What are Adaptogens and How Can They Help Us Cope?

What are Adaptogens and How Can They Help Us Cope?

Maybe You’ve Never Heard the Word, or Maybe You’re Dying to Know: “What are Adaptogens Anyway?”

In our current Western society, stress is the cause of many ailments. We are a society fueled by stimulation, starting our morning off with caffeine, the radio buzz and traffic. We are bombarded by stressors on a daily basis. Externally we battle toxins, weather, and radiation, while internally we resist food intolerances, viruses, hormonal imbalances, and pain. We can’t completely prevent all stressors, but we can try to control and support our responses. This leads to the question: what are adaptogens and how can they support the stress response?

Stress and the Body

To dive into the land of adaptogens, it is first essential to understand how the stress response is elicited in the body. When we feel internal or external stress, the sympathetic nervous system is activated, secreting epinephrine and norepinephrine which alert the body by increasing heart rate and perspiration. 

About 10 seconds later, the HPA axis is activated. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is a complex system of chemical communications between the organs and these three glands. The hypothalamus and pituitary gland are located just above the brainstem, and adrenal glands are positioned on top of the kidneys. 

With raised norepinephrine levels, the hypothalamus begins to secrete Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), which then tells the pituitary gland to release adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH travels to the adrenal glands via the HPA axis, which then secrete glucocorticoids like cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol is the body’s built in alarm system, which acts on a checking system through negative and positive feedback.

Cortisol

Cortisol is best known for fueling the body’s ‘fight or flight’ instincts in an extreme situation. It works with certain parts of the brain to control mood, motivation, and fear, but cortisol is also important for its roles with metabolism, inflammation, the sleep and wake cycle, and blood sugar levels. 

What happens when there is chronic stress? The body decides that functions, like reproductive activity, that do not help deal with the stressor at hand, become less important and put on the back burner. Elevated cortisol levels also interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, and increase blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease.

Have some support coping with your stress, heal your adrenals, soothe your nerves, and ease muscle tension with our Mush Zen tincture.

What are Adaptogens?

In 1946-7, Dr. Nikolai Lazarev began researching chemical compounds that could improve health by decreasing the negative effects of acute or chronic stress. He proposed the term ‘adaptogenic herb’ in 1957 to refer to a plant that medicinally increases the state of nonspecific resistance to all kinds of stress including physical, mental, emotional, and environmental. 

Adaptogens help the body respond to and resist acute or chronic stress and then restore the system to equilibrium and balance. Scientific studies show that adaptogens work on re-regulating the HPA axis and SAS (sympathoadrenal system), as well as inhibit cortisol-induced mitochondrial dysfunction. 

Adaptogenic plants and mushrooms work on a cellular level to regulate metabolic function, modulate and/or enhance the immune system, and support stabilizing effects on the neuroendocrine system with antistress properties.

Want to learn more about what adaptogens are all about? Check out this blog post: Herbal Energy Supplements: The Power of Adaptogens 

Supporting the Stress Response 

The term ‘adaptogen’ was coined in the mid-1900’s, but this medicine has been used traditionally long before the name or definition came about. Check out our energizing Manifest blend including adaptogens like Cordyceps, Holy Basil and Ashwagandha, or our tasty and detoxifying Myco-Cleanse blend with the five-flavored fruit Schisandra berry!

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The Magic of Cordycepin in Cordyceps Mushroom

The Magic of Cordycepin in Cordyceps Mushroom

Cordycepin: The Magical Compound With Endless Health Benefits

So you’ve heard all about this magnificent mushroom called Cordyceps and a few of its wacky characteristics, like how it colonizes insects and grows out of their bodies or that these little orange mushrooms can give you more energy than ever before. In this blog, you’ll learn more about Cordyceps and what makes it so magical, namely the compound, cordycepin. 

Cordyceps is an entomopathogenic fungus and grows parasitically on different insects. At Mushroom Revival, we work with a locally growing strain called Cordyceps militaris that can be found fruiting out of a variety of insects in the wild.

A National Treasure, and So Much More

Cordyceps has been used for over 1,000 years in China, where it is recognized as a national medicinal treasure, and a precious and sacred tonic. It is traditionally cooked in specialty recipes for health or drank as a tea to provide stamina, energetic vigor, and immune support. Cordycepin is one of the hundreds of compounds that comprise the medicinal properties of Cordyceps, along with sterols, polysaccharides, and more.

Cordycepin is a compound found in Cordyceps and was named after the mushroom. Through scientific research, we are now able to identify and extract it, and it is being studied extensively for its therapeutic benefits. When one ingests Cordyceps, it is cordycepin that is responsible for many of the therapeutic effects, including immune support and prolonged energy.

