Nature's Therapy - Organic Mushroom Supplements
For thousands of years we used natural medicines, mostly from plants and Fungi.
Medicinal mushrooms are often used in Chinese medicine because of their beneficial effects on health. In the West too, people are becoming increasingly aware of the powerful properties of some mushrooms or fungi. Did you know that they share DNA with us and are more genetically related to humans than to plants? Just like herbs, medicinal mushrooms can be a powerful natural tool. Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Shiitake and Cordyceps are examples of some fungi that are gaining in popularity. And then, of course, there is chaga, the king of medicinal mushrooms!
In many cultures this is still readily used alongside modern medicine, now we call it holistic or alternate medicine. But it’s effectiveness has not changed, only our understanding of how these Nature given medicines actually work for us. We currently stock the following strains of fungi, Lions Mane, Reishi, Cordyceps & Chaga, all available from our stockists.
Lions Mane Mushroom
Hericium erinaceus is an edible and medicinal mushroom belonging to the tooth fungus group. Native to North America, Europe and Asia it can be identified by its long spines, its appearance on hardwoods and its tendency to grow a single clump of dangling spines.
Lion’s mane mushrooms may be enjoyed raw, cooked, dried or steeped as a tea. Their extracts often used in over the counter supplements.
Many describe their flavour as”seafood-like,” frequently comparing it into crab or lobster.
Lion’s mane mushrooms contain bioactive substances which have beneficial impacts on the entire body, notably the brain, gut, and heart.
Lingzhi, Ganoderma lingzhi, also known as reishi, is a polypore fungus belonging to the genus Ganoderma. Its red-varnished, kidney-shaped cap and peripherally inserted stem gives it a distinct fan-like appearance. When fresh, the lingzhi is soft, cork-like, and flat.
Reishi mushroom is a popular fungus used in Eastern medicine. It may boost the immune system through its effects on white blood cells, particularly in people who are ill, such as those with cancer.
This fungus may also be able to decrease the size and number of tumors in certain types of cancer, as well as improve quality of life for some cancer patients.
Supplements and products containing Cordyceps extract have become increasingly popular due to their many purported health benefits. Of the more than 400 species of Cordyceps discovered, two have become the focus of health research: Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris.
Potential benefits of the Cordyceps include: Physical Performance Boost, Anti-Aging Properties, Anti Tumor Effects, Managing Diabetes, Heart Health and Fighting Inflammation.
Chaga (pronounced: tcha-ga) is an old Russian word for mushroom. It is a fungus that lodges in the open wounds (knots) of birch trees and then grows with the tree for 5 to 7 years. Chaga does not look like a mushroom, but more like a black/orange bulge, and is as hard as wood or corky.
Chaga thrives in places with cold, harsh climates such as Russia, Canada or Scandinavia. To survive there, the chaga fungus protects itself with all kinds of natural substances. Chaga also reinforces itself with the power of birch trees by extracting nutrients from the inner layers of the bark.
Chaga is a superfood full of antioxidants, beta-glucans, phytochemicals, phenols, sterols and enzymes that support or can restore our health.
The Chinese call chaga the “king of mushrooms”. Siberians call it “the gift of God”. Japanese people know chaga as “the diamond of the forest”. Chaga owes these names to its special, powerful properties.