Get to Know Some of the Health Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom*

Get to Know Some of the Health Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom*

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Health Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom*

The common names of mushrooms often clue you into what they look like. Turkey Tail mushroom is no exception. A beautiful and colorfully striped mushroom, it really does look like the plume feathers of a wild turkey. Their species name is versicolor, and they’re known for having repeating bands of color, from white and brown to blue and gray. Beyond their appearance, there are plenty of health benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom.* Here’s a rundown of some of the best-known ones. But first, let’s talk about its deep history.

The history of Turkey Tail

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In China, Turkey Tail has been used for seven centuries. In fact, herbalists in China long ago used more than 120 different types — they were well-versed in the health benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom.*

Traditionally, Turkey Tail is consumed as a simple tea, or what we might call a mushroom broth today. Back then, it was used to support the immune system and liver health, in addition to the upper respiratory, digestive and urinary tracts.*

Here are four of the health benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom:*

1. Immune health*

Turkey Tail is the most-researched mushroom in the world. It contains two specific polysaccharides, PSP (polysaccharide peptide) and PSK (polysaccharide K).  PSK and PSP promote a healthy immune system.*

Studies have found that PSK can support the immune system, including T cells that serve as a bridge between the innate and adaptive immune functions.* PSK supports antibody production by B lymphocytes.*

2. Antioxidant properties*

Beyond the beta-glucans and other polysaccharides found in Turkey Tail, the mushroom also contains phenols and flavonoids, which have antioxidant qualities.*

3. Adaptogenic qualities*

The health benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom don’t stop there: It’s also a mushroom with adaptogenic qualities, meaning it can support a healthy response to stress.*

4. Digestive health*

Turkey Tail and other mushrooms contain prebiotic fiber, which helps feed the healthy flora that resides within your digestive tract.* Much of your immune system lives in your gut, so Turkey Tail supports both.*

Those are four of the health benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom.* Turkey Tail also happens to be one of the 10 mushrooms in our Mush 10 Powder and Tincture for Immunity and Health.*

How to Get the Health Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom*

While you could certainly make your own Turkey Tail “tea” or tincture, an easier way is to simply take our Mush 10 products daily. Here are some of our favorite ways to use these, to help get the health benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom.*

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  • Add the powder to morning oatmeal, chia pudding, or an acai bowl.
  • Stir the tincture into green juice, a tropical smoothie or a cup of chai tea.
  • Drop a serving into your morning latte with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg for sweetness.
  • Add one serving per portion to energy balls or no-bake granola bars.
  • Stir the powder into yogurt or sprinkle onto a PBJ.
  • Add the powder to your avocado toast or stir into tahini for a novel take on breakfast
Follow our Instagram and keep the conversation about Turkey Tail going! (We also love hearing how you use Mush 10.)

Want to integrate Turkey Tail into your daily routine? It’s easy, with our best-selling Mush 10. Add a dropper of tincture to your hot cocoa, tea or water. Or stir a scoop of powder into your smoothie or juice. Both are made with 100% organic mushroom fruiting bodies — no fillers, grains or fluff!

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What is Lion’s Mane Good For?* (Spoiler Alert: Plenty!)

What is Lion’s Mane Good For?* (Spoiler Alert: Plenty!)

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You asked, we answered: What is Lion’s Mane good for?*

First up, let’s get your pressing question answered: What is Lion’s Mane good for?* Plenty! Lion’s Mane mushroom offers support for your brain.* It also happens to be one of the mushrooms we make into a tincture. Ours is 100% Certified Organic, made with only fruiting bodies and includes cinnamon for a warm, spicy flavor and support for healthy circulation.*

The Latin name for Lion’s Mane is Hericium erinaceus, but its common names are better known: Pom Pom Mushroom, Monkey Head Mushroom, and Brain Mushroom. Lion’s Mane has a deep, rich history of traditional use across North America, Europe, and Asia to support brain health.*

What is Lion’s Mane good for, specifically?*

  1. Lion’s Mane mushroom promotes optimal nervous and immune system health.*
  2. These fluffy white fungi support cognitive function.*
  3. It promotes mental clarity, focus and memory.*
  4. And Lion’s Mane provides cerebral and nervous system support.*
  5. Traditionally, Lion’s Mane has been used to support the digestive system.*
  6. It offers nourishment for the brain and supports the production of nerve growth factor.*

Our products use only 100% Lion’s Mane fruiting bodies, never mycelium. Lion’s Mane is one of our favorite mushrooms — they’re even on the list of the 10 best ones for your health!

What is Lion’s Mane Good for?* Breakfast! 

