Mushroom Tinctures for Winter Wellness

Mushroom Tinctures for Winter Wellness

How Can a Mushroom Tincture Support Health and Wellbeing?

The days are shorter, the wind blows chillier, and the frost settles each evening. Here in Western Massachusetts, at Mushroom Revival, we are moving into winter, one day at a time. Along with bringing out the winter coats and layering up, we can prepare for the winter using herbs and mushrooms. Learn about how adding a mushroom tincture into your routine can support your winter wellness.

Winter wellness is about nourishing your body and mind so you can embrace the winter and prevent sickness. The best time to prevent a seasonal illness is now. Bringing herbs and mushrooms into your daily routine can provide you with a boost of health benefits, especially for your immune system.

How a Mushroom Tincture Can Support the Immune System

Since before recorded history, mushrooms have been used in many folk and medicinal traditions around the world. The healing traditions of Ancient China brought us Reishi and Cordyceps, and Chaga comes from Siberia where it was used to reduce tumor growth. Recorded use of mushrooms exists in all parts of the world where mushrooms grow, including North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Modern research is now exploring the science behind how these mushrooms elicit such an effect on the body, affirming their traditional uses for the immunity and longevity of body and mind.

Mushrooms contain compounds called polysaccharides. Beta-glucans are one of the many polysaccharides abundant in mushrooms, and one of the reasons mushrooms help strengthen the immune system, research suggests. Polysaccharides bind to specific membrane receptors of phagocytic cells and natural killer (NK) cells, stimulating their germ-killing abilities. (1) Beta-glucans interact with several immune cells to activate their scavenging processes and protect the body from invading pathogens like bacteria, viruses, parasites, and malignant cells. Different mushrooms contain different types of polysaccharides, including different types of beta-glucans, which support the body’s defense mechanisms and activate the immune system.

We’ve formulated the perfect go-to for healthy immunity and symptom reduction. It’s called Mushroom Immunity. This potent blend of seven medicinal mushrooms and five healing herbs is a wonderful ally to keep on hand. Mushroom Immunity contains mushrooms such as Turkey Tail, Maitake, and Chaga, which have demonstrated immune-stimulating and free-radical scavenging properties. Taking one or two dropperfuls daily will support the immune system and kill pesky microbes that could make you sick. People around you may be sneezing and sniffling, but you don’t have to be. Try our Mushroom Immunity tincture this winter to stay healthy and happy!

This Winter, Take Time to Nourish Yourself 

Vitamin D plays a big role in maintaining a healthy mindset and mood. Studies show that insufficient exposure to sunlight plays a role in seasonal depression. Over 40% of Americans are deficient in the ‘sunshine molecule’, so take the time to get outside. With a limited amount of sunlight in a winter’s day, try to find ways to make the hours count! Take a walk, bring your work outside, or sit near a sunny window. Studies show that exposing mushrooms like portobello and shiitake to UV rays can increase their levels of vitamin D. Place your mushrooms out in the sunlight for a few minutes before you cook them up to give yourself a boost of this necessary vitamin.  

Try a mushroom broth this winter! It is the perfect addition to a winter diet because it’s packed with minerals, vitamins, fats, and proteins. Check out this recipe for reishi mushroom broth to sip on this winter.

What’s YOUR favorite winter wellness practice? Let us know in the comments below! We wish you a wonderful winter full of seasonal cheer and wellness! Are you interested in learning more about medicinal mushrooms, health practices and bio-hacking? Join the Mushroom Revival family on instagram, facebook and youtube! Stock up now! Give your family the gift of health with Mushroom Revival tinctures and powders.

Sources:

(1) – The Healing Powers of Mushrooms by Dr. George Halpern
(2) – Medicinal Mushrooms by Christopher Hobbs

 

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Mushrooms for Immunity: the Perfect Holiday Gift

Mushrooms for Immunity: the Perfect Holiday Gift

Support Your Immune System and Gut Health with Medicinal Mushrooms for Immunity

In the coming weeks, many of us will be spending a lot of time inside, surrounded by family and friends, gathering around a warm fire or a dinner table. We will be sharing company, food and hopefully some good laughs in close quarters with others. Protect yourself and those you love with mushrooms for immunity this winter!

Adaptogenic, Prebiotic Mushrooms for Immunity

Mushrooms are wonderful adaptogens, which help to support homeostasis in the body and aid in adapting to stress by supporting the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. As immuno-modulators, mushrooms can stimulate immune responses and protect against a number of pathogens through constituents like polysaccharides, including beta-glucans. 

