I read an article the other day by a man I wanted to bop on the top of the head. A nay sayer to supplements, saying there was no research or defining clinical data to show that mushrooms (or the like) would have any impact on the immune system. I went ‘red ross’ on it and wrote a ‘to the point letter’, outlining his inaccuracies. As many of you may know, I am a passionate advocate of supplements and have made a long career out of developing products, helping people and their pets, mostly seeing transformative results. I feel it’s important work (I’m not in the peace core or fighting frontline I know, but it’s important to me and hopefully others). So as you can imagine, I was like a terrier with a bone! So let's discuss mushrooms today. I love me some mushrooms - especially for the cats and dogs.
There’s some mixed feelings about mushrooms but they get a lot of press and rightly so. They are wonderful and each have a magical affect with direct correlation and clinical research to immune and organ support. There are a lots of species of mushrooms and not all medicinal but most magical. Mushrooms help to regenerate, prevent, protect and intervene with certain disease states and the research is growing.
The magical mushrooms we will look at today are Maitake, Shiitake, Reishi, Cordyceps, Coriolus and AHCC (active hexose correlated compound).
These mushrooms offer nutritional abundance and amazing cell and immune function:
· Minerals such as potassium, selenium, sodium,zinc, phosphorus
· Sugars such as mannitol, xylose, glucose, galactose, mannose
· Vitamins such as b complex, folic acid, vitamin D
· Proteins essential amino acids
· Lipids such as phospholipids, sterols, free fatty acids, mono-, di- and triglycerides
· Polysaccharides such as glycogen and beta-D-glucans
· Enzymes such as proteolytic
The most powerful of all of these are the polysaccharide fraction, mainly beta-glucans, responsible for the immune-modulating effects. Fungal beta-glucans have been shown to activate leukocytes, which depend on structural characteristics of beta-glucans.
Polysaccharopeptides are protein-bound polysaccharides (carbohydrates) that are found in many mushrooms. Krestin (PSK) and Polysaccharide Peptide (PSP) are two types of polysaccharopeptides. Both PSK and PSP possess powerful immune-boosting properties. They promote immune response by both activating and inhibiting specific types of immune cells and by suppressing inflammation.
Due to their ability to naturally strengthen the immune system, PSP and PSK are commonly used as anti-cancer agents in conjunction with human surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation in countries like Japan.
Maitake (Grifola frondosa); may help to regulate blood sugar, support heart health, boost the immune system, particularly in cancer care. In fact maitake has shown the most promise in helping support cancer patients. In 2004, an in vitro study showed the effectiveness in 3 types of dog cancer, CF33- Mammary cancer cells, CF21-Connective tissue cancer cells and CL1- Lymphoma cancer cells. The significant study showed that the D-fraction of maitake held the ability to inhibit the growth of the CF21 and CF33 cancer cells.
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes); contain ergothioniene, an active compound that provides potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties, as well as lentinan, a compound that may help fight against bacterial, viral and parasitic infections. Shiitake is shown to support liver function, lower blood cholesterol levels, help regulate blood sugars, support skin conditions, used in supporting the immune system in prostate or breast cancer.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum): a powerful medicinal mushroom that has been found to possess immune-modulating and immune-potentiating capabilities. Reishi has been characterised as a wonder herb, helping with possible inflammation and allergic reaction. Reishi may help with liver function, fatigue, cancer, skin disorders, digestive issues and possible leaky gut.
Cordyceps Sinensis; may help endurance and stamina during exercise, may have anti-ageing properties due to it containing an enzyme called super oxide dismutase. May have a potential anti-tumor effect, may help to modulate blood sugars, support heart health and help to fight inflammation.
Turkey Tail (Coriolus versicolor); contains a variety of powerful antioxidants and other compounds that may help boost your dog’s immune system and even help fight certain cancers. possessing powerful immune-boosting properties. They promote immune response by both activating and inhibiting specific types of immune cells and by suppressing inflammation.
A test-tube study found that turkey tail extract modified gut bacteria composition by increasing populations of beneficial bacteria such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus whilst reducing potentially harmful bacteria such as Clostridium and Staphylococcus.
AHCC® (active hexose correlated compound); is a natural substance extracted from certain species of basidiomycetes, a class of mushrooms that includes shiitake. Research on a canine study showed AHCC treatment might be effective for improvement of clinical state and anti-tumor effect.
Mushrooms are a wonderful addition and one to explore if you wish to add them to your pet's plate. As always, we are here to help, so check out our services, click the link below.