Interestingly, cordycepin is chemically similar to adenosine, which is a neurotransmitter found in every cell in the body and regulates basic bodily functions, like sleep cycle and energy levels. Adenosine helps in cellular energy transfer by forming molecules like adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and adenosine diphosphate (ADP). 

Modern research has shown that cordycepin plays a role in the induction of apoptosis of human colorectal cancer cell lines, breast cancer cell lines, leukemia cells, and melanoma cells. (1) 

Cordycepin is being studied for its anti-cancer properties, including for the role it plays in apoptosis, programmed cell death, and cell cycle arrest, which stops cell proliferation at certain check-points. Cordycepin might be useful for the prevention of cancer by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent. It has been shown to inhibit the secretion of pro-inflammatory and inflammatory cytokines. Cordycepin is a potent inhibitor of free radicals.

We love Cordyceps so much that we add it to almost all of our blends. Looking for an added boost of energy to combat fatigue and the effects of stress on your body, check out our Manifest blend tincture- certifed organic and 100% mushroom fruit bodies!

Get the Most Cordycepin Out of Your Tea!

Our friend at Bastyr University, Reishi Strauss, has been conducting tests with our Cordyceps to find the best preparation methods to extract cordycepin. Her studies have found some really exciting results that have been consistent over the last two years of study through testing fresh versus dried, water temperature and brew time.

The studies concluded that the best way to get the most cordycepin is to brew the dried mushrooms for 15 minutes, covered. The trick to getting a quality, medicinal mushroom tea is proper brewing. Longer steep times degraded the compounds while shorter times did not extract nearly enough. If tea is your preferred medium for getting those vital compounds, we recommend 0.5 gram of 100% fruiting bodies per day. This amount will brew a potent 12 oz cup of tea, but you may be flexible with the volume of water and increase if desired. 

Check out this podcast we recorded with Reishi to learn more about her research and the results!

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Feel Truly Rested When You Take Reishi for Sleep

Feel Truly Rested When You Take Reishi for Sleep

Learn How to Use Reishi for Sleep to Become a More Relaxed, Less Anxious You

Who doesn’t want more sleep?! It’s the secret to a happier and healthier version of yourself that doesn’t cost any money and your body does naturally. In this blog, we’ll explore how you can use reishi for sleep.

Sleep Your Worries Away

Sleep is a crucial bodily process that keeps us healthy. Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep, depending on their health, physical and mental requirements, and constitution. It’s true that we spend almost a third of our lives sleeping, and that sleep is what keeps us healthy during the rest of our time! While we sleep, many important processes take place including detoxification, bone and blood production, and healthy cognitive processing. Studies show that insufficient sleep negatively affects our memory, concentration and cognition — our brains and bodies need a healthy sleep cycle in order to function well.

Reishi isn’t the only mushroom to support a restful sleep! Check out how lion’s mane can also help us wind down for a better night’s sleep!

Before the invention of electricity, people lived by the Sun, sleeping and waking with natural light. Of course there were also fire and candles, but the range of circadian rhythm was overall much closer to that of the natural world. Our circadian rhythm is our body’s internal clock that responds to light, including artificial light. It is important for sleep, hormone regulation, eating habits, cell regeneration, and brain wave activity. While this can vary from person to person, it is important to keep it as steady and natural as possible.

Reishi supports healthy endocrine functions in the body, which regulate hormones like melatonin and cortisol. At night, melatonin (a hormone that regulates sleep) is triggered by the darkness and encourages sleep. If we have been using artificial lights, this can prohibit the secretion of melatonin. Reishi is known as a nervine, which can calm and tone the nervous system, promoting more relaxation and better sleep. Reishi for sleep can help us move towards a more natural cycle!

All About Reishi Mushroom

Ganoderma lucidum is a red, bitter mushroom that typically grows in humid, coastal parts of China on decaying stumps of chestnut, oak, and other broad-leafed trees. Known as the “mushroom of immortality,” Reishi has traditionally been thought of as being able to lengthen lifespan, prevent old age, and support a youthful memory.

Scientific studies show that the bitter taste comes from its triterpenoids constituents, which are aromatic substances that support an anti-inflammatory response. In traditional Chinese medicine, Reishi is considered a Shen tonic. Shen is a person’s mind/consciousness and emotional balance. Disturbances of the Shen can cause anxiety, insomnia, moodiness, confusion, and irritability. Reishi is used to support a variety of ailments, including asthma and insomnia. Modern herbalists also recommend taking Reishi for sleep support to those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.

The HPA Axis / Stress Response

The hypo-thalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is a complex system of chemical communications between the organs and glands; the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenal glands. It directly affects and regulates endocrine function, significant aspects of the nervous system, the immune system, cardiovascular function, digestion, and our physiological response to chronic stress. 

