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MycoForce Immunity™

mycoforce-immunity 150 gram

Medicinal Mushrooms

Mushroom fruiting bodies have been used as both food and medicine by various human cultures for thousands of years. Yet not all culinary mushrooms are considered medicinal, and not all medicinal mushrooms can be consumed as food. Some medicinal mushrooms are also culinary mushrooms (e.g., lion’s mane, shiitake, oyster, enoki, chanterelle, and maitake) in that they are edible when cooked. Mushrooms that are considered to be “medicinal mushrooms” produce bioactive metabolites that have beneficial effects on humans. Most, but not all, medicinal mushrooms grow on trees, and many are somewhat “woody” and fibrous in nature, which makes them inedible.

Mushroom Life Cycle

Mushrooms are actually just one stage in the life cycle of fungal organisms that contains three distinct states – spores, mycelium, and fruiting body (mushrooms). The mushroom, or “fruiting body,” produces spores, which, once dispersed, will serve as “seed” to propagate the species. When the environment is suitable, typically in the spring, with ample moisture and warming temperatures, the mushroom spores will germinate in suitable substrate into threadlike tubes called hyphae, which will, in turn, grow together in a mass of filaments to form the mycelium. In nature, the mycelium and spores are rarely seen, as the spores are very small, and the white, weblike mycelium is typically embedded in its food source (e.g., wood, woody debris, fallen leaves, and all kinds of annual plants). When environmental conditions are conducive, typically in the fall, a fertile mycelium will “sprout” a mushroom (fruiting body), and the life cycle begins again.

Immune System Support

Interestingly, humans are susceptible to many of the same diseases that afflict fungal organisms, but usually do not suffer from those that infect other plants. Some scientists believe that this is because humans are more closely related to fungi than any other kingdom, as animals and fungi share a more recent evolutionary ancestor than plants, protozoans, or bacteria. It is therefore no surprise that medicinal mushrooms have been found to contain compounds that activate the most ancient cells in the human immune system – macrophages. Macrophages are the key white blood cells of innate immunity and can be thought of as the “conductor” of the human immune response.

One of the key bioactive compounds in medicinal mushrooms is beta-D-glucans (specifically, 1,3-1,6 beta-glucans), which have potent immunomodulatory benefits: stimulating the immune system when deficient and also moderating an overactive immune system. Beta-glucans are effectively soluble fiber and, as such, are not digestible by humans. Since they are not degraded by digestive enzymes, they are absorbed unmodified into the blood and bind to receptors on macrophages (and other white blood cells) to exert their immunomodulatory effects. Mushroom beta-glucans are found in cell walls of all life stages of mushrooms, partially bound by a fibrous material known as chitin, which is indigestible to humans. Fortunately, hot water breaks down these chitinous cell walls and the beta-glucans are released for absorption by humans. A hot water extraction process is therefore an essential feature of any quality mushroom supplement.

Mushrooms vs. Mycelium Grown on Grain

Many companies use an inexpensive sterile laboratory process of growing fungal mycelium to make their “mushroom” supplement. Mycelium is the vegetative stage of the fungal life cycle that will eventually produce a mushroom, but it is not a mushroom. Typically, sterilized cooked grain in plastic bags is inoculated with a pure mycelium culture and then harvested before a mushroom is formed. The fermented grain is then dried and powdered to make the supplement. Note that mycelium grown on grain produces significantly less beta-glucans than wood-grown mushroom fruiting bodies, and we question whether grain-grown mycelium beta-glucans are as beneficial (i.e., branched) as those found in wood-grown fruiting bodies. Supplements produced in this manner are also typically adulterated with high levels of starch from unfermented grain. This mycelium growing process literally costs companies mere pennies and thus results in very high profit margins when sold as pricey, well-marketed mushroom supplements. Based on our research, however, these mycelium supplements appear to have very little benefit for the consumer.

Through extensive testing, we were shocked to find that most well-known “medicinal mushroom” supplements have very low amounts of 1,3-1,6 beta-glucans (under 1% in some cases), along with up to 65% starch. It is even questionable how bioavailable the small amounts of beta-glucans in these mycelium products are, since they have not been hot water extracted. Even companies that claim to be “full life cycle” by doing hot water extracts on mycelium AND mushroom fruiting bodies were surprisingly high in starch and below 5% beta-glucans in our testing.

