This section of the website is dedicated to health promoting mushrooms. As I find dried mushrooms that are proclaimed as "Health Promoting Mushrooms" I will put them in this section so it will be easier to find. I do not make any claims of miracle cures but there is allot of interest and many studies done on the health benefits of some varieties of mushrooms. I will let you be the judge and I will just concentrate on supplying the best quality and lowest cost mushrooms on the web.
Maitake (Grifola frondosa) also known as Sheepís Head, Ramís Head and Hen of the Woods. The Japanese named it "maitake", literally meaning "dancing mushroom." This mushroom is prized in traditional Chinese and Japanese herbolgy as an adaptogen, an aid to balance out altered body systems to a normal level. Most people find its taste and texture enormously appealing. Maitake has been prized not only for its tastes but also for its medicinal value. There have been many anecdotal reports on various medicinal properties of Maitake, a variety of pharmacological effects of Maitake have been demonstrated in laboratory studies and reported by scientists such as, Activates immune system, Suppresses growth and metastasis of tumor, Reduces elevated blood glucose levels, Normalizes serum lipids, Reduces elevated blood pressure, protects liver damage, Suppresses weight gain, etc.
Reishi Mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum, also known, as Ling Zhi is a hard woody conk with a shiny reddish upper surface belonging to the polypore family. The mycelium or mushroom is most commonly used as a tea or as a powder sprinkled on food or encapsulated. Reishi has been traditionally used to help the body fight cancer, stimulate the immune system and increase vitality. I found the information written below at a website called reishi.com.
Reishi is primarily composed of complex carbohydrates called water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids. Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are the most active element found in Red Reishi that have anti-tumors, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects.
Another major active ingredient found in Red Reishi are triterpenes, called ganoderic acids. Preliminary studies indicated that ganoderic acids help alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions. Triterpenes are bitter in taste and the level of the triterpene content contained in a product can be determined by the bitterness.
Regular consumption of red Reishi can enhance our body's immune system and improve blood circulation, thus improving better health conditions. Generally, Reishi is recommended as an adaptogen, immune modulator, and a general tonic. Red Reishi is also used to help treat anxiety, high blood pressure, hepatitis, bronchitis, insomnia, and asthma. A full list of reported benefits can be found at www.reishi.com