A common disease of our modern way of life
In Germany alone, around 7.5 million people suffer from diabetes. Tendency increasing! Diabetes mellitus, also called type II diabetes, is a disease in which the sugar metabolism is derailed, and thereby the blood sugar level is elevated.
Various forms of diabetes
The type I diabetic is insulin-dependent. It is an autoimmune disease, often produced by an infectious disease (e.g. through viruses). Also, for example, through frequent administration of antibiotics, the immune system can be brought so out of balance that an autoimmune disease results.
Therefore diabetes type I can only be favourably influenced by regulating the immune system. Often the disease emerges in childhood and therefore is also known as juvenile diabetes. Children who suffer from type I diabetes often previously experienced mental stress, such as a perceived withdrawal of love. For this reason, it is absolutely necessary to relieve the child´s stress and give them much love and affection.
Type II diabetes with metabolic syndrome is called a relative insulin deficiency, as initially the body still produces enough insulin. However, the storage organs such as liver and muscle tissue have already reached their limits and cannot accumulate more sugar.
If the triglyceride values climb above 150 mg/dl or 1,7mmol/l and the fat cells are incapable of storing more sugar, the sugar remains in the blood by normal or often even elevated insulin levels. The presence of auto-antibodies against insulin and its receptors on the storage cells can also lead to a relative insulin deficiency. In addition to an epigenetic predisposition, particularly incorrect dietary habits, i.e. obesity and lack of exercise play a central role in the development and treatment. In addition, infections, stress or pregnancy, for example, can also trigger diabetes. Typical symptoms are extreme thirst, increased urination, cravings, itching, fatigue and susceptibility to infection.
Medicinal mushrooms help with diabetes in several respects. Patients benefit simultaneously from the normalisation of the blood sugar level, the decline in circulatory disorders and the breaking down of deposits in the arteries.
We take in our nutritional energy in the form of fats, proteins or carbohydrates. Carbohydrates provide a readily available, popular source of energy. In the digestive tract they are converted into simple sugar molecules. This sugar is our main fuel. The body either uses the glucose immediately for energy production or stores it as glycogen in the liver and in the muscles. If the energy needs are met and the storage capacity in liver and muscles is exhausted, the excess glucose is stored as fat (triglycerides). The body is therefore capable of producing fat from carbohydrates! Diabetics should therefore follow a reduced carbohydrate diet.
A metabolic disorder with consequences - Risk group: overweight
If one is at risk of developing diabetes or suffer from a pre-existing diabetes, one should be particularly aware of eating the correct carbohydrates. Food consisting only of glucose or sucrose (e.g. sweets or sugary drinks) is immediately absorbed in the blood and therefore to be avoided.
Fast Food is also taboo! However, if the carbohydrates consist of multiple sugars, such as in wholemeal bread with fibre, the sugar is absorbed more slowly into the blood during the prolonged digestion. What is also important is the good and long chewing of food, especially the food containing carbohydrates.
"My sugar levels have normalised. The HbA 1c values have levelled between 5.3 and 6.5." Mr. P. Z. from Limeshain describes the effect of Coprinus and Maitake on his type II diabetes.
Through regular physical activity glucose is increasingly consumed in the cells, causing the blood sugar level to drop. Moreover, through sport fat burning is stimulated and body weight reduced. The decrease in body weight is usually associated with a lowering of blood lipid levels and blood pressure. These factors play a significant role in the development and progression of type II diabetes.
"My diabetes level is now almost constant. It's great that even during sports and other activities I don´t come into a hypoglycaemia. My condition has returned to normal. I am very satisfied and often tell other fellow sufferers of my success, " Mrs. R. M. from Ulm tells us. She takes Coprinus and Maitake medicinal mushrooms.
The natural blood sugar regulator Nopal is also very helpful, because it slows down the release of sugar from carbohydrates, and by drinking Nopal juice one does not reach hypoglycaemia. It is important to note here that the Nopal juice must be taken before eating. If sugar tablets or insulin are also taken before eating, it can lead to a deterioration of the sugar levels in the long-term. For this reason we recommend only taking the sugar tablets or insulin, when necessary, two hours after eating, i.e. only when the blood glucose lies above 150 mg/dl.
The optimal therapy: Natural treatment and healing possibilities with medicinal mushrooms
The Coprinus comatus (shaggy ink cap, lawyer's wig, or shaggy mane) contains bioactive substances which reduce the blood glucose level. Furthermore, it regenerates the usually overstressed pancreas. In studies it has been shown, for instance, that even 90 minutes after ingestion the glycaemia has decreased by about 41 percent. A notable contribution is also made by the vanadium contained in Coprinus, which apparently has an insulin-like effect. It is important that vanadium is not ingested in isolation but taken with the powder of the whole fungus. Numerous studies demonstrate the effectiveness for both diabetes type I and type II diabetes.
"My diabetes values are almost the level of a healthy person and also the blood values are good." That's the succinct summary of the effect of Maitake, Polyporus, ABM and Coriolus by Mrs R. S. from Darmstadt concerning her breast cancer and diabetes problems.
For type II diabetes with metabolic syndrome, Maitake mushroom should also always be taken. Together with Coprinus it is one of the most important fungi used in the treatment of diabetes. Through its mode of action a regulation of insulin receptors takes place, thereby lowering the triglycerides. Likewise Auricularia contributes to reducing the blood lipids. It lowers both the total cholesterol and the triglycerides (Sheng & Sheng, 1998). As a result of the disorders in sugar metabolism in diabetes, the blood becomes more coagulable and concentrated, leading to a thickening of the capillaries and to microcirculatory disorders. In addition, Auricularia improves blood fluidity. Its intake combined with taking Reishi has proved particularly useful here. This medicinal mushroom can also lower total cholesterol, has a favourable effect on cardiac activity and can reduce inflammatory processes. Furthermore, it has a balancing effect on the nervous system and emotions. Thus also vegetatively conditional fluctuations in blood pressure can be regulated.
In addition to the use of medicinal mushrooms it is also recommended that patients with type II diabetes take a tablespoon of Nopal juice (prickly pear fruit) three times daily with every meal. The Nopal juice should be diluted with some water in this case. Nopal juice inhibits an increase in the glucose and insulin concentration and thus causes a reduction of the cholesterol and triglyceride concentration in the blood. If Nopal juice is administered, do not inject insulin before meals. Likewise, hypoglycaemic tablets should not be taken before eating- Nopal acts quickly and has the outstanding property that even sporting activities or overdosing cannot cause hypoglycaemia.
According to the view of Traditional Chinese medicine, for type I diabetes and for lean type II diabetics, an energy and Yin deficiency of the lung, spleen and kidney meridians is present. In order to strengthen the spleen and regulate autoimmune activity, the Agaricus blazei murrill mushroom (ABM) is administered; Cordyceps is used to support the renal (kidney) function, and Reishi to strengthen the lungs and liver. These medicinal mushrooms support the physical and mental performance of diabetes patients. Of course, the blood sugar-lowering effect of Coprinus is also put to use.
The effects described are based on the ingestion of medicinal mushroom powder which is prepared from the whole mushroom. Please seek advice from your therapist before using.