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Dr Mercola Fermented Organic Mushroom Complex 90 Capsules

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Dr Mercola’s Fermented Wholefood Mushroom Complex contains 7 species of  highly-valued mushroom mycelium that provide an array of enzymes, nutrients, antioxidants and immune-supporting compounds to support your overall health.

You now have what Dr Mercola considers the highest quality health-promoting mushroom mycelium product available on this side of the planet.

These 7-selected species include :

  • Antrodia camphorata /Niu-Chang [myceliyum]
  • Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris [mycelium])
  • Reishi (Ganoderma [mycelium] )
  • Himematsutake (Royal Sun Agaricus Agaricus blazei [mycelium])
  • Maitake (Grifola frondosa [mycelium] )
  • Shiitake (Lentinula edodes [mycelium])
  • Turkey Tail (Trametes Versicolor [mycelium] )

This blend is:

  • Made from a whole food, and NOT from an extract
  • Cultivated using organic oats instead of rice
  • Produced using Solid State Fermentation (SSF)
  • Biologically active
  • Gluten-free
  • Does not contain unhealthy levels of toxic heavy metals
  • Grown and processed in the U.S.A.
  • 100% Certified Organic
  • Does not contain additives and fillers

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Niu-Chang / Antrodia camphorata

A unique and rare health-promoting mushroom species native to Taiwan’s old growth rainforest, Antrodia or “Niu-Chang” is virtually unheard of in the Western hemisphere. In the wild, this orange-red mushroom grows inside the hollow trunk of one specific kind of tree named “Chang tree” (or the “Cinnamomum kanehirai”), found exclusively in Taiwan’s mountain regions.

Only mature Chang trees over 100 years old provide the right conditions for Antrodia to grow. Considered “Taiwan’s  National Treasure”, Antrodia, in the wild is found nowhere else in the world.

Luckily M2 has figured out how to culture Antrodia mycelia in its laboratory in San Marcos, California. Antrodia is not only one of the world’s most rare and expensive mushrooms, it is said to possess an impressive array of health-promoting attributes.

Both the fruit bodies and the mycelia have been shown by research studies to contain powerful, bio-active compounds.

Some of the scientifically studied uses of Antrodia include:

  • Supports immune function
  • Promotes normal cellular function and growth
  • Supports liver health
  • Promotes healthy blood circulation
  • Promotes healthy blood pressure levels already in the normal range
  • Helps support optimal gastrointestinal health and function
  • Promotes normal immune response
  • Helps supports optimal neurological health

M2 was the first company in the Western world to successfully culture the mycelia of this unique mushroom species.

Shitake Mushroom

Did you know that both the fruit body and mycelium of the shitake are also highly valued in Asian cultures for their supposed health-promoting benefits? Cultivation of this mushroom has been practised for over one thousand years. The use of Shiitake dates back to at least 100 AD in China. In Traditional Chinese Practice, Shiitake was used to support a wide range of body functions.

In vitro and animal research shows shitake to be useful for helping to:

  • Support immune function
  • Support normal cellular growth and development
  • Support liver function
  • Promote optimal blood circulation
  • Support oral health
  • Promote healthy cholesterol levels already in the normal range
  • Promote normal response to stress as an ” adaptogenic”

Reishi: The Oriental Mushroom with the Longest Recorded History of Use

Of all the health-promoting mushrooms, Reishi or Ganoderma lucidum is not only the most revered, but also has the longest recorded history of use.

Reishi is considered a “warming” ingredient in Traditional Chinese practice. Known as a ‚”three treasure” herb, it’s  thought by the Chinese to harmonise jung (life force), qi (energy), and shen (spirit).

A richly coloured mushroom, Reishi is found in the wild around the world, especially in subtropical regions. For this formula, M2 has developed a way to culture Reishi in its laboratory in San Marcos, California.

Active compounds are found in its fruit bodies, spores, and mycelia. Studies, including animal studies, suggest that they help:

  • Support immune function
  • Support normal cellular growth and development
  • Promote the body’s normal detoxification processes
  • Support healthy blood pressure levels already in the normal range
  • Support liver and kidney function
  • Promote restful sleep
  • Help support optimal cellular energy
  • Support healthy blood sugar levels already in the normal range
  • Promote normal response to stress as an “adaptogenic”
  • Support muscular and joint comfort and movement
  • Help support optimal neurological and psychiatric health
  • Promote optimal blood flow and healthy heart muscle function

Note: If you‚ are currently taking medication for high blood pressure, please consult with your health care practitioner before taking Fermented Mushroom Complex and be sure they continue to monitor you throughout the duration of your use of this product.

Maitake – Dancing Butterfly

Almost resembling a butterfly in flight, Maitake, or Grifola frondosa, is a large mushroom characterised by multiple overlapping layers. The fruit bodies and mycelia of Maitake provide immune-supporting beta glucans. Compared to extracted fractions of Maitake, the whole powdered fruit body and mycelium show a wider variety of benefits.

The synergistic chemistry of Maitake’s complex variety of polysaccharides, amino acids, proteins, enzymes and antioxidants contribute to its many suggested health-promoting benefits, including:

  • Supports immune function
  • Supports normal cellular development
  • May promote healthy glucose levels already in the normal range, as well as a normal insulin response
  • May help support weight management when combined with a healthy diet and exercise
  • May promote healthy blood pressure levels already in the normal range
  • May promote skin health

The Turkey Tail – One of the Most Researched and Respected

The Turkey Tail (Coriolus), or the Trametes versicolor mushroom, with its fan-shaped, colourful overlapping layers of fruit bodies truly resembling turkey tails, is a common inhabitant in the northern forests of the world. And it also happens to have one of the longest histories of health-promoting use in China and Japan.

