Organic MycoComplex is an exceptional formulation containing extracts of seven medicinal mushrooms (Inonotus obliquus, Trametes versicolor, Cordyceps militaris, Ganoderma lucidum, Agaricus brasiliensis, Lentinula edodes and Grifola frondosa), with a guaranteed concentration of at least 30% polysaccharides and 0.7% triterpenes.
“Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health“, Paul Stamets, leading American mycologist and member of the editorial board of The International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms.
SuperSmart has chosen seven of these species for its brand-new nutritional formulation which offers exceptional benefits. Produced using an enzyme mixture and the latest advances in microbiology, Organic MycoComplex optimises the activity and bioavailability of the best mushroom species available in the field of nutritional supplementation. So you can be among the first to benefit from some of the most promising medicines of the future ...
Who is Organic MycoComplex designed for?
This formulation is primarily for people suffering from fatigue, whatever the cause. It is also for those who:
- wish to benefit from the ‘super-tonic’ and protective effects of mushrooms;
- want to protect their body using natural substances;
- are lacking in energy;
- are suffering from various types of pain;
- have intestinal disorders;
- are receiving intensive anti-cancer treatment;
- have a fragile immune system.
What is in Organic MycoComplex ?
Organic MycoComplex contains extracts of seven different organically-grown mushrooms.
Maitake (Grifola frondosa).
Prior to its cultivation in 1979, maitake was known as the dancing mushroom because it’s said that those who found it growing wild danced with joy at their discovery. It is a highly-valued mushroom which contains a number of polysaccharides. Among its properties, scientists have shown that it’s able to:
- lower blood glucose levels (1-2);
- reduce blood pressure;
- reduce blood cholesterol levels;
- stimulate activity of certain immune cells (3).
Active compounds: primarily the polysaccharides beta 1-6-glucans, alpha-glucans and MZF (Maitake Z-fraction) (4). Studies have shown that these compounds encourage maturation of dendritic cells and help activate various cell effectors such as macrophages, Natural Killer cells, T lymphocytes, interleukin-1 and superoxide anion (5). Other studies have demonstrated a blood glucose-lowering effect: by acting on insulin receptors, alpha-glucan polysaccharides may increase insulin sensitivity in cells and improve insulin resistance in peripheral tissues. They also act against tumours by upregulating expression of a pro-apoptosis gene (BAK-1) (6).
Attention: The extracts do not all have the same proportion of active principles nor the same concentration. This product should not be taken alongside anti-diabetes medication.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum).
This ‘mushroom of immortality’ has enjoyed exceptional renown in Asia for more than 2000 years. There are references to it in the oldest written Chinese pharmacopoeia (dating back to 56BC) and it was probably being used by Asian populations for thousands of years before then.
It’s very rarely found growing wild, but cultivation became possible after the 1970s under highly specific laboratory conditions. This was truly liberating given the significance of its therapeutic properties, which include the ability to:
- lower blood cholesterol levels;
- stimulate certain immune cells (7);
- reduce inflammation (8);
- increase antioxidant capacity (9);
- protect the liver;
- combat cell proliferation(10-13);
- boost the body as a whole and maintain optimal health.
Active compounds: these are primarily beta-glucan polysaccharides and triterpenes. The latter reduce the expression of metalloproteins and prevent cell proliferation by suppressing the expression of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) and upregulating the expression of connexin 43 (14).
Attention: In traditional Chinese medicine, only the flesh of the mushroom is used (ie, the cap and the stalk) but several supplement manufacturers use the mycelium, a less expensive part of the mushroom which does not offer the same benefits.
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes).
Used for over 2000 years for its medicinal properties, shiitake is probably the most widely-studied mushroom for its anti-cancer virtues. It helps to:
- reduce levels of LDL cholesterol transporters (15);
- boost the immune system against cancer and infections (16);
- promote healthy arteries.
Active compounds: Its properties come from two compounds in particular, lentinan (1-3 beta-D-glucan) (17) and eritadenine. These compounds do not have a direct cytotoxic effect on tumours but they modify the body’s biological response. Increases have thus been observed in secretion of interleukin (IL-2) and additional activation of macrophages.
Royal sun mushroom (Agaricus brasiliensis).
Native to Brazil, but also widely-found in Asia, the royal sun mushroom is highly valued for its delicious, almond-flavoured flesh. It also offers significant benefits:
- it improves quality of life for cancer sufferers (18-20);
- it supports liver function (21 ;
- it improves insulin resistance (22-24);
- it reduces blood glucose levels;
- it reduces blood cholesterol levels (25) ;
- it has an oestrogen-like effect.
