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Important moments in the history of ABM Mushroom

1965 – Dr W.J. Cinden of Pennsylvania University and Dr E.D. Lambert of Lambert Laboratories published their findings in the anti-cancer effects of Agaricus Blazei Murill.

1975 – Department of Pharmacology of Tokyo University, Japan Cancer Association and Faculty of Agriculture of Shizuoka University started in-depth research on Agaricus Blazei Murill.

1980 – Report on the anti-tumor characteristics of Beta-Glucans extracted from Agaricus Blazei Murill was released in the 39th General Convention of Japan Cancer Association: They are effective against Sarcoma 180 Solid cancer and Ehrlich’s ascites carcinoma.

1985 – Report on the effect of Agaricus Blazei Murill in increasing macrophages and ehancing anti-cancer activity in mice was released in the 44th General Convention of Japan Cancer Association.

1994 – Scientists in Japan published report on their findings in the effect of Beta-1, 6 Glucan protein compounds extracted from Agaricus Blazei Murill in suppressing Meth-A Cancer and its mechanism.

1994 – Clinical Studies carried out by Lanzhou University of Medicine and Gansu Tumor Hospital in China in collaboration with Mie University in Japan proved that Agaricus Blazei Murill showed significant results in minimizing radiotherapy and chemotherapy side effects in cancer patients.

1995 – Scientists of UCLA released in the 9th World Convention of Immunology that their research reported that Agaricus Blazei Murill significantly enhancing the activities of Natural Killer Cells.

1997 – Agriculture College of Tokyo University released their finding that Agaricus Blazei Murill showed positive effects in the treatment of chronic diseases and conditions like high blood pressure, genetic skin problems and diabetes.

1999 – The US FDA Approved the enlisting of Agaricus Blazei Murill as an “Immune Enhancing” dietary supplement.

2001 – Scientists in Ehima University in Japan published their research findings that the anti-tumor activity of ergosterol extracted from Agaricus Blazei Murill might be due to direct inhibition of angiogenesis induced by solide tumors.

2003 – Memorial Sloan – Kettering Cancer Center in New York started a clinical study program on treating patients with metastatic neuroblastoma with Beta-Glucan.


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Agaricus Blazei – God’s Mushroom

Agaricus Blazei Murill or ABM Mushroom

The Wonders of Agaricus

The Agaricus Mushroom, originating from Brazilian rain forests, are among the most common of pre-packaged, fresh mushrooms that can be found in local supermarkets and grocery stores. Nicknamed God’s Mushroom, the Agaricus mushroom is most commonly harvested in the tropical regions of China. However, it can be found in stores around the world. Japan is one of the heaviest consumers of Agaricus because of a high number of advantages that come along with consuming this mushroom.

There are health benefits provided by the Agaricus Mushroom that has been cited amongst the medical community. Such effects as lowering blood glucose have been observed. Perhaps it is the high concentration of glucagons, which have been observed as having extraordinary health benefits, such as aiding in the controlling of cancer. It is frequently added to treatments that help individuals get their cancer under control. The glucagons are the main reason in which Agaricus is added to such products as the Detox Foot Patch to aid in removing the over 400 toxins from the body that embed within the cells, tissues, and in the muscles. These glucagons also have other health benefits that are being studied and are already observed in some places around the world.

The effects of Agaricus on Viruses

Agaricus has also been nicknamed the Sun Mushroom and it has been the subject of recently published medical papers that cite certain effects on the immune system. An extract of the Agaricus has been shown to protect against streptococcus pneumoniae 6B in mice. This gives reason to believe that Agaricus may be useful in treating infections, bacterial in particular, in humans. Also amongst the research conducted, it was found that Agaricus extract increased the immune system response to foot-and-mouth disease.

What makes Agaricus so effective against such bacterial infections is the fact that it is rich in polysaccharides. One of those polysaccharides is beta-glucan. Other research has shown that beta-glucan vitalizes the immune system and has shown anti-tumor effects in mice. Additionally, schizophyllan, a Beta D-glucan has been used in cancer therapy throughout Japan for quite some time.

Overall Body Benefits of Agaricus

The increased publication of the benefits of Agaricus throughout Japan has resulted in a market that has garnered $450 million in Agaricus sales alone. Part of this is due to the fact that more and more people are becoming aware of what Agaricus can do for their health and partly because Agaricus is the most common variety of mushroom that is prepackaged in supermarkets. They are canned, frozen, and fresh.

The curative benefits are outstanding in that it helps alleviate and even cure certain ailments when used as part of a treatment regimen. It has already been mentioned that there are immune boosting properties that fights certain viruses. Research has also found that Agaricus benefits digestion, the cardiovascular system, diabetes, promotes weight loss, helps with cataracts, chronic fatigue, stress, hearing issues, liver disorders, and intestinal problems.