Try This Cozy Banana-Hazelnut Oatmeal Recipe

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Move over, Tony the Tiger! We think Lion’s Mane makes a better breakfast. When you asked “what is Lion’s Mane good for?” you likely weren’t expecting a recipe, but we’re giving you one. This one is simple yet comforting, perfect for mornings when you need something tasty to lure you out from under the covers. Since our tincture contains cinnamon, we think our Lion’s Mane is good for this recipe!

This oatmeal features banana and hazelnuts, but get creative. Use whatever fruit and nut combo you like. If you don’t like following recipes, simply stir a serving of our Lion’s Mane tincture into your favorite oatmeal before you eat.

Serves 1.

Takes about 15 minutes to prep.

Ingredients

1 small banana, chopped Pinch of salt
½ cup oats 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (we like oat milk)
1 tablespoon ground flax seed 1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons hemp hearts 1 serving Mushroom Revival Lion’s Mane tincture
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey 1 ounce toasted hazelnuts or cashews

Instructions

To a medium saucepan, add the banana, oats, flax, hemp, sweetener, salt, milk and water. Stir to combine, then cook over medium-low heat until the oats are creamy. Remove from heat and stir in the Lion’s Mane tincture.

Transfer to a bowl, then garnish with the nuts. Serve immediately.

To make this recipe, you need Lion’s Mane tincture. Before you buy, ask these four questions:

  1.       Is yours always Certified Organic?
  2.       Is it double-extracted in water and alcohol to get more of the mushroom’s supportive compounds?
  3.       How about made with 100% fruiting bodies — never mycelium?
  4.       And is it tested for purity and potency (with proof!)?

(If you choose ours, the answer to all those questions is always YES!)

What is Lion’s Mane good for?* We hope you’ve formed your own answer after reading this blog post.

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Try our Certified Organic Lion’s Mane Tincture For Cognitive Function & Memory.* We add cinnamon to make it extra tasty — and to support healthy circulation.*

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The Beginner’s Guide to the Best Mushrooms for Health*

The Beginner’s Guide to the Best Mushrooms for Health*

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The best mushrooms for health*

Did you know there are literally tens of thousands of species of edible mushrooms? With so many to choose, how can you narrow down the best mushrooms for health?* It’s tough, but we selected some of our favorites to share with you. Read on for a beginner’s guide to the best mushrooms for health.*

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)

  • As an adaptogenic mushroom, it helps your body naturally adapt to stress.*
  • Chaga is sometimes called “the king of mushrooms.”
  • It also supports healthy inflammatory function and contains antioxidant properties, thanks to its high melanin content.*
  • It’s traditionally used to support the skin, immune system, healthy digestion, and the body’s natural cleansing processes.*
  • Chaga is at risk of being overharvested, so always look for a reputable source committed to sustainable growth and harvest.

Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris)

It’s no doubt Cordyceps would make our list of best mushrooms for health.* It’s certainly one of our favorites!

  • Cordyceps is a little fiery orange mushroom, but it has a big story.
  • It also is an adaptogen, supporting a healthy response to stress, as well as energy and stamina.*
  • In traditional Chinese herbalism, it is used to support Qi (vital energy).*
  • Traditionally Cordyceps was used to support healthy stamina and energy levels (including at the cellular level), lung health, sexual health, and kidney health.*
  • Mushroom Revival is the largest Cordyceps mushroom farm in the Western Hemisphere.
  • We are also the only Cordyceps farm that’s Certified Organic. (We use our own mushrooms to make our Organic Cordyceps tincture.)

Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)

  • Traditionally, Lion’s Mane has been used to support the digestive system.*
  • Lion’s Mane also goes by Pom Pom Mushroom, Monkey Head Mushroom, and Brain Mushroom.  
  • Lion’s Mane is traditionally used to support memory and cognitive function.*
  • It offers nourishment for the brain and supports the production of nerve growth factor.*
  • Lion’s Mane grows in North America, and if you find a fresh one, it’s quite tasty as a chicken or fish substitute.

Maitake (Grifola frondosa)

  • Maitake supports liver health and healthy blood sugar levels already within normal ranges.*
  • Traditionally, this mushroom was used to maintain nervous system health, healthy digestive function, immune health, and cardiovascular health.*
  • Other names include: dancing mushrooms and Hen of the Woods

Meshima (Phellinus linteus)

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  • Meshima provides antioxidant support.*
  • This mushroom is also an adaptogen.*
  • It looks like a black hoof, and that’s one of its common names, too.
  • Meshima is traditionally used to support women’s health, healthy immune function, and cellular health.*
  • It’s most commonly found on mulberry trees in Asia.

Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa)

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  • Traditional uses include support for occasional anxiety and healthy sleep.*
  • This mushroom promotes healthy immune function and has adaptogenic qualities.*
  • Poria Cocos grows underground.
  • It’s traditionally used to promote healthy sleep, normal and healthy hydration levels, healthy sleep and relaxation, nervous system health and memory, and normal stomach function.*

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)

  • Reishi promotes well-being during seasonal changes and offers support to help you stay active as you age.*
  • It’s traditionally used to support the immune, cardiovascular, and nervous systems; liver and kidney health; and healthy sleep and relaxation.*
  • Reishi is another adaptogenic mushroom that supports your body’s natural stress response.*
  • Known as the “10,000-year mushroom,” Reishi has been traditionally used for longevity.*

Check out this podcast for a deeper dive into why Reishi is one of the best mushrooms for health and longevity.*

Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)

  • Shiitake mushrooms contain B vitamins and vitamin D.
  • These mushrooms also have adaptogenic qualities.*
  • They are traditionally used to support immune, liver, and cardiovascular health.*
  • As the second most-studied mushroom in the world, more and more evidence is coming out to support Shiitake’s place as one of the best mushrooms for health.*

Tremella (Tremella fuciformis)

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  • Tremella is a jelly fungus that can hold up to 500 times its weight in water.
  • This mushroom is used to support Qi in traditional Chinese herbalism.*
  • Tremella promotes healthy bones and skin health.*
  • It is known for its vitamin D content.
  • Tremella also supports the immune system, cellular health, lungs, kidneys, and liver.*
  • Tremella is traditionally used to promote healthy skin, support memory, a healthy metabolism, and bone health.*

Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)

  • Turkey Tail makes the list of best mushrooms for health because of the great support it offers for the GI tract.*
  • It grows on evergreen trees in temperate forests around the world.
  • Turkey Tail is traditionally used to support the liver and immune system.*
Did you enjoy reading about the best mushrooms for health?* If so, you’ll love our best-selling Mush 10 — it just so happens to contain every single one of the best mushrooms for health.* It comes in both tincture and powder form. Both are made with 100% organic mushroom fruiting bodies — no mycelium, fillers, grains or fluff!
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How to Buy Reishi Mushroom Extract

How to Buy Reishi Mushroom Extract

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How to Buy Reishi Mushroom Extract

So you’ve read up on all the benefits of Reishi, and now you think you’d like to buy Reishi mushroom extract. Good choice, my friend. But, before you click “buy,” do you know what to look for? What are the signs of quality and potency? What are the signs you’re not getting your money’s worth? As with any purchase you make, it’s important to be informed when you buy Reishi mushroom.

Not to worry: We’ve got your back. You can, of course, buy Reishi mushroom extract from us. (Ours just so happens to be made with 100% fruiting bodies and is Certified Organic.) But we’re also here to help you make an informed decision, no matter what you choose to do.

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Before You Buy: Reishi Mushroom 101

Let’s go over the basics of Reishi.

  • Reishi boasts a variety of benefits, including adaptogenic properties and support for overall wellness, healthy sleep and immune health.*
  • Reishi has been used in herbalism for over 4,000 years in China and Japan.
  • Reishi mushroom can be found in several colors, ranging from reddish-orange to black.
  • Reishi needs to be extracted before you consume it.
  • Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is known as the mushroom of immortality, Ling zhi (spirit plant) and 10,000-year mushroom.
  • Reishi is considered to be an adaptogen, helping the body’s natural response to stress.*
  • Reishi also promotes healthy sleep.* (It may also help promote stamina and healthy energy levels!*)  
  • Reishi supports the immune system and offers cardiovascular and antioxidant support.*

Reishi is one of the mushrooms in our Mush 10 powder and tincture. We also offer a single Reishi mushroom extract if you prefer to take it solo.

5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Reishi Mushroom Extract

Here are five super important questions to ask before you buy Reishi mushroom extract:

1. What part of the mushroom is used?

Only certain parts of mushrooms are traditionally used in herbalism. Fruiting bodies are the above-ground parts of a mushroom.

Mycelium is a part of the mushroom you don’t often see (it’s under the ground). While it’s vital to the mushroom, mycelium is not traditionally used to support your health.* It’s cheaper and faster to grow mycelium on grain, so many products use it instead of fruiting bodies.

Our products use only 100% Reishi fruiting bodies, never mycelium, so you never pay for grain or filler.