Cortisol is released by the adrenals. It is the body’s built in alarm system. Cortisol is best known for fueling the body’s ‘fight or flight’ instincts in an extreme situation, but cortisol is also important for its roles with metabolism, inflammation, blood sugar levels, and the waking and sleeping cycle. 

When the body is on high alert, more cortisol is released from the adrenals with the focus on survival. That means that secondary functions like digestion, reproduction and immunity get put on hold while blood rushes to the eyes, limbs, and brain – heightening the senses, enhancing coordination and improving the chances of survival in a crisis. 

The body naturally balances cortisol once the danger has subsided, and bodily functions go back to normal. But what if you’re under constant stress, and the alarm button stays on?

Chronic stress takes a toll on the body and mind, and can lead to other health problems including anxiety, depression, heart disease, and trouble sleeping. Taking steps to relax the mind and body to cope with stressful triggers can greatly improve the body’s stress response.

Get More Relaxation and Sleep with Reishi Mushroom

As an adaptogen, Reishi can support the stress response by reregulating and reducing excessive cortisol and adrenaline levels. Adaptogens support the health functioning of the HPA axis by regulating the production of hormones like cortisol which can reduce stress. A relaxed and less stressed body allows for better sleep and a healthier sleep cycle.

The triterpenes in Reishi are thought to be responsible for creating a calming effect on the parasympathetic nervous system helpful for sleep. Traditionally, when Reishi is taken for sleep, it has been used to alleviate bad dreams, anxiety and irritability. This mushroom can be sedative short-term, but long-term builds energy and promotes longevity. Reishi is an adaptogen that can support the body’s natural sleep cycle and regulation of cortisol. 

Using Reishi for sleep is a staff favorite here at Mushroom Revival! Our simple Reishi tincture is potent with a delicious bitter chocolatey flavor. You can try Reishi for yourself and see the effects on your state of relaxation and sleep.

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.

Sources:

Healing Mushrooms by Georges M. Halpern

Adaptogens – Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston, RH

WebMD.com

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Make the Best Adaptogen Latte

Make the Best Adaptogen Latte

Try this Recipe for a Delicious Adaptogen Latte That You’ll Want to Wake Up For

Making an adaptogen latte is easy and can be a great dietary addition to your daily lifestyle. Follow along to learn about adaptogens, mushroom medicines, and an easy recipe for how to make the best adaptogen latte.

What are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are natural substances that help the body adapt to stress, support normal metabolic function and help restore systemic equilibrium. 

They are unique from other substances in their ability to restore the balance of endocrine hormones, modulate the immune and nervous systems and allow the body to maintain optimal homeostasis.

Adaptogens have a normalizing influence on the body, which means they support the body’s natural homeostasis balancing and help return stressed physiological systems to a more normal state, regardless of the functional imbalance. They can downregulate the activity of hyperfunctioning systems and enhance the activity of hypo-functioning systems.

Want a nourishing meal or treat to pair with your adaptogen latte? Check out this blog post for some delicious medicinal mushroom recipes!

Mushrooms are Adaptogens

Some of our common medicinal mushrooms like reishi and cordyceps are considered adaptogens by herbalists, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, and researchers alike. 

Mushrooms support whole system health in many ways, each in its own unique way. Medicinal mushrooms can support a natural increase in the body’s resistance to physical, biological, emotional, and environmental stressors and provide a defense response to acute or chronic stress. 

For example, reishi is well known for its potential to support the body in balancing hormones, reducing systemic inflammation, and upregulating the immune system. Reishi has long been used to relax the stress response because of its nourishing and tonifying effects on the central nervous system. 

Many mushrooms have similar balancing effects on the homeostasis of the body and can support multiple organ systems at once. We packed 10 super mushrooms into our Mush 10 powder, making these fantastic fungi bioavailable to your body to support the super you. Our Mush 10 powder is a blend of 10 different mushrooms that are made bioavailable for you to consume directly. We use 100% fruiting bodies — no mycelium grown on grain in our medicine.

Mushrooms are Pre-Biotics Too

An added bonus is mushrooms are also pre-biotics. They help support the health of the beneficial bacteria in your gut, which can create significant improvements in immunity, mood, weight control, hormones, and virtually all aspects of your wellbeing. 

The research on the microbiome (the bacteria, yeast, and fungi on and in our body) is conclusive – these organisms have huge implications on almost all aspects of our health, from cognition to digestion to immunity. That is why we want to befriend our gut and feed it food for life! 

Diet and lifestyle play a huge role in the health of our microbiome and gut. Eating processed foods and taking antibiotics regularly can hurt the microbiome by killing the beneficial bacteria, which gives bad bacteria a chance to grow out of a healthy proportion. Fibers from fruits and vegetables and fermented foods all give the beneficial bacteria a fighting chance to stay in balance, which can provide you with good health and a grounded outlook on life. 

