A formula of four potent mushroom extracts supporting your immune system.*
What Does Our Mushroom Complex™ Formula Contain?
Our Mushroom Complex formula consists of:
- Coriolus versicolor mushroom (standardized to 30% polysaccharides) – 100 mg
- Maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa, standardized to 30% polysaccharides) – 100 mg
- Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum, standardized to 30% polysaccharides) – 100 mg
- Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes, standardized to 30% polysaccharides) – 100 mg
- MCT Oil Powder (Powdered coconut oil ) – 100 mg
It comes in a cellulose capsule which is suitable for vegans.
Like our other nutraceuticals, our Mushroom Complex™ formula is free from allergens such as gluten, soy, fish, lactose, milk, meat and wheat.
What Is the Recommended Daily Dosage?
We recommend 1 capsule per day or as advised by your healthcare professional. It can be consumed with meals.
What Does the Science Say?
The Coriolus mushroom has long featured as a remedy in Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine. Modern science shown it have several potential health benefits [1,2]:
- Enhancement of immunity mechanisms (in particular antiviral)
- Support of healthy growth of white blood cells; and
- Have strong antioxidative and free radical scavenging properties.
Indeed, this mushroom is rich in polysaccharide-k (PSK) polysaccharide-peptide (PSP), two compounds that help to stimulate the immune system .
Coriolus has shown impressive results in combating the HPV virus. As discussed by Silva Couto & Pereria da Silva (2009), an application of the mushroom extract caused a 85% regression rate in lesion caused by HPV (versus 47.5% without supplementation). For high-risk HPV virus subtypes, the regression rate was 90% (versus 8.5% without supplementation) .
Coriuolus versicolor has also been shown to have potential anti-cancer effects, as noted by Szeto (2008) .
The Maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa) has featured prominently in Japanese medicine and cuisine. Like other medicinal mushrooms it is rich in beta-D-glucan, a unique compound believed to be amongst the most powerful enhances of a healthy immune response [5,6].
Thanks to its immunosupportive properties, it has been observed to be beneficial in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and certain cancers .
Maitake was also noted for its benign effects on the cardiovascular system (in particular hyperlipidemia and hypertension) .
Chen et. al (2010) observed that Maitake can be very beneficial as a natural remedy against Polycystic Ovary Syndrome .
Vetvicka & Vetvickova (2014) observed that the Maitake mushroom works synergistically with the Shiitake mushroom , which is also present in our Mushroom Complex formula.
Another mushroom known & frequently used in traditional Asian remedies (particularly in TCM), Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) has also been observed to have several beneficial effects for your health. These include:
- Optimising immune responses [8, 9]
- Supporting anti-oxidative processes 
- Anti-bacterial and anti-virial properties  (e.g. against influenza, astma & bronchitis);
- Cardiovascular and hepatoprotective features  and
- Relief from insomnia 
Akin to the other mushrooms in our Mushroom complex formula, Reishi is rich in polysaccharides but also peptidoglycans, which indeed are behind many of its immunomodulatory properties [8,9].
On a cellular level, Reishi has been found to raise the amount of macrophage T-cells  Furthermore it contains a compound known as Canthaxanthin which can help to bind immune cells to tumor cells, causing the latter to die.
Very famous in Asian cuisine, the Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) also has prominently featured in traditional Asian medicines.
Modern research is ample and has show Shiitake contains all 8 essential aminoacids and lionleic acid. It has also been shown to have significant immunosupportive effects [11, 12, 6].
In extract form, it is a concentrated source of polysaccharides, peptidomanan-, Lentinan-, Eritadenine- and ligning derivatives. Together, they act to provide a high-capacity immunomodulating support. Lentinan has been shown to heal chromosome damage caused by chemotherapy  and Eritadenine can be beneficial in lowering cholesterol and balancing cardiovascular health .
MCT Oil Powder
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) are fatty acids naturally present in many foods. One of the most abundant sources of MCT is coconut oil, containing over 60% of MCT.
