A COMBINATION OF 5 POWERFUL POLYPORE
Host Defense Mushroom MycoShield is made with U.S. grown, double extracted
organic mushroom mycelium, which is loaded with a full spectrum of health
compounds, including polysaccharides, glycoproteins, ergosterols,
triterpenoids, and other myco-nutrients. The unique formula found in
MycoShield contains 5 different polypore mushroom species including:
Agarikon, Reishi, Chaga, Birch Polypore, and Turkey Tails. Each mushroom has
been carefully selected to offer optimal immune support. Available in a
perfect traveler's size and flavoured with cinnamon oil MycoShield spray is
a must have for those on the go. [LIQUID]
Fresh Agarikon (fomitopsis
officinalis) mycelium extract
Fresh Reishi (ganoderma lucidum
s.l.) mycelium extract
Fresh Chaga (inonotus obliquus)
Fresh Birch Polypore (piptoporus
betulinus) mycelium extract
Fresh Turkey Tails (trametes
versicolor) mycelium extract
Water, alcohol (25-35%), myceliated brown
rice, cassia essential oil
Do not inhale while praying, avoid
contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children.
Consult your health care practitioner regarding the use of this
product during pregnancy.
Combination of 5 powerful polypore mushrooms
Provides immune support
Perfect size for travel
Flavoured with organic cinnamon oil
Convenient liquid spray format
Apply three pump sprays into
mouth and then swallow, twice per day. Shake well before
using. Can be taken with food or without, on an empty
stomach or as recommended by your healthcare advisor.
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Traditional Chinese Practitioners have used fungi or mushroom in their
practice for centuries...
Mushroom species such as the ganoderma species (reishi), grifola (shiitake),
cordyceps and lentinula (maitake) have been used and studied for their
powerful medicinal properties and effectiveness against the treatment of a
variety of disease. Perhaps most well-known and best studied for their use
in cancer treatment, either alone or in combination with more conventional
cancer treatments. Many fungi or medicinal mushrooms are powerful immune
tonics, possessing anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties.
Many are anti-inflammatory, as well as possessing specific action to support
These properties are also what make these powerful fungi so effective
against cancer. Some medicinal mushrooms are known to be hepatoprotective,
as well as glycemic herbs, helping to regulate blood sugar. No wonder they
have such a long history of medicinal use!
Let's take a look at some of the more well-known and studied, as well as
most effective medicinal mushrooms:
Reishi mushroom has a number of medicinal properties, perhaps none as well
know or well studied as its immune enhancing properties. Reishi is known to
be a potent anti-viral, protecting against and treating flu viruses, as well
as showing promising results as an HIV treatment. The polysaccharide content
of reishi mushroom is responsible for its immune-stimulatory effects, and
also said to be responsible for its potential anti-cancer effects, as well.
Reishi has also been used to improve quality of life during cancer, again,
both alone and in combination with conventional cancer treatments. It has
been used to reduce symptoms such as sweating, insomnia, nausea and
vomiting. Reishi has also been shown to slow blood clotting, or inhibit the
formation of blood platelets, as well as lowering blood pressure and
possessing effective hepato-protective qualities. Reishi mushroom is to be
used in short sessions, no longer than a 6 month period, as it could cause
upset stomach, dry mouth, dizziness and nose bleeds.
Shiitake is also very well known for its effectiveness as an immune tonic.
Again, a polysaccharide extract known as LEM, has been deemed responsible
for its action against cancer and various viral infections. There is also
evidence to suggest that shiitake extract can help to lower cholesterol. A
compound called eritadenine has been shown to possess these cholesterol
lowering properties. People taking blood thinners should only use Shiitake
under medical supervision.
Cordyceps has an affinity for the lung and protecting/repairing lung
function. This is why it is primarily indicated in cases of cough and
phlegm, shortness of breath, COPD and asthma. It has also been used widely
as an aphrodisiac for both men ad women. Cordyceps also has an affinity for
the kidney, which according to Traditional Chinese Medicine gets depleted as
we age. For this reason, cordyceps is widely used in the older population to
combat fatigue, low back pain and reduced kidney function. Again, as with
most medicinal mushrooms, there is promising research dedicated to the use
of Cordyceps for the inhibition and even reversal of some tumour growth and
as an adjunct to chemo and radiation. It has also been used to effectively
treat high cholesterol, as well as Hepatitis B. Be cautious when taking
anti-diabetic or anti-retroviral medications in combination with cordyceps.
In Japanese, maitake means "dancing mushroom". Another well -loved mushroom
with a long history of use, maitake is also getting a lot of attention for
it's anti-cancer effects. Studies have shown that maitake may be beneficial
in the treatment of colo-rectal, liver, breast, lung and stomach cancers, as
well as leukemia. Beta glucan extracts from Maitake mushrooms may help to
support the body's ability to fight these cancers, according to some
studies. Maitake is also considered to have properties similar to alpha
glucosidase inhibitors, which impact how we digest carbohydrates and can
help to lower blood sugar levels. It has also been shown to inhibit
pro-inflammatory markers in the body.
Lion's mane or Hericium erinaceus is well known to both regulate blood sugar
levels, as well as blood lipid levels. It is also a potent antioxidant.
Animal studies have shown that it may also help to stimulate nerve cells in
the brain, implicating it as an anti-dementia support. Further research is
needed here. Again, this medicinal mushroom as also been studied for its
potential anti-cancer effects, specifically in both gastric and esophageal
Unlike many of the other mushrooms mentioned to this point, chaga seems to
have it's origins in Eastern Europe, as opposed to Asia. It has been found
to grow, similar to a parasite, on the bark of birch trees. Chaga is high in
both beta glucan, as well as betulinic acid. It is extremely high in
antioxidants thanks, in part to its high content of super oxide dismutase
(SOD). Again, it has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory and
immune modulating effects. It has been studied for it's effectiveness in
fighting a number of autoimmune conditions, including psoriasis. It's
ability to stimulate natural killer cells of the immune system also make it
effective in tumour destruction. Chaga has been studied for its use in
breast, uterine, liver and gastric cancers. Preliminary studies are finding
results using chaga comparable to chemotherapy and radiation treatments,
while also being much easier on the body. It has also been shown to lower
cholesterol and improve insulin resistance. Use with caution in young
children, pregnant or nursing women, and those with severe liver or kidney
disease. Can lead to hypoglycemia in individuals already taking diabetic
medications. Speak with your healthcare professional before taking.
Where do I find Medicinal Mushrooms?
These mushrooms can all be found in capsule/supplement form at your local
health food store.. They can also be found in loose, dried form to be made
into teas or added to soups and other dishes. There are a number of mushroom
combination supplements on the market, as well, incorporating the various
medicinal properties of each fungi into one combination.
Medicinal Mushrooms - Quick Facts
· The whole mushrooms (or extracts of the whole mushroom).
APPLICATIONS· Immune deficiency, Viral infections (including HIV), Cancer, Diabetes,
High blood pressure, High cholesterol, some Autoimmune conditions, Fatigue.
OPTIMUM DOSAGE· Will depend on mushroom being used. Usually prescribed in fairly high
dosages of anywhere from 1-10 g/day.
WORKS WELL WITH· Medicinal mushrooms work well in combination, Echinacea, vitamin C,
IMPORTANT INFORMATION· See specific mushrooms for any known side effects or interactions.