Functional Foods for Life

Functional Foods are foods that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition. We can add supplements like adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms into our basic dishes to enhance their nutrient level and health benefits to the next level. 

Support the life of your microbiome so it can support you! Try this recipe for a delicious and functional adaptogen latte that you’ll want to wake up for.

The Best Adaptogen Latte – The Recipe

½ teaspoon Mush 10 powder

1 Tablespoon cacao powder

½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder

½ teaspoon maca powder ½ teaspoon MCT oil or powder

12 ounces your choice of alternative milk, we prefer oat milk!

In a small saucepan, heat up your choice of milk on a low simmer. In your cup of choice, add the cacao, ashwagandha, maca, MCT oil or powder, and Mush10 powder. Once the milk has been heated to the point of just before a boil.  Pour the milk into your cup over the powders and froth your mixture to perfection. Enjoy it warm!
Our Mush 10 powder is simple to add to almost any recipe of food or beverage. We like to keep ours on the kitchen counter, where it is simple to reach for. There is no easier way to get the benefits of these ten mushrooms – cordyceps militaris, reishi, lion’s mane, chaga, shiitake, tremella, poria cocos, turkey tail, meshima, and maitake – on the daily.

Check out our certified organic Mush 10 powder here!

Thanks for reading friends! If there is any topic you would like us to touch upon let us know in the comments below! And if you try out this recipe, let us know how your adaptogen latte turned out!

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Love, Sex, Magic & Cordyceps Health Benefits

Love, Sex, Magic & Cordyceps Health Benefits

Pillow Talk – Cordyceps Health Benefits in Bed

Cordyceps health benefits are far-reaching and numerous. Cordyceps is a powerful aphrodisiac and adaptogenic mushroom that helps your adrenal system combat stress and fatigue, increase your energy and put you in the mood. That’s why Cordyceps is an essential ingredient in our herbal aphrodisiac tincture. In this blog, we’ll explore what makes Cordyceps such a powerful sexual tonic.

Cordyceps’ Sexy Origin Story

Native to the Himalayan mountains and revered as one of the most treasured treatments in parts of Nepal, Cordyceps mushrooms are a long-known and dearly held tonic medicine of the Mykot tribe known to support a healthy libido, energy, and stamina. 

As the story goes, when spring arrived in the high mountains, the people of the Mykot tribe would take their yak herds to graze at higher elevation. The yaks fed on the fresh spring grass and searched for the cordyceps sinensis mushroom. Then in a frenzy, they would begin rutting. The herdsmen observed the yaks in their energized sexual frenzy and wondered what gave the animals their vitality. How were the animals so vigorous despite the high elevation? Upon closer examination, the herdsmen discovered that the animals were eating an unusual mushroom, one that grew from the body of dead caterpillars. Brave herdsmen experimented with eating the mushroom and found it to be extremely beneficial. From then on it became a desired foraged medicine, worth its weight in gold, that provided increased energy and less illness.

Cordyceps as a Sexual Tonic and Aphrodisiac

Cordyceps sinensis has a long history of use in China as a sexual tonic and has been known and used as an aphrodisiac for almost two thousand years. Cordyceps health benefits include alleviating impotence and erectile dysfunction. These points have also been shown to be true in clinical trials, however, the mechanism is largely unknown.

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that Cordyceps works by boosting the jing, which is believed to produce life and allow the organs to thrive. It is said that disharmonies in the jing manifest in abnormal physical maturation, premature aging, sexual dysfunction, reproductive difficulties, and congenital defects. Traditionally, cordyceps health benefits are accessed by simmering the magical mushroom with other herbal medicines or cooked with meats, like chicken or duck.

Check out this blog post to learn about our aphrodisiac tincture, Bow Chica Wow Wow to add even more spice to your love life!

Cordyceps Health Benefits on Erectile Dysfunction, Stamina, and Infertility

Erectile dysfunction is a persistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient to complete sexual activity. It is estimated that 10 – 20

million men may have erectile dysfunction. In men who are over fifty years old, more than 50% of cases of erectile disorder can be directly attributed to the buildup of atherosclerotic plaque in the blood vessels, including in the penis. Other direct correlations include diabetes, blood vessel disorders, liver dysfunction, and depression. (3)

Exciting research on cordyceps sinensis demonstrate an increase in libido. The mechanism appears to be linked to its ability to induce sex hormone-like responses in clinical patients. 

In 1995, laboratory research in Japan demonstrated that Cordyceps mycelium extracts inhibit muscle contractions of the double chamber inside the penis called the corpus cavernosum, which consists of arteries, veins, and muscle tissue. This allowed for better blood circulation to the penis and in turn, erections. 

