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The World's Most Important Mushroom?

Apr 13, 2008
Agaricus Blazei. What? Yes, Agaricus Blazei - it's one of the best known medicinal mushrooms in the world. This unique mushroom has also been known as Cogumelo do Sol, Cogumelo de Deus, and Himematsutake. Originally it was found growing wild in fields in a small village, Pledade which is located in Brazil. When this type of mushroom is considered good quality, it is a golden color with a little brown on it, but no black should appear on the mushroom. There should be no open spots on the top of the mushroom.

It was observed that the people who lived in that area were extremely healthy and had very little diseases even in their older years. Cancer was also very unusual among these people. Dr. Takatoshi Furumoto is given credit for this discovery and did further research to identify the properties of this mushroom that may have been affecting the health of the residents.

Other researchers found the Agaricus Blazei mushroom to have large amounts of polysaccharides which are thought to boost the immune system. The polysaccharides found in this mushroom are said to be much higher than in the Shitake or the Maitake mushroom. Agaricus Blazei has also been shown in research to be high in ergosterols, linoleic acid, palmitorenic acid, and vitamins B6 andB12.

These mushrooms only grow between October and April and must be grown in particular climates between 23 and 28 degrees Celsius with 80% humility. When these mushrooms get too hot or cold, they will be shocked and stop their growth. An abundant amount of sunlight is required for these mushrooms to grow properly which is very different from other mushrooms.

You can find these mushrooms being produced in several other countries including Japan, United States, and Korea. Although some companies claim to have access to these mushrooms growing wild, there is no evidence that shows this to be true. Some experts in this field claim that the mushrooms of this type that are grown under normal field conditions are superior to those grown in greenhouses or laboratories.

Many companies offer these mushrooms in a dried state which they claim can be used for medicinal purposes in the form of tea. Others offer supplements containing this mushroom in capsules containing 250 mg. of the powdered form. Other capsules that are available contain other mushrooms also in powdered form plus vitamin C and bioperene.

One company in Japan claims that over 500,000 people in that country are using this mushroom for various medicinal purposes with dramatic results. They claim that Agaricus Blazei improves energy, strengthens the immune system, improves cholesterol levels, improves digestion, and normalizes blood sugar levels. Besides claiming to do an overhaul on your personal health condition, one company has even come out with a form of this mushroom to improve your cat's health. Isn't amazing what is possible when we put nutrition back into our diets!

Much discussion has been given to all the industrial chemicals and many other pollutants that are found in the body fluids of human beings and small domestic animals. Groups who are promoting use of this mushroom are suggesting that these pollutants are causing cancer, are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and also cause birth defects. They believe that use of this mushroom can detoxify the human being or animal's system of these pollutants therefore removing the danger of any of these conditions.
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Zach Thompson writes about nutrition and wellness. Read more about the Agaricus Blazei mushrooms.
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