Why Eat Mushrooms?
Not to be confused with button mushrooms on your grocery store shelf, mushroom mycelium is part of the massive web that holds the earth’s top soil together, enabling plant-life to flourish by supporting the integrity of the entire ecosystem in which they grow. In nature, mushrooms consume toxic waste, radiation, and dead material. From it, they create fertile compost. It turns out, they do the same thing in the human body…
Fungi or myco-medicinals are some of the most potent tonics on the planet. For example, the Cordyceps Mushroom, is known for it’s “intelligence” that it imparts onto the human immune system, boosting it’s capacity to remove unwanted material from the body such as cancer cells; and supporting the body in it’s recovery from stress.
Cordyceps first attracted the attention of the west in 1993 during the Chinese National Games where a team of nine Chinese women runners shattered 9 world records, including breaking the 10,000 meter run by an astounding 42 seconds!
Many ancient healing traditions have used medicinal mushrooms (fungi) for healing, longevity and vitality for centuries. In Chinese apothecaries today, Cordyceps is worth more than gold and is believed to be a potent aphrodisiac. The natural habitat in Tibet is being over harvested and destroyed due to the demand for these mushrooms because many eastern cultures use them for treating cancer and HIV.
Although, known for their positive effects on libido, energy levels and performance, you do not have to be a super athlete, nor a shopper in China to benefit from fungi. Thanks to established growing laboratories in the U.S., they are readily available in the marketplace. According to mycologist John Holiday, “laboratory grown Codyceps are 5-8 times more potent than the best wild collected Cordyceps.”
Even the pharmaceutical industry has discovered the amazing benefits of medicinal fungi. Krestin and Lentinan, two of the world’s leading cancer drugs, contain mushrooms extracts. Both contain protein bound polysaccharides which have drawn the most attention for their immune-enhancing and tumor-retarding properties. Many studies are pointing to the anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-carcinogenic properties in mushrooms.
Interestingly, fungi are more closely related to humans–than they are to plants.They feed off of other organisms, where plants manufacture their own food through photosynthesis. Fungi, like humans, secrete enzymes to break down their food turning complex molecules into simpler ones; they also take in oxygen and give off C02, where plants take in CO2 and give off oxygen.
According to modern day mushroom expert, Paul Stammets, “Fungi are our ancestors.”
Humans and fungi have nearly half of their DNA in common and are susceptible to many of the same infectious diseases. This makes fungi a key partner in supporting optimal health and longevity as well as being the source of some of the most potent antibiotics known, such as penicillin.
[sws_pullquote_right] Understanding how to use these fungi as our hereditary partners can have a positive impact in being able to support life systems on this planet.
~ Paul Stammets [/sws_pullquote_right]
Fungi has long been known to hold vital information for the human immune system, imparting this wisdom onto the animals who consume them as if “instructing” the immune system to function better. Whether the immune system is overactive (in the case of allergies), or under active (in the case of frequent infections), mushrooms act to modulate the immune response and bring it into balance.
Mushrooms are one of the most powerful natural agents on the planet and when added to the diet of humans and other mammals, they potentiate the body’s ability to heal disease, recover from stress and perform better all together.
Mushrooms have been used heavily for the past 20 years in veterinary medicine, not only to treat various forms of cancers and other diseases, but to give sport horses a competitive, winning “edge” and to aid in their recovery and mental focus during performance.
Bright Earth sources the highest quality organic Cordyceps Sinensis Mushrooms, which are grown in laboratories and are tested for purity. Many of the commercially grown powdered mushrooms contain large amounts of the fiber “medium” that the mushrooms are grown in. Ours do not.
The Rainbow Superfood Smoothie Mix and Choco’Raw have been specifically designed for maximum athletic performance, recovery, immune support and overall well-being. Both contain Cordyceps.
More information on Medicinal Mushrooms is available via download for a fee from the Web site of The International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms