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    Host Defense Blog

    Beta-Glucans

    Beta-Glucan Analysis and the Seven Pillars of Immunity

    Currently, there seems to be a lot of confusion about beta-glucans and their contribution to the beneficial properties of mushrooms. In order to shed more light on the subject, Paul Stamets has written a new article, "Beta-Glucan Analysis and the Seven Pillars of Immunity".

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    The Mushroom Renaissance

    The Mushroom Renaissance

    Learn how mushrooms impacted our ancestors, and how current scientific research has better shaped our understanding of this beloved functional food.

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    Mushrooms and Mycelium Help the Microbiome

    Mushrooms and Mycelium Help the Microbiome

    Few people know that we are more closely related to fungi than to any other kingdom. By selecting commensal bacteria to help digest food, both humans and mushroom mycelium created complex communities -- microbiomes -- to help digestion, prevent disease, and extend longevity. Not only do we benefit from a healthy microbiome, but so too does the mycelium.

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    Seven Pillars of Immune Benefits from Mushrooms

    Seven Pillars of Immune Benefits from Mushrooms

    Seven primary constituent classes, or “pillars” buttress the immunity enhancing effects of mushrooms. (Polysaccharides, Glycoproteins, Triterpenes, Lipids, Proteins, Cyathane Derivatives, Secondary Metabolites)

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