Because of their short chain structure, MCTs are quickly absorbed and metabolised by the liver and utilised by the body . They also promote the production of ketones, a favorite source of energy for the brain’s and muscles’ tissues. Consequently, calories from MCTs are normally used more efficiently for energy production than calories from glucose and are therefore less likely to turn into adipose tissue (body fat).
Chemically, MCTs are mainly made up of fatty acids Capric Acid C6, Caprillic Acid C8, Capric Acid C10 and Lauric Acid C12. Caprillic Acid C8 and Capric Acid C10 usually convert faster into ketones (and thus utilised by our mitochondria as an efficient energy source). Our MCT powder extract is based on a combination of these two fatty acids.
In addition to boosting the absorption (bioavailability) of certain compounds, MCTs can have benefits on their own:
- Support and improve cognitive functions
- Support atherosclerosis prevention and a healthy lipid metabolism
- Support the immune system; and
- Increase energy levels and physical endurance
Thanks to their rapid transformation into ketones, MCTs can also help to support a leaner body mass.
With the above in mind, we have added MCT Oil Powder to our formula to increase its absorbency.
Scientific References & Relevant Research
 Chu KK, Ho SS, Chow AH. Coriolus versicolor: a medicinal mushroom with promising immunotherapeutic values. J Clin Pharmacol. 2002;42(9):976-84.
 Lee KH, Morris-natschke SL, Yang X, et al. Recent progress of research on medicinal mushrooms, foods, and other herbal products used in traditional Chinese medicine. J Tradit Complement Med. 2012;2(2):84-95.
 Silva Couto J, Pereria da Silva D. Coriolus versicolor Supplementation as Immunonutrition in HPV Patients with Cervical Lesions (LSIL). Clin J Mycol. 2009;3(1):8.
 Szeto M. Coriolus versicolor extracts: relevance in cancer management. Curr Oncol. 2008;15(2):79.
 Mayell M. Maitake extracts and their therapeutic potential. Altern Med Rev. 2001;6(1):48-60.
 Vetvicka V, Vetvickova J. Immune-enhancing effects of Maitake (Grifola frondosa) and Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) extracts. Ann Transl Med. 2014;2(2):14.
 Chen JT, Tominaga K, Sato Y, Anzai H, Matsuoka R. Maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa) extract induces ovulation in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome: a possible monotherapy and a combination therapy after failure with first-line clomiphene citrate. J Altern Complement Med. 2010;16(12):1295-9.
 Kuo MC, Weng CY, Ha CL, Wu MJ. Ganoderma lucidum mycelia enhance innate immunity by activating NF-kappaB. J Ethnopharmacol. 2006;103(2):217-22.
 Wachtel-Galor S, Yuen J, Buswell JA, et al. Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi): A Medicinal Mushroom. In: Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011. Chapter 9.
 Wang SY, Hsu ML, Hsu HC, et al. The anti-tumor effect of Ganoderma lucidum is mediated by cytokines released from activated macrophages and T lymphocytes. Int J Cancer. 1997;70(6):699-705.
 Dai X, Stanilka JM, Rowe CA, et al. Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. J Am Coll Nutr. 2015;34(6):478-87.
 Zhang N, Chen H, Zhang Y, Ma L, Xu X. Comparative studies on chemical parameters and antioxidant properties of stipes and caps of shiitake mushroom as affected by different drying methods. J Sci Food Agric. 2013;93(12):3107-13.
 Attia SM, Harisa GI, Abd-allah AR, Ahmad SF, Bakheet SA. The influence of lentinan on the capacity of repair of DNA damage and apoptosis induced by paclitaxel in mouse bone marrow cells. J Biochem Mol Toxicol. 2013;27(7):370-7.
 Sugiyama K, Akachi T, Yamakawa A. Hypocholesterolemic action of eritadenine is mediated by a modification of hepatic phospholipid metabolism in rats. J Nutr. 1995;125(8):2134-44.
 Babayan, VK. Medium chain fatty acids and esters and their medical and nutritional application. J Am Oil Them Soc. 1981;58:49A.
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