The Health Hutt is very excited to announce that we now carry Host Defense mushroom supplements! You may be asking yourself, “Why on earth would any one want to supplement with mushrooms?” Well, Mushrooms are functional foods, can be used everyday, and have a full-spectrum of constituents which:
- support a multitude of body systems
- augment the body’s immune system
- provide building blocks for our systems on a cellular level
- extracts contain enzymes to support digestion and assimilation of nutrients
- contain polysaccharides to increase the activity & effectiveness of natural killer cells and macrophages
- provide antioxidants to neutralize free radicals
- contain probiotics and are food sources for probiotic microflora in the intestinal tract
- support stress and fatigue reduction
- provide support for daily metabolic and environmental assaults
- offer a food source of nutrition that is readily digestible and absorbable
Host Defense makes it easy for you to decide which mushroom is right for you as there are different beneficial types for all body systems! For example, Lion’s Mane is a supplement for brain & nerve support. It promotes mental clarity, focus and memory, as well as cerebral and nervous system support. Another example is the famous Reishi mushroom! Reishi is a supplement used primarily for heart health. Since Heart Disease is America’s number one killer I would have to say this is the most popular mushroom as it promotes cardiovascular system health. It also enhances the body’s ability to adapt to stress. Others include: BREATHE-repiratory health, CORDYCEPS-energy support, MYCOMMUNITY- comprehensive immune support, and TURKEY TAIL-Immune and digestive health.
Host Defense mushroom supplements come in Capsules and Extracts. Capsules work for daily convenience. If you’re seeking rapid absorption by the digestive system, then the extracts may be the way to go.
Host Defense Mushroom Capsules are made with certified organic, freeze-dried, non-GMO mushroom mycelium/fruitbodies, encased in a plant-based capsule made from pullulan-a non-GMO, naturally-fermented polysaccharide polymer. It is starch-free, gluten-free, and preservative-free. Pullman capsules are known for their high-oxygen impermeability which is particularly advantageous to the encapsulation of product that may be sensitive to oxidation.
Host Defense Mushroom Liquid Extracts are made with US grown and processed Certified Organic mushrooms. Most other brands use only hot-water extraction, which leaves out many valuable constituents. Host Defense Extracts utilize Paul Stamets’ comprehensive Double and Triple Extraction Methods:
- Hot Water – Certified Organic fruit bodies of Reishi, Maitake, Turkey Tail, Lion’s Mane and Shitake are hot-water extracted to pull out polysaccharides.
- Ethanol – Mycelium and fruit bodies are extracted with certified organic ethanol, which isolates antioxidants.
- Cold Water – Pure, mountain-fresh spring water is used to extract extracellular metabolites form the living mycellium within the temperature range at which the fungi’s native immune systems are most active.
I have attached an interesting chart that shows how the mushroom species in Stamets 7 compare with Vitamins, Herbs, & Constituents:
Come check out our selection today and don’t be afraid to ask a knowledgable employee about any questions you may have!