Cordyceps acts on the libido over a period of weeks or months and can be classified as a sexual restorative. Many studies have been conducted about the positive Cordyceps health benefits on erectile dysfunction. In one Chinese study, where 286 impotent men were given one gram of Cordyceps three times a day for 40 days, 183 patients reported some improvement in sexual functioning. At the end of the study, half the men reported that their sex lives had been partially or fully restored. 

Studies demonstrate that Cordyceps helps boost the body’s ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production, providing you with more energy and enhancing stamina for those late nights. It is well known as a lung tonic and can support an increased capacity and oxygen production to increase your athletic and sexual performance.

Cordyceps in Mushroom Revival Products

Cordyceps can be an ally to help keep up the energy and enthusiasm with your special someone. That’s why we include our Western Mass grown cordyceps in our blend of aphrodisiac herbal supplements! Our certified organic Cordyceps are grown and processed with love on our farm in South Deerfield, MA, USA. We use 100% fruiting bodies — no mycelium grown on grain in our medicine. You can access cordyceps health benefits in our most of our blends and as a tasty Cordyceps simple tincture.

Sources:

1 – Cordyceps: Treating Diabetes, Aancer, and other Illnesses by Nathalie Valkov

2 – Healing Mushrooms by Georges M. Halpern

3 – Cordyceps, China’s Healing Mushroom by Georges M. Halpern

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Mushroom Medicinal Uses for Welcoming in the Stillness of Winter

Mushroom Medicinal Uses for Welcoming in the Stillness of Winter

Herbs, Tips, and Mushroom Medicinal Uses for Moving Inward this Season

Winter is the season of slowing down, preserving energy, and planting seeds of intention. This period encourages us to become comfortable with spending more time sleeping and dreaming. It is a time of pausing to explore restoration, inspiration and purification. After a long, energetic summer and bountiful autumn, it is important that we greet this season with open arms and take the time to bathe in relaxation. Read more to learn about mushroom medicinal uses for welcoming in the stillness of winter.

Winter: The North & Earth

In many traditional medicine wheels in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is associated with the direction of North and the element of Earth. The North is the direction of elders passing down wisdom and sharing stories, and Earth is the element of heaviness, grounding and stability. As we harness this traditional wisdom and move into this season, we can refer to these words as reminders. We may often get caught up in the culture of continuous production, movement, and to-dos, but it is important we be kind to ourselves and allow room for rest and relaxation. 

So how can we access this part of ourselves in a society that doesn’t seem to slow down? Don’t just survive this winter, thrive this winter by getting in touch with your yin side! Read a book on the couch by a big window during snowfall. Intentionally plant seeds through journaling, meditation, or another mindful practice (like yin yoga) to manifest growth in the time of movement in spring and summer. Take the time to make some rejuvenating herbal and mushroom teas and soup broths!

Check out this blog post for a delicious, immune-boosting Reishi mushroom broth recipe!

Herb & Mushroom Medicinal Uses for Thriving this Winter

Mugwort is a great herb to use during these long, cold months to connect with and embrace deep dreaming. Mugwort is an ally for ancient rememberings and lucid dreaming to help us dive deeper into ourselves.

Cedar leaves are known to be helpful for connecting with ancient wisdom, as well as travel between the physical and spiritual worlds. Burning cedar leaves can be used for going deeper with yourself and connecting with your ancestral roots.

Lavender is an aromatically calming nervine that helps gently ease an overactive body and mind. This herb is strengthening to the nervous system and promotes uplifting sweet dreams, restful sleep and relief of nightmares.

Reishi is a bitter mushroom, known to support longevity and sleep. Studies have shown that this mushroom may support sleep quality and rhythms, especially in cases of anxiety, nightmares, and insomnia. Long-term, one of the best Reishi mushroom medicinal uses is aiding in building energy and increasing stamina. Fuel your body with this delicious mushroom this winter to get you rested and ready for the next season.

Shop our Mushroom Revival tasty Reishi Tincture in three different sizes!

Dive deeper into mushroom medicinal uses for the stillness and calm of winter energy with Mush Zen Tincture Blend including both Reishi, lavender and other calming nervine herbs. Better yet, grab a Calm/Sleep Bundle with Reishi tincture, Mush Zen and Lion’s Mane!

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 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.

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Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits the Gut, Too

Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits the Gut, Too

If brain health isn’t enough for lion’s mane mushroom benefits, remember it benefits our stomach, too

WARNING: This post contains graphic images.

Hericium erinaceus, commonly known as Lion’s Mane mushroom has compelling research in its benefits as a functional mushroom. Primarily celebrated for its benefits for the brain and nervous system, the mushroom has become a popular nootropic. Lion’s mane is amazing because it’s the only validated natural medicine for repairing the myelin sheath surrounding our neurons. This impressive property is indeed its VIP benefit, but many of the other lion’s mane mushroom benefits are overlooked. Namely, its potential benefits to the gut and stomach ulcer.

Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits Stomach Ulcers

For centuries ulcers have been and continue to be a threat to populations worldwide. In 2010, 14.99 million people in the United States suffered from peptic ulcers (both gastric and intestinal). Many cases of peptic ulcers are due to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and the overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori bacteria, which increase production of gastric acid, and in turn impairs gastric mucus. Ulcers form when this gastric mucus is decreased, resulting in perforation in the stomach lining and subsequent stomach bleeding. 

The current strategy for treatment is to limit production of gastric acid with pharmaceutical drugs which cause unpleasant side effects. Among the natural medicines, curcumin, mucuna pruriens leaf, ginger, and lion’s mane are accredited. 

One study showed the efficacy of lion’s mane for mitigating ulcers in rats, and here is the summary:

  • Ulcers significantly reduced in the groups that were given mushrooms compared to the control.
  • No significant difference in ulcer reduction between the groups that were given higher doses of lion’s mane and those that were given the drug Omeprazole.
  • Lion’s mane activated the gastric mucus barrier and prevented free-radical damage in the tissue by quenching the free radicals.
  • Lion’s mane exhibited cytoprotection (cell protection) as well as antioxidant activity.

Below is an image from the study (1)  that depicts visual evidence of this medicine in action. Refer to the footnotes for which image corresponds to which group:

Source: Gastroprotective Effects of Lion’s Mane Mushroom Hericium erinaceus (Bull.:Fr.) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae) Extract against Ethanol-Induced Ulcer in Rats (1) 

This chart depicts the gastric wall mucus, where a blue dye (appears purple)  binds to the capacity of the mucus. The darker and more spread out the dye is, the higher the capacity:

Source: Gastroprotective Effects of Lion’s Mane Mushroom Hericium erinaceus (Bull.:Fr.) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae) Extract against Ethanol-Induced Ulcer in Rats (1)

Did you know that lion’s mane is also great at helping us wind down to get a better night’s sleep? Check out this blog post about taking lion’s mane before bed.

Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBM)

In another study, (2) lion’s mane was found to relieve inflammatory bowel disease by regulating gut microbiota and immunity— another major plus when it comes to gut health.

Causes of IBD aren’t understood, and treatments are unfortunately limited. We do know however, that balanced gut microbiota is imperative for maintaining intestinal mucosal integrity, and is very influential on the severity of IBD. 

Lion’s mane is rich in diterpenoid compounds, steroids, polysaccharides and other functional compounds. When rats with IBD were treated with lion’s mane, the structure of gut microbiota changed, cytokine levels were restored to near normal, T cells activated, and neutrophils decreased (neutrophils are the main inflammatory cells in damaged colon tissue). The stats are also convincing that lion’s mane could play a prebiotic role, furthering is beneficial effect on our gut health.

*The studies mentioned were all conducted with extracts of Lion’s mane fruiting bodies.

Lion’s Mane for our Second Brain

We are beginning to understand the importance of gut health on mental health— afterall, we call the gut the ‘second brain’. If cognition isn’t reason enough to incorporate this awesome mushroom into our lives, the additional lion’s mane mushroom benefits on our gut would call attention to all health conscious people.

Give lion’s mane a try and take solace in the fact that you are protecting your brain and gut to optimize your own health! The studies mentioned were all conducted with extracts of Lion’s mane fruiting bodies (as are most other studies with the mushroom!), so be sure to source 100% organic and extracted from fruiting bodies to get the most from your medicine and best bang for your buck. May we suggest Mushroom Revival’s Lion’s Mane tincture? Try it out here: Lion’s Mane Tincture

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A Cordyceps militaris Recipe for Every Taste

A Cordyceps militaris Recipe for Every Taste

Try a Cordyceps militaris Recipe to Support Energy, Stamina and Lung Health

Here at Mushroom Revival, we grow Cordyceps in house, using only the potent fruiting bodies in our products! Read on to learn a bit of the history of Cordyceps and for a traditional duck and Cordyceps militaris recipe. Duck not your thing? Keep reading for a couple modern (and vegetarian) Cordyceps recipes!

Cordyceps in China

In China, Cordyceps sinensis has been known as a national medicinal treasure for over a thousand years. It has traditionally been used sacredly to increase energy and vitality, as well as to invigorate the lungs and kidneys. The kidneys are traditionally thought of as the “root of life” in Chinese culture and is central to Chinese ideations of good health and bodily function. 

Folklore suggests that Cordyceps sinensis was found by herdsman who noticed increased vitality in their yaks after eating this mysterious mushroom growing on the body of dead caterpillars. Chinese tribesmen and monks noticed improved stamina and less respiratory illnesses after consuming Cordyceps. At some point, lore suggests, the emperor’s physicians prescribed him this mushroom during an illness, and from then on, only the emperor was able to benefit from its medicine, prohibiting others from using it. 


