Chaga is unique among medicinal mushrooms in that it is a powerful antioxidant and has potent immune-stimulating properties. The Mushroom Science Chaga extract was tested for its antioxidant properties by Brunswick Labs, which found that Mushroom Science Chaga extract was rated higher than green or black tea extracts and was similar to that of blueberry extracts.
Tremella mushrooms have been shown to improve the health and complexion of the skin by helping the body maintain the production of hyaluronic acid, which, among other things, helps keep the skin pliable, firm and moist from within. Tremella is believed to support the body’s ability to maintain the production of hyaluronic acid without the drop off in production that normally comes with aging.
Mushrooms defined as “medicinal” are those that contain immune-activating beta-glucans (heart-healthy fibers) and other polysaccharides (carbohydrate molecules) within their indigestible cell walls. When properly extracted with hot water, these polysaccharides are used in supplemental form to maintain, protect and support immune health. All of our mushroom extracts can be used for immune support.
Agaricus blazei - Chaga - Cordyceps Cs-4 -
Turkey Tail - Immune Builder® - Lion's Mane -
Maitake - Maitake Gold 404® - Reishi - Shiitake
Increased Energy & Cordyceps Extracts
Cortisol is an important hormone in the body and is involved in many important bodily functions. However, continued excessive levels of cortisol in the system can cause adrenal fatigue or depletion, causing low energy levels, adrenal exhaustion and poor sleep. Cordyceps extracts - a type of fungus that typically grows on caterpillars - can break this cycle by replenishing the adrenals and balancing cortisol levels, leading to increased energy, stamina and endurance.
Reishi mushrooms - In addition to immuno-modulating beta glucans Reishi also contains active compounds called triterpenes. The triterpenes specific to Reishi are called ganoderic acids. Triterpenes can improve liver function by helping the liver to clear out accumulated toxins. This is especially important for those people that may have impaired liver function. In addition to the beta-glucans Shiitake contains various enzymes that may improve liver function. Both Reishi and Shiitake are considered to be “tonics” for the liver in Traditional East Asian Medicine.
Memory and Concentration*
Along with supporting immune health, the other unique health benefits attributed to Lion’s Mane extracts are what some researchers are calling “Neural Nourishment”. Extracts of the Lion’s Mane mushrooms, and the mycelium grown in liquid (not rice), may enhance cognitive functions such as memory and concentration, promote or accelerate the growth of the myelin sheath (also called myelination), and enhance and promote the production of Nerve Growth Factor.
Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) is a small secreted protein that is important for the growth, maintenance and survival of certain neurons (nerve cells), and also functions as a signaling molecule. NGF is part of a family or group of similar proteins, also referred to as neurotrophins that serve to promote the health and normal function of the brain and nervous system.
Cordyceps extracts provide immuno-modulating beta glucans that support immune health. Cordyceps extracts also contain other actives including adenosine, cordycepic acid, cordycepin and other related compounds.
It is the adenosine and the other related compounds that may help to balance the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis), acting primarily through the adrenal glands, and by doing so, can be helpful to people suffering from prolonged exposure to stress.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.