Mushrooms really are the new superfood! As natural prebiotics, which feed and promote the activity of the good bacteria in your gut, mushrooms can support healthy digestion. We often eat rich foods during these colder months, stuffing our bellies full of relatives’ special recipes. The immune system and gut mutually regulate each other, supporting the tolerance of helpful bacteria, and protecting against harmful bacteria.[1] Mushrooms can support healthy detoxification and elimination, and since the majority of our immune system lives in the gut, gut health is directly related to immune health. Mushrooms for immunity are the perfect gift this holiday season!

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Meet the Mushrooms that Provide Immune System Support

Our immune system is a group of cells and molecules that help to defend and protect us from foreign and threatening microbes. At Mushroom Revival, we use ten different mushrooms that have many different functions, and supporting the immune system is one of the key functions of all of them!

As an immuno-modulator and stimulant, Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) can increase the level and activity of various immune cells such as T-cells and cytokines, which alert the immune system of a foreign invader. Reishi has been shown to contain antimicrobial (antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial) and anti-inflammatory properties against a number of pathogens. 

Turkey tail mushroom (Trametes versicolor) and Maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa) both contain strong immunomodulatory constituents like polysaccharides and beta-glucans, which can stimulate the immune system by increasing macrophages (immune cells that destroy foreign organisms). That’s why we include these mushrooms for immunity in our formulas.

Cordyceps militaris, the mushroom we grow in-house with lots of love, is known to contain anti-viral properties, supporting the immune system in fighting off respiratory diseases and chronic viral infections.

Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) is a popular mushroom for its gut-immune connection. Scientific studies have shown that this powerful adaptogen supports healthy detoxification, stimulates immune response and can reduce inflammation with potent antioxidant compounds. For more information check out this blog post!

Another mushroom that shows a strong connection between the gut and immune health is Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes). Shiitake has been compared to a natural antibiotic, improving gut immunity and decreasing inflammation with impressive antiviral, anti-microbial, and anti-candida properties.

Mushrooms for Immunity are the Perfect Gift this Holiday Season

Protect your gut health and immunity during the season of overindulgence and share the gift of health with friends and family. When your gut is working efficiently and your immune system is easily dealing with threatening microbes, you will have more energy to enjoy this holiday season! To find some of these mushrooms, check out our Mush 10 tincture and Mush 10 powder. We use 10 different mushrooms in these blends to support the immune system and microbiome health. 

Also try our Mushroom Immunity formula, with seven different mushrooms and five healing herbs crafted to support resistance. Find out more about this blend with our blog post! Spread the word and the spores!  Follow our insta and become a part of the myco-family at Mushroom Revival!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sources:

  1. Medicinal Mushrooms – Ancient Remedies for Modern Ailments, Halpern & Miller
  2. Medicinal Mushrooms – An Exploration of Tradition, Healing & Culture
  3. https://neurohacker.com/how-the-gut-microbiota-influences-our-immune-system

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Give the Gift of Cordyceps Mushroom Extract Benefits

Give the Gift of Cordyceps Mushroom Extract Benefits

Learn All About Cordyceps Mushroom Extract Benefits

With all the beneficial effects of Cordyceps militaris, our organic 100% fruiting body cordyceps tincture makes the perfect gift any time of year. What better gift could you give family and loved ones than happiness and well-being? Read on to discover how cordyceps mushroom extract benefits your mind and body.

No matter what you may celebrate, this time of year is often marked by indulgences. We may believe in “moderation in all things,” but sometimes an extra serving of turkey or glass of wine are just unavoidable when celebrating with family and friends. Luckily, we have cordyceps to help us offset some of the excesses of these holiday treats. Preliminary studies suggest that cordyceps can help to balance cholesterol, decreasing “bad” cholesterol while raising “good.” (1) Additionally, cordyceps has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels in diabetic mice. (2) Still other studies suggest many benefits to liver and kidney health, including repairing alcohol-induced liver damage. (3) 

Give Your Friends And Loved Ones The Energy And Focus To Stick With Resolutions

Following holiday jubilations, many of us set goals with a vision of bettering ourselves in the following year. All too often, though, we find it difficult to keep up with our resolutions. The dreary weather, short days and frigid temperatures can all contribute to feelings of malaise, bringing us down and making it hard to actually go to the gym three nights a week, like we promised ourselves we would. But with the help of cordyceps, we may have a fighting chance! Cordyceps have been shown to help fight fatigue, increase energy, and improve athletic performance. (4) (5) World-record breaking Chinese athletes have attributed success partly to supplementing training with cordyceps. If cordyceps mushroom extract benefits are good enough for Olympians, they should be enough to light a fire in anyone! 

