Get Ready To 1-Up With The SuperShroom!
WHAT IS IT?
Supershroom is a product designed to support a healthy immune system by providing beta glucans that activate the complement pathways that facilitate phagocytic activity of white blood cells. Supershroom has a complete blend of 7 different mushroom strains that are 100% organically grown in the United States that are a combination of fruiting body (the above-ground portion of the fungus), and the mycelium (the fungal root systems that exist below ground).
WHY WOULD I TAKE IT?
Typically mushroom blend supplements, like Supershroom, are utilized for a variety of reasons - some applications are for supporting a healthy immune system where other applications can be found for performance and recovery.
Now, when we work out, we are actively participating in a natural process of growth that goes through distinct phases of damage and repair. We deliberately damage our muscle tissue with the hope that with proper nutrition and recovery time that we can return to the gym bigger and stronger before...to essentially repeat the damage and repair process to be able to perform tougher and tougher bouts of strength and conditioning. So how can mushrooms help facilitate this? How can a mushroom actually assist in my recovery? Well, when we work out and cause this damage to our muscle cells, there are actually several types of inflammatory cell infiltration in skeletal muscle after exercise. It’s been speculated that the first cells to enter the damaged fibers are neutrophils and then macrophages that come in to remove debris. This is then followed by another subpopulation of macrophages that are actually associated with fiber regeneration. The neutrophils and first wave of macrophages are responsible for maintaining the proinflammatory environment, as well as the phagocytic activity that essentially cleans up the damaged tissue before regeneration, usually around 48-hours post-exercise. Now it has been previously shown that maitake mushrooms, when in combination with shitake mushrooms - actually cause a significant increase in phagocytic activity. Now, the way that we know that medicinal mushrooms work really isn’t all that magical, and originally stems from two schools of thought: those in the Eastern hemisphere studied the effects of medicinal mushrooms on the immune system, while those in the Western hemisphere studies the immunoregulatory roles of yeast - and yet both of them were actually talking about the same thing: the immunostimulatory role of alpha- and beta-glucans. These collectively termed “glucans” are actually pretty ubiquitous polysaccharides that are found in many plants, fungi, and yeast. The glucans have an interesting relationship with the body’s immune system in the sense that they can recruit various complement proteins that either triggers the immune system to phagocytize various pathogens, or to recruit various cell types to sites of repair. Damaged muscle tissue fragments leaking across the myocellular membrane are recognized by the complement protein C3b, resulting in activation of the alternative complement pathway. Other complement proteins generated through this pathway, such as C3a and C5a, attract neutrophils to the site of inflammation and tissue damage. So, as a means of further facilitating this process of breakdown, recovery, and rebuilding - SupershroomTM also includes Turkey Tail mushroom, which has also been shown to increase phagocytic enzymes in macrophages, while stimulating their activation. And as stated previously, these macrophages are also crucial in the clean-up processes the body undergoes before tissues can be rebuilt. So, can mushrooms help with recovery? It sure is possible because they are actually a crucial component in the process of damage, recovery, and reconstruction.
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