What Are the Benefits of Mushrooms?

Time: 3:52 Added: 3/30/2011
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Different varieties can have different health benefits. David Law talks about what some of those are and how the cooked and herbal forms of mushrooms differ.

Contributor(s): Law, David
Tags: hormones, lifestyle, genetics, cardiovascular health, viruses, mushrooms, cellular health

Scott: When people are purchasing this as a supplement, what sort of things can it help them with in their own health?

David Law: If I have to say something about the function of our product, it is to amplify  or support the intercellular communication. This is signaling cytokines, hormones, neurotransmitters, and all that. I think a lot of time we get sick, it's because those functions are not performed properly, either due to genetic defect, due to environmental assault, or due to lifestyle choice. We kind of mess up our internal system. If it's prolonged for many years, it would have dire consequences. Cancer, cardiovascular problems, you drink too much, eat too much, and all that. 

What we think the mushroom is helping with, is to keep your body alert. Especially, supporting the immune functions, which is a big part. 

Scott: Mm-hmm.

David Law: The support of it is more in this model of modulation. Not necessarily stimulation, or depression, it's really modulating. If it's overly active, they would tone it down. If it's not active enough, they would bring it up. That's a very important aspect of what we think our mushroom is doing. 

Scott: Can you get the same benefit in dietary supplement form as in a culinary form?

David Law: I think it's a little different. Earlier when I was talking about the vegetative stage, where they express a lot of the selective metabolites. . . when they're competing with other organisms, they express microtoxins, they express some antibiotics. That is a lot of information we want to capture. 

Whereas, when they're in the state of mushroom, the focus is on reproduction. They don't really worry about dying in a couple of weeks, because they've already spread the spore. They've done their job. At that stage, they don't really focus on defense as much as during the mycelial stage. 

Scott: Okay.

David Law: We think the mycelium is good basis for good product.

Scott: Okay. Can you get different health benefits from different varieties of mushrooms? 

David Law: I think so. In terms of what people are studying them, you look at traditional use of the mushroom in many cultures, especially Asian cultures. Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, and so forth, have used different mushrooms for many, many years. You can follow those usages, and say, This type of mushroom is good for, say, cardiovascular symptoms, this type of mushroom is good for defending against viral infection, and so forth. Each mushroom with that kind of cultural background, you can kind of focus on them. But at the end, I still think it is very much a case of supporting the physiological functions so we can heal ourselves better with our own DNA. I think that all of the healing powers within ourselves, it comes from...all of us come from an egg and a sperm, and we eventually become an individual. But at the end, the species is able to continue for so many years because it is able to heal itself. I think that is the aspect the mushroom can help our body a little bit.
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