Fun Fact: Perhaps you know someone who would like to learn a second language. Mice given Cordyceps militaris peptides were shown to have remarkably increased memory and learning capacity. (6)

Learn more about our supplements specially designed for focus in this blog post!

Cordyceps Mushroom Extract Benefits: Mood Enhancement For The Grinch In Your Life

The holidays can bring a lot of stress. The overplayed music, rampant commercialism, or dread of a tense family dinner can be a lot to handle. Cordycepin given to mice exhibited a clear antidepressant effect with rapid effects (7). Neuroprotective properties of cordyceps are thought to further contribute to a better mood.

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Cordyceps militaris is a fascinating fungus with a long history of traditional use. We are only just beginning to explore its serious potential in the West. Many preliminary studies show a wide range of promising possibilities, from strong antioxidant and anti-aging properties to anti-malarial, -viral, -bacterial, and -fungal effects (8). Studies on human cancer cells have shown cordyceps to have anti-tumor effects and block metastasis (9). It seems highly likely that incorporating cordyceps mushroom extract benefits into your life can give a significant boost to all-around health. With all of these benefits, our 100% organic Cordyceps fruiting body tincture is a perfect gift for anyone in your life!

Check out our Cordyceps militaris tincture, made 100% from organic fruiting bodies, grown with love right here in the USA!

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Try Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract In Autumn Cocktails

Try Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract In Autumn Cocktails

Increase Your Mushroom Intake With These Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract Drinks

As the days get shorter and the weather turns cold here in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, we’ve been dreaming up some seasonal cocktails to highlight both the medicinal effects and unique flavor of Lion’s Mane mushroom extract. Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a fungi superstar: its cascading teeth are quite beautiful to behold, it has been widely studied for its medicinal benefits. Mushroom Revival’s Lion’s Mane tincture is made with 100% organic fruiting bodies and a touch of cinnamon to give you the most compounds and flavor per drop! Lion’s mane mushrooms show up in many creative food dishes, and now with our delicious extracts it can be enjoyed in beverages. So if you enjoy cozying up with a cocktail in this cool, gray weather, why not spice it up with a little Lion’s Mane?

With its ability to produce a wide range of bioactive compounds and so many beneficial properties that scientists are still working to understand all its secrets, Lion’s Mane has been shown to support brain health, memory, cognition, gut health, and more. Check out some of our previous blog posts for information on the medicinal properties of Lion’s Mane:

Lion’s Mane Medicinal Properties: A Fungal Nootropic

Organic Lion’s Mane: A Nervous System Powerhouse

Lion’s Mane Extract for a Medicinal Cocktail

Like life in general, a good drink should be well rounded and balanced. Adding a few droppers of Lion’s Mane mushroom extract is a great way to add a little more complexity to a beverage, while reaping a whole host of benefits in the process. Enjoy drinking cocktails even more knowing you are supporting your nervous system and brain function alongside the not so supportive alcohol. Try pairing a drink with one of these tasty Lion’s Mane recipes!

Mane-Hattan 

The addition of Lion’s Mane mushroom extract adds subtle depth to the classic Manhattan. Try substituting Japanese or French whiskey instead of rye for another twist.

  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 3 droppers Lion’s Mane tincture
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel, for garnish
  • Maraschino cherry, optional

Rub the orange peel around the rim of a glass to release some of the oils. Place the peel and cherry in the glass. In a cocktail shaker, combine whiskey, vermouth, tincture, and bitters with ice. Stir until chilled, then strain into the glass.

Foamy Lion

Shaking raw egg whites in a cocktail adds body and leaves a nice creamy head on the drink. To maximize safety, use a fresh egg from a happy chicken, make sure you have clean hands, and clean the egg before cracking. The Foamy Lion tastes much richer than it really is!