2. How do you make your Reishi mushroom extract?

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The active parts of Reishi mushrooms are inside the cell walls, which our bodies can’t break down. They need to be extracted — and the best ones use two methods.

Mushroom Revival Reishi mushroom extract undergoes a dual extraction of water, known as decoction, and alcohol, known as tincture. The active compounds in mushrooms are both alcohol-soluble (triterpenes) and water-soluble (beta-glucans). To get full-spectrum support from mushrooms, we extract our mushrooms with 190-proof alcohol and hot water, then carefully combine the two.

We follow the science and extract our Reishi at specific, optimal alcohol percentages, temperatures and durations.

3. Are your extracts tested for purity and potency?

When you’re buying a Reishi mushroom extract, it’s important to look for proof that they are pure and potent.

Every batch of mushrooms we use goes through lab testing. We test for heavy metals and biological contamination, to ensure the purity of our products. We also check the concentration of active compounds such as beta-glucans and triterpenes. We want to see the science when it comes to the potency of our supplements, so we make sure to get exact numbers.

4. Is your Reishi extract made with organic mushrooms?

Mushrooms can be Certified Organic, but not all of them are. Our Reishi mushroom extract is Certified Organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers. Everything we use is organic, from our substrates to our cleaning supplies. Every product we sell and every ingredient we use is tracked by a batch number and can be traced back to its origin.

5. Is your Reishi extract bitter?

Reishi tends to be bitter due to its triterpene content. If your extract is high quality and made from fruiting bodies, you’ll taste the difference. Reishi fruiting bodies contain over 130 triterpenoid compounds (mostly ganoderic and lucideric acids). You might not want to buy Reishi mushroom extracts that aren’t bitter — that’s a sign they might be diluted or old.

Ready to buy Reishi mushroom extract? Check out our potent, Certified Organic and dual-extracted tincture!
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Make This Fried Rice with Maitake Recipe Tonight

Make This Fried Rice with Maitake Recipe Tonight

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Make This Fried Rice with Maitake Recipe Tonight

Some mushrooms lend themselves to simple weeknight meals and busy schedules, so you can reap their benefits even if you’re short on time.* Our latest Maitake recipe is perfect for workdays, and it makes use of leftovers, too! If you have a few extra minutes, you can even make the savory topping, which makes enough to keep on hand for future meals — and features our Mush 10 powder. You can double up on Maitake, and you can get nine other mushrooms for health in that supplement!*

Before we get to the Maitake recipe, let’s review why we like this mushroom so much.

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A Review: Maitake Mushroom Facts

Maitake (Grifola frondosa) is also known as Hen of the Woods or the dancing mushroom. Maitake was so highly valued in ancient Japan that the mushroom was worth its weight in silver — thus the name. When you found one, you’d likely do a happy dance. These days, you don’t have to hunt in the woods for them. You can find Maitake at the grocery store.  

As far as your health goes, Maitake:

  • Helps maintain liver health*
  • Offers immune support.*
  • Supports healthy blood glucose levels within normal ranges*

Want to integrate more Maitake into your meals? Start with this Fried Rice with Maitake recipe. Maitake is also one of the 10 mushrooms in our Mush 10 tincture and powder, which you can add to smoothies, lattes, and more.

Want to impress dinner guests? Check out this blog post for a maitake recipe that’s sure to wow!

Fried Rice with Maitake Recipe

This recipe is not authentic, so we hope you’ll forgive us. But it is an affordable and tasty way to use up leftovers of bits of vegetables that might not be enough for a full meal. This maitake recipe works best with leftover rice, but you can use freshly cooked rice or another grain. Try it with farro, barley, quinoa, or even cauliflower rice if you aren’t eating grains.

For the vegetables, try any of these:

  • chopped bell peppers, carrots or celery
  • fresh spinach
  • shredded cabbage, kale or Brussels sprouts
  • frozen peas or corn
  • diced zucchini

Serves 4

30 minutes to prep and cook

Ingredients

1 (3.5 ounce packages) Maitake ¼ cup mushroom broth
1 ½ tablespoons avocado oil, divided 2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 small onion, chopped 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
4 cups vegetables (see examples above) Salt and pepper
2 cups leftover rice Chopped scallions, for serving
4 eggs Sriracha or chile oil, for serving

For the Savory Topping

4 sheets nori, roughly torn into 1-inch pieces ¼ cup nutritional yeast
¼ cup toasted sesame seeds 4 servings Mush 10 powder
¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste Salt to taste
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Break the Maitake into bite-size pieces as you add them to the pan. Cook, pressing down firmly with a wooden spoon or spatula, until some of the moisture has evaporated.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and cook for a few more minutes, until the mushrooms are browned.
  3. Add the onions and other vegetables. Cook, stirring often, until softened and lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl.
  4. In the same skillet, heat the remaining ½ tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the rice, breaking it apart as needed.
  5. Whisk together the eggs and broth, then pour over the rice. Cook, stirring often, until the eggs are set. Stir in the vegetables and maitake, then drizzle on the sesame oil.
  6. Divide into four bowls and serve with the scallions and sriracha or chile oil, if desired. Then add the Savory Topping.

