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The Magic Behind Mike's Mushroom Mix

What Is It?
Powerful functional mushroom blend to keep your body balanced and optimized to perform all day, every day.
What’s In It?
Ten of the most renowned functional mushrooms combined into an all-around daily supplement.  
  • Agarikon - for anti-inflammatory, antiviral abilities
  • Antrodia - to support live tonic
  • Chaga - to fight harmful bacteria and viruses
  • Cordyceps - natural energy booster
  • King Trumpets - to lower cholesterol, help manage diabetes
  • Lion’s Mane - for cognition function and memory support
  • Maitake - for metabolism support and immune-boosting power.
  • Reishi - to enhance immune function and flood the body and mind with tranquility
  • Shiitake - to support heart health and skin health
  • Turkey tail - for its immune boosting, anti-cancer, and gut health properties

What Does It Do?
Mike’s Mushroom Mix Anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and immunity booster. Keeps harmful pathogens in check and your body in an optimal state of balance. With a rich profile of phytochemicals such as polysaccharides, triterpenoids, amino acids, and polyphenols, as well as additions of vitamins B, B-12, C, and D and minerals will support your overall health and keep your body’s defense operating at its full capacity. It also helps with metabolism support, anti-aging, and longevity, and strengthening liver function and gut health.
How Does It Work?
The Mike’s Mushroom Mix formula provides an intelligent array of fungal molecules demonstrated in the scientific literature to offer wellness properties.

As with many mushrooms, Agarikon mushrooms offer strong immune-enhancing properties, including activity against viruses including those in the pox family, herpes simplex virus-1 and 2, influenza A and B, bird influenza (H5N1) and tuberculosis. [1-3] Agarikon also offers antimicrobial properties, showing efficacy against some Bacillus, Staphylococcus, Klebsiella, Aspergillus, and Enterobacter species. [4,5] Chlorinated coumarins within Agarikon have provided treatment of pulmonary diseases such as tuberculosis and pneumonia. [5] Triterpenoids in Agarikon can inhibit nitric oxide production which is involved in inflammatory diseases including asthma. 

The fungus Antrodia cinnamomea, or AC mushroom provides immune-enhancing properties like many of the mushrooms selected for use in Spore products. [6-8] The triterpene methyl antcinate K isolated from A. cinnamomea promotes dendritic cells which are vital leukocytes or white blood cells. [7] Additionally, high-molecular weight polysaccharides from A. cinnamomea have demonstrated adjuvant effects on dendritic cells and in immunotherapy vaccines for cancer. [8] The polysaccharide galactomannan provides an example of an immunostimulatory compound extracted from Antrodia that enhances resistances against bacterial attacks in the early stages of an infection but also lessens the risk of severe infection by lessening the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. [9]

Chaga mushrooms offer anticancer, immune-enhancing, antioxidant, anti-hyperglycemic, and anti-mutagenic (gene-protecting) properties. [10] Chaga contains compounds such as 3β-hydroxy-lanosta-8,24-dien-21-al, inotodiol (a triterpene), and lanosterol and each of these molecules showed effectiveness against multiple cancer cell lines with low toxicity to normal cells. [11] Polysaccharides extracted from chaga have reduced tumor size. [12] Chaga mushrooms also provide immune support, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, and antioxidant activity, and anti-hyperglycemic properties. [10] For example, chaga mushroom dosing led to decreased DNA damage and an improvement in deformed structures in zebrafish exposed to UVB radiation. [13] Chaga antioxidant capability prevented the formation of reactive oxygen species helping lessen oxidative stress induced by UV treatment and reduced the amount of pro-inflammatory cytokines brought about by the radiation. [14] Like reishi mushrooms, chaga aids as an antihyperglycemic agent due to its antioxidative properties and its ability to provide protection against cellular damage. [15] Chaga mushrooms also provide protection against liver injury by eliminating free radicals, inhibiting the leakage of key enzymes from the induced damage, and decreasing malondialdehyde formation. [16]

Traditional uses of cordyceps mushrooms include promotion of health, longevity, and athletic power and endurance. [17] In 1993, Chinese runners who had ingested cordyceps achieved records in several running events, thrusting these mushrooms on the world stage as potential energy enhancers. Thus, cordyceps is used in Spore products to provide a burst of energy. One study demonstrated that, with or without exercising, cordyceps improved exercise endurance by activating skeletal muscle metabolic regulators and increasing antioxidants. [17] A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial also demonstrated these findings in older adults (ages 50-75 years) who ingested 333 mg of dried mushrooms. [18] Aerobic performance improved and the ingestion of the mushrooms pointed to resistance to fatigue. 

Polysaccharides in king trumpet mushrooms provide powerful antioxidants that help scavenge free radicals and promote key antioxidant enzymes like superoxide dismutase that help reduce oxidative stress. [19] These polysaccharides also provide anti-tumor effects through immune system modulation. Two such polysaccharides called PEP-1 and PEP-2 demonstrated the ability to provoke apoptosis. [20] Like other mushrooms that exhibit anti-cancer properties, king trumpet polysaccharides act on the host organism’s immune system, augmenting its ability to fend off the invaders in part by stimulating the response of natural killer cells helping them be better killer. [21]

Polysaccharides in lion’s mane mushrooms can promote neuronal health. [22] An extract of lion’s mane, for example, stimulated the production of nerve growth factor which is involved in regulating and maintaining specific neurons. [23] Mice given lion’s mane mushrooms in their feed (5% w/w) for 7 days had increased nerve growth factor mRNA expression in the hippocampus, a region of the brain instrumental in learning and memory. [24] These properties have been implicated in lion’s mane’s ability to reduce neurodegenerative-induced cell death. [25] In a double-blind study of Japanese men and women aged 50-80 and diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. [26] The study participants consumed 250 mg of mushroom tablets containing 96% lion’s mane 3 times per day for 16 weeks. Cognitive function scores increased with the timeframe that the participants ingested the mushrooms. 

