Product Profiles: Bluebonnet Nutrition: Myco-7 Mushroom Defense Veggie Capsules

Magnificent Mushrooms

Q1. Mushrooms are in a class of their own; what makes them different from plants and animals?

Mushrooms are magical; they can be delicious, intoxicating, mysterious, and even deadly. Because of these attributes, mushrooms have, over time, had a reputation for being both friend and foe. All mushrooms are mushrooms, but not all mushrooms are mushrooms. Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. Fungi are cellular more similar to humans than plants. For example, humans eat food and digest nutrients for good health. Plants, on the other hand, absorb nutrients from the soil and, through photosynthesis, harness the power of the sun to stay healthy. Through their complex network of mycelial fibers, fungi secrete enzymes that digest organic residues, helping plants and animals to decompose. The fungi then use those digested components as food, and their network transfers those nutrients to their surroundings, working in harmony with mother nature. More than 100,000 species of Kingdom Fungi are identified in the literature, but of those that are truly magical, in the sense of being functional medicines, only a small subset exists. Mushrooms are more popular than ever as part of a nutritious meal, as an alternative to coffee, and for their medicinal


Q2. What nutrients do mushrooms provide and how are they beneficial for immune health?

Edible mushrooms are more than just part of a delicious and nutritious meal; they also provide a unique set of nutrients with wide-ranging health benefits. Mushrooms are a source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and an impressive array of high molecular weight and protein-bound polysaccharides, the most popular being β-glucans. Polysaccharides are complex branched chain-like molecules made up of many smaller units of sugar molecules and work with cellular and immune health as biological response modifiers. Immune system cells are wired to interact with these fungal β-glucans. This is because the immune system has evolved over time to protect itself against fungal pathogens. In general, fungal polysaccharides initiate widespread activation of our immune system and have been shown in the literature to calm down an overactive immune system while also kick-starting an underactive immune system, adapting to the body’s needs for better health .

Q3. Which part of the mushroom should I consume? Fruit bodies or mycelium?

The fruiting body is the part of the mushroom that grows on the surface, producing spores, and is very rich in polysaccharides studied for good health. Mycelium (singular) and mycelium (plural) are like the “roots” of a mushroom. A mushroom’s mycelium helps gather and utilize nutrients and allows the mushrooms/fungi to communicate with each other and with their surroundings. This mycelial network is thought to be intelligent, with an ecological memory that helps it determine where, when and how to grow. That said, mushrooms that undergo a fermentation process, such as solid-state fermentation, completely transform this superfood so that the benefits of both the fruiting body and mycelial biomass can be seen and complement each other for better health. you

Q4. What’s the best way to harness the magical benefits of organic, whole, full cycle mushrooms and why?

Not all mushroom products are created equally and there are many different ways mushrooms can be grown and processed, each of which will have a huge impact on what compounds are actually found in the final product. Mushrooms can be found all over the world and their habitats are quite diverse. In most cases, fungi are found in nature attached to solid support structures such as organic residues of plants, animals and insects. Because of these conditions, you want to grow mushrooms as close to nature as possible, simulating the natural environment for the best growth and nutrient-rich matrix content possible. Solid-state fermentation helps achieve this because it allows these mushrooms to be grown in a temperature and humidity controlled environment, as would be found in the wild, without the use of unnecessary fungicides or

little productQ5. What should consumers look for in a mushroom supplement?

As well as picking a product that provides a full-fledged whole mushroom, preferably from multiple certified organic species, such as shiitake, reishi, chaga, turkey tail, cordyceps, lion’s mane, and maitake, as found in Bluebonnet’s Myco-7™ Mushroom Defense Vegetable Capsules, should also be grown using solid state fermentation which provides both mycelial biomass and fruiting bodies, which are then specially blended to provide a whole host of benefits related to immune health, energy and vitality and daily

Additionally, the formulas should also provide all the dietary benefits needed for a premium item such as:

  • Organically and domestically grown in the USA
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Kosher Certified by KOF-K
  • Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Free from common allergens (soy, gluten and milk)you

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.