Fight Arthritis with Medicinal Mushrooms

In her great book, “Discover the Beta Glucan Secret”, Dr. Beth Ley refers to various research studies that suggest that soluble beta glucan (1,3) may have significant anti-inflammatory benefits. She refers to animal studies conducted at the Montana State University.

“The overall cytokine pattern of leukocytes from soluble beta glucan-treated mice reflects suppressed production of inflammatory cytokines, especially TNF-Alpha,” Ley writes.

This means that beta glucan may be helpful for asthma, allergies, dermatitis, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis and lupus.

The evidence is not limited to animal studies alone. Clinicians have reported that patients with inflammatory conditions such as asthma, arthritis and lupus may initially feel as if their symptoms are increasing. However, this will stop within days and then the symptoms will greatly improve. If you take beta glucan for arthritis or bursitis, you might want to include MSM supplementation as part of your beta glucan therapy, states researcher Borman.

Great sources of beta glucan include medicinal mushrooms, such as Cordyceps, Agaricus Blazei Murill, Reishi and Coriolus Versicolor.

Dr.Ley’s “Discover the Beta Glucan Secret” is available at



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