Some mushrooms are better for dinner, and some are better for healing. While almost every mushroom has some level of health benefit, medicinal mushrooms are — dare I say it — magical.
Medicinal mushrooms have been used to help species of all kinds, including dogs, for centuries. Their fame comes from their powerful immune support and anti-cancer properties, however, the more that researchers discover, the longer and more surprising the list of benefits gets, particularly with the latest developments in mushroom extraction.
How do Medicinal Mushroom supplements help dogs with mange?
The boost that medicinal mushrooms (MMs) give an animal’s immune system is particularly crucial for pets that are prone to diseases caused by immune deficiencies or inflammation (both prevalent in dogs with Demodectic Mange) or cancer.
Young animals whose immune systems haven’t fully developed (think Puppy Mange) will benefit from the immune-boosting powers of medicinal mushrooms.
Close, but no cigar – medicinal mushrooms to avoid
The veterinary supplement market is flooded with mushroom supplements, but studies show that many won’t help your pet. The problem with MM supplements and dogs is bioavailability. (The degree and rate at which a substance is absorbed and available to a living system.)
Anything you give a dog orally has to have a low enough molecular weight to be incorporated into the gut. Most mushroom supplements can’t pass through a dog’s tiny portals because the molecular weight of their primary therapeutic component, polysaccharides, is too high.
The good stuff is largely indigestible. Because the majority of veterinary mushroom products on the market are ground mushrooms, the dog will not experience many of their noteworthy therapeutic effects.
AHCC – The Breakthrough
A group of scientists in Tokyo used advances in biotechnology to solve the problem. They devised an extraction process that cut the molecular weight by 97%. Even better, the extract was 70-80% more potent with superior absorption and efficacy!
It’s a cultured medicinal mushroom extract called AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compounds). We already knew MMs hold huge potential for dogs, but AHCC’s bioavailability is a game-changer for dogs.
AHCC is currently being researched more than any other natural supplement. And because it is so potent compared to those that are already delivering some benefit, the research findings have us vibrating.
How Many of These Benefits Did You Already Know?
RED indicates mange related benefits.
- UNIQUE IMMUNE SUPPORT – The potency of AHCC as an immune system booster has been extensively documented. AHCC stimulates the multiplication and activation of Natural Killer (NK) cells — the first line of defense of the immune system..
- POWERFUL IMMUNE MODULATOR – One of AHCC’s more essential traits is its immune-modulating intelligence. Whether your dog has an immune deficiency requiring stimulation or an over-active immune system caused by an auto-immune disease, AHCC know just what a dog’s body needs.
- ADAPTOGENIC – AHCC aids the different body systems; where ever most needed, to cope with environmental stress.
- REDUCES INFLAMMATION AND ACTS AS AN ANTIOXIDANT – In studies, AHCC showed impressive anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity in various inflammation-related diseases. (Please remember that mange and atopy are inflammatory diseases.)
- CONTROLS ALLERGIES – Studies reveal compounds found in AHCC effectively inhibits the release of histamine from mast cells and stabilized mast cells at the same time, which limits damaging immune responses. It may also reduce allergy symptoms like itching.
- AIDS GUT HEALTH – AHCC supports the growth of beneficial gut flora to help balance the immune system and is often used for leaky gut syndrome. AHCC may also prevent ulcers from forming and lowers fat in the body as well
- ANTI-FUNGAL – Research shows that AHCC has a protective effect against Candida infections, especially among the immunocompromised.
- CANCER FIGHTER – Research validates what natural healers have known forever… mushrooms’ immune system support helps fight and prevent cancer
- REDUCES CHEMOTHERAPY SIDE EFFECTS – Animal studies show AHCC can lessen the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatment. It also helps shield patients from chemotherapy-induced liver damage and bone marrow suppression.
- PROTECTS THE LIVER – AHCC’s antioxidant properties help nourish, detoxify, protect, and possibly heal the liver. This minimizes the damaging effects of free radicals that can slow down liver function. Your dog can’t live, let alone recover well, without a healthy liver.
- MANAGES DIABETES – Studies show AHCC can help manage canine diabetes by lowering blood sugar and regulating glucose levels. Research also indicates AHCC can prevent or slow kidney complications that can develop in diabetic dogs.
- SUPPORTS HEART HEALTH – AHCC improves blood supply and oxygen delivery to the heart. AHCC can also reduce blood pressure and can help relieve heart arrhythmia.
- SLOWS AGING – AHCC may fight the gradual decline of the immune system brought on by the aging process over time. Their potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can help prevent and even reverse cognitive decline, as well as manage aging joint issues like arthritis.
- IMPROVES ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION – Studies on 2-legged patients showed reduced anxiety and depression, as well as increased quality of life when they received AHCC along with their cancer treatment. The group not receiving AHCC did not report these effects.
- CALMS INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE – AHCC shows promise in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. A 2007 study on animals with colitis, found that AHCC reduced inflammation and enhanced several markers of colon health.
Ongoing research also suggests that AHCC:
- Helps offset the damage of corticosteroids
- Improves nutrition in weak and deficient animals
- Lowers cholesterol and supports weight loss
- Prevents viral infections
- Helps dogs through the trauma and recovery of injuries
- Helps acute and chronic cystitis and urinary Incontinence
- Supports Cushing’s disease
- Helps severe parasitism in weak puppies
- Is an effective form of immunotherapy for canine leishmaniasis
- Improves the immune response to influenza infection
- Beneficial for canine geriatric disorders with chronic debilitation complex: muscle atrophy, cardiac problems, and weakness
Get it at our store
This medicinal mushroom supplement provides powerful blood-borne immune support for your dog by activating a certain class of white blood cells. Dramatically increases Natural Killer cell activity for superior immune defenses.
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