One ancient Cordyceps recipe is made with duck. The recipe suggests stuffing the belly of a duck with about eight and a half grams of caterpillar wrapped Cordyceps sinensis, and then boiling it over a low fire. It was recommended to eat the duck over a span of 8-10 days for those suffering from cancer or fatigue. Here is a traditional Chinese duck and Cordyceps militaris recipe.

Cordyceps Duck

12 grams Cordyceps

1 duck

1 tsp of white wine

2 Tbsp scallions

1 quart chicken stock

1 Tbsp ginger

After soaking the Cordyceps in lukewarm water, stuff the duck and boil thoroughly. Then place in a new pot with wine, scallions, stock and ginger. Steam for about three hours with a sealed top.

Modern Cordyceps militaris Recipes and Cultivation

Cordyceps militaris is now cultivated on grain-based substrates improving affordability and quality control. Cordyceps militaris and sinensis are clinically used interchangeably, with scientific studies showing identical chemical profiles. With research showing both militaris and sinensis supporting athletic performance, this magical mushroom is a top choice in recipes for energy and stamina.

Cordyceps militaris Recipe: Cordy-Ashwagandha Energy Bites

3 servings powdered Cordyceps extract

1 cup of pitted dates soaked in hot water for 10 minutes and drained well

1 Tbsp beet root powder

¼ cup old-fashioned oats

1 Tbsp Ashwagandha powder

¼ cup orange juice

1 cup almonds

Zest of 1 orange

Pinch of sea salt

Optional: coconut or toasted coconut flakes to roll bite into

  1. Chop almonds in a food processor and transfer to a medium bowl.
  2. Pulse soaked dates in food processor a few times, then add remaining ingredients. Process until large clumps form. 
  3. Scoop the mixture into the almond bowl and combine.
  4. On parchment paper, roll mixture into roughly 16 bites or balls, depending on size preference. 
  5. Option to roll bites over coconut flakes. 
  6. Store in refrigerator.

Bring these bites as a snack on a long hike for energy support, or fuel your body while training for a marathon!

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

Cordyceps militaris Recipe: Cordyceps-Coconut Water Sports Drink 

12 ounces coconut water

1 tsp powdered Cordyceps extract

Pinch of sea salt or 1 serving of electrolyte drops

¼ cup fresh orange juice

1 Tbsp lime juice

Blend ingredients together and then transfer to a bottle for a delicious and energizing blend. Support and replenish the body after tough workouts with this Cordyceps militaris recipe!

Check out some of our Cordyceps tincture or dried Cordyceps (perfect for these recipes). We also use our Cordyceps in many of our blends including our Mush 10 tincture and Powder.

Read more of our blog posts on Cordyceps like  Cordyceps Supplement – A Vegan Option for Energy or Give the Gift of Cordyceps Mushroom Extract Benefits! Let us know if you try out a Cordyceps militaris recipe – comment below to let us know how it turned out! Mush love everyone!

Sources

Cooking with Healing Mushrooms by Stephanie Romine

Medicinal Mushrooms by Halpern & Miller

Medicinal Mushrooms by Martin Powell

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Lion’s Mane Extract + CBD for a Complete Nootropic

Lion’s Mane Extract + CBD for a Complete Nootropic

Level Up Your Nootropics By Combining Lion’s Mane Extract With the Unique Activations of CBD

Nootropics are a hot topic among go-getters. Anyone well versed in the market knows that Hericium erinaceus, aka lion’s mane, is quite popular due to its incomparable ability to repair the myelin sheath surrounding our neurons. Lion’s mane extract has made its way into the hands of many nootropic advocates, and here’s why CBD should be added.

Mechanisms of Lion’s Mane Extract

Normally nootropics are understood as a stimulant to synaptic firing. These common nootropics modulate various neurotransmitters, largely by way of increased blood flow in the brain. The majority of nootropics on the market have this effect. Lion’s mane extract has a different mechanism, that works on a much deeper level for improving brain function. (1)

The active constituents (erinacines and hericenones) from lion’s mane encourage growth of branching axons, and in short more axons equals more rapid cognition. This is comparable to nerve growth factor (NGF) which means neurons grow and regenerate. NGF is a neurotrophin, an essential protein for neuronal upkeep and is primary compound for neuroplasticity and overall brain health. 

Additionally, lion’s mane promotes myelination, the insulator that encapsulates our neurons. This mushroom established neuronal infrastructure.

Check out some fun ways to take your lion’s mane with these lion’s mane cocktail recipes!

