Did you know? Cordyceps began to garner attention around the globe after the 1993 Olympics world record breaking performances of Chinese athletes. Their secret? A nutritional regime that included - you guessed it - cordyceps.
These cheetoh-looking ‘shrooms have become one of the most popular medicinal mushrooms in the US due to its purported ability to help with energy support, lower stress levels, increase endurance and stamina by increasing oxygen uptake, and may also help with libido after prolonged use.*
Originally discovered by Tibetan herdsmen working at high altitudes, they took cordyceps to overcome the effects of low oxygen levels - helping to improve their energy, stamina, and endurance at altitude.
Since then, cordyceps have been used for their medicinal and therapeutic properties for over a thousand years.
Cordyceps may support: *
- Energy levels and stamina
- Improve endurance and physical performance
- A healthy libido
- Recovery from exercise
- Stress and mood
Cordyceps contain a multitude of naturally occurring compounds that may help improve the availability of oxygen in the blood, increasing time to exertion and helping with overall endurance and recovery.
Like other functional mushrooms, cordyceps contain beta-glucans. Beta-glucans are a type of complex polysaccharides that have a vast range of potential health benefits. Cordyceps are also rich in a compound called cordycepin; a compound that plays a role in many of the supportive qualities of cordyceps including energy and mood. Animal models even suggest that it produces robust antidepressant effects.
Due to it’s shaggy white texture, Lion's Mane has picked up some quirky nicknames such as “the bearded tooth fungus” or the “pom pom mushroom”. But our favorite nickname is the “smart mushroom” because of its ability to help support brain function, cognition, and neurological health.*
Lion's Mane mushrooms are native to the mountains of northeast Asia where it’s been used in traditional Asian medicine for thousands of years.
As it’s popularity in America has spread, it’s become the single most researched mushroom for cognitive support. Many studies on lion's mane for cognitive benefits include both the mycelium and the fruiting bodies, found in our Lion's Mane Extract.
Lion's Mane may support: *
- Mental clarity and cognitive support
- Memory and learning
- A healthy nervous system
- Neural health
Lion's Mane is known to be a natural “nootropic”, which is any compound or supplement used to improve cognitive function. Natural nootropics such as Lions Mane have been gaining popularity all over the world to help with focus, memory, concentration, creativity, mood, and more.
Lion's Mane also contains a multitude of special bioactive compounds - such as erinacines and hericenones - that are involved in the growth and protection of brain neurons and cells. Since compounds are found both in the Mycelium and the Fruiting Body, it’s important to find a whole mushroom product in order to reap the benefits.
In addition to cognitive benefits, Lion's Mane’s positive effects on mood may be attributed to the fact that it is an adaptogen, meaning, it naturally helps the body adapt to physical and emotional stressors. They are known to help block our stress hormone - cortisol - thereby keeping stress and anxiety levels in check, and positively influencing our mood.
Red Reishi has been known and revered as a medicinal mushroom for more than two thousand years. Some of its earliest references are found in Chinese medicinal literature where it’s often called the “Elixir of Life” or the “Mushroom of Immortality”.
Between its big reputation and the fact that it’s extremely rare in the wild, it was once reserved only for emperors and kings. But today? Reisi has become one of the most well-known and widely used medicinal mushrooms out there!
Reishi is the leading seller within the medicinal mushroom category of dietary supplements and for good reason: it has so much to offer!
Red Reishi may support: *
- A healthy sleep cycle
- Mental and physical fatigue related to stress
- Energy and resistance to stress due to adaptogenic properties
- Antioxidant activity
- Immune system health
- Liver health
Due to its popularity in recent years, there are thousands of published studies on the health benefits of Reishi. They have some of the highest amounts of beta glucans which are known for powerful immune support & clinical trials showing benefits for keeping the immune response strong.*
Because it’s an adaptogen, Reishi may also have a positive effect on mood, energy, and physical performance. Scientists have identified about 400 bioactive compounds thought to be responsible for the wide and diverse range of benefits.
One of the most notable is a unique adaptogenic compound called Triterpenoids, which helps to increase the body’s ability to absorb oxygen in the blood, leading to increased energy, endurance, cardiovascular health, and overall enhanced physical wellness.
In addition, Reishi’s high polysaccharide content may help combat oxidative stress by neutralizing harmful free radicals which contribute to aging, energy levels, and illness.
Are you beginning to see why it’s been coined the Mushroom of Immortality? It’s no wonder people all over the world look to Reishi as their daily dose of bliss and optimal health.
If you’re looking for a natural supplement to help promote skin health, youthfulness, and overall vitality; look no further than Chaga. In fact, Chaga is the world's most antioxidant rich superfood.*
This functional mushroom has some of the highest levels of antioxidants, immune-modulating compounds, and powerful anti-inflammatory properties giving it a wide range of health benefits and making it the “King of Mushrooms“.
Chaga may support: *
- Skin health
- Antioxidant activity
- Healthy aging
- Immune system health
- Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial
- Blood sugar balancing
Chaga contains a complex array of bioactive compounds with significant antioxidant and immunity supporting activities that make this King of Mushroom one of the most popular species used.
It’s highly revered for skin health properties and it’s potential to contribute to a healthy aging process, largely due to the high amount of antioxidants present. You’ve probably heard foods like Acai, Blueberries, and Turmeric listed as free radical fighting, antioxidant packed superfoods… But did you know that Chaga is up to five times more concentrated in antioxidants than any of these foods?
It’s particularly rich in an antioxidant called Superoxide Dismutase which is directly beneficial to skin health and free radical protection.
Our King of Mushrooms is also packed with bioactive compounds beneficial to immune, digestive, and metabolic health such as beta-glucan polysaccharides, terpenoids, phenolics, and melanin.
When it comes to fortifying and up-regulating the immune system, Turkey Tail is king. Turkey Tail is by far the most studied medicinal mushroom in the world, and praised for its immunomodulating capabilities.*
Think of “immunomodulating” like fine tuning your immune system; working to both up-regulate and down-regulate (in the case of an overactive immune system) as needed, in order to find the optimal frequency.
Turkey Tail may support: *
- Immune system regulation
- Gut health
- Antioxidant activity
In many Asian cultures where medicinal mushrooms have been praised for thousands of years, Turkey Tail symbolizes longevity, health, and vitality.
Turkey Tail’s potential effects on the immune system are attributed to its high concentration of immune modulating compounds known as polysaccharides. It’s specifically loaded with particularly strong immunity activators called polysaccharide K (PSK) and polysaccharide peptide (PSP).
It’s been said that our immune system is only as strong as our gut. With everyone’s focus on bacteria present all around us, we forget that our body possesses as many bacterial cells as human cells, with over 10,000 species and literally trillions of microorganisms present in our gut.
The beneficial gut bacteria that make up our microbiome play a major role in regulating our immune system - producing chemicals that help kill bad bacteria, yeasts, fungi, and all things bad for our health.
Since Turkey Tail is loaded with compounds that support gut health, it acts as a prebiotic, helping to nourish the beneficial bacteria in the gut, balance the gut flora, supporting digestion and healthy immune response.*