Agaricus blazei or almond mushroom (it got this name due to its scent that is reminiscent of almonds) is a mushroom that derives from the mountain regions of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. It was discovered in 1960 by a Japanese researcher who sent it to his homeland for analysis.
Traditionally, the mushroom is used to alleviate physical and emotional stress, stimulate the immune system, improve the quality of life of patients with diabetes, lower cholesterol, prevent osteoporosis and peptic ulcers, treat circulatory and digestive problems, and some people even attribute "miraculous" medicinal properties to this mushroom, but we won't get into that here.
In the last decade, the mushroom was studied as a new functional food in Japan, Korea, China, and Taiwan, where medicinal mushrooms have an established history of use in traditional oriental therapies. On an interesting note, the first historical record of the use of Agaricus mushrooms for medicinal purposes probably dates back to Byzantine medical discussions.
Agaricus blazei contains various polysaccharides, vitamins, mineral salts, and other antioxidants and naturally-present beta-glucans. While most mushroom extracts are standardized to 20 % polysaccharides, Swanson's extract has a high quantiy of 30 % polysaccharides.
Polysaccharides are active ingredients in medicinal mushrooms and influence various immune cells. Several different polysaccharides affect several different immune cells. Polysaccharides are also 1.3-1.6 beta-glucans, which stimulate the immune system especially well. They help us with infections (viruses, bacteria, yeast infection, and certain parasites) and lower the level of triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood sugar.
Take one capsule with breakfast and one capsule with lunch. For positive effects, keep taking the product for at least one month.
Dietary supplement. Ingredients: agaricus blazei 500 mg* (standardized to 30% polysaccharides). Other ingredients: hypromellose (vegetable capsule), rice bran, silicon dioxide, maltodextrin, calcium palmitate. Net quantity: 90 capsules. Manufacturer: Swanson Health Products USA. *Daily value not established.