Known as the “mushroom of immortality”, reishi has been used for centuries as a longevity tonic. It grows at the base of hardwood trees, where it forms large, dark mushrooms, with varying colours from reddish-orange to black.
There is robust scientific evidence showing that Reishi mushrooms can enhance immunity, relieve insomnia, reduce fatigue (especially when due to low oxygen levels), lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, improve resilience to stress, protect against free radical damage and act as a natural anti-allergenic (making it very useful in cases of asthma and allergies).
Reishi belongs to a class of medicines known as adaptogens. These powerful substances support the homeostasis of the body and support resilience to stress of all kinds – physical, chemical, biological, and mental.
Reishi mushrooms are particularly rare in the wild, and increased demand means Reishi is now one of the most widely cultivated medicinal mushrooms to avoid endangering it.
The exact way Reishi's immune-boosting powers work remains uncertain, but scientific studies have shown multiple positive effects. Some of these include increasing the number of white blood cells in the body, altering inflammation pathways, and improving lymphocyte function.
Chaga is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods available on the planet – with higher antioxidant activity than blueberries, turmeric and açaï. This means it protects cells against free radical damage from environmental toxins and other stressors, and studies suggest it can help prevent cancer and decrease the proliferation of cancerous cells.
Chaga has a long history of traditional use as an immune-booster, natural anti-inflammatory and gut soother – among a range of other uses. Research shows that it can help reduce fatigue, enhance immunity, improve mental function, soothe inflammation (particularly in the gut), support liver function and relieve skin conditions like psoriasis.
Like many medicinal mushrooms, chaga is packed with beta-glucans, which have an array of health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, enhancing immunity and improving heart function.
The best chaga supplements come from natural sources. Our chaga is wild-harvested and guaranteed organic. We use a combination of hot water extracts, ethanolic extracts, mycelial biomass, fruiting bodies and synergistic nutrients to optimise the delivery of chaga's many health benefits.
Maitake means “dancing mushroom” in Japanese – it is said to have been given this name after people danced with happiness upon finding it in the wild, because of its potent healing properties. It is also known as hen-of-the-woods, sheep’s head and ram’s head.
Maitake is revered for its taste in cooking and its tonic action for the body, as it increases vitality and longevity. It is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins (particularly B vitamins and vitamin D2) and minerals (including potassium, calcium and magnesium). It is an adaptogen, which means it increases resilience to stress, helping to regulate the body’s systems in the face of mental or physical difficulty.
It boosts immune function, supports the elimination of metabolic waste, lowers cholesterol, balances blood sugar levels, alleviates inflammation and soothes the digestive tract.
Cordyceps is another medicinal mushroom with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as a host of other benefits. There are over 400 species of cordyceps currently recognised, but the most widely used medicinal species is Cordyceps sinensis, a parasitic fungus that grows on caterpillars throughout Asia.
Also known as the "zombie fungus", Cordyceps sinensis has a fascinating life cycle: spores infect the insect host and begin to control its movement. As the fungus progresses, it forces its host to climb as high as possible. Once the fungus has taken over completely, the insect dies, and the cordyceps fungus emerges from its host in long, fingerlike fruiting bodies that drop their spores in the wind and continue the cordyceps’ life cycle.
Admittedly, that doesn’t sound very appealing. But this mushroom’s health benefits are extensive. And besides, cordyceps can now be grown in laboratory conditions, without the use of insects, which means that vegans, vegetarians, and anyone opposed to consuming animal products can now enjoy all of cordyceps’ health benefits.
Cordyceps are only found naturally on the wild plains of China and Tibet. The rarity and limited distribution of this fungus have meant that until recently, it was prohibitively expensive and difficult to acquire in western countries. But that is slowly changing and we’re delighted to have plenty in stock.
Cordyceps supports immune function, increases libido and fertility, improves physical stamina and tolerance to high-intensity exercise, supports the body in relieving symptoms of asthma, balances blood sugar, improves sleep quality and is a natural anti-inflammatory. Cordyceps is also excellent at protecting the kidneys: studies have shown that it helps to reduce kidney damage from many causes.
Lion's mane is a powerful medicinal mushroom that is scientifically proven to support memory, enhance brain function, and strengthen the nervous system. It has been used in Eastern medicine for millennia, and a growing body of scientific research has been confirming its benefits for the brain and nervous system. Evidence suggests that it can help lift the mood, support memory and concentration, and ease symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other degenerative brain diseases. It also balances cholesterol levels, modulates inflammation, stimulates digestion, reduces the risk of cancer, boosts immunity and soothes ulcers.
Over time, the brain naturally slows down due to wear and tear on a cellular level. One of the ways that lion's mane achieves its regenerative effects is by stimulating the body to naturally produce two compounds, nerve growth factor (NGF) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). These substances are essential in creating new cells and strengthening existing ones, and they increase the brain’s resilience against stress and ageing.
This product contains pure blend of chaga, maitake, lion’s mane, cordyceps and reishi.
Stir one to two teaspoons of mushroom powder into your morning coffee, blend into shakes and smoothies or mix into stir-fries, risottos and soups for a healthy boost. May contain traces of peanut and nuts. Do not exceed the recommended amount nor use this product as a substitute for a varied diet. If you are pregnant or on any medication, please consult one of our medical herbalists or a health practitioner before use. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool and dry place.