Functional Mushrooms Superpowers
Studies & How They Work
Mushrooms Have Become All the Rage
(And With Good Reason)!

Extensive research has shown numerous chemical compounds in
mushrooms that
are responsible for rich nutritional superpowers including vitamins, minerals, proteins, alkaloids, and terpenoids.

The Top Mushroom Benefits Include:
● Immune Boosting Properties
● White Blood Cell Production
● Anti-inflammatory
● Sleep aid
● Anti-Anxiety, Calming and Relaxing AGent
● Antibiotic and Antiviral Properties
● Increased Energy and Stamina
● Nootropic for Memory, Focus, & Creativity

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Key Compounds for Health
Beta-Glucans:
The most studied compounds in mushrooms are the 1,3 & 1,6 beta glucans. They have Immune-boosting properties that stimulate white blood cell production and antibodies
and are antibiotic and antiviral.

Terpenes:
(Diterpenes and Triterpenes) – Liver protective, lipid-lowering, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and inhibits histamine release.

Ergosterol:
Antitumor and antioxidant properties.

Glycoproteins:
Protein and carbohydrate chains for immune function.

Triterpenoids:
Lipids that play a complementary role in immune system activation and antioxidant production.

What is Mycelium?

Mycelium is a root-like structure of a fungus consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae. They are the largest living body on earth and play an important environmental part on our land, our waters, and in our bodies.

•They start as spores
•Grow into mycelium
•Transport nutrients
•Generate mushroom fruiting bodies
(which creates spores beginning the cycle again)

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The Importance of Mycelium in Functional Mushrooms


Mycelium and mushroom fruiting bodies are both parts of the fungal life cycle, but they offer different nutritional profiles and potential health benefits.

Most mushroom products take shortcuts and only use the fruiting body of the mushroom, leaving a full array of nutrients in the ground. Galexxy uses both the Fruiting Body AND the Mycelium to extract the FULL SPECTRUM BENEFITS of functional mushrooms.

MYCELIUM BENEFITS:

1. Bioavailability of nutrients:
Mycelium contains higher concentrations of certain bioactive compounds, such as beta-glucans, enzymes, and secondary metabolites. These compounds are responsible for many of the health benefits associated with medicinal mushrooms.



2. Rich in prebiotics:
Mycelium is an excellent source of prebiotic fibers, such as chitin and glucans. These prebiotics promote the growth and activity of beneficial gut bacteria, which can improve digestion and overall gut health.

3. Consistency and standardization:
Offering more consistent and standardized levels of bioactive compounds compared to mushroom fruiting bodies, which can vary in their nutrient content based on growing conditions and maturity.

4. Cultivation control:

Growing mycelium in controlled conditions allows for better control over the growing environment, minimizing the risk of contamination and maximizing the production of desired bioactive compounds.

5. Sustainable:
Mycelium cultivation can be more sustainable compared to growing mushroom fruiting bodies. It requires fewer resources and less time to produce, making it a more environmentally friendly option.
The Importance of Mycelium in Functional Mushrooms

Mycelium and mushroom fruiting bodies are both parts of the fungal life cycle, but they offer different nutritional profiles and potential health benefits.

Most mushroom products take shortcuts and only use the fruiting body of the mushroom, leaving a full array of nutrients in the ground. Galexxy uses both the Fruiting Body AND the Mycelium to extract the FULL SPECTRUM BENEFITS of functional mushrooms.

Mycelium Benefits:

1. Bioavailability of nutrients:
Mycelium contains higher concentrations of certain bioactive compounds, such as beta-glucans, enzymes, and secondary metabolites. These compounds are responsible for many of the health benefits associated with medicinal mushrooms.

2. Rich in prebiotics:
Mycelium is an excellent source of prebiotic fibers, such as chitin and glucans. These prebiotics promote the growth and activity of beneficial gut bacteria, which can improve digestion and overall gut health.

3. Consistency and standardization:

Offering more consistent and standardized levels of bioactive compounds compared to mushroom fruiting bodies, which can vary in their nutrient content based on growing conditions and maturity.

4. Cultivation control:
Growing mycelium in controlled conditions allows for better control over the growing environment, minimizing the risk of contamination and maximizing the production of desired bioactive compounds.

