Lion’s Mane, aka “The Student Mushroom,” is speculated to work with the central nervous system and support healthy brain functions, like memory and focus. Studies have suggested the need for human research or clinical trials regarding the stimulation of brain cell growth and neurogenesis.*
Cordyceps, AKA “The Athletes Mushroom,” is traditionally speculated to help with energy support, airways, and libido. Studies have suggested the need for human research or clinical trials regarding lowering brain-related inflammation, improving brain-derived neurotrophic growth factors (BDNF), reducing brain degeneration, enhancing memory and cognitive function, improving neurotransmitter balance, and supporting new nerve cell formation.*
Chaga is found almost exclusively growing on wild birch trees throughout the Northern hemisphere. Animal studies and in vitro studies have suggested the need for human research or clinical trials for cognitive enhancement and pro-apoptotic effects (apoptosis means cell death).*
Red Reishi is known in many Asian cultures as “The Elixir Of Life” or “Mushroom of Immortality” and is speculated to be good for supporting healthy immune functions, inflammation, liver & kidneys, and overall health. Studies have suggested the need for human research or clinical trials regarding the protection of brain cells from inflammation and reduction of the oxidative impact of destructive proteins in the brain.*
Turkey Tail is a powerful mushroom that has purportedly been used for its healing properties all around the world. The popular belief is that these mushrooms may aid in regulating immune systems and maintaining proper prostate, hormones, liver, and kidney health. Research tends to suggest the need for human studies or clinical trials regarding the benefits to immune modulation, digestive system, circulation, lymph system, immune system, liver function and cellular system, including stimulating cells to combat intercellular viral infections.*
Mesima has been used throughout Asia for hundreds of years. Touted for its purported potential ability to treat diarrhea, gastroenteritis (inflammatory dysfunction), hemorrhage, cancers and other ailments including the potential ability to boost the body’s immune system due to the presence of Beta D-Glutan and Lectin which influence control of the immune system.*
Maitake also known as “the dancing mushroom” or “hen of the woods.” For years this fungus has been sought out for its potential ability to treat diabetes and high cholesterol due to it’s polysaccharides which may improve the body’s immune system as well as increase insulin sensitivity while reducing insulin resistance.*
Shiitake has been known for generations as “the romantic mushroom.” Scientists are now looking at its potential anti-viral properties as related to tumor reduction and treatment for certain cancers by inhibiting their growth.*
Agaricus Blazei has been speculated to stimulate the body’s ability to strengthen the immune system and fight disease. Studies have suggested that it also may contain antiviral properties which allow this fungus to potentially reduce physical and mental stress.*
Poria is one of the mushrooms gaining interest in the scientific community resulting in case studies exemplifying the potential, but so far unverified, benefits it has on a variety of diagnosis. Studies have suggested its potential ability to reduce Tg accumulation thereby improving liver steatosis as well as the reduction of inflammatory cytokines resulting in its potential use to treat arthritis and other inflammatory based conditions.*
Agarikon prefers old growth forests in temperate climates to mature into its 75-100 year life span while it hangs from trees in a beehive form. Scientific data has speculated this fungus to be effective over a wide range of antimicrobial and antiviral properties including during the treatment of tuberculosis and small pox (in vitro case studies). The results suggest the potential ability to improve respiratory function and reduce inflammation.*
Suehirotake is also known as “the split fold mushroom” and contains a polysaccharide structure, schizophyllan (SPG) which may help in liver health and immune system support.*
Oyster found its first use in modern industry when in 1803 benzaldehyde was extracted for its scent of anise. Now, we look to oyster primarily for its production of lovastatin, a cholesterol lowering drug.*
True Tinder Polypore has shown multiple uses in folk medicine. Scientists have focused on a few specific uses as the mushroom has been speculated to work on limiting the growth of sarcoma cells, combating certain influenza strains, as well as using fomentariol (an extract from the fungus) for the treatment of diabetic issues.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Warnings: Some studies have suggested that some mushrooms may cause dry throat and mouth, upset stomach, and dizziness. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, have low blood pressure or a bleeding disorder, are about to have surgery, take diabetes medication, or have other health problems, then avoid supplements without talking to your physician.