Product Information:VitaDefence Organic Shiitake+ is an organic mushroom immunity blend with Maitake, Reishi, Shiitake, Lion's Mane, Chaga PLUS Astragalus root, Acerola fruit and black pepper - all in one convenient capsule, providing important nutrients (such as vitamin C and vegan vitamin D) and active ingredients that are not found in other plants.
As well as its primary immune-boosting properties, this special complex supports everything from cognitive function, mental well-being and energy levels, to healthy digestion, lower levels of inflammation, protection from oxidative stress and general wellness.
The ingredients used in this food supplement have been certified organic by the Soil Association, meaning no toxic pesticides or fertilisers have been used resulting in a "clean" product. Being organic also helps the mushrooms to maintain their bio-availability and keeps them nutrient-dense, as some nutrients can be lost when non-organic ingredients are used.
About the mushrooms...
A traditional Chinese tonic used for over 2000 years, Maitake is considered to be an adaptogen, which means it can help the body to better manage its stress response on a day-to-day basis. It can also help with chronic fatigue. It has been used traditionally to help balance out the body, for immunity, blood pressure and for normalising blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It is a source of beta-glucans and polysaccharides.
Another adaptogen, one of the other main benefits of Reishi mushroom is that it contains high levels of beta-glucans, one of the most powerful immune system boosters. It is arguably the most effective mushroom for managing inflammation, as it works on the histamine pathways, re-regulating the immune response and influencing immune signalling. For this reason, it can also be beneficial for respiratory health.
Shiitake mushrooms are members of a special group of medical fungi or mushrooms that have been used in Japan and South East Asia from over 1000 years. They can help to lower cholesterol levels, as well as fight infection (by producing interferon, a group of natural proteins that stops viruses from multiplying). Shiitake is naturally rich in polysaccharides, lentinan in particular, which is a beta-glucan. They are one of the most cultivated varieties of mushroom and are an excellent source of copper, the antioxidant selenium, and pantothenic acid.
Lion's Mane mushroom
Lion's Mane (or "mountain priest") mushroom helps boost the immune system by encouraging the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. It can also reduce inflammation and prevent tissue damage in the intestines, thereby helping to improve digestion. It is one of nature's most effective brain foods and can help support learning, memory, focus and concentration by assisting in the production of nerve growth factor. Buddhist monks were said to have used Lion's Mane in tea to enhance brain power, heighten their focus during meditation and to generally benefit from its effects on cognitive health. Studies have found that this mushroom can also reduce feelings of anxiousness and irritability. A great natural solution to improve overall mental wellbeing.
For centuries, Chaga has been used traditionally to aid immune system function and also to boost overall health. It helps with the reduction of inflammation and its antioxidant and immune supporting properties help to reduce oxidative stress on the body. An excellent health tonic and detoxifier.
About the other ingredients...
Astragalus root has been used as a popular herbal tonic in China for many centuries. Some of the known active components include flavonoids, free amino acids, trace minerals and polyphenols.
Acerola cherries are nutrient-dense and, in particular, are exceptionally high in naturally bio-available vitamin C. In fact, researchers have identified nearly 150 nutritive constituents, which include bioflavonoids, proteins, mineral salts, iron, calcium and phosphorus.
Black pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant from the Piperaceae family. Piperine is the alkaloid within black pepper that is responsible for its pungency. Not only is it a very good anti-inflammatory agent, it has been added to increase the absorption and utilisation of the beneficial ingredients in the formula.
Vitamin C contributes to maintaining the normal function of the immune system. It also contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of blood vessels, bones, cartilage, gums, skin and teeth, normal energy-yielding metabolism, normal functioning of the nervous system, normal psychological function, protection of cells from oxidative stress, the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, the regeneration of the reduced form of vitamin E and increases iron absorption.