In addition to glucagons, Agaricus also contains aromatase inhbitors. In addition to Beta-glucan showing anti-tumor effects in lab mice, aromatase inhibitors have shown to actually slow the growth of tumors. Of the cancers most influenced is breast cancer. These inhibitors slow down the progression of the cancerous cells. Much of this has to do with the boost that is provided to the immune system to fight the cancer cells and other types of invaders that try to compromise the human body.

Agaricus as a Delicacy

Because Agaricus is so readily available in supermarkets, individuals make a point to include Agaricus in their diets. The health benefits are a plus, but Agaricus makes for a very delicious food when eaten raw. Some do choose to cook it, but it is important to keep food in its original form so that none of the nutrients and other health benefits are stripped from it. High temperatures can strip raw foods of their nutrients and other benefits, causing a person to not reap all of the benefits that nature intended. Fortunately, the Agaricus does not have to be cooked in order for it to be enjoyed. Fresh Agaricus Mushrooms can be enjoyed as they are.

The benefits of the Agaricus have been evaluated very briefly as a component in treatments for disease and ailments. It has also been evaluated as a food that is enjoyed in many in its original form. Many have incorporated these mushrooms into their diets because of the health benefits in an effort to prevent disease, treat current disease, promote longevity, eliminate stress, and so much more. Many feel that the Agaricus is a large part of having an incredible sense of well-being. With its growing popularity, many are able to enjoy the many health benefits while also enjoying a food with an excellent taste and a reputation that far exceeds many of the foods that people are used to.

The Power Within the Mushroom
By Omid Jaffari

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What is ABM or Agaricus Blazei Murill ?

Also known as Himematsutake, Cogumelo de Deus and Cogumelo do Sol, Agaricus Blazei Murill is a mushroom that is native to Piedade, a small village located in the suburbs of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The climatic conditions prevalent in Piedade, day time temperatures of 35 C-38 C, night time temperatures of 20 C – 25 C and average humidity of 80%, are perfect for the Agaricus Blazei Murill Mushroom (ABM) to grow and flourish. In fact the very survival of ABM is affected by the presence or absence of these external conditions.

History of Agaricus Blazei Murill Mushroom

It was Dr. Takatoshi Furumoto who first discovered Agaricus Blazei Murill Mushroom. He stumbled upon it when he was trying to determine why the inhabitants of Piedade and its surrounding regions were healthier than the general population and had lower incidences of cancer and geriatric diseases. He suspected that this was due to their abundant intake of this mushroom.

Further research by Dr. Tetsuo Ikegawa of the National Cancer Center and Dr. Shobo Shibata, professor in the pharmacological Department of Tokyo University and other researchers confirmed the pharmacological actions and healing properties of this rare mushroom native only to this region.

Pharmacological Properties of Agaricus Blazei Murill Mushroom

Agaricus Blazei Murill Mushroom contains large quantities of polysaccharide compounds, which help boost the immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells and boosting the production of tumor necrosis factor- alpha. In addition it also helps in establishing an equilibrium in the system as a whole by lowering the hyper-reaction of the immune system.

Agaricus Blazei Murill Mushroom has the highest concentrations of polysaccharides (Beta) 1,6-D Glucan and (Beta) 1,3-D Glucan as compared to any other mushroom type including Shitake, Maitake and Reishi. These elements, together with ribonucleic acid protein compounds, xyloglucan, cid heteroglucan and lectin are responsible for enhancing the activity of macrophages that destroy or inhibit the proliferation of damaged cells. Agaricus Blazei Murill Mushroom also contains high levels of Vitamins B6 and B12, palmitorenic acid, linoleic acid and ergosterols.

There is a significant reduction in side effects when Agaricus Blazei Murill Mushroom is taken during Chemotherapy.

Availability of Agaricus Blazei Murill Mushroom

The high price of Agaricus Blazei Murill Mushroom is attributed to the fact that this plant is very difficult to cultivate. It requires very specific climatic conditions and only grows between the months of October and April. Extreme cold or heat can shock the mushroom and severely inhibit its growth.

The amount of Agaricus Blazei Murill Mushroom found in nature is far too little to meet the ever increasing demands and more and more mushroom producers are now planting and harvesting this mushroom on a larger scale. Unlike other mushroom varieties, which thrive under lower temperatures and shady conditions, Agaricus Blazei Murill Mushroom flourishes with plenty of sunlight. It’s normal growth size is approximately 10 to 15 centimeters.

Currently, Agaricus Blazei Murill Mushroom is being cultivated not only in Brazil but also in several other countries including the US, Korea and Japan.

– Zach Thompson