  •  2oz vodka
  • ½ oz amaretto
  • ¼ oz maple syrup
  • 3 droppers Lion’s Mane tincture
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • 1 egg white
  • Nutmeg, to garnish

Combine all of the ingredients, except nutmeg, in a cocktail shaker. Cap it dry, without ice, and shake for about twenty seconds to foam up the egg. Open it up, add some ice, and shake vigorously for another twenty seconds. Strain into a coupe glass. Grate nutmeg over the top.

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Shiitake Mushroom Supplement Benefits and Recipe

Shiitake Mushroom Supplement Benefits and Recipe

A Breakdown of Shiitake Mushroom Supplement Benefits

Shiitake mushrooms have a delicious meaty flavor and texture that is enjoyed in culinary dishes, as well as teas, tinctures and powders. You can find this superfood in most health food stores and many grocery stores, as it is popularly cultivated. Native to Japan, China, the Korean peninsula and other areas of East Asia, Shiitake also grows in the wild on dead or dying hardwoods. These mushrooms have the typical mushroom cap and stem, with a brown cap, white spores and serrated gills. Keep reading for more information on Shiitake mushroom supplement benefits.

Shiitake Mushroom Supplement Benefits: Nutrition

In Japanese, Shiia refers to a variety of chestnut trees, and take means “mushroom.” In Latin, lent means “supple” and edodes means “edible.” In traditional Chinese medicine, Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) has been used to treat high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, colds and flu. It has long been believed that Shiitake mushrooms get the blood moving, suppress hunger, and heal the common cold. As an adaptogenic mushroom, Shiitake may help the body to adapt to and cope with environmental, physical or psychological stressors.

This nutritious mushroom contains vitamins and minerals such as copper, calcium, Vitamin C, B vitamins, and iron. Many of us are low on one or more of our B vitamin levels, which are essential for cognitive health and reducing brain fog. Shiitake is also a good source of selenium, niacin, zinc and manganese, which contribute to potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help protect the cells from free radical damage and support anti-inflammatory action in the body. 

Shiitake Mushroom Supplement Benefits: Chemical Compounds

Lentinan is a beta-glucan derived from Shiitake, and a widely prescribed anticancer drug, which studies show contains powerful anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties to support a healthy immune system. Eritadenine, another chemical compound found in Shiitake, has been studied for its effects on lowering cholesterol in the liver by interfering with its production. 

Shiitake mushroom supplement benefits include helping to support and protect the liver (hepatoprotective) and the digestive system, including gut health. This mushroom also contains potent phytonutrients that help cells thrive, and in particular, keep cells from forming plaque buildup. In this way, Shiitake assists in maintaining healthy blood pressure, improving circulation, and supporting a decrease in obesity rates. A Shiitake mushroom supplement benefits the body by delivering Shiitake’s medicinal constituents to you in a concentrated, easy-to-take form.

Here at Mushroom Revival, certified organic Shiitake can be found in our Myco-cleanse tincture, encouraging a natural detox; Mush 10 tincture or powder, providing adaptogenic support with 10 different mushrooms, and Mushroom Immunity tincture, supporting a balanced and defended immune system. Enjoy these blends in foods, drinks, or on the tongue to get your Shiitake mushroom supplement benefits! By planting one tree for every purchase, we encourage the revitalization of ourselves and our planet!

Read on for a delicious recipe to enjoy Shiitake mushrooms and all its benefits!

Sautéed Shiitake Mushroom Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb organic shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 Tbsps chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsps each of fresh rosemary and oregano 
  • 2 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Shiitake by removing stems and cutting the mushroom into slices, then chop the garlic cloves. 
  2. Heat up the broth in a frying pan and add in the mushrooms. When it begins to steam, cover for a few minutes.
  3. Remove cover and let mushrooms cook for a few more minutes.
  4. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate and then toss with olive oil. Season them with salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!!

Tip: Add in Mush 10 powder for a larger variety of mushroom benefits.

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Try Reishi Tincture for Hormonal Health

Try Reishi Tincture for Hormonal Health

If You Struggle with Hormonal Imbalance, Reishi Can Help

We’ve all been there — our hormones seem to go haywire and affect nearly every aspect of our lives. For some of us, this imbalance and chaotic activity continues after puberty. Although most common in people who menstruate or who are going through menopause, this imbalance can occur in just about anyone, at any point in their lives. If you struggle with hormonal imbalance, it’s worth trying reishi tincture.