5. Sustainable:
Mycelium cultivation can be more sustainable compared to growing mushroom fruiting bodies. It requires fewer resources and less time to produce, making it a more environmentally friendly option.
What are the Top 6 Studied Mushroom Benefits?
LION'S MANE
HERICIUM ERINACEUS 


Function: 
Clarity, Focus, Cognition, Mood, Immunity

Overview:
Many of us experience “brain fog” and forgetfulness – for
it is a common symptom of aging.
Research has found that Lion’s Mane may protect against dementia, help repair nerve damage,
and reduce mild symptoms of anxiety & depression.

The benefits of Lion’s Mane include:
• Brain function improvement
• Digestive health support
• Depression & anxiety relief


CORDYCEPS
ORDYCEPS SINENSIS (WILD), CORDYCEPS MILITARIS (CULTIVATED) 


Function:
Energy, Performance, Immunity


Overview:
There are many incredible benefits of Cordyceps, however, this specific fungi has been
traditionally used to combat fatigue and improve physical performance/stamina.
Cordyceps mushrooms have been found to increase the production of a molecule known as
ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in the body, which utilizes a key role in delivering energy to the muscles.


TURKEY TAIL
TRAMETES VERSICOLOR  


Function:
Antioxidant, Immunity

Overview:
These well-known fungi are called Turkey Tail due to their stunning colors, which are rich with antioxidants. Scientifically known as trametes versicolor, has been researched for its anti-tumor properties, thought to be related to its immune-boosting benefits.

Turkey tail is known for:
• Boosting the immune system
• Combating tumors
• Fighting off colds and infection
• Reducing chronic inflammation


CHAGA
INONOTUS OBLIQUUS  


Function:
Anti-Aging, Antioxidant, Immunity

Overview:
Inonotus obliquus or Chaga, which grows mainly on birch trees in cold forests, is highly revered for its many powerful benefits and natural support for the body. Considering that Chaga mushrooms can help combat oxidative stress, a major contributing factor in aging, it is no surprise the mushroom has been prized for centuries as a superior natural beauty supplement.


RED REISHI
GANODERMA LUCIDUM  


Function:
Mood, Relaxation, Calm, Sleep

Overview:
For over 2,000 years, Red Reishi has been known for its immune-strengthening, cell-regenerating, mood-boosting potential, which could go a long way to improving quality of life. Reishi is also known as lingzhi in China, which signifies spirituality and longevity. Reishi has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to increase energy, soothe digestive problems, boost the immune system, and supplement general health.


SHIITAKE
LENTINULA EDODES  
Function:
Immunity, Anti-Bacterial, Brain Function

Overview:
Shiitake mushrooms are well known and prized for their rich, savory taste as well as their diverse health benefits. However, did you know that they’re enriched with B vitamins and have the power to combat cardiovascular disease, cancer cells, and infections?

In traditional Chinese medicine, Shiitake is thought to boost health and longevity, as well as improve brain function and circulation.


Why are Adaptogens Important?

Adaptogens are plants (and also mushrooms) that help your body to respond to stress, fatigue, anxiety and overall wellness. Examples include: Ashwagandha, Ginseng, Reishi mushrooms, Rosemary, and Chamomile. 

Adaptogens can bring the body back into balance (homeostasis) again by managing both the mental and physical taxes on the body. They can improve sleep, energy, focus, exercise performance and recovery.

According to naturopath Edward Wallace, an adaptogen helps you respond to any influence or stressor, normalizing your physiological functions.

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Galexxy Science and Adaptogens

Galexxy has selected specific adaptogens to synergize with the specific target focus in each mushroom blended product. 

As an example, in our proprietary REM Blend we synthesize to expand on the calming effects and sleep benefits of Reishi mushrooms, by adding:

*Lemon Balm Extract
**Chamomile Extract
+Plantain Leaf Extract

*Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), is in the mint family. It is considered a calming herb to reduce stress, and anxiety, and to promote sleep.
**Chamomile is a calming agent known for improved sleep, and reduced anxiety.
+Plantain Leaf Extract has been known to improve respiratory functions.

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Studies That Support the Many
Benefits of Functional Mushrooms  

The National Institute of Health stated there are over 100 medicinal functions that are thought to be
produced by medicinal mushrooms, with hundreds of global studies and numerous clinical trials.
Here are just a few listed below:


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