To make the Savory Topping, combine all ingredients in a mini food processor or blender. Pulse until the nori is powdered and the rest of the ingredients are combined. Season to taste with salt, and transfer to a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Leftovers will keep for a month.

If you make this Maitake recipe, do take a photo and share on Instagram (and tag us, of course).

Photo by Trista Chen from Pexels

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The Most Important Things to Know about Our Cordyceps Mushroom

The Most Important Things to Know about Our Cordyceps Mushroom

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The Most Important Things to Know about Our Cordyceps Mushroom

As you may have heard, we are quite well-known for growing Cordyceps militaris. In fact, as of April 2019, Mushroom Revival is not only the biggest, but also the first and only Certified Organic Cordyceps militaris fruiting body farm in the Western Hemisphere. We’re really proud of that milestone — and all the learning and support from you that helped us get here. We love talking about the Cordyceps mushroom and passing along what we’ve learned about this fiery orange fungi.

This blog post is designed to be a one-stop-shop for folks interested in learning more about the awesomeness of the Cordyceps mushroom. As we love to say, Cordyceps is a little orange mushroom with a deep history and a big, bright future.*

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Cordyceps mushroom and your health*

Cordyceps mushroom is known for supporting your health and well-being in a number of ways.* That includes: 

  • Enhancing the body’s natural metabolic systems.*
  • Support for athletic performance.*
  • Support for your body as it manages daily stress.*
  • Support for cellular energy and endurance.*
  • Supports lung capacity and oxygen uptake.*

Want to know more? We’ve written extensively on the Cordyceps mushroom. Find out what Cordyceps is good for — and why it’s on the list of the 10 best mushrooms for your health.* (Oh, and check out this blog post for more about Cordyceps uses in the bedroom!)

Cordyceps militaris is one of the 10 organic mushrooms in our mush-loved Mush-10 tincture. (Mush-10 is also available as a powder, which you can add to a smoothie, tea and more.)

What’s unique about our Cordyceps mushrooms

The mushroom in our Cordyceps extract is a species known as Cordyceps militaris. This species is both vegan and cruelty-free. Here’s a look at some of what makes our Cordyceps mushrooms so awesome, and why we love our Cordyceps extracts.

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1. Fruiting bodies forever and always!

Simply put, fruiting bodies are the above-ground parts of a mushroom and mycelium live underground. It’s cheaper and easier to grow mycelium on grain than it is fruiting bodies, so many products use Cordyceps mycelium.

At Mushroom Revival, our products use only 100% Cordyceps militaris fruiting bodies, never mycelium. You have our word — and we offer tests for proof.

2. Certified Organic Cordyceps mushrooms

Not only are our Cordyceps mushroom supplements Certified Organic, but they’re also grown, extracted, and sold in the USA. We are certified by Baystate Organic Certifiers, so we follow strict guidelines to maintain that certification.

3. Science, science and more science!

Cordyceps mushrooms contain different active components, and they need to be extracted so your body can access them. We always double extract Cordyceps. Ours undergo a dual extraction of water, known as decoction, and alcohol, known as tincture.

That’s because the active parts in mushrooms are both alcohol- and water-soluble. To get full-spectrum support from mushrooms, we extract our Cordyceps with 190-proof alcohol and hot water, then carefully combine the two. We follow the science and extract our Cordyceps (and all mushrooms we use) at the optimal alcohol percentages, temperatures and durations.

4. The sky’s the limit when you’re vertically integrated.

From spores to finished extracts, we are vertically integrated, so we are in control of the quality, purity and potency every step of the way. We grow our own Cordyceps, then we extract them and sell them to you.

