Healthy dieting with medicinal mushrooms!

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Cordyceps, Coprinus, Hericium,
Maitake, Polyporus, Reishi 

Fat, protein and carbohydrates in the dock!

We eat too much, the wrong things, too often and at the wrong time. The consequences are clearly visible. Thus, according to the National Nutrition Survey II presented in 2008 by the German Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection, Nutrition and Agriculture, in Germany alone 66 percent of men and 51 percent of women are overweight.

According to studies, lean people have better prospects in professional life and with the other sex. But, above all, obesity is a major risk factor for human health and can, among other things, lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus (also called type II diabetes), dyslipidaemia (fat metabolic disorders), gout, cancer (e.g. colon cancer), vascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis, heart attack, stroke and thrombosis or diseases of the musculoskeletal system such as osteoarthritis.

Lose weight slowly instead of crash dieting

Diets promise a lot, but usually only bring short-term success. In most cases the targets are set too high. Far too many pounds should tumble in a very short time, and mostly the diet plans are too one-sided. Therefore, a diet must have realistic goals and take into account the special characteristics of the person and his/her individual metabolism. Instead of relying on radical cures, one should pay attention to a slow change in eating habits. Crash diets only provoke the dreaded yo-yo effect with the result that, soon after the diet, more pounds are placed on the scales than before.

Balanced diet and lots of exercise

The basic constitution of humans is omnivorous. Balance in diet is still the key word. Of course, it should be tasty as well. After all, the psyche should not have to suffer under the austerity program. It is therefore important that during a diet our body receives a balanced supply of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, trace elements and healthy fats.

Lots of exercise and endurance sport empties fat storage and triggers an increased release of hormones which, on the one hand, stimulate breaking down fat and, on the other hand,
build muscle. Activity doesn´t only break down fat, but also minimises the storage of new fat.

Exercise before breakfast can slightly extend the nightly fat burning, while training in the evening boosts the nightly fat burning.

Hunger and insulin - Lose weight without starving!

Obesity is not always just the result of too many calories, but can also be the result of a so-called hyperinsulinism. In a predominantly carbohydrate rich diet the insulin levels are constantly high.

Too much insulin, however, blocks fat breakdown during a diet and also causes cravings
because it conveys, together with other hormones, the feeling of hunger. Hunger puts the body in an alarm condition: It immediately switches to protection measures and shuts down the metabolism. The weight loss slows down until it completely stops. This is why even while dieting the body must receive a balanced supply of nutrients to keep the metabolism going so that it burns more body fat.

Not only weight loss, but especially fat loss is the goal

A permanent surplus of fats and carbohydrates not only leads to visible fat deposits under the skin, but may also fatten and thus damage the liver. A healthy, low-fat and low-carbohydrate diet thus helps the liver to optimally fulfil its function as the central metabolic organ.

In addition, besides the amount, the type of fats supplied is crucial. Saturated fatty acids, such as they occur especially in animal fats, are particularly unhealthy since they also increase the cholesterol in the blood. By contrast, unsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acids, as they occur in vegetable fats and cold water fish, lower the cholesterol.

To lose weight, one must not only reduce the total calorie intake but also the supply of saturated fats, trans fats and carbohydrates (especially sugar and starch). The body also requires adequate protein – where possible in vegetable form - because it conveys a feeling of hunger until its need for protein is saturated. However, our body needs a moderate proportion of long-chain carbohydrates for energy extraction.

Medicinal mushrooms effectively support weight loss

Medicinal mushrooms are not only an enrichment to the daily bill of fare; taken as mushroom powder capsules they also contribute effectively to a slim figure. Mushrooms not only contain very few calories, but have a wealth of nutrients that are ideal for losing weight. These include B group vitamins, enzymes, ergosterol, magnesium, potassium, calcium, proteins, dietary fibres and unsaturated fatty acids.

For obese diabetics and people with a diabetic tendency - mostly men of the so-called apple type with a fat concentration on the stomach – Maitake is one of the most important medicinal mushrooms for weight loss. Its active ingredients improve fat digestion, reduce fat storage in the liver and lower elevated triglyceride levels. In addition, here the Coprinus comatus (shaggy mane) is also of great benefit. It contains vanadium, which acts like insulin and therefore relieves the pancreas, and allows for better digestion. The bioactive polysaccharides of Coprinus also have a significant hypoglycaemic effect. Furthermore, the intake of Nopal juice (prickly pear) has proven to be beneficial as it stimulates fat breakdown and minimises a rise in blood sugar after eating.

"I now have my diabetes type II under control, the cholesterol values too. HbA 1c is now 6.0 and sometimes less. I have reduced my weight, I'm not so tired anymore and am very satisfied with the mushrooms. I recommend them." This was the enthusiastic written response by Mrs. R. L. from Kelkheim to the effect of Shiitake, Coprinus and Maitake.

Both for the apple type as for the pear type - mainly women with fat distributed one-sidedly in buttocks and thighs -, but also for patients with oedemas, the combined administration of Cordyceps and Polyporus has proved very successful. Cordyceps supports the work of the kidneys and thus promotes the excretion of waste products and toxins so important during a diet. Moreover, it activates the flow of energy and thus contributes to vitality as well as increased activity, whereby the calorie consumption as a whole is increased. Polyporus contains special triterpenes which contribute to relieving the lymphatic system and support the increased excretion of fluid, sodium and chloride.

"For many years, during winter I always put on around nine pounds and the unsightly fat was mostly stored in the belly. In spring I always underwent a slimming treatment and while doing so tried various diets. Always with an iron will and also with some success. However, during the diet I very often experienced food cravings and after a short time became very irritable. My family and my colleagues complained about my moodiness. For two years, in addition to endurance sports and much fresh food, I have been taking Maitake and Cordyceps medicinal mushrooms. It works very well. I lose weight well and feel balanced and vital even during the diet."Mr. A .L. from Niederdorfelden

Especially for the pear type, for whom the purification problem lies in the foreground, a "house cleaning" of the body should be a theme of losing weight. Reishi (Lingzhi mushroom is traditionally used for detoxifying and regenerating the liver. It also acts positively on glucose metabolism in the liver and improves the oxygen absorption in the blood. We thus feel more capable and more vital. Hericium also provides a basis for purification. It purifies, regenerates the gastrointestinal mucous membranes and thus ensures optimum digestion. The body can optimally absorb, utilise and excrete the nutrients again.

All listed medicinal mushrooms also contain enzymes which support the excretion of the
toxins released by breaking down fat. This counteracts the dreaded yo-yo effect.


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.