Active compounds: brefeldin A, ergosterol (the primary constituent), blazeispirol A (produced by fermentation of the mushroom), agaritine and polysaccharides. These compounds activate a number of molecular cascades that lead to apoptosis, the programmed death of abnormal cells. They also play a role both in activating NK cells, normal cell signalling and supporting damaged blood vessels (26).
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus).
Unlikely as it might seem, this increasingly popular mushroom is nothing more than a parasite of the birch tree. Yet behind this inauspicious exterior lies a powerful health-boosting mushroom with a delicate flavour. With blood glucose-lowering properties, it has been used for centuries in Asia and Russia to calm inflammation and optimise digestion. Interest in chaga intensified dramatically when in 2011, a team of scientists from Queensland University of Technology discovered that in certain cases, it could reverse tumours in rodents, with no apparent side effects. Researchers are currently investigating its potential to:
- boost antioxidant capacity (27);
- reduce inflammation and fatigue (28);
- relieve pain (29);
- stimulate the immune system (30);
- slow down the progress of cancer (31-32).
Active compounds: inotodiols (triterpenoids), oxalic acid, gallic acid, protocatechuic acid and p-hydroxybenzoic acid. Terpenoids are responsible for the anti-diabetes effects by inhibiting alpha-glucosidase, while the anti-fatigue effects come more from polysaccharides which increase glycogen in the muscles and liver, while reducing levels of nitrogen in urea and restoring those of endogenous antioxidants (glutathione, superoxide dismutase) (33). Its pain-relieving properties are due to inhibition of nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). Last but not least, its anti-proliferative properties are the result of modulated expression of caspase apoptosis-triggers by lignin derivatives.
Attention : Its use is contra-indicated in type 1 diabetics, those with coagulation disorders and those who have had a transplant.
Organic MycoComplex also contains extracts of polyporus versicolor, and cordyceps (effective at stimulating poor sexual function and restoring energy (34)), as well as selenium, prebiotic fructo-oligosaccharides and an extract of ginseng, the essential plant-source aid for stimulating the immune system and fighting fatigue.
What are the benefits of taking Organic MycoComplex?
Europeans and North Americans tend to be wary of mushrooms because of their potential toxicity. But they are missing out. East Asian populations have always regarded them as an essential part of their pharmacopoeia, while the scientific community continues to link them to an increasing number of therapeutic benefits. It now seems that mushrooms’ range of activity is huge: they are in a therapeutic class of their own, with an almost unrivalled wealth of nutritional virtues.
Organic MycoComplex addresses several areas of health:
Gut health. Mushrooms contain a large amount of insoluble dietary fibre which increases the weight and volume of stools, facilitating their elimination from the body and preventing constipation. They also contain non-digestible sugars which nourish ‘friendly’ bacteria in the gut and bowel, helping to strengthen the intestinal barrier and reduce systemic inflammation.
The field of oncology . Two types of compound are responsible for the anti-tumour properties of mushrooms: polysaccharides and lectins. Polysaccharides are long chains of simple sugars. They induce production of cytokines such as interferon or IL-2 which activate the proliferation of a number of immune cells and boost the destruction of foreign elements. Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins which induce apoptosis in abnormal cells including tumour cells.
The field of cardiology . As a result of its various ganoderma, coumarin and polysaccharide compounds, mushrooms help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, two factors associated with cardiovascular problems.
The immune system . This is mushrooms’ ‘strongest suit’. Most of them have properties that strengthen weakened immune systems, particularly as a result of radiotherapy or infections. The polysaccharide compounds increase numbers of macrophages, NK cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes.
Activity against free radicals . Mushrooms have certain antioxidant properties and thus help combat the oxidative stress involved in many health problems. When the body is exposed to high levels of free radicals, normal detoxification processes are unable to function properly which leads to a state of pathological imbalance.
Stress. Like ginseng and ashwagandha, mushrooms are considered to be adaptogens, helping to restore and balance various parameters associated with stress. They act rather like spark plugs, improving the body’s adaptation to stress and acting as an energy potentiator of the adrenal system
Did you know?
Mushrooms, which are known scientifically as Eumycetes, are phylogenetically closer to us than to plants.
