Better memory, mental acuity and cognition are the benefits.

Brain Support
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In this interview with Jerry Angelini we are discussing the various mushrooms and nutrients that are shown to support brain structure and function. The primary mushroom in this discussion is Lion’s Mane. Lion’s Mane is arguably the most important mushroom for brain health. Lion’s Mane and other mushrooms have been combined with well-known herbs to create synergistic formulas that support brain and body health.

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The source of our inspiration is Paul Stamets. Paul is a master mycologist and the creator of Fungi Perfecti Host Defense Mushrooms. Paul is a tireless supporter of the importance and connections between mushrooms and the rest of life on our planet. Below is an excerpt from one of Paul’s articles on the importance of the microbiome for mushrooms as for humans. Here is the link for the full article at Fungi.com .

Mushrooms and Mycelium Help the Microbiome

“Few people know that we are more closely related to fungi than to any other kingdom. 650 million years ago, we split from fungi. We evolved to encircle our nutrients within a cellular sack, a stomach, and digested nutrients within. Fungi evolved to externally digest its nutrients, and projected a fine filamentous, cobweb like cellular networks known as mycelium. In both cases, over millions of years, choosing beneficial bacteria to aid in this process became essential for good digestion. By selecting commensal bacteria to help digest food, both humans and mushroom mycelium created complex communities — microbiomes — to help digestion, prevent disease, and extend longevity. Not only do we benefit from a healthy microbiome, but so too does the mycelium.

Mycelium’s selection of bacteria, in the creation of guilds of microbes, is essential for the mycelium’s survival. The mycelium chooses suites of bacteria that not only helps it digest food, and stave off predators, but also helps the plant communities that give rise to the ecosystems in which the mycelium resides, so fruits (mushrooms) can be produced. This means that mycelium based products can aid digestion and help promote beneficial bacteria in our microbiome.

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Consuming mushrooms and mycelium adds many benefits in our pursuit of good health. Just make sure the products you consume are Certified Organic, US grown (better inspections), and that you know where they are grown and who is growing them. This is so important because there is a lot of deceptive advertising motivated by maximizing profits by minimizing costs, which jeopardizes quality. Adding mushrooms to your diet is probably one of the most important additions to the foods you can ingest that will improve your health!” End excerpt. Read more at Fungi.com

Brain Support for Cognitive Function

Jerry describes the various functions that may be supported by nutritional support. He also describes how you can use formulas that expand on the benefits of mushrooms. We start with a discussion of Lion’s Mane mushroom alone for the brain and nervous system. Then we consider mushrooms plus herbs for brain support and finally we consider a brain and body formula that also contains turmeric and ginger.

Brain Support with Lion’s Mane Provides These Benefits

  • Memory*
  • Decision Making*
  • Logic and Reasoning*
  • Mental Acuity*
  • Being Present in the Moment*
  • Neurological Support*

This beautiful species, appearing as a white waterfall of cascading icicles, is found on broad leaf trees and logs. The subject of recent studies, Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is renowned for providing support to the brain and nervous system.*
Host Defense® Lion’s Mane Capsules use activated, freeze-dried, Certified Organic mycelium, with a full spectrum of constituents: polysaccharides (beta glucans, arabinoxylane, glucose, xylose, galactose and mannose), glycoproteins, ergosterols, triterpenoids and other myco-nutrients,which are essential for Supporting Natural Immunity.*

  • Promotes mental clarity, focus, and memory*
  • Provides cerebral and nervous system support*
  • Many studies have identified a NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) in Lion’s Mane
  • Optimizes nervous and immune system health*
  • Supports cognitive function*

Brain Support Formula

Brain

The brain is the control center for all functions of the body. We use it to make decisions, remember directions and names, carry on conversations, and contemplate the universe. Supporting and nourishing our brain and nervous system is key to ensuring optimal cognitive functioning for our lives.
Host Defense® MycoBotanicals® Brain is a blend of mushrooms and herbs specifically designed to support the brain and nervous system.* Brain is formulated using activated, optimally dried, Certified Organic mushroom mycelium, with a full spectrum of constituents which are essential for Supporting Natural Immunity.* By including certified organic herbs that have been carefully selected to complement the health benefits of mushrooms, two kingdoms are paired together to provide the best possible Functional Food formula to Support Mental Clarity!*

