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Can Supplementing with Probiotics be Bad for You?

There has been a lot of buzz about gut health recently. The health of your intestines is undoubtedly important - they make up an incredibly complex system that communicates with your brain, giving and receiving feedback, creating hormonal responses, and more. Gut health also has all kinds of correlations with disease. "Disease starts in the gut" is a phrase which is reverberating through the medical community. As more science commentary and public discourse begin to highlight these concepts, more people are trying to somehow take advantage of this information to improve their own health. This leads to using probiotic supplements. But it's possible that supplemental probiotic use isn't good for you, as found recently in a journal called Clinical and...

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What is Lion’s Mane Mushroom?

  Lion’s Mane - A Super-functional Medicinal Mushroom Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceum) is an incredible mushroom which is as delicious as it is medicinal. It has traditionally been consumed as both a food and a medicine in East Asia. Now it’s finally getting recognition as a powerful functional food in the West. An absolute wealth of bioactive compounds have been identified in it including polysaccharides, erinacines, hericerins, hericenones, resorcinols, mono and diterpenes, and aroma compounds. Lion’s Mane is most commonly touted as a brain health mushroom, a sort of nootropic neuro-supercharger. While this may be true, we wanted to briefly explore what other health benefits the research suggests this mushroom may have. Lion’s Mane and Bone Health This 2017 study...

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Benefits of Reishi Mushroom - Emerging Reishi Research

Reishi (ganoderma lucidum) Reishi (or Lingzhi) mushroom is one of the oldest known health foods, with its use dating back to 300 B.C. in China. Reishi is a true panacea, with hundreds of bioactive compounds identified in scientific literature. Research suggests it can do everything from fighting cancer to improving sleep. Since touting every possible benefit of Reishi is beyond the scope of this article, we want to instead highlight just a few new pieces of research. A 2017 study found evidence that Reishi suppresses breast cancer cell growth. It found that Reishi suppressed a certain signaling pathway called Wnt/β-catenin which is responsible for many types of cancer, including breast cancer. The study ultimately indicated that supplemental Reishi could be...

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Best Quality Mushroom Supplements - Mycelium vs. Fruiting Bodies

Mushroom supplements are finally becoming popular for their vast array of health benefits. But not all mushroom supplements are created equally. To understand what makes a high quality mushroom supplement, we should first look at a mushroom’s life cycle.                                                 Mushroom life cycle    The actual mushroom itself is called the fruit (or fruiting) body. It produces spores, the spores germinate and create a network of mycelium (almost like roots). The mycelium eventually produces a pinhead (or primordium), which grows into a new whole mushroom, and the cycle of life continues.            ...

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