Five reasons to choose Organic MycoComplex
- Mushrooms are hard to identify and keep fresh
. We would all like to benefit from the medicinal properties of mushrooms, but these days, it’s a risky practice: knowledge is no longer being handed down from one generation to the next and it’s easy to confuse an edible species with a poisonous one. In addition, many mushrooms decompose rapidly after being picked and produce mycotoxins which cause botulism. If they’re consumed after being stored in unsuitable conditions (they should be hermetically sealed and kept refrigerated below 4°C), it can result in serious food poisoning with no detectable changes in their appearance, taste or smell.
- Encapsulating them ensures maximum efficacy
Mushrooms contain many health-beneficial compounds but they also have a high water content which dilutes these compounds. When dehydrated and encapsulated, the mushrooms are converted into dry matter which is exceptionally concentrated in active principles.
Loose powder is more economical but once opened, it quickly oxidises which makes it less effective over time. In contrast, capsules offer stable active principles and are precisely dosed. They’re easy to use, practical and safe.
- One of the most promising areas of medicine
Metabolically rich, mushrooms offer huge pharmacological potential, with considerable research being conducted in this field. The areas of medicine in which they’re used are growing all the time: antibiotic therapy, cardiology, haematology, oncology, parasitology …
- A formulation with guaranteed active principles
Organic Mycocomplex is produced from the carpophores in mushrooms, the part with the highest therapeutic value. Many manufacturers use mycelium for their dietary supplements, but this underground part is composed of strands and is much lower in beneficial substances.
- Natural, organic excipients
Organic Mycocomplex capsules are free from lactose, gluten, gelatine, soya, flavourings, pesticides, fungicides, artificial colours, allergens, GMO substances and animal products. The mushrooms used are grown in line with organic farming specifications. Their cellular compounds, including polysaccharides and triterpenes, are extracted using a unique enzymatic formula which initiates fermentation of chitin walls. Solvents are then added, primarily water, but also alcohol when appropriate.
Many experts agree that mushrooms currently represent one of the most promising areas of medicine, and that their huge potential is only just starting to be scientifically evaluated. With its exceptional range of benefits, Organic MycoComplex has more than earned its place in the SuperSmart catalogue.
Written: December 2018
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Super Ashwagandha is formulated from ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), a plant native to the dry regions of India such as Rajasthan and Gujarat, but which also grows in Nepal, China and Yemen. Sometimes known as Indian ginseng, the ashwagandha plant has been used in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years. In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is considered a Rasayana – a tonic for restoring and maintaining health and longevity.
What are the benefits associated with Ashwagandha?
An Ayurvedic tonic and revitaliser, ashwagandha’s reputation comes from its many medicinal properties: it is thought to have anxiolytic, hypotensive, pain-relief and antioxidant effects. As a result, this energising plant is traditionally used to treat problems related to ageing, impotence and mental fatigue. Offered as a natural anti-stress remedy to help soothe and relax, ashwagandha is also used to combat insomnia and anxiety.
With its many benefits and anti-stress effects, ashwagandha is classified as an adaptogen plant. These atypical plants have the particular feature of increasing the body’s ability to adapt to different stressful situations. In other words, they tend to regularise various metabolic functions. However, not only are there differences in how these adaptogen plants behave, but their effects can vary from one individual to another. This is the case with ashwagandha which tends to have a particular effect on brain function and the immune system. Other widely-used adaptogen plants include Panax ginseng, Rhodiola rosea and Astragalus membranaceus. As with ashwagandha, these plants have long been used as tonics in many traditional systems of medicine.
What contains the Super Ashwagandha supplement?
It is ashwagandha’s steroidal lactone content, particularly withanolides, which are responsible for this medicinal plant’s stimulant and beneficial effects. Of these withanolides, withaferin A may be the plant’s most powerful active principle. This molecule appears to have a number of effects on the body’s cells: anti-inflammatory, cardio-protective, neuro-protective, immune-suppressant and anti-tumour. While additional studies are underway to further explore its mechanisms of action, withaferin A could well offer significant therapeutic potential, both in terms of the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.
Our Super ashwagandha product contains the patented ashwagandha root extract KSM-66®, standardised to contain more than 5% withanolides. For optimal quality and safety, neither chemicals nor alcohol have been used in this formulation. It respects the delicate balance between the various constituents naturally present in whole ashwagandha root. Each capsule of Super ashwagandha contains 300mg of patented extract. The recommended dose for our dietary supplement is two capsules a day, though this can be adapted in line with your therapist’s advice. Offering strength, vitality and well-being, this traditional medicine-derived formulation is now available to buy from our on-line catalogue.