s immune response.
Likewise, compounds found in lion’s mane can boost immune function by positively influencing key immune cells and their function, while lion’s mane polysaccharide content can help support important immune cells’ healthy function.
Chaga Mushroom Benefits for Immune Defense
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is a mushroom the generally grows on birch trees in colder climates of the Northern Hemisphere. Consumed for centuries in the East to boost health, chaga is being recognized in the West for its health benefits, including its rich antioxidant profile and its immune-supporting benefits.
Like other beneficial mushrooms, chaga contains beta glucans which help balance the body’s immune system response, meaning that it can boost the immune system when necessary and slow it down when needed. That ability to give the immune system equilibrium makes chaga a natural Biological Response Modifier (BRM). Chaga also is demonstrated to help support the function of immune cells that support healthy cellular equilibrium in the body.
Cordyceps Mushroom Benefits for Immune Defense
Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) is one of the world’s oldest “superfoods,” having been used in traditional Chinese health regimens about 5,000 years ago. Some of the first people to discover cordyceps’ benefits were those who observed animals growing strong after eating the wild version of this fungus.
Cordyceps is known for its positive impact on the immune system, which can, in turn, benefits the reproductive, endocrine, respiratory and cardiovascular systems of the body.
Those same polysaccharides found in other beneficial mushrooms are also found in cordyceps—and work to boost the immune system. † Cordyceps also contain cyclosporines and modified nucleosides, which can support healthy cells, while supporting overall immune health.
Maitake Mushroom Benefits for Immune Defense
Known as the “King of Mushrooms” in Japan, maitake is a mushroom that promotes a healthy immune system, healthy blood pressure and healthy blood sugar levels already in the normal range. The scientific name of maitake—Grifola frondosa—is derived from the common name of fungi found in Italy. It’s a name referring to a mythical beast that is half-lion and half-eagle. The Japanese name maitake means “dance mushroom,” and is based on its shape, which some think looks like a dancing nymph.
Either way, maitake mushrooms are potent immune supporters, and scientists have identified that the beta glucan compound in it is what is responsible for its immune-supporting benefits. In fact, some recent studies indicate that maitake supports key immune cells required for a healthy immune response.
Additionally, maitake has been shown to support cells which are vital to healthy immune system function. Like reishi and shiitake mushrooms, maitake mushrooms contain beta-1,3-D-glucan, a type of polysaccharide that supports immune cells which are crucial for immune defense. Overall, maitake is regarded as an intelligent immune system supporter.
But there’s even more goodness in Fermented Multi Mushroom Complex! Ancient Apothecary Fermented Multi Mushroom Complex also contains ashwagandha in the form of Organic Ashwagandha Extract (Root and Leaf). Often hailed for its stress-relieving effects, Ashwagandha is also a powerful immune supporter and microbial balancer. In fact, ashwagandha can help boost the body’s immune defense mechanisms.
Combined with the bioavailability-boosting, nutrient-absorbing, digestion-supporting, and healthy circulation, metabolism and energy benefits of the Organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend PLUS the digestion- and liver-supporting and bioavailability-boosting benefits of the Organic Fermented Botanical Blend AND the power of clinically studied Ashwagandha, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Multi Mushroom is here to give your immune system the support it needs from multiple specially selected mushrooms!
What Sets Ancient Apothecary Herbals Apart? Live Fermentation, Essential Oils Infusion, Organic Herbs & Spices, and a delivery system of Warming Botanicals and Digestive Bitters.
Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbs are powered by fermentation—our own proprietary, patent-pending, dual-stage, live fermentation process.
What is fermentation and why is it important?
Fermentation is an ancient process used to break down food into more absorbable components. During the fermentation process, microorganisms use aerobic and anaerobic metabolism to convert food compounds into powerful metabolites.
Here are some key benefits of fermentation:
Each Ancient Apothecary Herbal formula is infused with Organic Essential Oils and CO2 extracts to provide lipo-soluble phytonutrients with powerful antioxidant properties.