Some common symptoms of hormonal imbalance are: irregular and/or painful periods, indigestion, mood swings, acne around the mouth, night sweats, hot flashes and inconsistent appetite patterns. So what do we do about it? It’s easy to reach for drugs, and sometimes they work to mask the immediate symptoms, like heavy painful periods and hormonal acne. But this dose of synthetic estrogen has its downside — it can make the systemic issue even worse, symptoms will often return should you come off your prescription, it’s hard on your liver, and it ultimately doesn’t solve the root problem.

There are a slew of natural products that offer effective support in balancing hormones. One of those natural remedies is reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lingzhi). This mushroom is deeply revered in Asia for its medicinal properties, and are so potent and well rounded that listing all the benefits would extend far beyond this page. Today, we will highlight the properties of reishi that relate to finally taking control of your hormones. Click below to shop products, and keep reading to learn about the properties of reishi!

Reishi Tincture Balances Hormonal Activity and Immune Function

Like all mushrooms, reishi is a powerful immunomodulator. This action, alongside its endocrine regulation, helps the body adapt to its surroundings. Stress and inflammation can cause our hormones to over or under respond, which results in those pesky symptoms. Reishi helps our systems adapt “on their feet.”

Study: Reishi Helps Endocrine System in Monkeys

Regulates Low Estrogen Levels

Reishi tincture was used in this study to test its effects on menopause. It expressed estrogen-like activity in vitro, and was concluded to be a potential treatment for hormonal regulation. Menopause or not, reishi tincture is a promising elixir to have flowing through your system to make up for low estrogen levels.

Study: Estrogen-Like Activity of Ethanol Extract of Ganoderma lucidum

Promotes Sleep and Relaxation

At Mushroom Revival, our liquid reishi extract is a best seller. Its main appeal is its ability to help our bodies decompress, fall asleep, and stay asleep. How is it doing this, you ask? By regulating hormones! Reishi tincture assists our parasympathetic nervous system to function (this is a node of our endocrine system that is essential to falling asleep). Not only is this hormonal regulation in action, but improving our sleep can radically help practically every other health concern in our lives.

Reishi also helps our bodies combat inflammation, toxicity, poor immune function, poor sleep, and more. And by mitigating these functions, our endocrine system will improve. This is whole system support and beyond, and reishi tinctures are a tried and true treatment.

So take it from us, if you struggle with hormonal acne, painful periods, stress or other symptoms of hormonal imbalance, and you haven’t tried reishi — this may be the answer. Be sure you source your reishi tincture from a provider that makes all organic, duel-extracted, 100% fruiting body extracts so you are getting the most from your medicine. These are the values we hold at Mushroom Revival, and we can assure you that you won’t find a more potent tincture! Shop Now

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Lion’s Mane Effects on More Than Just the Brain

Lion’s Mane Effects on More Than Just the Brain

Learn How Lion’s Mane Effects Can Work for You

Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a beautiful, whitish, furry-looking mushroom found throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Today, this mushroom is known as a medicine for the brain, as studies show its ability to stimulate the production of nerve growth factor (NGF). Lion’s Mane has begun to get a lot of attention, but some of its effects are less well known than others. Keep reading to learn about the full spectrum of Lion’s Mane effects!

What Does NGF Mean for Lion’s Mane Effects?

NGF is involved in maintaining and organizing the function of neurons in the central nervous system, which promotes long-term health in our body. Early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have both been linked to low levels of NGF in the brain. With these diseases having no known cure, Lion’s Mane shines as a promising tool for maintaining brain health. 

In today’s world, we tend to have a reductionistic lens. Resisting this temptation, we find that Lion’s Mane has impressive therapeutic benefits for the rest of the body too. Let’s take a closer look.

Lion’s Mane Effects Beyond the Brain

Lion’s Mane effects have long been recognized to benefit far more than the brain alone. In traditional Chinese medicine, this mushroom has been used for stomach disorders, ulcers, and gastrointestinal issues. Native Americans would often carry powdered Lion’s Mane in their medicine bags and use the mushroom on cuts, scratches and wounds to stop the bleeding.

Lion’s Mane has also traditionally been used in cooking. Modernly it can be found on menus of gourmet restaurants in or as a substitute for seafood dishes as a good source of fiber and protein. Lion’s Mane is rich with macro- and micro-nutrients, including magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Check out this blog for some tasty Lion’s Mane recipes, and enjoy Lion’s Mane effects deliciously! To incorporate even more medicinal mushrooms into the diet, check out our Mush 10 powder, which goes great in recipes and drinks.

