Agaricus Mushroom

Agaricus Blazei Murill, which is also commonly known as Cogumelo do Sol, Cogumelo de Deus, and Himematsutake is a mushroom that is originally native to a small village, named Piedade in Brazil. ABM was first discovered by Dr. Takatoshi Furumoto who had noticed that inhabitants of that region were statistically much healthier than the average population with unusually low occurrences of geriatric diseases as well as low incidences of cancer. Further research by other researchers such as Dr. Shobo Shibata and Dr. Tetsuo Ikegawa revealed the actual pharmacological actions of this mushroom. They discovered that the ABM was rich in polysaccharide compounds, which assist in boosting the immune system. Research has found that the two principal polysaccharide compounds, which exist in ABM, are ß(Beta) 1,3-D Glucan and ß(Beta) 1,6-D Glucan. Researchers have found that the concentrations of Beta(ß) 1,3-D Glucan and Beta(ß) 1,6-D Glucan are higher in ABM than in any other mushroom types including Reishi, Maitake and Shitake. Other research has also shown that ABM is high in ergosterols, linoleic acid and palmitorenic acid as well as Vitamin B6 and B12.

ABM has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the various ailments:

Cancer: Studies on the agaricus blazei murill mushrooms have shown that the mushroom may be helpful in various types of cancer. As with other therapies, this is a natural therapy and you should consult a doctor or seek medical advise.

Diabetes: Studies have shown that agaricus blazei mushrooms may help to reduce blood glucose levels

Hepatitis: Studies have shown that ABM may be helpful in certain cases of Hepatitis

Studies have shown that ABM may also help to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Please note that we cannot say that the agaricus mushroom will cure any disease. It is a natural supplemental therapy that should be used in conjunction to what your doctor may advise. A very good source of the latest information regarding Agaricus Blazei mushrooms and other alternative therapies is the National Center for Biotechnology Information which is a US government site.

The link to the site is: http://www.ncbi.nih.gov/

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Upon entering the site, select PubMed database and enter the search terms that you wish to check. For example, select “PubMed” then type “agaricus blazei” in the “for” box and then click on GO.

This government website is the most reliable non-commercial information available on the web. Some of the research articles can be downloaded in .pdf format or may be purchased for download.
You may also want to consult some of these books that have been written about the Agaricus Blazei Mushroom.