Mechanisms of CBD

Cannabidiol (CDB) also has a unique mode of action on our brains as a nootropic. Nootropics on the market act in the direction of our neurotransmitters, meaning the action is from the sending neuron to the receiving neuron. CBD’s effects act in reverse, the opposite direction of synaptic firing. To quote a nootropics expert, “Endocannabinoids in the synapse temporarily reduce the amount of neurotransmitter released from the sending neuron. Meaning the receiving neuron exerts control over the amount of neurotransmitter that it receives.” (2)

What’s the outcome of this? In short, CBD can potentially be used to treat neurodegenerative problems, its acts as a neuroprotectant, increases levels of anandamide which helps alleviate anxiety, stress and depression. Endocannabinoid systems excite naturally in our bodies, and CBD is like a lock and key when it’s introduced. The overall function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain balance in the nervous system.

Add CBD to Your Lion’s Mane Extract for a Seriously Functional Nootropic Supplement

Productive people are all about stacking functions when you can. Stack your nootropics by adding CBD (and of course, lion’s mane extract if you haven’t already) to your daily doses. Be sure to source your supplements carefully. For lion’s mane, look for certified organic, whole fruiting bodies that have been duel-extracted. We make a lion’s mane extract with all of these properties, with added cinnamon tincture as a driver.

As for CBD, look for broad or full spectrum CBD from tried and true suppliers. Organic is much more rare and expensive, but if you have the means, we certainly recommend! 

Start with the suggested doses of your supplements and slowly increase by the day until you notice effects.

Check out our Manifest tincture – a blend packed with adaptogens and nootropics to see your dreams manifest.

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How to Make Reishi Tea, Delicious and Nourishing

How to Make Reishi Tea, Delicious and Nourishing

How to Make Reishi Tea to Get the Most Out of This Marvelous Mushroom

Reishi is also known as the “10,000-year-old mushroom,” or the “mushroom of immortality.” Drinking Reishi tea or ingesting Reishi in other ways supports our body and mind in functioning optimally and, as its nicknames suggest, can support longevity down to a cellular level. Read on to learn more about Reishi and how to make Reishi tea — a delicious brew with far-reaching benefits!

Reishi: Auspicious and Magical

It’s name in Chinese is Ling Zhi. “Ling Zhi” is made up of the compounds, “Ling” meaning “spirit, soul, miraculous, sacred, divine, mysterious or effective” and “Zhi” meaning “plant of longevity, fungus, seed, branch, or mushroom”. Put together, “Ling Zhi” can mean “auspicious plant, divine mushroom,” or “immortality plant, magic fungus or marvelous fungus.”

Reishi is quite marvelous indeed. Research has shown that the polysaccharides compounds in Reishi provide an anticancer effect by preventing abnormal blood vessel formation, while also boosting immunity. Triterpenes, another compound found in Reishi, protect the liver, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce allergic responses triggered by histamine. (1)

Want to do more with Reishi than just learn how to make Reishi tea? Check out this blog for more fun Reishi drink ideas and recipes!

How to Make Reishi Tea

Reishi is traditionally consumed as a tea. Its hard, woody fruiting body can be dried and preserved for a long time. It is typically cut into long strips, small squares, or powered for easy use.

The taste is rather bitter but delightfully earthy. Drank warm with a touch of maple syrup, honey, or lemon, this tea is great to have simmering on the stove all winter long! Not to mention that it supports your immune system, so you have a better chance of fighting off seasonal sniffles.* 

Wondering How To Make Reishi Tea Delicious? You’ll Need the Following Supplies:

  •     a pot, size dependent on how much tea you’d like to make
  •     3-5 grams of dried Reishi mushroom in slices or chunks
  •     4-5 cups of filtered water.

Add your water to the pot and bring it to a boil. Add the mushroom pieces in and reduce the heat to simmer on a low heat. Let your concoction simmer for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. Once the appropriate amount of time has passed, remove from heat, strain, and set aside. Allow the liquid to cool to a drinkable temperature. You can repeat the process with the strained pieces until the resulting extraction is no longer bitter or colored, which usually takes about three times.

At Mushroom Revival, we love sipping on a steaming cup of Reishi tea all winter long because it boosts the mood, strengthens our natural defenses and supports heart health.

Now that you’ve learned how to make reishi tea, check out this post that includes an awesome Reishi soup broth recipe to learn another way to enjoy Reishi! We also offer Reishi in tincture form, so that you can get the benefits from this mushroom in a highly concentrated extract. Our tinctures are made with 100% fruiting body — that means you get all the good stuff and absolutely no fluff. Our certified organic tinctures are made by hand with love and shipped directly to your doorstep. We plant a tree for every purchase made because we care about the planet as much as we care about you. Shop for Reishi here in our online store.

Leave us a comment below and tell us why you love Reishi tea! Make sure to follow us on facebook and instagram to learn more! Mush love!


*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.

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