Want to experience our Cordyceps mushroom for yourself? Check out our Cordyceps tincture, made with organic Cordyceps we grow ourselves that are double extracted with hot water and 190-proof alcohol.
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4 Common Lion’s Mane Benefits, Plus Our Favorite Fall Latte*

4 Common Lion’s Mane Benefits, Plus Our Favorite Fall Latte*

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The Most Common Lion’s Mane Benefits*

While Mushroom Revival is now based in sunny Austin, Texas, we were founded in Massachusetts, where autumn brings spectacular views of the changing leaves. But, it also brings shorter, darker days that can make getting out of bed feel less appealing. (More on that when we share the recipe we promised you.) One of our favorite mushrooms in fall and winter is Lion’s Mane. That’s partly because Lion’s Mane benefits include support for your brain (but you need your brain year-round!).* We especially love our Lion’s Mane tincture this time of year, since we add warming cinnamon. It’s such a nice seasonal flavor.

Fall is also a good time to find Lion’s Mane mushroom when you’re out hiking or foraging. You’ll have the best luck spotting these fluffy white mushrooms on trees at the start of fall. Now is the perfect time to learn about Lion’s Mane benefits — and how to spot them in the wild.* That way, when they’re ready to be harvested and the fruiting bodies start, well, fruiting, you’ll know what to look for!

The most common Lion’s Mane benefits are:*

  1.       Promotes optimal nervous and immune system health*
  2.       Supports cognitive function*
  3.       Promotes mental clarity, focus and memory*
  4.       Provides cerebral and nervous system support*

Notice a trend? Hericium erinaceus has long been used around the world — mostly in North America, Europe, and Asia — to promote brain health.*

Our products use only 100% Lion’s Mane fruiting bodies, never mycelium. Lion’s Mane is one of our favorite mushrooms — they’re even on the list of the 10 best ones for your health!

Our Favorite Fall Recipe to Highlight Lion’s Mane Benefits*

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Now that you have a grasp on the most common Lion’s Mane benefits, it’s time for the fun part: The simple, tasty recipe that keeps us fueled all through the colder months. It’s a mushroom-infused version of the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte. It gets us out of bed on cold mornings — and we look forward to every sweet, spicy sip. We hope you like it as much as we do.

Serves 2.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree (not pie filling) 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey 2 servings Mushroom Revival Lion’s Mane tincture
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice Whipped cream, for serving (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or use vanilla-flavored milk) Grated nutmeg or cinnamon, for serving (optional)
1 cup non-dairy milk (we like oat milk)

Instructions

In a small saucepan, add the pumpkin puree, sweetener, pie spice, vanilla, and milk. Whisk to combine, then place over medium heat. Once warmed, divide your coffee into two mugs. Top with the milk mixture, and add the Lion’s Mane tincture to each serving and stir. Drink immediately, garnished as desired.

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To make this recipe, you do need a Lion’s Mane tincture. When you’re shopping, make sure yours is:

  • Certified Organic
  • Double-extracted in water and alcohol
  • Made with fruiting bodies — never mycelium
  • Tested for purity and potency

Want to try a Lion’s Mane tincture that does all that and more? Try our Certified Organic Lion’s Mane Tincture For Cognitive Function & Memory.* We add cinnamon to make it extra tasty — and to support healthy circulation.*

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You Asked, We Answered: Do Mushrooms Help Your Immune System?*

You Asked, We Answered: Do Mushrooms Help Your Immune System?*

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Do Mushrooms Help Your Immune System?*

Mushrooms are our business — and our passion. We grow and harvest mushrooms, we cook with them and sometimes drink them, and we (of course) extract them into high-quality tinctures and powdered extracts. For fun, we even “hunt” them in the woods and on fallen logs. We could fawn over fungi all day, every day. One of the most common questions we hear is: Do mushrooms help your immune system?* This blog will answer that question — and introduce you to a few of our favorite types of fungi.

What’s Inside Mushrooms?

To get to the root of the question “do mushrooms help your immune system?” you need to take a look inside.* From white buttons and morels to Shiitake and Lion’s Mane, mushrooms contain several varieties of carbohydrates, including starch and a type of complex carbohydrate (also known as a polysaccharide) called beta-glucans.

Beta-glucans have been studied extensively, and they are also found in the cell walls of lichens, grains (including oats), and seaweed. They are named based on their branching structure; mushrooms contain beta-glucans 1-6.

Research shows that beta-glucans support the immune system, including your immune cells, and healthy cell turnover and growth.* Certain mushrooms also have unique polysaccharides, such as the lentinan found in Shiitakes or PSK in Turkey Tails.

Mushrooms also contain components including terpenes and steroids, that can support the immune system, too.* Other active components in mushrooms include terpenes in Reishi, hericenones in Lion’s Mane, and cordycepin in Cordyceps.