  • Supports concentration, memory and cognitive functioning*
  • Ginkgo, Bacopa and Gotu Kola support brain health*
  • Lion’s Mane and Reishi mushrooms support neurological and adrenal functioning*

Brain & Body Formula

Made from freeze-dried activated mushroom mycelium

  • Reishi (“the mushroom of immortality”) supports heart health*
  • Lion’s Mane (“the smart mushroom”) promotes mental acuity and brain health*
  • Each 1-teaspoon serving contains 1500mg of Lion’s Mane mushroom mycelium

THE HERBS (Botanicals)

  • Turmeric has been used for centuries to support whole body health.*
  • Ginger supports healthy digestion*
  • Cinnamon bark and Black pepper stimulate digestive health and promote immune system support* Product information provided by HostDefense.com.

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About Jerry Angelini, MS, LRC, LMT
Jerry has a private practice as an integrative practitioner and is the Education Director for Host Defense® Organic Mushrooms™. In his role as an integrative practitioner, Jerry draws from over 30 years of training in various modalities including Western Psychotherapy, Planetary Herbalism (including Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese Clinical Herbalism), Clinical Aromatherapy, NeuroMuscular Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, Qi Gong and Tui Na to name a few.

For the past four years, Jerry has been the National Science Educator for Host Defense Organic Mushrooms. Working closely with Dr. Paul Stamets, Hon, Jerry has been teaching and training in the United States and Canada. Reaching out to all levels of learners including medical professionals, retail staff and consumers, the educational opportunities focus on the benefits that various mushroom and herbal preparations can have on our immune functioning as well as our overall health and wellness.

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324 – Probiotic Heals Leaky Gut in 30 Days

If you take a probiotic or have any digestive issues you are going to want to listen to this interview with Tina Anderson. Tina is the founder and CEO of Just Thrive Probiotics®. If you listen to HealthQuestPodcast.com, you know we have discussed probiotics many times. You may even think you know all there is to know about probiotics. That’s part of the problem: people think they understand all there is to know.

In this interview you are going to learn something new and profound about probiotics. There are a lot of important points we will touch upon. I urge you to follow the science and learn why Just Thrive Probiotic® is unique and why its benefits are like no other. At the very least, you could try Just Thrive® for 1 to 2 months and then judge for yourself. It may very well work better than your current probiotic. You won’t know unless you try. You can always go back if you wish.

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323 – The Endocannabinoid System – Part 5 – Endo Inflame

This is the fifth and final interview with Dr. Jeffrey Burke on the Endocannabinoid support products from Emerald Health Bioceuticals. This has been a fascinating and in-depth look at the endocannabinoid system and at how nutritional herbs provide deep support. CLICK HERE for access to all the interviews with Dr. Jeffrey Burke.
If you deal with pain and inflammation then it is in your interest to explore the world of nutritional solutions. Remember that pain and inflammation are symptoms of underlying disorder. Reducing pain and inflammation is important especially for those with chronic conditions. Using products like Endo Inflame can provide relief and comfort, which are very important, but they often don’t address underlying issues. For example, if you have joint pain for whatever reason, it is often necessary to seek relief from the pain. But for long term success you must also support the inflamed system or tissues. In the joint pain example, you want to support bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, collagen, synovial fluid, circulation, muscles etc.

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322 – Hemp Extract + Wild Tumeric Extract is Potent Combination for Pain and Inflammation

This interview is with Dr. Cass Ingram and we are discussing a combination of hemp stalk extract and wild tumeric root extract. These are the two hottest herbs in the natural products industry. With good reason. The benefits of hemp and tumeric are well established and becoming well known even for those who don’t follow nutritional science.