The Power of Essential Oils: A Little Bit Goes a Long Way for Health
Essential oils are often referred to as the “life blood and immune system” of plants and trees. They are the concentrated oils of herbs, plants and trees—approximately 50 times more potent than the plants they come from!
For example, it takes approximately 3,000 lemons to make one kilo of lemon essential oil, while one 15mL bottom of lemon essential oil takes about 75 lemons! To go deeper, there are nearly 300 drops in a 15mL bottle, so 1 drop of lemon essential oil is made by using ¼ of a whole lemon!
Likewise, 150 pounds of lavender is necessary for just one pound of pure lavender essential oil, while one 15mL bottle of lavender oil requires 27 square feet of lavender plants. With approximately 300 drops of lavender oil in a 15mL bottle, one drop equals nearly .09 square feet of lavender plants.
The bottom line: here’s a whole lot of beneficial plant life in essential oils. These precious oils can be distilled or extracted using CO2 and bottled, and when steam distilled, essential oils keep the “frequency” that they had when they resided in the plant. Additionally, essential oils provide lipo-soluble fractions of plants. Since plants contain both water- and fat- soluble active compounds, we believe it important to consume a full spectrum of beneficial compounds. Fats and oils are required for the effective delivery of key antioxidant compounds.
Therefore, essential oils infused into herbal formulas can serve as a delivery system for these powerful botanicals.
Here’s the takeaway: Essential oils are some of Nature’s wonders, in that they serve to bring the body back into balance, thereby supporting overall health. In fact, they are extremely potent and can provide support for every bodily system.
That’s why you’ll find essential oils in each and every Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbs.
The Importance of Organic Herbs
IIt’s no secret that in conventionally grown foods, including mushrooms and herbs, farmers use a variety of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides synthetic fertilizers and many other "processing agents' which often remain in and on the food or herbs. Even washing these foods or herbs can’t get many of these off the produce.
Why? Because nearly 20 percent of the 17,000 (or more) pesticides in use today are known as systemic pesticides—those which reside inside the plant via its root system and have permeated the plant. That’s means they’re everywhere within the plants themselves and can’t be washed off.
Many studies and reports point to the adverse health effects of these chemicals in and on our food, which is why many choose to go organic. That reason alone is enough to make going organic is all the rage these days.
But another important benefit of organic food, including mushrooms and herbs, is that, because they’re grown organically, these plants are able to produce their own natural defenses against pests. As a result, these plants are more resilient and defense-supporting by nature (literally) and have some of the very compounds and natural defenses that we can and often should include in our diet. For example, the resilient antioxidants and beneficial compounds found in plants are beneficial and even necessary for our bodies so that we can keep our own defenses strong.
That’s why you’ll find these health-supporting organic herbs in each and every Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbs.
PLUS, each Ancient Apothecary Mushroom contains an Organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend of black pepper, ginger, long pepper and sprouted cumin to support healthy digestion, bioavailability of nutrients, healthy circulation, metabolism and overall energy.
In Ayurveda, black pepper, long pepper and ginger are used for supporting healthy digestion, circulation, nutrient assimilation and metabolism. It is tied to the Sanskrit word trikatu, meaning three spices or three peppers. Trikatu is an Ayurvedic blend of the fruits of black pepper, long pepper and the rhizomes of ginger.
Each Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbal formula also contains an Organic Fermented Bitter Botanical Blend of milk thistle, dandelion and peppermint to support healthy digestion and liver function as well as bioavailability of nutrients.
Bitter botanicals or "bitters" are regarded for their ability to support healthy liver function, while also supporting healthy digestion and nutrient absorption. Additionally, bitters can help support nervous system health and a healthy immune system as well as promoting healthy energy levels.
By combining the benefits of organic fermented botanicals, whole organic herbs and spices, hot water herbal extracts and lipo-soluble fractions, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbal formulas provide a full-spectrum infusion of the best that Nature has to offer!