In our minds these inferior mycelium supplements are little more than expensive placebos. Instead of being actual medicinal mushroom supplements, they are instead fermented grain products, with insignificant amounts of beta-glucans and trace, non-beneficial levels of other “extracellular” compounds. To prove this to yourself, taste any mycelium product. The sweet, malty flavor clearly demonstrates that it is primarily fermented grain! Now compare this to the flavor and aroma of MycoForce Immunity™ and it will become clear which is the REAL mushroom supplement.

HealthForce MycoForce Immunity™ 

For the last 5,000 years, hot water extracted medicinal mushrooms have been the centerpiece of tonic immune support in the Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal system. HealthForce MycoForce Immunity™ contains hot water extracts of four different wood-grown medicinal mushroom fruiting bodies known for their potent immunomodulatory properties. Our hot water extracts are dried back on the original mushroom powder used to make the extract in order to avoid the use of non-beneficial carriers and then tested to assure TruGanic™ status (irradiation and pesticide free, as well as non-GMO). Each type of mushroom has a slightly different beta-glucan branching profile, so by combining these different beta-glucan fractions, we produce a more complex and ultimately effective immune response for daily immune support.

Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum): Known as the “mushroom of immortality,” Reishi has been used for thousands of years in Asia as an overall health and immune system tonic. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reishi is considered to be in the highest class of tonics used to promote longevity.

Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa): Research has demonstrated that maitake stimulates the production of a variety of immune cells, including macrophages, natural killer cells, and T-cells, and it increases their effectiveness by increasing the production of interleukin-l, interleukin-2, and lymphokines.

Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula edodes): This tasty culinary mushroom also has a long history of medicinal use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Hundreds of laboratory studies have verified potent levels of immunomodulatory benefits from consuming shiitake extracts.

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus): Known for centuries throughout Europe and Asia as  “King of Herbs,” chaga is a mycelium mass known as a sclerotium that grows mainly on birch trees throughout the Northern Hemisphere. In addition to beta-glucans, chaga is a known source for many other immune-supporting active constituents, including flavanoids, polysaccharides, superoxiide dismutase (SOD), selenium, triterpines, and a unique phytonutrient complex.

HealthForce MycoForce Immunity™ delivers by far the highest levels of beta-glucans in a mushroom supplement on the market. Our tests consistently show 20%+ 1,3-1,6 beta-glucans with less than 5% starch. And since our mushrooms have been hot water extracted, we know that the majority of these beta-glucans are actually bioavailable. We feel HealthForce MycoForce Immunity™ sets a new industry standard for medicinal mushroom supplements by providing actual beneficial levels of immune support at a price that beats our competition.

The HealthForce Edge

  • Made from hot water extracted, wood-grown, mushroom fruiting bodies
  • 100% TruGanic™: TruGanic™ is HealthForce’s own purist, hard-core, quality standard for sourcing and production. Ingredients must pass actual tests (that no other standard requires) to verify non-GMO status and ensure they are 100% free of pesticides and irradiation.
  • EcoFresh Nutrient Lock Packaging™ (amber glass bottles, oxygen absorbers, rubberized airtight metal lids) ensures potency and long shelf life. HUGE difference compared to plastic packaging (all plastic is permeable to oxygen)!
  • Significant energetic enhancements enhance life force
  • No binders, fillers, or excipients
  • Over 20% 1,3-1,6 beta glucans with less than 5% starch

How to Consume

Suggested Use: One teaspoon, 1-2 times daily. Mix into purified water, fresh vegetable and/or fruit juices, nut/seed milks, smoothies, or teas.

Suggested Adjuncts: Other HealthForce products that are highly supportive of immune function are Vitamineral Green™, Earth™, Friendly Force™, Nopal Blood Sugar™, Truly Natural™ Vitamin C, Liver Rescue™, and Oxygen Extreme™. In addition, minimize exposure to toxins, get barefoot on the earth, drink plenty of purified water, breathe deeply, and consume a whole foods, Vegan diet high in organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables.


Nutrition Facts

 

Myco-Immunity™

MycoForce-Immunity™

HealthForce MycoForce-Immunity™* contains fire-enhanced extracts of four different wood-grown mushroom fruiting bodies specifically chosen for their purity and immune supporting properties. Go to MycoForce-Immunity™ product page.

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