Many people have used one or the other or both in search of better health. The main reason for the popularity of hemp and tumeric is that users experience better health. In this interview we are going to discuss the nutritional benefits of these two herbs.

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321 – Peace Possible and the Food Movement

Dr. Weiss has taken the road less traveled when it comes to aiding poor and impoverished children around the world. He started by asking the question “What causes youth to become radicalized and fall prey to the terrorists groups to which they become aligned?” This is a very profound question and the answer is just as profound.Dr. Weiss has set up numerous operations around the globe which focus on providing what these communities need in order to reverse the trend to radicalization. Ultimately the solution involves creating environments where people have opportunity to live healthy and productive lives. Proper and targeted nutrition can make a huge difference. It is impossible to gain an education and become a productive adult when day to day circumstances make life dangerous. Lack of the essential factors of life make it nearly impossible not to be adversely affected.

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320 – The Endocannabinoid System – Part 4 – Endo Brain

This is Part 4 of my series on the Endocannabinoid System. In this interview with Dr. Jeffrey Burke we will discuss Endo Brain. Endo Brain naturally helps support mental acuity and cognition by nurturing and nourishing your endocannabinoid system in the following ways:

Supports memory and cognition*
Has beneficial effects on key neurotransmitters*
Facilitates homeostasis (biological balance of body and mind)*
Nourishes the endocannabinoid receptor sites*
Aids production and retention of endocannabinoids*

Over the course of this series we have considered products for anxiety, mood and sleep and now memory and concentration. Each of these challenges can be inter-related as a problem and can easily lead to challenges in the others. Stress can affect sleep. Poor sleep can affect mental clarity. And they can all affect your mood. The challenge is to figure out the best way to nourish your system.

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319 – Preserving Memory and Cognition in the Aging Brain

f you are interested in supporting memory, cognition, and even addressing some of the most challenging issues in the aging brain, then you will be interested in this podcast. This interview with Dr. Alan Snow will give you some insight into how this novel nutritional product came to the marketplace. Consumers seldom consider the development of products. How do we know when a nutrient is effective? How do we know it is safe? How do we know that one particular form is the best, maybe even better than synthetic drugs?
This interview will be an excellent illustration of how powerful natural products are discovered and developed into effective health supporting supplements.

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318 – Maintaining Healthy Blood Pressure with Lifestyle and Nutrition

In this interview Jim LaValle discusses the whys and hows of achieving healthier blood pressure levels. Jim discusses the nutrients that have good scientific basis for supporting healthy blood pressure. He especially focuses on Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) because of the huge body of scientific studies confirming the benefits of AGE throughout the body.
However, regardless of whether you have a disease or not, you still need to be well nourished and live a healthier lifestyle. In this interview with Jim, we will focus on the lifestyle and nutrition factors that you need to know.

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317 – Protecting Your Skin’s Probiotic Microbiome

In this interview with Ross Pelton (naturalpharmacist.net) we will discuss the nutrients that help support skin structure and function. There are a wide variety of skin issues and concerns. This is not a one size fits all discussion. If you have a particular problem with your skin your will need to focus on that concern in particular. That is beyond the scope of this discussion.

Ross will discuss the challenges that many people face with skin health. No matter the particular issue you face, you need to consider nourishing your body. It is critical to understand that for your skin to be healthy you must be well nourished. Ross will discuss some of the most important nutrients and lifestyle factors that will affect skin health.

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316 – The Endocannabinoid System – Part 3 – Endo Sleep

In this interview with Dr. Jeffrey Burke, we will discuss lack of sleep issues. There are many factors that may contribute to sleep challenges. Nutrition and diet, lifestyle, stress and anxiety are health issues that should be addressed. Medication and supplements will not fix a lifestyle that is deficient in one or more ways. Seek to build a better foundation for health.
We will also discuss the product Endo Sleep from Emerald Health Bioceuticals. Endo Sleep is designed to support the ECS and provide additional nutrients clinically shown to support restful sleep, these being PharmaGaba and Passion Flower Extract.

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