Due to their beta-glucan content, all mushrooms are considered to be immunosupportive.*

According to research by herbalist and mycologist Christopher Hobbs, published in 2017 in Herbalgram, beta-glucans bind with macrophages (a type of white blood cell) in the intestines. From there, the beta-glucans are ingested and transported to the spleen, lymph nodes, and bone marrow, among other sites. In the marrow, the beta-glucans are further broken down. This is how they offer your immune system support.* (Does this answer the question “do mushrooms help your immune system”?)

Types Of Mushrooms That Offers Immune Support*

Some mushrooms support the immune system from an “offensive” perspective (such as Cordyceps, Shiitake, and Turkey Tail), while others play “defense,” just like the different aspects of your immune system.* Other mushrooms are immune tonics, meaning they support and nourish the system in general or specific parts.* Reishi, Cordyceps, and Shiitake are tonic mushrooms that support the immune system. *

Adaptogens — including Cordyceps and Reishi — also support the immune system because they help support our response to stresses, by supporting and balancing the endocrine system.*

Here’s a list of some of the most common mushrooms that support the immune system.* Next time you hear someone ask “Do mushrooms help your immune system?” you can share this list with them!

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  1.       Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)
  2.       Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris)
  3.       Maitake (Grifola frondosa)
  4.       Meshima (Phellinus linteus)
  5.       Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
  6.       Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
  7.       Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)
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We pair all seven of these mushrooms with three more of our favorite mushrooms for your health, in Mush 10.* This Certified Organic Blend is available as a powder or tincture. Both are convenient and easy ways to move mushrooms into your daily routines.

So there you have it: Do mushrooms help your immune system?* Only you can decide that, but we think they’re definitely worth making a part of your regular healthy habits.

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What You Should Know About Shiitake Mushroom Health Benefits*

What You Should Know About Shiitake Mushroom Health Benefits*

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Things to Remember about Shiitake Mushroom Health Benefits*

Quick: Name the mushroom you most recently ate. We bet we could guess which one it was in under three tries. Was it Shiitake? (We were close?) Why’d we guess that one, of all the mushrooms we love for your health?* Perhaps because Shiitake mushroom health benefits are numerous, and because they’re delicious!*

Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) mushrooms are second only to buttons/creminis/portobellos (all basically the same ‘shroom) when it comes to the fungi we eat.

Shiitake mushroom — aka the oak mushroom — is super delicious and packed with umami (aka yumminess). Named after the Japanese word for “oak” (shiia), they are delicate and tender when cooked fresh, but heartier and chewier if they were dried first. You can recognize a Shiitake by the brown cap and white or cream stem, serrated gills, and white spores.

More importantly for this blog, Shiitake mushroom health benefits are many.* Let’s run down the list of Shiitake mushroom health benefits.* First though, let’s get to know these mushrooms a bit better

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Shiitake Mushrooms for Beginners

Shiitake has been used as food and in herbalism for thousands of years in Japan and China. These mushrooms prefer to pop up on fallen broadleaf trees across China, Japan, and other Asian countries with temperate climates. They also grow here in the US, and you can even grow them in your own backyard.

Turkey Tail is the most-studied mushroom, but the runner-up is Shiitake. It’s been used traditionally and in modern times to:

  • support the immune system*
  • support the liver (and promote healthy skin)*
  • promote a healthy cardiovascular system.*

In addition to those Shiitake mushroom health benefits, there are plenty more!* Throughout history, both Chinese and Japanese herbalism used Shiitake mushrooms to support immune health.* We now know (thanks, modern science!) that Shiitake fruiting body extract (lentinan) supports white blood cells and offers antioxidant support for the immune system.*

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You can find fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms at most supermarkets, and they’re also readily available in supplement form, including in our Mush 10.* This Certified Organic Blend is available as a powder or tincture. Both are convenient and easy ways to move mushrooms into your daily routines.

More Shiitake Mushroom Health Benefits

Shiitakes are nutritious. They provide fiber, carbohydrates and protein, along with many essential vitamins and minerals.

Here’s what you get in four dried shiitake mushrooms:

44 calories

11 grams carbohydrates

2 grams fiber

1 gram protein

Copper: 39% of the Daily Value

Folate: 6% DV

Manganese: 9% DV

Niacin: 11% DV

Riboflavin: 11% of DV

Selenium: 10% DV

Vitamin B5: 33% DV

Vitamin B6: 7% DV

Vitamin D: 6% DV

Zinc: 8% DV

Did you know that it’s not common to find vitamin D outside of animal products? This fat-soluble vitamin is essential for humans, so we need it, but our bodies can’t make it on their own. Mushrooms — including Shiitake — provide vitamin D, especially if they are exposed to UV light from the sun.  

There are so many ways to enjoy Shiitake mushroom health benefits. Check out this blog post for some great recipe ideas!