Glucans from Grifola frondosa or maitake mushrooms provide strong antioxidant and immune-supporting properties [27-29], providing evidence for anti-aging capabilities. Antioxidative properties worked by augmenting key enzymes like superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase activity, which in turn, catalyze the destruction of the superoxide radical and reduce lipid hydroperoxides to alcohols and hydrogen peroxide to water, respectively. Additionally, these glucans increased interleukine-2 (IL-2) production, an immunocytokine that has strong immune-enhancing properties providing the most effective cytokine for T cell biology (a type of white blood cell), as well as the ability to boost the activity of natural killer cells, another type of lymphocyte vital to our immune systems. Malondialdehyde (a common marker for oxidative stress) content in the liver was reduced, further demonstrating maitake’s antioxidant properties. [28] What’s more, α-glucan from maitake offers anti-tumor activity by promoting the production of cells that enhance our immune systems like tumor necrosis factor α, different interleukins, and through macrophage cell activation. [30] And a human clinical trial showed that maitake mushrooms led to increased antibodies in in response to influenza type A virus H1N1 after study participants took 20 maitake tablets per day. [31] Maitake mushrooms also help improve metabolism, showing increased fat metabolism [32,33] and other age-related metabolic issues such as glucose/insulin metabolism (e.g., hyperglycemia) [34].

Reishi mushrooms, for example, called “the mushroom of immortality” [35], have been studied for their immune-enhancing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-tumor, and antimicrobial properties. [36] Ganoderma lucidum – the species relevant to this formula – is reported to have over 400 bioactive compounds mostly comprised of polysaccharides and triterpenoids. The immune-enhancing properties of reishi polysaccharides work by increasing the amounts of key immune cells such as natural killer, B-lymphocyte, T-lymphocyte white blood cells, dendritic cells, phagocytes that protect our bodies from foreign particles and may also be examples of white blood cells. A more robust immune system, in turn, is vital in cancer treatment, and reishi polysaccharides stimulate cancer resistance through their immune-enhancing capabilities, by inducing apoptosis (cell death) of cancerous cells, and through their anti-cancer preventing activity. [37,38] Reishi triterpenes offer anti-cancer properties as well, through their toxicity to cancer cells, anti-metastatic effects, and induction of apoptosis. [37-39] Reishi polysaccharides and triterpenes have shown antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, with the terpenes presenting higher antioxidative capacities. The mushroom’s polysaccharides have also demonstrated anti-aging properties through their ability to protect fibroblasts (cells that provides structural framework in mammalian tissue and aids wound healing) from harmful ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. [40] The UVB treated cells revealed increased signs of aging and reactive oxygen species and decreased cell viability, but when cells were treated with UVB and reishi polysaccharides, the UVB reactive oxygen species were eliminated. Reishi mushrooms also have been used for their sedative, calming properties. In one study, a reishi extract showed similar anti-anxiety properties as the pharmaceutical drug diazepam. [41] Reishi powder also diminished fatigue, anxiety, and depression, and provided a better quality of life in 48 breast cancer survivors. [42]

The consumption of shiitake mushrooms has been shown to improve our immune systems. [43-45] Shiitake’s immune-enhancing properties stem from several mechanisms including an increase in key immune cells such as natural killer T cells. [43] Beta-glucans in shiitake mushrooms are known to interact with receptors on several types of immune cells. The mushrooms offer anti-tumor properties, not because they directly engage the tumor, but because they activate immune responses in the host. [45] The polysaccharide lentinan, for example, acts as a host defense potentiators which help hosts defend against various types of cancer. Shiitakes are also known to improve gut health and have led to diminished levels of C-reactive protein, a common marker for inflammation. 

Like the other mushrooms in Mike’s Mushroom Mix, turkey tail mushrooms provide strong antioxidant properties. [46] In addition to polysaccharides and triterpenes, turkey tail offers many phenolic species like flavonols and flavonoids like quercetin. And also like other mushrooms within Mike’s Mushroom Mix, turkey tail mushrooms demonstrate genoprotective capabilities. [47] In addition to its polysaccharides, turkey tail contains polysaccharides that are also bound to proteins in complexes called polysaccharopeptides. Krestin (PSK) and polysaccharide peptide (PSP) are two such molecules that have strong immune-enhancing properties. PSP, for example, has been shown to increase white blood cells [48] and PSK stimulates natural killer immune cells. [49] PSK has also shown powerful anticancer properties, with one study measuring an increased survival in colon cancer patients who received PSK as an adjuvant immunochemotherapy. [50] An adjuvant therapy seeks to keep the cancer from coming back post-treatment, and an immunotherapy targets the immune system. Turkey tail mushrooms also increase gut health since they contain prebiotics. One study found that consuming 3.6 g per day of PSP from turkey tail led to beneficial microbiome changes and reduced the growth of infectious bacteria such as E. coli and Shigella. [51] Another study measured higher concentrations of beneficial gut bacteria such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus while detrimental bacteria like Clostridium and Staphylococcus were lessened. [52]
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