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VITACEUTICA PRODUCT: Agaricus Brazil Mushroom

VITACEUTICA PRODUCT: Agaricus Brazil Mushroom

What is Agaricus Brazil Mushroom?

Agaricus blazei Murrill or Agaricus Brazil mushroom is a fungus native to Brazil and is also widely cultivated in Japan as well as China due to its medicinal uses. Traditionally, these mushrooms are used to treat various common diseases such as hepatitis, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, dermatitis, and cancer. Today, it is a very popular form of health supplement. 

What are the benefits of Agaricus Brazil Mushroom?

Many studies have proven the positive effects of the Agaricus Brazil mushrooms with regards to their ability to strengthen health and vitality. These mushrooms have a variety of phytochemicals that essentially possess excellent health-supporting properties. 

An especially useful substance readily packed inside is a type of sugar called beta-glucans. It stimulates certain immune functions in our body, for instance, cells that protect our body against foreign invaders and microorganisms. Thus, the consumption of Agaricus Brazil mushrooms can aid in improving our immune system performance. Furthermore, it has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects thus able to defend our body from reactive particles that can damage our cells and cause numerous diseases. As such, studies have found that intake of Agaricus Brazil mushrooms or its supplements can potentially lower rates of aging-related disorders such as cancer and heart diseases. Adding on to its long list of traditional uses, it is also believed that many of the compounds in the mushroom can prevent or treat other health conditions such as asthma, dermatitis, hepatitis, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). As it is able to enhance the regulation of blood sugar levels, it is also thought to assist in the management of diabetes. However, further studies are required to support its effects in relation to these conditions.

If I want to consume Agaricus Brazil Mushroom, what else do I need to know?

Agaricus blazei extract products are often available as either a liquid or a powder. The liquid extracts generally have a strong, earth-like flavor that many consumers may be unused to and may require a few trials to adapt. Nevertheless, the flavor can be masked by combining the extracts with liquid foods such as a favoured smoothie, juices, soups, or hot drinks. On the other hand, Agaricus Brazil mushroom powder extracts are flavorless as they are held within capsules. Given that it is in capsule form, it may be more convenient to carry about and is also easy to swallow.

Generally, the Agaricus Brazil mushroom is well-tolerated. Rarely, the consumption of these mushrooms may lead to minor side effects such as diarrhoea, nausea, stomach upset, and low blood sugar levels. It is thought that these side effects are more likely at higher doses. However, for consumers who have liver diseases, as there is a risk that Agaricus Brazil Mushroom may affect certain proteins in your liver, it would be best to consult a doctor or a healthcare professional before taking these supplements just to check their suitability.  

I’m ready! Where can I get Agaricus Brazil Mushroom?

Agaricus Brazil mushroom supplements can be obtained at your local pharmacies or health food stores. Here at GEM Pharmacy, the recommended supplements are the Life Factor Vitaceutica Vege Capsules which are all readily and conveniently packed with pure, organic Agaricus blazei Murrill, essential vitamins, and antioxidants. Nonetheless, regardless of your choice of supplements, always research the products beforehand and consult a healthcare professional before taking any supplements to establish that it is safe for you. 

 

References

Di Renzo, Livia, Yefenof, Eitan, & Klein, Eva. (1991). The function of human NK cells is enhanced by β‐glucan, a ligand of CR3 (CD11b/CD18). European Journal of Immunology, 21(7), 1755-1758.

Firenzuoli, F., Gori, L., & Lombardo, G. (2008). The Medicinal Mushroom Agaricus blazei Murrill: Review of Literature and Pharmaco-Toxicological Problems. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 5(1), 3–15. https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nem007

Hetland, G., Johnson, E., Lyberg, T., & Kvalheim, G. (2011). The Mushroom Agaricus blazei Murill Elicits Medicinal Effects on Tumor, Infection, Allergy, and Inflammation through Its Modulation of Innate Immunity and Amelioration of Th1/Th2 Imbalance and Inflammation. Advances in pharmacological sciences, 2011, 157015. https://doi.org/10.1155/2011/157015

Life Factor. (n.d.). Vitaceutica. Retrieved from https://lifefactor.my/vitaceutica 

Super Food Science. (2019). 5 Things You Should Know Before You Buy Agaricus blazei Mushroom Extract. Retrieved from https://www.superfoodscience.com/blogs/health-blog/5-things-you-should-know-before-you-buy-agaricus-blazei-mushroom-extract 

Wong, C. (2020). The Health Benefits of Agaricus Blazei Mushroom. Retrieved from https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-agaricus-89398 

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