A Powerful Antioxidant for Whole Body Health

Lion’s Mane is rich in antioxidants, which protect and repair the body from free radical damage and oxidative stress. No one is spared when it comes to oxidative stress; it is a byproduct of living and aging. We can reduce or increase the effects of oxidative stress through our daily choices and environments. Choosing fresh fruits and vegetables over fried or sugary foods can reduce your exposure to free radicals and prevent unnecessary oxidation, and even repair some damage.

Studies demonstrate that through its antioxidant activity, Lion’s Mane extracts are able to support the liver by lowering blood sugar levels, increasing insulin levels, and overall strengthening the organ against disease. Getting a daily dose of Lion’s Mane, as a food or an extract, can increase your intake of antioxidants and get you on the pathway to health and wellbeing.

Lion’s Mane for Anxiety and Nervous Tension

Lion’s Mane has some impressive abilities when it comes to supporting one’s mental health and reducing symptoms of anxiety and nervous tension. As a tonic for the nervous system, Lion’s Mane promotes the health and healing of our actual nerves. 

You know that common saying, “I’m fried” or “My nerves are fried.” Well, that can seriously happen to the ends of our nerves—especially in the peripheral nervous system (PNS), the vast web of neural tissue that extends past the brain and spinal cord. Nerve tonics such as Lion’s Mane help protect and heal those fried nerves, helping to promote more calm and ease, and reducing agitation and tension.*

If you’re curious about how else Lion’s Mane effects could improve your life, check out our Lion’s Mane blend. Lion’s Mane is also an ingredient in our Manifest, Mycelial Brain, and Mush 10 tinctures. To learn more about the health benefits of Lion’s Mane, visit our blog post!

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Sources

  1. Medicinal Mushrooms by Halpern and Miller
  2. Medicinal Mushrooms: A Clinical Guide by Martin Powell
  3. https://medium.com/@sabinedowner/research-on-hericium-erinaceus-reveals-mushroom-magic-4ad71b01f779

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What is the Difference Between Chaga and Reishi?

What is the Difference Between Chaga and Reishi?

Learn the Difference Between Chaga and Reishi, and Make the Right Choice for You

If you are jumping aboard the mushroom train and hearing about different types of mushrooms and products, you might be asking yourself about the difference between Chaga and Reishi, and how to choose between them. These mushrooms have both become big names in the blooming mushroom community. With Chaga coffee readily available in packets, and Reishi tinctures and powders in health food stores, how do you choose what’s right for you? In this article, you’ll learn the difference between Chaga and Reishi, so you can make an informed choice.

What is the Difference Between Chaga and Reishi? 

Studies show that both Chaga and Reishi contain immunomodulating, antioxidant, liver-protective, detoxifying and antitumor properties. The difference between Chaga and Reishi relates to many factors: source, taste, texture, some traditional use, and other health benefits. 

Chaga Mushroom 101

A key difference between Chaga and Reishi is where these mushrooms come from. Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) grows mainly on birch trees, as well as alder and elm trees in Siberia, Poland, Russia, and throughout North America, particularly Canada, as hard, dark black, burnt-looking conks. They can grow as big as a human head, and typically develop a symbiotic relationship with the tree, ultimately becoming part of it and its root system. Traditionally, Chaga has been used in Russian folk remedies for stomach problems and immunity, including cancers, ulcers, and gastritis. In Western Siberia, Chaga was used as a cleansing agent—both internally for the organs, and externally as a wash.

Studies show that Chaga contains anti-retroviral properties, supporting against RNA viruses. These viruses insert a DNA copy of their genome into the host cell in order to replicate. An important example of Chaga disrupting the assembly of this DNA is in HIV. Betulinic acid, primarily growing in the bark of white birch, is a triterpenoid which possesses these properties and contains anti-parasitic and anti-inflammatory constituents. 

Studies suggest that Chaga is useful in the treatment of some cancers, if used long-term. Russian clinicians report that this mushroom supports appetite and pain management in cancer patients. 

While Chaga has been called the ‘King of Mushrooms,’ it is important to note that it is only found on about one in 20,000 birch trees. Finding a source that is harvesting ethically and also contributing to this mushroom’s growth and production is important! While Chaga has amazing health benefits, it may be important to limit its use to pertinent situations. This is why we only use Chaga in blends at Mushroom Revival, and do not sell simples. 

