Agaricus Extract (blazei) - Wholesale
Latin synonyms: Agaricus blazei, Agaricus brasiliensis, Agaricus rufotegulis, Agaricus subrufescens*
Common name synonyms: ABM, Almond Mushroom, Almond Portobello, Brazilian Blazei, Cogumelu de Deus, Cogumelu de Sol, Cogumelo de Vida, Himematsutake, Kawariharatake, King Agaricus, Mandelpilz, Murrill's Agaricus, Mushroom of God, Royal Sun Agaricus, Songrong
Agaricus extract contains more beta glucans than any other mushroom species investigated. In addition to the research on Agaricus itself, it may be worthwhile to look into the abundant research that has been done on beta glucans. 25
Testing on cancer cells in laboratories have yielded mostly negative results, while testing on live subjects have been very positive. This indicates that the health promoting compounds in Agaricus extract work by stimulating the immune system of the patient rather than directly attacking mutated cancer cells. 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140
In fact, one Japanese study from 2002 showed that when stimulated by Agaricus extract, macrophages would deliver a two punch knockout to cancer cells. Eight hours after taking Agaricus extract, the patient's macrophages excreted a cancer killing compound known as alpha tumor necrosis factor. Then four hours after that, the same macrophages excreted another compound specifically targeted to finish off the now weakened cancer cells. 141
Another specific cancer related effect of Agaricus extract is that it inhibits the enzyme aromatase, which is associated with the development of breast cancer. 142
Both alcohol and water extracts of Agaricus have been shown to contain important health promoting compounds, 143 particularly extracts of the mycelium. 25 This is why we offer alcohol extract only, not capsules, because the extract is more powerful.
In addition to showing promise with cancer, Agaricus extract also demonstrates antibacterial properties. In one study, it was particularly effective against salmonella. 144
Finally a few words of caution. One test in 2003 showed that Agaricus blazei grown in China contained a significantly larger amount of cadmium than Agaricus grown in the United States. 145
It should also be pointed out that while research shows great promise for the use of Agaricus extract in the battle against cancer, ironically, Agaricus mushrooms also contain cancer causing compounds known as agaritines. (Agaritines are also found in Button Mushrooms, Portobellos and Crimini Mushrooms.) Our Agaricus extract, produced by world leading mushroom expert Paul Stamets, contain the least amount of agaritines of any Agaricus product on the market. 145
"Years ago, Paul Stamets ... developed methods that precluded agaritines, and Stijve et al. (2003) published a comparison of commercial products from the US, China, and Japan. All but [Paul Stamets] products contained significant amounts of agaritine." 145
In his book "Mycelium Running," health promoting mushroom expert Paul Stamets also lists the following areas where research has shown Agaricus extract to have a beneficial effect: Viruses; Blood Sugar; Cholesterol; Colorectal Cancer; Sarcoma. 134
Click the following link to see chart for additional therapeutic properties of Agaricus Extract (A. blazei). (Note: In chart referred to by old name Agaricus brasiliensis!)
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* We refer to the health supporting Agaricus as Agaricus blazei because that is how it is still known to the vast majority. However, Paul Stamets still labels the bottles, which we sell, as Agaricus brasiliensis. Regarding the confusing Latin nomenclature, see this quote from wikipedia:
"In 2002, Didukh and Wasser rejected the name A. blazei and called the Brazilian fungi Agaricus brasiliensis; this was rejected by Kerrigan through genetic and interfertility testing on several fungal strains. Samples of the Brazilian strains called A. blazei and A. braziliensis proved to be genetically similar to, and interfertile with, the North American population of Agaricus subrufescens. These tests also found European samples called A. rufotegulis to be of the same species. Because Agaricus subrufescensis the oldest name, it is traditionally considered the scientifically, historically correct name."
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