Agaricus blazei Murill
There are several active ingredients that have been identified in Agaricus blazei. Some of the more important of these are the following;
Beta-(1-3)-D-glucan, Beta-(1-4)-a -D-glucan & Beta - (1-6)-D-glucan. Known collectively as Beta-glucans, these substances are the most potent immune supporting substances yet found and are responsible for supporting the bodies' own immune support response.
Ergosterol derivatives, also known as provitamine D2 is a potent protective agent.
Proteoglucans and Protein bound Polysaccharides (low molecular weight) - Immune support
There are undoubtedly many more substances found in these mushrooms with direct health supporting properties. As time and research goes on, we will update this site with the latest info.
This mushroom was first identified to modern science in 1917 from a specimen found in Louisiana by the mycologist R. Murrill. It has been found on the grasslands of Florida and South Carolina, but is generally thought to be extremely rare in nature. The only place that it has been found readily growing in nature is a small area of Brazil. This is the Piedate region southwest of San Paulo, which is where most of the worlds supply is grown today. [update: May 2004 - The strains found in Brazil are now classified by some mycologists as a different species. It remains to be seen whether the North American and South American varieties will turn out to be strains of the same species or end up with different Latin names. The debate rages on...] Just like any other living thing, there is a significant difference in the mushrooms' properties and qualities, depending on how and where it is grown. Perhaps the most important difference, with regards to what chemical constituents are found in the mushroom, has to do with what type of substrate it is grown on.
Agaricus blazei is a secondary saprophite. This means it grows off of material that is already being broken down by other organisms. Because of this characteristic, almost all Agaricus blazei today is being grown on composted straw/cow manure. This is the material of choice for growing the common white button mushroom that you see in the grocery store. We are growing it differently in Hawaii, however. Our research shows that the best quality mushrooms, with by far the most Beta-glucan content, are grown directly on grain; specifically, organic sorghum and millet grain. Our Hawaii grown Agaricus blazei mushrooms are also probably the largest in the world today, with an average size of 6-8 inches across the cap and an average weight of about half a pound each. While growing these on organic grain is certainly not the cheapest way to do it, we think it is worth it. We are dedicated to producing the very finest quality Blazei possible.
Mushroom farmers have done much research to determine the optimum conditions under which to grow this mushroom. Agaricus blazei is now being grown by just a few farmers outside of Brazil, mostly in China and Japan. There are also a few farmers in the United States who are growing this mushroom indoors under controlled atmospheric conditions. We have grown this mushroom in Hawaii both indoors under controlled conditions and outdoors. It is very obvious to us that the best quality mushrooms are produced indoors. This determination is based both upon laboratory test results and the size and flavor of the mushrooms grown indoors. With indoor cultivation, we are able to completely control the climatic conditions: temperature, humidity, air flow, CO2 levels, even the amount and quality of light and the lighting cycle itself. All of these parameters are set to develop the highest quality mushrooms. When cultivated outdoors, the grower is subject to the vagaries of nature. Sometimes good mushrooms are produced, sometimes not. Generally though, the overall quality of the mushrooms are less predictable when grown outdoors. Be aware that there is a great variation in the quality of health supplements on the market. Make sure that any Agaricus blazei you purchase is tested and standardized to insure the highest possible beta-glucan content.
Aloha Medicinals is the World's Largest cultivator of Medicinal Mushrooms and Mushroom derived Ingredients, supplying manufacturers in over 60 countries with raw materials for inclusion in their formulations since the year 2000. The reason Aloha Medicinals has become the world's foremost supplier is due to one thing - our Quality Control. Each and every lot of material we produce is run through an extensive range of testing to ensure consistency and potency and quality.
And all our testing is done by independent third-party FDA certified labs, so you know the results are real! Aloha Medicinals does all cultivation in our FDA Registered, and FDA certified Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) state of the art Sterile Tissue Culture facility located in Carson City, Nevada. All raw materials we manufacture are fully 100% Certified Organic and Certified Kosher. Quite Simply Aloha Medicinals manufactures the very best medicinal mushroom products available anywhere today. And we back this with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!
In developing our production processes, Aloha Medicinals looked at the chemistry of the wild collected fruitbodies, of the mycelia and of the extra-cellular compounds, and all that was known about the bioactivity of each in the human body. We then developed special growing methods including custom made growing chambers, strictly defined growth substrates (no sawdust, straw or compost is used) and specially modified growth parameters such as climate control for temperature, light cycle, air quality and composition to maximize the production of targeted medicinal compounds. By controlling each aspect of the growth cycle, Aloha Medicinals is able to produce the highest quality and the most consistent medicinal mushroom products available anywhere today, while ensuring against all possible contamination of pesticides, herbicides or other residues.
If you want the highest quality medicinal mushroom products available today, Aloha Medicinals is your best choice. 100% Certified Organic by the USDA and EU. Whether you need Full Spectrum Myco-products, or a concentrated extract.
There is a lot of confusion today from all the marketing claims on the internet about what form of mushroom product is the best to use. Some say it is the fruitbody, or the mycelium, or a hot water extract standardized for some particular compound. There is a lot of complex bio-chemistry going on in the mushroom kingdom that can be valuable for its health giving potential. We have addressed these issues here so you can decide which health supplement raw materials are the best for your use.
Fruitbodies’ are the mushrooms you see growing out of the ground or off of trees or organic debris. They are the reproductive part of the fungal organism, like the flower of a plant. Just like flowers will only bloom during a certain season, fruitbodies will only form in response to some stress in the environment, such as heat or cold, fire or flood, running out of food, or some other stress that forces the organism into a “reproduce or die” stage. The mushroom fruitbodies that you see are strictly the reproductive portion of the fungus at the end of its life cycle.
Mycelium’ is the growth form of the fungal organism. This is the state in which all of the life processes other than reproduction occur, such as growth, feeding, and competing for survival (including antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral compound production). In cultivated mushroom products, the mycelium can be grown on a solid substrate of some organic material that it would naturally grow on. For production of most mushroom-derived drugs, the compounds are extracted not from the mycelium, but from the broth or substrate the mycelium is grown in.
‘Extract’ is a word that covers a lot of possibilities. Extracts are usually made from either mushrooms or mycelium, which are extracted with some type of solvent with the intention of concentrating some desirable portion and eliminating or reducing some non-desirable portion of the fungus. There are a number of solvents which are used, depending on which type of compounds the extractor is hoping to concentrate. The two most common solvents used are Alcohol and Water. Extracts tend to be more expensive than raw materials and they may be either more potent or less potent than the raw material, depending upon which compounds are being concentrated and the desired end use of the material. The following section should clarify how extracts are made, what their uses are, and why there is so much misunderstanding about them.
‘Full Spectrum Myco-Products’ are the complete fungal material consisting of all the biologically active components, including the mycelium, primordia, fruitbodies, and most importantly, the extra-cellular compounds produced throughout the entire life cycle of the organism. It is these extra-cellular compounds (compounds that are excreted outside of the cell and into the surrounding environment) that are responsible for the main medicinal properties known from the fungal kingdom
Recommended Adult Dosage
Suggested Use: 3 capsules twice a day with meals.
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