Do you follow us on the ‘gram? You should! Head on over there and tell us what you learned about Shiitake mushroom health benefits. (And be sure to tag us in your ‘shroom shots.)

Select sources

(1)    Finimundy, T.C., Dillon, A.J.P., Henriques, J.A.P. and Ely, M.R. (2014) A Review on General Nutritional Compounds and Pharmacological Properties of the Lentinula edodes Mushroom. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 5, 1095-1105. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/fns.2014.512119

(2)    Dai X, Stanilka JM, Rowe CA, et al. Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2015;34(6):478‐487. doi:10.1080/07315724.2014.950391

(3)    Keegan, R. J., Lu, Z., Bogusz, J. M., Williams, J. E., & Holick, M. F. (2013). Photobiology of vitamin D in mushrooms and its bioavailability in humans. Dermato-endocrinology, 5(1), 165–176. https://doi.org/10.4161/derm.23321.

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A Cordyceps Militaris Recipe Perfect for After Your Next Workout

A Cordyceps Militaris Recipe Perfect for After Your Next Workout

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Why You Will Love This Cordyceps Militaris Recipe After a Workout

Cordyceps militaris isn’t a mushroom that most people are accustomed to cooking for dinner, but it’s one that has definitely made its way into our meals and snacks. If you’re an athlete, you’ll love the Cordyceps militaris recipe we’re sharing today. While you aren’t likely to find fresh Cordyceps at your local farmers market, and even dried ones can be hard to source in some areas, that’s OK.

Our Certified Organic Cordyceps militaris tincture is an easy, convenient way to take this mushroom — whether it’s straight-up, in water, or in the recipe we’re sharing today. Before we get to the Cordyceps militaris recipe itself, let’s review some of the highlights of this bright, vibrant mushroom.

Cordyceps Militaris Highlights

Cordyceps is a mushroom with adaptogenic qualities, meaning it can help your body adapt to stress, naturally.* It has long been a valued botanical in traditional Chinese herbalism, and its modern uses include:

  • Supports cellular energy and endurance*
  • Enhances the body’s natural metabolic systems*
  • Supports our bodies with fighting daily stress*
  • Supports lung capacity and oxygen uptake*
  • Used to support athletic performance*

Now do you see why this recipe was created for after a workout? It’s one you’ll eagerly await, from warm-up to cooldown.

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Protein-Packed Chia Pudding with Cordyceps Militaris Recipe

This chia pudding is a much-loved Cordyceps militaris recipe — it’s easy to make, super tasty and packed with nutrition. We created this dish for an after-workout snack or small meal, but you can eat it any time of day. Try it for quick breakfasts on the go, afternoon treats when you’re craving sweets or an after-dinner pick-me-up. This chia pudding also requires no cooking and no special equipment, so you can whip it up in a hotel room, dorm, campsite or office kitchen, too.

Thick and creamy, it boasts plenty of fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. It makes two servings, so you can save one for later or share it with a friend.

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The best part is how versatile it is. You can top the chia pudding with anything you have on hand. In summer, stir in some cardamom and ginger, and add chopped fresh peaches on top. In winter, stir in pears and chai spices. Strawberries and peanut butter. Chocolate chips, raspberries and coconut flakes. Peppermint and cocoa powder… there’s no wrong way to eat it! Just don’t forget to add our Cordyceps militaris tincture.

Serves 2

10 minutes to prepare plus 1 hour to refrigerate

Ingredients

½ cup chia seeds

2 servings protein powder of choice

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons maple syrup, honey or your sweetener of choice

2 cups oat, soy or almond milk

2 servings Cordyceps militaris tincture

Pinch of salt

Toppings (choose as many as you like)

  • Fresh fruit
  • Shredded coconut
  • Granola
  • Fruit puree or jam
  • Nut butter
  • Slivered almonds
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa powder
  • Mini chocolate chips

 

Instructions

In a medium container with a lid, combine all the ingredients. Stir every couple of minutes for about 10 minutes. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Divide into two bowls and garnish as desired.

If your chia pudding gets too thick in the refrigerator, thin it with water or milk (start with about 2 tablespoons). Eat within three days.

Pro tip: When choosing a tincture for this Cordyceps militaris recipe or for daily use, know what to look for. Our products use only 100% Cordyceps militaris fruiting bodies, never mycelium, so you get only the “good stuff.” We’re proudly the largest Cordyceps militaris mushroom farm in the Western Hemisphere — and the only one that has been Certified Organic.

If you try this Cordyceps militaris recipe, share it on Instagram and be sure to tag us!

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