Reishi Mushroom 101

Red Reishi’s Latin name is Ganoderma lucidum. ‘Gan’ means shiny, ‘derm’ means skin, and ‘lucindum’ means brilliant, which pays homage to its shiny, preserved look. This mushroom can be found as six different colors and species in dense, humid coastal parts of China, frequently infecting hardwoods, typically oak trees, and sometimes on decaying stumps of chestnut and other broad-leafed trees.

Taoist priests in first century C.E. included the mushroom in magic concoctions that granted longevity and immortality. In folklore, Japan, where Reishi is found growing on plum trees, was discovered when the emperor of the Chin dynasty sent ships East in search of this amazing mushroom!

Red Reishi is typically known for its bitter taste. This is caused by terpenoid constituents, which support an anti-inflammatory response. This mushroom supports the cardiovascular system and is an adaptogen. Reishi can be sedative short-term, but long-term builds energy and increases stamina. Notably, Reishi’s triterpenes inhibit the release of histamine, thus preventing allergic reactions and inflammation with oleic acid. As an antihistamine, Reishi provides a relaxing effect to asthmatic symptoms.

Reishi has been shown to have many other outstanding health benefits including supporting altitude sickness, potent antioxidant properties and protection from radiation, to name a few! Click here to explore our blog for more Reishi info

Experience the Properties of Chaga and Reishi in Products from Mushroom Revival

So there you have it: Reishi and Chaga are two wonderful mushrooms with overlapping, but also distinct medicinal properties. Now that you have learned the difference between Chaga and Reishi, explore our products! At Mushroom Revival, we make a Mush 10 powder and tincture that combines Reishi and Chaga with 8 other powerful medicinal mushrooms. Our simple Reishi tincture is potent with a delicious bitter chocolatey flavor. Spread the word, follow our insta and become a part of the myco-family at Mushroom Revival!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Sources

  1. Medicinal Mushrooms – Ancient Remedies for Modern Ailments, Halpern & Miller
  2. Medicinal Mushrooms – An Exploration of Tradition, Healing & Culture
  3. https://unitedplantsavers.org/the-two-sides-of-chaga/

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Which Mushroom Supplement Is Best for the Holidays?

Which Mushroom Supplement Is Best for the Holidays?

Get Through the Holidays with Our Essential Guide to Which Mushroom Supplement is Best!

It’s that time of the year. Huge feasts, seasonal sniffles, and gathering around the dinner table with all of your extended family. Here is our essential guide to find out which mushroom supplement is best for you this holiday season. From face-palms to warm fuzzies, we’ve got you covered.

Which Mushroom Supplement is Best for Digestion?

Indulging in the season’s most delicious meals and treats is great; having a go-to for the inevitable food baby is even better. Which mushroom supplement is best for digestive health? Our Myco-Cleanse tincture is your go-to for any digestive complaint. We recommend two dropper-fulls in your cup of water or tea before eating. This helps stimulate your digestive juices and fosters healthy digestion for the indulgence ahead, or the stuffed aftermath.*

This tangy tincture contains a number of mushrooms, two of which are Maitake and Shiitake. These support the liver and provide long-term protection against cancers, such as colon cancer.* (1, 2) Myco-Cleanse contains herbs such as Milk Thistle Seed and Dandelion Root, which stimulate bile production and support the health of the liver, kidneys and digestive tract. Take Myco-Cleanse after a long and indulgent night of food, drink, and merriment to relieve that hangover and full feeling.*

Find our Myco-Cleanse formula here in 2 oz, 4 oz, and now 6 oz sizes! At Mushroom Revival, we use 100% mushroom fruiting bodies, no mycelium on grain, so you know you’re getting all the good stuff and no fluff. All of our formulas are blended by herbalists and backed by science,  packed with love and shipped out straight to your doorstep.*

Which Mushroom Supplement is Best for Immunity?

Don’t succumb to the sniffles this year; improve your defenses with Mushroom Immunity! When that seasonal bug starts to go around, Mushroom Immunity is your best defense against colds and flu. Keep a bottle in your bag, on your desk, with you at all times – so you’re protected all season long. Mushroom Immunity contains seven potent mushrooms and five healing herbs that are anti-viral, anti-bacterial and immune-boosting*, including Reishi, Echinacea and Elderberry. 

