IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT
One of the best-known and well researched medicinal benefits of Agaricus blazei is their ability to boost the body’s immune system. These mushrooms and their extracts have been used traditionally to combat a wide range of diseases including diabetes, circulatory issues, high cholesterol, hepatitis, cancer and osteoporosis. Numerous studies over the past few decades indicate that they can significantly improve overall health and quality of life.
Studies have found that one of the most important reasons for the health benefits of Agaricus blazei is that they contain various beneficial polysaccharides in the form of highly structured beta-glucans. These compounds are also known for their amazing ability to modulate the body’s immune response and provide protection against disease.
According to various studies, the polysaccharides found in Agaricus blazei regulate the production of antibodies and work as ‘biological response modifiers’ .
CANCER AND CHEMOTHERAPY SUPPORT
The immune modulating properties of Agaricus blazei are also related to its potential against various forms of cancer. The beta-glucan present in the mushrooms is believed to be extremely effective in stimulating the body’s immune response and the compound has been specifically used to inhibit the growth of tumors.
Moreover, a Korean study published in 2004 found that Agaricus blazei could do wonders for those undergoing chemotherapy treatment. The researchers discovered that treatment with Agaricus blazei had a significantly positive effect on the common side effects of chemotherapy.
Patients experienced improvements in terms of appetite, hair loss, physical weakness and emotional stability suggesting that treatment with Agaricus blazei may be very beneficial for patients while undergoing chemotherapy.
ANTI-VIRAL AND ANTIBIOTIC PROPERTIES
The beta-glucan polysaccharides serve a natural purpose in defending the Agaricus blazei from invasive organisms. By the same token, they can be used medicinally by humans in order to fight against both viral and bacterial infections.
Promising research has been done into the antimicrobial properties of this species of mushroom. One study found that Agaraicus extracts could protect against the bacteria and viruses responsible for pneumonia and meningitis and also certain types of herpes.
Another study published in 2013 examined the medical value of Agaricus blazei mushrooms. Researchers found that a polysaccharide isolated from the mushroom was effective against the herpes simplex virus. The study actually found that the extract was comparable to the effects of a commonly prescribed herpes medication – Acylovir.
INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISORDERS
Studies have demonstrated that Agaricus blazei is very effective when it comes to alleviating internal and external inflammation. In one experiment done on patients with inflammatory bowel conditions, researchers discovered that an extract made from the mushroom had powerful anti-inflammatory effects against inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Researchers have also begun to examine the effects of Agaricus blazei extract on osteoporosis with promising results.
DIABETES AND LIVER FUNCTION
Early signs are good that Agaricus blazei can improve liver health and also help treat patients with type 2 diabetes. A year long study was done by researchers in Taiwan to analyze the effects of Agaricus on hepatitis B. They found that treatment with the mushroom helped to normalize the liver function in patients suffering from hepatitis B.
When it comes to diabetes, early signs are also very promising. Clinical studies have demonstrated that Agaricus blazei supplements might help to increase insulin resistance while reducing the impact of oxidative stress in diabetic patients.