Known for its supply of a particular type of polysaccharide PSK Turkey Tail has been widely studied. Some of its purported benefits include:

  • Promotes respiratory health
  • May support urinary and digestive health
  • Supports immune health
  • Supports normal cellular growth

Himematsutake /Agaricus Mushrooms

Himematsutake (or Royal Sun Agaricus or Agaricus blazei species) falls into the same genus as the common button mushroom. Richly almond scented, Agaricus boasts immune-supporting polysaccharides and other important cellular growth-supporting compounds, clearly setting it apart from its every day cousin.

Other possible benefits attributed to Agaricus, in addition to supporting immune health and normal cell growth, include:

  • Helps promote optimal insulin response
  • Supports heart health
  • Supports liver health
  • Promotes optimal gastrointestinal health

Cordyceps Mushrooms – One of the Most Valued Herbs Traditionally Used in China

Cordyceps, or Cordyceps militaris, has been used for centuries for a wide variety of health-promoting properties. Looking the least like a mushroom, long, slender Cordyceps fruit bodies and its mycelia both show important health-promoting properties. Compared to Cordyceps sinensis, researchers have found the mycelia of this variety of Cordyceps to provide additional bioactive ingredients.

Cordyceps militaris has been shown in studies, to potentially help:

  • Support athletic performance and energy
  • Support sexual function
  • Promote optimal circulation
  • Promote lung and respiratory health
  • Support kidney health
  • Support immune function
  • Support healthy cholesterol levels already in the normal range

Chinese herbalists believe that Cordyceps replenishes Yin and Yang Jing and acts to help the body better respond to exertion, stress, or normal ageing.

Whole Food vs. Extracts: Why I Believe Fermented Mushrooms Trump Isolated Mushroom Extracts

Whereas most mushroom products you’ll find on store shelves are made from “extracts”, this  product is truly made from a whole food.

Dr Mercola is very passionate about whole foods and supplements are no exception. When you isolate nutrients from their food source, you strip them of their valuable enzymes, co-enzymes, and other important co-factors responsible for a nutrient’s actions. In Dr Mercola’s opinion, a whole food with its ratio of natural components designed by nature will always be a better choice than concentrations of individual elements.

A recent study shows that consuming food nutrients such as vitamins and minerals in their natural “whole food” matrix offers greater nutritional value than ingesting those same vitamins and minerals in an isolated, purified state.

Just like eating a fresh vegetable with its fibre and natural nutrients intact is the preferred way to get those nutrients, it’s no different with mushrooms.

When you extract certain bio-active compounds from mushrooms, such as important beta glucans and polysaccharides, you leave behind enzymes, co-enzymes, and chelated mineral activators.

These valuable compounds support the mushroom’s bio-activity and how your body receives benefits from the compound. The extraction process can also damage many of the bio-active enzymes and proteins.

And here’s something else – highly concentrated mushroom extracts can bring the potential for unintended consequences. As powerful as they can be, an overload of certain compounds in isolated extracts may shut down the important feedback your body depends upon.

The Mycelium’s Substrate Why Chose Oats Over Rice?

In stark contrast to other mushroom products, the mycelium for Fermented Mushroom Complex is cultivated using 100% Certified Organic Whole Oats, complete with the outer hull intact. It is believed that oats make a better growing substrate for mycelium than hulled brown rice, the medium commonly used. Why?

  • The outer hull protects the oat seed from oxidising and going rancid
  • Oats have a higher content of nutrients, protein, and fibre
  • Oats’ cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin stimulate the mushroom to activate a more complete set of metabolic and enzymatic pathways, vital to the mycelia’s bioactivity
  • Oats are easy for the mycelium to digest
  • Almost all the oats are digested during the fermentation process
  • Oats‚’ plant beta glucans compliment the fungal beta glucans

Why M2’s Proprietary Solid State Fermentation Method

M2 has developed and optimised a proprietary Solid State Fermentation (SSF) method to produce their mushrooms. SSF is a process where the insoluble substrate in this case, organic whole oats is fermented with enough moisture, but without excess water. It results in higher quality production and yields while degrading the starch and enhancing nutrients.

In this process, the team cooks the oats to hydrate them to 55% moisture and to remove competing fungi, viruses, yeast, and bacteria. This substrate is now ready for the mycelium starter to be added.

Grown in bags over the next 30 to 80 days, the mycelium gradually digests the oats until the grains vanish, leaving behind a solid white mass the mycelium biomass. Due to this length of time, almost all the oats are digested, unlike mushroom spawn, which is harvested after about seven days.

At this point and right before the biomass enters the erupting fruit body stage the team members open the bags and slowly dehydrate the biomass to reduce the moisture content. The use of controlled 118 degrees preserves live enzymes, protein structure, and the many bioactivities of each mushroom species.

Once the mushroom biomass reaches 5 % moisture, it is milled into a fine powder and is ready for use.

Additional information

Weight 0.250 kg



Dr Mercola




Cordyceps, Coriolus /Turkey Tail, Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Shiiitake

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Dr Mercola fermented mushroom complex 90 capsules

If you are nursing, pregnant, taking medication, or have a medical condition consult your physician before taking this product.

Note: If you‚ are currently taking medication for high blood pressure, please consult with your health care practitioner before taking Fermented Mushroom Complex and be sure they continue to monitor you throughout the duration of your use of this product.

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