Studies continually demonstrate the many unique ways that these medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi, Turkey Tail, and Cordyceps can stimulate the immune system and help fight off microbes and infections. They have an incredible ability to help the body kill cancer cells and improve overall health and longevity.* Mushroom Immunity is an irreplaceable defense against the seasonal bugs.

Family Getting on your Nerves? Keep Calm with Mush Zen

Navigating through family dynamics, especially with characters like your long lost Aunt Milly and millennial-aged cousins, can be challenging. Wondering which mushroom supplement is best for keeping your cool? Keep a bottle of Mush Zen on hand to help you keep calm and carry on. Mush Zen is a blend of mushrooms and herbs that are calming and strengthening to the nervous system.*

Medicinal plants such as chamomile, skullcap, and passionflower calm and sedate the nervous system, to help ease incessant mind chatter, anxiety, and restlessness* — a helpful remedy for stressful family gatherings and the overstimulating holidays. We can’t choose our family, but we can choose to drop some Mush Zen on your tongue or in your beverage. Find the Mush Zen formula in our online store!

No matter what comes at you this season, we’ve got you covered here at Mushroom Revival! With our herbalist-crafted mushroom and herbal formulas, you’ll find what you need to enhance your immune defense, avoid food hangovers and enjoy sweet moments of family bonding. Now that you know which mushroom supplement is best for your needs this season, browse our offerings. Wishing you well!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  1. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/107555302320825093
  2. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0173621

 

Try Pure Cordyceps Products from Mushroom Revival

Try Pure Cordyceps Products from Mushroom Revival

100% Pure Cordyceps militaris Fruit Bodies: Greater Potency and Benefits for Your Health

Mushrooms as medicinal dietary supplements are gaining in popularity, and with so many products now on the market, it can be tricky as a consumer to know if you are getting pure Cordyceps militaris. There are powders, pills, extracts, blends and dried fruit bodies to consider. It can be overwhelming with so many choices—but you can become a savvy consumer and learn the difference!

Discover the difference between fruit body and mycelium products, learn to know your source, and appreciate transparency in your mushroom supplier. At Mushroom Revival, we take out the guesswork by cultivating our pure Cordyceps militaris using organic methods, entirely in the USA. You can order some of our hand harvested, meticulously preserved fruit bodies by clicking below.

How to Tell If You Are Getting Pure Cordyceps

To ensure you are getting pure Cordyceps militaris, look to see if the product you are buying uses fruit bodies or myceliated grain. It is a less labor intensive process to grow cordyceps mycelium on grain, like rice, millet or wheat. However, the end product contains a significant amount of grain starches and sugars, which can artificially increase the beta glucan (polysaccharide) count in a product. The polysaccharides can have adaptogenic effects on our immune systems, so it’s best for the beta glucans to come from the mushroom and mycelium itself, not from the rice or millet.

Cordyceps militaris is capable of being cultivated, making it accessible to many consumers. However, Cordyceps sinensis can only be found wild through foraging. Cordyceps sinensis will appear in some products, but as it can typically cost over $20,000 a pound, it will not show up as a fruit body in products. The Sinensis mycelium used in these products is grown on grain and, compared to fruit bodies, contains much lower amounts of cordycepin and adenosine — analogues for ATP, the energy molecule used by the mitochondria in our cells. This is part of why pure cordyceps is so energizing, as fruit bodies contain the highest amounts of cordycepin and adenosine.

To better understand how to get the most out of your cordyceps, check out our blog. For the most potent product, we cultivate our own organic, pure Cordyceps militaris, and use only the fruit bodies in our tinctures and blends. You can see our whole line of tinctures here, from pure Cordyceps Tincture to our Mush 10 blend.

We all want to be conscious consumers, so read the fine print on the mushroom products you wish to consume!

For the Purest Products, Choose Mushroom Revival

Pure cordyceps has been used for centuries to help give athletes and regular people a boost in their everyday lives. Knowing you are getting premium, cultivated fruit bodies ensures you will get the highest amounts of cordycepin and adenosine. When ingested, cordycepin and adenosine impart energy to your body and can contribute to adaptogenic immunomodulation of your natural immune system — not artificially boosting you up, but naturally eliciting the best possible version of yourself. Be the best you possible!

Try one of our Mushroom Bundles, such as the Cooking Bundle, which gets you started with some pure Cordyceps militaris fruit bodies and our Mush 10 supplement. We appreciate your support! That is why for every product you buy from us, we plant one tree to help keep our planet healthy for future generations. 

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