Agaricus Blazei Health Benefits
Along with keeping an active lifestyle, health-conscious consumers are also particularly interested in eating right. Naturally, of particular interest to health-conscious consumers are food and natural supplements that offer specific health benefits. One well-studied food that can provide various health benefits is the edible mushroom Agaricus blazei Murill, which is native to Brazil and North America. Agaricus blazei mushroom supplements are popular in Japan. The results of various studies show that the Agaricus blazei health benefits can support the immune system, support cellular health and manage blood sugar levels.
The Aqueous Extract of Agaricus blazei for Cellular Health
The composition of Agaricus blazei, which contains water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber amongst other things, has been well-studied through the years, and there is evidence to suggest that the beta-glucans found in Agaricus blazei appear to strengthen NK (natural killer) cell activity. In other research studies, the aqueous extract of Agaricus blazei has been found to have anti-clastogenic properties that may minimize serious health issues.²
Agaricus blazei for Immune Health
There is also evidence to suggest that Agaricus blazei has immune modulating effects, such as upregulating³ or down-regulating the immune system. In summary, there are certain substances found in the Agaricus blazei mushroom that minimize DNA mutation.1 Nutrients contained in Agaricus blazei can be beneficial to many people because of the numerous health benefits it provides. In all, these results seem to support the categorization of Agaricus blazei as a natural, functional superfood.
1. Firenzuoli, F., Gori, L. & Lombardo, G. The Medicinal Mushroom Agaricus blazei Murrill: Review of Literature and Pharmaco-Toxicological Problems. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM 5, 3-15 (2008).
2. Bellini, M.F., et al. Antigenotoxicity of Agaricus blazei mushroom organic and aqueous extracts in chromosomal aberration and cytokinesis block micronucleus assays in CHO-k1 and HTC cells. Toxicology in vitro : an international journal published in association with BIBRA 20, 355-360 (2006).
3. Huang, T.T., et al. The anti-tumorigenic mushroom Agaricus blazei Murill enhances IL-1beta production and activates the NLRP3 inflammasome in human macrophages. PloS one 7, e41383 (2012).